Tactical Submachine Gun

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Tactical Submachine Gun
Riptide icon.png
Category Battle Royale Weapons
Introduced Patch 1.6.3
Vaulted Patch 11.0

Tactical Submachine Gun is an SMG in Battle Royale. It is available in Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants. It uses Light Bullets and has a headshot multiplier of x2.14. The Tactical Submachine Gun does tremendous DPS with stellar accuracy, making it a good competitor to shotguns and an excellent choice for destroying materials. The Tactical Submachine Gun can be found from floor loot and Chests. Its Rare and Epic variants can also be found from Vending Machines, Loot Stars, and Loot Carriers. Its Legendary variant is unique in that it can only be found in one location, being available only from Loot Stars in Starry Suburbs. The Legendary variant was added to Creative in Patch 11.11.

The Tactical Submachine Gun almost had all five rarities, but was missing a Common variant.

The Tactical Submachine Gun was Vaulted in the 5.0 Content Update to make room for the addition of the Submachine Gun and it was too overpowered. In Patch 10.30, the Tactical SMG was unvaulted, replacing the Burst SMG. The Legendary Tactical Submachine Gun was later added in Update 10.40 along with Starry Suburbs as a weapon that only drops from the stars there. However, the Tactical Submachine Gun was vaulted again at the beginning of Chapter 2, only being Unvaulted for several weeks. It was replaced by Submachine Gun, that once again replaced the Tac SMG after replacing it in 5.0 update.

The Tactical Submachine Gun was unvaulted for 24 hours following the Double Barrel Shotgun for the 14 Days of Summer event. It was the 12th item to be unvaulted for the event. The Tactical Submachine Gun was also unvaulted for 24 hours on both December 24, 2019 and January 5, 2020 for the 14 Days of Fortnite and Winterfest event respectively. Following the Dual Pistols and Hand Cannon, this is the seventh and 19th weapon to be unvaulted for the event, also respectively.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Tactical Submachine Gun
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Bullet Type Light bullets icon.png
DPS 234
Damage 18
Fire Rate 13.0
Magazine Size 35
Reload Time 2.4
Structure Damage 18
Tactical Submachine Gun
Riptide icon.png
Bullet Type Light bullets icon.png
DPS 247
Damage 19
Fire Rate 13.0
Magazine Size 35
Reload Time 2.3
Structure Damage 19
Tactical Submachine Gun
Riptide icon.png
Bullet Type Light bullets icon.png
DPS 260
Damage 20
Fire Rate 13.0
Magazine Size 35
Reload Time 2.2
Structure Damage 20
Tactical Submachine Gun
Riptide icon.png
Bullet Type Light bullets icon.png
DPS 273
Damage 21
Fire Rate 13.0
Magazine Size 35
Reload Time 2.1
Structure Damage 21

Texture[edit | edit source]

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Availability[edit | edit source]

It is available in Uncommon, Rare and Epic. The Legendary variant is only found from the stars at Starry Suburbs. It does not have a Common variant.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • While the Tactical Submachine Gun is a close-range weapon, an can be used it mid range. This might be due to its tight spray when aiming down sights.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun is best used in close to mid-range combat, boasting the third-highest fire rate of any weapon in Battle Royale history, after the Machine Pistol and Rapid Fire SMG, outclassing even the minigun. however, its magazine size is small for its fire rate, so it has to reload often.
  • It can be considered a particularly balanced weapon, as with no FSA but a somewhat tight targeting reticle size it is not advised to spray lead with this weapon. It is generally advised to fire in 4-5 round bursts.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Patch 11.00 (October 15, 2019)


  • Vaulted
    • Tactical Submachine Gun

Patch 10.40 (September 25, 2019) Weapons + Items

  • Added Legendary Tactical Submachine Gun

Patch 10.30 (September 11, 2019

Weapons + Items

  • Unvaulted
    • Tactical Submachine Gun

Patch 8.01 (March 6, 2019)

  • Creative Inventory
    • Added Tactical SMG
    • Added Drum Gun

5.0 Content Update (July 17, 2018)

  • Tactical SMG has been added to the Vault.

Patch 5.0 (July 12, 2018)

  • Tac and Silenced SMG environmental damage now correctly matches player damage.

Patch 4.5 (June 27, 2018)

Tactical SMG
  • Removed first shot accuracy.
  • Increased base accuracy by 25%.
  • Lowered the sprinting accuracy penalty by 15%.
  • Lowered the ADS bonus by 10 %.
  • Increased damage by +2. [From 16/17/18 to 18/19/20.]

4.3 Content Update (June 5, 2018)

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

Patch 2.5 (February 12, 2018)

Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Magazine size increased from 30 to 35.
  • Firing rate increased from 10 to 13.

Hotfix (November 17, 2017)

  • Tactical SMG damage increased from 14/15/16 to 16/17/18 for all rarities.
  • Adjusted SMG/Tactical SMG environmental damage to match base damage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This weapon is available as the SMG-E Nerf blaster in real life.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun would’ve been the first all-rarity weapon to use the same model for each rarity, but it wasn’t because it was missing the Common variant.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun’s Legendary variant strangely never made an appearance in the Creative inventory until early Chapter 2.
  • In terms of rarity, the Tactical Submachine Gun and Tactical Shotgun had the same rarities until the Tactical Shotgun was changed to be Common, Uncommon, and Rare.
  • This is the second “tactical” weapon to be added to Fortnite, the first being the Tactical Shotgun.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun shares its appearance with the Save the World guns Scavenger Machine Pistol and Riptide.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun bears resemblance to a Mat-49 Submachine Gun without a stock and with a Barrel shroud and some extra scrap tossed and built onto that barrel shroud. However, it does bear a few resemblances to the TEC-9 pistol.
    • It also had some visual similarities to the long-gone Machine Pistol, which also looked like a TEC-9.
  • Despite it being a Submachine Gun, the Tactical Submachine Gun is closely similar to a pistol. This is because the weapon is held like one.
    • The Machine Pistol (which was the original SMG) shared this feature with the Tactical Submachine Gun.
  • This was the fifth item to head into the Vault after the Crossbow.
  • The Tactical Submachine Gun was seen on one of the monitors in a Loot Lake government facility. It also appeared inside one of the crystals in the In-Between during the Unvaulting event. However it was not unvaulted, and the Drum Gun was instead.
  • In the Season X trailer, a Legendary Tactical SMG was shown. The Tactical SMG was unvaulted later in the season, but only in its former three rarities. In the 10.40 patch, Starry Suburbs was added to the map and said that the stars contained great loot, including a never-before-seen weapon. It turned out to be a Legendary Tactical SMG.
  • Tactical SMG is the 2nd SMG to have a Legendary variant, while the first was the Compact SMG.
  • The Legendary Tactical Submachine Gun has the highest Damage per Second (DPS) of all the weapons currently in the game. It has 273 DPS compared to the Minigun's 252.
  • This is the only SMG in-game to be available in 4 variants. This gave it the most variants of any SMG until the Submachine Gun got streamlined in Chapter 2. (When a weapon gets streamlined, it gets modified to use all rarities.)
  • Tactical SMG has the same pullout sound as the Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle.

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