'Fortnite' Update 4.2 Adds Backpack Jetpacks, Solid Gold V2 - Patch Notes

Fortnite update 4.2 has been upgraded with Jetpacks and a revised Solid Gold V2 limited-time mode. Epic Games' full patch notes detail everything you should know about Fortnite's new Backpack item type.

BATTLE ROYALE NEW FEATURES

Jetpack

  • Legendary Rarity
  • Found in Treasure Chests
  • The Jetpack is the first of a new item type: Backpacks.
    • Backpacks take an inventory slot (like weapons and consumables) and can be moved to different positions.
    • Only one Backpack can be carried at a time.
      • If you pick up a different Backpack, it will be automatically swapped with the one currently equipped.
    • When a Backpack is fully consumed, it will be automatically destroyed.
    • While a Backpack is equipped, your Back Bling cosmetics will be hidden.
      • Back Bling will be reapplied when the Backpack is no longer equipped.
  • The Jetpack is engaged by jumping while in mid-air, providing additional mobility.
    • While flying, there is a limited duration it can be used before it must charge again.
      • Recharge begins when the Jetpack is not in use.
    • You can not enter Targeting Mode while in the air.
      • On controller, using the Targeting Mode input will trigger the Jetpack.

Solid Gold V2

  • All weapon drops are legendary
    • Floor Drops: High chance of Hand Cannon and Suppressed Pistols. Low chance of Assault Rifle and Sniper Rifle.
    • Chests: High chance of Assault Rifle, Minigun and Sniper Rifle. Low chance of Heavy Shotgun and Rocket/Grenade Launchers. No Pistols.
    • Supply Drops: High chance of Rocket/Grenade Launchers, Medium chance of Sniper Rifles. Low chance of Heavy Shotgun and Assault Rifles. No Pistols.
  • 50 percent extra stone and metal resources gained from farming
  • Stone Floor Drops increased to 60 per pickup.
  • Metal Floor Drops increased to 90 per pickup.
  • Increased drop rates of: Chug Jugs, Slurp Juice, Shields, all Special Grenades, Launch Pads and Campfires
  • Decreased drop rates of: Grenades, Spike Traps and Bandages

Limited-Time Mode: Close Encounters

  • Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks
  • The only guns in this mode are the various types of Shotguns.
    • Jetpacks & Heavy Shotguns can be found in Chests & Supply Drops.
    • Other Shotgun types are spawned as Floor Loot.
  • The storm moves more quickly than normal in mid to late game.
  • Typical match length is about 15 minutes.
  • Stats are enabled for this mode.

SAVE THE WORLD NEW FEATURES

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  • Doubled the Weekly Limit for Flux in the Weekly Store (available Wed., May 23 at 8 p.m. EDT).
  • Archaeolo-Jess, new Outlander Hero, has been added to the Event Store (available Wed., May 23 at 8 p.m. EDT).

As this is a Content Update to the existing Fortnite 4.2 update that arrived last week, no downtime or additional downloads are required. All the changes were pushed via live servers, so there are no major bug fixes to speak of with the current version.

Fortnite's Jetpack has a fairly long history that stretches back to when the new item class was teased for an early March release in the first weeks of Season 3. Unspecified bugs delayed the item's deployment up until now, but it resurfaced in data mines last week. Thanks to the Close Encounters mode, players will have a really good chance to see what aerial combat in Fortnite is truly like.

Something the patch notes don't tell you is that certain Backpacks have special abilities. The Eye of the Storm Jetpack, for example, allows you to see the center of the storm circle before it approaches. This is especially helpful if you're trying to complete the Weekly Challenge that requires you to enter the center of the storm.

Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, PC and iOS. The 4.2 Content Update should be live on all platforms.

Have you found a Jetpack in Fortnite yet? Will Backpacks disrupt the balance of Battle Royale? Tell us in the comments section!