Fortnite Update15.40: Fresh, Lazarbeam, Nick EH 30, and Others React to the New Flint Knock Pistol

Published 02/16/2021, 2:26 PM EST


The rumored Fortnite update v15.40 finally launched today after a series of leaks had confirmed the update’s release this week. The update brought some interesting changes to the landscape, with many fun items and modes returning to the game. After it was speculated that a new unvaulted weapon would make a return, fans expected the pump shotgun to make its way back to the game. Instead, the players got something more interesting.

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With patch v15.40, the game’s biggest change is the return of Flint Knock Pistol. The pistol has finally unvaulted after it got vaulted with patch v11.00.

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The first knock back gun in Fortnite

The Flint Lock Pistol was introduced with patch 8.11 in March 2019. It became the first gun to have knock back, which works like a stronger version of recoil wherein the player gets thrown off to the opposite side while shooting. The other gun to have this effect was the Hand Cannon, which currently lies in the vault.

The gun is super fun to use, even though it’s a single shotgun. Players can use it while playing casually and fly around because of the knock back effect. This flying around technique can throw off the opposition player’s rhythm because of the material damage it dishes out. The gun can also be super effective in short ranges, as it can give almost 180 damage on headshots.

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Streamers have fun with the gun’s return

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Ever since the update arrived, every streamer has been looking to get their hands on both the common and uncommon varieties of the weapon. The gun will now be available in loot chests along with it being part of floor loot. Streamers have had a great time just having a fun experience with the gun, as it is built perfectly for fun situations in the game.

The gun wouldn’t most likely be in any pro player’s loadout, as it doesn’t have the magazine size or the range for it to be effective. Moreover, it will most likely not remain unvaulted for a long time, but until then players will have to be wary about getting one-tapped with the gun.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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