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The Heavy Assault Rifle is an Assault Weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in Season 6. The Mythic variant of this weapon is Meowscles' Peow Peow Rifle.

Functionality

The Heavy Assault Rifle is a fully automatic, slow firing, medium ranged weapon. It excels at medium ranged combat, but has the ability to perform decently at long ranges. The Heavy Assault Rifle has first shot accuracy enabling longer ranged engagements to be useful.

Stats

Heavy Assault Rifles range from dealing 36-44 damage per shot (135 - 165 Damage per second). All Assault Rifles use Medium Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Medium Bullets. The Heavy Assault Rifle has a Headshot Multiplier of 1.5x.

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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 135 DPS: 142.5 DPS: 150
Damage: 36 Damage: 38 Damage: 40
Fire-Rate: 3.75 Fire-Rate: 3.75 Fire-Rate: 3.75
Magazine Size: 25 Magazine Size: 25 Magazine Size: 25
Reload Time: 3.08s Reload Time: 2.94s Reload Time: 2.8s
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 157.5 DPS: 165
Damage: 42 Damage: 44
Fire-Rate: 3.75 Fire-Rate: 3.75
Magazine Size: 25 Magazine Size: 25
Reload Time: 2.66s Reload Time: 2.52s

The Heavy Assault Rifle is a hitscan weapon, with First Shot Accuracy enabled.

Damage falloff:

  • Damage falloff begins at 50 meters (10 tiles).
  • Damage steadily decreases down to 80% of its maximum at 75 meters (15 tiles).
  • Damage reaches its minimum value of 66% of its maximum at 100 meters (20 tiles).

Sounds

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

Obtained

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

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

Cosmic

Chest

Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Crafting
Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Combining a Heavy Assault Rifle with:

Strategy Guide

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


  • When you use a Heavy Assault Rifle, it is preferable to use at medium range. Close and long range is still powerful due to its high damage and accuracy, however.
  • It is important to note that the weapon has a very large spread when firing at full auto, and also is very weak up close due to hipfire spread. It is advised to wait for its first shot accuracy to reset before firing each shot.
  • Despite its high damage, the fire rate of the Heavy Assault Rifle make it generally unsuited to destroying structures.

History

Season 6

  • Update v6.21: Added Heavy Assault Rifles in Rare, Epic and Legendary rarities.
    • Hotfix: Increased Accuracy by 20%, Decreased Recoil by 20%.

Season 7

  • Update v7.10: Adjusted the Heavy Assault Rifle.
    • Increased ADS accuracy bonus by 10%.
    • Increased accuracy while standing still by 10%.
    • Reduced vertical recoil by 6%.
    • Base accuracy reduced by 30%.
    • Reduced accuracy while jumping and falling by 60%.

Season 8

  • Update v8.10: Rare, Epic, and Legendary rarities demoted to Common, Uncommon, and Rare.
    • Damage decreased from 44/46/48 to 36/38/40.

Season 9

  • Update v9.30: Increased Damage values from from 36/38/40 to 38/40/42.

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.40: Re-added Epic and Legendary variants of the Heavy Assault Rifle in with a new icon and model.
    • Can be sidegraded to an Assault Rifle.
    • Damage decreased from 38/40/42/44/46 to 33/35/37/39/41.
    • Fire Rate increased from 3.75 to 4.25.

Chapter 2: Season 3

Chapter 2: Season 5

  • Update v15.00: Unvaulted the Heavy Assault Rifle in all rarities.
    • Increased Accuracy across the board.

Chapter 2: Season 6

Chapter 2: Season 7

  • Update v17.00: Unvaulted the Heavy Assault Rifle in all rarities.
    • All rarities of the Heavy Assault Rifle can be crafted into a Burst Assault Rifle of the same rarity using Nuts 'n' Bolts.
  • Content Update v17.10: Rare to Legendary rarities of the Assault Rifle can be crafted into a Pulse Rifle of the same rarity using Alien Nanites.
  • Update v17.30:
    • Accuracy increased for the first 3 shots.
    • Damage increased from 33/35/37/39/41 to 36/38/40/42/44.
    • Fire Rate decreased from 4.25 to 3.75.
      • Overall DPS decrease for the Heavy Assault Rifle.
    • Those changes did not impact the mythic version, Meowscles' Peow Peow Assault Rifle, of the weapon. (still in the vault)

Chapter 2: Season 8

Trivia

  • The Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarities of the Heavy Assault Rifle are based on the Zastava M70 an unlicensed derivative of the AK-47. This icon was previously used for all rarities of the weapon before Chapter 2: Season 1. It was commonly mistaken by the community that the Heavy Assault rifle was a AK-47 and an AKM.
  • The Epic and Legendary rarities of the Heavy Assault Rifle appear to based on the American CMMG Mk47 Mutant.
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