The current state of shotguns has Fortnite players begging for the return of the Heavy Shotgun.
Epic changed all of the loot in Fortnite Chapter 2, but no weapon class was more affected than the shotguns. The Pump got a rework, redesign, and overall damage nerf to the lower-tier rarities.
As it stands, a lot of players prefer the Tactical shotgun over the Pump. The Tac isn’t as punishing as the Pump when you miss and it allows you to put out more consistent DPS – at least from Common to Rare.
Gray and green pumps are nearly useless in the current meta. You have to be deadly accurate to deal significant damage, meaning a lot of players will be happier with an SMG in practical, in-game scenarios.
The current state of shotguns in Fortnite has fans asking for more options. Right now, the meta dictates that you take a Tac Shotgun until you find a Rare, Epic, or Legendary Pump. Some players will even take a Tac over a Pump if the two guns are of the same rarity – the first time we’ve seen such a decision in Fortnite.
The Combat, Drum, and Double Barrel shotguns are probably out of the question, leaving us with the Heavy Shotgun. Fortnite player u/Sequos_kawai posted a damage analysis on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, showing how the Heavy would fit in the current Fortnite meta.
The chart compares the Legendary Heavy with the Legendary Pump. As you can see, the damage of the Pump is greater from two blocks away and closer, but the Heavy takes over from further away.
It has to be noted that the spreads of these shotguns are very different from one another. The Heavy shotgun has a tight spread that requires a bit more accuracy for maximum damage. If you can maintain that accuracy, though, you’ll be able to do significant damage from further away than the Pump.
Another player suggested that Epic remove the Common and Uncommon Pumps and replace them with the Epic and Legendary Heavy Shotguns – adjusting the rarity to fit the current system. This probably wouldn’t work without a few tweaks to the damage multipliers – or else players might start choosing a Green Heavy over a Blue Pump.
Whatever happens to the Fortnite shotgun meta, it’s safe to say that we’re almost certainly going to have to wait for Season 2. Here’s to another month of dropping the Uncommon Pump for the Common Tac.