Shock and Division: Fortnite Shockwave Hammer Nerf Splits Community!

Fortnite Shockwave Hammer: Yet another change has been made to the Shockwave Hammer in Fortnite, and player opinion remains divided on the weapon’s overall usefulness.

The change to one of its features is just the latest chapter in the never-ending saga of the controversial weapon, with the larger Fortnite community divided over how to proceed.

It was in Season 1 of Fortnite: Chapter 4 that the Shockwave Hammer made its debut. It is a multipurpose item that can be used as a weapon or a fast transport method.

When the player presses the primary fire button, they will initiate a structure- and opponent-damaging slam that knocks others back, and the secondary fire button will cause them to bounce into the air, preventing any damage from a fall.

Players should exercise caution when wielding the Shockwave Hammer, despite the weapon’s impressive strength, as demonstrated by a recent viral video.


Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, announced today via the game’s official service update Twitter account that the Shockwave Hammer’s bounce charges have been nerfed from four to three.

Fan reaction has been extremely mixed so far, with many comments asking “what is going on with this season” and featuring crying emojis. The majority of players agree that nerfing Shockwave Hammer was the right decision.

One Fortnite player on Reddit was relieved that the “annoying” hammer had been made a little less annoying, while others on the forum thought the weapon “should have two” charges.

The Shockwave Hammer was reinstated in the game a few days ago as part of a Fortnite update, so its nerf comes as something of a surprise. When Fortnite players began abusing an infinite bounce glitch, Epic temporarily disabled the item and removed the hammer from the game.

They reinstated it the following day, presumably after fixing the bug that allowed for the infinite bounce. This is not the first time the Shockwave Hammer’s bounce charge has been lowered.

Early in December, the hammer’s recharge time was sped up from 15 seconds to 20 seconds, rendering the previous iteration completely ineffectual.

This season’s return of the Shockwave Hammer isn’t the only buggy addition to Fortnite. The hurdle mechanic in Fortnite has returned, bringing with it the bugs and issues that caused its temporary removal in response to widespread player complaints.

The auto-mantle mechanic, which was introduced in Fortnite Chapter 4, allows players to automatically hop over low obstacles while sprinting. Many players have reportedly still met their deaths as a result of being accidentally launched to heights comparable to the Battle Bus.

It will be interesting to see what Epic Games decides to do with the controversial Shockwave Hammer in the future, as many in the Fortnite community want to see it removed entirely due to its perceived overuse and overpowered nature.

Fortnite can be played on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, personal computers, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox One X/S.

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