'Fortnite' Update 8.01 Adds Buried Treasure Map & Slide Duos - Patch Notes

Fortnite update 8.01 is officially live, and its main features include the Buried Treasure item, as well as the Slide Duos mode for Battle Royale. Creative gets a few new objects, and Save the World has a few minor bug fixes. Read the official patch notes below to get the full story.

Fortnite 8.01 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

Gameplay

  • Increased the angle at which you can slide down terrain without taking damage from 65 degrees to 75 degrees.

Limited Time Mode: Slide Duos

Summary

Ice blocks on everyone's feet, infinite ammo Grapplers in everyone's inventory - a recipe for a slippery good time!

Mode Details

  • Friction greatly lowered.
  • Max run speed greatly raised.
  • Falling damage removed.
  • Infinite ammo Grapplers added to everyone's inventory.

Weapons + Items

Fortnite buried treasure
Find the X on the map to locate high-level loot. Epic Games
  • Buried Treasure
    • It's a map that is used to track down buried chests on the map.
      • Chests contain a trove of legendary loot.
      • X marks the spot! The chest must be dug up using a pickaxe.
    • There is a limit of one map held at a time.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Chests.
  • Reduced Infantry Rifle availability
    • Reduced the chance of receiving an Infantry Rifle from Chests from 14.41 percent to 13.39 percent
    • Reduced the chance of receiving an Infantry Rifle from Floor Loot from 2.41 percent to 2.24 percent
  • Reduced Clinger availability
    • Reduced the chance of receiving Clinger's from Chests from 9.42 percent to 5.52 percent
    • Reduced the chance of receiving Clinger's from Floor Loot from 1.27 percent to 1.02 percent
  • Vaulted
    • Bottle Rockets

Events

  • New Tournament: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
    • We are running a new type of tournament as a test of several format updates.
    • Extended Hours: This event consists of a single session which lasts until March 9 7 p.m. EST.
      • Due to the extended hours for this event, Duo players will each have their own score that remains when changing partners.
      • Note: Due to the playlist featuring matchmaking based on your score, the quality or availability of matches may differ at certain times of day.
    • Updated Scoring:
      • Match Limit: None
      • Bus Fare: -two Points
        • Each match played will reduce your score by two points in the form of a 'Bus Fare' at the start of the match.
        • Tournament scores cannot go into the negatives - at the end of a match, if a player has a negative score for the tournament then their score will be reset to zero points.
      • Victory Royale: +three Points (+10 Total)
      • second - fifth: +two Points (+seven Total)
      • sixth - 10th: +two Points (+five Total)
      • 11th - 25th: +three Points (+three Total)
      • Each Elimination: +one Point
    • Matchmaking:
      • Players are still matchmade against opponents with similar point totals.
      • Matchmaking will wait for up to eight minutes before creating a match with the closest players available.
      • Matchmaking will search in a considerably wider points range after four minutes of searching.
    • At the conclusion of the Gauntlet Test Event, the Top five percent of players based on their final score will unlock the 'Gauntlet Finals' tournament.
  • New Tournament: Gauntlet Solo Finals & Gauntlet Duo Finals
    • Scheduled three-hour event, check tournament in-game for your local time.
      • Note: NA East and NA West are now separate for scheduled tournaments, and no longer share a leaderboard.
    • Scoring:
      • Match Limit: 10 Games
      • Victory Royale: +three Points (+10 Total)
      • second - fifth: +two Points (+seven Total)
      • sixth - 10th: +two Points (+five Total)
      • 11th - 25th: +three Points (+three Total)
      • Each Elimination: +one Point
    • Top 3,000 players in each server region will advance to Round 2 on Sunday during same time block.

Audio

  • Improvement to the standard AR sound so that it's not overbearing on the shooter.
  • The sound made when a player destroys a structure is now louder when instigated by enemies.
  • Footstep audio blends in the above/below layers, rather than binarily switching between them.
  • Footstep occlusion traces from the head of enemies when they're above or below.
  • Reduced the volume of the Season 8 Victory Umbrella.
  • The Season 8 Victory Umbrella now uses the correct sound on Mobile/Switch.

Mobile

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue when pressing the fire button with 2 fingers causes fire action to continuously loop.

Creative

Islands

  • Sprays are now saved! Use your sprays to decorate.
    • Removed the three spray limit, now each spray has a small cost on the memory thermometer.

Gameplay

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue where Nintendo Switch Consoles can Desync with 16 players on a Creative Server.

Weapons + Items

  • Added the Drum Gun
  • Added the Tactical Submachine Gun

Prefabs

  • Added All New Elemental Cube Gallery - beginning with four variations of water.
  • Added new Bridge and Girder Galleries in a variety of colors.
  • Added new Obstacle Course Galleries in a variety of colors.
  • Added new Visualizer Gallery XL - now you can go big with your music!

Devices

Bug Fixes

  • Billboard Device will now update immediately when changes are made.
  • Billboard Device will no longer be able to bypass the Language Filter.
  • Player Spawn Pads will no longer be removed when destroying the supporting floor tile.

Save the World

UI

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed hero loadout information sometimes showing placeholder data.
  • Fixed the collection book unslot button being unavailable if you have a free unslot but do not have enough currency to unslot like you would regularly. It never charged currency for free slots, but would not be accessible without having enough currency.

Heroes

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected an issue which caused Bulletstorm Jonesy's abilities to be unlocked in the incorrect order. He should now gain Warcry at one star, Goin' Commando at two stars, and Frag Grenade at three stars as intended.
  • Corrected an issue which reset the cooldown of Mantis Leap mid-air during certain weapon interactions.
    • Staying airborne for minutes at time is fun, however, this was an unintended interaction. We want to make sure we're responsible about how we implement vertical gameplay and after seeing such a strong positive response we'll be looking for more ways to introduce this type of gameplay in the future.
  • Fixed an issue where Keen Eyes created collision with some enemies

Gameplay

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed wall sometimes being built when using mouse to pick a trap from the trap picker.

General

Bug Fixes

  • When motion blur is turned on for consoles that support it (Xbox One X or the Playstation 4 Pro), it will now properly take effect.

Fortnite update 8.01 obviously isn't as full-featured as last week's major patch, but it does have a few interesting highlights. The Buried Treasure, for example, stands to be a cool way to collect high-end loot. What will be very interesting to see is how the feature works. Is it possible for other players to see and collect the treasure without having the map in their inventories? How many possible treasure spots are there? If it gets to the point where players start memorizing the location of these marks, finding the map might essentially become a useless task. Adding Buried Treasure is certainly a cool thematic touch, it just has to be executed well.

As for Fortnite's other modes, the emphasis for this week is obviously on polish. Considering the multitude of Hero changes introduced in 8.0, it's obvious a few bugs were going to slip through the cracks. In true Epic Games fashion, though, developers were quick to remedy the shortcomings. Fortnite update 8.01 isn't revolutionary, but it has a few interesting ideas.

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

What are your thoughts on Fortnite update 8.01 so far? Have you found Buried Treasure? Tell us in the comments section!

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