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Cosmetic items often have an unintended impact on competitive performance. Take a look at this study on pickaxes within the competitive meta

It is widely known that player and other cosmetic skins can inadvertently find themselves within competitive conversations. The most infamous problem spanning between multiple games are player hitboxes, specifically between male and female characters

While Fortnite has dealt with many of their own hitbox problems in early beta, new quirks constantly arise. Much could be attributed to the latency dependency associated with building, shooting, and pickaxing

And today we’ll be taking a deeper dive in the pickaxes. As it turns out, there may be shorter and longer delays depending on which pickaxe you use

Reddit user u/SlyJackTv tested and compiled the following pickaxe pull-out time statistics

Over 100MS Difference between Pickaxes from FortniteCompetitive

*Keep in mind the graphic is calculated in milliseconds. 1 second = 1000 milliseconds*

It's no surprise that some pickaxes offer a competitive advantage. After all, Epic Games did randomly disable some pickaxes from competitive use with no explanation a few months back

Regardless, there are still differences between some pickaxes and others. Removing some of them is like putting a band-aid over a gunshot

For now, take advantage of these competitive tips. Follow us on Twitter for more news and insights!

Author Bio

Michael Hindi

Michael “Hindog” Hindi is an active Fortnite player and journalist from San Diego, California. His involvement with competitive Fortnite dates back to Season 5 - both on the battle bus and with a pen & paper.


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