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How to take zero fall damage using Fortnite’s new Sneaky Snowman item

Published: 22/Jan/2019 19:53 Updated: 22/Jan/2019 19:54

by Albert Petrosyan


The new Sneaky Snowman item in Fortnite Battle Royale has several ways that it can be used, including one that not many players may know about.

Added on January 22 as part of the v7.20 Content Update, the Sneaky Snowman is a decoy item that can either be manually placed somewhere on the map or worn as a disguise.


The Common rarity item has 100 health and can act as a shield to those who choose to wear it, but players cannot build or use other items until the Snowman gets destroyed or they switch to a different item or building mode. 

However, some of the more keen minds have quickly realized that there is a way to use the Sneaky Snowman to avoid taking fall damage when falling from virtually any height.


As demonstrated by Reddit user ‘Junkertown,’ the secret here is to build a floor structure, manually place the Snowman on it, jump and stand on its head, then edit out the floor structure to cause the Snowman to fall down. 

The ending result of this method sees the Snowman and the player standing on its head to safely land on the ground below without either taking a lick of fall damage.

The effectiveness of this trick is very situational as it provides a very easy way to get down from great heights without having to burn through resources or valuable mobility items.


While using Glider Redeploy or Balloons also makes sense in these situations, their drop rates have been considerably lowered, which means players might want to save them for emergency fall damage prevention or directional aerial travel, since Snowmen can’t be used in either scenario anyway. 

It’s not clear whether this was an intended effect of the Sneaky Snowman when it was added into the game, and if it’s not, Epic Games will likely adjust it to remove fall damage prevention from the item’s repertoire.

Until then, if you find yourself carrying some in your inventory, better put them to good use! 


Fortnite Flare Gun return leaked with major buff

Published: 19/Oct/2020 12:53

by Connor Bennett


A new Fortnite leak has claimed that the Flare Gun could be set to make a return in the near future, and it would be receiving quite a substantial buff too. 

As Fortnite seasons unfold, weapons and items are regularly cycled in and out of the loot pool – either for being too strong, too weak, or not fitting the theme of the new patch. 


This means that some fan-favorite weapons might disappear from the game for one reason or another, either to return at some point later in the future or to never be seen again. 

In the case of the Flare Gun, which was initially added to the battle royale back in the v13.20 update but it was removed at the start of Chapter 2, Season 4. With some fans hoping to see it return, especially given the new fire mechanics, it appears as if Epic have got something up their sleeve. 

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Epic Games
The Flare Gun first appeared in a small short video from Epic Games.

Following the v14.30 update, which gave a buff to the Combat Shotgun and also brought the Rally Royale limited-time mode to the party, leakers uncovered a handful of changes coming in the future.

This includes the Flare Gun, which as leaker Mang0e_ pointed out, could be set to return to the battle royale after a spell in the vault, but with a little bit of a boost too. 

“The flare gun may be coming back to core modes soon,” the leaker tweeted on October 15. “The duration for marking enemies was re-added and increased to 15 seconds.”


While this is not set in the stone, as the leaker tweeted that it may return, some fans will be hoping that the Flare Gun does return – especially given its reported buff.

This increase in time with marking enemies would certainly make players think twice about ignoring the chance to use the Flare Gun. But, as ever, it’ll be up to Epic to make the final call.