Fortnite patch notes: Update 9.40 adds another shotgun and unvaults the bolt-action sniper

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There aren't any major modes in the latest Fortnite patch notes, but update 9.40 did introduce (and re-introduce) some potentially very powerful weapons. First up, Epic and Legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun, both with eight shells to a clip, all of which can be fired in just over five seconds. You can get these new shotguns from any floor loot, chests, supply drops, loot carriers, and vending machines. 

Speaking of shotguns: the Combat Shotgun has been toned down "to further reduce its long range effectiveness and alter the curve to fall a bit more in line with other shotguns," Epic said. Its headshot damage was lowered slightly, and its maximum effective range was reduced considerably from 19.53 tiles to 11.72. This ought to give the new Tactical Shotgun a better chance at some limelight.

It's not all shotguns this update, though. The trusty Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle is back from the Vault with Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants, while the Suppressed Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle has been Vaulted in its place. There's going to be plenty of snipin' and shotgunnin' this patch.

Epic also announced two new Fortnite Battle Royale tournaments in update 9.40. First, a solo Xbox Cup will be held on July 20 and 21, with $1 million in cash prizes up for grabs for all Xbox One players. A Trios Cash Cup will also be held on July 21. Its prize pool is $1 million as well, but you'll need to reach Champion League in Arena mode to be eligible to participate. 

Rounding things out, Fortnite Creative got a Ball Spawner which will undoubtedly spawn some Rocket League-inspired maps, as well as some birthday swag to ring in its two-year anniversary. There's a new birthday skin, some birthday quests, and most importantly, a birthday llama. Happy birthday, llama. 

You can read the full Fortnite patch notes here. For more on upcoming Fortnite events, check out this Fortnite Season 9 Final Showdown leak.

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