The start of each season always introduces a new wrinkle into Fortnite and Season 6 did that by bringing back the Pump Shotgun.
This is a gun that moves in and out of the game at will, and it was the source of a lot of controversy when it was removed at the start of Season 5.
Now that it’s back, players can rejoice, but there were some small tweaks made to the gun that don’t make it quite as powerful as it was in the past.
Many of you might not have noticed anything was tweaked, but it’s actually a big one. The gun in question is the Purple Pump Shotgun and the fact that it can no longer 1-shot a person with full health and shield.
Pump Shotgun Gets Stealth Nerf
Whether you considered it luck or skill, the Purple Pump will no longer be able to eliminate people with one shot anymore.
The Gold Pump will be the only weapon with this ability, and honestly, this might be a change for the best. We’ve already seen how easy it is to get a Purple Pump, so having a gun that can 1-shot like that might be too much of an issue.
Here’s the full change courtesy of Fortnite Gamepedia.
The Uncommon to Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun have made a return with Chapter 2 Season 6. However, it’s base damages (including the Common) have been buffed from 70/80/90/100/110 to 84/92/100/108/116. It’s headshot multiplier has also been nerfed from 2.0x to 1.75x making the Pump Shotgun deal 147/161/175/189/203 damage to the head at point blank range making the Legendary variant of the shotgun only able to one-shot someone to the head with 200 health.
Granted, 189 damage for a headshot is nothing to sneeze at, it just won’t be enough against somebody who is full health. Now, you’ll just have switch to another gun for the finishing blow or hit another shot with the pump.
What Will This Mean?
The biggest thing that this will mean for players going forward is you’ll no longer be able to rely on the Purple Pump like you were in the past.
This is still one of the strongest guns in the game, but you won’t be able to hit a bailout shot with it like you were in the past.
Instead, you’ll need to have the Legendary one in order to do that, which might result in some players mixing up their playstyle.
Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still want to have a shotgun in your arsenal, and even if it’s the Purple rarity, you’ll still want to keep it around.
Pump Shotguns have been part of Fortnite since the beginning and their strength has always been known. It’s a major blow when they are missing from the game, and that might have played in a big role in why Epic decided to bring them back for Season 6.
With that said, the Lever-Action Shotgun will be missed dearly. Maybe that could come back in the future.