Submachine Guns, abbreviated as SMGs are a type of weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. The purpose of these weapons is for short range to medium range combat. All SMGs use Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo.

Functionality

Submachine Guns fill the role of a short to medium range weapon and are often used for up close engagements, due to their high damage per second. Some SMGs have first shot accuracy, but due to their low DPS rates and inaccuracy whilst aiming down sights, they are most useful for attacking opponents in close combat. SMGs however are hitscan, as well as them having excellent hipfire accuracy. This allows them to excel at close ranges and makes it very easy to hit consistent shots on a target.

List of Weaponry

This list does not include Collaboration or LTM exclusive weaponry.

Name Image Ammo Type Vault Status
Burst SMG
Burst SMG Icon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Burst SMG
Burst SMG Icon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Burst SMG
Burst SMG Icon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Compact SMG
CompactSMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Compact SMG
CompactSMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Machine Pistol
Machine Pistol - Pistol - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Machine Pistol
Machine Pistol - Pistol - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Machine Pistol
Machine Pistol - Pistol - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Submachine Gun
Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Submachine Gun
Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Submachine Gun
Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Submachine Gun
Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Submachine Gun
Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Suppressed Submachine Gun
Suppressed SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Suppressed Submachine Gun
Suppressed SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Suppressed Submachine Gun
Suppressed SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Unvaulted
Tactical Submachine Gun
Tactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Tactical Submachine Gun
Tactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Tactical Submachine Gun
Tactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Rapid Fire SMG
Rapid Fire SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Rapid Fire SMG
Rapid Fire SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Rapid Fire SMG
Rapid Fire SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted
Rapid Fire SMG
Rapid Fire SMG.png
Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.pngLight Ammo Vaulted

Strategy Guide

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



  • A high rate of fire makes some SMGs decent for countering structures, especially when an opponent is attempting to build at the same time.
  • It is very easy to run out of ammo due to its high rate of fire, so keep an eye on ammo while using one.

Trivia

  • The Machine Pistol is an SMG despite its name not referencing the nature of the weapon correctly.
  • When the Submachine Gun was introduced, it did not come in Epic or Legendary rarities, however the Compact SMG existed in only those rarities. Due to this, the guns are separate, but as of Chapter 2: Season 3, the Compact SMG was vaulted, and an Epic and Legendary Submachine Gun were introduced with the Compact SMG's statistics.
  • The Compact SMG and high tier Submachine Gun share the same model, but use a different render for their icons.
  • The Machine Pistol received a new look for Chapter 2, despite it not returning as of Chapter 2: Season 5's launch.
  • Although not included here, the Drum Gun was originally an SMG, but was re-classed as an Assault Rifle. Despite this, it is possible to complete SMG based challenges with a Drum Gun, as well as the Drum Gun sitting beside other SMGs in Creative.
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