[Top 5] Ark Survival Evolved Best Guns

Ark Survival Evolved Best Guns
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Ark: Survival Evolved has no shortage of weapons to use in combat, this list of the top 5 best guns in Ark: Survival Evolved will help you decide what best fits your needs as you prepare to fight off starving carnivores or warring tribes.

5. Simple Pistol

This is one of the first guns that a player can get in Ark: Survival Evolved, it also has an extremely cheap form of ammunition. If a survivor can find a blueprint for a Mastercraft or ascendant simple pistol, they can craft a very cheap weapon to defend themselves with, that will still do extreme amounts of damage. That is what makes this such a valuable weapon, and what makes it a powerful weapon of defense.

Why the Simple Pistol is great:

  • Cheap Ammo: This gun requires only the simple ammo, which requires only one ingot and black powder. This means a survivor can craft great amounts of ammo in a very short time.
  • High Damage: If you get a good blueprint this can be one of the most powerful early game weapons.

Simple Pistol details here.


4. Longneck Rifle

The longneck rifle is a valuable weapon because it can serve multiple purposes. First, it can fire a bullet, that works similar to that of the simple pistol, a basic projectile. Second, it is capable of firing the tranquilizer dart. The tranquilizer dart is important because there are several animals that you can tame that would die if you shot it full of tranquilizer arrows. However, if you shoot it with a tranquilizer dart, they will not receive damage, just torpor. This versatility is what makes the longneck rifle an extremely valuable firearm throughout the entire game.

Why the Longneck Rifle is Great:

  • Cheap ammo: Again this ammo is not extremely expensive to make, but will still have the desired effect of taking a bite out of your enemy’s health pool.
  • Tranquilizer Darts: Tranquilizer darts are extremely helpful when it comes to taming animals with low health pools. This makes it an incredibly valuable weapon to survivors throughout their Ark career. 

Longneck Rifle details here.


3. Pump-action  Shotgun

The pump-action shotgun is one of the most well-rounded weapons in Ark: Survival Evolved. The ammo cost is higher than that of the previous weapons, but the damage dealt is significantly higher. This is a weapon commonly used by survivors who wish to take on the dangers of the cave networks of the Ark, as it makes short work of enemies like bats and spiders. It is also more than capable of bringing down small carnivores and other players if the situation calls for it. This makes it a very valuable asset to more advanced players.

Why the Pump-Action Shotgun is great:

  • More powerful: The pump-action shotgun is a valuable gun for survivors because at close range it does significant amounts of damage to enemies, both human and others.
  • Caving: When in the cave systems there are parts of the caves that are too tight for your mount, and you will have to proceed on foot. This does not mean that there will not be dangers ahead. The pump-action shotgun will handle most threats you come across in these tight portions of the cave until you can mount back up. 

Pump-Action Shotgun details here.


2. Rocket Launcher

The rocket launcher is a weapon with 2 purposes. One, it is a weapon of war, this gun can destroy metal structures and will cause significant damage to a player and their mount. This makes it an extremely important weapon for warring tribes, or raiders. The second use is for taming the rock golem. The rock golem requires extensive damage to the head to be rendered unconscious for taming. The rocket launcher is the only portable means of knocking one unconscious.

Why the Rocket Launcher is Great:

  • High Damage: The rocket launcher is one of the most powerful weapons in-game, capable of destroying even metal structures. The ammo is costly to produce, but the tradeoff is that there are very few things capable of surviving a barrage of missiles from this weapon.
  • Taming: This is the only mobile weapon that can be used to knock out the rock golem, making it useful for players who like these hulking brutes on their team.

Rocket Launcher Details here.


1.Tek Rifle

Tek tier weapons are the absolute endgame weapons in Ark: Survival Evolved. They are costly to make and require the use of element to power them. The Tek rifle is the same in this aspect, however, it has its payoffs. It can fire a rapid burst of explosive balls of energy that act like miniature grenades when they strike a target, rapidly depleting their health. It is also capable of destroying metal structures and tek structures, making it a valuable weapon for survivors who are at war and find themselves having to strike an enemy’s base.

Why the Tek Rifle is Great:

  • The Tek rifle is great because of its wide range of applications. It is perfect for attacking bases because it is capable of damaging any structure in the game. It is also great for defense because it fires explosive volleys, that rapidly drain away from the health of your target.
  • It is also a status weapon, players who have tek tier weaponry or structures are able to showcase their dedication to the game, and it makes a statement about the quality of player they are. Tek is unlocked by facing the bosses and you can not even utilize tek equipment without beating Ark’s guardians.

Tek Rifle Details here.

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As a survivor of the great plague of 2020, Daniel is now immune to airborne pathogens, but is weakened by sunlight and large groups.
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