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Fortnite Battle Royale • Jan 23, 2019

Fortnite v7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman, vaulted items and patch notes for January 22

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Fortnite v7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman, vaulted items and patch notes for January 22

The first v7.20 Content Update for Fortnite Battle Royale went live on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and all other major platforms on January 22 and Epic Games had a lot in store for their players and fans! Here's everything you need to know.

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Even before the Content Update went live, a huge amount of information relating to it had already been revealed. In this article, you can find all of the important v7.20 Content Update news as well as the full patch notes.

What’s new?

Sneaky Snowman

One thing we were certain of is that an all-new Sneaky Snowman would be released as part of the patch. The item was officially announced via the in-game news section on January 21.

The description for from the announcement said: "Become a master of disguise,” so the general consensus within the Fortnite community was that it would work a lot like the Bush and allow players to hide in plain sight on the snowy map.

Now, the official description and notes from the January 22 patch should tell you everything you need to know:

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Sneaky Snowman

  • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
  • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
  • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
  • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
    • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
  • Available in Common variant.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
  • Drops in stacks of 5.
  • Max stack size of 10.

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The removal of the Grappler will come as a surprise to players.

Vaulted weapons and items

Eric Williamson, Design Lead for Fortnite Battle Royale at Epic Games, revealed on Twitter that the v7.20 Content Update would feature: “a few more vaults…”

The only weapon that we knew for certain would be included in that list was the Quad Launcher - Williamson confirmed as much on Twitter.

According to the patch notes, though, the Quad Launcher will also be joined by the Grappler and Port-A-Fortress:

Vaulted the following items:

  • Quad Rocket Launcher
  • Port-A-fortress
  • Grappler
It looks like the Quad Launcher will no longer be available.

Tweaks to items and vehicles (Shields, Glider Redeploy and X-4 Stormwing)

Eric Williamson also confirmed that there would be some small tweaks to the availability of shields, a “reduction of mobility,” and some adjustments to the spawn chance of certain items and vehicles.

As you can see, there have been fairly significant changes to a variety of items:

Swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions.

  • Shield Potion
    • Reduced drop chance from Floor Loot from 16.53% to 13.22%.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 14.26% to 9.51%.
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased drop chance from Floor Loot from 13.22% to 16.53%.
    • Increased drop chance from Chests from 9.51% to 14.26%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Gliders.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 11.89% to 4.43%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Balloons.​​​​​​​
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 7.58% to 3.24%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of Quad Crashers from 100% to 50%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of X-4 Stormwings from 80% to 50%.

Fortnite Battle Royale v7.20 Content Update patch notes

The rest of the patch notes for the v7.20 Content Update can be found below:

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LIMITED TIME MODE: SNIPER SHOOTOUT

Summary
In this limited time mode, players will do battle using scoped weapons only. May the best aim win!

What's New?

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifles have been added.
  • Legendary Scoped Pistols have been added to Supply Drops.


Mode Details

  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50%
  • Reviving "Down But Not Out" teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated - be careful peeking!
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed an issue where building would cause a major drop in FPS.

EVENTS

  • Added additional dates for Explorer Pop-Up Cup.
    • Updated additional materials gained on elimination to now drop with the eliminated player, rather than being granted immediately.

CREATIVE

WHAT'S NEW?

This is an early release so you may experience client crashes, loss of progress, or other unexpected errors.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Sneaky Snowman
    • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
    • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
    • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
    • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
      • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
    • Available in Common variant.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
    • Drops in stacks of 5.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Added to Creative
    • Light Machine Gun
    • Suppressed Sub-Machine Gun
    • Revolver
    • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
    • Smoke Grenade
    • Remote Explosives

As always, you can keep an eye on @Dexerto on Twitter for everything Fortnite related. We'll be bringing you all of the v7.20 Content Update news and reactions from the community throughout the day.

When did the v7.10 Content Update come out?

The Fortnite developers have been hard at work ever since they came back from their Christmas break, already releasing a huge v7.10 Content Update on January 8 followed by the v7.20 patch on January 15.

The first v7.20 Content Update was released on January 22 at 13:00 GMT (08:00 EST, 05:00 PST).