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Fortnite Update Nerfs The Overpowered SMG And Compact SMG

Small gun, big damage.


Epic Games recently added the SMG and Compact SMG to Fortnite: Battle Royale but, following feedback from its community, has pushed out a hotfix tweaking how effective they are. In a post on the Fortnite: Battle Royale subreddit, Epic said that SMGs were "stronger than we would like at the moment" and detailed the adjustments made to them.

The changes to SMGs seem to be comprehensive, with accuracy, damage, range, and fire rate all nerfed. The tweaks, which you can see in full below, bring the performance of the SMG and Compact SMG "more in line with where [Epic wants] them." Nevertheless, the studio said it will continue to monitor how the weapons perform and has encouraged players to carry on submitting feedback.

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Fortnite SMG Changes

  • SMG and Compact SMG accuracy bonus reduced from 35% to 15%.
  • SMG damage reduced from 19/20/21 to 17/18/19.
  • Compact SMG damage reduced from 23/24 to 21/22.
  • SMG fire rate reduced from 13 to 12.
  • Compact SMG fire rate reduced from 11 to 10.
  • SMG, Compact SMG, and Silenced SMG damage falloff.
  • Range reduced from 2400/3500/5000 to 2000/3000/4000.
  • Percentage reduced from 100/80/65% to 100/70/40%.
  • Rare SMG and Compact SMGs drop rates slightly reduced.

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