It seems that sweaty Fortnite players just continue getting better at the game’s building mechanics. It is rare for a less-experienced player to get the upper hand in a fight. Even when the casual pubs player can defy the odds and get ready for their moment of glory, the “sweat” quickly places a bunch of walls, ramps, and floors for immediate protection. From there it’s another quick death and a sad return to the lobby for the hapless casual player.
But Epic is coming to the rescue again! In this new Paradise season, the game developer is attempting to help casual players by introducing a new dynamic – the ability to walk through walls. So, what’s the catch? Well, for starters the ability is only triggered by throwing a new item, the Chrome Splash, at a wall. The second catch is that serious Fortnite players will quickly learn the counters to the “walk-through-walls” mechanic. So use it quickly before the advantage fades away.
In the last couple of seasons, Epic tried to balance Fortnite’s ever-widening skill gap by introducing incredibly powerful spray weapons, junk rifts, shockwaves, and fire mechanics. Casuals did gain a slight upper hand by being able to spray away at builds. This resulted in leveling the playing field a bit – much to the disgruntlement of the sweats. We’ll now have to wait and see how the new Chrome mechanic will pan out in Season 4.
Besides the new Chrome mechanic, the greatest news of all may be that Epic is escalating the battle to remove cheaters from the game. Players who insist on continuing to use aim-hacking devices, such as the Cronus Zen, will now receive permanent bans. With that being said, let’s hop into everything that’s new from Epic Games:
In Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4: Paradise, a mysterious substance has appeared on the Island. Chrome will consume all, Chrome will be all. Embrace the Chrome by turning structures Chrome, making yourself Chrome, and proving the power of Chrome weapons.
PHASE THROUGH WALLS
Not even wood, stone, brick, or metal is a match for Chrome. An enemy built a structure for defense? Throw a Chrome Splash at the walls to make the walls penetrable — jump right through the building and get the drop on your opponent!
THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE
You can’t beat it, so be it: throw down a Chrome Splash to Chrome-ify yourself. You’ll be pure Chrome for a limited time, meaning you’ll be immune to fire damage and… become a Blob when sprinting. But don’t let this bulbous form fool you. While Blobbed, you’ll move faster, be immune to fall damage, and gain the ability to air dash. Dash into any building piece to Chrome-ify it then phase through it!
HOME SWEET CHROME
Chrome’s not only taking over points of interest, it’s built a brand new one. Ascend Herald’s Sanctum (near the abandoned Sanctuary) and stand atop this tower of honorable and hexagonal foundations.
A NEW KIND OF HIGH GROUND
In their fear of Chrome, some Island locations are seeking “safety” in the air — most notably Condo Canyon. Now called Cloudy Condos, attack from above in this expanding POI. One way to get up there? Use a D-Launcher, available in different places on the Island to help you gain higher ground.
BETTER WITH AGE
Chrome’s introduction caused the creation of the EvoChrome Shotgun and EvoChrome Burst Rifle. Find these weapons from Chrome Chests, then see their rarity increase the more you damage opponents with them. Take ‘em from Uncommon to Mythic!
WEAPONS B.C.E. (BEFORE THE CHROME ERA)
Some pre-paradise things are alright… Use strategies from yesteryear with unvaulted weapons and returning Vibin’ weapons:
- Sidearm Pistol
- Prime Shotgun
- Lever Action Shotgun
- Rapid Fire SMG
- Suppressed Submachine Gun
- Ranger Assault Rifle
- Hammer Assault Rifle
- Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
- Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper
- Firefly Jar
- Harpoon Gun
- Shadow Tracker (Exotic weapon)
- The Dub (Exotic weapon)
- Boom Sniper Rifle (Exotic weapon)
- Boogie Bomb (technically not a weapon but sounds like one)
- Shockwave Grenade (also technically not a weapon but here it is)
BRING ME SNIPER LOVE
Speaking of weapons, Sniper weapons across the board (including ones still vaulted) have had their damage and their headshot multipliers increased. Expert marksmen and trickshotters rejoice, because now one shot could be all it takes to send someone back to the Lobby. Keep your head on a swivel and — if your aim is on-point — one-shot opponents with certain Snipers once again. (Even in Zero Build!)
- Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Hunting Rifle – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Automatic Sniper Rifle – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Lever Action Rifle – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Suppressed Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Rail Gun – damage increased
- Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Heavy Sniper Rifle – headshot multiplier increased
- Storm Scout Sniper Rifle – headshot multiplier increased
- Boom Sniper Rifle – explosive damage increased
KEYS TO SUCCESS
Becoming Chrome isn’t the only way to unlock your potential. There’s a good chance you’ll come across Keys on the Island — use them to open Vaults containing loot! Low-Security Vaults require one Key to open, while High-Security Vaults require two (for the reward of more items!). Where to find this locked loot? After collecting one or more Keys, you’ll see keyhole signs on your map to help you out.
Under assault from enemies? Deploy potent cover fast with a Port-A-Bunker, taking the place of the Port-A-Fort this Season. Throw down the Port-A-Bunker to create an instant 1×1 structure featuring reinforced metal walls, a versatile ramp, doors, and defensive tires to bounce away would-be-invaders — no building required!
CHAPTER 3 SEASON 4 BATTLE PASS
Assemble an eclectic crew in your enjoyment of paradise. With this Season’s Battle Pass purchase, you’ll immediately unlock Paradigm (Reality-659)… if enemies of Chrome are your thing. Progress through the Battle Pass to unlock Spider-Gwen plus the following characters:
- Meow Skulls
- Lennox Rose
For those devoted to the Chrome, don’t worry: The Herald becomes available to unlock later in the Season!
Oh yeah, you’ll now knock back opposing players when sliding into them!
Firefly Jars and Shockwave Grenades are not included in competitive playlists.
Starting this Season, players who use restricted devices that provide, or are intended to provide, a competitive advantage may receive an in-game warning. To continue playing, players must remove the hardware and restart Fortnite. Attempts to bypass this restriction will result in a permanent ban from Fortnite. Restricted devices include but are not limited to Cronus Zen and Cronus Max.
We will continue to evaluate hardware devices that provide an advantage to players