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This item has been made unavailabe in standard playlists to balance the loot pool. It may return in the future.

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This Item/Mechanic is not present in competitive playlists.
It can still be found in core playlists and other game modes when available.

Light Machine Gun: Fast fire rate. Medium Bullets.
— In-Game Description

The Light Machine Gun is an Assault Weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Season 3.

Functionality

The Light Machine Gun is a somewhat precise and manageable weapon with a large magazine size. It is ideal for continued fire against a target, although its not recommended at long range due to its initial lateral kick. Due to these effects, the weapon works best for structure destruction and for close-to-mid range engagements.

Stats

Light Machine Guns range from dealing 23 - 28 damage per shot (161 - 196 damage per second). All LMGs use Medium Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Medium Bullets. The Light Machine Gun has a Headshot Multiplier of 1.5x.

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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 161 DPS: 168 DPS: 175
Damage: 23 Damage: 24 Damage: 25
Fire Rate: 7 Fire Rate: 7 Fire Rate: 7
Magazine Size: 60 Magazine Size: 60 Magazine Size: 60
Reload Time: 4.4s Reload Time: 4.2s Reload Time: 4.0s


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Epic Legendary
DPS: 182 DPS: 196
Damage: 26 Damage: 28
Fire Rate: 7 Fire Rate: 7
Magazine Size: 60 Magazine Size: 60
Reload Time: 3.8s Reload Time: 3.6s

The Light Machine Gun 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 Audio
Pullout Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary
Shooting Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary
Reload Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary
Pickup Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary
Drop Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary

Obtained

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

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

IO Chest Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary


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 LMG has a fast first shot accuracy reset, making it usable at long ranges if fired in single shots.
    • However, firing in full-auto at those ranges is impractical due to the initial lateral kick.
  • The LMG has one of the highest magazine of any weapon and so excels at destroying structures whilst enemies attempt to out-build it.
  • Unlike other weapons, don't fire in bursts. If you suddenly stop firing the lateral kick will reset, meaning that you'll have to shot other 20 bullets to have full control of the weapon again.
  • Although its DPS is below SMGs standards, the LMG can eliminate players in fewer shots and its not penalized as much if you're missing shots.

History

Season 3

  • Update v3.5.2: Added the Light Machine Gun in Rare and Epic rarities.

Season 6

  • Update v6.00: Vaulted the Light Machine Gun in both rarities.

Season 7

Season 9

  • Content Update 2 v9.30 (July 2nd 2019): Unvaulted the Light Machine Gun in both rarities.
    • July 3rd 2019: Vaulted the Light Machine Gun in both rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 3

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

Chapter 3: Season 1

  • Update v19.40: Stat Changes to the Light Machine Gun. The weapon is still Vaulted.
    • Lowered the Magazine Size from 100 to 60.
    • Lowered the Fire Rate from 8 to 7.
    • Increased ADS Accuracy.

Chapter 3: Season 2

  • Update v20.00: Increased the lateral kick when firing the first 20 bullets of the weapon. The weapon is still Vaulted.
    • Added Common, Uncommon and Legendary Variants. However, they are not available in-game as of right now.

Chapter 3: Season 3

  • Update v21.00: Vaulted the Light Machine Gun
  • Unknown: Old firing sound is applied back to the Light Machine Gun. The weapon’s recoil is decreased.
    • This may be a bug/issue.

Trivia

  • The Light Machine Gun is based off of the Belgian M249 SAW, also known as the FN Minimi.
    • This is further reinforced by its WID, where it is internally referred to as "LMGSAW".
  • Prior to Update v20.00, this gun used to have the highest numbered magazine size out of any gun, at 100.
    • Technically the Minigun and other weapons have an unlimited magazine size, but it have a cooldown which starts at less than 100 bullets fired.
  • The HackSAW from Save the World uses the same model as the Light Machine Gun. Its name in-game references the real world weapon it is based on.
  • The Legendary Light Machine Gun, as well as the Drum Shotgun, is currently obtainable in Creative by using the Midas Flopper.
    • Although if the weapon is dropped, it will disappear instantly.
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