Hey, firstly let me start off by saying that this is not an official “listen to my I’m right” list. In fact, this list hardly has any of my opinions, this is actually the opinion of the subreddit. I’ve looked at all the last posts regarding weapons, and compiled a list, a rough list, of each category of weapon, and what’s considered to be good or better, or OPOP, if your weapon is not on the list, that’s OKAY!! Just leave a comment below and sell me on why your weapon is better than the weapon of similarity in this list. (if your weapon cannot compete with a weapon on the list, that does the same job, it’s probably not worth mentioning, but I might add it in anyways.
A list of guns that are considered good in ME:A
THE GOD TIER, BEST OF THE BEST, HANDS DOWN BEST WEAPON IN THE GAME TO TAKE ON ANY CLASS Melee. Look at 90% of the builds on this Sub, it’s all melee. Melee duelist, melee huntress, melee adept, how to get to gold with bad weapons and no gear, a melee guide, etc etc.
Vanquisher – Sniper Rifle – Rare / Gold “The Best” Widely regarded as the most OP best feeling weapon in the game, does roughly 3/5 the damage of the highest damage sniper, but with 4x the clip, and it’s not N7 so leveling the weapon up is a lot more viable, it has a pretty decent fire rate, and a decent reload time. This was the weapon talked about the most, hands down, on this subreddit.
N7 Valiant – Sniper Rifle – Ultra Rare / N7 Argued to be the actual best, but less likely to get higher levels since it’s N7 and less popular because it’s an ultra rare as opposed to the Vanquisher, but once more people get it, should be up there and able to compete if not entirely outperform the Vanq. An underrated weapon, but thought to be the secret OPOP.
Black Widow – Sniper Rifle – Ultra Rare / N7 Many many people are talking about how this gun belongs on the list, and initially I did not put it on the list as I believe the Vanq. Outclasses this gun in every metric, this gun is N7 meaning it’s going to be harder to level, but if you happen not to have a Vanq. But have this gun, it is a decent weapon. Saying it’s outclassed by the Vanq. doesn’t mean much as the Vanq. is considered the best gun at the moment.
Raptor – Sniper Rifle (Or is it?) – Uncommon / Silver Many people here think that this gun is considered the best, proper assault rifle. It plays like one, and it feels like one, and judging by the consensus on lack or AR damage, They may not be entirely wrong. If you feel ARs are weak, try this guy out. It’s also really easy to rank up to X since it’s uncommon, and may end up outperforming actual ARs.
Falcon – Assault Rifle (Grenade Launcher) – Gold / Rare Debated by most to be the best assault rifle right now though assault rifles are regarded as terrible in the current standings. The masses are split as how this gun should be used, some people are using it as a shotgun with splash damage, whilst most people are using this as a sniper rifle that shoots ranged area of effect shotgun blasts, but it’s a grenade launcher. The community seems to be split as to this weapon’s current standings, but might be one to keep an eye out on.
Thokin – Assault Rifle – Rare / Gold Not considered great, some people are finding success with it in gold, I personally think it takes 3 clips to kill anything, even with mods on, but it is a semi reliable close quarter spray type gun, outclassed by the hurricane.
N7 Piranha – Shotgun – Ultra Rare / N7 By community standards it’s regarded as decent, seems underrated as a lot of people are using it and the say they have “no complaints”, it is an N7 which means hard to level up, but seems under the radar at the moment.
Hesh – Shotgun – Rare / Gold Community either loves it, or hates it. Does very low amount of damage, but fires very quickly, you can spam out your entire clip in about 3 seconds resulting in higher dps than some other shotguns, but you run out of ammo very quickly, if you encounter this weapon, try adding a couple mods, then find out which side of the coin you belong on.
N7 Dhan – Shotgun – Ultra Rare / N7 Widely regarded as the best shotgun, although the community is torn over it’s pitiful 2 shot clip, and it’s very unlikable reload times. Also with it’s rarity, it’s going to be difficult to level up. It’s a very heavy hitter, but has the slowness that often accompanies such weapons.
Scattershot – Shotgun – Rare / Gold Decent gun, strong contender for one of the best shotguns, community highlights its unlimited ammo, so great on duelist weaving and other charge classes so you can Charge-Shotgun-Melee-Shotgun-repeat (shotgun weaving) but seems to be very average without a couple mods.
Equalizer – Pistol – Rare / Gold After reading through the comments, it’s come to my attention that almost everyone agrees this weapon is the best non sniper rifle. A big claim to make, but that’s what the majority of people are saying. it’s good but very short range, has unlimited ammo, low recoil rate, but nobody seems to really be talking about it, however, I haven’t seen any negativity on it either. As it stands, I’d put it in the reasonable list, and by short range, I mean bullets literally fizzle out at a certain point.
Talon – Pistol – Rare / Gold Loved by the community, it’s probably the second most talked about gun, widely regarded as the best shotgun in the game hands down, even though it is in fact, a pistol.
Sidewinder – Pistol – Rare / Gold Widely known to be the best actual pistol in the game, performs as a pistol normally would, deals good damage, decently low recoil, is okay with a scope, it’s light, but according to a few, get ready to hug that ammo box.
N7 Hurricane – Pistol – Ultra Rare / N7 The best up close and personal, spray and pray, pistol. With a decently high clip, and it’s ability to shred lower tier’d enemies, along with the lack of AR power, this gun is getting some praise for filling it’s niche.
Charger – Pistol – Common / Bronze I’d seen a few people mention this, and although it is outclassed by guns like the equalizer and/or hurricane, I overlooked the fact that this is a common, meaning it is a great gun for leveling, has good damage for being so easily accessible, and can be level up easily. “a poor man’s hurrican” And to be more precise, the Charger when fully leveled to X has stats almost identical to the N7 Hurricane, so it is worth a try!
Scorpion – Pistol (Grenade Launcher) – Rare / Gold I had not heard anything about it, but it became very apparent, very quickly that this needs to be on here. Many, many of you regard this is the best pistol. It’s lightweight, massive damage, high versatility, it has great AOE, very accurate, and can damage targets behind cover with a little creativity, easily the most under-the-radar weapon. Also a gold weapon, making it easier to level than the N7s.
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