Crash Pads were an interesting addition to Fortnite when they came into the game, last season. At first, they were a great way to safely exit a helicopter, rotate quickly, and avoid fall damage.
Since then, Epic have added them to competitive modes. As is the case with any item in Fortnite, an addition to competitive means that players will find a way to maximize the benefit of a particular item. Soon, players began to use Crash Pads as a way to push into an opponent’s box.
People are using Crash Pads for their obvious mobility benefits, as well. You can carry up to six of them, and one pad will send you flying in any direction you choose. They’re a great way to safely skip the hectic Launch Pad frenzy that’s so frequent in every competitive late-game.
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How do you ensure that you get the most out of a Crash Pad, though? There are a couple of strategies that work better than others. Reddit user u/somebodysgun posted a short video that showed how you can get the most distance out of the Crash Pad. These methods involve running forward on a ramp or, better yet, the “Dorito” cone edit.
Ten or more meters can be the difference between safety and having to use another pad/materials to tunnel into the zone. End-game is all about maximizing the effectiveness of what you have, so you and your teammates should be using these strategies every chance you get.
This video provides some helpful information that we can all keep in the back of our heads as we compete in Fortnite – nothing difficult or that requires practice. We’ve already seen the Crash Pad create several strategies, so we’re excited to see what’s next.
How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite
Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.
Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.
Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.
Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.
This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.
Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.
The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.
As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.
The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.
This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.
Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.
Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.
How to remove the ammo reticle in Fortnite
The addition of the ammo reticle in Fortnite has largely been a flop for most players. Here’s how you can disable it.
The addition of the ammo reticle in Fortnite has largely been a flop for most Fortnite players. Here’s how you can disable the feature and some considerations you should make before you do.
The ammo reticle is probably the most controversial decision Epic made at the beginning of Fortnite Chapter 2 – apart from the apparent vaulting of the patch notes.
Players awoke one update day to find that there was a strange bar next to their reticle. It’s an ammo indicator and tells you when you need to reload your weapon. It seems like a harmless addition to the game, but it was incredibly distracting when it first came out.
How to remove the Reticle Ammo Indicator
Fortunately, if you’re still struggling with the ammo reticle, there’s a way to turn it off. All you have to do is navigate to your settings, hit the cogwheel (the second option) and move over to “HUD.”
From there, you’ll be able to customize all elements of your HUD, including the “Reticle Ammo Indicator,” as it’s called. You can also remove or resize some other unwanted elements in this tab.
Should you remove it?
Now, we’re onto the bigger question: should you remove the ammo reticle? Does it really get in the way to the point where you should want it gone?
Caster and streamer Ballatw had an interesting take on the ammo reticle when it first came out. He’s overwhelmingly positive about it, saying it gives you more information without having to move your eyes.
We see his point, especially from a competitive position. It’s hard to complain about a more informative reticle when you have these kids running around with visual sound, performance mode, colorblind mode – all to gain small advantages.
Most players seem to have done away with this information. Very few players are constantly in late-game scenarios with 40 people alive. For the bulk of Fortnite players, reloading after shooting is second-nature.
Is the ammo reticle useful? Yes, but a lot of Fortnite players still don’t like it. If you agree, now you know how to remove the setting in Fortnite.
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New Crash Pad + Bouncer trick sends you even further
The Bouncer and Crash Pads are back with another way to max-distance rotate in Fortnite.
Crash Pads and Bouncers might be two of the most useful items in the history of Fortnite. Bouncers have been used for mobility since they were first released, but Crash Pads are a relatively recent addition to the game.
It seems like players find a new way to use Crash Pads every few weeks, whether that’s to jump into an opponent’s box or to send themselves flying into the next zone. This new strategy falls into the latter category.
Twitter user @Albedo_14 was the first player to come up with this trick, tweeting a video of a Crash Pad sending him over 100 meters in the air.
As you can see from the video, Albedo placed a Bouncer on the wall and a cone over his head. He edited the cone into a ramp, edited the floor beneath him, and angled the Crash Pad below.
Instead of the Crash Pad breaking the Bouncer on the wall, it pushed him into it, which sent him into the edited ceiling and launched him 100 meters forward. Here’s a video from Jedi2x that better describes how to complete the tactic.
We tested this in Creative Mode several times and couldn’t get the angle right. It’s a lot more difficult than it looks and we doubt that players could pull it off in a high-intensity situation.
It might be more effective than the original Crash Pad/Bouncer strat, but it isn’t nearly as reliable. We’d rather reliably travel a shorter distance than risk losing the Bouncer and becoming a sitting duck for the entire lobby.
What’s more, the Shockwave/Bouncer trick gives us almost as much distance as the new Bouncer/Crash Pad trick. The former is considerably easier to pull off, so we would advise using a Shockwave if you have some.
This method might not be the most practical, but it’s interesting and shows how innovative the Forntite community can be. There’s always something new to discover – most of which the developers never intended.
We can’t wait to see what the Crash Pad is used for next. We’re probably another week away from pro players finding another way to break into an opponent’s box with it.
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