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, so we’re not including them here. If we missed an obvious sweat skin like Crystal, Sparkplug, and Aura, you can find them on our old list. This one is designed to be an addition to that list rather than a replacement.
We listed the “OG” Season 1 and 2 skins in our last article, but didn’t mention the back bling, emotes, glider, and even banner icon that go along with them.
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OG sweats will almost always wear a Season 2 skin, a Black Knight back bling, or a Banner Back Bling displaying the OG Battle Bus icon – something that only Season 1 players have.
Banner Shield/Cape Back Bling
Speaking of the banner shield and cape, this is another favorite of the sweaty Fortnite community.
We aren’t seeing as many Banner Bregade 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.
Thanks to Benjyfishy, the Siren skin has become one of the sweatiest skins in the game. The EU pro began to main the skin as soon as it came out, and his legions of fans followed.
Epic Games even offered the Siren skin and Star Wand pickaxe (discussed below) as a Benjyfishy bundle. It’s safe to say that Siren has become one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite over the past year.
The Driver Pickaxe is one sweaty cosmetic that we fully understand. The swing animation and harvesting sound it makes might be our favorite out of any pickaxe in the game.
Sweaty Fortnite players love the pickaxe because it’s slender and relatively quiet.
Sweaty Fortnite players love the rideable gliders. These include gliders like the Dragacorn Glider, Astroworld Glider, Silver Surfer Glider, and a few others.
Players who use rideable gliders are a bit tougher to hit while they’re in the air. This isn’t as much of a benefit in the current Fortnite season, but it’s always something that you would want to have on your side if you’re taking Fortnite seriously.
Chaos Agent skin
The Chaos Agent is one of the only male skins that try-hard players regularly wear. It’s easy to see why, as it shares the same benefit as most of the female skins – a smaller character model.
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Tfue used this skin as his main when it first released – while he was still playing. Partially for this reason, a lot of other competitive Fortnite players began to pick it up and use it in tournaments.
Sun Sprout Back Bling
The Sun Sprout back bling might be the sweatiest back bling in the game. We don’t understand why this is the case – outside of pros wearing it – but here we are.
Anyone who buys the Sun Sprout, at least, thinks they’re good at the game. They’ve likely logged hundreds of hours in Creative Mode and scream, “Boxed like a fish” in a squeaky, pre-pubescent voice every time they outplay an opponent.
We almost didn’t include the Dynamo on this list because we were sure that we covered it last year.
Dynamo has been one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite since its release, largely because Mitr0 and other pro players have used it as their main skin.
We included Dynamo in our most-hated Fortnite skins article, and it remains that way today – partially because of how sweaty players perceive it to be.
Star Wand Pickaxe
Why is this pickaxe so sweaty? Your guess is as good as ours. A ton of pros use it which undoubtedly adds to sales, but we don’t really know why it became so popular in the first place.
The noise is minimal, which is a plus, but so is the noise of many other Fortnite pickaxes. There was a short time when this pickaxe was bugged and dealt 75 damage, but we doubt that’s why so many high-skilled players still use the Star Wand.
Either way, the Star Wand is the sweatiest pickaxe in the entire game, right now.
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.
Part of the reason that the superhero skins are so sweaty, right now, is the all-black variant. We’ve written several articles covering how difficult these skins are to see, and Epic are working on a fix.
Even if this style of the skin gets disabled, the superhero skins will remain one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite. At the time of writing, they may have even surpassed Aura as the number-one sweat skin in the game.
So, there you have it: the ten sweatiest Fortnite cosmetics for 2021. 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.
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The ultimate Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 weapon tier list
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It’s time to look at how the Fortnite Season 5 weapon meta is shaping-up with an ultimate tier list.
Fortnite Season 5 introduced some unique weapons to the game through the new Exotic variant. Unlike Mythics, you may not see these in every game, making them rarer and – most of the time – more valuable.
Ahead, we’re going to rank all of the Chapter 2 Season 5 weapons into a tier list so you know what to pick up and what to leave on the ground where you found it. Here’s a sneak peek of the list before we get into our explanations.
In the S Tier, we’re including most of the Exotic/Mythic weapons along with three classics: the Scar, RPG, and P90.
- The Dub: The most powerful shotgun in the game due to its ability to “double pump.” You can shoot it once and move to another shotgun, immediately.
- Boom Sniper Rifle: Gives you the ability to pepper opponents with Clingers from long-range
- Dragon’s Breath Sniper: A normal sniper with the ability to light structures on fire from max-distance. Easy S tier.
- Amban Sniper: The best sniper outside of Dragon’s Breath, but also includes a mobility/melee option.
- Shadow Tracker: Does as much damage as an AR, is arguably more accurate, and marks opponents.
- Scar: Do we really need to explain this one? It’s been the best AR in the game since launch.
- P90: A deadly weapon that can eliminate even the most skilled player with a well-timed spray.
- RPG: There’s only a couple of ways to get an RPG in Fortnite Season 5, making it one of the rarest items in the game. The rarity of this weapon pushes it from A to S, in our opinion.
The A tier is comprised of the best shotguns, the SMG, and one of the only Exotics that didn’t make S.
- Storm Scout Sniper: It’s the same exact weapon as it was in Season X – a decent utility item but not amazing in the damage department. For us, it’s not good enough to buy but we’ll pick it up if someone else grabbed it.
- Epic/Legendary Shotguns: This one comes down to personal preference, but there’s a case to be made for carrying either the Tac or the Charge in their Epic/Legendary variants. Whichever you choose, they fall into A Tier.
- SMG: The standard SMG is just a step below the P90. As a controller player, we always carry one of these.
The B Tier is probably going to get a bit controversial for fans of the Night Hawk and Heavy AR.
- Night Hawk: This is just a thermal Scoped Revolver. For us, it’s in the same category as the Storm Scout without the utility – a decent weapon but not worth the Gold Bars.
- Other Shotgun Variants: We’re taking a Green Charge over a Blue Tac every time, but plenty of other players would disagree. These are relatively balanced and based on your playstyle. In our opinion, they belong in the same tier.
- Normal AR: The classic. It’s not too flashy, but no one is too disappointed with an Uncommon or Rare AR.
- Epic/Legendary Heavy AR: Heavy AR fans might not like the B tier placement, but the Heavy AR’s bloom is too unreliable to place it any higher. Sure, it deals more damage than the normal AR, but most players will choose a Scar 10 times out of 10.
- Bolt-Action Sniper: The classic sniper – a good weapon that some people use in every match. It might not always be the best-in-slot and isn’t always necessary, but it’s good to have.
The C tier is the smallest on this list, with only the Heavy AR and Epic/Legendary Pistol calling it home.
- Heavy AR: Again, the spread of the Heavy AR is too large. Like the Burst before it, we’re always picking a normal AR over the Heavy.
- Epic/Legendary Pistol: The Epic/Legendary Pistol is criminally underrated, but we can’t seem to find a home for it above C. At the end of the day, it’s not an AR. We just don’t feel comfortable without an AR and therefore can’t justify carrying a Pistol.
The D tier is particularly stinky in Season 5, with the likes of the Dragon’s Breath Shotgun and Lever-Action Rifle rounding-out our tier list.
- Lever-Action Rifle: The worst Sniper in the game. It would be a great hit-scan weapon but as a projectile weapon, it doesn’t cut it.
- Tactical AR: The worst AR in the game dropped by the worst NPC enemies in Fortnite history
- Pistol: The perennial D-tier weapon. Need we say more?
- Dragon’s Breath Shotgun: The worst Shotgun in the game. Sure, you can set things on fire with it, but that doesn’t make up for the long reload time and one-shot clip.
- The Big Chill: Does 0 damage and puts ice on enemies’ feet. It’s a meme weapon and nothing more.
So, there you have it, out Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 weapon tier list. We may see some new weapons, buffs, and nerfs by the end of Season 5, but this is where things stand as of the holiday season.
We’re sure you disagree with a few placements on this list. Make your voice heard on Twitter @FortniteINTEL. Who knows, you may even change our minds.
Our Top 5 wishes for Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Season 5 is right around the corner. Here’s what we want to see in the next Fortnite Season.
Galactus is coming in hot to close Season 4. Here are our top 5 wishes for the new Season of Fortnite.
Fortnite Season 5 is only days away, and fans of the game are eagerly anticipating what the new season will bring. We can expect some map changes, returning items, new weapons, and a developing season – just like we got in Season 4.
Of course, we have a few things we’d like to see in Season 5. Here’s our wish list for the next season, including some fan-requested changes and some personal points of interest.
Long-time readers will recognize this point from previous seasons, and we’re going to continue to put this on our wish list until we get it. We want to see Epic Games revamp the Arena system in Season 5. Consequently, this was one of the main changes that streamer SypherPK mentioned during our interview last month.
The Arena system is inherently flawed. You can’t de-rank, which means players who make it to Champion League have no reason to take competitive Fortnite seriously – at least, outside of tournaments.
Anyone who has made it to Champ’s knows that the matches before entering the top division are always harder than they are in Champion League. This is backward and isn’t the same in any other competitive game.
It’s high time that Epic changed this system, added a leaderboard, and made other changes to encourage people to care about ranked Fortnite. We hope that this finally happens in Chapter 2 Season 5.
‘Disable Pre-Edits’ Setting
This seems to be a small change to the game, but it would be a massive update for long-time Fortnite players. Pre-editing is one of the most annoying parts of playing Fortnite at a high level, and changing this mechanic into a setting seems to be a simple fix.
We’re not game developers, but it’s hard to imagine that changing pre-edits into a setting that you could toggle on and off is more difficult than some of the other things Epic have done.
Finally, after years of requests, we may have some good news on this issue. A Fortnite developer commented on a Reddit thread, suggesting that a “Disable Pre-Edit” setting is still in the works. Again, we can only hope that it’s ready for Season 5 – even if it doesn’t come on the first day of the new season.
A Fortnite-Themed Battle Pass
The Fortnite promotions are awesome for players who like Marvel, Star Wars, Stranger Things, etc. Most of these have been one-off collaborations that included a couple of skins.
In Season 4, as most of you know, Epic went all-in and brought a Marvel-themed Battle Pass with no original Fortnite characters. We hope that the Season 4 Battle Pass will be significantly different from all others around it and that Epic go back to the Fortnite-based Battle Pass from all previous seasons.
We have reason to believe that this will be the case. There was a leaked Mandalorian skin and Baby Yoda back bling, but early indications are that this will be the “Secret” skin like Deadpool and Aquaman.
If Season 4’s event is set to be the biggest in Fortnite history, then we should be able to expect the map to change more than ever before (outside of the shift from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2).
We don’t expect Epic to bring us to an all-new map, nor do we expect to return to the old one. However, what does seem likely is a fusion between the old and new maps with some new locations sprinkled on top.
It would be disappointing to come back to Fortnite on Wednesday morning and see a largely unchanged map. Galactus is poised to make his mark on the game, and we expect it to be significant.
A New Shotgun Meta
The Pump will always have a place in Fortnite, and we aren’t calling for Epic to remove it, once again. However, the shotgun meta has been relatively stale this season, with the Pump as the only viable option.
The Combat is OK at best, and most players only carry it until they find a Pump. Epic has already introduced several viable shotguns into the game, and we’d like to see them return in Chapter 2 Season 5.
For all of the hate the Charge Shotgun gets, we liked the Pump/Charge meta of early Season 5. It would be even better if Epic added the Heavy Shotgun to the game, along with the return of the pre-nerf Tac.
There are a lot of combinations, here; along with the always-possible addition of a new weapon. We only hope that the Season 5 Shotgun meta is fresh and balanced, with more than one viable option.
Fortnite is in a great spot right now. The wish list for Season 5 was a lot more difficult to make than it was for previous seasons. In essence, our wish list boils down to longtime quality-of-life requests and more of the same content Epic have been giving us.
What do you want to see in the new Fortnite season? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.
All Fortnite Season 4 Superpower abilities ranked
Fortnite Season 4 featured the most unique Mythic items in Chapter 2. Here’s how we think they stack up against one another.
Fortnite Season 4 set itself apart from the other Chapter 2 seasons as soon as it launched. Instead of Mythic versions of normal weapons and items, Epic added Superpowers that were completely unique to the Marvel season.
Of course, some abilities are more powerful than others. Ahead, we’re going to rank the Superpowers in Fortnite Season 4 from worst to best. Keep in mind that we’re not including Marvel Knockout exclusives that haven’t made it into the base game – such as Venom’s ability. Let’s get into it.
11. Groot’s Bramble Shield
Groot’s Bramble Shield is, in our opinion, the weakest Superpower in Fortnite. It was among the first Mythic abilities added to the game and was immediately one of the weaker offerings. The ability is similar to The Baller from the first Fortnite Chapter but it’s arguably even weaker, as it doesn’t offer as much mobility nor does it reliably break structures.
There are a few uses for Groot’s Bramble Shield – namely, healing and preventing fall damage. The problem is that other hero abilities offer similar functionalities with added features.
The most unique use for the Bramble Shield relates to a bug that shoots opponents into the storm when a player uses it next to an enemy. This isn’t intended, however, so we’re not factoring it into the equation.
10. Doctor Doom’s Arcane Gauntlets
Doom’s Arcane Gauntlets was another original superpower in Fortnite, which was quickly outshined by Iron Man’s Gauntlets. Both Superpowers have the same function in shooting and preventing fall damage, but most players would prefer to use Iron Man’s Repulsors if they had to choose one.
The benefit of Doom’s Gauntlets is that they deal more damage than Iron Man’s, but this isn’t worth the slower fire rate, slower projectile rate, and lack of tracking. These will usually get left behind in Solo and Duo modes.
9. Iron Man’s Repulsor Gauntlets
It should come as no surprise to see Iron Man’s Repulsor Gauntlets listed just underneath Doctor Doom’s. As we said in the section above, these are a slightly more powerful version of Doom’s Gauntlets. They shoot faster and have a small lock-on mechanic which allows players to hit their shots more reliably.
Still, in most Solo or Duo games, it will be more useful to carry an SMG, healing item, or a utility item like Shockwaves or Crash Pads. These Gauntlets aren’t bad and are worth carrying in Squads, but no one is first-pumping when they find them on the ground.
8. Black Panther’s Kinetic Armor
Black Panther’s Kinetic Armor isn’t the best Superpower in Fortnite, either. It does a lot of things but doesn’t do anything particularly well.
For instance, the ability offers a speed boost but only when it’s active, meaning it’s outshined by Wolverine’s Claws. It also shoots players back and deals damage, but not as effectively as Storm’s Whirlwind Blast.
The unique part of this ability is the slight damage resistance, but this isn’t enough for us to put it above some of the other Superpowers in the game. Most players don’t blindly rush opponents in Fortnite – it’s a game of wall and ramp protection, meaning the damage resistance isn’t as useful as it might sound.
7. Thor’s Mjolnir Strike
Thor’s Mjolnir Strike might be one of the more unique Superpowers in Fortnite, as no other ability replicates its effect. The closest thing we can compare it to is a Junk Rift, although it’s reusable but arguably weaker.
The ramped-up Junk Rift ability also provides fall damage while activating it, which is a nice benefit that some players still don’t know about. It’s a great zoning ability that can land directly on a player who’s boxed-up, or knock someone down from high-ground.
That being said, Thor’s Mjolnir Strike is more situational than some of the others and its long cooldown puts it on the lower half of our list.
6. She Hulk’s Fists
She Hulk’s Fists seem to be one of the rarer sights across the Fortnite map. They were added to the game relatively recently, and entered a cluttered loot pool of Superpowers that make them difficult to find.
The Fists are decent, but seem to be more of a novelty than they are functional. In other words, we’d pick them up ten times out of ten, but only because we hardly ever get a chance to use them.
As far as function goes, however, they seem to be a less-useful version of Wolverine’s Claws. They have similar mechanics when jumping, punching, and slamming, but don’t give you health or a speed boost while using them – giving the edge to Wolverine’s ability.
5. Storm’s Whirlwind Blast
Storm’s Whirlwind Blast is one of the most useful Superpowers in the game. It almost seems too low to list it at number five, but we think that the four above it are deserving of their spots.
Everyone knows that Storm’s Whirlwind Blast knocks players backward and deals damage, but it also reflects projectiles in the game – including oncoming cars. In fact, the ability can counter most of the other damage-dealing Superpowers in the game – with Iron Man’s Unibeam being the only exception.
4. Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb
Putting Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb at number four on this list might have something to do with the fact that it’s one of the only Superhero abilities that could be found in the FNCS.
We saw how dominant it could be when players had high-ground with it, as one shot from the bomb was a cue for the whole lobby to spray a team. Doom’s Mystical Bomb isn’t as powerful in public matches, but it’s still a fantastic way to suppress opponents and force them to move away from flaming structures.
3. Silver Surfer’s Board
Silver Surfer’s Board isn’t anything flashy, but it might be the most useful Superpower in Fortnite. It allows you to shoot yourself into the air and re-deploy your glider, which makes it the best Superpower on this list in the utility and mobility departments.
You glide slowly while using this ability but its true power comes in its cancellation. At any point in your flight, you can cancel the animation and fall to the ground without taking any damage, allowing you to perfectly attack an opponent from the sky.
This ability was so beloved by the community that Epic added the Witch Brooms during Fortnitemares, making it more widely available in public matches. On the flipside, it was so powerful that Epic were forced to remove it from competitive modes after its initial inclusion.
2. Wolverine’s Claws
Wolverine’s Claws may be the most versatile superpower in the game, right now. They deal consistent, powerful damage, prevent fall damage through the spin animation, offer a speed boost, and heal you while you have them equipped.
You don’t need any healing items in your inventory while you have these equipped – provided that you’re not tanking the storm. We learned the hard way that the healing ability doesn’t work while in the storm.
Wolverine’s Claws are a W-keyer’s dream. Pushing into someone’s box works like a lot of the other melee weapons Fortnite has added like the Lightsaber and Kingsman Umbrella. It’s tough to deal with and is worthy of a position in the top two.
1. Iron Man’s Unibeam
Iron Man’s Unibeam is our unquestioned number-one Superpower in Fortnite Season 4. You are guaranteed to find it if you survive the onslaught at Stark Industries and can deal a whopping 90 damage through an opponent’s structure.
The only real way to counter the Unibeam is to shoot at the person who is aiming at you. Even then, you could get the wrong side of Fortnite bloom and eat 90 damage for your efforts. In squads, while facing multiple enemies, defending against the Unibeam is nearly impossible.
The Unibeam works in nearly every situation and is highly effective. No one is leaving this thing on the ground. Players have received several Season 4 Victory Royales on its back. It’s our number-one and could be considered the best item, weapon, or ability in Fortnite Season 4.
That was our list of the most powerful Superhero abilities in Fortnite. What does yours look like? Do you agree or disagree with our rankings? Give us your thoughts on our Twitter page @FortniteINTEL. If you make a strong enough case, we may even adjust our rankings.
If any other hero Superpowers come to the base Fortnite game before the end of the season, we’ll add them to our rankings, so come back and check if we have another substantial patch before Season 5. Until then, good luck out there!
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