The 10 Best Weapons in 7 Days to Die

The strongest survivors carry only the best weapons.

In 7 Days to Die, your survival quite often depends on what kind of heat you are packing. In a deadly apocalyptic world filled with hordes of feral zombies and mutated animals, it pays to be particular about what kind of weapons you carry. If you are searching for top-notch weaponry in Navezgane, your search ends here.

Whether you prefer to fight from a distance, stay mobile, or like being right in the thick of the horde, we have a weapon for you. Here is our list of the 10 Best Weapons in 7 Days to Die.

  1. Steel Spear
  2. Sniper Rifle
  3. Stun Baton
  4. SMG-5
  5. Machete
  6. Steel Club
  7. .44 Desert Vulture
  8. Auto Shotgun
  9. Rocket Launcher
  10. M60 Machine Gun

1. Steel Spear

Wielding a Steel Spear in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Steel Spear

Spears have always been a staple weapon in survival games, mostly appearing in the form of simple sharpened sticks or throwable javelins. The Steel Spear takes the simple but effective design of this survivalist weapon and cranks it up to 11.

The Steel Spear boasts the longest-ranged melee attack in the game, making it perfect for players who prefer to keep their distance and avoid taking hits as much as possible. Additionally, spear-fighting perks and improved Perception allow the spear to slow enemies struck by its lethal power attack, further improving this powerful weapon’s ability to keep enemies at bay.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Steel Spear.

2. Sniper Rifle

Wielding a Sniper Rifle in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Sniper Rifle

Snipers rejoice! This SVD-inspired rifle is the pinnacle of long-range combat and is the ultimate player-killer. This weapon doesn’t have as long of an effective range as other Rifles, but its extremely high damage value makes it lethal to all but the most resilient enemies. Additionally, this weapon is semi-automatic and can hold more rounds and reload faster than any other rifle, making it more versatile.

Combined with Penetrator and Deadeye perks, this weapon can punch clean through armor and even kill several enemies in a single shot, provided they’re lined up. The major downside to this weapon is its low hip-fire accuracy and overall handling, which make it extremely difficult to use in close quarters and indoors.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Sniper Rifle.

3. Stun Baton

Wielding a Stun Baton in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Stun Baton

As the only Intelligence based melee weapon, it’s easy to overlook this techy Stun Baton. However, players looking for a dynamic and rapid melee weapon will be shocked (pun intended) when they realize just how powerful the Stun Baton can be. This weapon is surprisingly fast, and standard attacks build up a static charge that can be released in a power attack to dramatically boost damage and deliver a debilitating shock to enemies.

Survivors looking to fight smarter instead of harder can boost their melee power by adding electrical damage to their strikes and temporarily incapacitate whole groups of enemies with a powerful shock attack. This makes the Stun Baton an excellent choice for more vulnerable melee fighters and survivors who value elemental damage.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Stun Baton.

4. SMG-5

Wielding the SMG-5 in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a SMG-5

Based on the H&K MP5 (a modern sub-machine gun still widely used to this day), the SMG-5 is a lightweight, versatile weapon that deals nearly as much damage as high-tier Machine Guns. Utilizing cheaper 9mm ammunition, this weapon can hose down targets at a distance and is absolutely devastating in close quarters.

Technically functioning as a member of the Handgun family, this weapon has exceptional hip-fire accuracy and can be effectively fired on the move without impacting your aim. When combined with the Gunslinger perk, the high fire rate of this gun can trigger several critical hits in seconds. Players who prefer to run and gun won’t find a better weapon anywhere in the wasteland.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the SMG-5.

5. Machete

Wielding a Machete in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Machete

Don’t be fooled by its odd shape, as this wicked-looking Machete is an incredibly lethal close-quarters melee weapon. Though it also deals much more damage than other members of the Knife class, the greatest improvement the Machete boasts is that it lacks the range restriction of other knives.

A high-quality Machete can decapitate an enemy in a single blow and leave behind bleeding wounds that can provide several debuffs and damage over time. Players who prefer to stay on the move will appreciate this weapon’s ability to passively kill bleeding enemies while you retreat to a safe position. Plus, look at that sick knuckle-guard grip!

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Machete.

6. Steel Club

Wielding a Steel Club in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Steel Club

Though it may seem like a simple bludgeon, the Steel Club boasts a variety of available debuffs that make it a perfect addition to any number of character types. This weapon does enough damage to crack most skulls in a single blow, and power attacks can stun and knock down enemies, giving you space and leaving your target vulnerable to follow-up attacks.

Additionally, several mods can be applied to this weapon to increase knockdown and stunning power, apply bleed damage, set enemies alight, and more. Regardless of how you want to build out your character, the Steel Club can be configured to be an emergency backup weapon or a crushing primary weapon.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Steel Club.

7. (.44) Desert Vulture

Wielding a .44 Desert Vulture in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a .44 Desert Vulture

Modeled after the absurdly large and widely popular Desert Eagle, the .44 Desert Vulture fires high-caliber .44 Magnum Rounds that can splinter armor and blow apart zombie heads with little effort. Boasting better handling and faster reload speed than the .44 Magnum revolver, the Desert Vulture is the ideal form for high-powered pistols

As part of the Handgun family, this massively powerful weapon is quick on the draw, easy to handle, and capable of taking down most enemies with a single shot to the head. If you’re looking for a quick and deadly action-hero gun, the Desert Vulture is exactly what you need. Just make sure you can handle the recoil.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the .44 Desert Vulture.

8. Auto Shotgun

Wielding an Auto Shotgun in 7 Days to Die
Wielding an Auto Shotgun

It’s hard to look at this weapon and not imagine how fun it is. Though not actually fully automatic, this rapid-fire Auto Shotgun can blow apart enemies, doors, and anything else stupid enough to stand in your way. Offering the fastest reload speed and highest magazine capacity in the Shotgun class, this weapon is easily the most dangerous gun for close-range combat.

When coupled with the Boomstick perk, the Auto Shotgun can effectively stun and dismember enemies in bulk, meaning anything that survives getting blasted by this monster isn’t likely to be much of a threat. The major downside to this weapon is its absolutely terrible range. Nothing that can’t be fixed by modifications, however. Slap on a barrel extension and choke for increased range or install a full-auto trigger and a duckbill mod to sweep through hordes.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Auto Shotgun.

9. Rocket Launcher

Wielding a Rocket Launcher in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Rocket Launcher

The Rocket Launcher is exactly what it sounds like and just as glorious. This marvel of wasteland engineering uses some sort of vacuum system to lob explosive projectiles at alarming speeds. The resource requirements and overall damage of this weapon make it one of the most sought-after weapons in Navezgane and one of the most terrifying weapons in the game.

The Rocket Launcher is capable of firing High-Explosive Rockets that deal heavy damage to enemies and can completely destroy entire houses with a single, well-placed shot. Additionally, Frag Rockets can be loaded in to deal additional damage to enemies for wiping out whole hordes in seconds. The impact area of these rockets is quite large, though, and the only reason it isn’t at the top of the list is it’s nearly useless indoors if you want to live through the aftermath.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the Rocket Launcher.

10. M60 Machine Gun

Wielding an M60 Machine Gun in 7 Days to Die
Wielding an M60 Machine Gun

Modeled after its namesake, the M60 Machine Gun sits at the top of our list due to its incredible damage, ammo capacity, range, and versatility. On its own, this machine gun is capable of ripping through hordes with controlled spray, picking off targets at range with well-placed shots, breaking through doors, shattering armor, and blowing apart enemies who wander too close.

The best part of this wonder-weapon is its ability to easily specialize through the addition of mods, as any modifications have a dramatic impact on the weapon’s performance. Overall, the M60 is the best weapon in 7 Days to Die because of its usefulness in just about any situation. With the right modifications and perks, you may never need another gun by your side.

Learn more in-depth details about how to craft and use the M60 Machine Gun.

Knock em’ Dead

The Fun Pimps have presented players with a great variety of different weapons to adapt to their individual playstyles. Ultimately, the best weapon will depend on how you’ve built your character, and even the most powerful of weapons will be outmatched by one the player can use more effectively.

If you’re looking for the most versatile and adaptable weapons, however, we’d personally vouch for any weapon on this list. Now get out there and put some zombies back in the ground!

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About Aaron Van Dyck

Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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