Fall damage is one of the biggest causes of accidental eliminations in Fortnite Battle Royale and has been for quite some time, but the arrival of a new weapon in Season 8 might oddly provide a solution.
Epic Games made it clear that the Flint-Knock pistol was unlike any other handgun in the battle royale game mode right now when it was first advertised in the news feed – warning fans to “be careful! It’s got a kick to it!”
However, little did they know that the developer was adding a pistol in the v8.11 patch that would push players back after pulling the trigger.
It seems, though, that the push back is not only useful in gunfights – as seen with the first in-game footage of the weapon on March 20 – but also for avoiding fall damage.
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The way that this works seems to be rather simple, too. According to Reddit user moekhdaier, who posted a video showing that the blast – when shot downwards at the floor – can be an effective counterplay when falling.
The clip above shows a technique that allows players to bounce away from elimination, just before they’re about the hit the floor – which would typically prove fatal if the drop was big enough.
Whether or not this was an intentional tool to set the pistol apart from other weapons remains to be seen, but this could also be a bug.