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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 has introduced a plethora of new items, mechanics, and characters into the ever-popular battle royale title. From the new list of NPCs to an entirely new perk system, Fortnite has been changed forever with Chapter 4. However, one of the bigger highlights from the new Fortnite update in terms of gameplay content is the Shockwave Hammer.

The Shockwave Hammer is a new melee weapon that can leave a dent in your enemy. The weapon only comes in Epic rarity, meaning players will have to scour the map far and wide in order to acquire it. Once they do, though, they’ll have arguably the strongest weapon in Chapter 4 at their disposal.

Finding the Shockwave Hammer in Fortnite

Before you can think about using the Shockwave Hammer, you need to know how to go about getting one. Unfortunately, there is no set method of acquiring the Shockwave Hammer. The only ways to add the hammer to your inventory is through floor loot, chests, and capture points on the map. Of course, you can pick one up off of dead player’s loot if they happened to have one in their possession as well.

You also have an increased chance of getting the Shockwave Hammer if you open Oathbound Chests. These chests hold much rarer loot than normal chests, but are tougher to find. We laid out everything you need to know about finding Oathbound Chests in Fortnite in a previous guide.

Using the Shockwave Hammer in Fortnite

If you’ve managed to find a Shockwave Hammer, you might have some trouble using it at first. Since it’s a melee weapon, you need to be fairly close to an enemy to see the hammer deal any real damage. The primary attack for the Shockwave Hammer, which is the basic swing, deals 75 damage per hit and can send enemies flying in any direction.

That’s the primary form of attack for the hammer, but players also have access to its secondary action. This is more used for movement purposes, as players can smash the ground with the hammer to send themselves flying forward. This is particularly useful for getting out of a sticky situation with an enemy or to get ahead/out of the storm. You can smash the ground four times in a row to propel yourself forward before the hammer needs to recharge. This also applies to the primary fire, so don’t use your hammer for no reason at all.

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