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Fortnite v5.01: NEW SMGs and Semi Sniper Alterations!

In the most recent patch of Fortnite, the Submachine Gun was added to the game, as a non silenced mirror to the Silenced SMG. You can find this new gun on the floor and in chests. Also, the Semi-Auto Sniper has had it’s damage increased by 12 over all, the new stats being 75/78 from 63/66.

The SUBMACHINE GUN

The new Submachine gun is almost identical to the Tactical SMG (which is now in the vault) Except for longer reload times by a fraction of a second and one more damage per bullet on each rarity level. I will insert a copy of the Tactical SMGs stats for you to compare yourself, but you can also view it in the post about SMGs.

With very similar spread and attack power to the Tactical SMG, it serves as more of a buffed replacement of the Tactical, so all of the points I made about the Tactical should still apply to the Submachine Gun. Structure Damage is a stat that has not been filled in yet, will be updated as soon as the information is known.

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For your comparison:
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The SEMI-AUTO SNIPER

For a long time, the Semi-Auto Sniper has been one of the most avoided snipers in the game. The bolt does more damage, the crossbow had (had) a lot of style, and with the hunting rifle you feel like an absolute boss wielding it, even though nobody can hit shots. It seems that the damage buff is a strike to try to make the Semi relevant in common gameplay. A 12 point damage buff is quite a lot, especially with headshot damage putting it at 187.5 damage for a headshot, with base damage being 75, and that is just for the epic Semi.

The biggest issue with the Semi before now, at least in my experience, is that I became impatient with every shot. Sniping requires patience with every shot, waiting for the right moment to fire. With the fire rate of the Semi, I always felt rushed to spam as much as I could to get as many shots as possible.

I will be writing a post about snipers later on, so I will upload a Gif then, but until then, here are some stats to chew on.

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SMGs

SMGs are the next best thing in close range combat to having a shotgun. If the Shotguns are the king, these are the stewards. That is, if you are really bad at jokes and want to impress some internet people. The SMG typically has a wider spread, shoots a lot of bullets very quickly, and does low damage per bullet. In short, the name of the game is get close, and track as hard as you can.

SMGs, up until the last patch of season 4, were only small bullet guns, but the addition of the Drum Gun to the mix, (using medium bullets) it has increased damage, the same fire rate as it’s Silenced cousin, and a larger magazine.

The DRUM GUN

The Drum Gun has a lot of damage, but a wider spread than the typical SMG. It is both good for close to medium range combat, but also excellent for destroying builds. The biggest downside to the Drum Gun and also the Tactical SMG is that they do not have perfect accuracy. So, be careful when using all of your medium bullets in a gun that is not very accurate.

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The SUBMACHINE GUN

The New Submachine Gun is the buffed replacement for the Tactical SMG, which was added to the VAULT on 7/17/2018. It does slightly more damage per bullet, has the same fire rate, and a fraction of a second more reload time. In almost every way, this gun is better. Still good at only close to near medium range fights, has no perfect accuracy, and does heavy damage to structures.

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The SILENCED SMG

Moderate damage and perfect accuracy, the Silenced SMG has the capability to do work at close range, but can also be used for medium and rarely long range fights. Damage falloff is a big deal at long ranges, but you can still harm opponents while staying inconspicuous.

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THE VAULT

The TACTICAL SMG

The Tactical SMG has the fastest fore rate of all the SMGs but also the lowest damage per bullet. It is the classic SMG, good for build denial and general damage. However, it is not good at medium to long range due to accuracy and damage falloff.

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Shotguns

Shotguns in Fortnite are the kings of close range combat, followed closely by the SMG. In version 5.0 of Fortnite, they removed the capability of using a double shotgun by adding a shotgun firing cooldown after firing a shotgun and weapon swapping. Despite recent changes in v5.0, the shotgun is still deadly, even though you cannot use two to achieve massive damage rates like before.

Headshot multipliers, like are standard with most weapons is 2x.

PUMP SHOTGUN

The Pump Shotgun has the slowest fire rate of all the shotguns, but packs the highest punch with the maximum damage being 170 from the rare pump. They are high risk, high reward, with devastating damage and a long wait for the next shot.

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TACTICAL SHOTGUN

The Tactical Shotgun has the quickest fire rate of all the shotguns, with the ability to shoot every .75 seconds. This fast fire rate is not without downsides, with decreased damage and a high reload time. But with the fast shooting, it allows you to maximize damage output, and is well paired with SMGs or ARs due to the speed of weapon swapping.

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HEAVY SHOTGUN

The Heavy Shotgun is the happy medium of the shotgun world, with a fire rate of 1 shot per second, and a damage between that of the pump and the tactical. It has a very tight fire radius, a very even spread, and does consistent damage.

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Machine Guns

There are 2 machine guns in Fortnite. They consume a lot of ammunition, with 8-12 rounds per second.

Minigun

The minigun does not come with a magazine, having as much ammo in it’s magazine as you have in your inventory. They drop with 18 spare small ammo rounds. Great against structures due to the damage per second, but bad against players due to the bullet spread.

Light Machine Gun (LMG)

The LMG has a 100 round mag, and comes with 18 spare medium ammo. It shoots 8 rounds per second, making it good against structures, but also good in close to medium range fights, depending on how good your aim is.

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Assault Rifles

There are 3 basic types of rifle in Fortnite BR.

Assault Rifle

The first is the Standard AR, with one standard model and another model for epic and legendary iterations called the SCAR. Each drop of AR drops with 18 rounds of spare medium ammo and a full magazine of 30. The basic AR is best for the classic point’n’click fighting style, and can also be used to halt builds as they come.

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Burst Rifle

The second is the Burst AR, with a standard model and another model for epic and legendary iterations called the Famas. During each pull of the trigger, 3 shots are fired. Due to this, Burst ARs are not as good for destroying builds, but they are amazing if used with precision to get multiple hits or headshots.

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Scoped AR

The third is the Scoped AR, with rare and epic versions, and the Thermal AR with epic and legendary versions. These shots do less damage per hit than the typical AR, but they can do great damage over distance, with none of the sniper downsides of bullet drop and damage falloff. The Thermal AR also has the added bonus

     

     

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