Fortnite 9.0.1 Patch – Tactical Assault Rifle Added, Baller & Drum Gun Nerfed, Compact SMG Vaulted

While there wasn't a lot added to this patch, there were quite a few adjustments. We did get the new Tactical Assault Rifle added, and while it has the name "assault rifle" it uses small ammunition, but it's still classified as an assault rifle. As for adjustments, the Baller had its health reduced again, this time from 200 to 150. The infamous Drum Gun has also been adjusted, it went from 26/27 to 22/23 in base damage. Due to the addition of the Tactical Assault Rifle, Epic decided to vault the Compact SMG which would be competing with it for a slot. Check out more information with the 9.0.1 patch notes below.

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Tactical Assault Rifle
Tactics take the day! This robust and precise assault rifle is the ideal option for tight quarters.

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Tactical Assault Rifle
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.
    • Available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines
      • Fully Automatic
      • 30 Round Magazine
      • Deals 22/23/24 damage
      • Headshot Multiplier of 1.75x
      • This weapon has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other Assault Rifles.
  • Reduced Baller health from 200 to 150
    • The primary goal of the Baller is to provide fun and exciting mobility. We feel that it still has a little too much defensive agency - this change should reduce the effectiveness there while not impacting its strengths.
  • Drum Gun adjustments
    • Reduced base damage from 26/27 to 22/23
      • Since its unvaulting, the Drum Gun effectiveness has been slightly higher than we wanted. This change should reduce its combat effectiveness while still retaining its flavor.
  • Vaulted Compact SMG
    • Due to the recent addition of the Drum Gun and the brand new Tactical Assault Rifle, we wanted to reduce the availability of high rate-of-fire weapons.

GAMEPLAY

  • Slipstream adjustments
    • Slipstreams no longer block building.
      • Trying to build up to get into a Slipstream should be an easy & intuitive experience. We noticed some cases where players would build up to the Slipstream, but due to build restrictions would take a ‘leap of faith’ and not make the jump. This should make getting into a Slipstream easier.
    • Players flying in a Slipstream will destroy player built objects when they collide.
    • Slipstreams are now disabled after storm phase 5.
      • We’ve seen a number of cases where Slipstreams caused issues during late game circles - primarily around getting pulled into the storm unexpectedly. Since the value of Slipstream mobility is limited in those scenarios, we felt it’s better to simply disable them.

PERFORMANCE

  • Improvements made to level streaming performance on all platforms.
    • This will reduce cases of buildings not loading in.
  • Physics optimizations to improve performance in conduits

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

Ruined Tilted
Create apocalyptic worlds using the new Ruined Tilted Themes!
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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Tactical Assault Rifle
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.
      • Fully Automatic
      • 30 Round Magazine
      • Deals 22/23/24 damage
      • Headshot Multiplier of 1.75x
      • This weapon has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other Assault Rifles.

PREFABS

  • 7 New Themes
    • Ruined Shops
    • Ruined Twin Apartments
    • Ruined L Apartments
    • Ruined Red Apartments
    • Ruined Fish Apartments
    • Ruined Basketball Court
    • Ruined Clock Tower
  • 3 New Galleries
    • Ruined Floor Gallery
    • Ruined Wall Gallery
    • Scorched Gallery

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Mist Pods
Peas in a pod? More like Mini-bosses! Focus down the Mist Pods or risk being overrun with tougher enemies.

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Prehistoric Izza
Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures! Depleted shields mean more armor with this new Dinosaur Constructor.

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • New Wargames simulation: Mist Pods
    • Weed that garden, and by garden we mean your Storm Shield. Find and destroy those Mist Pods before they spawn Mini-bosses.
    • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new player banner, and more variety to the Daily Quests.

HEROES

  • We’ve added a new Hero to the Event store!
    • Prehistoric Izza, A new Dinosaur Constructor!
      • Standard Perk: Saurian Hide
        • While Shield is depleted, increases Armor by 33.
      • Commander Perk: Saurian Hide +
        • While Shield is depleted, increases Armor by 100.
      • Available in the Event Store on May 15 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

GAMEPLAY

Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • Crashes no longer occur when depositing BlueGlo at the top of a radar tower.

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