The latest Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 update adds a new event called Strike from the Shadows Week. It also invites players to vote for one of two returning weapons: the Proximity Grenade Launcher or Flint-Knock Pistol.
Fortnite Update: November 23 Hotfix: Strike From the Shadows Week
Thanks to Naruto and Team 7 recently hitting the item shop, the island has been teeming with ninjas. Fortnite’s latest update/event thematically encourages their presence by adding stealth-based combat. But not in the way most players would expect.
Strike from the Shadows Week is all about being sneaky. Starting today and running until 9AM ET on November 30th, an increased number of Shadow Stones and Shadow Floppers will be scattered all over the island. Once picked up, these items will turn you into a shadow, boosting your basic movement speed and jump high while also granting a dash-like ability. You won’t be completely invisible in shadow form though and attacking will switch you back to normal. The idea is to use the increase in mobility to get the drop on rival players (as opposed to slowly stalking them while hidden).
Once you’ve spotted an enemy, change into a shadow and quickly move to a suitable vantage point. Then use a Paper Bomb Kunai – which has also increased in number – to blow your opponent to smithereens.
Fortnite: Proximity Grenade Launcher vs. Flint-Knock Pistol
This week’s update also brings about a new fan vote. This time it’s the Proximity Grenade Launcher vs. the Flint-Knock Pistol. The grenade launcher has always been a blast to use (heh) as its explosive ordnance can quickly destroy both structure and foe. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for players though. The Flint-Knock Pistol not only packs a punch, it helps in keeping enemies at a “safe” distance by sending the wielder flying backwards with every shot.
Players are encouraged to help Looper decide on which of these weapons to un-vault. This is done by funding a weapon’s development using gold bars at Fortnite’s Donation Stations. Whichever one hits 100% first will be unlocked and added to the island. Choose wisely!
And that’s it for Fortnite’s latest update. Be sure to check back here for more Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 patch notes!
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