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v9.01 Patch Update - May 15, 2019
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Learn everything new in Fortnite's v9.01 Patch Update, including the release of the Tactical Assault Rifle, and more!

v9.01 Patch Update - May 15, 2019
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v9.01 Patch Update - Overview

First Update of Season 9

First Update of Season 9
Release DateMay 15, 2019, 8AM UTC

The first update of Season 9 brings a new weapon to the island and various fixes for the game. Get ready for a shootout with the newly added Tactical Assault Rifle.

Time Conversion Table

PTMay 15, 2019, 1AM
AETMay 15, 2019, 6PM
ETMay 15, 2019, 4AM
CETMay 15, 2019, 10AM

Official Patch Update Announcement

Get Close with the Tactical Assault Rifle

Get Close with the Tactical Assault Rifle

The Tactical Assault Rifle is capable of ripping through enemy health and shields thanks to its high fire rate and extended magazine. Just remember to stay close to your target to get the best of it.

Check Out the Tactical Assault Rifle Here

Weapon & Vehicle Updates

Lower Damage for Drum Guns

Lower Damage for Drum Guns

The Drum Guns have received a significant change to its damage. From 26/27, the gun's damage has been lowered to 22/23.

Check Out the Drum Gun Stats Here

Vaulted: Compact SMG

Vaulted: Compact SMG

To lessen the number of high fire rate weapons, Fortnite has vaulted the Compact SMG. All varieties of the weapon has been removed across all game modes except Creative and Playground.

Check Out the Compact SMG Stats Here

Lower Health for Ballers

Lower Health for Ballers

From 200, the health of Ballers has been reduced to 150. The change was made to lessen the defensive capabilities of the vehicle.

Check Out the Baller Here

Slipstream Changes

Slipstream Changes
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Removed Build Restrictions in Slipstreams

Players will now be able to build through the Slipstreams to make it easier for players to get into Slipstreams. Buildings will immediately be destroyed when players collide with it while riding it.

Disabled After Storm Phase 5

Slipstreams will automatically be disabled once a match gets to Storm Phase 5. According to the patch notes, this is due to issues Slipstreams posed previously during late game.

Miscellaneous Changes & Updates

Fix & Compensation for Hybrid & Blackheart Challenge Bug

Fortnite has announced that it will release a fix as well as compensation for the bug that removed the Hybrid and Blackheart style challenges for players. This is included with the release of 9.01.

Skins Affected by the Bug

Check Out the All Skin List Here

Official Tweet on the Bug Fix


  • Improvements made to level streaming performance on all platforms. This will reduce cases of buildings not loading in.
  • Physics optimizations to improve performance in conduits

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