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Ninja explains why Fortnite's v8.20 update doesn't stop "thirsting"

Published: 31/Mar/2019 10:31

by Joe Craven


Twitch giant Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has offered more of his thoughts on Fortnite’s controversial v8.20 update, and described why it does not prevent players from being instantly ‘thirsted’.

Fortnite’s v8.20 update was implemented by developers Epic Games on March 27, and has been generally lamented by the gaming community, as it reversed a number of popular changes that were made during Season 7. 

The changes reversed include 50 HP granted upon elimination, an increased farming rate of 40%, and a guaranteed drop of 50 of each material when an opponent is killed.

Ninja, YouTubeThe health bonus on elimination is not the only motivation to thirst, according to Ninja.

One of Fortnite’s most popular content creators, Ninja, has been very vocal in conveying his displeasure with the update, even going as far as to tweet a poll asking whether or not his followers think the update should be reverted or not.

As his poll received significant interest and replies, Ninja tweeted again to address a theme in his replies, in which people pointed out that the removal of 50 HP upon elimination, discourages players from ‘thirsting’ opponents.

‘Thirsting’ refers to the instant elimination of an opponent after they have been ‘Knocked Out’, and are in their down-but-not-out state. Hence, some players argue that the 50 HP bonus on elimination encouraged people to instantly ‘thirst’ opponents, and that its removal is positive in this regard. However, Ninja disagrees.

“To everyone commenting on my last tweet saying “getting thirsted right away isn’t fun” spoiler alert…” he started. “YOU ARE GETTING THIRSTED FOR YOUR GUNS/MATS/SHIELD items YOU MIGHT HAVE regardless.”

At the time of writing, the tweet stands at over 18,000 likes, and his poll has over 275,000 votes, highlighting the extent to which the community wants to see change. It is likely there will be an official Epic Games response soon.

The silence from Epic Games over the update’s criticism is likely to be temporary, but has led to community speculation over other potential reasons why it was implemented into the hugely popular battle royale game.

Epic stated that the changes had led to an “unhealthy level of aggressive play, diminishing other viable strategies”, but some community members clearly think ‘thirsting’ impacted the decision as well. 

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Where to find Fortnite Iron Man jetpacks

Published: 3/Nov/2020 17:44

by Tanner Pierce


After many long months, the fan-favorite jetpack has finally been re-added to Fortnite. This time however it’s straight from Iron Man, due to the special Marvel-themed season. Here’s a simple guide for how you can get your hands on the item.

One of the more interesting and least-hated items added to Fortnite since its launch is the jetpack. After being available in normal modes for a while, the item quickly became a fan-favorite, and getting one was pretty much required if you wanted to stand a chance in the final couple circles.

Epic Games decided to remove the item back in 2018 and instead, limited it to a number of different LTMs. Now, it seems like the developer has at least temporarily reversed course, as the item is now spawning in the base game again with a Marvel-themed twist.

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The new jetpack operates exactly the same as the old item that was removed from Fortnite a while ago.

What is the Iron Man jetpack?

From everything we’ve seen, it appears as if the Iron Man jetpack operates basically the same way the older jetpack did back in 2018, and that this new item is basically just a simple cosmetic re-skin.

The jetpack takes the slot of one of your items on the bottom right-hand side of the screen. If you want to use it though, you don’t have to have the item selected. All you need to do is jump and then hold down the jump button in order to raise yourself into the air, allowing you to use your weapons. Operation, as expected, is fairly simple.

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The Iron Man jetpack can be found through the map as floor loot.

Where can I find the Iron Man jetpack?

Apparently, the only place to find the Iron Man jetpack is as floor loot appearing randomly around the map for the moment. There doesn’t appear to be any specific, sure-fire, place to find it, so you’ll just have to keep looking until it pops up.

The item also doesn’t seem to show up from chests, which means it’s even harder to find than some weapons and other items. Of course, this could all change as time goes on.

It’s currently unknown how long the item will be in the game for, although logic would dictate that the longest it would be available would be the end of the current season given its Marvel theme.