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Disambig.png This article is about the Battle Royale shotgun. For the Save The World shotgun subtype, see Pump-Action Shotguns. For the Common-rarity Save The World pump-action shotgun, see Pump-action Shotgun.
Pump Shotgun
Pump shotgun battle royale gif.gif
Details
Category Battle Royale Weapons
History
Introduced
Last Adjustment Patch 14.00
Vaulted

Pump Shotgun is a Shotgun in Battle Royale. It is available in Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. It uses Shells as ammo, has a headshot multiplier of x2 and fires ten pellets in a spread to deal damage.

Firing from a limited magazine, the Pump Shotgun outputs immense damage up close, but very slowly. It is completely lacking in ranged combat ability and does not constantly shoot when the trigger is held down. The Pump Shotgun can be found from floor loot and chests. The Rare variant also dropped from Loot Stars and Supply Drones until Patch 11.00 (Chapter 2 Launch).

The Pump Shotgun has a slightly wider spread than the Charge Shotgun which needs to charge to deal huge damage and was slightly faster than the Pump Shotgun, however the Pump Shotgun fires and reloads slower and has a bigger magazine size.

It used to be available in Common and Uncommon variants. However, Patch 3.4 promoted it to Uncommon and Rare, and Patch 6.31 added its Epic and Legendary variants. But on Patch 11.00, the Common variant was unvaulted.

On Patch 9.00, the Pump Shotgun was vaulted and made only available in Playground and Creative. The reason given for this was that the Pump Shotgun accounted for 26% of all eliminations earned across the entire game. However, on the 9.30 Content Update, the Uncommon and Rare variants of the Pump Shotgun were unvaulted, while the Epic and Legendary remained in the Vault.

After the Chapter 2, Season 1 patch, the Common, Epic, and Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun made an appearance in regular game modes, meaning that the Pump Shotgun has been unvaulted completely. However, the Pump Shotgun's damage (except for the Legendary variant) was nerfed to balance the game.

In Patch 13.00, the Pump Shotgun has once again been vaulted. It was replaced by the Charge Shotgun, making it currently only available in Creative.

Strangely, if you throw a Decoy Grenade, there's a small chance that a bot has a Pump Shotgun, even after Season 3, but is only visual. However in Patch 13.3, this has since been fixed. Decoys now hold a Tactical Shotgun.

In Patch 14.00, the Pump Shotgun has returned from the vault. It also adds the feature to sidegrade the Pump Shotgun to a Charge Shotgun, vise versa.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Pump Shotgun
Pump shotgun.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 49
Damage 70
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 5.7
Structure Damage 45
Pump Shotgun
Pump shotgun.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 56
Damage 80
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 5.3
Structure Damage 48
Pump Shotgun
Pump shotgun.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 63
Damage 90
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.8
Structure Damage 50
Pump Shotgun
Purple gold pump.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 70
Damage 100
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.4
Structure Damage 54
Pump Shotgun
Purple gold pump.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 77
Damage 110
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.2
Structure Damage 60

Former Stats[edit | edit source]

Stats (Patch 6.31 - Patch 11.00)[edit | edit source]

Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 66.5
Damage 95
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.6
Structure Damage 46
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 70
Damage 100
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.5
Structure Damage 50
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun SPAS icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 73.5
Damage 105
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.2
Structure Damage 54
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun SPAS icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 77
Damage 110
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.0
Structure Damage 55

Stats (June 6th, 2018 Hotfix - Patch 6.31)[edit | edit source]

Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 56
Damage 80
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.8
Structure Damage 45
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 59.5
Damage 85
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.6
Structure Damage 46

Stats (Patch 3.30 - June 6th, 2018 Hotfix)[edit | edit source]

Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 63
Damage 90
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.8
Structure Damage 45
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 66.5
Damage 95
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.6
Structure Damage 46

Stats (Initial Release of BR - Patch 3.30)[edit | edit source]

Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 63
Damage 90
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.8
Structure Damage 45
Pump Shotgun
Pump-action shotgun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Shells 'n' slugs icon.png
DPS 66.5
Damage 95
Fire Rate 0.7
Magazine Size 5
Reload Time 4.6
Structure Damage 46

Sound[edit | edit source]

  • Common, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun Pullout

  • Common, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun Shooting

  • Common, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun Reload

  • Common, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun Pickup

  • Common, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun Drop

  • Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun Pullout

  • Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun Shooting

  • Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun Reload

  • Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun Pickup

  • Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun Drop

Textures[edit | edit source]

Patch Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
After 11.0 Pump shotgun.png Purple gold pump.png
Before 11.0 Pump-action shotgun icon.png Pump-action shotgun SPAS icon.png

Availability[edit | edit source]

Chapter 1[edit | edit source]

Rarity Chest Floor Loot Supply Drop
Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Chapter 2[edit | edit source]

Rarity Chest Rare Chest Floor Loot Upgrading Fishing (Plain) Fishing (Spots)
Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Sidegrading[edit | edit source]

Rarities Sidegraded from Charge Shotgun Material Cost
Common Gray to blue charge shotgun.pngCommon, Uncommon & Rare
Wood icon.png20x

Stone icon.png20x

Metal icon.png20x

Uncommon
Rare
Epic LegendaryChargeShotgun.pngEpic & Legendary
Legendary

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • The Pump Shotgun is a very powerful shotgun in Battle Royale, at the cost of having a low fire rate and small ammo capacity of five rounds. A well-placed shot could remove a target's shield completely or eliminate a target in one shot at close ranges, depending on the rarity.
    • At point blank range, headshots with the Epic and Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun can instantly eliminate opponents even with full health and shield. It is currently the only gun other than sniper rifles able to do this.
    • The Common, Uncommon, and Rare Pump Shotgun, however, cannot achieve the same feat, so it can be worth it to risk taking damage to upgrade a Pump Shotgun, or just taking a Tactical Shotgun instead.
  • In Patch 11.00, the Uncommon, Rare and Epic variants of the weapon were nerfed, previously 95/100/105/110 (190/200/210/220 headshots) to 70/80/90/100 (140/160/180/200 headshots), making impossible instant eliminating headshots with the Rare variant.
    • The Legendary variant was not affected by this change.
    • This nerf makes the Common variant do less damage than the Common Tactical Shotgun, despite the fact that the Pump is supposed to be a lower fire-rate, higher damage gun than the Tactical. This means a gray tactical beats a gray pump in every category. (This was changed in the Chapter 2 Season 3 update as the Tactical was nerfed by 4 damage in every rarity.)
  • A fast-firing weapon to switch to is recommended, such as a submachine gun or pistol, as the Pump Shotgun is quite slow to shoot and is rather unpredictable at medium distances, sometimes dealing very low damage. A good strategy is to fire the Pump Shotgun to do a lot of damage then switching to your fast firing weapon to eliminate your enemy.
  • The Pump Shotgun is incapable of destroying materials due to its extremely lowered material damage.

Tactical Shotguns over Pump Shotguns[edit | edit source]

  • Chapter 2 Season 2: Some players chose Tactical Shotguns over Pump Shotguns, as the Pump Shotgun's damage wasn't consistent (You could hit for 33 with a Legendary Pump Shotgun), they have a slower fire rate, it's harder to hit opponents for some players and the Pump Shotgun nerf in Chapter 2 Season 1 (90/95/100/105/110 to 70/80/90/100/110) greatly reduced it's damage and overall effectiveness, whereas Tactical Shotguns are more consistent, deal more headshot damage at lower rarities than Pump Shotguns of the same rarity and have a much quicker fire rate, leading to a higher DPS and more chances to deal damage before an enemy can build. Plus, Pump Shotguns have a magazine size of 5 and Tactical Shotguns have a magazine size of 8, making Tactical Shotguns getting preferred over Pump Shotguns by some players.
    • On the contrary, the Rare, Epic and Legendary rarities begin to deal more headshot damage and have a much more damaging body damage (90/100/110, headshot 180/200/220), with the highest two rarities guaranteeing an instant elimination with a full pellet headshot and an easily shield breaking amount of damage for a full body shot.
      • However, the Rare version won't guarantee a full shield crack or instant elimination with full pellets on body and head respectively, yet can still do enough damage to turn the tides in a battle. Even so, a Tactical Shotgun of the same rarity would still be arguably more effective, but would still use the same amount of shells to eliminate someone, with a headshot and any other shot on full or most pellets.
  • Chapter 2 Season 3: This was changed when Tactical Shotguns were nerfed by 4 damage and they were like Pump Shotguns, they could even hit 30 for a headshot(x1.5) close range because of the Chapter 2 Season 3 weapon headshot multiplier nerfs. Since then, Charge Shotguns were better than Tactical Shotguns.
  • Chapter 2 Season 4: The Tactical Shotgun has been vaulted and now both Charge Shotguns and Pump Shotguns have their Pros and Cons, see their stats and compare them.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Patch Notes[edit | edit source]

Patch 14.00 (August 27, 2020)
  • Unvaulted

Patch 13.00 (June 17, 2020)

  • Vaulted

9.30 Content Update #1 (June 25, 2019)

Weapon + Items
  • Unvaulted
    • Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun

Patch 9.00 (May 9, 2019)

Weapon + Items
  • Vaulted
    • Pump Shotgun

Patch 6.31 (September 27, 2018)

Weapons + Items
  • New Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun
    • 105 / 110 maximum damage
    • Available from floor loot, chests, Supply
    • Drops, and Vending Machines.
  • The Uncommon and Rare variants now do 95/100

Patch 5.30 (August 23, 2018)

Weapon + Items
  • Pump Shotgun equip time has been shortened from 0.96 seconds to 0.88 seconds.

Patch 5.0 (July 7, 2018)

  • Shotguns will now indicate how many pellets hit, visible within the reticle.
  • Adjusted shotgun spread patterns to be consistent with no random variation.
  • Heavy Shotgun now fires 10 pellets rather than 5.
    • Maximum damage for the Heavy Shotgun remains unchanged.
  • After firing a shotgun, another shotgun cannot be fired for a very short time.

Patch 4.5 (June 27, 2018)

  • Weapon damage to structures now correctly scales with rarity.
  • Shotgun damage to structures has been reduced by 50% for Pump Shotgun, and 25% for both Tactical Shotgun and Heavy Shotgun.

Hotfix (6 June, 2018)

  • Headshot multiplier reduced from 2.5 to 2.0
  • Damage reduced from 90/95 to 80/85

Patch 4.3 (30 May, 2018)

Bug Fix
  • Shotgun fire adjusted to help alleviate situations where it would hit world objects instead of players.

Patch 3.0.0 (February 20, 2018)

  • Pump Shotgun behavior has been addressed. Firing the Pump Shotgun and quickly switching weapons will now require you to pump the Shotgun before the next shot.
    • We will be monitoring any fallout from this and continuing to iterate on how this works throughout the next patches.

Vault Log[edit | edit source]

Update/Patch Vault Unvault
3.30 Common
9.0 Uncommon to Legendary
9.30 (Content Update) Uncommon & Rare
11.0 Common, Epic & Legendary
13.0 Common to Legendary
14.0 Common - Legendary


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Currently, the Pump Shotgun is the only gun-based weapon to have been “promoted” in rarity.
  • The Pump Shotgun’s Common, Uncommon and Rare variants MAY be inspired by the Remington 870 Wingmaster Edition, however comparing the two side-by side shows key differences, like the slide action being differently designed on Fortnite's version of it, alongside a laser sight added on top of the barrel. It could be inspired by any other wooden-trimmed pump-action shotgun, but which one is not exactly known. However, the Pump Shotgun’s Epic and Legendary variants most certainly are almost exact replicas of the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, with the shotgun's signature rectangular slide action and infamous folding stock.
    • Interestingly however, the real SPAS 12 has a clip size of around 8 shells, unlike the Fortnite version. It also has a semi-auto mode which does not require pumping the shotgun.
      • Taking these facts into account, it would ironically make more sense if it were the model for the Epic and Legendary Tactical Shotgun, not mentioning that the SPAS-12 is usually classified as one.
  • This is the tenth item to be unvaulted, following the Shockwave Grenade.
  • The Pump Shotgun was part of Tilted Town's exclusive loot pool.
  • Technically, this shotgun does not store five rounds in its ammo barrel, but rather it is a 4+1 shotgun - four ammo rounds in the ammo barrel, plus one in the chamber.
  • In Patch 9.00, the Pump Shotgun was vaulted and the Combat Shotgun replaced it. This was an extremely controversial decision from Epic, as many cited this gun as the best in Fortnite thanks to the one-shot ability if laid on the head of a full health and shield player, as well as having lasted all the way from the game's release in September of 2017.
    • Epic reacted to the controversy and unvaulted the weapon (not completely though) in Patch 9.30.
  • Until Season 9, it was famous for a gun that changed so much that it was surprising it wasn't vaulted. It was updated in Patch 3.0, Patch 3.31, the Patch 4.5 Content Update, Patch 5.0 and Patch 6.31 prior to it's vaulting.
  • The older pump shotgun model is actually based off a trench shotgun used during WW1.

References[edit | edit source]