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Epic Games issues explanation on Pump Shotgun removal, Drum Gun, and more



Fortnite is a game that is in a constant state of flux. The meta changes at a fast pace and balance can suffer as a result from time to time. Epic wrote up a statement explaining some of the Season 9 changes.

Season switches bring the biggest changes to Fortnite and the community generally used to embrace these. Many still do, but a portion of players is concerned about competitive quality of the game.

Quick meta changes can lead to an unstable competitive scene, but it gives players new ways to play and adapt. It’s a tricky balance that hasn’t always gone in Epic’s favor.

In an attempt to explain some of the Season 9 changes, Epic Games released a blog post about the Pump Shotgun, Drum Gun, LTMs, and more. (For the pump shotgun info, scroll all the way to the bottom. You’re welcome.)

By The Fortnite Team

Hey all,

‘We’re chatting this week about the recently unvaulted Drum Gun, the concept of LTMs in the tournament playlist, and want to weigh in on the discussion around, “What happens when my Duo partner disconnects?” Let’s jump in.’


‘This past weekend during the Unvaulting event, the community at large chose to bring back the Drum Gun from the Vault. The gun was immediately added to loot tables in all modes within Fortnite (including Arena) except the ongoing Tournament playlist for the weekend.’

‘You can expect to see the Drum Gun in this weekend’s Tournament playlist. In the v9.00 update today we’ve adjusted the spawn rate of the Drum Gun to be more in line with other similar items. We will be closely monitoring feedback over the Season launch to determine any next steps.’


‘After our Fortnite World Cup Online Opens conclude, we’re exploring adding additional fun, new ways to compete. In the weeks leading up to the Fortnite World Cup Finals, we’ll be experimenting with adding additional non-Battle Royale events, such as Creative modes and LTMs, to our weekly tournament rotation. This will open up a more dynamic competitive scene that allows for more paths to win. We encourage you to hop in, try out some new modes, and have a good time while we gather learnings each week. We’ll have more information to share as we get closer to the conclusion of the Online Opens.’


‘We’ve seen reports since Week 2 regarding a situation where a Duo partner does not load in a tournament match, but the remaining player is still able to participate and appears to be able to acquire points. Officially, however, the Duo will not receive the points earned in that match due to the disconnection.’

‘In our Arena and Tournament Modes, a match is currently not counted towards the 10 placement matches if a Duo partner disconnects while loading into the pre-match island prior to the Battle Bus being boarded. This was by design, as we see playing alone against Duos as a heavy disadvantage, and many players would not want to have one of their 10 possible placement matches scored under those unusual and unfair conditions. Additionally we reflect this in our official rules in the following section:’

4.2.3    During Stage One all players on a team must be present and partied up together in order to participate in this stage of the Event. Players on a team may not play Solo during Stage One. 

‘However, we do want to solve for the edge cases where this design penalizes players who are able to excel despite being faced with a disconnection. In the v9.10 update, we are planning to add specific new in-game messaging and options to address the rare cases where a teammate disconnects while loading in the pre-match island. This messaging will provide you with the option to confirm leaving the match, or the option to decline and play through the match as the solo remaining player. Note: If you do not make a selection, we will default to removing you from the match before the Battle Bus launches. We will default this way because in nearly all cases, it’s more advantageous to start a new match with your partner, rather than potentially wasting  one of your 10 maximum games by being forced to play as a solo against duos.’

‘We’ve seen suggestions that previously discarded solo matches in Duos should be included in Fortnite World Cup scoring, and that standings should be changed accordingly. Based on the current implementation of the rules, however, we will not be retroactively changing the results of the tournament.This would have cascading effects on integrity, with some teams having also exceeded the 10 match maximum played.’


‘With the v9.00 update today, we have a number of major gameplay changes and tweaks coming to the game to kick off the new season.

You may have already noticed within the patch notes, but if not – here’s an update on the items that are vaulted as of this morning:’

  • Balloons 
  • Clingers
  • Poison Dart Trap
  • Pump Shotgun 
  • Scoped Revolver
  • Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Thermal Assault Rifle
  • Treasure Map

Here are some of the new or legacy items returning today:

  • Combat Shotgun (for full details check our patch notes)
  • Grenades

‘Additionally we’ve included a change that will keep your character in the match for 60 seconds after disconnecting or forcefully leaving a match. This means that you will potentially provide elimination points to enemies after a disconnect, and helps discourage forced exits.’

Pump Shotgun

Why vault all those things? And the Pump???

‘We want the beginning of each Season to feel fresh and allow for a new gameplay experience along with all the new Seasonal content. Whether its new cross-map mobility, new weapons, or just new places to drop – you should feel like there is plenty to explore and experience. Specifically when it comes to Pump Shotguns, they stand out significantly: they currently account for over 26% of eliminations in default playlists, with the next weapon type not even coming close. Rather than nerfing the Pump Shotgun to a point where it no longer lives up to its fantasy, our preference is to return it to the vault, giving us an opportunity to revisit the general balance of the item, while introducing a new shotgun.’

‘Our goal with the Combat Shotgun is to provide an item that fills a similar niche, but with a different risk and reward. We’re excited to see how you all use the new shotgun and look forward to your feedback on this shift.’

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Fortnite leak teases return of Star Wars Lightsabers

The Star Wars Lightsabers could make a return to Fortnite in the near future according to a notable data miner.



fortnite star wars lightsabers

A Fortnite data miner has reported that Epic Games readded the Star Wars Lightsabers into Fortnite’s files after the v19.10 update.

Fortnite has held quite a few Star Wars crossovers, but none as ambitious as the live event in Chapter 2 Season 1. This introduced Lightsaber’s into the loot pool for a short period of time.

They were also available for an even shorter period of time from May 2nd – 5th during Chapter 2 Season 2. Since then, players have eagerly awaited their return.

Now, a Fortnite data miner thinks Lightsabers could return to Fortnite sometime soon due to a change in the game’s files.

Lightsabers may return to Fortnite

Fortnite lightsabers

Epic Games removes weapon and item data from the files when that item isn’t in use. And when the data is readded to the files, it’s a good indicator players will see their return soon.

Fortnite data miner FN_Assist recently discovered that the data for Lightsabers was added after the most recent update. In a tweet, FN_Assist outlines all of the data that was readded.

They claim that this could mean one of two things. Either Star Wars Lightsabers will return to Fortnite in the near future. Or Epic is working on a weapon based on the lightsaber’s pre-existing mechanics.

If Lightsabers are added to Fortnite, we can expect it to accompany a return of skins and maybe some other Star Wars announcement.

Epic Games usually adds crossover content to promote whoever they are collaborating with. Whether it be a new movie or TV series, the Lightsabers could be used as a promotional tool for new Star Wars content.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Klombos and Klomberries in Chapter 3.

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Fortnite: Where to find Pizza Party item and what it does

Fortnite Chapter 3 is adding a new Pizza Party item that allows players to restore their shields through the power of pizza.



fortnite pizza party health item guide

If you’re wanting to switch up your diet in Fortnite, you can use the Pizza Party item to gain shield and fill your stomach.

One of Fortnite’s mascots is Tomatohead who is also the mascot for the fictional restaurant Pizza Pit. This is a POI that has appeared in Fortnite for several seasons.

It’s one of the many fictional restaurants that have appeared in-game along with Durrr Burger, Sitcks, and Butter Barn.

However, players haven’t been able to enjoy any of the food from these restaurants until now. Pizza Pit’s ovens are on and players can finally enjoy eight slices of cheesy goodness.

How to get Pizza Party item in Fortnite

Fortnite Pizza pit

The Pizza Party is a pizza box containing eight slices of pizza. In addition to cheese and sauce, each slice is topped with a Shield Mushroom that restores 50 shield.

Each box has 8 slices, but each slice can only get players up to 50 shield similar to minis. Players can find Pizza Party boxes in the normal loot pool.

As well, players can purchase a Pizza Box for 50 gold from the Tomatohead NPC. He is located in Tilted Tower, and he only has 4 Pizza Boxes in stock.

According to Hypex, the Pizza Party box will be added to Fortnite on Tuesday, January 25.

For a measly 200 gold, players can pick up 1,600 shield. However, we don’t know how long it takes to eat a slice. And this would also require players to give up two item slots.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Spider-Man’s web shooters in Chapter 3.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends, Season 2 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends and Season 2 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.



fortnite chapter 3 key art

Fortnite Chapter 3 just started, and it’s going to be a long one. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends and Season 2 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 2 ended with The Island flipping over revealing an entirely new map. This marked the start of Fortnite Chapter 3 which also took players back to Season 1.

With a new Chapter, there is plenty for players to discover. On top of a new map there are new weapons, mechanics, and more. This also means that Chapter 3 Season 1 is going to be a long one.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 End?

fortnite chapter 3 island flipped

Fortnite Season 1 will end on March 22, 2022. This means the first season of the new chapter will last for more than 100 days.

There is a chance that Chapter 3 Season 1 could end on March 19 as an in-game timer indicates this as the season’s end date. Regardless, this season is going to be a long one.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 2 to start on March 23.

That being said, there’s always a chance that Season 2 gets delayed. A series of delays happened at the start of Chapter 2 which caused Season 1 to stretch far beyond its original end date.

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Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Live Event?

As of now, we don’t know. We likely won’t have this information until the final weeks of Season 1.

However, we will keep this article updated as more information is provided.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 1. This is the first season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 1”, it’s technically Season 19.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

Fortnite season 8 new weapons

For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 2 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3 and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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