Epic Games finally backed down and nerfed the BRUTEs in Season X to appease the community.
Epic Games has been having a rough time of it lately due to constant calls to nerf the BRUTE. These cries for balance have been completely justified and have caused the developers to rethink their strategy. Even for the biggest game in the industry, listening to the player base leads to the best results.
In a surprising move, Epic finally nerfed the BRUTE mechs. The continued flight of streamers and influencers to other titles like Apex Legends probably had something to do with it.
Let’s quickly go over all the changes and what they mean.
Fortnite BRUTEs nerfed in several ways in balance attempt
Epic released an extensive list of the changes to the BRUTEs on August 22 with tons of large and small changes. While it might not be enough in the end, it’s still a massive step in the right direction. We’ll start from the top and work our way down.
No download is needed to receive these nerfs. They released the information in an official Fortnite blog post.
Amounts of Rockets reduced
The BRUTEs originally fired a salvo of 10 missiles per rocket attack, but Epic has now reduced this to 6. It’s a sizable nerf that will hit the mech’s ability to destroy builds from range. With that said, 6 rockets can still easily eliminate most players with little effort.
Decreased explosion radius of Brute Rockets
Now we’re talking. While reducing the flat number of rockets might affect the mech’s power, the explosion radius hits its power hard. The problem with the radius previously was that you could simply press one button and always hit your targets without the need to aim.
The radius was reduced by 42%. This means BRUTE users will need to use more time to aim their rockets.
Increased dash cooldown
The BRUTEs’ dash cooldown is now 5 seconds, up from 3. While the BRUTE is a massive target, it can still be hard to hit from a great distance. The dash allows for the mech to dodge incoming projectiles and explosives. Increasing the dash cooldown ensures that there will be more chances for opposing players to disable the mech with powerful weapons.
Decreased velocity gained from boosting while in air
Boosting around in the air with the BRUTE causes you to move really fast as you gain momentum rapidly. As we’ve all seen, this led to BRUTEs easily entering and exiting fights without a chance to retaliate. The 33% decrease should give players another key way to counter the mech as it can’t simply fly away before you can trade damage.
No more free materials granted when stomping
To us, this might be one of the biggest & most important changes. We can’t ignore the power of build materials in Fortnite and how it must take time to collect these mats. The BRUTE was able to quickly collect full 999 mats in a matter of seconds by arriving in locations like Sunny Steps.
This will mean that BRUTE players will have a reason to exit their tank. In order to gain resources, you’ll need to hop out and farm like everyone else.
BRUTE Spawn rates adjusted
Arena spawn rates for BRUTEs were already nerfed a little while back, but core modes still had these mechs dropping left and right. To mitigate this problem, Epic has reduced the spawn rates across the board.
In Storm Phase 1, there’s now a 29% chance that no BRUTEs will spawn. All other chance of spawn (up to five mechs) is now set at 14.3%.
In Storm Phase 2, there’s an even spread of 25% chance for spawns from 0 BRUTEs to 3 BRUTEs.
In Storm Phase 3, the same even spread appears as used in Storm Phase 2.
We’re unsure of these spawn rate changes having a major impact. The BRUTEs are tanky behemoths that should only spawn towards the beginning of the game. If players can still hop into these in the later phases, the endgames will still contain at least 2 of these. We’ve already seen this occurring in matches after the patch.
Two BRUTE buffs added to counteract nerfs
Epic still loves their BRUTEs and doesn’t want them to become a forgotten vehicle. In an effort to balance the big nerfs, two buffs have also been put into place. We’ve got to be honest, we’re very skeptical of giving such a menacing mech more power.
Overshield cost reduced
As BRUTEs can no longer farms mats by stomping on things, Epic wanted to reduce the Overshield’s materials drain. It now only rakes 75 mats of any type to activate the effect.
This isn’t a good change from our perspective. The whole point behind the stomping nerf was to ensure that pilots must hop out to farm mats every once in a while. Getting 75 materials doesn’t take long at all and players will be able to get 3 to 4 Overshields without any real risk.
Increased the health of the BRUTE mech
With the mobility nerfs, Epic thinks that the mech will now be destroyed too easily. We’re not of the same mind, but the increase in health does make sense from balancing point of view.
The health now sits at 1250, up from 1000. It’s a bit dramatic and could see BRUTEs once again disappearing behind mountains before damage can be dealt.
You can read the original patch notes here.
Overall, the nerfs and buffs are a good thing for Forrtnite. We love to see Epic taking steps to rein in the destructive power of the mech. However, we still can’t help but feel like the mech should simply be removed. Even after these nerfs, the gameplay feels wonky due to its disproportionate power when compared to regular players on the ground.
When Fortnite Chapter 3 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends
Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.
Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.
Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.
But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!
Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.
When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?
Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 4, 2021. The end of Season 8 will feature a live event starting at 4 PM EST. This will allow Fortnite Chapter 3 to start just in time for the annual Holiday event.
Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.
When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?
There actually won’t be a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9. Instead, players can look forward to Chapter 3 starting on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Seasons start the day after the current season ends.
Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. However, it is possible that there will be extensive downtime between Fortnite Season 8 and Chapter 3. As was the case for Season X and Chapter 2.
Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?
Yes, there will be a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 end event. It will actually be the Chapter 2 Finale. When the event takes place on December 5th, players will join an event playlist titled The End.
The event’s conclusion will likely be followed by an extended period of downtime. This is because dataminers have found an updated Black Hole boot-up screen in Fortnite’s files.
What Season is Fortnite on?
Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.
As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.
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Fortnite x Naruto Skin: release date, price, and new Mythic Weapon
Naruto is coming to Fortnite soon in the form of a skin and a boss NPC. Check out when the collab is taking place, and what it includes.
Fans have been begging Fortnite for a Naruto skin collab for the past several months. Thanks to dataminers, we know when Naruto will be coming to Fortnite.
Naruto is one of the most popular anime in existence. Regardless of whether you are a fan of anime, you likely know or have heard of Naruto Uzumaki. And it seems that the Seventh Hokage may be coming to Fortnite.
It only makes sense that one of the most-popular anime would crossover with one of the most popular video games. And it’s a crossover that Fortnite fans have been begging for. But when is the crossover going to take place?
Ever since it was revealed through court documents that Fortnite had been planning a Naruto collab, players have been anticipating his release. Now, it seems that Fortnite is going to release the long-awaited Naruto skins in less than a month.
Naruto X Fortnite Release Date confirmed
Epic Games has officially announced the Fortnite x Naruto crossover. In a tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter, an image states that Naruto will be coming to The Island on November 16, 2021.
Naruto Skin price list
The Naruto skins have officially been added to Fortnite, and here is how much players will have to spend to buy each one.
- Naruto Uzumaki – 1,500 V-Bucks
- Sasuke Uchiha – 1,500 V-Bucks
- Sakura Haruno – 1,500 V-Bucks
- Kakashi Hatake – 1,500 V-Bucks
However, you can also purchase bundles to get each skin at a discount:
- Naruto & Kakashi Bundle – 2,100 V-Bucks
- Sasuke & Sakura Bundle – 2,200 V-Bucks
- Shinobi Gear Bundle – 1,500 V-Bucks
There are also pickaxes, gliders, and emotes up for grabs:
- Kurama Glider – 1,200 V-Bucks
- Summoning Justsu – 300 V-Bucks
- Ramen Break – 300 V-Bucks
- Kunai Pickaxe – 500 V-Bucks
- Hidan Scythe – 800 V-Bucks
- Black Ops Sword – 500 V-Bucks
Naruto Cosmetics revealed via promos
While Epic Games hasn’t posted the skins, we now know which Naruto characters are coming to Fortnite and what they look like. Promo images have been leaked showing all four characters in the collab.
These characters include Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and Sakura. Each character also comes with a Back Bling, and there will likely be more purchasable cosmetics in the collab.
Leaker details new Mythic Shuriken and Creative Hub
HYPEX is one of the most popular Fortnite Dataminers, and this is because they are a very credible source of information. Hopefully, that remains true, as HYPEX has tweeted that Naruto will be added on November 16th.
He also claims that Naruto will come with a Hidden Leaf Village Creative Hub. The skins and hub are planned to release on November 16th at 2 PM UTC/ 9 AM ET. We have also seen various Naruto assets leaked by HYPEX.
These assets include a Mythic explosive shuriken, a Naruto boss NPC, and a ramen bowl identical to the one in the show. As well, HYPEX has found two encrypted skins in the files that are believed to be a part of the collab named “HeadbandK” and “HeadbandS”.
As of right now, that’s all we know about the Naruto x Fortnite collab. If what HYPEX says is true, the Naruto skin will be in Fortnite very soon. And when that happens, we will update this story with the price, release date, and Mythic Weapon info.
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Fortnite’s Combat Pistol is a worse version of the now vaulted pistol
The new Combat Pistol is worse than Fortnite’s now vaulted pistol. Here’s why the Combat Pistol is inferior to the OG Pistol.
The new Combat Pistol in Fortnite Season 8 is a slight downgrade from the original pistol, and players aren’t happy about it.
The pistol has been a staple weapon in Fortnite since Chapter 1 Season 1. The phrase “it’s better than nothing” definitely applies to the Pistol. It’s not very strong, has poor range, and is at the bottom of every tier list.
However, if you and an opponent land at the same spot, a pistol beats not having a weapon. Yet, Fortnite has somehow managed to introduce a weapon that’s worse than the original Pistol.
In fact, Epic Games has crafted a “new” weapon that is seemingly the original pistol but with worse stats. The new Combat Pistol is now in Fortnite, but players aren’t happy with its arrival.
The Combat Pistol is worse than the OG
At first, players were excited to try out the new Combat Pistol. The Combat Assault Rifle was recently added, and it tears through players easily. The Combat Shotgun is a fan favorite weapon that won a recent poll. So why wouldn’t the Combat Pistol be amazing too?
Well, players absolutely hate the new Combat Pistol. Reddit user phr00t_ expressed their opinion of the weapon, and many comments agreed.
The Combat Pistol deals one less damage than the OG Pistol. It has one less bullet in its clip. It has substantially worse recoil than the OG. But it does have a slightly faster reload time and less bullet spread.
However, players do seem to like the sound the Combat Pistol makes. For all of its shortcomings, at least it sounds good when you shoot it. That being said, I’m sure players will continue to drop their pistols for Grey SMGs, and many players may never get around to shooting it.
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