Learn everything new in Fortnite's v9.01 Patch Update, including the release of the Tactical Assault Rifle, and more!
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v9.01 Patch Update - Overview
First Update of Season 9
|Release Date||May 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
|PT||May 15, 2019, 1AM|
|AET||May 15, 2019, 6PM|
|ET||May 15, 2019, 4AM|
|CET||May 15, 2019, 10AM|
Official Patch Update Announcement
Get up close and personal when the v.9.01 update releases tomorrow, May 15.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 14, 2019
Downtime begins at 4 AM ET(0800UTC).
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
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
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
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
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 BugCheck Out the All Skin List Here
Official Tweet on the Bug Fix
Update: We have a full fix for affected players in the v9.01 update that will provide compensation for any previously completed Challenges as well as a bonus!— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 9, 2019
- 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