Firing from a limited magazine, the Pump Shotgun outputs immense damage up close, but very slowly. It is completely lacking in ranged combat ability, because of a wider spread of the bullets, and does not constantly shoot when the trigger is held down. Formally in Chapter 1, the Common, Uncommon and Rare variants of the Pump Shotgun was only obtainable from Floor Loot while the Epic and Legendary variants were available from Chests, Supply Drops and Floor Loot. During Chapter 2, all variants of the Pump Shotgun can be found from floor loot and chests. The Rare variant also dropped from Loot Stars and Supply Drones until Patch 11.00 (Chapter 2 Launch).
The Pump Shotgun has a slightly wider spread than the Charge Shotgun which needs to charge to deal huge damage and was slightly faster than the Pump Shotgun, yet the Pump Shotgun fires and reloads slower and but has a bigger magazine size.
After the Chapter 2, Season 1 patch, the Common, Epic, and Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun made an appearance in regular game modes, meaning that the Pump Shotgun has been unvaulted completely. However, the Pump Shotgun's damage (except for the Legendary variant) was nerfed to balance the game.
In Patch 14.00, the Pump Shotgun has returned from the vault. It also adds the feature to sidegrade the Pump Shotgun to a Charge Shotgun, vise versa.
As of Patch 14.40, the Pump Shotgun can no longer be sidegraded, as the Charge Shotgun was vaulted due to Fortnitemares 2020.
With the launch of Chapter 2 Season 5 Pump Shotgun been vaulted and replaced with Charge Shotgun once again. The Rare variant of the Pump Shotgun was still available in Team Rumble a couple of hours after the launch of Chapter 2 Season 5 but was later removed.
The Uncommon to Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun have made a return with Chapter 2 Season 6. However, it's base damages (including the Common) have been buffed from 70/80/90/100/110 to 84/92/100/108/116. It's headshot multiplier has also been nerfed from 2.0x to 1.75x making the Pump Shotgun deal 147/161/175/189/203 damage to the head at point blank range making the Legendary variant of the shotgun only able to one-shot someone to the head with 200 health.
The Pump Shotgun is a very powerful shotgun in Battle Royale, at the cost of having a low fire rate and small ammo capacity of five rounds. A well-placed shot could remove a target's shield completely or eliminate a target in one shot at close ranges, depending on the rarity.
At point blank range, headshots with the Legendary variant of the Pump Shotgun can instantly eliminate opponents even with full health and shield. It is currently the only gun other than sniper rifles able to do this.
The Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Epic Pump Shotgun, however, cannot achieve the same feat, so it can be worth it to risk taking damage to upgrade a Pump Shotgun, or just taking a Tactical Shotgun instead.
In Patch 11.00, the Uncommon, Rare and Epic variants of the weapon were nerfed, previously 95/100/105/110 (190/200/210/220 headshots) to 70/80/90/100 (140/160/180/200 headshots), making impossible instant eliminating headshots with the Rare variant.
The Legendary variant was not affected by this change.
This nerf makes the Common variant do less damage than the CommonTactical Shotgun, despite the fact that the Pump is supposed to be a lower fire-rate, higher damage gun than the Tactical. This means a gray tactical beats a gray pump in every category. (This was changed in the Chapter 2 Season 3 update as the Tactical was nerfed by 4 damage in every rarity.)
A fast-firing weapon to switch to is recommended, such as a submachine gun or pistol, as the Pump Shotgun is quite slow to shoot and is rather unpredictable at medium distances, sometimes dealing very low damage. A good strategy is to fire the Pump Shotgun to do a lot of damage then switching to your fast firing weapon to eliminate your enemy.
The Pump Shotgun is incapable of destroying materials due to its extremely lowered material damage.
Tactical Shotguns over Pump Shotguns
Chapter 2 Season 2: Some players chose Tactical Shotguns over Pump Shotguns, as the Pump Shotgun's damage wasn't consistent (You could hit for 33 with a Legendary Pump Shotgun), they have a slower fire rate, it's harder to hit opponents for some players and the Pump Shotgun nerf in Chapter 2 Season 1 (90/95/100/105/110 to 70/80/90/100/110) greatly reduced it's damage and overall effectiveness, whereas Tactical Shotguns are more consistent, deal more headshot damage at lower rarities than Pump Shotguns of the same rarity and have a much quicker fire rate, leading to a higher DPS and more chances to deal damage before an enemy can build. Plus, Pump Shotguns have a magazine size of 5 and Tactical Shotguns have a magazine size of 8, making Tactical Shotguns getting preferred over Pump Shotguns by some players.
On the contrary, the Rare, Epic and Legendary rarities begin to deal more headshot damage and have a much more damaging body damage (90/100/110, headshot 180/200/220), with the highest two rarities guaranteeing an instant elimination with a full pellet headshot and an easily shield breaking amount of damage for a full body shot.
However, the Rare version won't guarantee a full shield crack or instant elimination with full pellets on body and head respectively, yet can still do enough damage to turn the tides in a battle. Even so, a Tactical Shotgun of the same rarity would still be arguably more effective, but would still use the same amount of shells to eliminate someone, with a headshot and any other shot on full or most pellets.
Chapter 2 Season 3: This was changed when Tactical Shotguns were nerfed by 4 damage and they were like Pump Shotguns, they could even hit 30 for a headshot(x1.5) close range because of the Chapter 2 Season 3 weapon headshot multiplier nerfs. Since then, Charge Shotguns were better than Tactical Shotguns.
Chapter 2 Season 4: The Tactical Shotgun has been vaulted and now both Charge Shotguns and Pump Shotguns have their Pros and Cons, see their stats and compare them. The Charge Shotgun was then later vaulted during the season.
Chapter 2 Season 5: The Pump Shotgun has been vaulted once again and both the Tactical and Charge Shotguns have been unvaulted. All variants of the Tactical and Charge Shotguns has received a buff. Both the Tactical and Charge shotguns have their cons and pros.
Currently, the Pump Shotgun is the only gun-based weapon to have been “promoted” in rarity.
Pumps can sometimes be picked up without being loaded, so be careful if you choose to decide to use this weapon.
The Pump Shotgun’s Common, Uncommon and Rare variants MAY be inspired by the Remington 870 Wingmaster Edition, however comparing the two side-by side shows key differences, like the slide action being differently designed on Fortnite's version of it, alongside a laser sight added on top of the barrel. It could be inspired by any other wooden-trimmed pump-action shotgun, but which one is not exactly known. However, the Pump Shotgun’s Epic and Legendary variants most certainly are almost exact replicas of the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, with the shotgun's signature rectangular slide action and folding stock.
Interestingly however, the real SPAS 12 has a clip size of around 8 shells, unlike the Fortnite version. It also has a semi-auto mode which does not require pumping the shotgun.
Taking these facts into account, it would ironically make more sense if it were the model for the Epic and Legendary Tactical Shotgun, not mentioning that the SPAS-12 is usually classified as one.
The Pump Shotgun was part of Tilted Town's exclusive loot pool.
Technically, this shotgun does not store five rounds in its ammo barrel, but rather it is a 4+1 shotgun - four ammo rounds in the ammo barrel, plus one in the chamber.
In Patch 9.00, the Pump Shotgun was vaulted and the Combat Shotgun replaced it. This was an extremely controversial decision from Epic, as many cited this gun as the best in Fortnite thanks to the one-shot ability if laid on the head of a full health and shield player, as well as having lasted all the way from the game's release in September of 2017.
Epic reacted to the controversy and unvaulted the weapon (not completely though) in Patch 9.30.