Pros and streamers react as Fortnite Season 9 update vaults the Pump Shotgun

Published: 9/May/2019 9:01 Updated: 9/May/2019 9:17

by Marcus Banks


One of the most iconic weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale entered the vault upon release of Season 9, and many of the top streamers and pro players are far from happy.

The pump shotgun has been present in Fortnite since the game’s inception, enjoying plenty of changes over the seasons, making Epic’s decision to vault the weapon all the more surprising.

In a blog post, the developer revealed that the weapon accounted for over 26% of the eliminations in game and would be vaulted in order to allow players to explore additional ways of having fun using items such as the new combat shotgun.

Epic GamesAll variants of the widely loved pump shotgun entered the vault upon release of Season 9

Fortnite pro players react to pump shotgun vaulted

The biggest Fortnite star on the planet, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney was quick to share his confusion given how important the weapon can be during competitive play in a short tweet shortly after the patch notes were revealed. 

Many of the competitive community were hoping to see a field-of-view slider added following the recent ban on stretched resolution and Team Liquid’s Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo stated the employee who decided to remove the pump should be fired.

A lot of the Fornite community were actually hoping to see the tactical shotgun enter the vault due to its extremely low damage compared to other weapons, and NRG’s Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

Fortnite streamers react to pump shotgun vaulted

As well as the Fortnite pro community, the decision to remove one of the most popular guns has left the vast majority of the top streamers puzzled.

Jack ‘CouRageJD’ Dunlop shared a memorial tweet dedicated the weapon that “was always in our hearts” while Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff summed up his reaction in a short GIF.

Luminosity Gaming’s Sypher ‘SypherPK’ Ali revealed his confusion over the decision while TSM’s ‘HighDistortion’ believed that Epic vaulted the weapon to prevent fans spamming them to bring back the infamous double pump meta

It remains to be seen whether people’s opinions will change when they finally get their hands on the new shotgun to see how it compares to the power of the pump.

Nevertheless, a massive change like this, with ballers still not being removed, has proven to be another unpopular decision so far.


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.