RimWorld Best Weapons [Ranked & Compared]

We are going to mention the best 14 weapons that you should use against enemies.

In Rimworld, choosing the right weapons is the key to survival. If you have the wrong weapons in your hands, the chances are that you’ll either get eliminated instantly or make slow progress. At the moment, there are more than 20 weapons in the game. However, not all of them will help you in different situations.

Therefore, you have to carefully pick the weapons that suit your playstyle. Today, in our Rimworld best weapons guide, we have listed down 14 weapons that you should be using. 

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RimWorld Best Weapons

RimWorld Best Weapons Comparison Table

Weapon NameMarket ValueMass (kg)DamageCooldown (Ticks)Range (tiles)DPS
Heavy SMG355 silver3.512.099.022.912.34
Bolt-Action Rifle255 silver3.518.090.036.95.63
EMP Grenade315 silver1.050.0160.012.912.0
LMG425 silver8.511.0108.025.915.78
Chain Shotgun405 silver4.518.081.012.918.73
Molotov Cocktails245 silver1.010.0160.012.92.4
Greatbow104 silver3.017.090.029.94.86
Sniper Rifle530 silver4.025.0138.044.94.31
Doom's Day Rocket Launcher1000 silver8.050.0270.036.05.56
Autocannon Turret1270 silver-27.0210.032.919.92
Minigun1160 silver10.010.0138.030.936.76
Assault Rifle480 silver3.511.0102.030.910.88
Charge Rifle1010 silver4.615.0120.025.913.24
Charge Lance1355 silver8.030.0162.029.96.82

In our guide, we are going to mention weapons that are ideal for different situations. Some of them will help you with crowd control, while others will be useful against powerful enemies such as the Centipede. And if you’re someone who’s wondering how to craft weapons in Rimworld, then we’ll make sure to mention the method for each weapon as well. 

Heavy SMG

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
3 (per burst) 3.5 12.0 Burst 66.4% 12.34

The first weapon in our Rimworld best weapons list is the Heavy SMG. This weapon is considered the most beginner-friendly in the game because of its ease of use. It offers a 3-shot burst mechanism, with each bullet dealing a decent amount of damage. The burst mode can also help you accurately land your shots on the target.

Rimworld best weapons
Heavy SMG

The Heavy SMG is a decent weapon that can perform well in both close and medium-range combat. But it is more suitable for close-range scenarios. However, if you’re looking for a weapon that can help you pierce through armor, then this one is not for you.

  • How to craft the Heavy SMG in Rimworld: After you have completed the Gas Operation research, you can craft this weapon at the machining table for 75 steel and four components. 

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Bolt-Action Rifle

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 3.5 18.0 Single Shot 80.4% 5.63

Next up, we have the Bolt-Action Rifle. This is going to be one of the first weapons you will use in the game because you’ll start with it in a standard Rimworld scenario. However, even though the weapon is fairly easy to get compared to other weapons in the game, it’s still one of the best ones to use. Its range is high, something that makes the weapon perfect for hunting. Even if you use it against your enemies, it can help you take them down while staying at a safe distance.

High range Bolt Action Rifles
Bolt Action Rifle
  • How to craft the Bolt-Action Rifle in Rimworld: You won’t need to go through any trouble to acquire this weapon, as you’ll start the game with it. 

EMP Grenades

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 1,0 50.0 Single Thrown N/A 12.0

EMP Grenades are something every Rimworld player should carry around in their arsenal. This is because they are capable of stunning mechanoids, mortars, turrets, and even shield belts. Even though these grenades don’t deal any physical damage, they are ideal for use against Centipedes.

Rimworld best weapons
EMP Grenades
  • How to craft the EMP Grenade in Rimworld: You can craft these grenades on the machining table after completing the Microelectronics research by spending 20 steel and six components. 

LMG

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
6 (per burst) 8.5 11.0 Burst 42% 15.78

Light Machine Gun, or the LMG, is yet another weapon on our list that is extremely powerful and can destroy the armor of enemies. Even though it’s called a “Light” machine gun, this weapon is super deadly. The weapon fires a 6-shot burst and does a decent amount of damage with each bullet. This is an excellent crowd-controlling weapon for beginners, though you will need to learn how to control it first, considering its accuracy isn’t that great.

LMG: Crowd Control gun
LMG
  • How to craft the LMG in Rimworld: To get your hands on this weapon, you’ll need to complete the Gas Operation research and then craft it on the machining table for 75 steel and 5 components. 

Chain Shotgun

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
3 (per burst) 4.5 18.0 Burst 59.7% 2.4

The Chain Shotgun is easily one of the most powerful weapons in our Rimworld best weapons list. Shotguns have always proven to be something that can absolutely destroy the enemy in close-range situations, and the Chain Shotgun is no different. It offers a 3-shot burst mechanism, and each bullet does a high amount of damage. The weapon is slightly better than the Pump Shotgun because of its ability to fire three shots instead of one.

Chain Shotgun: 3-shot burst gun
Chain Shotgun
  • How to craft the Chain Shotgun in Rimworld: After completing the Gas Operation research, you can craft this weapon by using 70 steel and five components.

Molotov Cocktails

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 1.0 10.0 Single thrown N/A 2.4

Just like the EMP Grenades, Molotov Cocktails also fall in the category of ranged weapons that you can throw. While they aren’t as powerful as other throwable weapons in the game, they have their own uses.

Rimworld best weapons
Molotov

However, keep in mind that the Molotovs are only useful against targets that are not moving. Furthermore, you can also use them to destroy equipment instantly.

  • How to craft Molotov Cocktail in Rimworld: You can craft it by spending 25 pieces of cloth and 80 chem-fuel on the machining table.

Greatbow

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 3.0 17.0 Single Shot  75.4% 4.86

Yes, before you say it, I know the Greatbow isn’t as great as other weapons in the game, but hear me out. During the early stages of the game, there will be times when you’ll be unable to get your hands on some top-tier weapons. This is where the Greatbow comes in. Not only is this weapon great for hunting because of its high range, but it can even help you against various enemies.

Rimworld best weapons
Greatbow
  • How to craft the Greatbow in Rimworld: After completing the Greatbow research, you can craft this weapon at any Smithy by spending 60 wood. 

Sniper Rifle

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 4.0 25.0 Single Shot 76.2% 4.31

The Sniper Rifle is one of the few weapons on our Rimworld best weapons list that is capable of one-shotting some opponents. Because of its amazing range, this weapon can help you target your enemies while staying at a safe distance. In fact, the Sniper Rifle has the highest range out of all the ranged weapons available in the game.

However, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is designed only for experienced shooters. This is because you’ll need to make every shot count, as its long reload time can prove to be troublesome for some players.

Sniper Rifle: Highest Range Gun
Sniper Rifle
  • How to craft the Sniper Rifle in Rimworld: To craft this weapon, you’ll first need to complete the Precision rifle research. Once done, head over to the machining table, where you’ll need to spend 60 steel and eight components.

Doom’s Day Rocket Launcher

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 8.0 50.0 Single-use N/A 5.56

By just reading its name, you might have already guessed how powerful this weapon is. Throughout history, Rocket Launchers have been used to create havoc. Whenever someone wants to destroy a vehicle or a building or just blow their enemy to bits, they always use a Rocket Launcher.

The Doom’s Day Rocket Launcher can fire an explosive projectile that can instantly destroy the target. It doesn’t matter if you’re even facing the Centipede; this weapon won’t disappoint you. I mean, can anything go wrong if you have a Rocket Launcher in your hand?

Rimworld best weapons
Doom’s Day Rocket Launcher
  • How to craft the Doom’s Day Rocket Launcher in Rimworld: Unlike the other weapons in the game, this weapon can not be crafted. You can only acquire it by trading or looting it from Raiders. Furthermore, you might also get it as a reward for completing a quest. 

Autocannon Turret

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
3 (per burst)   – 27.0 burst 54% 10.88

The Autocannon Turret is the only automated weapon on our Rimworld best weapons list. If you have this in your arsenal, you won’t have to worry about a single thing since it will do all the dirty work for you. The turret is capable of firing a burst of missiles that deal a decent amount of damage with each hit.

Autocannon turret: Fire burst missiles
Autocannon Turret
  • How to craft the Autocannon Turret in Rimworld: This turret can be crafted by using 350 steel, 40 plasteel, and 6 component. 

Minigun

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
25 (per burst) 10.0 10.0 Burst 22.2% 36.76

The Minigun is one of the best crowd-control weapons in Rimworld. The weapon can fire a burst of 25 rounds, with each dealing a decent amount of damage. Although the weapon’s accuracy is pretty low, it’s still an excellent weapon that can help you take on a group of enemies. In most cases, it is considered better than the LMG.

Even if you’re new to the game, the Minigun can benefit you in many ways. All you need to do is hold down the trigger button while aiming the weapon toward your target, and they’ll get taken down instantly.

Melt Targets Using Minigun
Minigun
  • How to craft the Minigun in Rimworld: To craft this powerful weapon, you will first need to complete the Multibarrel Weapons research and then use the machining table to create it for 160 steel and 20 components.

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Assault Rifle

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
3 (per burst) 3.5 11.0 Burst 65.2% 10.88

The Assault Rife is easily the best all-rounder weapon in Rimworld. You can say it’s a jack of all trades but a master of one. It can help you in multiple situations, even if you’re hunting. The range it offers is better than most other weapons available in the game but isn’t the highest. The damage it deals with each bullet is decent, offering a 3-round burst mechanism.

Three Burst AR Gun
Assault Rifle
  • How to craft the Assault Rifle in Rimworld: This weapon can be crafted after completing the Precision Rifling research. You can then make it on the machining table by spending 60 steel and 7 components.

Charge Rifle

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
3 (per burst) 4.6 15.0 burst 58.8% 13.24

The Charge Rifle kind of operates similarly to the Assault Rifle, but it is better than it is in some scenarios. It has a higher fire rate, a higher damage output, and a decent range. It works well in close and mid-range scenarios; you can trust this weapon against every enemy. The best part about this weapon is that it can even help you against enemies that appear in the late game.

Rimworld best weapons
Charge Rifle
  • How to craft the Charge Rifle in Rimworld: After completing the Pulse-Charged Munitions research, you can create this weapon on the Fabrication Bench for 50 plasteel and two advanced components.

Charge Lance

Burst Count  Weight Damage Mode Accuracy  Damage Per Second 
1 (per burst) 9.0 30.0 single shot 79% 6.82

The Charge Lance is easily the best weapon in Rimworld for many reasons. Its range is amazing; it can deal a lot of damage with each shot, and its high accuracy will help you accurately land all of your shots on the target. Its power can be seen from the fact that the damage it deals with each shot is the highest among all non-explosive ranged weapons in the game.

Rimworld best weapons
Charge Lance

Furthermore, when it comes to armor penetration, no other weapon can do a better job than it. The rate of fire of the Charge Lance is fairly slow, but this is because it takes its time to deliver a powerful shot that can instantly take down some targets. Overall, the Charge Lance is an amazing weapon, and you should try it.

  • How to craft the Charge Lance in Rimworld: You can acquire this weapon after completing the Pulse Charged Munitions research. Once done, you can use the Fabrication Bench to create it for 60 plasteel and three advanced components. 

Summary

This marks the end of our Rimworld best weapons guide. We hope that the guide will help you play the game. Keep in mind that each weapon is different from the others, so we suggest you give all of them a try. Also, keeping different weapons in your arsenal that are ideal for different situations is better.

For instance, if you have a Chain Shotgun for close-range, it will be wise to carry around a weapon for long-range as well. Before you leave, make sure to check out the best Rimworld mods. And if you’re struggling to find components in the game, make sure to check our guide on it as well.

FAQs

Which is the best weapon in Rimworld?

The Charge Lance is the best weapon in Rimworld.

How to craft weapons in Rimworld?

Complete the required research for a weapon and visit a crafting table where you’ll be required to use different materials to craft weapons.

How to equip weapons in Rimworld?

Select your colonist and right-click on the item or weapon that you want to equip it with.

Which weapon is the best for close-range combat in Rimworld?

The Chain Shotgun is extremely deadly in close-range combat.

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