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Burst shotgun with a drum magazine.
— In-Game Description

The Primal Shotgun is a Shotgun in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Chapter 2: Season 6. Its Mythic version is the Spire Assassin's Primal Shotgun.

Functionality

The Primal Shotgun is a close ranged weapon, suitable for attacking enemies at short ranges. It has a medium sized magazine. It is very weak at medium range and incapable of hitting enemies at long range. It shoots in 2-shot bursts, with a short delay before shooting again.

Crafting and Upgrading

The Primal Shotgun cannot be upgraded. However, Makeshift Shotguns will upgrade into Primal Shotguns for 2/4/6 Animal Bones depending on rarity.

Stats

Primal Shotguns range from dealing 47.5 to 55 Damage per shot (158 to 182.9 Damage per second). All Primal Shotguns use Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells.

Primal Shotgun Primal Shotgun
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Uncommon Rare
DPS: 158 DPS: 166.3
Damage: 47.5 Damage: 50
Magazine Size: 12 Magazine Size: 12
Fire Rate: 3.33 Fire Rate: 3.33
Reload Time: 3.9s Reload Time: 3.7s
Primal Shotgun Primal Shotgun
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 174.6 DPS: 182.9
Damage: 52.5 Damage: 55
Magazine Size: 12 Magazine Size: 12
Fire Rate: 3.33 Fire Rate: 3.33
Reload Time: 3.6s Reload Time: 3.4s

The Primal Shotgun is a hitscan weapon, but fires a spread of 10 pellets when both aiming down sights and hip-firing. Aiming down sights tightens the spread of pellets.

Sounds

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

Obtained

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

Bunker

Chest

Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Crafting
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Strategy Guide

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


  • The Uncommon and Rare variants out-perform the Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotguns in its ability to fire much more frequently.
    • However, the Epic and Legendary Primal Shotguns have a slower effective DPS than the Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns, as they can one shot an enemy at full health.
    • The Mythic Primal Shotgun is obtained by eliminating the Spire Assassin at The Spire.

History

Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: The Primal Shotgun is introduced in Uncommon to Legendary. It is part of the new crafting system.
  • Update v16.10: The Primal Shotgun's fire rate has been reduced from 3.73 to 3.33.
  • Update v16.10 Hotfix #2 (April 8th, 2021): Reduced Damage from 57/60/63/66 to 47/50/52/55
    • Hotfix #2 (April 8th, 2021): Increased Pullout time.
  • Hotfix (April 19th, 2021): Added to Creative.

Chapter 2: Season 7

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