Days Gone Best Weapons Guide

You need the best weapons to slay all those mindless zombies in Days Gone.

There’s no survival without some aggression. Days Gone puts as much emphasis on weapons as it does on stealth, encouraging players to use both for the best possible result. In our Weapons Guide, we discuss the different weapon types along with tips on how to upgrade and repair them in Days Gone.

Days Gone Best Weapons

Every weapon in Days Gone is tailored to different situational combat scenarios and playstyles. For example, a Combat Knife would be more suited for stealth kills, especially when it comes to a horde of the undead.

Meanwhile, a mine or an explosive will be a louder alternative to getting rid of the swarms of zombies. For picking out smaller groups of zombies while attempting your escape, Assault Rifles are the ideal weapons to use.

How to store Weapons

It should be noted that acquiring weapons from the open world isn’t as simple as picking them up. Surely, you can use them temporarily but the moment you un-equip them, they’re gone.

That’s because only owned weapons can be stored in Lockers. Therefore, you’ll first need to spend credits before you can call a weapon truly yours.

Weapon Durability

Continued usage of weapons will decrease the durability of weapons rendering them obsolete. These effects apply to Melee Weapons as well.


Whether you find a weapon in a bad state or hold onto a new one long enough that it starts to deteriorate, the stats for the equipment will suffer.

As this point, you can proceed to repair your weapons. It’s best to unlock the Field Repair skill early on in the game so you can use pieces of Scrap to repair your weapons.

Later, when you begin scavenging areas for resources, you’ll come across materials that will let you upgrade your weapons for power, range, and durability. In terms of ammo, when you run out of bullets, purchase more back at the camp.

You can also carry extra ammunition pouches by making relevant purchases at the camp after reaching a decent enough Trust level with your people. Another good strategy would be to save up on bullets by making every shot count. Unlocking the “Focus Shot” ability will help in this regard to slow down time and thus increase the accuracy of your aim.

Best Weapons

As we have established already, how important the weapons can be but certain weapons are the most important and if you happen to find such in the game you must get them.

Based on their devastating power and good control and how they come handy in rather hopeless situation, following are the best weapons:

  • Chicago Chopper: This beast SMG can kill one freaker per shot and can shoot 330 rounds in 1 mag. This can be found in Wizard Island
  • .50 BFG: This sniper rifle is best against the elite enemies like Breakers and Ragers. Mostly it kills in shot but for stronger enemies, 3 are enough

Drifter Crossbow: This weapon is best for stealth mode and you can even reuse the bolts you shoot. When you are low on resources you can craft these too

Here’s a full table of the firearms you’ll be able to acquire in the game as you explore the world:

22 RepeaterRifle210005
SWAT 10SMG3150030
Lil’ StubbySidearm320005
C8 RifleSniper322505
M50 ReisingRifle4250015
Talon 7Sniper437505
Combat ShotgunShotgun425009
Chi ChopperSMG4300055
The CowboyRifle410006
Nock VolleyShotgun425001
Big GameRifle5375010
.50 BFGSniper5300010

Unique Weapons

While not necessarily the best, there are some unique weapons in Days Gone too! For instance, the Boozer’s Shotgun which you get in early stages of the game. This weapon is your best shot at enemies early into the game and will surely be extremely helpful in short ranges

SSR is a unique sniper rifle that you get to use while playing the ‘’ You won’t be needing this’’ mission in the main storyline. Sadly you will not have that weapon forever as you drop it after the mission ends but you still get it at some point in the game

The third unique weapon will be the Drifter crossbow mentioned above! We know how helpful it can be when you go stealth mode and shoot the bolt even at Torso as the damage is quite high. You get this weapon automatically after finishing’’ We’ve All done Things’’ main storyline mission.


When it comes to taking things a bit slower and quietly, Melee Weapons and Crossbows are the way to go.

Days Gone has a variety of both blunt and sharp Melee Weapons ranging from baseball bats, pipes, and axes to clubs, crowbars, machetes, knives, and even wooden table legs.

Crossbows are a great way of silently killing enemies from a great range.

Your firearms don’t go to waste here either since you can equip a silencer on these guns so you can continue to shoot while keeping a low profile.

This can be done by heading to the Crafting Menu and constructing the silencer, provided you have the relevant materials needed for the process.

Keeping things as quiet as possible, you can also use a distraction to enhance your stealth encounters.

The “Rock On” ability under the “Melee Skills” tab will allow you to use nearby rocks to stun or distract enemies opening up other possibilities in stealth combat or traversal. When enemies are stunned, move near them to eliminate them for good.

Other Weapons

In Days Gone, your regular firearms and melee weapons aren’t the only causing of erupting violence or packing action.

Your motorcycle is an excellent versatile tool that you can use to “speed-kill” enemies in front of you. Should you find an enemy camp, you can pit the human foes against the Freakers so it works to your advantage.

This can be done by creating an explosion or simply, luring them towards the enemy camp.

On a similar note, most of the animal species in Days Gone, like wolves, for example, will be hostile towards the undead before they pick a fight against you so this interaction will also work in your favour. These are weapons of a different nature, thanks to the environmental interaction in the game.

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