Fortnite: How to avoid fall damage with new Flint-Knock pistol - Dexerto

Fortnite: How to avoid fall damage with new Flint-Knock pistol

Published: 20/Mar/2019 13:55 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 14:35

by David Purcell


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. 

Epic GamesFortnite’s Flint-Knock pistol is very different to other handguns found in the game’s battle royale mode.

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. 

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. 

Flint pistol can be used to negate fall damage from r/FortniteCompetitive

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. 


Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

Fortnite x Predator Crossover
Epic Games / Disney
Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.