The 16 Most Badass Video Game Weapons

When it comes to beating nearly every video game, the weapon you choose to do so is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make. From Nintendo to PS4, even cheap Xbox One games require a weapon powerful enough to help you fight your way to the finish. Regardless of your platform of choice, a badass weapon for your character is as essential as the controller is for you, the gamer.

Whether you choose a sword, gun, or bare hands, the decision you make will ultimately shape your entire gaming experience. Not only will it give you a competitive advantage over your enemies, but sometimes it even comes equipped with an additional boost that can ultimately shape the way you play. But it’s not always about the weapon - it’s more so about how you choose to use it. 

So, what are some of the best video game weapons of all time? We wanted to find out. Keep reading below as we celebrate some of the most badass video game weapons of all time.

Ebony and Ivory (Devil May Cry)

If you’re a fan of the Devil May Cry series, then you’ve likely seen this gun numerous times. Easily one of the coolest, most badass weapons in video game history, Dante is seen hoisting the two custom semi-auto pistols called Ebony and Ivory, respectively, throughout each of his battles. While they may not look like much compared to some of the others on this list, we all know that simply isn’t true.

Farsight XR20 (Perfect Dark)

While some of you may not be familiar with the Farsight XR20, the rest of you are perfectly aware of the capabilities of this weapon. For those of you that are unaware, imagine what a sniper rifle and a railgun would look like and then give it nearly unlimited range and critical damage ability. Essentially, that is exactly what the Farsight XR20 is, which is precisely why it was a no-brainer.

Shrink Gun (Doom)

Doom has always been pretty well known for having over the top artillery. While the Shrink Gun is completely non-lethal, it deserves to be on this list solely for the fact that it is able to shrink the biggest and baddest aliens down -  to the size of a mouse. For those of you that have ever played Doom, you know how helpful (and hilarious) that can be.

Plasma Cutter (Dead Space)

Another atypical weapon that had to make our list is the Plasma Cutter from Dead Space. While technically a mining instrument used by the main character in Dead Space, the Plasma Cutter has some other unforeseen uses throughout the game. Most notably, it’s particularly useful at removing the limbs of enemies in practically any scenario.

Railgun (Quake 3)

For Quake players, there’s certainly no shortage of weaponry to choose from when it comes to taking down your enemies. Whether you want to use a massive rocket launcher or a one-shot kill weapon of your choosing, there is no lack of either. However, while we may be slightly biased in this pick, we think the Railgun is perhaps one of the single deadliest weapons not only in Quake, but also on this list.

M42 Fatman (Fallout)

When you find yourself journeying through the Fallout wastelands, you need to be sure you have an adequate weapon to accompany you. If you’re looking for the best, look no further than the M42 Fatman. To put it simply, the M42 Fatman shoots nukes - and shoots them well, and we mean that quite literally.

Master Sword (The Legend of Zelda)

Perhaps one of the most iconic weapons in video game history, the Master Sword of The Legend of Zelda franchise is one that couldn’t be left off this list even if we tried to do so. 

Not only has it helped Link travel through time, but it has also been known to turn Link’s enemies into stone and even steal power from the evilest of enemies. While there may be others that are more powerful (cough, cough, Biggoron’s Sword, cough), anyone who knows a thing or two about video games knows the Master Sword when they see it.

Revolver Gunblade (Final Fantasy VIII)

Another iconic video game weapon is the Revolver Gunblade, as seen in Final Fantasy VIII. While Final Fantasy VIII wasn’t everyone’s favorite installment of the Final Fantasy series, the Revolver Gunblade came from it, which is enough for us. Not only is it amusing to use in the game, but it’s also incredibly badass.

Now someone PLEASE tell us how it actually works!

Blades of Chaos (God of War)

When you think of badass video game weapons, there are only a few that immediately come to mind with an image as clear as the  Blades of Chaos. Are they sickles? Are they chains? Who cares!

Bestowed by Aries and used by Kratos in God of War, the Blades of Chaos do quite literally what the name implies. Not only do they come in handy a considerable amount of times in God of War, but they will forever be a monumental symbol for the game series.

Buster Sword (Final Fantasy VII)

Another great weapon coming from the Final Fantasy franchise is the Buster Sword. Seen in Final Fantasy VII, the Buster Sword is so much more than an enormous single-edge sword. Well, even if it technically is, the Buster Sword is still one of the most badass weapons any character can use.

Passed on to Cloud Strife by his buddy/mentor Zack Fair, this literally larger-than-life weapon that epitomizes the bizarre physics of video games actually traces its design to the very real Japanese weapon called the zanbatou / zanmatou. Of course, no one actually carried it one-handed like Cloud does.


Mark II Lancer Assault Rifle (Gears of War)

Gears of War is one of the most badass games to ever be made, so it only seems fitting to have the Mark II Lancer Assault Rifle on our list. The combination of chainsaw and gun merged into one incredibly useful weapon when fighting enemies of all species. Yes, we know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s also totally badass and well-deserving of its place on our list.

BFG9000 (Doom)

Another great weapon coming from the Doom collection is the BFG9000. The name practically says it all - it’s a big effing gun that is just one shy of being OVER NINE THOUSAND! 

While we can’t outright tell you what the name means, just imagine a massive plasma gun that can kill anything that stands in front of it. There isn’t much to be said about this weapon that it can’t say for itself, so we suggest you go test it out for a few rounds in Doom to see for yourself.

Gravity Gun (Half-Life 2)

Among several strange weapons to come from the Half-Life franchise, the Gravity Gun is by far our favorite. Essentially, it does precisely what its name implies, but when you think about all of its capabilities, it’s actually considerably useful. While it may take players some getting used to using, we believe it will be one of their favorites when it’s all said and done, as well.

Energy Sword (Halo)

For veteran Halo fans, nothing was better than finding the Energy Sword, and you always seemed to find it at the most opportune time. While you were only able to start using it in Halo 2, the Energy Sword quickly became a fan favorite both during the campaign and during multiplayer game modes. Despite its lack of long-range capabilities, the Energy Sword was especially deadly in close-quarters combat - and particularly stealthy, if we might also add.

Hidden Blade (Assassin's Creed)

Speaking of stealth, we couldn’t possibly leave the Hidden Blade off of this list. When playing a game such as Assassin’s Creed, stealth is critical, which means your weapons must be agile to quickly kill enemies. While it may not be the most devastating weapon on this list, it certainly was if you were on the wrong end of it.

Scorpion's Spear (Mortal Kombat)

Last, but certainly not least, is Scorpion’s Spear. Yes, this list couldn’t possibly end without the infamous weapon of choice of Scorpion from Mortal Kombat and for no other reason than to hear, “GET OVER HERE!!”

What are some of your favorite video game weapons? Did we forget to mention any of your most memorable items? Let us know in the comments section below what you would take into battle with you.
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