Fortnite v15.50 Update patch notes: Rapid Fire SMG & Hand Cannon vaulted

Matt Porter
Fortnite player holding the Rapid Fire SMG

Fortnite’s 15.50 update is officially here, bringing back the Rapid Fire SMG to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, March 2.

Season 6 is just around the corner, and March 2’s major patch is expected to be the last of this season as we count down to another new season which is sure to have a huge impact on the popular battle royale title.

This week, one of the game’s most powerful SMGs makes it big return to the game, while the Hand Cannon heads back to the Vault for the foreseeable future.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s 15.50 update.

Fortnite 15.50 Update patch notes

Rapid Fire SMG

Epic Games teased that a “rapid” weapon would be coming to the game with the 15.50 patch, and we know that the Rapid Fire SMG is making its triumphant return to the game.

The Rapid Fire SMG only featured in the game for two seasons, and was placed into the Vault at the start of Chapter 2 Season 4. Available in Common, Epic, and Legendary variants, this gun has high damage-per-second, and is perfect for close-quarters combat.

Fortnite's Rapid Fire SMG

Hand Cannon Vaulted

The Hand Cannon has always been one of the most powerful weapons in the game, but players will be waving farewell to his beast for a little while.

Epic teased on February 28 that it was heading for the Vault, and with the 15.50 update, the Hand Cannon is officially out of the loot pool. Don’t worry if you’re a big fan of the weapon though, as the devs always stress that any item placed in the Vault isn’t gone permanently, and could return in the future.

Hand Cannon from Fortnite Season 5

Lazarbeam Icon Series skin

Fortnite’s Icon Series continues, and Australian YouTuber Lazarbeam is the latest to get their own custom look in the game.

Lazarbeam’s skin represents the YouTuber’s life before he became a content creator, depicting him as a “tradie” or construction worker, complete with high-vis gear and workman’s boots.

Players won’t have long to wait to get their hands on the new look, with the bundle set to drop in the Item Shop on March 4.

Fortnite 15.50 update bug fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing bugs and addressing glitches to make sure Fortnite players as smoothly as possible. While the devs no longer release full patch notes themselves, we can see what they’ve done thanks to their official Trello board.

You can read the full list of fixes below.


  • Split Screen “Ready Up!” issue.

Battle Royale

  • Snowy Floppers do not grant Shield or Icy Feet.
  • Cars not always dealing damage on impact.
  • Total Bars appearing as “0” when loading into a match with high latency.

Save the World Issues

  • Escalation Modifier Damage Buff does not buff Hero Skills or Gadgets.

Mobile Issues

  • Cannot start or switch to Creative Mode.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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