Fortnite v16.10 Update introduces Huge Nerfs to the Primal Shotgun and Buffs the Makeshift

Nawshad Noor
By Nawshad Noor
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Fortnite recently made some changes to the Primal Shotgun and Makeshift to make the game feel more balanced.

Fortnite introduced the Primal Shotgun and the Makeshift shotgun at the beginning of Season 6. Players were quick to realize that the Primal Shotgun had a fast fire rate and decent magazine size. Soon, every lobby had players running around with the Primal Shotgun eliminating opponents way too quickly for Fortnite’s standards. Many pro players demanded Epic to Nerf the Primal Shotgun as it was very hard to counter.

Another shotgun that was introduced in Season 6 was the Makeshift shotgun. The Makeshift shotgun was supposed to used temporarily until players find a better one or upgrade the Makeshift to the Primal or the Mechanical variants. But the Makeshift Shotgun was so bad and unreliable that players soon started to completely skin picking up the Makeshift Shotgun at all. This made the shotguns have a very weird place in the Season 6 meta.

But Fortnite recently made some changes to the Primal Shotgun and the Makeshift Shotgun to make the game feel overall more balanced. The nerfs and buffs to the Primal Shotgun and Makeshift Shotgun are discussed below-

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Fortnite Primal Nerf and Makeshift Buff:

Fortnite data miner HYPEX recently shared the changed stats of the Primal Shotgun and the Makeshift.

The Primal Shotgun had its fire rate changed from 2.7 to 2.3. This change will make countering the Primal shotgun easier for most players. The Makeshift Shotgun now has a faster equip time, increased magazine size, and faster reload speed. The changes for both guns are-

Primal Shotgun Fire Rate Change:
– 2.7 -> 2.3

Makeshift Changes
– Faster Equip
– Clip Size From 2 to 3
– Reload Time ~5% faster

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Nawshad Noor is a former Editor at GameRiv.