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.
These Fortnite Crash Pad strategies let you steal walls every time
This Fortnite Crash Pad strategy subverts the expectation of most players, allowing you to secure the elimination.
Crash Pads might be the most useful and versatile items that Epic have ever added to Fortnite. When they were first introduced into core modes, players mostly used them for mobility and to avoid fall damage. When they came to competitive, though, players found about a dozen new uses for them.
One of the most common uses for Crash Pads is to jump into an opponent’s box. You can throw one down at your feet, breaking an opponent’s wall and sending you into their box. Any competitive Fortnite fan or player knows about this strategy all to well.
Since this is the most popular use of Crash Pads in competitive Fortnite, players are going to expect it. If a competent player sees a Crash Pad land in front of their wall, they’re going to expect their opponent to be in their face. There’s no sense in holding a wall when your opponent is already inside.
Reddit user u/TOMIGERINO came up with a couple of other strategies to take advantage of this meta. Instead of using the Crash Pad to jump into a box, he used it to take an opponent’s wall. This method is a lot safer, especially if you’re facing someone 1-on-1.
This strategy adds another layer to the chess match that is competitive Fortnite. Your opponent will expect you to jump into their box and will, likely, be looking for a shot rather than holding their walls. Bouncing the Crash Pad in these ways will allow you to stay on the outside, replace the wall, and finish the kill from a safe distance.
An opponent will probably be able to hold their walls against this strategy, but attempting to hold a wall is the wrong play most of the time. A smart player will know that there’s nothing they can do against someone who is Crash-Padding into their box. The point of this new strategy is that your opponent won’t see it coming.
Try this out in Creative Mode a few times to get the distance and timing down. This looks to be yet another wrinkle in the ever-evolving competitive Fortnite meta.
This Fortnite strategy gives you massive distance on your rotations
This Fortnite rotational strategy gives you a ton of distance – perfect for far circles and elevated zones.
Fortnite is one of the most constantly evolving games on the market. You’d be hard-pressed to find another community that’s been around for almost 3 years and is still finding new ways to play their game.
The introduction of Creative Mode fuels innovation within the Fortnite community. Players can mess around in Creative for hours and eventually find something that no one had ever noticed.
The changing of the meta in each season is also at play, here. For instance, Crash Pads and Bouncers had never been in the game at the same time until now. This also happens to be a season without Launch Pads. Naturally, players are going to combine two of the most popular ways to rotate into one. That’s what we have, here.
Reddit user u/thiccboykiwi posted a clip to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit that showed something he uncovered in Creative Mode – combining two Bouncers, and edited ramp, and a Crash Pad to send themselves soaring across the map.
This strategy isn’t entirely new, as players have been able to complete a variation of this strategy in the past with Shockwaves. Crash Pads give you more versatility, however, as they’re one of the most useful items in the game.
Some pros have used this strategy in their competitive matches, but no one has released a proper tutorial on how to do it until now. There are some risks associated with this form of rotation, however. If someone sees you and has good aim, you make yourself incredibly vulnerable.
Still, the Fortnite Season 4 map is becoming increasingly vertical. This rotation strategy gives you a ton of height and would be useful if a later zone is pulling up the Stark Industries mountain, for instance. Even if this only ends up being a niche rotational strategy, it’s worth adding to your portfolio.
How to unlock the Shadow Henchmen in Fortnite Season 4
Shadow isn’t completely gone from the Fortnite island.
Fortnite Season 4 saw some of the fan-favorite characters leave the Battle Royale island. No, we’re not talking about Kit or Jules. We’re talking about the Henchmen that we’ve been impersonating for the better part of a year.
Now, all that’s left is Doom’s Henchmen, which only appear as a skinny version of Doom, himself. There’s little chance that these Henchmen will be what we remember from the NPC days of Fortnite.
One post of the r/FortniteBR subreddit revealed that Shadow Henchmen aren’t entirely gone, however. u/TheDarkFabledSaber posted a clip of Doom emoting to his followers. The strange part was that the user was wearing a Shadow disguise.
Apparently, certain skins disagree with Doom’s teachings and opt to turn into Shadow skins, instead. This is more than likely a bug that’s triggered by a handful of skins, but we like to think it has something to do with the Fortnite plot.
The same user posted a tutorial on how to turn yourself into a Shadow Henchmen. All you need to do is visit the phone booth in Doom’s Domain while wearing a specific skin. This user chose Peely and Agent Peely, but these aren’t the only skins that allow for the unique transition.
According to the comments, the following skins also cause you to transform into a Shadow Henchmen rather than a Doom Henchmen:
- Peely (all variants)
There are probably more skins that cause this reaction, but these are the only ones that we know about. We’ve also seen players claim that this happens with any skin, randomly, but we went in with a Thor skin and didn’t get this reaction. Either way, here’s a nice little piece of nostalgia that may impress your friends. Enjoy!
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