The Fortnite v9.01 patch is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Tactical Assault Rifle to Battle Royale, nerfs to the Drum Gun, and more!

Patch v9.01 is the first minor update in Fortnite’s 9th Season, what are your thoughts on the changes introduced in this update?

Check out the full Patch Notes blog post from Epic Games below…



Tactical Assault Rifle
Tactics take the day! This robust and precise assault rifle is the ideal option for tight quarters.



  • Tactical Assault Rifle
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.
    • Available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines
      • Fully Automatic
      • 30 Round Magazine
      • Deals 22/23/24 damage
      • Headshot Multiplier of 1.75x
      • This weapon has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other Assault Rifles.
  • Reduced Baller health from 200 to 150
    • The primary goal of the Baller is to provide fun and exciting mobility. We feel that it still has a little too much defensive agency – this change should reduce the effectiveness there while not impacting its strengths.
  • Drum Gun adjustments
    • Reduced base damage from 26/27 to 22/23
      • Since its unvaulting, the Drum Gun effectiveness has been slightly higher than we wanted. This change should reduce its combat effectiveness while still retaining its flavor.
  • Vaulted Compact SMG
    • Due to the recent addition of the Drum Gun and the brand new Tactical Assault Rifle, we wanted to reduce the availability of high rate-of-fire weapons.


  • Slipstream adjustments
    • Slipstreams no longer block building.
      • Trying to build up to get into a Slipstream should be an easy & intuitive experience. We noticed some cases where players would build up to the Slipstream, but due to build restrictions would take a ‘leap of faith’ and not make the jump. This should make getting into a Slipstream easier.
    • Players flying in a Slipstream will destroy player built objects when they collide.
    • Slipstreams are now disabled after storm phase 5.
      • We’ve seen a number of cases where Slipstreams caused issues during late game circles – primarily around getting pulled into the storm unexpectedly. Since the value of Slipstream mobility is limited in those scenarios, we felt it’s better to simply disable them.


  • Improvements made to level streaming performance on all platforms.
    • This will reduce cases of buildings not loading in.
  • Physics optimizations to improve performance in conduits



Ruined Tilted
Create apocalyptic worlds using the new Ruined Tilted Themes!



  • Tactical Assault Rifle
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.
      • Fully Automatic
      • 30 Round Magazine
      • Deals 22/23/24 damage
      • Headshot Multiplier of 1.75x
      • This weapon has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other Assault Rifles.


  • 7 New Themes
    • Ruined Shops
    • Ruined Twin Apartments
    • Ruined L Apartments
    • Ruined Red Apartments
    • Ruined Fish Apartments
    • Ruined Basketball Court
    • Ruined Clock Tower
  • 3 New Galleries
    • Ruined Floor Gallery
    • Ruined Wall Gallery
    • Scorched Gallery
comments below


    • Agreed. Sometimes they provide reasoning but you have to go out of your way to find it. I hope they maintain this format throughout other patch notes.

  1. Very happy with this update. They are still complying to the newer players standards, but they also make sure that EVERYBODY will have at least a decent time. Spray meta isn’t so OP anymore, but still enough to get by. If Epic stopped working on changing the current state of spray guns right now, I absolutely wouldn’t mind. I think now they need to cater to a different type of weapon like the shotgun or sniper and make sure everything is balanced in that category. If they do this for each and every category of not only weapons, but everything else as well, the game will become much much better and much more balanced. Could have never been happier with a content update.

  2. Why would you vault the P90 wtf vault the drum gun and bring back double pump and revert then boom successful game then laugh at the toxic community I know this is ironic but please consider at least double pump

    • Double pump was an exploit and it wouldn’t even work now as people build now so you’d be lucky to hit one shot and the p90 was underused compared to the drum gun

    • Double pump was an exploit, and wasn’t supposed to be in the game. We have enough Smg’s so why do you complain about the P90 going? Drum gun was recently unvaulted so it wouldn’t make sense if they vaulted again so soon.
      And revert passed away a lot of time ago. Everybody’s ok without siphon now.
      IDK what dumb shit you have stuffed up on your head, but this company can’t make everybody happy. Many are gonna like it, many are gonna hate it, but it’s Epic’s way of changing the game. Not just because of siphon and other crap can solve the game. Stop talking shit.

  3. Of course epic makes the game worse yet again, not even thinking on buffing the combat shotgun and vaulting the P90 for absolutely no reason when the new assault rifle is literally the silenced smg, it’s funny they’re trying to give gen dollars out in the epic games store because they know no one wants to buy items anymore cause their game is dying. If they wanted to get rid of a high firing weapon then why not vault turret or minigun, oh I forgot it’s cause noobs use them to spray and Epic caters to noobs. Soon they’re gonna vault building cause they don’t understand when enough is enough

      • Finally someone who realizes that my comment is criticism and not complaining, it really doesn’t matter at this point because their game is so far gone it’s hopeless

    • Chill out buddy. It’s a great patch. Seems like you’re just venting your past frustrations. You’re never going to enjoy anything this game improves unless you give it recognition from time to time. For once, a patch deserves to be applauded.

      • Why should I applaud epics bad decisions, vaulting the P90 made no sense when the minigun, turret, silenced smg or any other fast firing gun could’ve been vaulting, they’re trying to lower the skill cap and if you can’t see that then you’re the problem

    • Ok we got it. You’re not happy. Well, you’re fucked, because it EPIC’S GAME. Not your game, so you won’t get back what you want. You can’t make everyone happy you know. It’s not necessary that they always need to satisfy your needs to make the game “better”. Now quit whining and just play the game.

      • Say the fucking eleven year old who has a Fortnite skin as their picture, you’d be happy if they got rid of building cause you refuse to acknowledge when epic makes a shitty decision

        • You think that was offensive to me? You just need to realize that not always can your wishes become reality. And fuck my age, ok? That doesn’t offend me in any way.

          • I agree with tyler and im sure many others do. They make these changes and not everyone will be happy with the. Dosent mean you can critisize their opinion

          • I’m not criticizing him, but he’s acting like every wish that the community asks for needs to be done. If the game was managed like this, it really wouldn’t be what it is today. My point is that it’s Epic’s game and they can do what they want with it.

    • “buffing the combat shotgun” They fixed the consistency
      “vaulting the P90 for absolutely no reason” Too many spray and pray weapons
      “the new assault rifle is literally the silenced smg” Sorta. It’s the range of an AR with the accuracy of the SMG

  4. Thank god I don’t play fortnite anymore seems like a hell hole of a toxic community of kids and over powered guns and strats


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