Footsteps. Wooden planks. A gun is cocked.
You hear the sounds of an enemy pushing you in Fortnite: Battle Royale. What’s next? You need a close quarters weapon. An assault rifle? No. And you didn’t pick up an SMG. What now?
It’s shotty time, baby.
Shotguns in Fortnite: Battle Royale are a controversial topic. For a long time, they were dominant in the meta. They have since been nerfed, but they are still viable in many situations. Which one should you use in the heat of the battle?
Like all things in life, it often comes down to preference. But we’re here to offer you the stats and the numbers on what we think are the best shotguns in Fortnite.
Damage: 73.5/77, Headshot damage: 185/192.5, Magazine size: 7, Reload time: 5.9s/5.6s
The Heavy Shotgun isn’t for everyone, but we think it’s king in the right hands. This shotty has a smaller reticle and less spread, which means that you need to be more accurate. When your shots do land, all of its pellets will hit in one concentrated area and deal massive damage.
Its range is also wild, meaning you can hold your own against other weapons like SMGs.
Double Barrel Shotgun
Damage: 114/120, Headshot damage: 142.5/150, Magazine size: 2, Reload time: 2.8s/2.7s
The newest shotty to join Fortnite is an absolute beast. It does, far and away, the most amount of damage when it comes to shotguns, but there’s a catch—the range is very short, meaning you basically have to be breathing on someone to deal the damage you need. Plus, it only has two shots, and when its out you have to deal with a long reload animation.
The Double Barrel is great, but its drawbacks prevent it from being the greatest. It is incredibly powerful up close, and it also does massive damage to structures, but you can easily be out-ranged with any number of weapons.
Damage: 80/85, Headshot damage: 160/170, Magazine size: 5, Reload time: 4.8s/4.6s
Old faithful. The Pump Shotgun is many player’s favorites, and could easily be ranked number one. But due to the “double pump” nerf by Epic Games adding an equip time along with a painfully slow reload speed, its DPS isn’t up to par with the others.
Like all shotguns, if you HIT YOUR SHOTS you will be just fine with the pump in most situations. If you’re accurate, you oftentimes won’t need more than one headshot to take anyone down.
Damage: 67/70/74, Headshot damage: 134/140/148, Magazine size: 8, Reload time: 6.3s/6.0s/5.7s
The fallen king. The Tactical Shotgun used to be dominant, but recent nerfs have humbled it. The Tac Shotty has the widest spread, meaning pellets will likely go all over the place. Its inconsistency is its biggest downfall.
It does have the largest magazine size of all shotguns, but it would be useless without it. You will likely need to hit multiple shots on an enemy to take them down, and by then, you could be the one on your last legs.
This article was updated on Sept. 28, 2018 to include current weapon statistics from it’s original publish date of Aug. 29, 2018.