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Fortnite Lead Developer Reveals Plans to Buff Pump Shotgun in Next Update v5.30

Published: 14/Aug/2018 13:08 Updated: 14/Aug/2018 13:12

by Calum Patterson


Fortnite Design Lead at Epic Games, Eric Williamson, has revealed the development studio’s plans to amend shotguns in the next update for the popular battle royale game.

Since receiving a hard nerf, the community has been vocal about the changes to shotguns, many saying that while they were perhaps too powerful before, the update went too far in tipping the scales.


With the v5.0 update, the developers added an ‘equip’ time to shotguns, delaying how quickly shotguns could be fired after equipping them from another shotgun.

This was done to prevent the common ‘double pump’ meta, where players would constantly and quickly switch between two pump shotguns during a gun fight, bypassing the ‘pump’ action.


It became frustrating to deal with, and so the equip timer was introduced, but now the pump shotgun in particular has dropped significantly down the pecking order of weapons, and Epic wants to amend that.

Williamson took to Twitter to give a rare inside look into what the plans are behind the scenes at Epic, ahead of the next update, v5.3.

They plan to ‘reduce the equip time slightly’, but Eric doesn’t go into specifics. It is likely to only shorten by a matter of milliseconds, but this could make all the difference in a close gunfight.



As for the other shotguns (double barrel, heavy and tactical), they will all remain untouched for the time being. The double barrel is the most recent addition to the game, and players have been generally pleased with its balancing.

Tactical shotguns are still considered fairly weak, and will almost always be dropped in favor of a heavy shotgun, which are currently considered the top dogs in the category.


But that used to be the domain of the pump shotgun, and could well be again, if the reduction in equip time is significant enough.


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.

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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)
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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.