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Shotgun: Automatic. Very fast firing shotgun with a large magazine
— In-Game Description


The Drum Shotgun is a Shotgun in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in Season 9.

Functionality

The Drum Shotgun is a fast firing, fully automatic shotgun, capable of dealing high DPS in close-to-mid engagements. The Drum Shotgun reloads all shells at once, unlike most other shotguns.

Stats

The Drum Shotgun ranges from dealing 57.6-69.6 damage per shot (172.8-208.8 DPS) to both players and structures. The Drum Shotgun uses Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells, has a headshot multiplier of 1.5x and a max damage cap of 85.

Unlike other Shotguns, the Drum Shotgun reloads all shells at once, instead of one at a time.

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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 172.8 DPS: 180 DPS: 190.8
Damage: 57.6 Damage: 60 Damage: 63.6
Fire Rate: 3 Fire Rate: 3 Fire Rate: 3
Magazine Size: 12 Magazine Size: 12 Magazine Size: 12
Reload Time: 3.85s Reload Time: 3.68s Reload Time: 3.5s
Structure Damage: 46 Structure Damage: 48 Structure Damage: 52
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 201.6 DPS: 208.8
Damage: 67.2 Damage: 69.6
Fire Rate: 3 Fire Rate: 3
Magazine Size: 12 Magazine Size: 12
Reload Time: 3.33s Reload Time: 3.15s
Structure Damage: 54 Structure Damage: 57

The Drum Shotgun is a hitscan weapon, but fires a spread of 12 pellets when both aiming down sights and hipfiring. Aiming down sights tightens the spread of pellets.

Damage falloff:

  • Damage falloff begins at 18 meters (3.75 tiles).
  • Damage decreases down to 70% of its maximum at 25 meters (5 tiles).
  • Damage steadily decreases down to 37% of its maximum at 30 meters (6 tiles).
  • It deals damage until 40 meters (8 tiles).

Sounds

Sound Type Rarity Audio
Pullout All Rarities
Shooting
Reload
Drop
Pickup

Obtained

From when the weapon was last available in Chapter 3: Season 2:

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

Seven

Chest

Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Strategy Guide

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  • The Drum Shotgun is a very good choice at close ranges as it has a high fire rate, the largest magazine size of all shotguns, and decent accuracy. However, its large bullet spread makes the weapon unsuitable for long ranges.
  • The Drum Shotgun could be used at close-to-medium distances, as it has low damage dropoff. However, its large spread makes hard for the weapon to maintain its damage, especially if the target is constantly moving.
  • The Drum Shotgun is useful for dealing high amounts of damage to structures, so use it when up close with someone who is frantically building to destroy their cover fast and eliminate them.
  • The Drum Shotgun is a great choice for dealing with enemies hiding in bushes or tall grass, thanks to its large spread and pressure that it can apply.
  • In Zero Build playlists, the Drum Shotgun can be used to greater effect due to the inability to build. Because of its high fire rate, large magazine, good spread, and good range, the Drum Shotgun can be used to pressure enemies where other shotguns would fail to do so.

History

Season 9

Season X

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.31 (26th December): Unvaulted the Drum Shotgun in all rarities.
    • 27th December: Vaulted the Drum Shotgun in all rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 3

Chapter 2: Season 5

  • Update v15.40: The Drum Shotgun has received new pull out, reload and drop sounds (still vaulted).

Chapter 3: Season 2

  • Update v20.00: Unvaulted the Drum Shotgun in all rarities.
    • Added Epic and Legendary versions.
    • Reduced fire rate from 4 to 3.
    • Increased damage from 45/48/50 to 57.6/60/63.6
    • Reduced spread on the weapon.
    • Reduced damage falloff.
    • Now fires 12 pellets rather than 10.
  • Update v20.30: Reduced the Drum Shotgun's effective range, structure damage, increased the headshot multiplier from 1.25x to 1.5x and added a max damage cap of 85.

Chapter 3: Season 3

Trivia

  • The Drum Shotgun is based off the American Origin-12 Shotgun.
  • The Legendary Drum Shotgun, as well as the Light Machine Gun, can be accessed in Creative using a Midas Flopper.
    • However, if the weapon is dropped, it is deleted from the world.
  • The Drum Shotgun is one of two shotguns to reload a magazine, rather than individual (or multiple) Shells at once.

See Also

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