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Fortnite v16.40 patch notes: – Fortnite INTEL

Epic Games released a surprise balance update on April 15, making changes to the Bow, Recycler, Makeshift AR, and more.

Fortnite Season 6 introduced some major changes to the loot system. The introduction of crafting also brought Makeshift weapons to the game, which are considerably weaker than their Primal and Mechanical counterparts.

Since Epic added so many new weapons in Season 6, it’s no surprise to learn that there were some balance issues at the start of the season. The most glaring problem came with the Primal Shotgun, which could shred enemies at close range and gives them little time to react.

The new Recycler was on the other end of the spectrum. It’s a relatively weak weapon and doesn’t see much use outside of niche situations. After all, you only have three shots before you need to start sucking trees for more ammo.

Fortnite Season 6 leaked weapons

The most recent April 15 balance update attempted to address some of the issues with weapons in Season 6. Epic raised the spawn rate of Primal and Classic weapons to match that of Makeshift weapons, making the Crafting system a bit more optional.

Epic also buffed a ton of weapons, including the Makeshift AR and Revolver, Recycler, Bow, SMGs, and more. Here are all of the changes made in the April 15 balance update:

  • Doubled Crafting Parts in floor loot stacks
  • Makeshift AR & Revolver accuracy
  • Bow headshot dmg and arrow speed
  • Recycler junk bomb speed
  • Primal Pistol dmg and fire rate
  • Stats for all SMGs

Most, if not all, of these changes will be met with a warm reception from the player base. The SMG buff might not be super necessary, but it’s a fan-favorite weapon that will always be a part of the meta.

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