Season 9 brings with it a host of new content for Fortnite players including some a brand new weapon for players to try out, alongside a host of items that have been placed into the vault.
Each season, Epic Games seeks to mix things up in the Fortnite meta by introducing new items/weapons in the game. These are generally intended to help shift the meta away from the past season’s focus.
Epic also vaults certain items and weapons that no longer fit the new season’s themes. This helps keep the loot pools in the game reasonable while also giving players new experiences.
While previous iterations of Fortnite seasons have seen Epic Games include a host of new items and weapons to the game, the developers have settled on just one addition in Season 9, taking the form of the Combat Shotgun.
The Combat Shotgun is a semi-automatic version of the weapon, which holds 10 Shells, and fires nine pellets per shot. Each shot deals base damage at 73.77.81 depending on where it hits an opponent, and according to Epic Games has a “tight spread and fast fire rate.”
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The weapon features a headshot multiplier of 1.70x, and reloads two shells at a time, meaning it shouldn’t take too long to get your ammo back up to the full amount.
One weapon is also making a return to Fortnite, as the Grenades exit the vault and come back into the game, giving players another explosive way to take down enemies.
Vaulted Items and Weapons
The introduction of the Combat Shotgun does mean that one of Fortnite’s most legendary weapons is heading off into the sunset – at least for the time being.
The Pump Shotgun, which has been a staple of Fortnite since September 2017, is officially heading to the vault, with its services deemed to be no longer required in the current landscape of the popular battle royale title.
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Clingers are also removed in the v9.0 update, with Epic Games choosing normal grenades to be a more suitable explosive weapon in the game that the Clingers for the time being.
Buried Treasure, the Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle and Balloons are the other casualties of the Season 9 update.
Of course, as with any item placed into the vault, they’re removal doesn’t mean that they are gone from the game for good, as Epic Games have often brought back items once they believe the time is right, or after making tweaks to how they perform in the game.