'Fortnite' 5.1 (1.69) Update Adds Guided Missile & Fly Explosives - Patch Notes

Fortnite Content Update 5.1 has arrived as version 1.69 on PS4, and it brings the Guided Missile back to Battle Royale alongside the new Fly Explosives limited-time mode. The official patch notes offer the full details, and we've listed them below.


Fly Explosives Mode

  • Only Explosive Weapons can be found in this mode.
  • Floor Loot spawners will occasionally spawn Jetpacks.
  • Fly Explosives Jetpacks have increased fuel regen rate & decreased burn rate compared to Default Jetpacks, to keep pilots in the sky a bit longer.
  • Between-storm wait times have been reduced due to players needing less time to find adequate loot (avg. match length should be lower than 20m).
  • Rocket Ammunition capped at 120.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode.

Playground Tweaks

Mode Details

  • The following weapons and items have been added to the Playground LTM only.
    • Jetpack
    • Guided Missile
    • Crossbow

Guided Missile

Fortnite Guided Missile update
The Guided Missile returns, but it’s been nerfed for update 5.1. Epic Games
  • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
  • Fuse duration reduced from 18 to 15 seconds.
  • Movement Speed decreased from 1100 to 1000.
  • Reload time increased to 2.4/2.2.
  • Reduced player damage from 105/110 down to 74/77 damage.
  • Reduced structure damage down from 1100 to 400.
  • Explosions now damage structures with no regard for Line of Sight.
  • Guided Missile can also be controlled via keyboard using the default movement inputs.

Bug Fixes

  • Nameplates will no longer appear for members of the opposite team.
  • The issues with Slurp Juice have been fixed and it can once again be looted in-game.


Spyglass Sniper Rifle added to the Weekly Store

Fortnite Spyglass Sniper
The Spyglass Sniper Rifle is available Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 in Save the World. Epic Games
  • An accurate, high-powered, scoped sniper rifle with a single round per magazine that kicks like a mule.
  • Available Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. EDT until Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. EDT.

The biggest change for Content Update 5.1 is undoubtedly the return of the Guided Missile, a controversial addition first introduced at the end of March in update 3.4. Since then the weapon has been significantly nerfed, which means players won't be able to wreck shop with it like they could before. Pretty much all facets of the gun have been made weaker, allowing it to be more balanced compared to other heavy weapons. Especially in the Fly Explosives mode, players will have plenty of chances to make use of it.

While Fortnite Content Update 5.1 is indeed a Content Update by name, it should be known that the patch does require a download of varying sizes on all platforms. No server downtime was necessary.

Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and iOS. The 5.1 Content Update is available now as version 1.69 on PS4.

What's your take on Fortnite's Guided Missile rework? Will you play lots of Fly Explosives this week? Tell us in the comments section!

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