'Fortnite' 7.20 Update Adds Sneaky Snowman, Vaults Quad Launcher - Patch Notes

Fortnite Content Update 7.20 is officially live, and it features the Sneaky Snowman and major changes to armor spawn rates. The Quad Launcher, Port-a-Fortress and Grappler have also been vaulted. The full details arrive courtesy of a blog post from Epic Games.

Fortnite Content Update 7.20 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

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 percent
  • Reviving "Down But Not Out" teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated - be careful peeking!
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode

Weapons + Items

Fortnite Sneaky Snowman
'Fortnite's new Sneaky Snowman keeps players concealed on the Battle Royale map. Epic Games
  • 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 five.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions.
    • Shield Potion
      • Reduced drop chance from Floor Loot from 16.53 percent to 13.22 percent.
      • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 14.26 percent to 9.51 percent.
    • Small Shield Potion
      • Increased drop chance from Floor Loot from 13.22 percent to 16.53 percent.
      • Increased drop chance from Chests from 9.51 percent to 14.26 percent.
  • Vaulted the following items:
    • Quad Rocket Launcher
    • Port-A-fortress
    • Grappler
  • Reduced the drop chance of Gliders.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 11.89 percent to 4.43 percent.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Balloons.​​​​​​​
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 7.58 percent to 3.24 percent.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of Quad Crashers from 100 percent to 50 percent.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of X-4 Stormwings from 80 percent to 50 percent.

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

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 five.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Added to Creative
    • Light Machine Gun
    • Suppressed Sub-Machine Gun
    • Revolver
    • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
    • Smoke Grenade
    • Remote Explosives

Save the World

Missions + Systems

  • Weekly Frostnite Challenge 4: Cold Chaos
    • Enemies gain modifiers when damaged. Focus your attacks for maximum efficiency.
      • Enemies receive a certain combination of mutators per wave: Quickened, Enraged, Exploding Deathburst, Frenzied Deathburst, and Smoke Screens.
      • Survive for 30 minutes (three times) to collect the Week 4 Challenge Banner.
      • Survive for 30 minutes to collect the Medieval Sword.
    • Available on January 23 at 7 p.m. EST.

Heroes

  • Lynx Kassandra
    • Mythic variant of the Fleetfoot subclass.
    • Available on the Event Store from January 23 at 7 p.m. EST.
      • Note: Lynx Kassandra will be unique when the new Hero Loadout launches.

Weapons + Items

  • Guardian's Will Sword
    • Rewarded for completing the week 4 Frostnite Weekly Challenge.
    • A large sword with high damage and moderate impact.
    • Leap Attack
      • A Heavy attack that jumps to the targeted foe and damages nearby enemies.

Audio

  • Improved Low Health state audio mix so that gameplay sounds aren't ducked as severely.
  • Updated Lefty/Right weapon equip/unequip sounds.
  • Updated Decoy deploy and physics sounds.

While there isn't too much to write home about with regard to this particular update, the biggest feature of Content Update 7.20 is, of course, the Sneaky Snowman. The Bush has been a clever way to conceal your position on the Battle Royale map since PvP was first introduced, but now that the arena is fully covered in a chilly fog, it makes sense to bring in a new item that keeps that camouflage mechanic in tact.

As for the temporary death of the Quad Launcher, it sort of makes sense from a balance perspective. Especially when paired with the X-4, the gun was becoming way too overpowered and encouraged rocket spam. Now the normal RPG, which requires more skill to use effectively, can have its time to shine. Also in defense of new and powerful weapons, it's nice to see that some shield spawns have increased while spawns for planes have decreased. The changes in Fortnite Content Update 7.20 intend to slightly raise Fortnite's skill ceiling, and that's hardly a bad thing.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

What are your thoughts on Fortnite's latest Content Update? Will you use the Sneaky Snowman? Did the Quad Launcher deserve to be vaulted? Tell us in the comments section!

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