Fortnite Update 3.1.0 Adds Hunting Rifles To Battle Royale

The latest update for Epic Games’ co-op base building title, Fortnite recently dropped, introducing a host of new changes and introductions to the title.

For the Save the Wolrd campaign, players can expect a new questline “Brave Beginnings” for Val and the Dragon Fire Shotgun. When it comes to Battle Royale, a new area has been added, dubbed ‘Lucky Landing’. You can find it on the southern-most edge of the map.

Epic Games has also brought about a new weapon for Battle Royale. Players will now be able to try out the hunting rifle, a medium to long range gun without a scope. Drop rates have also been altered. For the Rare Burst Assault Rifle you can expect a 150 percent increased drop chance while the Epic Tactical Shotgun has a 75 percent increased drop chance.

Check out the full list of changes in patch 3.1.0, down below:



  • Hunting Rifle added!
  • Single shot rifle that has no scope and is effective at medium to long range.
  • Uncommon and Rare rarity.
  • Found in Treasure Chests and Floor Loot.

Adjusted inconsistent drop rates for various weapon rarities:

  • Burst Assault Rifle drop chance:
    Common decreased by 20%.
    Uncommon increased by 60%.
    Rare increased by 150%.
  • Revolver drop chance:
    Common decreased by 10%.
    Uncommon increased by 33%.
    Rare increased by 75%.
  • Tactical Shotgun drop chance:
    Uncommon decreased by 10%.
    Rare increased by 33%.
    Epic increased by 75%.

These weapons had unnecessarily low drop rates as they progressed in rarity. This does not change the overall likelihood of finding these weapon types but it does increase your chances of finding a higher rarity version. – Developer Comment

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed discrepancies between crosshair location and muzzle firing location when shooting at close range targets.
  • Fixed shotgun collision inconsistencies when aiming through openings or around corners.


  • Minor adjustments to Loot in the following locations:
  • Snobby Shores (removed 13 Floor Loot spawn locations and 4 chests)
  • Industrial Plot north-east of Flush Factory (removed 4 Floor Loot spawn locations and 3 chests)
  • Tilted Towers (removed 8 Floor Loot spawn locations and 4 chests)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issues where weapons would not equip because they were not pre-loaded.
  • This resolves the issue in which weapons did not equip / did not function during the early game.
  • Efforts have been made to address an issue where players are suddenly unable to build in rare cases.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred if players kicked the ball out of Greasy Grove or the Soccer Stadium.
  • Fixed some edge cases where players pushed up against ramps / ceilings could toss grenades through to the opposite side.
  • Fixed the Boogie Bomb not properly refreshing its duration on a player who is hit with more than one.
  • Fixed an issue that reduced the distance that the light on chests could be seen.
  • Fixed the soccer scoreboard awarding points to the wrong side in Pleasant Park.


The new ‘Lucky Landing’ point of interest has been added to the southern edge of the island.


  • You now receive Party Suggestions while in the lobby.
  • Rich presence now provides the player’s party size.
  • Added new intro/outro animations to the party invite notification.
  • Invite notification now closes upon being clicked.
  • Presence text that is too long will no longer overlap the Invite/Join buttons.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t emote in lobby if a player left.
  • Fixed an issue where changing language to Chinese or Korean would not render text properly.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ‘60 FPS’ mode to reset back to 30 after relaunching the game on PS4.
  • Fixed an issue where the Party Finder dialog could double spawn.
  • Fixed an issue where full parties would show as solo players and appear joinable.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the Invite/Join action wouldn’t show correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the party bar sometimes wouldn’t show party members while in a filled squad.


  • Re-enabled sprinting dust effects on low settings.
  • Hip fire positioning is now maintained if a player fired recently and switched weapons.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed player jittering when sliding against a surface.
  • Fixed an issue causing other characters to not animate while spectating them after being eliminated.
  • Fixed an issue where weapons were unholstered early when using Emotes.
  • Fixed character body parts not animating at low framerates.
  • Fixed shield visual FX not properly displaying on the Alpine Ace and Crackshot outfits.
  • Updated the flag on the arm of the USA Alpine Ace to face the correct direction.


  • Reduced the volume of the Hand Cannon audio to match that of the Revolver.
  • Reduced the volume of the Windmills found in Anarchy Acres and Fatal Fields.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Set the volume of hitting weak points back to what it was prior to V.3.0.0.
  • Fixed an issue where building placement sound would play repeatedly while skydiving if you had the Pickaxe equipped in the lobby.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the lobby music to restart every time it was attenuated to 0 volume because of music from emotes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Storm Audio to play from an invalid location in the map.
  • The build mode ‘click’ sound no longer plays while the player is downed.


  • Improved overall frame rate by using less CPU for characters that are far away.
  • Optimized weapon load times and reduced their memory usage.


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