Fortnite’s got many amazing features and items, but there are some additions that simply should never have graced the game.
Constant updates are a double-edged sword of video game design. On one hand, it allows developers to continuously offer new updates in order to keep their games fresh. On the other, they can make an already great experience into a worse overall product.
We wanted to take a look back through all that Fortnite Battle Royale has contained throughout its two years. While we’re still in love with the gameplay, it’s been a bumpy relationship due some of the additions listed below. Naturally, we’ve got to start with the B.R.U.T.E..
B.R.U.T.E. Mech – Season X – Patch v10.0
In all honesty, we just don’t understand what Epic Games was thinking with introducing the BRUTE with Season X. Every major game studio has dedicated playtesters working tirelessly creating logs of every possible issue in the game before big releases.
It’d be hard to miss the BRUTE’s impact on game balance and we highly doubt that nobody at Epic said anything warning of this result. They decided to release it anyway.
The mech, for those that haven’t felt its wrath yet, packs enough firepower to wipe a full squad in a single button press. These behemoths can launch 10 missiles before reloading, have shotgun turrets which deal 50-75 damage a hit, and can even harvest materials by simply stomping the object out of existence.
To make things worse, the BRUTE can ‘overshield’ itself by using 200 mats (of any type) to gain a protective barrier. Careful and concentrated fire can bring down the mech fairly quickly, but a moderately decent player will be able to avoid destruction for a lengthy stretch.
Oh, don’t forget. The mech also features a self-destruct nuclear blast which downs/eliminates anybody within range. A truly unbalanced menace to the meta.
X-4 Stormwing – Season 7 – Patch 7.00
Fortnite has always had building as a core mechanic. So, when Epic introduced the Stormwing, players were outraged at its ability to easily destroy builds without proper risk.
The X-4 Stormwing not only could ram through builds, but also gave the ability to easily gain high ground by literally flying around in a plane. You could even carry your squad on the wings. The flying tank included a turret which dealt average damage.
Battle Royale has always been about a game of survival combined with the ‘thrill of the hunt.’ The decision making between taking the shot or avoiding a fight is sacred to the genre. The Stormwing obliterated that concept has players simply flew around the map with 5,000 health monsters.
Epic did nerf the plane slightly to have it take more damage when ramming builds. The nerf didn’t prove to very impactful and, eventually, Epic decided to completely remove the Stormwing in patch 8.00.
Storm Flip – Season 9 – Patch 9.20
The Storm Flip’s a unique one for this list since it’s gameplay impact has been mixed. In casual games, the Storm Flip often gets misused by getting thrown too early preventing major damage.
However, in competitive matches, the Storm Flip’s power is so immense that Epic was forced into banning the item from two World Cup qualifiers and the FWC Finals.
Storm Flips scale in damage depending on the current storm damage. The idea of the storm’s threat is key for Fortnite, but allowing players to control such a force takes things too far.
Competitive end-games come down to very tight 40-50 player battles in close quarters. Inexplicably, Epic Games did not think about this before releasing the Storm Flip. Top tier players ended up holding onto the Flip until end-game and then getting 5-10 eliminations by pressing a single key/button.
The Storm Flip has been nerfed somewhat, but still remains in the game. Epic Games has said that they are looking into how they’ll handle its inclusion in future competitive events.
Infinity Blade – Season 7 – Patch 7.01
Everybody’s heard of the Infinity Blade, the overpowered homage to another Epic Games series.
We actually loved the idea of Epic bringing in bits and pieces from other titles when the Infinity Blade was announced. The idea of seeing our favorite franchises make a small appearance intrigued us right up until we saw the Blade in-game.
Our hopes were that Epic would add a permanent or semi-permanent monument to the series, but they instead put the legendary sword into all game modes as a weapon.
You could swing at enemies for 75 damage per blow (in quick succession) and jump for miles. In addition, the sword granted the wielder 200/200 health and shields. The combination of these factors made the Blade an extreme nuisance to play against. Builds became essential death traps as the item could simply blast through them with a swing.
Thankfully, Epic realized its horrific mistake and vaulted the weapon on December 14, 2018. The fact that it only remained in-game for three days really shows its overpowering presence.
Original Boogie Bomb – Season 2 – Patch 1.11
The Boogie Bomb has been a mainstay throughout the last two years and it can still be quite bothersome in close fights. However, the original Boogie Bomb offered significantly more than the current iteration.
In the beginning of Season 2, getting hit by a Boogie Bomb essentially meant you were going to die no matter what. Duos and Squads allowed for team based counter-play, but Solos drove people mad as getting clipped meant you were going to dance and dance and dance.
The key difference is that the original Boogie Bomb’s effect did not end when you took damage. Instead, you would have to bob and weave between builds or cover for a full 5 seconds. Storm and fall damage did not affect the duration either.
Epic Games patched the item within a few weeks and made damage break the effect. This is quite common in all video games that contain long ‘crowd-control’ effects.
The Baller – Season 8 – Patch 8.10
Lastly, we’ve got the Baller. Added in Season 8, the Baller offered lighting fast rotations with relative ease of use.
The Season 9 version of the Baller wasn’t nearly the horror that the release version was. When it was added, the vehicle had a whopping 300 health. This made it hard to take down and allowed players of all skill levels to make effective rotations throughout the map.
Fortnite’s early days emphasized timing and awareness by forcing players to be careful of the Storm and other players. Other vehicles chipped away at this concept, but the Baller blew the idea up and threw into the trash. Why would you carefully choose a landing site, time your rotations, and be mindful of other teams when you can just hop into a Baller and roll?
Casual games took a hit in quality from the vehicle, but competitive games (as usual) were most impacted. The clip shown above is from the end-game of a high tier weekend tourney Final during the early days of Season 8. Describing that chaos as a ‘mess’ would be an understatement.
Are there any other Fortnite additions that you think should’ve made it into the list? We had any extended list originally, but wanted to cut it down to the most brutally unbalanced items. While the Infinity Blade reigned supreme for a long time, the B.R.U.T.E. certainly makes a strong case for the worst addition ever.
Why Fortnite Sideways Anomalies are insanely overpowered
The new Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here is how players can use them to their advantage.
The new Sideways Anomalies introduced at the start of Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here’s why you need to be visiting these anomalies.
Fortnite Season 8 is off to a weird start. Where the past few seasons had themes that were easy to understand, Season 8 is a black swan.
With Cubed being the Season 8 title theme, a bunch of Kevin Cubes have popped up all over the map. Like in Chapter 1, these cubes roll around the map leaving destruction in their wake. But there’s even more to this season’s madness.
Epic Games also threw in the new Sideways biomes. These are zit-lit bubbles that appear on the map that are infested with dangerous creatures. However, the Sideways Anomalies are smaller biomes that are game-changing additions to Fortnite.
What are Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite?
There are two ways players can enter The Sideways in Fortnite Season 8. The first and most popular is via The Sideways biome that appears on one of the POIs at the start of every match. These biomes do not disappear, and they are heavily populated by players and monsters.
However, The Sideways biomes are not as accessible or rewarding as the Sideways Anomalies. Sideways Anomalies appear as purple rift-like markers on the map, and there are three on the map at all times.
When approached, the rifts will expand and create a smaller Sideways biome. Cube Monsters will begin to spawn, and players will be able to spend a small amount of time inside the anomaly before it closes. Once the Sideways Anomaly closes, another one will appear on the map.
Why Sideways Anomalies overpowered
Aside from the larger Sideways biome, players tend to ignore the Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. However, players should visit every Sideways Anomaly they can. Here’s a list of reasons players should visit the Sideways Anomalies.
- Siphon health from Cube Monster eliminations
- Easily get max ammo from Cube Monsters
- Easy way to get Mythic Sideways Weapons
Every time a player kills a Cube Monster, they will gain health and shield. And since the Cube Monsters are easy to kill, players can get full health and shield super quickly. As well, Cube Monsters drop a lot of ammo when eliminated.
Players can also get overpowered Mythic Sideways weapons after visiting 1 or 2 Sideways Anomalies. But what makes these so overpowered is the small number of players that visit them.
Yes, you can get all of these benefits from the large Sideways biomes, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter an opponent at Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. Having a biome all to yourself takes the edge off of getting geared up.
Are you a fan of the new Sideways biomes, and have you tried the Sideways Weapons yet? Let us know your thoughts on our FortniteINTEL Twitter page.
For more Fortnite, check out where to find every Mythic weapon in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.
When Fortnite Season 9 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends
Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.
Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.
Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.
But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!
Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.
When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?
Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 5, 2021. This will allow for Fortnite Season 9 to start just-in-time for the annual Holiday event.
Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.
When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9 will start on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Season start the day after the current season ends. It wouldn’t make sense for Epic Games to delay the start of Season 9 past December 6th.
Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. There will likely be some downtime between Season 8 and 9, and it could be as long as 13 hours like the end of Season 7.
Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?
As of right now, we don’t know. We likely won’t know anything about a live event until close to the end of Fortnite Season 8. However, we will keep this article updated with the latest information.
What Season is Fortnite on?
Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.
As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.
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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them
Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.
If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!
On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.
Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.
How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull
Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.
Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.
Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.
Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.
Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull
These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.
However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).
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