Fortnite players call for major change to “dumb” Shakedown mechanic

Published: 25/Feb/2020 11:01

by Kamil Malinowski


The Fortnite community has called on Epic Games to change one of their newest features, the ‘Shakedown’, after experiencing some frustrating issues.

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a ton of new features into the game, including weapons, skins, and more. One of the most interesting additions was the Shakedown feature, which allows players to pick up enemies and NPC agents and ‘interrogate’ them to find out the locations of chests, fellow henchmen, and other players. 

At first, this proved to be incredibly useful as it allowed players to track down a whole squad, but it has now turned into a frustrating issue.

Loot vault at The Shark in Fortnite
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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has added a ton of new features.

Reddit user VanDenTopHeavy shared a clip of a shakedown on Feb 24, summarizing what’s wrong with the feature in it’s current form.

The problem with Shakedowns breaks down into two key issues. First off, it’s quite a lengthy animation that can be canceled, so it leaves players incredibly vulnerable. This wouldn’t be a huge issue by itself, as it would just mean that you have to ensure you’re in a safe place before doing it. 

However, the second, and biggest, problem is that the shakedown button is the same as picking up weapons. This means that if you’ve just downed someone and need to quickly grab their gun to continue a fight, you’re more than likely to inadvertently perform the shakedown action, wasting time and possibly getting killed. 

Shakedown being on interact is a real problem from r/FortniteCompetitive

To top things off, the feature itself does not have a key bind in the game’s settings, meaning players can’t manually change it.

Most users called for Epic to just make the animation cancellable, with comments like “Or they could just have it be cancelable” and “Should just make it so you can cancel somehow” filling the Reddit thread. While others simply put the blame on the devs. “Sometimes I wonder if Epic devs are a bit dumb or if it’s with purposes,” one said.

Epic have not yet commented on the issue, although they no doubt have their hands full dealing with everything that came with the release of Season 2.

For now, fans will just have to do their best to play around the issue, and hope that the next patch will offer some sort of fix.


SypherPK reveals Fortnite Season 5 glitch that lets you float at Coral Castle

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:14 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 0:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


SypherPK has already found quite a few tips, tricks, and glitches in Fortnite Season 5, but none are as hilarious as this one at Coral Castle that lets players ‘float’ in the air.

Fortnite Season 5 is well-polished, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tricks and glitches that players can exploit. Game-breaking ones like being able to stay in the storm forever inevitably get patched.

However, smaller ones are more difficult to iron out, and nobody finds them better than Ali ‘SypherPk’ Hassan. He’s shared many crazy tips and tricks in the past. Now, he’s at it again with a glitch that lets players ‘float.’ He showed it off in a recent video, and the results are hilarious.

If you want to know how to do it, here’s a quick guide.

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SypherPK is the king of finding and sharing tips and tricks in Fortnite.

How to perform the ‘float’ glitch in Fortnite Season 5

To begin, you’ll need to make your way to Coral Castle. It’s not a popular landing spot by any means. SypherPK has only landed there about five times in total himself due to the lack of loot. However, the float glitch makes it more compelling.

Take note of what looks like a small pink pebble floating in the air. It’s difficult to spot at first, but once you’ve seen it in the video below, you’ll know what it is. Strangely, you can stand on it, even though it’s tiny.

Build your way up and perch yourself on top of the pebble. Then, knock all the platforms down and stay up there, which creates the illusion of floating. It’s no cheap gimmick, though. It’s an excellent spot to rain down some bullets on unsuspecting foes, even if it leaves you a bit vulnerable.

SypherPK managed to snag a bunch of eliminations while standing up there. He even managed to get a couple of early shots in and then swoop down on opponents while they were recovering.

SypherPK’s ‘float’ glitch probably won’t win you a game. However, it looks like a lot of fun and will likely help you secure some easy eliminations.

In the end, being innovative is a part of the game, and this glitch takes full advantage of that. 

Plus, imagine the look on your opponent’s face when they realize where they got shot from.