Fortnite fans have another exciting update to the popular battle royale title to look forward to, as Epic Games have officially released the v8.20 Content Update for the game on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices – bringing with it the new Boom Bow.

Players of the game have grown accustomed to receiving new updates for Fortnite every week, as Epic Games continue to roll out new updates for the game every seven days.

On Tuesday, April 2, players received a brand new Content Update for Fortnite, which introduced a brand new weapon that Fortnite fans will be able to wield the next time they drop into Fortnite.

While much of the content included in the V8.20 Content Update was unknown, Fortnite fans were aware of the Explosive Bow, thanks to Epic updating the in-game news feed on Sunday, March 31.

This is the first time that a weapon which fires arrows will be a permanent part of the game since May 2018, when Epic Games decided to place the Crossbow in the vault. It has made an appearance since, returning briefly to celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but the Explosive Bow appears to be a mainstay in the game for the near future.

The Explosive Bow was added in the v8.20 Content Update.

The weapon will fire bolts with Shotgun shells attached to the end. The loner players pull back the bolt, the more power it will do, with the weapon hitting max velocity and power after being held for 1.6 seconds.

The Content Update also brought a number of bug fixes, including a fix to Arena Mode that was stopping players from teaming up with friends who were a lower rank on Arena Mode.

They’ve also buffed one of the Foraged Items, with the Chilli pepper now offering a 40% speed boost compared to its previous 20, while the effect now lasts for 20 seconds instead of 10.

The Content Update didn’t bring any major bug fixes this week, although Epic Games did release the v8.20.1 update on Friday, March 29 which addressed some issues with The Baller and other complaints fans have had, although they have still yet to revert the unpopular changes made to the game’s elimination rewards.

The Fortnite v8.20 Content Update is live now, and you can read the patch notes in full below.


Fortnite V8.20 Content Update patch notesN

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW ?

Boom Bow
Archery can be a blast! Nock enemies in a whole new way with this explosive new weapon.

The Explosive Bow is officially here.

LIMITED TIME MODE: SNIPER SHOOTOUT

Summary

  • In this limited time mode, players will do battle using sniper rifles.
  • May the best aim win!

Mode Details

  • Only weapon drops are Sniper Rifles.
  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50%
  • Reviving “Down But Not Out” teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated – be careful peeking!

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Boom Bow
    • Fires Arrows with a Shotgun Shell tip, which explode on impact.
    • Uses Shotgun Ammo
    • The longer you hold the fire keybind down, the stronger the shot! This increases both projectile speed and direct impact damage.
      • Explosive damage is consistent regardless of the power of the shot.
      • The Boom Bow will achieve maximum power after 1.6 seconds of charging.
    • A direct hit will deal both the direct hit damage and the explosion damage to the enemy player it impacts.
      • Direct hit
        • Base damage 15
        • Headshot Multiplier: 2x
      • Explosion
        • 100 damage
  • Peppers
    • Increased duration from 10 seconds to 20 seconds
    • Increased movement speed bonus from 20% to 40%

EVENTSB

Bug Fixes

  • Arena
    • Fixed an issue that caused players to be unable to queue for Duos when the party leader was in a lower division.
    • Fixed an issue which caused players to not be promoted to the next division while playing in Duos with a player in a higher division.
      • Note: Hype was still being earned correctly, this was a visual issue only.
    • Fixed an issue where players in Duos were charged Bus Fare based on the party leaders division, rather than their own.

CREATIVE 

WHAT’S NEW ?

Geometric Galleries
Use these new galleries to add unique shapes to your creations!

New Creative Mode items have been added.

WEAPONS AND ITEMS

Boom Bow

  • Fires Arrows with a Shotgun Shell tip, which explode on impact.
  • Uses Shotgun Ammo
  • The longer you hold the fire keybind down, the stronger the shot! This increases both projectile speed and direct impact damage.
    • Explosive damage is consistent regardless of the power of the shot.
    • The Boom Bow will achieve maximum power after 1.6 seconds of charging.
  • A direct hit will cause both the direct hit damage and the explosion damage to the enemy player it impacts.
    • Direct hit
      • Base damage scales from 18 (minimum) to 54 (maximum)
      • Headshot Multiplier: 4x
    • Explosion
      • 54 base damage

PREFABS

  • Non-Right Square Pyramid Gallery Large
  • Non-Right Triangular Pyramid Gallery Large
  • Right Triangular Prism Gallery Large
  • Seven Point Cube Gallery Large
  • Square Pyramid Gallery Large
  • Triangular Prism Gallery Large
  • Upright Triangular Prism Gallery Large

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW ?

Cannonade Launcher
Loud Noises! Heroes and Husks will have a blast with this new Rapid Rocket Launcher

Save the World players have a brand new weapon called the Cannonade Launcher.

WEAPONS AND OBJECTS

Cannonade Launcher

  • A chaotic, rapid-fire, automatic launcher that shoots small explosive rounds.
  • Available in the Weekly Store from April 3 at 8 PM Eastern Time until April 10 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

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