'Fortnite' Update 8.11 Adds Flint-Knock Pistol & Impulse Grenades - Patch Notes

Fortnite Season 8 continues with update 8.11. The patch adds the Flint-Knock Pistol, One Shot LTM and unvaults the controversial Impulse Grenade. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a blog post from Epic Games.

Fortnite Update 8.11 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

Weapons + Items

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The Flint-Knock Pistol has potential to deal some serious fall damage. Epic Games
  • Flint-Knock Pistol
    • Available in Common and Uncommon Rarities.
    • Found from Floor Loot.
    • Knocks back the shooter. Can also knock back the target if they're close enough.
      • The closer you are to the target, the farther they get knocked away.
      • The shooter can crouch to prevent the knockback.
    • Close range damage: 86/90
      • Significant damage falloff.
    • Must reload after each shot.
      • three second reload time.
    • Uses Heavy Ammo.
  • Unvaulted the Impulse Grenade
    • Impulse strength against vehicles has been increased by 344 percent
  • Increased the impulse strength of explosive weapons against vehicles by 233 percent
  • Scoped Assault Rifle
    • Increased base damage from 24/23 to 27/26
  • Reduced the spawn rate of the Baller from 100 percent to 50 percent

Limited Time Mode: One Shot


Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Snipers are the only weapon and Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Mode Details

  • Gravity is set lower than normal.
  • The Storm wait time has been greatly reduced in all phases of the game.
  • The only weapons in this mode are Hunting Rifles and Sniper Rifles.
  • Semi-Auto Snipers and Bounce Pads have been removed from the Vault in this mode.
  • Players will spawn with 50 health, and can only heal if they find Bandages.


  • Tournament Update: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
    • Added two additional extended sessions, which will run 24 hours a day.
      • 3/19/2019 00:00 UTC until 3/23/2019 00:00 UTC
      • 3/23/2019 00:00 UTC until 3/26/2019 00:00 UTC
  • New Tournament: Blackheart Cup (March 23 & 24) [$100,000 in Cash Prizes!]
    • Participation in this event requires players to have placed in the Top 3 percent (global) of any Gauntlet Test Event session prior to the start of the tournament.
    • The prize pool will be distributed across all server regions, with official rules and details released later this week.
    • Format:
      • March 23 - Round One: All Eligible Players
      • March 24 - Round Two: Top 3,000 Players from Round One
  • Participating in tournaments and the Gauntlet Test now requires a minimum account level of 15. The requirement was previously at level 10.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused The Baller's tow-hook "release" sound to trigger twice each time.


Bug Fixes

  • The new style for the Whiteout Outfit can now be selected.
  • Event leaderboards no longer display everyone as being at rank #0.

Art + Animation

  • Adjusted lighting.
    • Increased lighting contrast in areas of shadow.
    • Increased color vibrancy.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where full-screen support was not working on Samsung S10 devices.
  • Fixed an issue preventing in-game surveys from appearing on mobile devices.
    • These random surveys were added in the v8.10 update but were not appearing on mobile devices. Be sure to leave us your feedback if you receive one after a match.
  • Fixed various mobile stability related issues.
    • We'll be monitoring their impact and continue investigating any additional issues. Let us know what you're experiencing on our social channels.



  • Black Glass Island

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where grenades were thrown from outside the save volume of islands, toward the island, would apply grenade effects (eg. knockback, chiller effects) to other players and vehicles.

Creative Tools + Phone

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where some objects had become un-targetable with the Phone, such as Llamas and Vehicles. Those now react correctly when targeted by the Phone.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where a Sentry would occasionally not cause damage to players.


Bug Fixes

  • Made stability improvements around ending and leaving games in Creative Mode.

Save the World


  • Greatly optimized bandwidth usage by eliminating transport of redundant information, particularly around inventory and ability updates.
    • This should reduce networking-related hitching and de-sync issues, especially during combat.


  • Battle Hound Jonesy (Returning)
    • Standard Perk: Rucksack
      • Increases Frag Grenade maximum charges by one
    • Commander Perk: Rucksack+
      • Increases Frag Grenade maximum charges by four.
    • Available in the Weekly Store from March 20 at 8 p.m. EDT to March 27 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Bug Fixes

  • Updated Hiro's head model to the correct version
    • We will be marking Hiro eligible for reset due to this change.

Weapons + Items

Fortnite lancelot spear
Lancelot's spear opens up new attack possibilities in Save the World. Epic Games
  • Sir Lancelot Spear will be available in the Weekly Store
    • A spear using a new set of long-range, narrow thrusting attacks.
      • Heavy Attack: Joust - Charge forward, damaging and knocking back smaller enemies in your way.
    • Available in the Weekly Store from March 20 at 8 p.m. EDT to March 27 at 8 p.m. EDT.



  • Fixed a performance issue when caching shaders on Mac, which should improve load times.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing Xbox players from being able to accept party invites from friends.

Fortnite update 8.11 isn't quite as substantial as the patches of past weeks, but the Flint-Knock Pistol does present some interesting gameplay opportunities. In a game with so much verticality and the possibility of fall damage, potential knockback from a gunshot adds an interesting twist. It means that, while this new pistol may look small in stature, it has the potential to make a big splash late in rounds when built towers are at their tallest. A well-placed bullet could send a high-ground favorite crashing down to an untimely demise. In other phases of the game, the buff to Impulse Grenades was a necessary one. We can't wait to see it in action.

Save the World and Creative basically got nothing this week, but, of course, not every Fortnite update can be as substantial as the last. In particular, the bandwidth tweaks to PvE might be more impactful than it appears. With optimization being the big focus this week, we imagine new features will be a priority in the next one.

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

What are your thoughts on Fortnite update 8.11 and the Flint-Knock Pistol? Are you happy that Impulse Grenades are back? Tell us in the comments section!

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