The Primal SMG is a Submachine Gun in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Chapter 2: Season 6.

Functionality

The Primal SMG functions very similarly to the Submachine Gun, in that it fires a fast stream of inaccurate bullets. As such, it is ideal for close quarters engagements, and suffers at longer ranges.

Crafting and Upgrading

The Primal SMG cannot be upgraded. However, Makeshift Submachine Guns will upgrade into Primal SMGs for 2/4/6 Animal Bones depending on rarity.

Stats

Primal SMGs range from dealing 52 to 61 Damage per shot (65 to 68.75 Damage per second). All Primal SMGs use Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Light Ammo. The Primal SMG has a headshot multiplier of 2x.

Primal SMG Primal SMG
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Uncommon Rare
DPS: 190 DPS: 200
Damage: 19 Damage: 20
Magazine Size: 35 Magazine Size: 35
Fire Rate: 10.0 Fire Rate: 10.0
Reload Time: 2.2s Reload Time: 2.1s


Primal SMG Primal SMG
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 210 DPS: 220
Damage: 21 Damage: 22
Magazine Size: 35 Magazine Size: 35
Fire Rate: 10.0 Fire Rate: 10.0
Reload Time: 2.0s Reload Time: 1.9s

Strategy Guide

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


  • The Primal SMG is good when combined with a Shotgun. This is because Shotguns have a cooldown period when switching between them, so if you are out of ammo, an SMG works in close quarters and does not trigger the cooldown.

History

Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: The Primal SMG is introduced in Uncommon to Legendary. It is part of the new craftable weapons system.
  • Hotfix (4/15/2021): Increased the damage from 18/19/20/21 to 19/20/21/22. Fire Rate increased from 9.0 to 10.0
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