Even after Epic Games “fixed” the Boundless skins, pros are still using them to get a leg up on their competition. Players may not be able to use the all-black or all-white styles, but the Boundless skins are still pay-to-win.
Epic Games has stated on a number of occasions that all cosmetic items in Fortnite do not offer a competitive advantage. Skins, backblings, and pickaxes are optional additions to the player character meant only for cosmetic purposes. Yet, on occasion, players will find cosmetics that give them an unintended advantage.
This has happened on a number of occasions across different types of cosmetics. The Dragacorn glider from Chapter 2 Season 2 was reworked due to its mount animation. The Plastic Patroller had its texture altered after it became too easy to hide in plain sight. And Epic also attempted to fix the Boundless skins, but they might need to be fixed again.
Boundless skins are pay-to-win
The Boundless skin set was a must-have when introduced in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4. These hyper-customizable skins allowed players to create their own superheroes. However, players quickly discovered that the skins could be made all-black or all-white allowing players to hide in shadows or bright spots.
Epic Games caught wind of this strategy and announced that it had fixed the skins. Among fixing the lighting around the map, players could no longer make their superhero mono white or black. Yet, this didn’t stop players from finding another way to make the Boundless skins pay-to-win.
While you can’t choose white for both colors, players can make one layer white and the other light gray. By mixing up the texture of the layers, the skin looks just completely white. This doesn’t give players the same advantage as the all-black skin did, but it still gives them the upper hand in some situations.
This is most apparent when comparing the top streamers during a competitive tournament. As shown in the image above, a large number of streamers still use the Boundless skin because of its advantage. Being one of the smallest skins in the game makes it harder to see, and even more so when paired with how well it blends into brighter areas.
All Fortnite China Cosmetics that could be lost following test shutdown
Fortnite China is shutting down its test servers, and here are all of the exclusive cosmetics that could be lost for good.
Fortnite China is shutting down its test servers, and here are all of the cosmetic items that are exclusive to the Chinese version of Fortnite.
China regulates the games it allows pretty heavily. These regulations especially apply to violent games such as Battle Royales. And while Fortnite is fairly cartoonish, Epic Games had to make some changes for it to be playable in China.
One of China’s biggest rules is that there cannot be any depiction of skulls. Regardless of how the skull is depicted, there are no skulls allowed in games localized to China. Epic Games was forced to change some of its cosmetics because of this rule.
However, Epic Games released some cosmetic items exclusive to Fortnite China. Fortnite China is shutting down its servers for good, and international players could miss out on these cosmetics forever.
Fortnite China exclsuive skin styles
As mentioned before, Epic Games had to change several skins because they included skulls. Instead of completely removing these cosmetics, Fortnite included additional skull-free styles.
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These skins include Shadow Brutus, Menace, Blackheart, and Eternal Voyager. Fortnite changed some of their appearances slightly, while other changes were quite drastic. The image below shows all of the Fortnite China exclusive skin styles.
Fortnite China exclsuive cosmetics
Fortnite also released a line of cosmetics exclusive to China. Epic Games have these cosmetics to players who participated in the Fortnite China testing over the past two years. However, no one outside of China was able to get these rewards.
These cosmetics included two back blings and two pickaxes. These were completely original cosmetic items and not just reskins of preexisting items. Now, these items could be gone forever.
The image below shows all four of the Fortnite China exclusive items.
A lot of players think Epic Games should make these cosmetics available to international players, but what do you think? Are these cosmetics worth releasing worldwide? Let us know on Twitter via @FortINTEL.
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Top 5 most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items
Epic Games has come up with a lot fo creative and game-changing concepts, but here are the most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.
Over the past 17 seasons, Fortnite has added a ton of new weapons and items to the game. But here are the most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items you may not even remember.
Some weapons are so iconic, Fortnite wouldn’t be the same without them. The SCAR, Pump Shotgun, and Pistol are trademark firearms, and the game feels weird without them. While these items have been removed for short periods of time, Epic Games knows better than to take them away for good.
Other weapons lived a very short lifespan in the game but were unforgettable additions. The B.R.U.T.E. Mechs, Infinity Blade, and Guided Missles wreaked havoc for a short time before being removed indefinitely. They may never return, but they will never be forgotten.
That leaves us with one last category of Fortnite items and weapons. These were the very few additions to the game that were underwhelming, useless, and ultimately forgettable. These are the top 5 most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.
5. Decoy Grenade
Decoy Grenades are the most recent addition to Fortnite that appears on this list. Added in Chapter 2 Season 2, they were promptly vaulted at the start of Season 4. These throwable items would deploy a decoy AI that looked identical to the player. However, these decoys couldn’t deal damage to players to structures, and they took no time at all to kill.
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It’s no wonder that the Decoy Grenade has found a place on the most forgotten Fortnite weapons list, as it was pretty useless most of the time. Skilled players hardly fell for a decoy, and the AI would give away the player’s location.
4. Poison Dart Trap
The Poison Dart Trap stuck around for two-thirds of a season in Chapter 1 before being wiped from existence. It was the latest in a line of experimental traps Epic Games would implement to replace Spike Traps. However, its short lifespan made it one of the most forgotten Fortnite weapons.
That’s not to say these traps were bad. In fact, they were actually quite powerful. They would deal 80 damage directly to the player’s health and could shoot up to three tiles away. The darts would reload every 7 seconds before firing again. They wouldn’t one-shot kill any passersby, but would greatly weaken them making fights much easier.
3. Rusty Can
This forgotten weapon is unique because it’s actually still in Fortnite. Added during Chapter 2 Season 1, players can fish up Rusty Cans by casting their rods away from fishing holes. Since players don’t normally fish in still water or use Rare fishing rods, the Rusty Can has faded into obscurity.
And rightfully so seeing as the Rusty Can is virtually useless. It deals 20 damage to players and can only be carried in stacks of 3. Since a player’s pickaxe also does 20 damage a hit, Rusty Cans shouldn’t even be considered a last resort.
2. Machine Pistol
Nope, the weapon you see above isn’t another SMG. It’s the long-forgotten Machine Pistol. However, there’s a good reason why nobody remembers this thing. It was added as a part of Update v1.6.4 in late 2017. Just a few months later, Fortnite v2.50 was released vaulting the Machine Pistol.
Most players who do remember the Machine Pistol were likely exposed to it due to a slip-up during Season X. This season had a Solid Gold LTM which featured all Legendary weapons. For some reason, the Machine Pistol was accidentally added to this mode as well even though it doesn’t come in Legendary rarity.
1. Eye of the Storm Tracker
Did you know this thing existed? We sure didn’t before starting this list. That’s because the Eye of the Storm Tracker was available for all of 30 minutes before being removed forever. This utility item would show players the location of the next Storm Circle when equipped. A useful utility that would help with rotation, but wasn’t around long enough to test.
No worries though, the Storm Scout Rifle would later be added with the same functionality. Why this item was added and then removed so quickly remains a mystery. Regardless, it has earned the number 1 spot on the list of most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.
The top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite (2021)
Fortnite sweats love to use a particular set of cosmetics for aesthetic or advantage. Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite.
Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. If you see a player wearing any of these, it might be best to avoid them at all costs.
Last year, we completed a list of the top-ten sweatiest skins in the game. Many of those skins have retained their “sweaty” status, but we’ve seen a lot of Item Shop updates since then.
As most players know, a Fortnite sweat isn’t only distinguishable by their skin. Their pickaxe and back bling also tell a story, which is why we’re opening this list to include additional sweaty Fortnite cosmetics.
As we said, a lot of the skins from last year are still drenched in sweat, and you’ll see a lot of them on this list. However, as players evolve and more skins are released, we will continue to update this list with the sweatiest of skins. Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite.
In our first article, we listed the “OG Skins” as some of the sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. Let’s be real. A lot of the sweatiest players today weren’t playing when Renegade Raider and Black Knight were available. However, the “recent” release of a certain OG Skin has a lot of sweaty players pretending they were playing in 2017.
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The Recon Expert was a rare skin, but new sweats were given the opportunity to purchase it after its re-release. Unlike Ghoul Trooper or Skull Trooper, OG owners weren’t given an exclusive style. Now, it’s impossible to discern an OG sweat from a wannabe.
Pink Ghoul Trooper
This is an OG skin that has stood the test of time for many reasons. While original owners of the Skull Trooper and Ghoul Trooper were given exclusive styles, the Pink Ghoul Trooper is the only skin sweaty players still use.
For one, it proves that they were around during the early days of Fortnite. And two, it’s a female skin which many pro players prefer. It isn’t used in competitive play because of its vibrant colors, but sweaty players will show their dominance wearing the Pink Ghoul Trooper in Pubs.
Banner Brigade set
Banner Brigade may have overtaken the Soccer skins in terms of the sweatiest set in Fortnite. They offer substantial value for their price – only 800 V-Bucks with the ability to customize the style – but seem to be dominated by those at the top level.
We aren’t seeing as many Banner Brigade skins as we were last year, but the two back bling options are still very common. It’s easy to understand why. These are the only cosmetics that make your Banner mean something, and the customization options make them a good value.
Speaking of Soccer Skins, you didn’t really think they wouldn’t be on the list did you? These are iconic skins for sweaty players. Mainly younger players who had to coax their parents into buying them V-Bucks so they could buy their own customizable skin.
They aren’t nearly as popular now as many other skins on this list. That being said, you know you’re in for a fight if you see one. A sweat who continues to wear their soccer skin probably spends more time in creative courses than the actual game, and they are ready to taste blood.
The Studded Axe is one of the sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite due to its competitive advantage. This bad boy barely makes a sound when it’s harvesting mats, and its sleek design makes it harder to see.
It’s also in the Item Shop quite frequently, so wannabe pro-players have the opportunity to purchase it every month or so. There are other axes that are just as quiet but harder to obtain. That’s why you’ll run into a lot of sweaty players running the Studded Axe
Speaking of sweaty harvesting tools, the Star Wand is by far the sweatiest pickaxe in Fortnite. Why? We have no idea. A handful of pros use it. It makes minimal noise when swung. But it isn’t all that rare.
However, its sweatiness is undeniable. It’s a well-known meme in the Fortnite community that the Star Wand is used exclusively by sweats. Maybe players are hoping that the wand will be bugged again to deal 75 damage per swing. That likely won’t happen, but that won’t stop sweaty players from hoping
Sparkplug, like a lot of skins on this list, is the skin of a Creative Warrior. It’s not as common as some of the others on the list, but it’s sweaty, nonetheless.
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In my experience, a Sparkplug skin is often the real deal. You have a lot of pretenders wearing Soccer skins and Star Wands, but Sparkplug skins are killers; more often than not.
Aura was one of those skins that you knew would be ‘sweaty,’ and it didn’t disappoint. For some reason, Aura became the primary skin of several pro-Fortnite players and sweats across the world.
Why is this skin so sweaty? It’s hard to tell. All we know is that an Aura either means business or thinks that they’re better than they are.
A new competitor for sweatiest skin in Fortnite has entered the chat, and their name is the Scarlet Commander. Go ahead and open Twitch right now or during a tournament. I guarantee one of the top Fortnite streamers is currently using this skin.
And it’s pretty obvious why. Since a certain skin that we will talk about next has been banned from comp, players are looking for a new skin that will give them an advantage. The Scarlet Commander is almost completely black with a few dark red accents and minimally exposed flesh. In dark areas and at night, Scarlet Commander is near invisible.
Against all odds, the superhero skins have become the sweatiest skins in the game. Even the male variants are usually worn by skilled players, which is rare.
The reason these skins were the sweatiest was because of the all-black and all-white styles. The superhero skins have been banned altogether in competitive play, but they still run rampant in pubs.
Before the ban, nearly every player in a competitive tourney was sporting one of these skins. It was all-black which was banned last year. After that ban, players switched to all-white. And now they aren’t allowed in comp play at all.
So, there you have it: the ten sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. It will be interesting to see which skins, pickaxes, back bling, and even gliders take over the throne over the course of the next year.
We’re sure that we missed a few cosmetics, as we only limited our list to ten. Let us know what we skipped on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.
Image credit: Epic Games
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