'Fortnite' Content Update 8.20 Adds Boom Bow & Sniper Shootout - Patch Notes

Fortnite Content Update 8.20 is officially live, and it brings the Boom Bow to Battle Royale. Events also get a few critical fixes as well. Read the full details in the patch notes below.

Fortnite Content Update 8.20 Patch Notes

LTM Sniper Challenge

Summary

  • In this timed mode, players will face off with sniper rifles.
  • May the best shooter win!

Mode details

  • The only weapons found are sniper rifles.
  • Reduced the probability of generating loot on the ground by 50 percent
  • Deactivated resuscitation of comrades in non-fatal knockdown condition in pairs and teams – be careful when peeking!

Weapons & Objects

Fortnite explosive bow
'Fortnite' Content Update 8.20 adds the Explosive Crossbow with high-damage rounds. Epic Games
  • Boom bow
    • Shoot arrows with a heavy rifle cartridge on the tip, which explodes on impact.
    • Use ammunition for heavy rifles
    • The longer you hold down the assigned fire key, the greater the strength of the shot! Increases projectile speed and direct impact damage.
      • The explosive damage is constant regardless of the power of the blow.
      • The Boom bow reaches full power after 1.6 seconds of charging.
    • A direct hit will inflict direct hit damage and explosive damage to the enemy player hit.
      • Direct hit
        • Basic damage 15
        • Headshot multiplier: two times
      • Explosion
        • Damage 100
  • Peppers
    • Duration increased from 10 to 20 seconds
    • Movement speed increased from 20 percent to 40 percent

Events

Bug fixes

  • Arena
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players from queuing for Duos when the team leader was in a lower division.
    • Fixed an issue that prevented promotion to the top division if a player was paired with a top division player.
      • Note: the hype was still correctly acquired, it was just a graphic error.
    • Fixed an issue where the bus ticket of the couples was calculated according to the division of the group leader, rather than theirs.

Creative

Geometric Gallery

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'Fortnite' Content Update 8.20 expands Creative Mode. Epic Games

Use this new gallery set to add even more unique shapes to your creations!

Weapons & Objects

Boom bow

  • Shoot arrows with a heavy rifle cartridge on the tip, which explodes on impact.
  • Use ammunition for heavy rifles
  • The longer you hold down the assigned fire key, the greater the strength of the shot! Increases projectile speed and direct impact damage.
    • The explosive damage is constant regardless of the power of the blow.
    • The Boom bow reaches full power after 1.6 seconds of charging.
  • A direct hit will inflict direct hit damage and explosive damage to the enemy player hit.
    • Direct hit
      • The basic damage scales from 18 (minimum) to 54 (maximum).
      • Headshot multiplier: four times
    • Explosion
      • Basic damage 54.

Prefabs

  • Large oblique square pyramid gallery
  • Large oblique triangular pyramid gallery
  • Large straight triangular prism gallery
  • Big cube seven points gallery
  • Large square pyramid gallery
  • Large triangular prism gallery
  • Large vertical triangular prism gallery

Save the World

Cannon-throwing device

What a noise! Heroes and Abietti will make a bang with this new quick rocket launcher.

Weapons

Cannon-throwing device

  • An automatic launcher that hurls small explosive shots quickly and chaotically.
  • Available in the weekly shop from April 4 to 8 p.m. EDT, until April 11 at 8 p.m. EDT.

As far as major features are concerned, the Boom Bow is the biggest change of today's server-side patch. The Legendary item packs a strong punch with its high-damage rounds, AoE impact and knockback effects. In short, the concept essentially blends the speed of a crossbow with the power of a shotgun. Its advantages are mitigated by a slightly lengthy reload speed, but the weapon still stands to cause some serious damage over medium and short distances.

On the bug fix side, there isn't much here beyond some light fixes for Duos queueing. That being said, the addition of Creative prefabs and a new weapon for Save the World is at least mildly interesting Like most Content Updates, the changes coming in Fortnite's latest iteration of version 8.20 aren't exactly massive. But, the Boom Bow should definitely add a few interesting wrinkles to the PvP meta.

Fortnite is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile. The 8.20 Content Update is live on all platforms.

What are your thoughts on the Boom Bow and changes in Fortnite's 8.20 Content Update? Tell us in the comments section!

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