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Fortnite Update 5.40's Patch Notes: Suppressed Assault Rifle Added, Drum Gun Vaulted

Update day!


Epic Games has released the patch notes for Fortnite's 5.40 content update, confirming everything that is being tweaked, changed, and added to the game's Battle Royale and Save the World modes on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. The most notable part of the update--which launched just prior to Week 10's challenges--is the introduction of the Suppressed Assault Rifle.

The new Suppressed Assault Rifle will let Battle Royale players take out enemies quietly. On Epic's official Fortnite website, the weapon is said to reward precision over rapid fire. It can be found in Vending Machines, floor loot, Treasure Chests, and Supply Drops, and is also available in Epic and Legendary variants. If you manage to score one of these versions, you'll do 32/33 damage per shot.

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To make way for the Suppressed Assault Rifle, the Drum Gun has been vaulted, which means it is no longer available to use.

In Save the World, meanwhile, Field Agent Rio joins the battle, and there's also a new set of Weekly Horde Challenges. For these, shields are considerably less useful as Husks are more aggressive. You can see the full patch notes for Save the World here and take a look at the Battle Royale notes below.

LTM: The Getaway

Bug Fixes

  • Players in the Getaway LTM can no longer land on the van without building.
  • Reduced the Victory music at the end of a match.
  • Jewel will no longer appear in inventory hotbar after being put in the Down-But-Not-Out state.
  • Player models will no longer get stuck under the van after winning a match.
  • Player models and items will no longer fall to the ground after winning a match.
  • Enforcer Outfit no longer appears distorted to other clients from certain distances.

Weapons And Items

  • Suppressed Assault Rifle Added.
    • Sneaky weapon that rewards trigger discipline with precision.
    • Can be found in Vending Machines, floor loot, Treasure Chests, and Supply Drops.
      • Available in Epic and Legendary Variants.
        • 32/33 damage per shot.
  • Vaulted Drum Gun


Sub-Region Matchmaking added for Southeast Asia.

Earlier today Epic launched a separate client update for Fortnite which addressed a number of unspecified issues. The downtime started at 11 PM PT (2 AM ET / 7 AM BST on September 11) and finished an hour later, providing minimal disruption for players.

This week will also see the launch of Fortnite's Week 10 challenges, barring any unforeseen delays. This will be the last batch of weekly challenges for Season 5, so if you haven't done previous week's challenges, you don't have much longer left to complete them. To speed things up, you can use our guides in our complete Fortnite Season 5 challenge roundup.

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