Fortnite Releases Latest Patch

By Andrew Ogley, 1 year ago
The folks over at Epic Games are keeping busy with yet another update to their popular third-person tower defense title, Fortnite. The latest patch, version 1.8.1, focuses on optimizing the new features recently introduced in the Fortnightmares event.


Firstly, Voice Chat improvements allow players to mute individual players via the audio tab in the settings screen. Additionally, with a continued sense of generosity, the developer has increased the quest item drop rates, which should increase the chance of obtaining that last, rather obstinate, quest item.

Along with those points, the team has made numerous other changes, all shown below. So, grab a brew and peruse the list at your leisure.


  • Fixed several localization issues.


  • Slurp Juice can now spawn as Floor Loot in addition to in chests.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to consume Slurp Juice while running.
  • Fixed the effect of Slurp Juice persisting from the pre-game phase to the Battle Bus phase.
  • Fixed an issue which caused other players’ gliders to appear sideways.
  • Supply Drop balloons now take damage when shot from below.
  • Fixed an issue which caused revives to be interrupted if another DBNO player is near.
  • Adjusted the camera while holding the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher — The camera angle previously interfered with players’ crosshairs.
  • Improved stability of the matchmaking system.
  • Improved point light shadow rendering performance on consoles and PC — this was particularly noticeable in Greasy Grove on Xbox One.
  • Various optimizations to player character animation for improved performance.
  • Fixed various hitches during gameplay due to assets being synchronously loaded at runtime.
  • Fixed server network lag occurring if a player attempted to rejoin a match after timing out or being kicked.
  • Team members are listed next to the options menu.
  • This screen shows the number of players each team member has eliminated so far.
  • Xbox One players can mute team members from their profile.
  • Added confirmation prompt when equipping items in the Locker.
  • Changes made to sensitivity sliders will properly revert if the “Apply” button is not used before closing the menu.
  • Changed the description for V-Bucks to indicate that they can be used in both Save the World and Battle Royale stores.
  • “This in-game currency can be spent in both the Battle Royale PvP mode and the Save the World PvE campaign. In Battle Royale you can purchase new customization items for your Hero, glider, or pickaxe. In Save the World you can purchase Llama Pinata card packs that contain weapon, trap and gadget schematics as well as new Heroes and more. Note: Items do not transfer between Battle Royale mode and Save the World campaign.”
  • Fixed a visual issue with the crown icon over the party leader.
  • Fixed the consumable timer getting stuck on screen after transitioning from pre-game to the Battle Bus phase.
  • Fixed the Leaderboards and Stats page which showed an incorrect time until refresh if the system’s clock was changed.
  • Fixed consumable items being displayed as “Ranged Weapons” in their tooltip.
  • Fixed an issue causing text on the Item Shop screen to be cut off.
  • Fixed an issue which caused controller button icons to be pushed off screen on the Leaderboard page in the Italian language.
  • Fixed text that didn’t fit on the Stats page in the Polish language.
  • Fixed a gap in geometry that allowed players to get below the terrain.
  • Minor environmental bug fixes (Examples: Floating Trees, small seams in terrain.)
  • “Crouch” and “Repair” are no longer the same input on the “Combat Pro” config; Click R-Stick to crouch. Click and hold R-Stick to repair.
  • Enabling voice chat while in a match now adds the player to the voice channel.
  • Fixed an issue which canceled music if players used the dance emote; now it also reduces the volume of other music while yours is playing.
  • Some challenges were rebalanced.
  • Play Matches: Increased from 3 to 5
  • Shotgun Eliminations: Decreased from 5 to 4
  • Pistol Eliminations: Decreased from 5 to 3
  • SMG Eliminations: Decreased from 5 to 2
  • Sniper Eliminations: Decreased from 5 to 1
  • Existing progress on rebalanced challenges was reset.
  • The “Outlive Squad Players” challenge was renamed to “Outlive opponents in squad mode” to clarify how the challenge should be completed.
  • Hair will no longer clip through the “Recon Expert” outfit while moving.
  • Hair will no longer clip through the “Skull Trooper” outfit while moving.
  • Improved lighting for certain characters in the matchmaking lobby.


  • Fixed “Taker's” basic melee attack; now performs one strike instead of two. Swoop damage has been increased from 162 to 250.
  • Fixed an issue which caused Crystal Scavenger weapons to have the incorrect max durability.
  • The Soldier’s Shockwave ability has been rebalanced as we felt it was a bit underwhelming. Base damage increased from 30 to 75 and impact damage decreased from 1895 to 1695.
  • Fixed an issue which gave all Constructors the Machinist Harper's Trap Durability perk.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Trailblaster A.C. Outlander’s hair to clip through his hat.
  • Improved the frequency of quest item drops to avoid frustrating unlucky streaks.
  • The matchmaking region id is now visible below the matchmaking button for better visibility.
  • Fixed issue where region selection may not be properly reflected when backing out from the settings screen.
  • Added a durability category for “Falling Trap” tooltip stats. Now players will know how many uses the trap has left.
  • Fixed the description of the Keep Out! Perk. Keep Out! Frag Grenade explosions leave a residual energy field, doing 25% of the initial grenade blast damage every 1 second, over 10 seconds.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Helicopter slot 2 unlock to become available before the Helicopter unlock. This change was previously noted in the v.1.8 patch notes, but the fix ended up getting pushed back to v.1.8.1
  • The Helicopter node in Research Tree 2 was swapped with the Hang Glider node in Research Tree 4. This fix may cause some players to have parts of their research skill tree reset and refunded. No progress will be lost but players will need to rebuy their skills again with their refunded points.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented audio from playing for the Halloween intro on Xbox One.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the Victory cinematic from playing after a mission.
  • Fixed several client crashes.
  • Fixed a rare dedicated server crash that could occur while loading into a Storm Shield.
Fortnite patch v1.8.1 is available now.

We've got the full list of Fortnite achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.

Check out our Best Xbox Third Person Shooters Available in 2018 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
Andrew Ogley
Written by Andrew Ogley
Andrew has been writing for TA since 2011 covering news, reviews and the occasional editorials and features. One of the grumpy old men of the team, his mid-life crisis has currently manifested itself in the form of an addiction to sim-racing - not being able to afford the real life car of his dreams. When not spending hours burning simulated rubber, he still likes to run around, shoot stuff and blow things up - in the virtual world only of course.