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Fortnite’s Plastic Patroller skin allows players to hide in plain sight and fans aren’t happy about it

Published: 28/Jun/2019 15:22 Updated: 28/Jun/2019 16:21

by Connor Bennett


Fortnite fans have been left confused by a brand new skin that appears to give players a slight advantage, should the circle fall in their favor. 

Epic Games’ uber-popular free-to-play title has dropped a number of cosmetic items since its release – including the infamous John Wick, a Guardians of the Galaxy mash-up, and a number of FIFA World Cup-themed designs.

Yet, none of those gave players any sort of advantage in-game. Now, a new round of skins actually can help players, provided they benefit from the RNG luck. 

Epic GamesPlayers were finally able to look like John Wick in-game but it didn’t help them play any better.

In a post to the FortniteBR subreddit, user camicam95, pointed out that skins are meant to be for purely cosmetic reasons and not give any advantage to players. Although, the new Plastic Patroller skin can let players blend in with some areas much more easily than before. 

While eagle-eyed players may be able to tell the difference between the skin and a lighter colored bush, it’s hard to tell which is which when the Plastic Patroller skin hides in a similar colored tree.  

Players could quite easily use a backbling or harvesting tool that would give them away but then the skin was available alongside the Green Toy wrap, which can also help them blend in with a tree.

Reddit/CamiCam95The skin allows players to hide in trees pretty well.

After camicam95 noted this issue, some other fans voiced their concerns about players using the skin moving forward. “This is such a ridiculous skin. Everyone is going to be using it,” commented Velos85.

Another, Merkemas, added: “I like the skin, but what a stupid move by Epic to release it. Who doesn’t want an invisible skin?”

Not everyone had a problem with its release, though. Redditor HarvP posted: “It only blends in really well in trees. If people want to sit in trees all game then good for them. 

“The only problem with the skin is it didn’t come with a glider that was one of those plastic parachutes like the toy soldiers you to come with.”

Of course, these skins won’t give you any sort of help if the storm circle moves over to the Snow or Desert biomes.

However, considering they only make up a small portion of the map – players can, and probably will, use the new look to their advantage.

It remains to be seen if the new skin affects play to the point where Epic Games have to step in and make some change, especially with the Fortnite World Cup lurking around the corner. 

Until that point, make sure you’re clearing out all corners before thinking that you’re safe in a match moving forward. You never know, there could be a toy soldier skin handing out in a tree.


How to get The Mandalorian skin in Fortnite Season 5 with Baby Yoda

Published: 2/Dec/2020 9:50 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 10:01

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite Season 5 is here, and it’s got some very exciting things in store – but the one thing fans are most looking forward to is a crossover with The Mandalorian.

Following the success of Season 4’s Nexus War, which introduced skins and weapons based on some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes and villains including Storm and Venom, Fortnite has once again teamed up with another Disney-owned franchise, Star Wars.

In the gap between Season 4 and Season 5, Epic Games dropped a trailer for the new Battle Pass in which Agent Jones explains that he’s brought together some of the “greatest hunters from across all realities” – including none other than Din Djarin from The Mandalorian.

The trailer shows off the incoming Mandalorian skin accompanied by a little Grogu aka Baby Yoda, which is another back bling cosmetic like Rocket Racoon, from Guardians of the Galaxy.

How to get The Mandalorian Fortnite skin

Unlocking The Mandalorian skin in Fortnite is relatively easy, so expect to see plenty of gamers wearing it.

To get the Mandalorian skin, simply purchase the Chapter 2 Season 5 Battle Pass (or the new Fortnite Crew membership, which includes the Battle Pass) and the skin is unlocked at level 1.

There are plenty more themed items to unlock after the skin; a Mandalorian banner is unlocked at level 3, then there’s a spray at level 5, a loading screen at level 6, and the Razor Crest glider at level 8, with plenty more along the way.

The unlock process for all of these items looks something like this:

  1. Load up Fortnite Battle Royale.
  2. Head into the Battle Pass menu.
  3. Access the Battle Pass challenges screen, and wait for the relevant challenges to appear.
  4. Once they’ve been made available, it’s down to you to complete them.

How to get the Baby Yoda back bling

Unlocking the Baby Yoda back bling is relatively straightforward too, although players may have some difficulty (and need to spend quite a lot of time) getting there.

The adorable sidekick is unlocked when the player reaches tier 100 in the Battle Pass. Good luck on that journey, Star Wars fans.

There are a few ways you can level up your Battle Pass. The most common way is to complete daily and weekly quests to earn XP and gain rewards. Players can also purchase tiers of the Battle Pass using V-Bucks if they want to skip straight to the rewards.

What else can we expect from Fortnite Season 5?

Fortnite has a lot to live up to after Season 4. It saw the introduction of a number of Marvel heroes as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, for an epic Nexus War finale event.

It’s not expected that the whole season will be themed around The Mandalorian, unlike the previous Marvel-focused Season 4, but it looks like it will likely feature enough Star Wars content to keep fans of the galaxy far, far away happy.

Season 5 also brings with it the arrival of the new Fortnite Crew membership, which includes the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins, and other monthly benefits for a set price.

We will continue to update this guide as new information becomes available – follow our Fortnite section for the latest news on Season 5.