Drum Gun

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Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
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Category Battle Royale Weapons
History
Introduced 4.5 Content Update
Last Adjustment Patch 14.40
Vaulted

The Drum Gun was an Assault Rifle in Battle Royale (though before Season 9, it was an SMG). It uses Medium Bullets and all variants having a headshot multiplier of x1.5 (dealing 31/33/36/37 damage to the head).

It was formerly available in Uncommon and Rare rarities. In Chapter 2 Season 2, a new Mythic variant was introduced, known as Midas' Drum Gun. In Chapter 2 Season 3, it is now known as Jules' Drum Gun, also Mythic. The Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun have different stats, this was most likely to balance the Drum Gun out, as Midas’ Drum Gun was very overpowered.

The Drum Gun does not have first shot accuracy, but it can be hip-fired with while walking with decent accuracy at a fast fire rate.

The Drum Gun was vaulted in the 5.40 Content Update due to the weapon being too overpowered (having 50 ammo in a magazine & high damage), but was unvaulted during the Unvaulting Event, on May 4th, 2019, in Patch 8.51 & during the Winterfest event on December 19, 2019 and January 2, 2020 respectively. Following the Double Barrel Shotgun and Flint-Knock Pistol, this was the second and 16th item to be unvaulted for the event.

During the Unvaulting event on Patch 8.51, players chose this gun to be unvaulted from the Grappler, Infinity Blade, X-4 Stormwings (Plane), Tactical SMG & Bouncers. However, the Drum Gun was vaulted again in the Patch 10.20 making it exclusively available in Creative again.

The Drum Gun (formerly an SMG) was once again unvaulted in the 12.00 Patch, this time as a Mythic reward for defeating Midas at The Agency. Only one can be found per match.

Jules' Drum Gun was also introduced in Patch 13.00, replacing Midas' Drum Gun. You can obtain it by defeating Jules at The Authority. It has a nerfed damage (25 > 24), fire rate (10 > 8.5) and headshot multiplier. (x2 > x1.5) (Because most assault rifles in the game got a nerf to their headshot multiplier being decreased from x2 to x1.5) Only one can be found per match.

In 13.0 Patch Notes, The Uncommon and Rare variants of the Drum Gun's damage has been adjusted from 22, 23 to 21, 22.

The Mythic Midas' Drum Gun is now "Jules' Drum Gun", likely inherited from Midas to Jules.

Despite being based on a real-life submachine gun, Fortnite considers it as an Assault Rifle in challenges.

The Mythic Jules' Drum Gun has been Vaulted with the initial release of Chapter 2 Season 4. However, Jules' Drum Gun will remain available on macOS and iOS as those devices will be stuck on Patch 13.40.

Midas' Drum Gun has returned in Patch 14.40, however it is called Shadow Midas' Drum Gun. It's stats are identical to those of Jules' Drum Gun. It can be obtained by defeating Shadow Midas at The Ruins. Only one can be found per match.

On Patch 14.50, the Mythic Shadow Midas' Drum Gun has been vaulted because of the Fortnitemares event ended.

Stats

Drum Gun
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Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 168
Damage 21
Fire Rate 8.0
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 3.2
Structure Damage 21
Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 176
Damage 22
Fire Rate 8.0
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 3.0
Structure Damage 22
Midas' Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
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Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 250
Damage 25
Fire Rate 10
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 2.7
Structure Damage 25
Jules' Drum Gun
Jules Drum Gun 2.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 204
Damage 24
Fire Rate 8.5
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 2.7
Structure Damage 24
Shadow Midas' Drum Gun
Shadow Drum Gun.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 204
Damage 24
Fire Rate 8.5
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 2.7
Structure Damage 24

The Mythic Jules' Drum Gun in Chapter 2 Season 3 are by far much more fair than Chapter 2 Season 2's Mythic weapons. Also, the Jules' Drum Gun stats are similar to a Common Pistol. (Exact same damage and a bit similar fire rates)

Former Stats

Stats (Patch 9.30 Content Update #1, Patch 12.00 - 13.00)

Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 176
Damage 22
Fire Rate 8.0
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 3.2
Structure Damage 22
Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 184
Damage 23
Fire Rate 8.0
Magazine Size 40
Reload Time 3
Structure Damage 23

Stats (Patch 9.01 - 9.30 Content Update #1)

Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 198
Damage 22
Fire Rate 9
Magazine Size 50
Reload Time 3.2
Structure Damage 22
Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 207
Damage 23
Fire Rate 9
Magazine Size 50
Reload Time 3
Structure Damage 23

Stats (Patch 4.50 Content Update - Patch 9.01)

Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 234
Damage 26
Fire Rate 9
Magazine Size 50
Reload Time 3.2
Structure Damage 26
Drum Gun
Drum gun icon.png
Details
Bullet Type Medium bullets icon.png
DPS 243
Damage 27
Fire Rate 9
Magazine Size 50
Reload Time 3
Structure Damage 27

Sound

  • Drum Gun, Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun Pullout

  • Drum Gun, Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun Shoot

  • Drum Gun, Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun Reload

  • Drum Gun, Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun Pickup

  • Drum Gun, Midas' Drum Gun and Jules' Drum Gun Drop

Shadow Midas' Drum Gun Sound

  • Coming Soon!

Texture

Patch Uncommon Rare Mythic
Since

14.40(Mythic in inventory)

Drum gun icon.png Shadow Drum Gun.png
Since

13.00(Mythic in inventory)

Jules Drum Gun.png
Since

4.5 Content Update
12.00(Mythic in inventory)

Midas-Drum-Gun.png

Midas' Drum Gun shown in game ^

Availability

Chapter 1

Rarities/Ways to Obtain Floor loot Chest
Uncommon
Rare

Chapter 2 Season 2

Rarities/Ways to Obtain Eliminating a Boss
Mythic ✅ (Midas at The Agency)

Chapter 2 Season 3

Rarites/Ways to Obtain Eliminating a Boss
Mythic ✅ (Jules at The Authority)

Chapter 2 Season 4

Rarities/Ways to Obtain Eliminating a Boss
Mythic ✅ (Shadow Midas at The Ruins)

Strategy

  • The Drum Gun is best used in close to mid-range combat as its high spread and recoil makes it unreliable at longer ranges, as well as the lack of first-shot accuracy. Its damage is quite similar to the standard Submachine Gun, holding only 10 more bullets in the magazine, with a slower fire rate and worse reload and recoil.

Changes

Patch Notes

Patch 14.50
  • Vaulted Shadow Midas' Drum Gun

Patch 14.40

  • Added Mythic Shadow Midas' Drum Gun
    • Deals 24 damage
    • Have a fire rate of 8.5

Patch 14.00

  • Vaulted
    • Jules' Drum Gun

Patch 13.0

  • Vaulted
    • Midas' Drum Gun
  • New Mythic variant.
    • Jules' Drum Gun
      • Fire rate adjusted : 10 > 8.5
      • Damage adjusted : 25 > 24
      • Headshot Multiplier adjusted : x2 > x1.5
      • New Style/Texture
  • The Uncommon and Rare Drum Guns' damage were reduced by 1.

Patch 12.0 (February 20, 2020)

  • Drum Gun now is a Mythic weapon
  • Damage adjusted to 25, fire rate adjusted to 10.

Patch 9.30(Content Update)(June 25, 2019)

  • Drum Gun fire rate reduced from 9 to 8
  • Magazine size reduced from 50 down to 40.

Patch 9.01 (May 15, 2019) Weapons + Items

  • 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.

Patch 9.00 (May 9, 2019)

Weapons + Items

  • Drum Gun adjustments
    • Reduced Drum Gun availability from 16.732% to 7.155%

8.51 Event (May 4, 2019)

Weapons + Items
  • Unvaulted Drum Gun

5.40 Content Update (September 11, 2018)

Weapons + Items
  • Vaulted Drum Gun

5.20 Weapon and Building Balance Changes (August 9, 2018)

Drum Gun
  • Reduced falloff range damage from 80% to 70% at 3500 units
  • Reduced falloff range damage from 65% to 55% at 5000+ units
  • Added environmental damage fall off matching player damage fall off
  • Decreased jumping accuracy by 5%
  • Decreased targeting accuracy by 10%
  • Reduced spawn rate from chests and floor loot by 40%

4.5 Content Update (July 3, 2018)

Drum Gun added
  • The Drum Gun is a hybrid weapon that combines the stopping power of a rifle with the suppressive ability and fire rate of an SMG.
  • Available in Uncommon and Rare variants.
    • 26/27 base damage.
  • 50 round capacity.
  • Uses Medium Ammo.
  • Can be found from floor loot, chests, and Vending Machines.

Vault Log

Update/Patch Vault Unvault
5.40 Uncommon & Rare
8.51 (Unvaulting Event) Uncommon & Rare
10.20 Uncommon & Rare
13.00 Mythic (Midas')
14.00 Mythic (Jules')
14.50 Mythic (Shadow Midas')

Trivia

  • The Drum Gun is based on the Thompson Submachine Gun (Tommy Gun) M1928, with a drum magazine, Lyman 55B rear sight, Cutt compensator and a foregrip. Despite inspiration, the weapon is classified as an Assault Rifle.
  • The Drum Gun is similar to the LMG, with both using medium bullets, having a large magazine size, the same, rapid fire rate, same classification, and a long reload time. The differences being that the Drum Gun deals less damage to players, and has less than half the magazine size, while the LMG has a much larger magazine size and deals more damage to structures.
  • The Drum Gun was the only SMG that didn't use Light Bullets, Despite the fact that the real life version uses .45 ACP, a pistol round that is larger than the 9mm round which other submachine guns use.
  • The Drum Gun sound was glitched when Patch v8.01 was released. The Drum Gun then had the same sound file as the Assault Rifle. Soon the weapon sound was fixed during Patch v8.11 to the original sound.
  • The Drum Gun was the seventh item to be Vaulted, after the Revolver.
  • As part of The Unvaulting Event, players voted on 6 weapons for one to unvault. The Drum Gun won and was unvaulted a few minutes later on May 4th, 2019, but was vaulted again in Patch 10.20 (most likely because it was still very powerful after a lot of nerfs).
  • The Drum Gun is the sixth item to ever be unvaulted, following Impulse Grenades.
  • Despite the Drum Gun using Medium Bullets, the Uncommon and Rare rarities deal less damage than even a Common Pistol.
  • Season 9 was the only season in which the Drum Gun was in for the entire duration of the season and never received a vaulting, prior to Season X.
  • Midas' Drum Gun includes a special golden texture. (This is due to the Midas outfit having a Gold Touch Bonus which also applies to the Boss.)
    • Jules' Drum Gun is partially golden, so it's likely the same weapon, but only with some modifications.
  • At the end of Season 8 and the beginning of Season 9, despite being just a Uncommon and Rare weapon, it was in Solid Gold due to it being so overpowered. However, it was eventually removed.
  • Jules' Drum Gun has the Newton's Second Law, "f=ma", written on it.
  • The Drum Gun is the only weapon that has 3 Mythic variants.
    • This can be proven as "Jules' Drum Gun" is the Variant used in the "Arsenal" LTM rather than Shadow Midas' Drum Gun as of November 10th 2020.
  • The Drum Gun is one of the few guns that when "hipfired" (firing without aiming down sights) is actually fired from the hip of the character, instead of on or above the shoulder. (The other guns being the Minigun, the Dragon's Breath Shotgun, the Six Shooter, and the Grenade Launcher)