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Fortnite 9.40 patch

Today, on the 18th of July, Fortnite released Patch 9.40, which will perhaps be the last major update before one of the biggest Tournaments in gaming history, Fortnite World Cup, finals with a total Prize Pool of $30,000,000. Yup, you read it right, 30 Million Dollars.

With today’s update came a new gun, some vaultings and unvaultings, and other minor changes and hotfixes.

The headline of today’s update were the new variants of the Tactical Shotgun: Epic, and Legendary. Here are the details:

  • 83 / 87 maximum damage.
  • 1.5 shots per second.
  • Holds 8 shells.
  • Headshot multiplier of 2.25.
  • Available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, Loot Carriers, and Vending Machines.

The new variants of the Tactical Shotgun have the potential of being replaced as the go-to shotgun before the World Cup, thus bringing a change into the Meta and providing more versatility compared to the Combat and Pump Shotgun.

Another reason for its inclusion in the loadout might be that the Combat got Nerfed in today’s update.


Combat Shotgun changes

Fortnite combat shotgun

  • Reduced Headshot multiplier from 1.7 to 1.5.
  • Reduced long-range effectiveness of the Combat Shotgun
    • Reduced falloff curve ranges from:
      • 4.88 tiles to 4.39 tiles.
      • 9.77 tiles to 6.84 tiles.
      • 19.53 tiles to 11.72 tiles.

Furthermore, minor changes were done to the Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle, to balance the weapon. Moreover, the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle was unvaulted, replacing the Suppressed Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle which made its way into the vault.

With the arrival of new updates come new game files which potentially indicate further events, weapons, and cosmetics. Today’s update brought along a huge number of game files, which were mined by skilled Data Miners.

Talking about the unvaulting of the Bolt-Action, and other already present Sniper Rifles, the developers still didn’t believe it was enough, as Data Miners have found files for another Sniper Rifle which is due to make its appearance later next week, just before the world cup. Here is how it looks:

Fortnite gun

The newly added game files contained all the cosmetics which are going to be released this week, as well as the next one. These are all of the newly added outfits:

Fortnite outfits


With the end of Season 9 coming close, new challenges have arrived and it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has got in store for us in the 9.40 update. Two new lists of challenges have been added: Birthday, and Overtime.

The Birthday Challenges will be available in the celebration of Fortnite’s Two Year Anniversary. The challenges will award a cosmetic upon completion, as shown below:

Fortnite new patch birthday


The overtime challenges will be available till the end of the season, and will award cosmetics or grant styles of skins obtained from the Battle Pass, as displayed below.

Fortnite challenges


We will upload cheat sheets for both of the challenges, once they go live.

Be sure to follow Gaming4.Cash, so you can use the cheat sheet once it is available.

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