The latest patch update for Fortnite hit the live client earlier today, adding loads of new features, gameplay changes, and bug fixes to both Save the World and Battle Royale modes. Since the patch notes for Update v3.4 went live this morning, players have been buzzing about one particular adjustment that reclassifies two shotgun types in Fortnite. These changes have caused a seemingly new blue pump shotgun to become available in Battle Royale, prompting players to keep an eye out for these rare blue weapon drops.

In Fortnite Update v3.4, Epic has reclassified shotguns based on rarity, changing the rarity colors and categories for both Tactical and Pump Shotguns in Fortnite Battle Royale. According to Epic’s patch notes, they have adjusted the rarity colors on shotguns to better represent their effectiveness. 

Tactical Shotguns will no longer have an Epic variant and will now only come in Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarities. However, it’s the Pump Shotgun that has garnered attention today, as pumps will now drop as either Uncommon or Rare weapons rather than Common/Uncommon, resulting in rare blue pump shotgun drops in Fortnite.

Fortnite blue pump shotgun stats

Although the shotgun rarity colors have changed, characteristics such as weapon damage and drop rate will remain the same. Blue pump shotguns only differ from their previous version in rarity category and color. 

The stats of the blue pump shotgun are effectively the same as its former Uncommon version. For reference, we’ve included the stats for Fortnite's rare blue pump shotgun in the chart below.

Name

Rarity

DPS

Damage

Fire Rate

Mag

Reload

Pump Shotgun

Blue

66.5

95

0.7

5

4.6

Unfortunately, this means that the blue pump shotgun is not really anything new, as it is functionally and statistically the same as it was when it was an Uncommon pump. However, the new Heavy Shotgun was added to Fortnite just last week, giving players another powerful close-quarters weapon to look for in Battle Royale.

Fortnite Update v3.4 still had plenty of new content in store for players looking to get their hands on a new weapon in Fortnite. Today’s patch added a brand new Guided Missile weapon to Battle Royale, a unique launcher that allows players to control individual missiles and guide them toward a target. A seasonal Egg Launcher is also available for those who want to celebrate Easter by rocket-riding across the battlegrounds in style.

Alongside Update v3.4 came a new series of challenges for Battle Pass owners as well. Head over to our guide on where to search between a metal bridge, three billboards, and crashed bus to earn yourself ten quick Battle Stars in Fortnite Battle Royale.