With the news that Fortnite fans can expect yet another Marvel Fortnite crossover in the game thanks to Avengers: Endgame, there’s been a whole lot of buzz about what exactly the new Fortnite items or modes in the battle royale title will be, or what they’ll entail.
If you recall last time, the Infinity War event had people geeking out and complaining at the same time thanks to some OP game mechanics, despite it being a limited time event. So today, we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane, and a contrastive look at the game in the present, and count down our picks for the top 10 Fortnite items that should be banned.
Consider this a list of OP items, since a good chunk of the items we’ll be talking about are from special events and weren’t permanently added to the game.
Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
In the right hands, the semi-auto sniper rifle is downright terrifying and deadly. While it does dish out lower damage than other sniper rifles found in the game, having a larger magazine compensates big time for that.
If you’re a player who doesn’t miss a whole lot of shots when it comes to long ranged weapons, the semi-auto sniper rifle could come quite in handy, especially since the reload time is significantly shorter than other sniper rifles.
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Luckily, this is another OP item that has now found itself in the vault as far as battle royale is concerned, but still exists in creative and playground mode, and no longer exists as an epic or legendary item.
The Jetpack was an item that had a relatively short life span in the battle royale game. Essentially, it was a legendary backpack that let you fly around in the air, which could be used as a means of escaping foes and conflict. The one aspect of it though that gave it some balance was the fact that it had a limited supply of fuel that you couldn’t replenish, so players had to use it wisely.
Plus, it could only be used for short bursts, otherwise, it would fail and players would fall out of the sky, taking damage. This led to a bit of a hot debate between players – some of which felt that it would be a great asset if added to the game permanently, while others felt it gave some players an unfair advantage.
Regardless, it’s been vaulted in the meantime, with some players speculating that Epic had planned for it to be a limited time item since they knew it would definitely be considered OP in the long run. Since it hasn’t returned to the battle royale mode but is available in Creative.
Diversifying our list a bit here with an item that’s so useless that it should be banned. We’re talking the chiller traps – an item that often is discarded as soon as it’s picked up.
Essentially, this trap could be placed on floors, walls or ceilings, and would cause players feet to ice up, resulting in them sliding around. Despite this, one could still do actions such as using a shield portion, bandaging or emoting while under the influence of this trap. Ultimately, the chiller trap was vaulted, back during the 7.00 patch of the game.
The Boogie Bomb
The boogie bomb is an item that can give you a serious advantage if you’re not quick with your reflexes. So it’s a rare item that is thrown like a normal grenade except when it hits, players within its blast radius are forced to dance for 5 seconds, or until they acquire damage. When hit by it, you can’t fire weapons or build.
Meaning it leaves you briefly defenseless. The only benefit? On April Fool’s Day, Epic changed up the weapon so that those affected by it could jump 8 times as high as they normally could, which kind of evened out the odds a bit, didn’t it?
Thanos & the Infinity Gauntlet
Let’s jump back in time and talk about the first Marvel crossover event for Avengers Infinity War. When the film came out, Fortnite introduced a fun little limited time mechanic – the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup in which the battle royale mode received a twist – not only are you trying to knock off other players, but the infinity gauntlet also found its way onto the island, and could be picked up by a player.
When picked up, that player turned into Thanos, the mad titan, and while not all of the gauntlet’s powers were available to use (because hey, that’d be way too OP, the OP of all OPs), it still made that player practically invincible. You could punch players causing them major damage, you could shoot a purple power beam from your glove that would incinerate your foes. And you could leap into the air and slam your fist into the ground, destroying things within its blast radius.
Many players found the new mode incredibly fun, despite it transforming one player into a complete OP character for a short time. As of the writing of this article, there is no confirmation exactly on what Fortnite items will be available for players to use in the upcoming End Game crossover event. But based on the teasers, it looks as if players will be able to utilize certain Avengers inspired weaponry, including Thor’s Stormbreaker, Captain American’s vibranium shield, and Iron Man’s hand blasters.
So if you’re reading this article in the future, let us know how that turned out. Although, I’m sure we’ll probably know.
Yet another number on our list to thankfully have been vaulted. The guided missiles were epic and legendary items that, when fired, allowing you to control the rocket that you shot. You can imagine why that didn’t bode well with players.
It also gave you the option to just use it to fire off regular rockets in case you needed to react faster to something. Players also discovered they could ride the rockets, too. Although for those of you missing this item, it’s still available in the game, only in playground mode.
So the impulse grenade doesn’t work like other grenades – instead, what it does is pushes away players and cars a certain distance – something that, if you played with it in battle royale mode, you know can be incredibly frustrating when you’re on the receiving end and therefore lose a 1v1 fight against an opponent.
It also leaves the receiving player vulnerable to a long-range attack after they get their bearings together. On the flip side of that, if you were using it, it could seriously save your butt. It was briefly vaulted but returned in patch 8.11.
The Minigun is another item of hot debate. When it was first released, the legendary version of the minigun felt super OP, but rather than being nerfed, it ended up being buffed, increasing its accuracy. It proved to be super effective on structures.
While some prefer to use this weapon in squad games in order to help their team with cover, ultimately, its lack of mobility and the time it takes to start up before firing can leave a player vulnerable. That being said, it reloads its own bullets, so you win some, you lose some.
You may not think the crossbow has a place on this list, but consider this – it’s a weapon that excels when it comes to dishing out damage, and can knock out a player in one or two shots. If you’re going up against someone who has accuracy on their side, the chances of you not standing much of a chance against them increase tenfold.
Some players felt that it was OP and unfair, especially since it allows you to save a significant amount of ammunition, which in the long run can make or break a match. Epic is aware of how strong it is though – when the weapon was reintroduced out of the vault, it had undergone some adjustments, including no longer having a scope, instead, that was compensated with a faster fire rate and larger magazine size.
It’s also a weapon that comes and goes, often appearing for a limited time before being vaulted again, although it’s most current iteration, the cupid’s crossbow, still exists in the game as of this recording as an epic weapon.
The Infinity Blade
Let’s end off our list with the Infinity Blade a mythic weapon that was recently removed from the game for being so damn overpowered. How so? Aside from being incredibly mobile, the sword could knock out players in almost one hit and could destroy any builds, all while doing the most OP thing ever – restore your character’s health with each kill you made.
Initially, the health regeneration factor was nerfed, but that still didn’t cut it. Either did the promise of being able to use the weapon while harvesting materials. In addition to that, there was a lot of controversy concerning how the item would be used in Fortnite e-sports competitions.
Epic had released a statement on the official Fortnite twitter account that read, heya folks, we messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered, without good counters, especially in the end game. The infinity blade has been vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to mythic items.