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Assault Weapon: A heavy weapon with high damage, an extreme rate of fire, and a huge magazine size. Very inaccurate unless aiming down sights from a fixed position, and firing in short bursts.
— In-Game Description

The Drum Gun is a Assault Rifle in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in Season 4. The Drum Gun has three Mythic variants: Midas' Drum Gun, Jules' Drum Gun and Shadow Midas' Drum Gun.


The Drum Gun is a fully automatic, fast firing, closer ranged weapon. It is best used like an SMG, dealing high amounts of damage in a close quarters environment, but being much weaker at extended ranges due to poor accuracy. As it stands, the Drum Gun plays closer to a Submachine Gun than an Assault Weapon, similar to the Light Machine Gun.


Drum Guns range from dealing 21 to 22 Damage per shot (168 to 176 Damage per second). All Drum Guns use Medium Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Medium Bullets. The Drum Gun has a headshot multiplier of 1.5x.

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Uncommon Rare
DPS: 168 DPS: 176
Damage: 21 Damage: 22
Fire Rate: 8 Fire Rate: 8
Magazine Size: 40 Magazine Size: 40
Reload Time: 3.2s Reload Time: 3.0s

The Drum Gun is a hitscan weapon. It does not have First Shot Accuracy enabled, and will always fire a random spread of bullets, which increases with continuous fire.


Sound Type Rarity Audio
Pullout Uncommon and Rare
Shooting Uncommon and Rare
Reload Uncommon and Rare
Pickup Uncommon and Rare
Drop Uncommon and Rare


From when the weapon was last available in Chapter 2: Season 1:

Rarity Chest Floor





Strategy Guide

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This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • The Drum Gun is essentially an SMG in all but name, so it should be used accordingly. This means close range hipfire against opponents for the best DPS.
  • The Drum Gun has a large magazine size so it can be useful for attacking builds for longer periods of time.


Season 4

  • Update v4.50: Introduced the Drum Gun in Uncommon and Rare rarities.

Season 5

  • Update v5.20: Various Balance Changes to the Drum Gun.
    • Reduced falloff range damage from 80% to 70% at 3500 units
    • Reduced falloff range damage from 65% to 55% at 5000+ units
    • Added environmental damage fall off matching player damage fall off
    • Decreased jumping accuracy by 5%
    • Decreased targeting accuracy by 10%
    • Reduced spawn rate from chests and floor loot by 40%
  • Update v5.40: Vaulted the Drum Gun in both rarities.

Season 8

  • Update v8.51 Event: Unvaulted the Drum Gun in both rarities after a community choice that was part of "The Unvaulting" event

Season 9

  • Update v9.01: Reduced base damage from 26/27 to 22/23.
  • Update v9.30: Drum Gun Adjustments:
    • Drum Gun fire rate reduced from 9 to 8.
    • Magazine size reduced from 50 to 40.

Season X

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.31 (19th December): Unvaulted the Drum Gun in both rarities for the Winterfest event.
    • 20th December: Vaulted the Drum Gun in both rarities.
    • 1st January: Unvaulted the Drum Gun once again for the Winterfest event.
    • 2nd January: Vaulted the Drum Gun in both rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.00: Reduced the damage by 1 across the board (Still Vaulted).


  • The weapon is based off of the American Thompson M1928 'Tommy Gun', specifically one often associated with American Depression-era Mobsters, and not the Submachine Gun used in World War II.
  • The Drum Gun has had a troubled classification as a weapon, as it functions very similar to an SMG, but uses medium ammo and is classed as an Assault Weapon. On top of this, its placement in the Creative Menu puts it next to other SMGs despite it not being classed as one there. Eliminating an enemy with the Drum Gun will show "eliminated with a rifle" in the elimination feed, which supports the classification as an assault weapon.
  • The Drum Gun was the winner of the The Unvaulting Event.
  • Epic and Legendary variants of the weapon exist in the files. They deal 23 / 24 damage and have a 2.85/2.7s reload respectively. All other stats are the same.
    • There is no internal Common variant of the weapon.
  • The Typewriter Schematic is the Save the World/original variant of this gun.