Light Machine Gun (Battle Royale)

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Light Machine Gun
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Category Battle Royale Weapons
History
Introduced Patch 3.5.2
Vaulted Patch 6.00

Light Machine Gun is an Assault Rifle in Battle Royale. It was available in Rare and Epic variants. It uses Medium Bullets.

The Light Machine Gun was Vaulted in Patch 6.00, therefore making it available only in Creative. The Light Machine Gun would tear down structures extremely fast, including metal walls.

For the Seasons leading up to Season 8, the Light Machine Gun would not categorized into any groups. During this time, the Fortnite community considered the Light Machine Gun as an SMG, but as Season 8 released, the gun would be finally categorized as an Assault Rifle. This change can be seen in Creative while viewing the stats of the gun.


Stats[edit | edit source]

Light Machine Gun
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Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 200
Damage 25
Fire Rate 8
Magazine Size 100
Reload Time 5
Structure Damage 25
Light Machine Gun
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Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 208
Damage 26
Fire Rate 8
Magazine Size 100
Reload Time 4.75
Structure Damage 26

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • The high capacity of 100 bullets in a single magazine and a high rate of fire makes the Light Machine Gun favorable at close ranges. The effectiveness of the gun decreases when used at medium ranges as the recoil during continuous fire hurts its accuracy, so short bursts of fire are recommended. At further distances, accuracy becomes poor.
  • It is good to have a backup weapon, as the Light Machine Gun possesses a lengthy reload time - 5 and 4.75 seconds for the Rare and Epic variants, respectively.
  • The Light Machine Gun is very effective at destroying weak defenses or walls that are immediately placed by another player, as they will not have enough time to fully build.
  • During Duo or Squad matches, the Light Machine Gun can be used to suppress a target while your teammates flank them, or by assisting someone who is in a hurry.
  • The Light Machine Gun is a very noisy weapon - if you are not careful with your aim, you may expose your position to enemies while using it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Light Machine Gun is inspired by the M249 light machine gun, although it bears similarities to its lighter variant, the MK 46 Mod 0.
  • The Rare Light Machine Gun outclasses the Legendary Assault Rifle in DPS by 2 points (200 DPS to 198 DPS), but loses in damage per bullet by 11 points (25 damage to 36 damage) and is less accurate.
  • The Light Machine Gun is technically an Assault Rifle. This is because the gun used Medium Bullets and it was as big as an Assault Rifle. Many players were confused if it was an SMG, but Season 8 fully categorized the weapon as an Assault Rifle.
    • It sounds reasonable because the LMG Rifle in Save the World is also an Assault Rifle.

Changes[edit | edit source]

7.20 Patch Notes (January 21,2019)
Weapon + Items
  • Suppressed Submachine Gun, Remote Explosives, Smoke Grenade, Light Machine Gun, Sneaky Snowman, Revolver and Semi-Auto Sniper added to Creative mode.

6.00 Patch Notes (September 27, 2018)

Weapon + Items
  • Vaulted Impulse Grenade, Suppressed Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun, Bouncer, and Remote Explosives.
    • All of the weapons/items added to the Vault in patch v6.0 will currently remain available in Playgrounds.
      • The Light Machine Gun and Remote Explosives eventually got removed from Playground Mode.

4.3 Content Update (June 5, 2018)

  • Damage fall-off vs. structures removed for Rifles, SMGs, Pistols, and LMGs.