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Top Five: The most useless items and weapons in Fortnite

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There’s no secret that many of the items Epic has introduced into Fortnite have not been winners.  

In fact, there are some that saw such little play that many players have forgotten they existed at all. Perennially ignored by looting players or sometimes a tempting purple glow that only ends in dismay, these items really served no purpose.

This list was hard to craft because, unlike the most overpowered items, these were easy to forget and some may have skipped my mind altogether.

Here’s the list, and tell me what I have forgotten in the comments below. Note: this list contains items that are currently in Fortnite at the time of writing.

  1. Balloons

While the balloons are part of a unique exploit using the shadow stone to prevent taking fall damage, that’s just about all they are good for. While they can be used if a player falls off an edge, they take up one of your five weapons slots and are absolutely never worth it.

It takes five balloons to actually fly through the air – any less and it just provides a higher jump. The item was released on Halloween and, if I had to guess, 90% of all balloons picked up came on that day. It didn’t take long for the community to realize the balloons were useless.

If they were counted as an item/trap instead of a weapon, they may have had some value, but even then it’s hard to get excited about slowly flying through the air.

  1. Port-a-fort

Nothing says, “hey, I’m not good at building” quite like the giant forts with tires on the inside. Like Balloons, port-a-forts take up a weapon slot, but they do provide at least a bit more utility. The problem with port-a-forts basically comes down to them being beacons of inexperience.

A competent builder should be able to make a much better fort. Even a 1×1 is decent and less conspicuous in a pinch. The 360-degree design means that players can often sneak into the bottom of the fort and then use the tires to get a quick jump on whoever is trying to shoot from it.

  1. Six Shot Revolver

Besides a couple of situations where this was the only gun available and I was against an opponent with a pickaxe, I don’t think I ever got a kill with a revolver. The gun is just so underpowered. Their goal was to implement a classic wild-west style gun and, true to form, the gun was underpowered compared to the modern weapons.

The revolver, which came in three rarities, lasted from Season One into Season Five before it was finally vaulted to clear up space for more useful weapons. The “rare” version of the gun did 60 damage with a fire rate of 0.9 seconds. Those mediocre numbers coupled with a magazine size of six and a reload time over two seconds and the revolver just struggled to be good in any situation.

  1. Minigun

This could be a controversial pick this high on the list because it does have more uses than some of the items above, but the rarity is what sends the minigun up to this spot. A legendary minigun should have shredded enemies, and for a time, it did. Right when it was released, there were calls for it to be nerfed because people felt it was OP but now the gun is rarely seen.

So what happened? The gun was never nerfed, in fact, it was buffed in patch v4.3 in June. The accuracy was increased and the damage against structures was increased but the gun never found a proper foothold. It is good to provide cover fire in a squad game. My favorite use for it is placing it in the hands of an inexperienced teammate and just having them let loose an opposing structures.

In the end, the time it takes to get fired up and the immobility of the person using it make the gun pretty weak. In addition, getting it out of supply drops is one of the worst feelings in the game. The miniguns lack of power with its rarity makes it feel useless in most situations.

  1. Chiller Traps

You knew this had to be number one right? The chiller traps are so useless that people avoid them despite being stackable items that don’t take up any space in your inventory. A Reddit thread doing well on /r/FortniteCompetitive summed up the chiller traps:

“It’s actually kinda sad how the primary purpose of this item is to be dropped as soon as someone notices that they accidentally picked it up.” – /u/ThinEvent

I couldn’t have said it better myself. At least they left us with the clip of the dude making a skate park out of them, so they weren’t all bad.

https://www.reddit.com/r/FortNiteBR/comments/9l7mau/freezer_course_in_playgrounds_repost_cause_flair/?utm_content=title&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=ac2c619980bf4058899549f38d2adf65&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=9l7mau


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Fortnite split-screen: how to play with friends

Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable the setting.

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Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite back in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable it so you can play locally with a friend.

Fortnite has always had a focus on playing with friends, but that always meant you had to play online. Even if you were in the same house as your friend or family member, the two of you had to play on two separate devices.

This changed back in the v11.30 update in Chapter 2 Season 1. Epic introduced split screen capabilities on consoles for the first time. It wasn’t perfect when it first came out, but it’s since gotten a lot better.

How to use the Fortnite console split-screen feature

Initiating split-screen is simple. All you have to do is connect two controllers to your Xbox or PlayStation. Split-screen still isn’t available on mobile, PC, or Nintendo Switch. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start Fortnite
  2. Connect a second controller to the console and turn it on
  3. Hit ‘Main Menu’
  4. Player 1 will need to invite Player 2 with their Epic account
  5. Player 2 will need to sign into their account
  6. Player 2 will join and split-screen will automatically initiate

You can even save another player’s information on another account on your console, making split-screen easier and quicker to complete.

The feature still isn’t perfect and doesn’t replace the feeling of playing online. You’ll only have access to half of your screen, so you’re going to miss a few things that normal players will see. Still, playing split-screen is far more preferable than switching off with your friend or family member game after game. Enjoy!

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Fortnite Creative Mode could be getting a huge expansion

Fortnite Creative Mode could bring a massive update to truly simulate end-game scenarios, according to a recent leak.

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Fortnite Creative Mode could bring a massive update to truly simulate end-game scenarios.

Creative Mode was one of the most innovative additions that Epic has made to Fortnite. You don’t even have to play the base game mode to enjoy Fortnite, anymore. You can play Search and Destroy, deathruns, Zone Wars, Trivia, boxfights, and a lot more.

Competitive Fortnite players have taken to Creative Mode the most. Zone Wars gives you a simulated end-game and boxfights let you practice the most important element of high-level competitive play.

Fortnite Creative beta

Over a year ago, way back in, Fortnite v12.10, files were added to the game that we assumed would bring a massive change to Creative Mode. According to the game files, Creative can now support up to 50 players.

A year after we first heard the news about an updated Creative Beta, we still have yet to see this in practice. Since it’s been so long, many players forgot that it was even on the horizon.

After the v15.50 update, however, data miners found some new files that relate to the Creative Mode expansion. According to them, Epic are testing a beta of Creative that should support 50 players.

Such a change would be a massive step for the game. You could truly play a mini-BR game with your friends if this change went through. YouTube creators and streamers could also manage private matches a lot easier, as there’s no chance of a code leak or an unwanted intruder.

The best part of this additional player count is the ability to truly simulate competitive end-game situations. Zone Wars is good practice for a lot of us, but not for those at the highest level.

Anyone who has ever watched a tournament knows what we’re talking about. The end-game in professional Fortnite matches routinely has 40+ players in the final few zones. It’s pure chaos, and a 50-player Zone Wars lobby will be able to capture this.

Of course, the expansion also opens the door to a ton of other possibilities including massive boxfight battles and more. Epic will be focusing on the Creative side of things for the future of Fortnite, and an increased player count is an excellent first step.

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Fortnite leaked skins & cosmetics from v15.50 update

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Fortnite v15.50 update leaked skins

Epic Games have rolled out their first update in a few weeks, with the arrival of Fortnite patch v15.50, and a number of skins and cosmetics have leaked as a result.

These weekly updates were never missed in times gone by, however Fortnite Chapter 2 has been a lot more inconsistent in that sense. Some weeks there is a huge update with map changes, new crossovers and challenges – while others will just make very minor bug changes.

You can always read about what to expect from the patch here on Fortnite Intel, and alongside those patch notes, let’s run through some of the game’s unreleased outfits.

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On March 2, once the downtime began, a number of leakers started looking into the game’s files to see what had changed. To their surprise, with just two weeks left in the season, not much had been tweaked in terms of content.

However, we do have some leaked skins and cosmetics to dig through – courtesy of Lucas7Yoshi and VastBlast.

Fortnite leaked skins and cosmetics from v15.50 update

Bundles

Midas female GoldenTouch bundle

Emotes

So, there you have it! Those are all of the newest unreleased skins in the Fortnite world, some of which may actually roll out following the latest update.

Keep an eye out on the Fortnite Item Shop and you never know, one or two may appear there in the near future.

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