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Types of RPG Weapons and Tools to Create Weapons

Types of RPG Weapons and Tools to Create Weapons

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January 31, 2024

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Role-playing games, aka RPG, are thrilling in themselves, but RPG weapons are another factor that doubles it up. For the players, weapons play an integral role in exercising their role and achieving game objectives. Role-playing weapons are important to bring immersion and make characters feel realistic, as if fighting in combat. 

 

This blog explores the types of RPG weapons and top games with the best weapons. If you want to know more about the tools used for creating weapons by game development companies and their process, stick to this blog to find all the information. 

 

Types of RPG weapons 

 

If we start talking about the weapons used in role-playing games, there will be a never-ending list. However, here is a list of the most common weapons you might use while playing an RPG. 

 

  • Projectiles 

  • Firearms

  • Melee weapons 

  • Magic weapons 

 

Let's look at these categories of RPG weapons and their subtypes in detail. 

 

Most Used Categories of RPG Weapons 

 

There are several categories for RPG weapons, but the game's most popular and used ones include projectiles, firearms, melee, magic, and ranged weapons. 

 

Projectiles 

 

You must have seen the weapons that are shot from across a set range of distance, and these weapons are called projectiles. The most common weapons listed in the projectiles are bows and arrows, grenades, throwing knives, slingshots, and magic missiles. 

 

The combat system in the games can only be made powerful if they fit the right weapons in the game genre. That being said, they are also used in the game's strategic aspects, helping players utilize the weapons at the right time. 

 

From the gamers community at InvoGames, their favorite projectile to use is Bullet Drop in Fortnite. 

 

Now you know about the popular projectiles, here are some types you can see in different RPG and shooter games.

 

Throwing Knives  

 

If you are shooting at a low range, throwing knives is the best projectile weapon. Moreover, if you love to use the strategies of stealth and silent attacks, what could be better than throwing knives at your opponent? Nothing, I guess! 

 

Bows and Arrows 

 

The Bows and Arrows still have a huge fan following among the gamer community, such as Steam and Discord. Also, medieval-themed games are full of bows and arrows, which is perfect if you prefer games with such projectiles. Genshin impact is one of the best examples of bows and arrows. 

 

Grenades

 

Players use this projectile in the games to cause heavy damage from afar. Many players use this strategy and get victory over their opponents through grenades. 

 

While interviewing some players, mostly hardcore and competitive gamers, they had more to the grenades since there are different types of gamers. While playing with grenades and attacking the players, they love to experience the blast sound with the detonation sound. So, while developing the game weapons, our developers ensure that the player experience is delivered as they want. 

 

Firearms 

 

Another category that you will explore and use in role-playing games is firearms. This category of weapons mainly includes rifles, snipers, pistols, guns, and other types. The most-used game weapons with easy and smooth reflexes are rifles and pistols. However, if you prefer to use heavy guns that can cause more damage, machine guns and rifles are best to use. 

 

Also, to add more knowledge about firearms, the games have automatic firearms. However, players in the Reddit communities related to gaming are tired of the imbalance of the firearms in the games. There should be equal use of automatic and manual game weapons. 

 

Melee Weapons 

 

These hand-held weapons are used for close or short-range combat. These weapons include daggers, knives, swords, hammers, axes, and halberds. The most common example of Melee weapons is Skyrim, which showcases the perfect use of daggers and knives for the players. 

 

Magic Weapons

 

In medieval-themed and fantasy games, magic weapons are used the most. Also, game development companies with game weapon design services have a great role in creating magic weapons when adding magic, outlook, and extra power. One important factor to remember is that the characters that use weapons differ from the players in other game genres, such as strategy or shooter games.

 

The characters using magic weapons are mostly sorcerers, priests, wizards, etc. These characters often use amulets, wands, cloaks, grimoires, blowpipes, etc.

 

Top Game Categories for best RPG weapons

 

Only some games you see or play will have the weapons for RPGs. There are certain genres that utilize RPG weapons for the set audience of the players. That being said, monetizing game assets is done accordingly, keeping in view who will buy the weapons. Here is the list of top game categories that have top-class RPG weapons. Let's get into this. 

 

Role Playing Games

 

To form the core of the games, weapons have to be there for the role-playing games. They set the game tone and are essential for improving the player experience. For example, if you explore role-playing game communities, they often discuss the weapons, their throw, and their overall effect.

 

Apart from that, character development and storytelling on a role/character depending on the game props and weapons. We can take the example of Skyrim, which offers players many customization options and features.

 

Shooter Games 

 

Whether it is a first-person or third-person shooter game, RPG weapons are the core of the game category. The distinguishing feature of these shooter games is they are based on realistic war aspects, so you will observe that while playing the game, it is like you are simulating it just as it were in real life. 

 

Shooter Games

 

In this genre of games, you must have heard of gameplay like COD and battlefield; these are the perfect games if you want to experience realistic gameplay with weapons. 

 

Action-Adventure Games

 

If you want a game that blends strategic and shooter games, then action-adventure games are perfect to experience. This game category and, specifically, genre combines the combat and strategy game elements in the utilization of RPG weapons. 

 

Strategy Games 

 

As the name suggests, the player has to be very vigilant with the strategy for these games. But the question is, is it only for playing strategy? When discussing strategy games, all the game objects play an integral role. 

 

Strategy Games
Source: PUBG

 

As we are talking about the weapons, we can say that the use of the weapons in the games must be strategized. It further means that the player must know the strengths and weaknesses of the weapons so that they can play a game. From the fellow gaming community, upon asking and interviewing, they play games like PUBG and COD and said they are extremely analytical about weapons while playing strategy games. 

 

Best tools to create RPG weapons

 

You might come across multiple tools for creating RPG weapons, but here we have compiled a list that anyone can utilize, whether beginners or experts. 

 

So, let's segment them into 2D and 3D tools for weapon models. 

 

Tools for 2D Weapon Models

 

The tools to create 2D weapon models are Photohosop and Spine 2D. You must have heard about the famous Photoshop, but what about Spine 2D?

 

Adobe Photoshop

 

Even though Adobe Photoshop has many features, its special features for creating 2D models of game props and models are second to none. You can rig the model in the tool and use the layers to give you the perfect 2D model for your game. 

 

One of our game weapons being designed in Adobe Photoshop:

 

Adobe Photoshop

 

One thing that the developer community loves about using Adobe Photoshop is that one can integrate it easily with other tools, especially Adobe Creative Cloud. So, let's say you want the model to have motion graphics, then you can easily integrate the tool with After Effects, and you will have the product. 

 

Spine

 

This tool is specifically made for 2D rigging and animation. Game developers and artists rely heavily on it for 2D rigging, model design, and animation. Some other tool features include skeletal animation, mesh deformation, animation state machines, and much more. 

 

So, if you prefer using a professional tool for creating weapons design, we suggest you start using Spine. 

 

Tools for 3D Weapon Models

 

You can use the related tools if you are designing or imitating the 3D models of weapon designs, for example, Reaper Sniper Rifle. The best one is Blender. Let's see how it can help you to design 3D models of RPG weapons. 

 

If you want to start with weapon design, not reading our design guide would be a huge miss. 

 

Blender

 

If you want to explore an open-source and free tool, working on Blender would be perfect. An interesting fact about this tool is that it was formerly used to make video games, but as times evolved, it has been used for game animations, game designs, and much more. Our game developers and designers highly recommend this tool for creating various game designs. 

 

Here is an example of how game weapons are designed in Blender as our game modelers and designers team work on it. The weapon has meshes with high poly count:

 

Blender

 

Now, we have created a model of the game weapon:

 

model of the game weapon

 

After modeling, the game modelers and designers textured the weapon:

 

game modelers and designers textured the weapon

 

However, if you want to explore more tools for game designs and other aspects, such as Maya, our guide to Maya vs Blender is quite informative. 

 

Examples of Game Weapons: Created By InvoGames

 

Our game designers and developers create weapon designs from scratch, i.e., starting from the conceptualization to design, development, and deployment in the game. Here are some of the game weapons designed by our developers: 

 

Created By InvoGames

 

Another weapon design of Sniper for games

 

Sniper for games

 

A Sci-fi weapon developed by our game designers and artists: 

 

Sci-fi weapon

 

Here is a weapon design of minigun designed for one of our games:

 

minigun

 

InvoGames Expertise in 3D Game Modeling

 

Create highly realistic tools for your MMORPG, shooter, role playing games with our services for 3D modeling. Our 3D game artists for hire create realistic game weapons with all the visual and sound effects that make your game stand apart not only in designing, but VFX, SFX, and overall game mechanics. 


Get in touch with us to make your game exactly what the players want!

Role-playing games, aka RPG, are thrilling in themselves, but RPG weapons are another factor that doubles it up. For the players, weapons play an integral role in exercising their role and achieving game objectives. Role-playing weapons are important to bring immersion and make characters feel realistic, as if fighting in combat. 

 

This blog explores the types of RPG weapons and top games with the best weapons. If you want to know more about the tools used for creating weapons by game development companies and their process, stick to this blog to find all the information. 

 

Types of RPG weapons 

 

If we start talking about the weapons used in role-playing games, there will be a never-ending list. However, here is a list of the most common weapons you might use while playing an RPG. 

 

  • Projectiles 

  • Firearms

  • Melee weapons 

  • Magic weapons 

 

Let's look at these categories of RPG weapons and their subtypes in detail. 

 

Most Used Categories of RPG Weapons 

 

There are several categories for RPG weapons, but the game's most popular and used ones include projectiles, firearms, melee, magic, and ranged weapons. 

 

Projectiles 

 

You must have seen the weapons that are shot from across a set range of distance, and these weapons are called projectiles. The most common weapons listed in the projectiles are bows and arrows, grenades, throwing knives, slingshots, and magic missiles. 

 

The combat system in the games can only be made powerful if they fit the right weapons in the game genre. That being said, they are also used in the game's strategic aspects, helping players utilize the weapons at the right time. 

 

From the gamers community at InvoGames, their favorite projectile to use is Bullet Drop in Fortnite. 

 

Now you know about the popular projectiles, here are some types you can see in different RPG and shooter games.

 

Throwing Knives  

 

If you are shooting at a low range, throwing knives is the best projectile weapon. Moreover, if you love to use the strategies of stealth and silent attacks, what could be better than throwing knives at your opponent? Nothing, I guess! 

 

Bows and Arrows 

 

The Bows and Arrows still have a huge fan following among the gamer community, such as Steam and Discord. Also, medieval-themed games are full of bows and arrows, which is perfect if you prefer games with such projectiles. Genshin impact is one of the best examples of bows and arrows. 

 

Grenades

 

Players use this projectile in the games to cause heavy damage from afar. Many players use this strategy and get victory over their opponents through grenades. 

 

While interviewing some players, mostly hardcore and competitive gamers, they had more to the grenades since there are different types of gamers. While playing with grenades and attacking the players, they love to experience the blast sound with the detonation sound. So, while developing the game weapons, our developers ensure that the player experience is delivered as they want. 

 

Firearms 

 

Another category that you will explore and use in role-playing games is firearms. This category of weapons mainly includes rifles, snipers, pistols, guns, and other types. The most-used game weapons with easy and smooth reflexes are rifles and pistols. However, if you prefer to use heavy guns that can cause more damage, machine guns and rifles are best to use. 

 

Also, to add more knowledge about firearms, the games have automatic firearms. However, players in the Reddit communities related to gaming are tired of the imbalance of the firearms in the games. There should be equal use of automatic and manual game weapons. 

 

Melee Weapons 

 

These hand-held weapons are used for close or short-range combat. These weapons include daggers, knives, swords, hammers, axes, and halberds. The most common example of Melee weapons is Skyrim, which showcases the perfect use of daggers and knives for the players. 

 

Magic Weapons

 

In medieval-themed and fantasy games, magic weapons are used the most. Also, game development companies with game weapon design services have a great role in creating magic weapons when adding magic, outlook, and extra power. One important factor to remember is that the characters that use weapons differ from the players in other game genres, such as strategy or shooter games.

 

The characters using magic weapons are mostly sorcerers, priests, wizards, etc. These characters often use amulets, wands, cloaks, grimoires, blowpipes, etc.

 

Top Game Categories for best RPG weapons

 

Only some games you see or play will have the weapons for RPGs. There are certain genres that utilize RPG weapons for the set audience of the players. That being said, monetizing game assets is done accordingly, keeping in view who will buy the weapons. Here is the list of top game categories that have top-class RPG weapons. Let's get into this. 

 

Role Playing Games

 

To form the core of the games, weapons have to be there for the role-playing games. They set the game tone and are essential for improving the player experience. For example, if you explore role-playing game communities, they often discuss the weapons, their throw, and their overall effect.

 

Apart from that, character development and storytelling on a role/character depending on the game props and weapons. We can take the example of Skyrim, which offers players many customization options and features.

 

Shooter Games 

 

Whether it is a first-person or third-person shooter game, RPG weapons are the core of the game category. The distinguishing feature of these shooter games is they are based on realistic war aspects, so you will observe that while playing the game, it is like you are simulating it just as it were in real life. 

 

Shooter Games

 

In this genre of games, you must have heard of gameplay like COD and battlefield; these are the perfect games if you want to experience realistic gameplay with weapons. 

 

Action-Adventure Games

 

If you want a game that blends strategic and shooter games, then action-adventure games are perfect to experience. This game category and, specifically, genre combines the combat and strategy game elements in the utilization of RPG weapons. 

 

Strategy Games 

 

As the name suggests, the player has to be very vigilant with the strategy for these games. But the question is, is it only for playing strategy? When discussing strategy games, all the game objects play an integral role. 

 

Strategy Games
Source: PUBG

 

As we are talking about the weapons, we can say that the use of the weapons in the games must be strategized. It further means that the player must know the strengths and weaknesses of the weapons so that they can play a game. From the fellow gaming community, upon asking and interviewing, they play games like PUBG and COD and said they are extremely analytical about weapons while playing strategy games. 

 

Best tools to create RPG weapons

 

You might come across multiple tools for creating RPG weapons, but here we have compiled a list that anyone can utilize, whether beginners or experts. 

 

So, let's segment them into 2D and 3D tools for weapon models. 

 

Tools for 2D Weapon Models

 

The tools to create 2D weapon models are Photohosop and Spine 2D. You must have heard about the famous Photoshop, but what about Spine 2D?

 

Adobe Photoshop

 

Even though Adobe Photoshop has many features, its special features for creating 2D models of game props and models are second to none. You can rig the model in the tool and use the layers to give you the perfect 2D model for your game. 

 

One of our game weapons being designed in Adobe Photoshop:

 

Adobe Photoshop

 

One thing that the developer community loves about using Adobe Photoshop is that one can integrate it easily with other tools, especially Adobe Creative Cloud. So, let's say you want the model to have motion graphics, then you can easily integrate the tool with After Effects, and you will have the product. 

 

Spine

 

This tool is specifically made for 2D rigging and animation. Game developers and artists rely heavily on it for 2D rigging, model design, and animation. Some other tool features include skeletal animation, mesh deformation, animation state machines, and much more. 

 

So, if you prefer using a professional tool for creating weapons design, we suggest you start using Spine. 

 

Tools for 3D Weapon Models

 

You can use the related tools if you are designing or imitating the 3D models of weapon designs, for example, Reaper Sniper Rifle. The best one is Blender. Let's see how it can help you to design 3D models of RPG weapons. 

 

If you want to start with weapon design, not reading our design guide would be a huge miss. 

 

Blender

 

If you want to explore an open-source and free tool, working on Blender would be perfect. An interesting fact about this tool is that it was formerly used to make video games, but as times evolved, it has been used for game animations, game designs, and much more. Our game developers and designers highly recommend this tool for creating various game designs. 

 

Here is an example of how game weapons are designed in Blender as our game modelers and designers team work on it. The weapon has meshes with high poly count:

 

Blender

 

Now, we have created a model of the game weapon:

 

model of the game weapon

 

After modeling, the game modelers and designers textured the weapon:

 

game modelers and designers textured the weapon

 

However, if you want to explore more tools for game designs and other aspects, such as Maya, our guide to Maya vs Blender is quite informative. 

 

Examples of Game Weapons: Created By InvoGames

 

Our game designers and developers create weapon designs from scratch, i.e., starting from the conceptualization to design, development, and deployment in the game. Here are some of the game weapons designed by our developers: 

 

Created By InvoGames

 

Another weapon design of Sniper for games

 

Sniper for games

 

A Sci-fi weapon developed by our game designers and artists: 

 

Sci-fi weapon

 

Here is a weapon design of minigun designed for one of our games:

 

minigun

 

InvoGames Expertise in 3D Game Modeling

 

Create highly realistic tools for your MMORPG, shooter, role playing games with our services for 3D modeling. Our 3D game artists for hire create realistic game weapons with all the visual and sound effects that make your game stand apart not only in designing, but VFX, SFX, and overall game mechanics. 


Get in touch with us to make your game exactly what the players want!

frequently asked questions

They are basically the equipment in the games of the weapons that are used to combat on the battlefield. They are used by characters in different game categories, such as FPS, TPS, action-adventure, and strategy games.

There are multiple game genres, and for every game genre, the creation and selection of weapons differ; for example, for the MMORPG, weapons are created in the considerations of multiplayer activities and environment for maintaining factors like player balance, PvP dynamics, and cooperative play.

RPG weapons are not limited to one game genre. Rather, they allow the design principles to be flexible for different game genres. The decision between realism and fantasy is based on the game's overall vision, storyline, and desired user experience. Developers frequently create a balance between the two, resulting in a riveting fusion that is consistent with the game's thematic aspects.

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