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Single shot projectile, when fired into the air the flare reveals enemies.
— In-Game Description

The Flare Gun is an Explosive Weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Chapter 2: Season 3.


The Flare Gun is primarily used for spotting opponents and marking them, much like a Shakedown. When fired, if the projectile stays in the air long enough, it will mark all opponents in a 50m radius for 60 seconds. It can mark opponents in hiding places.

The Flare Gun's projectile deals explosive damage on impact to all players in the vicinity. If the Flare Gun is fired at a wooden structure, it will set it alight.

When all 6 charges of the weapon have been depleted, the item will disappear from the player's inventory. Unlike the Harpoon Gun, the weapon needs to be reloaded between shots.


The Flare Gun deals 60 Damage per shot (33.6 damage per second). The Flare Gun uses Fire - Ammo - Fortnite.png Fire Ammo, which cannot be obtained outside of the weapon's reserve. The Flare Gun has no headshot multiplier.

Flare Gun
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DPS: 33.6
Damage: 60
Fire Rate: 0.56
Magazine Size: 1
Ammo capacity: 6
Reload Time: 1.6s
Structure Damage: 10+

The Flare Gun is a projectile weapon, with the First Shot Accuracy enabled. There is no damage falloff on the Flare Guns projectiles, but it is affected by gravity. The Flare Shot will stop at a much shorter range than other projectiles due to the nature of the weapon.


From when the weapon was last obtained in Chapter 3: Season 1:

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Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but man am I bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • The Flare Gun is ideal for the beginning of a fight, as firing it into the air will mark the opponents for a full minute, allowing you to track exactly where they are.
  • Aside from the Dragon's Breath Sniper Rifle and the Primal Flame Bow, the Flare Gun is the only other method of setting a structure alight from a decent range, as all other methods require a Firefly Jar or the Dragon's Breath Shotgun (aside from the sheer chance a Gas Can is nearby).


Chapter 2: Season 3

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.30 Hotfix #1 (May 6th, 2021): Unvaulted the Flare Gun.
  • Update v16.40 Hotfix #1 (May 13th, 2021): Vaulted the Flare Gun.

Chapter 3: Season 1

Chapter 3: Season 2


  • The Flare Gun appears in both the trailer and the featured image for Castaway Jonesy.
  • The projectile from a Flare Gun will bounce off of a Crash Pad.


See Also

  • Locator Flare - an identical-looking weapon with a reversed function, exclusive to an LTM.
  • Firework Flare Gun - A remixed version of this weapon.