The brand new Season 4 of Fortnite finally launched on May 1st after weeks of great anticipation and hype.
The new season brought with it several huge changes, including a massive meteor crash site at the new Dusty Divot, loads of new in-game content, and, of course, Hop Rocks.
One of the more discussed new items in Fortnite, Hop Rocks are purple, glowing crystals that can be found in any of the new crater sites across the map.
Once consumed, they give players a 30 second period of heightened jumping ability, allowing users to get to higher areas without having to build.
Hop Rocks were a major point of conversation in the first episode of IGN’s brand new Fortnite Show, in which popular Twitch streamer and Fortnite extraordinaire Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo made a guest appearance.
Among other things, the streamer revealed his strategy of how he goes about using the new jump-boosting crystals in-game.
“I don’t know if you guys had the opportunity to do this yet, but if you get an Impulse Grenade and build a giant ramp after you get one of the Hop Rocks, you can fly at people and that surprisingly throws off people in really big way because nobody seems to expect it yet.”
He also went on to share his opinion regarding the Hop Rocks, claiming that the new item helps even out the playing field to a sense.
“People are really getting good at building too, so the Hop Rocks can negate some of the building advantage that people have because you can jump four, five stories with ease now if you pop one of those things.”
Love them or hate them, there is always going to be two sides to the ‘Hop Rock viability’ argument in Fortnite because, as DrLupo mentions in the segment, there are many within the game’s vast player-base that will find nearly every change or addition to be controversial.
You can view the Hop Rocks segment below, or watch the entire first episode of IGN’s Fortnite Show on their offical website.