Fortnite Battle Royale update v9.01 patch notes - Tactical Assault Rifle, Drum Gun nerf and more - Dexerto

Fortnite Battle Royale update v9.01 patch notes – Tactical Assault Rifle, Drum Gun nerf and more

Published: 14/May/2019 21:27 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 15:40

by Albert Petrosyan


The patch notes for the v9.01 update for Fortnite Battle Royale are now live as the update rolls out to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, including major changes such as the arrival of the Tactical Assault Rifle, brand new John Wick LTM, and more. 

The v9.01 patch is the first update for the game since the launch of Season 9, which made some dramatic changes to the popular battle royale title.


While this latest update is not expected to be anywhere near as big the one that kicked off the ninth season, it is still set to add some new content and changes to the game.

You can read the v9.01 patch notes in full below.


Fortnite Battle Royale update v9.01 – Full patch notes


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

Epic GamesThe Tactical Rifle is a close quarters weapon according to Epic Games.


  • 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.


Every player begins with several gold tokens. Eliminating an enemy player pays out all of the tokens the target was carrying. The first squad to reach the specified gold token count wins the match.


Mode Details

  • Limited respawning: Each player has three lives.
  • The more tokens a player is carrying, the more visible on the map they will be when moving or shooting.
  • The top 3 token leaders will have their location shown on the map & compass at all times.


  • 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!

Players can now use fragments of the destroyed version of Tilted Towers in Creative Mode.



  • 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

When does v9.01 update go live?

Epic Games confirmed that the v9.01 update will be releasing Wednesday, May 15 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST.

Because it is a regular patch and not a Content Update, there will be downtime, so matchmaking will likely be disabled 20-25 minutes prior.


Tactical Assault Rifle

An update to the in-game announcement screen showed that the previously leaked Tactical Assault Rifle weapon would be added to the game in the v9.01 update for the possible battle royale title.

The official in-game description reads: “This robust and precise assault rifle is the idea option for tight quarters.”

According to the patch notes, the Tactical Assault Rifle is a fully automatic weapon available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines, and has a 30 round magazine with a tight spread in close quarters. The weapon’s base damage sits at 22/23/24, and has a headshot multiplier of 1.75x, meaning it should be deadly in close combat.

Epic GamesThe Tactical Assault Rifle’s addition to the game was confirmed by the in-game news feed.

Changes to the Health and Shield bars

Epic have confirmed that they will be “tweaking” the Health and Shield bars that appear on players’ HUDs.

When Season 9 first launched, a change was implemented that caused both bats to use a red animation effect when taking damage.

This change caused a lot of confusion and frustration among players who had difficulty being able to tell the two bars apart during the heat of battle, and Epic have admitted that the change is “confusing” and will be adjusted.

While they were not clear on what kinds of “tweaks” they were going to make, players should expect to see the changes as part of the v9.01 update.


Fortnite Battle Royale v9.01 update patch notes

The full patch notes for the v9.01 update will be added here once they are made available by Epic, which should be close to when the downtime for the update begins. Here’s what to expect:


– Tactical Assault rifle: This robust and precise assault rifle is the ideal option for tight quarters

Health and Shield bar changes

– “Tweaks” made to how health and shield bars are displayed on players’ HUD.

Stability and Bug fixes

– Improvements to help mitigate the number of times players run into instances of buildings not properly loading in.

– Compensation for players who missed out on rewards for completing the Blackheart and Hybrid style challenges, plus a bonus!

Drum Gun nerf

One of the biggest changes to come in the v9.01 update is to one of the game’s most polarizing weapons, the Drum Gun.

Since it’s return as part of the Unvaulting event, the Drum Gun has once again become one of the game’s most lethal weapons, with many using it ahead of shotguns and even assault rifles due to it’s high rate of fire and high damage.

Popular streamers such as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins have criticized the weapon on its return, and it appears that Epic Games have taken those complaints on board, reducing the Drum Gun’s base damage from 26/27 to 22/23, stating that they hope to “reduce the effectiveness while not impacting its strengths.”

Epic GamesThe Drum Gun has received a major nerf in the v9.01 update,

Slipstream changes

Introduced at the start of Season 9, Slipstreams are large jets of air, located across the map, that give players new ways to rotate around the island without the use of a vehicle.

With the Slipstreams now in the game for a week, Epic Games have decided to make some adjustments, disabling them after the fifth stage of the storm in an attempt to stop players getting pulled into them and flung out of the circle.

Slipstreams will also no longer block building, which the developers believe should make it easier to access the large wind tunnels. 

Last updated on May 16, 2019 at 10:00am (EST).


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.