Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (2024)

Last Updated on July 2, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

This FTL weapon tier list details the best weapons to enhance your odds of victory against the Rebel Flagship, helping both new and experienced players overcome the difficult decision of which weapons to use. These best weapons offer high damage, flexibility, cost efficiency or other utility that make them important to acquire as you jump across galactic sectors.

Whether you want to use beam weapons, lasers, missiles, bombs, flak or ions you will learn the best options in each class here and backup options when players aren’t lucky enough to find them. This list is based on the Advanced Edition update which adds new weapon mechanics from the standard base game with spoilers for all weapons below.

Table of Contents:
Tier List Summary
FTL Best Weapons – What Makes Them Good
Tier List Detailed

FTL Best Weapons Tier List Summary

This FTL Weapon Tier List is split into S, A and B tiers with a brief description of what makes each weapon effective so you can create the FTL best weapon combos for your playstyle. Weapons not featured here are below B tier and while they might be useful when you have no other choice they shouldn’t be a priority and only includes purchasable weapons from sector stores.

Weapon NameWeapon TypeWeapon TierNotes
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (1)Burst Laser IILaserSHighly efficient power to shot ratio for taking out shields this is your best laser weapon
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (2)Flak IFlakSA common weapon that is relatively easy to obtain while being effective for shields and damage
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (3)Halberd BeamBeamSAn uncommon weapon with high damage potential when enemy shields are down
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (4)Hull Laser IILaserAAverage power efficiency but packs a punch for removing shields or direct damage
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (5)Charge Laser IILaserAHigher power requirement than other lasers but effective at full charge if you can’t find other laser options
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (6)Hull BeamBeamASimilar damage to Halberd but only for systemless rooms which lowers effectiveness against some enemy types
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (7)Pike BeamBeamAA staple beam weapon option with huge length to hit many rooms
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (8)Small BombBombAYour basic common and reliable bomb option that is effective against all enemy types
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (9)Breach Bomb IIBombADeadly system damage for the power required although rare to obtain
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (10)Heavy Crystal ICrystalAHits hard for the power investment required with quick charge time
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (11)Heavy Laser IILaserBHigh damage although has low overall shots for power required so not great against high enemy shields
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (12)Chain LaserLaserBGood balance of power to shot ratio although only excels in long battles due to the chaining mechanic
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (13)Charge Laser ILaserBThe weaker option of the charge laser weapon archetype but still provides good power requirement to shot ratio
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (14)Flak IIFlakBMassive number of projectiles makes for a deadly weapon but long charge time makes it difficult to use effectively
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (15)Swarm MissilesMissileBThe best of the missile weapons (excluding unique ship starting weapons) that can turn one missile into three
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (16)Charge IonIonBThe best of the Ion weapons in FTL as you can fire multiple shots in quick succession to disable an enemy
Faster Than Light (FTL) Weapon Tier List - Best Weapons Guide - Games Finder (17)Crystal Burst ICrystalBAn effective weapon that can fill a laser type role if necessary but is lacking compared to other options

FTL Best Weapons – What Makes Them Good

While you might have a playstyle preference for particular weapons FTL has some clear stronger weapon options that will make your game attempts significantly easier because of the following factors.

  • Raw Damage: Damage is an important factor as players need sufficient damage to overcome shields and then bring the enemy hull to zero. Damage comes at the cost of utility and reactor power though so cannot be the only factor in your weapon strategy.
  • Speed: Weapon speed is an important consideration as firing the first shot can be a significant advantage in FTL as it prevents you from taking damage or potentially losing your own weapon systems in the first volley of enemy attacks. Speed also allows you to keep up a relentless assault on the enemy to keep them focused on repair rather than fighting back which will save you Scrap money in the long run from repair costs.
  • Power and Slot Efficiency: Power and slot efficiency is important as your weapon slots and reactor power needed for these slots is limited and can also be impacted by your choice of FTL ship. With increasing costs of upgrading your reactor and maximum weapon system power overall you’ll want to utilise weapons that give you the best return on power and slots invested.
  • Flexibility: With randomisation a core part of games like FTL having weapons that are flexible against a range of opponents and situations are better. Weapons that are deadly by themselves and don’t rely on the player having other specific weapons to be effective are particularly stronger options.
  • Availability and Cost: Each weapon in FTL has a rarity factor that also needs to be considered, if you wait around too long for the perfect rare weapon you’ll likely find yourself disappointed in most FTL attempts. There is also an element of cost to this as weapon prices vary and certain weapons are highly efficient for the Scrap cost.

FTL Weapons Tier List (S Tier)

There are 3 purchasable weapons in Faster Than Light that sit far above the others and acquiring any single one of these is a big leap towards success in your run due to the power they offer. These weapons are all highly power efficient for the amount of damage they deal to enemy ships and aren’t too rare that you’ll never see at least one per run.

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Burst Laser II

The Burst Laser II is a formidable weapon although is the rarest of the S tier weapons overall so don’t expect to regularly find it in stores or as a quest reward. When you do manage to get it though it makes for the basis of many great FTL best weapon combo options that can carry you through the entire game. The strength of this option comes from the low power requirement of 2 which gives you a total of 3 shots that make it deadly for removing enemy shields early, mid and late game without a significant investment. This should be paired with another laser or flak weapon to ensure enemy shields are always down along with a weapon for dealing direct damage to an enemy ship.

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Flak I

A surprisingly common weapon for how powerful it is which means you can somewhat reliably expect to see it in your FTL runs despite the randomisation. Similar to the Burst Laser II above this weapon gives you 3 shots for 2 power and its short charge time of 10 means you can easily take out shields if or deal damage instead. The Flak weapon archetype was added in the Advanced Edition and gives players another core weapon type which like lasers is effective against shields and hull damage that make the weapon archetype broadly being a good choice for this flexibility.

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Halberd Beam

Learning how to use beam weapons effectively can be a great way to tackle the higher difficulties of FTL and the Halberd Beam is an easy addition if you encounter it. Similar to the other FTL best weapons in S tier this is an efficient weapon requiring 3 power for 2 damage although this is easily multiplied with common layouts making it easy to target at least 3 rooms for a total of 6 damage. With planning, practice and some memorisation of the common layouts this weapon is a great asset although you need to pair it with a weapon capable of disrupting enemy shields first.

FTL Weapons Tier List (A Tier)

The A tier on this FTL best weapons tier list are your bread and butter in most Faster Than Light runs because they are more common than S tier weapons. While not as effective as the best weapon choices this tier has a wealth of solid options and their availability ensures you’ll usually find several throughout a game to combine together for a solid offence.

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Hull Laser II

While not quite as power efficient with 3 power for 3 damage the charge time for attacks is quite reasonable to ensure you can attack early and keep the pressure on the enemy ship. This weapon is a viable weapon to take down shields, disable systems or cause massive hull damage to systemless rooms when appropriate although not all ships have systemless rooms to target.

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Charge Laser II

Offering a total of 4 shots at full charge for 3 power the Laser Charger II is effective although you’ll need to wait 20 seconds for all shots to be available which means you’ll be taking some hits from the enemy before you can charge up your full attack. Regardless if you can obtain one or two and focus on your own shield upgrades you’ll find that enemy shields and ship systems melt.

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Hull Beam

Can achieve similar damage to the Halberd beam although relies on systemless rooms instead of having the flexibility of any room. This makes it equally effective against some of the enemy ships you’ll encounter but will require additional thought about placement to maximise damage. This weapon is also one of the faster beam weapons available to compensate somewhat for this limitation so you can easily follow up an attack from another weapon that has dropped an enemy shield.

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Pike Beam

Offering a huge amount of length the 1 damage on this weapon can be misleading as on the larger ships you can hit nearly every single room for a respectable amount of damage. This low damage and the beam archetype does require you to first deal with enemy shields though.

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Small Bomb

A basic bomb that is readily available across your adventures and only uses a single power that can make it an effective addition to your line up for its 2 system damage if you are struggling to find better options. This option is generally a better choice than missile options given the faster charge and the ability to bypass defence drones of your opponent.

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Breach Bomb II

Another bomb option although slightly less power efficient than the small bomb it can still be extremely devastating to systems and allows you to follow up your other weapons with extra damage. The high charge time of 17 seconds does reduce the overall damage output and can make it hard to time with your other weapons for burst damage though.

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Heavy Crystal I

Having similarities to the laser weapon type crystal weapons are often directly competing for this role in your weapon slots. Combined with the rarity of this weapon archetype you’ll unlikely be using this often but if you do encounter the Heavy Crystal I it can be worth acquiring given it deals 2 damage for only 1 power that make it power efficient although reliant on having other hard hitting weapons alongside it.

FTL Weapons Tier List (B Tier)

The B tier weapons are still capable of winning a battle but should never be your first or second choice if other options are available and should be replaced when possible. Generally they fall short in a key area but with the right mixture or combined with a single A or S tier weapon above you’ll likely still be able to achieve a hard-fought victory.

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Heavy Laser II

Comes with a higher power requirement of 3 than the better laser options but is somewhat saved by the higher damage that means it can pack a punch once you are past enemy shields. With only 2 shots itself though it is unlikely to be a counter to enemy shields in its own right.

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Chain Laser

An effective 2 power for 2 shots laser but starts with a large charge time of 16 seconds that reduces its overall damage output and removes the potential to strike before most enemy weapons charge up. While this does eventually come down to 7 seconds over time in lengthy battles with enemies these are rarely in your best interest as it means more opportunities to take damage to your own ship.

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Charge Laser I

Another 2 power for 2 shots laser that has good overall charge time at 12 seconds which make the weapon a viable option if you aren’t locating the other laser options while shopping.

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Flak II

While this weapon comes with an insanely devastating 7 projectiles in each shot that will take down even the most stubborn shield it is a slow weapon that is often overkill for the task at hand and potentially uses power that could be better invested on another weapon. If you have really strong defences you can limit the damage you take while this weapon is charging but there are better lower charge time options that are just as effective while allowing you to take the initiative in the battle instead.

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Swarm Missiles

The best FTL missile weapon available given you can rapidly fire off up to 3 missiles for a single missile resource which counters one of the core issues of missile weapons. It’s also got a short cooldown in general that lets you fire an initial missile in 7 seconds to disable an enemy system. Missiles alone are not a fantastic long term strategy though as they are resource gated and can be countered by defensive drones with ease so you should never rely solely on a missile weapon.

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Charge Ion

The FTL best ion weapon that you’ll occasionally see in your travels and offers a different pathway to disabling an enemy compared to conventional weapons featured so far. Capable of firing 3 shots when fully charged for 2 power this weapon has average charge time and can be used to disable systems although direct damage from other options is generally more effective if you have those options.

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Crystal Burst I

Another viable crystal weapon for those that encounter them this is the common variant of this archetype. Offering a familiar 2 power and 2 shots that many laser weapons have the average charge time of 15 seconds prevents this weapon from being in a higher tier although it is cheap to acquire when found and can be used until you find an upgrade.

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Samuel Franklin

Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

As a seasoned FTL captain with countless Rebel Flagship victories Sam has mastered all the game’s challenging mechanics and unpredictable randomisation. With each run offering a fresh and exciting experience through different ship options, weapon loadouts and strategies Sam has hundreds of different FTL runs under this belt. Despite conquering FTL with all the available ships and layouts he consistently returns to the game for the thrill of its complexity where he favours the classic Kestrel Cruiser to explore the galaxy sectors.

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