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Pistol: Semi-Automatic. Large-caliber sidearm with heavy damage, decent magazine size, and slow rate of fire.
— In-Game Description

The Hand Cannon is a Pistol in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in Season 3. A similar Mythic weapon is Deadpool's Dual Hand Cannons.


The Hand Cannon is a slow firing, heavy hitting pistol, often used for weakening builds or longer range combat. It has first shot accuracy allowing for long engagements, and deals high structure damage per shot.


Hand Cannons range from dealing 75-78 damage per shot (60- 62.4 Damage per second). All Pistols use Heavy Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Heavy Bullets. The Hand Cannon has a Headshot Multiplier of 2.0x.

Hand Cannon (LTM) Hand Cannon Hand Cannon
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Rare Epic Legendary
DPS: 56.8 DPS: 60 DPS: 62.4
Damage: 71 Damage: 75 Damage: 78
Fire Rate: 0.8 Fire Rate: 0.8 Fire Rate: 0.8
Magazine Size: 7 Magazine Size: 7 Magazine Size: 7
Reload Time: 2.2s Reload Time: 2.09s Reload Time: 1.98s
Structure Damage: 95 Structure Damage: 100 Structure Damage: 105

The Hand Cannon is a hitscan weapon, with First Shot Accuracy enabled.


Sound Type Rarity Sound
Pullout Rare, Epic and Legendary
Shooting Rare, Epic and Legendary
Reload Rare, Epic and Legendary
Pickup Rare, Epic and Legendary
Drop Rare, Epic and Legendary


From when the weapon was last available in Chapter 2: Season 7

Rarity Chest Rare












Crafting LTM Only

Combining a Hand Cannon with:

The Rare version of this weapon is available in the Team Brawl and Spy Games LTMs.

Strategy Guide

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

  • The Hand Cannon can be used to deal high structure damage, allowing the player to fire the weapon, then quickly swap it out for another weapon, if a player is hiding behind a structure.
  • The Hand Cannon is a great alternative to a Sniper Rifle, as it uses the exact same ammo type, and is still able to attack players at longer ranges. Since it is hitscan too, it allows for easier landing of distant shots.
  • It can be used in a similar manner to a Pump Shotgun. Attack an opponent using the Hand Cannon then swap to an Assault Rifle or SMG to deal more damage quickly.


Season 3

  • Update v3.00: Introduced the Hand Cannon in Epic and Legendary rarities.

Season 7

  • Update v7.40: Reduced Structure Damage for both rarities:
    • Epic: 150 to 100.
    • Legendary: 157 to 105.

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Vaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.
  • Update v11.31 (27th December): Unvaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.
    • 28th December: Vaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.
    • 3rd January: Unvaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.
    • 4th January: Vaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 2

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.20: Icon and Textures updated for the Hand Cannon. It is still Vaulted.

Chapter 2: Season 5

Chapter 2: Season 7

  • Update v17.00: Unvaulted the Hand Cannon in both rarities.
  • Update v17.21: Legendary rarity of the Hand Cannon can be crafted into a Plasma Cannon using Alien Nanites.

Chapter 2: Season 8



  • There is also a 'Knockback' version of the Hand Cannon, present in Lazar & Fresh’s Super Knockback and Spy Games.
  • The Hand Cannon is based on the American / Israeli MRI Desert Eagle, a weapon colloquially known as 'The Hand Cannon'.
    • The pre Chapter 2: Season 3 icon for this weapon looks far closer to the Desert Eagle than the Chapter 2: Season 3 icon, however. This is because the new model is based off the Deadpool's Dual Hand Cannons without the Deadpool markings.
  • The Hand Cannon and the Flint-Knock Pistol are the only weapons in the pistol class that use heavy ammo.
  • Prior to its nerf in Season 7, the weapon was able to one shot wooden walls. When released, the weapon was marketed as one that is powerful enough to instantly break low tier buildings.
  • Uniquely, the Hand Cannon on introduction to Chapter 2: Season 7 was at one point the only weapon that can be found as regular loot, and be crafted. The other weapons, such as the Lever Action Shotgun, Burst Assault Rifle and Rapid Fire SMG must all be crafted to be found. This was likely due to the reduced availability of the Hand Cannon, as was only able to be crafted from a High Tier Pistol. As of later updates however, the ability to craft the Hand Cannon was removed.
  • The old icon of the Hand Cannon shared a model with the Fortnite: Save the World pistol "Bald Eagle."