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Reddit user claims SMGs were secretly nerfed in Fortnite on console

Published: 7/Nov/2018 21:17 Updated: 7/Nov/2018 21:18

by Albert Petrosyan


A Reddit user has offered an explanation to Fortnite players on console who have been questioning their ability to use Submachine Guns.

According to a post put out on the FortNiteBR Reddit page, several months ago, Epic Games had implemented an unannounced reduction to the aim assist of console players when using an SMG weapon. 


The user claims that this secret nerf was administered as a way to stop the ‘spam meta’ that was dominated gameplay at the time. This has apparently worked to an extent, since a lot of console players have reverted to using shotguns as their secondary attack weapon. 

No, you haven’t suddenly gotten worse at the game. A couple months ago, a significant change to aim assist was made in an attempt to fix an abuse of the mechanic. Some people would constantly re-aim or spam ADS at close ranges to become extremely accurate with sub machine guns. In order to fix this, a change was made to weaken aim assist on these weapons. It wasn’t in the patch notes but it was pretty clear when it happened

Thus, according to the post, controller players who have been struggling to use SMGs over the past weeks and months are not doing so because of a drop off in skill, but rather because of this secret reduction to aim assist. 


Aim assist is one of the crucial aspects of playing Fortnite with a controller, and without it, players simply cannot reproduce the same level of accuracy in their shots. 

I think a lot of console players went back to exclusively using shotguns again because of how poorly they have been performing with sub machine guns […]

Console players severely underestimate the amount that aim assist helps. Turn off aim assist and you won’t get any kills at all.

Since Epic Games never made mention of this change to aim assist at the time, there is no way of verifying whether the claims made in this Reddit post are true.

However, this would not be the first time something like this happened; the developers have been known to experiment and test out new adjustments under the radar, and there have been changes before that were not included in patch notes. 


However, the Reddit user’s goal is not to have this change reversed; he is simply trying to bring this information to light for the sake of those who may have been questioning why they could no longer use SMGs the way they had been able to before. 

I’m not saying to buff the sub machine guns to their former glory, I’m just explaining this to people who don’t know about it. So if you’re still using sub machine guns because you “used to be really good with them”, keep this is mind.

This was actually the biggest nerf to the spray meta on console, and no one knew about it.

Source – Reddit


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.