Fortnite appears to have broken traps with v8.20 update

by Eli Becht


Fortnite has released its most controversial patch to date with the March 27 v8.20 update. While a new trap was introduced, it looks like a major change to how the placed items work has been implemented.


Fortnite's v8.20 patch is here and with it came a variety of changes that have ruffled some feathers in the Fortnite community.

On the positive side of things, there is now a ranked mode for players who have long been calling for one. However, this came with some changes to the regular playlist.


Players will no longer gain health back or materials after eliminating an enemy, which was a controversial change with many players in the community. This feature is still active in the ranked playlist.

Another big issue that has been discovered is players are no longer able to place traps down that are directly next to a ramp.


Twitch streamer 'Wildcat' made a quick video showing the problem with the traps. He points out players are no longer able to place a trap on the wall directly next to a ramp.

If players edit the ramp, the trap can be placed. This will make creating trap boxes a lot more difficult now as this was a pretty popular way to eliminate players in the past.


For the casual player, this change isn't likely to make much of a difference since they probably weren't able to do this to begin with, but it'll certainly cause issues with the pros.

Epic Games has confirmed this is a bug and is currently being looked into while offering an alternative.

"This is an issue we're aware of and actively investigating," Epic wrote. In the meantime, you can work around this by using the trap to auto-build the wall instead of placing the wall then trying to place the trap."