Fortnite Burst SMG Guide – Stats, Tips

Learn everything there is to know about Fortnite Battle Royale's newest SMG.

The Fortnite v9.10 Content Update crowned a new king of burst DPS. The Suppressed SMG is dead — long live the Burst SMG! (Until it’s vaulted, at least.) Getting the hang of a new weapon can be tricky, especially in a game that evolves as often as Fortnite does. How much damage does it do? Where can you find it? What are its best use cases? When shouldn’t you use it? How do you win against someone who has this gun?

Friend, we hear you. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you obtain Burst SMG mastery as quickly as possible. Read on for everything you could possibly need to know about Fortnite’s newest SMG.

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Burst SMG Basics

Before we start talking about how to use the Burst SMG, we need to cover what it is, and what it does. As the name implies, this is a burst-fire weapon that shoots four rounds in rapid succession, with a maximum magazine size of 24 rounds. This means you can fire six bursts before having to reload, and given the relatively long reload time on all three rarities of this gun, you’ll want to make those six bursts count. Here’s how the numbers stack up for each version of the gun:

Common Burst SMG Stats

  • Ammo type: Light
  • DPS: 172.5
  • Base damage: 23
  • Fire rate: 7.5/s
  • Magazine size: 24
  • Reload time: 2.475 seconds
  • Structure damage: 23

Uncommon Burst SMG Stats

  • Ammo type: Light
  • DPS: 180
  • Base damage: 24
  • Fire rate: 7.5/s
  • Magazine size: 24
  • Reload time: 2.3625 seconds
  • Structure damage: 24

Rare Burst SMG Stats

  • Ammo type: Light
  • DPS: 187.5
  • Base damage: 25
  • Fire rate: 7.5/s
  • Magazine size: 24
  • Reload time: 2.25 seconds
  • Structure damage: 25

As you can see, the fire rate and magazine size is consistent across all three rarities. The main differences are the damage outputs and reload speeds, which get progressively higher/faster. That being said, even the rare Burst SMG takes a quarter of a second longer to reload that the Suppressed SMG did, so make those six bursts count.

Where to Find a Burst SMG

Burst SMGs are found in chests, vending machines, and lying around on the ground. No information is currently available with regards to which spawn location is most likely to produce a higher rarity Burst SMG.

When to Use the Burst SMG

The Burst SMG is at its best in close-quarters combat encounters, for two important reasons. First, this gun suffers from dramatic player damage falloff at anything beyond close range, making it an ineffective choice for mid/long-range gunfights that typically involve a lot of building. Secondly, the Burst SMG has a headshot damage modifier of 1.75x. This means that a headshot from a common Burst SMG deals 40.25 damage per bullet, rather than the gun’s base damage of 23 per bullet. This is an enormous damage increase, so anything you can do to maximize your headshot percentage is worth doing, including getting up close and personal with your target.

Given how long the Burst SMG takes to reload, you’ll benefit strongly from having another close range weapon loaded and ready to go in your inventory. This will ensure that you’re able to continue doing damage, even when the Burst SMG’s magazine is empty. If you don’t have a backup weapon, consider how true your aim actually is before getting into a fight.

When Not to Use the Burst SMG

The Burst SMG is a last resort in almost all medium or long-range encounters, as its significant player damage dropoff makes it highly ineffective at doing damage downrange. At best, consistent ranged headshots will make the Burst SMG do as much damage as it would do up-close, and if you’re good enough to get consistent headshots, this probably isn’t the only gun in your inventory. As of update v9.10’s Content Update, however, there is no structure damage falloff, meaning that it can still be used to cut off the bottom level of a structure that an opponent is hiding in. There are definitely weapons with higher structure damage available, but it’ll do in a pinch.

How to Beat Someone Who Has a Burst SMG

If you’re married to the idea of an up-close battle for supremacy, a good ol’ fashioned shotgun headshot is still going to deal more DPS than the average player can with a Burst SMG. But! The best option is to put distance between you and the Burst SMG, since it becomes exponentially less viable as its target gets further away. Put as many walls (man-made or otherwise) between you and the SMG as possible, until such time that your opponent loses your position. Once this happens, you can either re-engage with a ranged weapon, or let the player go about their business. Sometimes the only winning move is not to play — especially if you’ve got building materials, but no viable weapon.