Mass Effect 3: Best/Worst Weapons and How the New Reckoning Weapons Stack Up

*Update* Sorry, I accidentally copied wrong DPS data for pistols into this.  The post has been updated to reflect the corrections.  Thanks to all you guys for pointing out that I effed up, ha! :)

Thanks to Cyonan’s data-mining efforts, the damage stats for the new Reckoning weapons are now out (see full post here).  I did you all a favor and sorted the data for you to rank the top 10 weapons by DPS (damage per second), which is really the stat that counts on Platinum.  The stats assume that you have the weapon at level X, more than one clip worth of ammo to use, and you know how to reload cancel.

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*Geth Plasma SMG, Striker Assault Rifle, and N7 Typhoon Assault Rifle omitted because their damage is variable.

Ok, so what are the BEST WEAPONS in the game?  Well, that really depends on the character you use and your playstyle.  I’m going to simplify it into CLOSE RANGE, MEDIUM/LONG RANGE, and ALL AROUND best weapons.

BEST CLOSE RANGE WEAPONS

N7 PIRANHA Shotgun – 1075.81 DPS

AT-12 RAIDER Shotgun – 1226.99 DPS

REEGAR CARBINE Shotgun – 3885.71 DPS

BEST MEDIUM/LONG RANGE WEAPONS

GETH SPITFIRE Assault Rifle – 830.4 DPS

HURRICANE SMG – 905.3 DPS

BEST ALL AROUND WEAPON

CERBERUS HARRIER Assault Rifle – 908.19 DPS

I swear by the Harrier in almost all Platinum matches.  Its stability and accuracy makes it a great long range weapon and its rate of fire and fast reload allows you to deal with close-up swarms as well.  Paired with the Turian Ghost, it makes solo-ing Platinum look easy.

You might be wondering why I didn’t include Sniper Rifles for Long Range weapons – well, this ranking is really meant for Platinum solo/duo level playing.  In general, being a sniper isn’t really viable for solo Platinum matches because of the swarming masses of enemies that get up close really fast.  A Geth Infiltrator with a Javelin can wreck it on a Platinum match with a full team but without other teammates drawing aggro, being a sniper means death IMHO. :)

Now for the worst prizes –

WORST RECKONING WEAPON

ADAS SYNTHETIC RIFLE Assault Rifle – 302.38 DPS

WORST WEAPON THAT SHOULD BE GOOD BECAUSE IT’S ULTRA RARE

COLLECTOR SMG – 320.93 DPS

WORST OVERALL WEAPON

FALCON Assault Rifle – 227.73 DPS

Well, you know what they say – there’s no such thing as a bad weapon, only a bad player :)

Do you agree/disagree with this list?  Let me know in comments!

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