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Epic Games announce nerf for newly released Burst SMG

Published: 30/May/2019 17:39 Updated: 30/May/2019 18:17

by Alan Bernal


Fortnite Battle Royale players have been noticing that the game’s newest weapon, the Burst SMG, might have been too dominating when it launched on May 29, and now Epic Games is issuing a fix to the gun.

The Fortnite Battle Royale developers tend to keep their game fresh and exciting by adding in weapons that bring new elements for players to work around. But their latest drop has been frustrating some of the player base since its a bit too overpowering.

While some have been loving the new gun, there has been a particularly strong opposition to how the Burst SMG tends to bleed through walls which is giving headaches to a lot of players.

Epic GamesThe Burst SMG was instantly unpopular with a lot of players, and the devs have made a speedy correction to the new item.

In a May 2 tweet, the Fortnite devs announced that there’s going to be a major change to the new weapon that will be bringing down its damage dealt to structures.

“Burst SMG damage to structures has been reduced from 25/27/28 to 23/24/25,” the Fortnite devs said. “Damage to structures now matches the base damage to players.”

Players should notice the reduction in damage especially in build battles where the Burst SMG would eat through mats while sneaking some bullets through with little counterplay.

Hopefully the speedy change will mean that the Burst SMG will still be a strong close-quarter option, even without the quick work it makes out of builds.

Burst SMG could change the Fortnite Battle Royale meta

Even though a lot of members in the Fortnite Battle Royale community have expressed their dislike for the new gun, some people thought it was a great addition to the game’s arsenal.

Twitch star Ninja believed the gun had the capability of changing the game’s meta since “the damage, the bullets will push through someone’s wall. It’s kind what the Famas and the Burst were able to do but they removed it.”

With that kind of firepower, players would think twice about camping in 1×1’s while relying on the sit-and-wait tactic since there’s a gun that could chew through their structure, opening them up for attacks.

But the Fortnite devs have dialed back the Burst SMG’s potency for now and it’ll be interesting to see how players take with the latest version of the new gun.


Fortnite Season 5 Zero Point: 15.00 patch notes, Bounty System, New Shotguns

Published: 2/Dec/2020 8:51

by Isaac McIntyre


After the incredible Nexus War event that saw Galactus finally attack the Fortnite island, Chapter 2 Season 5 is officially here, bringing a host of updates to the game, including new weapons, a Bounty system, and some major map changes.

Season 4’s dramatic conclusion captivated the world on December 1, as the “Devourer of Worlds” Galactus finally reigned terror over the game’s island, attempting to pull the Zero Point out of the middle of the map to be consumed and end reality as we know it. Thankfully, with the help of some Marvel heroes like Ironman, Thor, and Wolverine, the gigantic villain was banished, but not before he made some startling changes.

Season 5 is set to revolve around the Zero Point, a massive ball of energy that creates the reality Fortnite exists in, and with it now exposed, Jonesy and some powerful bounty hunters have arrived on the island to stabilize it, and prevent any players from escaping the island.

With new weapons, the Bounty system, and some major map updates, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into this season. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 5: Zero Point.

New Weapons and Items

As always, a new season brings new toys for players to try out, and Season 5 is no exception. The new Dragon Shotgun is sure to lead to your enemy’s fiery demise, while the seven new fish available to catch in-game will give you a nice boost when needed.

Fans of Disney+’s The Mandalorian will get to use the weapons they see the character uses in the show, with his Amban Sniper Rifle making an appearance, while you’ll also be able to take to the sky using his Jetpack too.

Interestingly, there are also Gold Bars this season, along with a safe to keep them in. What you’ll be able to do with these bars remains unclear, but it’s likely they are the reward for capturing bounties and could be used to improve your loadout by buying new weapons or items. You can view the full list of new items below.

  • Dragon Shotgun
  • Shadow Tracker
  • New Floppers
    • Tiger Zero Fish
    • Leafy Zero Fish
    • Skull Zero Fish
    • Rift-To-Go Flopper
    • Sandstorm Rift Flopper
    • Zero Point Flopper
  • Bounty Board
  • Gold Bars & Safe
  • Boom’s Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Amban Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Mandalorian’s Jetpack (Mythic)

Vaults and Unvaults

Along with new items, Epic Games have used the Vault system to freshen up the loot pool. Charge and Double Barrel Shotguns are back, along with the P90, Storm Scout Rifle, and Balloons.

Players will be saying goodbye to the Revolver, Fire Trap, Scar AR, and Tactical SMGs. Perhaps the biggest vault, the Pump Shotgun has once again been removed from the game, although it’s always worth remembering that just because an item has been vaulted doesn’t mean it won’t come back again in the future. You can check out the full list of vaults and unvaults below.


  • Charge Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • P90
  • SMG
  • Storm Scout Rifle
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Balloons


  • Revolver
  • Fire Trap
  • Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Epic/Legendary Pump Shotgun
  • Legendary Combat Shotgun
  • Scar
  • Epic/Legendary Tac SMG

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

Of course, there’s also a new Battle Pass for players to grind through this season, with The Mandalorian the stand-out addition, alongside a number of new skins that are unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The full Battle Pass hasn’t been released just yet, but you can take a look at the trailer which has been dropped by Epic Games.

Map Changes

There’s something strange going on with the Fortnite Season 5 map, with some classic locations returning, but not exactly as we remember them. Tilted Towers and Salty Springs have been merged together to create Salty Towers, a hybrid of both original map locations.

Elsewhere, Stealthy Stronghold, Hunter’s Haven, and Colossal Coliseum are the three POIs to be added this year, along with a host of other Season 5 map changes that have yet to be discovered.

Bug fixes

No Fortnite patch would be complete without bug fixes, and Epic Games have ironed out a few issues heading into the new season, including a fix for keybinding issues and disabling the Bash Burner pickaxe in competitive playlists:

  • Huntress Outfit appearing as Ramirez or another Outfit.
  • Impossible to bind the same key to different actions with Keyboard.
  • Bash Burner Pickaxe temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

More information and patch notes from the Fortnite Season 5 update is being released constantly, so make sure to keep checking back to Dexerto as we continue to update this article throughout the day.