Keep your eyes on the skies, there’s a storm brewing in Fortnite, and this time it’s different.
Following a few weeks of smaller content changes over the holiday period, things are about to start ramping up again in Fortnite Chapter 3! To kick it all off, a hotfix has been deployed introducing a couple of exciting new gameplay elements.
Originally teased in this season’s gameplay trailer, these powerful weather conditions produce dramatic effects across the Island. But don’t be fooled, scary as they may seem, coming across a tornado or lightning cloud is often a good thing…
If a tornado is forming, you should be able to locate it via an icon on your mini map. This won’t be necessary if there’s one nearby however, they are pretty hard to miss.
These swirling giants will pick up anything inside their radius, from people to cars. Hop inside to gain some serious altitude before redeploying your glider for an easy rotate. Stay in orbit for too long and the tornado will spit you out, but you won’t take any fall damage.
To help you get acquainted with this new feature, from now until January 17 at 9AM ET, tornadoes have an increased spawn rate and are set to high intensity.
The stunning visuals will make you want to charge towards every lightning cloud you see, but be warned, lightning strikes will deal damage to players and set alight the surrounding area.
With that said, this damage is minimal and you are compensated with a temporary boost to your movement speed. Probably worth the sacrifice if you need to get somewhere pronto.
Hint - Jumping into water below a lightning cloud or climbing to the highest point in the area will significantly increase your chances of being hit. Once you’ve been zapped, you won’t be struck again immediately after.
A Chapter 2 fan favorite, the Flare Gun also returns with Tuesday’s hotfix. In case you’re not familiar, this weapon shoots…you guessed it, a flare, which will set builds and the environment on fire.
They are available from Chests, Supply Drops, and as floor loot. It has its own unique ammo, and comes with just six bullets. Choose your targets wisely.
Neither tornadoes or lightning will feature in competitive playlists now or in the future. Flare Guns have also been omitted, though they are subject to a one-to-two week evaluation period.