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Why the Heavy Shotgun and Revolver may be unvaulted soon

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While we know that Fortnite Battle Royale is getting a new item this week, other weapons may also be coming back. Two previously vaulted weapons seem like they may be returning to the game, although no official word has come from Epic.

With the recent emphasis on increased encryption of data files, we suddenly have much less information about the future of Fortnite compared to just last season. That means we have to turn to new sources to try to figure out what Epic has planned for the rest of Season 9.

Both the Revolver and the Heavy Shotgun are likely candidates for an unvaulting, but for different reasons.

Why the Heavy Shotgun may be unvaulted

We will start with the weapon that most of you probably clicked on this article for. Right now, shotguns are in a weird place in the game ever since the pump was removed. The combat shotgun is solid, but doesn’t match the power of the pump.

There are three pieces of evidence for this that make this more than just a pipe dream. The first is the image that came with the v9.01 Patch Notes.

As you can see, Stratus (second from right) is holding a Heavy Shotgun

At the time, we wrote this off as just a design choice in the loading screen, but recent changes to the reticle also show that Epic may be preparing the Heavy Shotgun for a comeback.

The final piece of evidence is the lack of shotguns in the game. Drop rates are seemingly much lower than ever before in Fortnite.

A shotgun is arguably the most essential part of any loadout in this game and drop rates should reflect that. from r/FortNiteBR

This could point towards an addition of a new shotgun into the loot pool, which is throwing off the current balance rates.

My theory is that the Heavy Shotgun was supposed to already be introduced but due to a bug or balance issues, they postponed it for a week. At the same time, they forgot to adjust loot rates to correspond to that decision.

It’s just a theory, but it would explain why the Heavy Shotgun appeared in the first patch notes and why shotguns have been scarce in loot lately.

If the Heavy Shotgun does come back, I would expect it to do more damage as the vaulted version it has the same damage stats at the combat shotgun but with a slower fire rate.

Why the Revolver may be unvaulted

Compared to the Heavy Shotgun, the Revolver seems more likely to be unvaulted based on the evidence we have. The key piece of evidence is Epic changing the stats of the Revolver of the back end. Doing that doesn’t make much sense for a vaulted weapon, unless they are planning to bring it back.

The Revolver was recently buffed; this means it could be unvaulted! from r/FortNiteBR

Two different buffs to a previously weak weapon will make it shoot faster and reload quicker. If those changes are all that happen before it comes back, it still won’t be a powerful weapon, but it will be at least a little bit better.

It’s impossible to say when these weapons will be unvaulted – if they are at all – but a meta shake up seems to be due and this week’s update is as likely as any.

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Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far

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The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.

Leaked Map Stages

All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.

Leaked Quest Voice Line

Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.

A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:

“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”

Doomsday Landmark

According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.

Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.

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Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25

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In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.

Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.

We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.

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Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon

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Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.

Re-added Item Shop Sections:

  • S.T.A.R.S. Team
  • El Chapulín Colorado
  • Wu Wear (new)

Removed Item Shop Sections:

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe Kim
  • Cobra Kai
  • Jordan
  • Turn The Music Up

The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.

We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.

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