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Disambig-icon.pngFor information on the weapon category of a similar name, see Submachine Guns.

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This Page/Section is about an item / mechanic that has been put in The Vault.

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

Fires at a very high rate, dealing great damage while consuming a lot of ammo.
— In-Game Description

The Submachine Gun is a Submachine Gun in Fortnite: Battle Royale It was added in Season 5.

Functionality

The Submachine Gun is a fast firing, short range and high hip-fire accuracy weapon, in line with most SMGs in the game. The purpose of the Submachine Gun is to deal high amounts of DPS in a close range environment. The weapon can function at longer ranges, but the damage falloff is high and the accuracy low.

Stats

The Submachine Gun ranges from dealing 16 to 20 damage per shot (176 to 220 Damage Per Second). All Submachine Guns use Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Light Bullets. The Submachine Gun has a headshot multiplier of 1.75x.

Submachine Gun Submachine Gun Submachine Gun
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Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 176 DPS: 187 DPS: 198
Damage: 16 Damage: 17 Damage: 18
Fire Rate: 11 Fire Rate: 11 Fire Rate: 11
Magazine Size: 30 Magazine Size: 30 Magazine Size: 30
Reload Time: 2.31s Reload Time: 2.2s Reload Time: 2.1s
Submachine Gun Submachine Gun
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Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Epic Legendary
DPS: 209 DPS: 220
Damage: 19 Damage: 20
Fire Rate: 11 Fire Rate: 11
Magazine Size: 35 Magazine Size: 35
Reload Time: 2s Reload Time: 1.89s

The Submachine Gun is a hitscan weapon. It does not have First Shot Accuracy enabled, and will always fire a random spread of bullets, which increases with continuous fire. This spread is decreased whilst crouching.

Damage falloff

  • Damage falloff begins at 20 metres (4 tiles)
  • Damage reaches its minimum value of 45% of its maximum at 40 meters (8 tiles).
  • Damage falloff does not affect Structure Damage.

Sounds

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

Obtained

From when the weapon was last obtained in Chapter 2: Season 8:

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

Bunker

Chest

Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Crafting
Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary

Combining a Submachine Gun with:

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 Submachine Gun is ideal paired with a Shotgun, due to their close range abilities, if you do not kill the enemy with the shotgun, switch to the Submachine Gun to finish them off.
  • The Submachine Gun can be very good at destroying builds, as it has a high DPS, good magazine size and does not lose Structure Damage at range.

History

Season 5

  • Update v5.00: Introduced the Submachine Gun in Common, Uncommon and Rare.
  • Update v5.10: Adjustments to the Submachine Gun:
    • Reduced damage from 19/20/21 to 17/18/19.
    • Reduced Fire rate from 13 to 12.
    • Reduced Accuracy bonus from 35% to 15%.
    • Range reduced from 2400/3500/5000 to 2000/3000/4000.
    • Percentage reduced from 100/80/65% to 100/70/40%.
  • Update v5.20: Added a higher accuracy penalty to jumping and sprinting for Submachine Guns.

Season 7

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Unvaulted the Submachine Gun. Added Epic and Legendary rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 2

  • Update v12.00: Vaulted the Submachine Gun's Epic and Legendary rarities.

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.00: Unvaulted Epic and Legendary rarities.
    • Can now sidegrade to a Rapid Fire SMG at an Upgrade Bench.
    • Headshot multiplier reduced from 2.0x to 1.75x across the board.
    • Upgrading a Rare Submachine Gun now gives an Epic Compact SMG. (Issue)
    • Epic Submachine Gun will no longer upgrade into a Legendary Submachine Gun. (Issue)
  • Update v13.00 Hotfix: Epic and Legendary stats changed to match the Compact SMG.
  • Update v13.20: Submachine Gun Adjustments:
    • Reduced fire rate of Common to Rare from 12 to 10.
    • Decreased damage from 17/18/19/20/21 to 16/17/18/19/20.
    • Increased reload time of Common to Rare from 2.3s/2.2s/2.1s to 2.5s/2.4s/2.3s & decreased reload time of Epic to Legendary from 3.1s/3.0s to 2.2s/2.1s
    • Reverted to Upgrading a Rare Submachine Gun now gives an Epic Submachine Gun.

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: Vaulted the Common Submachine Gun.
  • Update v16.20 hotfix: Balance Update
    • Increased fire rate from 10 to 11.
    • Decreased reload time from 2.5s/2.4s/2.3s/2.2s/2.1 to 2.3s/2.2s/2.1s/2.0s/1.9.

Chapter 2: Season 7

  • Update v17.00: Unvaulted the Common Submachine Gun.
    • All Submachine Guns can be crafted into a Rapid Fire SMG of the same rarity using Nuts 'n' Bolts.
  • Content Update v17.10: Rare to Legendary rarities of the Submachine Gun can be crafted into a Kymera Ray Gun of the same rarity using Alien Nanites.

Chapter 3: Season 1

Chapter 3: Season 2

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Submachine Gun has had a confusing life as a weapon in Battle Royale:
    • Before its release in Season 5, the Submachine Gun had existed before in Seasons 0-2, which was technically a separate weapon, but was vaulted after that and never returned.
    • Then in later seasons, the Compact SMG was added, which served as the Epic and Legendary versions of the Submachine Gun, but was still a different weapon.
    • Finally in Update v13.20, the Compact SMG was vaulted, the Epic and Legendary versions of the Submachine Gun were added with the statistics of the Compact SMG given to them, in order to make them a single weapon.
  • The Epic and Legendary SMG accidentally received the wrong icon in Update v11.00.
    • The Compact SMG received the new icon instead.
  • The Common, Uncommon and Rare SMG are modelled after the German Heckler and Koch MP5.
  • The Epic and Legendary SMG are modelled after the Belgian FN P90.
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Crossbows
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Explosive Weapons
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Marksman Rifles
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Submachine Guns
Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Submachine GunSuppressed Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Suppressed Submachine GunCompact SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Compact SMGTactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Tactical Submachine GunRapid Fire SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Rapid Fire SMGBurst SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Burst SMGMachine Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Machine PistolMakeshift Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Makeshift Submachine GunPrimal SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Primal SMGKymera Ray Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Kymera Ray Gun (Kymera Ray Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Zyg and Choppy's) • Stinger SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Stinger SMG (Stinger SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Gunnar's) • Combat SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Combat SMGCharge SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Charge SMG
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Pistols
Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pistol (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png PistolSuppressed Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Suppressed Pistol (Dual Suppressed Pistols - Weapon - Fortnite.png DualShadow Tracker - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shadow Tracker) • Dual Pistols - Weapon - Fortnite.png Dual Pistols (Hop Rock Dualies - Weapon - Fortnite.png Hop Rock Dualies) • Hand Cannon - Weapon - Fortnite.png Hand Cannon (Deadpool's Dual Hand Cannons - Weapon - Fortnite.png Deadpool's Dual) • Revolver (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png RevolverScoped Revolver - Weapon - Fortnite.png Scoped Revolver (Night Hawk - Weapon - Fortnite.png Night Hawk) • Six Shooter - Weapon - Fortnite.png Six Shooter (Marksman Six Shooter - Weapon - Fortnite.png Marksman) • Flashlight Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Flashlight PistolFlint-Knock Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Flint-Knock Pistol (Flint-Knock Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Lazar's) • Makeshift Revolver - Weapon - Fortnite.png Makeshift RevolverPrimal Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Primal PistolCombat Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Combat PistolSidearm Pistol - Weapon - Fortnite.png Sidearm PistolCharge SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png Charge SMG
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Sniper Rifles
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Shotguns
Pump Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pump Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pump ShotgunTactical Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Tactical Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Tactical ShotgunHeavy Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Heavy ShotgunDouble Barrel Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Double Barrel Shotgun (The Dub - Weapon - Fortnite.png The Dub) • Combat Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Combat ShotgunDrum Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Drum ShotgunCharge Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Charge Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Charge Shotgun (Charge Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Kit's) • Dragon's Breath Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Dragon's Breath ShotgunLever Action Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Lever Action ShotgunMakeshift Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Makeshift ShotgunPrimal Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Primal Shotgun (Primal Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Spire Assassin's) • Auto Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Auto ShotgunStriker Pump Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Striker Pump ShotgunRanger Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Ranger ShotgunTwo-Shot Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Two-Shot ShotgunPrime Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Prime Shotgun
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