Fortnite’s Charge Shotgun is the newest addition to the loot pool in Fortnite Season 3. Epic added some other weapons and items to the new season, but the Charge Shotgun is in the spotlight, as it replaced the fan-favorite Pump Shotgun in the loot pool.
Initial impressions were that the Charge Shotgun was bad. The primary complaint from most players was that the new shotgun took too long to shoot. People were used to confirming an edit, shooting, and resetting with the Pump. The timing of this combo is now a bit different.
After a couple of days of testing, however, pro players and streamers are getting used to the new weapon. The same people who were hating on the gun are now picking it up over the nerfed version of the Tac, as the damage threshold is much higher.
There are still a couple of issues with the new Charge Shotgun, at least on the surface. The ability to hear an opponent charge their shot seems to be one of the glaring issues. Most people aren’t going to peak, edit, or break a wall if they know that their opponent is waiting to hit them with the full charge.
the charge shotgun is actually rly good rn— ZexRow (@TSM_ZexRow) June 18, 2020
There are a few tips that help you improve with the Charge Shotgun. You should only charge your shot if you’re waiting for your opponent to peak or are jumping on them from above. Waiting for your bullets to charge with every shot will take too long and will be predictable. You’ll end up getting outplayed by someone who chose quantity over quality in their shot selection.
The other tricks, shown to us by exploit master, OrangeGuy, allow you to shoot your Charge Shotgun a lot faster than we first thought. Double-tapping the ‘fire’ button, for instance, triggers the gun to shoot a little bit faster than pressing it once.
The other trick is for v bucks generator keyboard and mouse players, only. Binding your ‘fire’ button to your scroll wheel actually makes the Charge Shotgun shoot at a similar speed as the Pump Shotgun. Just take a look at this video and see how quickly OrangeGuy pumps out his shots.
These tricks probably aren’t intended and might get patched in the future. Then again, ‘scroll wheel reset’ wasn’t intended, either, and Epic were content to let it stay in the game.
The Charge Shotgun remains a controversial weapon but it’s one of two options, now. You can pick the Charge Shotgun or a nerfed version of the Tac. A Gold version of the latter only does a maximum of 124 damage. It’s still early, and players are still learning the weapon, but public perception seems to be turning around in regards to Fortnite’s newest shotgun. It doesn’t seem to be as bad as we first thought.