The third content update for patch v9.30 introduces the Air Strike item into Battle Royale. We’ll take a detailed look at how the new weapon works, its stats, and how you can make the most of it.
Epic Games is never shy to try out new things with Fortnite and Content Update #3 for patch v9.30 certainly shows that in full force. The Air Strike item brings in heavy aerial ordnance to help you out in fights.
Fortnite’s explosive have had a mixed record with many players wanting to see less of them. We’d argue the Air Strike isn’t quite as annoying as some of the other explosive additions like the Proximity Launcher and fills a role without becoming overpowered. To prove our point, let’s looks at its stats and gameplay.
Air Strike Item Stats & Characteristics
The new Air Strike item is a powerful new area-of-effect explosive which calls in a centralized strike on a location. The object is thrown like a grenade and then, after a short delay, missiles begin to rain down from the sky. According to the official patch notes, the missiles exactly 120 “units” above the target.
- Each missile deals 75 damage to players
- Each missile deals 200 damage to structures
- 20 missiles per strike
- Random missile placement within 9 meter radius
- Splash damage radius of 3.5 meters
The Air Strike is very powerful, don’t get us wrong, but it’s a Legendary tier item and is very rare to obtain. In several Team Rumble testing matches, we only managed to get the item a single time and only saw it used by others twice. This seems in line with the current drop rates of other Legendary items or the Epic Storm Flip.
To us, the most enticing part of this new item is its ability to disrupt stagnant build fights. Build battles are awesome when both players/all players are looking to go for the kill, but some opponents simply want to prolong the fights. The Air Strike effectively forces the defensive player to move and build elsewhere for a few seconds.
Even if you somehow find several of these in a single match, the maximum stack is 2. Sacrificing key weapons or heals to carry a third or fourth Air Strike would be a questionable bet in our opinion.
Air Strike Item Gameplay & Discussion
We capture a small bit of footage of the Air Strike. If you haven’t seen it in action yet, we recommend taking a quick look at the video. You’ll get a better idea of quickly builds can be destroyed with its destructive power.
While we couldn’t get testing with other build materials at this time, you can see the speed at which the 200 damage shells can shred through wood. Brick & Metal would fall similarly, but might require a helping hand from your gun or other explosives if the Air Strike’s random placement of missiles doesn’t go your way.
The reason we wouldn’t rate this in the “overpowered” category is due to its slow-ish call in time and delay before the bombs start dropping. Yes, it can do serious damage (as any worthy item should), but decent players will simply get out from beneath the Strike when they see you throw one. Using this perfectly will require a deft hand and good timing and that’s fine by us.
Our only gripe with the new item so far is its ‘random’ placement on the missile. Randomness makes us recoil away from its usage as this can mean accidental kills and potential useless Air Strikes where every missile happens to land at the very outer edge of the radius.
Only time will tell us of the Air Strike overall impact on gameplay and its role in the upcoming Fortnite World Cup finals.
Tell us your thoughts on this new Fortnite item in the comments below. Is Epic heading in the right direction with such location displacement additions or is it a little much in your mind?
Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics
Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.
It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.
Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling
It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.
Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.
Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes
No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.
The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.
There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.
Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars
After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.
Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.
Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.
Joy Ride vehicles
Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.
Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.
Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.
Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.
The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.
As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Arena Island progress reset soon.
- Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
- Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
- Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
- Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
- Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
- Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
- Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
- Marauders updated:
- Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
- Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
- Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’
The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.
Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.
It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.
New Coral Castle POI
The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.
Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.
More map changes
There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.
You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:
Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.
With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.
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