Fortnite Weapon Equip Time Changes Split Player Base as Double Pump Exploit Returns

Fortnite Weapon Equip Time Changes Split Player Base as Double Pump Exploit Returns

Changes to Fortnite are never received lightly by its fanbase.

Fortnite's v3.5 update makes some significant changes to how some Battle Royale's weapons function—and as you might imagine from a game where victory depends in part on players' finesse, there's been some pushback against the alterations. Most of the changes add an equip delay to some weapons, particularly powerful weapons with a slower rate of fire.

Fortnite Battle Royale fans have opinions about the changes, especially since they're accompanied by the return of the controversial Double-Pump mechanic. The term "mechanic" is used loosely here, since some players consider it an exploit. It involves switching between two weapons with slow firing rates—most popularly, shotguns—to greatly speed up their rate of fire. Here's an example of the Double-Pump mechanic in action.

Epic removed Double-Pump some time ago, and it's unclear if it was restored on purpose (probably not), or if it's a side-effect of the weapon changes Epic made in the v3.5 patch (probably). Either way, Fortnite's subreddit is split on its return—and on the recent changes to weapon load times.

If you mess with shooting mechanics in Fortnite, you can expect pushback.

"They totally broke shotguns in this patch," says redditor "Beltox2pointO," while redditor "smokingisbadforu" exclaimed "DouBLe PuMP tAkes SkILlZ" sarcastically (probably). And while other redditors point out the "new" Double-Pump mechanic isn't as quick as the old one, "xCwaniaK" says "It's still too strong. It shouldn't be a thing."

One downvoted comment from "Crypto_The_Alien" states "very unpopular opinion but it's far more exciting to push people with shotguns than it is to sit inside a base for the endgame." To which "Bizzy666" replies, "no need for 2 pumps unless you are shit at aiming and need an OP combo."

Several other users point out the new Double-Pump is most likely a bug Epic will patch out in a future update. But Epic probably won't be patching out the other issue causing a small ruckus: Equip times for powerful weapons.

"Making a delay for swapping certain weapons quickly now? Awful decision. Downvote me," says "KrabbyPattyFormua," who added a ":)".

"makes the game very clunky. the shotguns were fine last patch," agrees the controversially-named "pubgisabadgame."

"It's like they don't want skill to be rewarded in this game," says "im_naughty." "The direction that Epic is going just makes it feel like a casual arcade game."

But some redditors have pointed to footage of the new equip times, stating the difference is barely noticeable.

For reference's sake, here are the weapons affected by the new equip time include:

  • Rocket Launcher
  • Hand Cannon
  • Revolver
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Heavy Shotgun
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Hunting Rifle
  • Crossbow

Fortnite's v3.5 update brought a lot of changes with it besides the weapon equip times. We're always on top of changes in Epic's hit game, so make sure to check out our guides on how to make good use of Fortnite Battle Royale's weapons.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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