Fortnite Will Nerf Shotguns, Remove Jetpack

Fortnite Will Nerf Shotguns, Remove Jetpack

If you’ve ever gotten one-shotted by a shotgun in Fortnite from out of nowhere and immediately buried your head in your hands to sob salty tears, today is a good day for you.

Epic Games announced they’re nerfing Fortnite‘s shotguns today. For months, shotguns have been a problem in Fortnite. Players have long complained these weapons are ubiquitous and overpowered.

In a blog, Epic Games wrote, “For a while we felt that Shotguns promoted healthy close quarter gameplay, however with the recent equip time changes, Shotguns are being used more often than we like. It’s something we’ve been keeping an eye on, but broadly speaking we feel Shotguns are a little too strong in their current state.”

Now, pump shotguns’ headshot multiplier on damage will be reduced from 2.5 to 2.0 and damage from 90/95 to 80/85. Also, the headshot multiplier on the tactical shotgun’s damage will be reduced from 2.5 to 2.0.

What does that mean in human-speak? Fortnite‘s pump shotgun damage is getting nerfed by 12 per cent, headshotting someone with a shotgun might be less damning, and, hopefully, there will be fewer salty shotgun tears.

Epic added, “Shotgun consistency across the board is also something we’re looking into and aim to improve. We want to make it more apparent when you hit or miss a shot. In addition to that, making sure the accuracy is more consistent and improving other odd behaviours with the weapon is a top priority.”

If that news made you happy, you might get a little whiplash from what’s next: Fortnite‘s beloved jetpack, a limited time item, will be returned to Fortnite‘s vault on Monday, June 11. Waaaaah.


  • I don’t really have a problem with the current shotguns, but it would be nice to have a alternative close combat option that can be found. I’m thinking a Katana or something similar. If they added a Blood Borne like ability to jump/dodge sideways, Fortnite CQC could be a lot more enjoyable vs. the current shotgun dance-off.

    • Yeah, I think melee weapons would be quite interesting to see. A katana, some boxing gloves, a baseball bat. Things like that to make face to face combat an option.

  • So they went from Shotguns being a guaranteed kill in one shot to a 88% guaranteed one shot kill… making the change completely pointless as it leaves the shotgun an overpowered mess.

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