Sons of the Forest BEST Weapons: Ranged & Melee

Wield the best weapons to overpower these Mutants and Cannibals!

Sons Of The Forest has a big catalog of weapons to choose from, and that includes both ranged and melee weapons in the game. However, there are only a few weapons in both categories that get the title of the best weapons. Obtaining some of these weapons can get a bit tricky, but we will guide you through the process.

Key Takeaways
  • The Best Sons of the Forest Weapons have been divided into two different categories, including Melee and Ranged Weapons.
  • The Best Melee Weapons include a modern axe, chainsaw, katana, machete, stun baton, crafted club, and spear.
    • Modern Axe is the best version of the axe and is quite useful against both enemies and cutting down trees.
    • The Chainsaw is a great choice for dealing with groups of enemies using a melee weapon.
    • Katana is a fast close-range weapon that you can use to quickly slice off the limbs of mutants.
    • Machete is almost similar to the katana, but it deals more knockback to enemies as well.
    • The Stun Baton can be used to paralyze enemies in the game.
    • The Club and Spear are great choices for early-game melee weapons.
  • The Best Ranged Weapons include the compound bow, crossbow, pistol, revolver, shotgun, and crafted bow.
    • Compound Bow is the best version of the bow in the game and has the potential to one-shot most enemies.
    • The Crossbow is faster than the compound bow but deals less damage additionally.
    • Pistol has a bigger magazine, but the Revolver deals more damage in a single shot.
    • The Shotgun is the best-ranged weapon to deal with groups of enemies in the game.
    • Lastly, the Crafted Bow is the best choice for an early-game ranged weapon additionally.
  • In order to obtain some of these best weapons, you’ll need to get your hands on the Shovel and Keycards in the game.

Our picks for the best weapons in Sons of the Forest, compared to each other in the table below:

WeaponsSpeedDamageRange
Modern AxeMediumGodly-
ChainsawHighMediumMedium
KatanaHighMediumShort
Machete---
Stun Baton---
Crafted Club---
Crafted Spear---
Compound BowLow-MediumHighHigh
CrossbowLowMedium-HighMedium-High
PistolFastLow-Mediummedium
RevolverHighMedium-HighMedium-High
ShotgunSlow-MediumHigh-MediumShort
Crafted BowMedium-HighMediumLow-Medium

The Best Weapons In Sons of the Forest

As we have already mentioned before, the game features two different types of weapons, including ranged and melee. Additionally, some of these weapons can be crafted, while others are located in the various bunkers and caves scattered around the world of the game. 

Best Melee Weapons

Melee weapons are used for close-range combat in the game, where you get face-to-face with the enemies, such as the cannibals, and smash them to their death. The following are the best melee weapons in the game;

  • Modern Axe
  • Chainsaw
  • Katana
  • Machete
  • Stun Baton
  • Crafted Club
  • Crafted Spear

Modern Axe

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The Modern Axe And Its Location In The Game (Image Captured by Us)

The Modern Axe is the strongest version of the axe that you can find in the game, and it doubles down as an extremely powerful melee weapon as well. Not only will this axe deal massive damage to Cannibals, but it is also more useful for cutting down the trees in the game.

However, the only negative thing about the weapon is that it is a bit slow to swing, but it hits hard when you do land a strike with the weapon. As for how to obtain the modern axe, you’ll have to go visit an Abandoned Camp, which has been marked on the map shown in the image above. Once you arrive at that camp, you will find the modern axe placed on a dead body which you can pick up.

Chainsaw

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The Chainsaw And Its Location In The Game (Image Captured by eXputer)
SpeedDamage
MediumGodly

The Chainsaw is an extremely powerful melee weapon to take down groups of enemies in the game. You can basically just slash away at a group of cannibals or mutants once you fire up that Chainsaw in Sons Of The Forest. 

In order to obtain the weapon, you’ll have to make your way to the location marked on the map. There you will find the entrance to a cave, and inside the cave will be an entire hidden facility. Make your way to the theatre room inside the cave, and there you will find the chainsaw placed on a dead body in Sons Of The Forest.

Katana

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The Katana And Its Location In The Game (Image by eXputer)
SpeedDamageRange
HighMediumMedium

The Katana is a fast and swift weapon to slash down your enemies in the game. You will be able to cut off the limbs of your opponents very easily using the katana. It is basically a fast melee weapon that you can use at close-range. The damage might not be on par with something like the modern axe, but it is the speed that matters.

You will have more room to dodge whilst dealing damage to cannibals in the game while using the Katana. When you arrive at the location shown in the image above, you will find an entrance to a cave. Inside the cave, the Katana will be present in one of the rooms where you will be able to pick it up. 

Machete

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The Machete And Its Location In The Game (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
SpeedDamageRange
HighMediumShort

The Machete is almost similar to the katana except that it deals more knockback to enemies in the game. Basically, you’ll be able to stop the attacks of your enemies and force them back while you deal damage to them. It is also another swift weapon that you can use at close range.

It is additionally very easy to obtain the Machete in Sons Of The Forest. Just make your way to the beach marked in the image above, and the weapon will be present on one of the deflated boats in the area.\

Stun Baton

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The Stun Baton And Its Location In The Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

The Stun Baton is an underrated weapon in the game, as most players generally overlook its actual potential since it doesn’t directly deal any damage. This weapon shines the most in multiplayer or CO-OP. Basically, the stun baton can paralyze an enemy for a certain amount of time.

While the enemy is paralyzed, you can deal massive damage by attacking their heads aka by performing headshots. In multiplayer, one player can use the stun baton to paralyze an enemy while the other swiftly aims for the head with their ranged weapon.

The stun baton is also another easy-to-obtain weapon in the game, and all you need to do is go to the location marked on the map. You will arrive at the waterfall, and in the middle of a small piece of land near the waterfall, you will find a pile of skulls. The stun baton will be present in that pile of skulls.

Crafted Club

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The Crafted Club In The Game (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The reason we put the Club on our list of best weapons is that it is a great weapon in your early game, as you can easily craft it using sticks, skulls, and rope in Sons Of The Forest. All of these items can be easily obtained in the game, so you can craft the club early on. Additionally, the club is another heavy hitter in the game; however, it is slow as well. But it deals massive damage to enemies if you use it strategically. 

Crafted Spear

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The Crafted Spear In The Game (Image credit: eXputer)

The Spear is another great choice for an early-game melee weapon in the game. It is additionally easy to craft as all you need to make it is sticks, a knife, and duct tape. The spear has a longer range than any other melee weapon on our list, so it actually allows you to stay at a distance from enemies. However, it does deal less damage compared to other melee weapons as well.

Best Ranged Weapons

Ranged weapons include guns and bows that you will utilize to take out your enemies from a distance. However, some of the guns will require you to get close and personal, but not as much as the melee weapons. The following are the best-ranged weapons in the game;

  • Compound Bow
  • Crossbow
  • Pistol
  • Revolver
  • Shotgun
  • Crafted Bow

You should note that most of the long-range weapons in the game are guns, and the ammunition for guns is quite limited. However, you can make the best use of guns by giving them to Virginia, a companion in Sons Of The Forest who will defend your base using these guns. The trick here is that Virginia doesn’t run out of ammo for these weapons and acts as the best defense for your base when she is equipped with guns in the game.

Compound Bow

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The Compound Bow And Its Location In The Game (Image Captured by Us)
SpeedDamageRange
Low-MediumHighHigh

The Compound Bow is not only the best bow but also an amazing ranged weapon in the game. Its headshot damage is so good that you’ll end up killing most enemies in a single hit if you’re good at landing headshots in Sons Of The Forest. The damage output of this weapon at the range is just outstanding, and you can pick up the arrows from enemies that you kill, so you’ll always have enough ammo.

In order to obtain the weapon, make sure that you have the Shovel with you in the game. With the shovel in your inventory, go to the location marked on the map, and there you will come across an area where the game will allow you to dig. Use the shovel, and you will uncover a bunker entrance. The compound bow will be present inside the bathroom of the bunker in Sons Of The Forest.

Crossbow

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The Crossbow And Its Location In The Game (Image Captured by eXputer)
SpeedDamageRange
LowMedium-HighMedium-High

The Crossbow is faster to use than the compound bow and can shoot multiple bolts at once as well. It is also a really good long-range weapon that you can use in the game. The crossbow itself is located in a lab, and the entrance to the lab is connected to a cave.

The entrance to the cave is marked on the map in the image above, and once you enter the lab, you’ll need another important item to proceed. You will need a Maintenance Keycard here in order to unlock the door and the lab. Inside the lab, you will find the crossbow on the ground between dead bodies. 

Pistol

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The Pistol And Its Location In The Game (Image by eXputer)
SpeedDamageRangeMax. Stack
FastLow-MediumMedium12

The Pistol is the first long-range gun on our list of the best long-range weapons. Guns have limited ammo, so always use them when absolutely necessary. However, the pistol deals decent damage at medium to long range, and you can deal bonus damage if you land a headshot additionally.

You can also obtain the pistol quite easily. It is located in the ocean marked in the image above. In that area, you will find a raft where you’ll get some supplies in addition to the Pistol itself. Additionally, you can upgrade the pistol with attachments found in Sons Of The Forest as well.

Revolver

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The Revolver And Its Location In The Game (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
SpeedDamageRangeMax. Stack
HighMedium-HighMedium-High6

The Revolver deals massive damage even at range which makes it better than the pistol in that regard. However, the magazine size of the revolver is less than other guns in the game, which is why it is not always a good choice to use the revolver when you are surrounded by enemies. You can quickly kill a cannibal from afar using the revolver before entering combat, though.

You will need the Shovel in order to get your hands on the revolver additionally. Once you get the Shovel, go dig up the land at the location marked on the map, and a bunker entrance will reveal itself. You will find the revolver in the very first room of the bunker, and it will be placed near a dead body in the game.

Shotgun

item in the game
The Shotgun And Its Location In The Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
SpeedDamageRangeMax. Stack
Slow-MediumHigh-MediumShort1

The Shotgun doesn’t necessarily have a long range compared to other guns on our list, but it still gives you more room against enemies when compared to melee weapons. Additionally, the firepower of the shotgun is enough to deal with multiple enemies at once, and it is useful to clear out groups of cannibals or mutants.

The easiest way to obtain the shotgun involves the use of the Shovel in Sons Of The Forest. Go to the location marked on the map and start digging. You will dig up a grave, and inside the coffin, the shotgun will be waiting for you.

Crafted Bow

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The Crafted Bow In The Game (Image credit: eXputer)
SpeedDamageRange
Medium-HighMediumLow-Medium

The final weapon on our list of best-ranged weapons is the Bow that you can craft in the game. It is not much, but it is a great choice for a ranged weapon during your early game in Sons Of The Forest. You can easily craft the bow using sticks, rope, and duct tape, and the bow will carry you for the entirety of your early game long-range combat additionally.

Summary

Sons Of The Forest is an extremely fun survival game that you can play with friends. Getting stranded on an island and then finding gear for your survival makes for one thrilling experience in video games. You will face many challenges and monsters that will try to kill you, but overcoming these problems and creating your own base in the game is what Sons Of The Forest is all about.

This concludes our guide on the Best Weapons in Sons Of The Forest. We have entailed not only the best-ranged weapons but also the best melee weapons in the game additionally. The locations of all of these weapons have also been explained in complete detail. We have also clarified the best weapons in the early game as well as the late game. We hope that the guide was helpful in getting overpowered. Let us know what you think about Sons Of The Forest in the comments below!


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Haris Umer is a Guides Writer on eXputer who can be seen torturing himself by playing FromSoftware’s offering of Souls games. He speaks about games with overwhelming passion, which readers can spot in his guides. Elden Ring is his all-time favorite soulslike game.  Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Masters In Computer Science || Previously Worked as a Freelance Writer || Published 150+ Guides 

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