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A history of Fortnite weapons that have been retired to the vault

A look at all that's locked away.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale is an ever-changing landscape where the developers at Epic Games like to continuously shake things up to keep the game fresh.

One way that Epic does this is by retiring weapons and items to a vault. While a weapon being “vaulted” takes it out of the game, it could eventually make a comeback—like the Guided Missile Launcher, which was vaulted, tweaked, and brought back.

With new weapons and items being added every few weeks, the vault is becoming more and more useful to send weapons in and out of the game to keep things new and exciting.

Let’s take a look at what’s in the vault in Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Zapotron

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Vaulted: Sept. 29, 2017

The first gun to ever be “vaulted” in Fortnite: Battle Royale was the Zapotron. This incredibly powerful electric sniper-type gun only lasted a couple of weeks in Fortnite’s earliest iteration before it was sent out to pasture.

Submachine Gun


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Vaulted: Feb. 12, 2018

In a heartbreaking move, the game’s first-ever Submachine Gun was sent away before Valentine’s Day in 2018, to make way for some different weapons.

Smoke Grenade


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Vaulted: April 11, 2018

Smokes went away because, to put it simply, they weren’t very useful—or that’s what the numbers would suggest, since players were seldom using them.

Crossbow


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Vaulted: May 1, 2018

The Crossbow was another painful loss for many players who found it more useful than others. The gun was a bit of a novelty, but its infinite ammo and silent shots made it formidable in the right hands.

Tactical Submachine Gun


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Vaulted: June 27, 2018

The second SMG to go to the vault was a favorite for many players. Epic instead decided to add newer SMG’s like the MP5 and Advanced SMG (P90), so there wasn’t much room left for this ol’ faithful.

Revolver


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Vaulted: Sept. 6, 2018

Revolvers struggled to find a place in the meta over the summer of 2018 when SMG’s reigned supreme, so Epic vaulted the weapon in update 5.40.

Drum Gun


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Vaulted: Sept. 11, 2018

In the most shocking vault-move yet, the ever-powerful and popular Drum Gun was taken out of the meta in the 5.40 content update. The weapon, used to spray down both players and structures alike, was a staple in the loadouts of just about every player for the few months that it was available.

Impulse Grenade

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Vaulted: Sept. 27, 2018

This fun utility item was retired to the vault when season six began on Sept. 27.

Suppressed Submachine Gun

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Vaulted: Sept. 27, 2018

The Suppressed Submachine Gun is the third SMG to be vaulted in Fortnite, joining the original Submachine Gun and the Tactical Submachine Gun. It was retired with the start of season six on Sept. 27.

Light Machine Gun

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Vaulted: Sept. 27, 2018

This spray-and-pray LMG was officially removed from the popular battle royale game with the introduction of Fortnite’s 6.0 update.

Bouncer Trap

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Vaulted: Sept. 27, 2018

Many Fortnite fans were devastated when they found out that Bouncers were removed from the battle royale version of the game with the start of season six.

Remote Explosives

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Vaulted: Sept. 27, 2018

While plenty of players were upset to see Bouncers go, others won’t be too sad about the Remote Explosives being vaulted. 

Guided Missile

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Vaulted: Nov. 1, 2018

Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle

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Vaulted: Nov. 1, 2018

Port-a-Fort

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Chiller

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Clinger

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Double Barrel Shotgun

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Shockwave Grenade

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Shadow Stones

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Vaulted: Dec. 6, 2018

Infinity Blade

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Vaulted: Dec. 14, 2018

Six Shooter

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Vaulted: Jan. 8, 2019

Burst Assault Rifle

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Vaulted: Jan. 8, 2019 (only Common, Uncommon, and Rare variants)