Is the Heavy/Pump Shotgun Back in Fortnite Chapter 3?

The ‘Heavy Shotgun’ in Fortnite is my favorite gun. In a Battle Royale Game, not just pro players but even a very beginner has a favorite weapon. The confidence while holding our favorite weapon is something that we don’t get even when we quip the game’s best gun.

If we get eliminated in a fight, most of the time we blame the weapon we are using but that won’t be the case while we are using our favorite weapon and in this case, it’s our network who will be blamed. From the initial launch of the game to till date, many new weapons were introduced and a few of the classic weapons were vaulted. Let’s celebrate the unvaulting of one of such classic weapons in Fortnite- “THE HEAVY SHOTGUN”.

1. Heavy Shotgun in Fortnite

It is a classic close-range weapon. It is a Shotgun with Pump-action and deals moderate damage at a fast fire rate. It’s a long-range gun and has a large magazine size. It was introduced in Chapter 1 Season 3 and back then it was the next favorable gun after the Pump. Due to its precise crosshair, better fire rate, and around 70 body shot damage in close combat.

Players loved this gun before turning to the Tactical Shotgun. It’s exceptionally reliable and consistent. It is now unvaulting in the new update 19.20. The update 19.20 is available to us from the 1st of February, 2022. This update brings us a new location on the map, Covert Cavern, a brand-new mythic SMG, a skin bundle comprising of skins for five weapons, and our very own classic ‘Heavy Shotgun.’

2. History of the Heavy Shotgun in Fortnite

It was introduced in Patch 3.3.1 and got vaulted in Patch 7.30. The update of Patch 7.30 is making the Heavy Shotgun only available in Playground and Creative. The addition of the Epic & Legendary Pump Shotgun is the reason for vaulting.

On June 29th,2019, it was unvaulted for 24 hours for 14 days of the ‘summer event’. This is the 5th item to be unvaulted. Rare Heavy Shotgun was introduced in the Spy Games LTMs during the Spy Games event in Chapter 2, Season 2 but was limited to the Operation Game modes.

3. How to get Heavy Shotgun in Fortnite?

The Heavy Shotgun is unvaulting in Chapter 3, Season 1 in a refashioned form and it’s now single slug, longer-range, and requires more accuracy. Fortnite creators can unlock it in many ways- Players can find it in Loot chests, Supply Drops, Sharks, or even on the ground as general Floor Loot.

While there is no known NPC or named map location that will spawn the Heavy Shotgun in each game.

4. Stats of Heavy Shotgun in Fortnite

Chapter 3’s version of the Heavy Shotgun has some slight changes from the last time we saw it-

  • Fires 1 Bullet per shot
  • Fire Rate- 1.3

There are also differences between the Common and Legendary versions of the weapons, as follows:

I. Common Version

  • Regular Damage- 81
  • Headshot Damage- 142
  • Reload time- 4.8 sec

II. Legendary Version

  • Regular Damage- 99
  • Headshot Damage- 173
  • Reload time- 3.9 sec

The Heavy Shotgun is and will be a superior choice for close combats during the early stage of the game. In recent times, when weapons like MK-7 and Stinger SMGs are overpowering Shotguns; I feel it is perfect to re-launch this classic Shotgun that will eliminate the meta.

5. Conclusion

I feel very nostalgic to get back the classic weapon; which I personally call ‘the BEAST’ onto the field. I missed ‘the BEAST’ all these days but yeah, ‘It’s better late than never.’ Land anywhere on the map, find yourself the Heavy Shotgun and go eliminating every enemy on your way to win the Victory Royale. Happy Unvaulting to my favorite gun and Happy Gaming to you all.

6. About Fortnite

Fortnite is an online multiplayer video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is free to play. Up to 100 players compete in a battle royale game to see who will be the last person standing. Available for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Android. It is one of the most played battle royale games worldwide.

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