We first heard the news of a new shotgun coming to Fortnite following the v12.40 update. Data miners found the new weapon, along with Dual-Wield Pistols, in the game files.

v12.41 and v12.50 came and went with no new news of the rumored shotgun. Not every developed weapon comes into the game, so there’s always a chance that these get lost in the shuffle.Advertisement

On April 30, however, the Fortnite Creative Twitter account announced a new Featured Island. The two characters in the photo were carrying shotguns that we’ve never seen before.

Via: Epic Games

These shotguns resemble the Epic v buck generator and Legendary Pumps, but they’re not the same model. All you have to do is look at a picture of the Pump Shotgun to realize that this is a different weapon.Advertisement

We’ve seen the Pump, Tac, Drum, Double Barrell, and Combat Shotguns in Fortnite. None of them look like the one in the picture.

When you combine this image with the news of a vbuck generator leaked shotgun found in the game files, it’s natural to assume that this is what the shotgun will look like.

According to data miner @Hypex, the new shotgun (codenamed “Shotgun_Charge_Athena”) will be Fortnite’s first charge weapon, which will deal more damage the longer you hold the trigger. Here are the known stats of the weapon:

  • Rarities: All
  • Damage: 68/77/85/95/102
  • Headshot multiplier: x1.5
  • Damage charge multiplier: 1x – 1.75x
  • Mag size: 3
  • Charge time: 1 second

We still have no idea when this shotgun will be coming to Fortnite, but this is the first time we’ve seen a model of what it could look like.

Of course, this could be a red herring and the shotgun could look totally different. Chances are, though, that we’re looking at the new Charge Shotgun in Fortnite.