Ninja Showcases The Power of SMG's in Fortnite Following Recent Patch - "I absolutely love the Drum Gun" - Dexerto

Ninja Showcases The Power of SMG’s in Fortnite Following Recent Patch – “I absolutely love the Drum Gun”

Published: 7/Jul/2018 14:36 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson


In the most recent patch, v4.5, Epic Games made changes to all SMG’s in Fortnite Battle Royale, and Ninja has rejoiced at their improved viability.

Epic Games has been vocal about their intentions to balance out weapons in the BR mode, discussing in official communications about issues with reliance on shotguns and explosives particularly.

SMG’s were considered by many players to be considerably the weakest class of weapons, immediately dropped in favor of almost any other weapon when possible.

But with the addition of the third SMG type, the ‘Drum Gun’, Epic has made improvements to all three SMG’s with buffs to various stats.

Ninja, as the best known Fortnite player, has a certain influence on opinion and he too was vocal about improving the balance of weapons and equipment in the game.

The Drum Gun was immediately powerful upon release, with good range and damage, but in order to keep the other SMG’s competitive accuracy increased and accuracy when sprinting penalties reduced.

And Ninja has made it clear he is now very satisfied with the changes, posting a clip with him using both the drum gun and the tactical SMG to wipe out a squad.

Currently, shotguns remain powerful but with the increased viability of SMG’s at long range as well as still holding up when close and personal makes them strong challengers.

The full SMG buffs from the v4.5 patch notes:

  • We’re making the following changes to further solidify the identities and strengths of Tactical and Silenced SMGs.
    • Tactical SMG
      • Removed first shot accuracy.
      • Increased base accuracy by 25%.
      • Lowered the sprinting accuracy penalty by 15%.
      • Lowered the ADS bonus by 10 %.
      • Increased damage by +2.
    • Silenced SMG
      • Increased base accuracy by 10%.
      • Increased ADS accuracy bonus by 20%.
      • Increased damage by +2.

When is Fortnite Season 5? Fortnitemares Midas’ Revenge, Season 4 end date, theme, more

Published: 26/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 13:17

by Daniel Cleary


Fortnite’s yearly Fortnitemares event has finally arrived, but when does Season 5 arrive?

Fortnite’s new season dropped on August 27,  introducinging tons of changes to the Fortnite World with the likes of new Marvel-themed points-of-interest, superhero characters, and abilities for fans of the battle royale to enjoy. Midas’ Revenge adds even more for fans to sink their teeth into.

Fortnitemares 2020 Midas Revenge Skin,
Epic Games
Midas’ Revenge has introduced new skins with their yearly event.

When does Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 start?

With only a few days to go of Fortnitemares’ Midas’ Revenge event, Chapter 2 Season 4 has over a month left, with an expected end date of November 30th, as reliable Fortnite leaker HYPEX claims.

The Baba Yaga skin has just been released alongside the Ghostbusters bundle, with more soon to come. The skin is ‘Rare’ and part of the ‘Coven Fresh’ set, costing 1,200 V Bucks.


After the Fortnitemare event, the fifth season of Fortnite’s Chapter 2 should follow immediately, along with some more major changes and a new theme.

Will Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 be available through Apple?

A portion of the mobile player base is currently unable to download Fortnite Season 4, due to the ongoing legal feud between Epic Games and Apple, with Apple blocking all future Fortnite updates on the App store.

While the feud is being resolved, there have been suggestions that Season 4 could potentially be extended for Apple users, although that remains to be seen.

Epic Games has already extended seasons in Fortnite Chapter 2, but there has been no sign from the developers that they have any intention of doing so this time around.

What will Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5’s theme be?

With Fortnite Season 4 being based completely around Marvel characters, there have been rumors that a DC-themed season could come next.

The Fortnite devs have already introduced members of the DC Comics universe as seen with Aquaman and Black Manta in Season 3’s recent Splash Down events. They may go a step further at the next opportunity, adding more familiar faces.

Epic also revealed plans for a Joker bundle that is expected to be released towards the end of Season 4, which could be used to build hype for the upcoming season.

With a new Batman movie also in the works, it would not be too surprising to see another partnership between DC and Epic but as for now, fans will have to wait until Season 5 draws nearer.