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Fortnite Ranger Shotgun - How to get, stats, and more

The latest Fortnite update brings another hard-hitting weapon as the Ranger shotgun has been dropped into Chapter 3 Season 2.
Fortnite Ranger Shotgun - How to get, stats, and more

As part of the weekly update that Fortnite gets every Tuesday, the Ranger Shotgun has entered the Battle Royale loot pool. Not every weekly update brings new content, but when it does, there tends to be a game-changer to shake up the status quo of an ongoing season.

The best part about the Ranger Shotgun in Chapter 3 Season 2 is the power that each shot holds and the rarity of the weapon. With this new addition, nearly anyone can have access to an incredibly powerful close-range weapon that is considered common.

Ranger Shotgun - How to get one in Fortnite

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The Ranger deals damage at the cost of low capacity. (Picture: Epic Games)

Like the Heavy Sniper that was recently released in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, the Ranger Shotgun is a common weapon despite the power that each shot holds. In the latest news posting by the Fortnite team, all of the possible ways to get the shotgun were listed on the update page.

First and foremost, ground loot is going to be your best option for finding the weapon. When you land, any variety of rarities for the shotgun could be on the ground. As is always the case with ground loot, the Ranger Shotgun can also end up popping out of chests that are opened, regardless of the rarity on those.

Another way to get the shotgun is to go directly to a vendor. This could be an NPC vendor at a given point of interest or one of the many vending machines that are categorized by shotguns and shells that you can buy using gold bars.

Random events around the map are the last way to find a Ranger Shotgun on the battle royale map. If you see a Supply Drop marker or you encounter a Shark, both of these will have the opportunity to drop a shotgun. But they are always more dangerous to take on beyond simply looting.

Fortnite Ranger Shotgun stats and rarity

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Each rarity will offer more damage and faster reloads. (Picture: Epic Games)

The Ranger has the standard rarity levels that you would expect on most floor loot. What makes each subsequent color, or rarity, better is the increase in reload time and damage per shot.

Ammo capacity always stays the same considering the weapon only has one shot. However, the higher rarities can make up for the slow reload speed, allowing for quicker shots in succession with massive damage. Each rarity and corresponding damage are listed below.

  • Common - 117 damage, 1.65 reload.
  • Uncommon - 123 damage, 1.575 reload.
  • Rare - 129 damage, 1.5 reload.
  • Epic - 135 damage, 1.425 reload.
  • Legendary -  142 damage, 1.35 reload.

Getting the Legendary version of the weapon clearly makes a massive difference, especially in reload time which can make a difference in a fast-paced fight. Players looking for the pump shotgun style of gameplay will feel right at home.

That's all there is to know about the Ranger Shotgun, and good luck finding on in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2! For more coverage, be sure to check out the rest of our dedicated Fortnite section.


Featured image courtesy of Epic Games.