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The Best Shotguns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Footsteps. Wooden planks. A gun is cocked.

You hear the sounds of an enemy pushing you in Fortnite. What’s next? You need a close-quarters weapon. An assault rifle? No. And you didn’t pick up an SMG. What now?

It’s shotty time, baby.

Shotguns have been an important part of all Fortnite metas. From double-pump days to not being able to complete loadouts without a tactical shotgun, they’ve been vital to outplaying enemy players since the beginning. The main reason why they’re so popular is that they reward accuracy. If you have steady hands and a disciplined triggered finger, a shotgun will be deadlier than an SMG. 

Though weapons come and go as Epic Games cycles them out of the vault, there are always more than a few alternative shotguns for players to pick up throughout all Fortnite seasons. Your personal preferences will play a huge role when it comes to picking the best shotgun for you. From a numbers perspective, however, some shotguns will just outclass the others based on the overall damage they can deal.

Here are the best shotguns in Fortnite.

Double Barrel Shotgun

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Damage: 114/120, DPS: 216.6/228, Magazine size: 2, Reload time: 2.8s/2.7s

The Double Barrel Shotgun deals the most amount of damage out of all the shotguns in Fortnite. With great power, comes great drawbacks, however. Despite being the top damage dealer, Double Barrel Shotgun is limited with its small magazine size.

You’ll only have two shots to work with, meaning missing won’t be an option. Double Barrel Shotgun’s range is also relatively shorter than the other shotguns, which decreases its versatility. You’ll need to cover a lot of ground to ensure your shots connect. Once you get into a position where you can easily land your shots with a Double Barrel Shotgun, though, no enemy will be able to stand in your way.

Primal Shotgun

Screengrab via Epic Games

Damage: 216.6/228/239.4/250.8/262.2, DPS: 216.6/228/239.4/250.8/262.2, Magazine size: 12, Reload time:…