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Epic Games announce changes to fall damage in Fortnite

Published: 1/Nov/2018 20:08 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 20:09

by Wyatt Donigan


After introducing Balloons into Fortnite, Epic Games have issued an update on the way fall damage is calculated.

Balloons were the newest items to hit Fortnite with the V6.21 update on November 1, allowing players to reach new heights in-game.


Along with the Balloons, Epic Games had made changes to how fall damage is calculated, but it looks like the change wasn’t implemented how the developer wanted.

Prior to the V6.21 update, fall damage was calculated by how high players were, but this was changed to a velocity-based system to accommodate the Balloons,


With the introduction of Balloons, we added a different formula for how fall damage is calculated. The new formula uses velocity (as opposed to falheight), and we probably made it a bit too aggressive.

Epic will now be issuing a hotfix to reduce the fall damage to non-lethal levels in scenarios where players are currently dying.

There’s no word yet on exactly when the hotfix will be implemented, but Epic confirmed that it would be live “shortly.”

In addition to bringing in Balloons in the V6.21 update, three different weapons were also put into the vault while new clues at the upcoming in-game event were also found in the game files.


The fall damage update from Epic can be view in its entirety below:

Balloon Fall Damage

With the introduction of Balloons, we added a different formula for how fall damage is calculated. The new formula uses velocity (as opposed to fall height), and we probably made it a bit too aggressive.

We’re currently working on a hotfix to reduce the damage amount in similar scenarios so it’s non-lethal. This will be live shortly and we’re curious to hear your feedback.


Moving forward, we’ll be looking at other ways to make it obvious that fall velocity will result in fall damage.



How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.