This strange Fortnite buff is zapping players left and right.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 introduced several new mechanics to the game. The most noteworthy changes involve NPC henchmen, bosses, mythic weapons, and vaults.
The new locations on the Fortnite map force you to face henchmen with pinpoint accuracy and, sometimes, powerful weapons. It’s a running joke in the Fortnite community that Midas has more kills than any player in Fortnite Season 2.
In truth, all of the Fortnite bosses – with the exception of TNTina – can be a nightmare to face. Players need to work the angles and make sure they’re safe from getting shot by the bosses and their henchmen.
No one was complaining that bosses and henchmen were too weak. Landing at one of these locations could get you cleaned-up without even facing a real player.
Well, after patch v12.10, players started to notice that the henchmen and their bosses seemed to be even more accurate than before. Here’s a short montage of Tfue and Ninja getting destroyed by the aimbot NPCs.
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Ninja, Sypher, and Funk all agree that Epic buffed henchmen with the most recent patch. The question is: why?
Players were already getting destroyed by these 200 HP henchmen and bosses with even more health and shield. Do they really need to be this powerful?
Of course, we don’t have any patch notes to tell us that Epic adjusted the accuracy of henchmen. Be careful when landing at these locations for your weekly TNTina challenges. You may be surprised at how much damage you take.
How to get the most distance on your Crash Pads
Learn how to get the most distance out of a Crash Pad when rotating in Competitive Fortnite
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.
Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Challenge guide
A complete guide to your Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Challenges.
Week 4 of Season 3 is here, and with it comes a batch of new challenges to complete as we work our way through the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most regular players have passed the level 50 mark and are onto the second half of the Pass. Hopefully, we have some worthwhile Overtime Challenges this season.
Epic have been going easy on us over the past couple of weeks. People forget that Chapter 1 challenges often involved searching through specific POIs to find a needle in a haystack. We still wake up, sweating, thinking about the Fortbyte challenges.
This week, only one of the challenges requires a bit of searching, and we’ve already covered a guide for this one. You can take a look at all of the Pleasant Park Floating Rings locations here.
Now, let’s get into the weekly challenges. This week, we’ll be eliminating players at Holly Hedges, searching Chests at Salty, and damaging players at The Authority – among other things.
- Search 7 Chests at Salty Springs
- 3 Eliminations at Holly Hedges
- Collect 4 Floating Rings at Pleasant Park
- Complete a lap at Motorboat Mayhem
- Land at Frenzy Farm and finish Top 25
- Collect 200 Metal from Rickety Rig (0/200)
- Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands
- Search 7 Ammo Boxes at Steamy Stacks
- Deal 500 damage to opponents at The Authority
The only confusing part of this challenge might be the “Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands” one. You can find the camera to the north of the POI. Look for a canopy hanging over an outdoor film set.
The rest of the challenges will only take a few matches to complete. You could even finish most of them without trying, as long as you land all across the map. We’ll be back next week with another challenge guide, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.
Fortnite Party Royale premiere ft. Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki & deadmau5
Epic have announced the premiere of their newest mode, Party Royale, featuring concerts by Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and deadmau5.
We first heard about Party Royale in the v12.50 patch. Epic quickly released the mode to all players as a trial-run, at first. Diplo and Major Lazer even hosted a show for the test event.
It was only a matter of time before Epic announced the premiere of the full mode. On May 6, they did just that. Party Royale will premier on May 8 ad 9 PM EST. The show will feature DJs Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5.
We’re not sure when each show will start and how long the premiere will last. We’ll likely get some reruns of the shows we missed as well – similar to the multiple showtimes of the Astronomical concert.
These shows in Party Royale will likely be closer to the Marshmello concert than the Travis Scott event. The latter must have taken months of planning to pull off.
Epic announced the Party Royale release date on an Instagram ad, calling all players to tune in and try the new mode.
The introduction of Party Royale is incredibly exciting for the future of the game. Epic want Fortnite to transcend the Battle Royale genre. They want it to be a social hub for gamers, and Party Royale is the first massive step in that direction. We’re optimistic about what the future of this mode will bring.
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