- In the latest update from Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale is introducing the Shield Bubble, and BRUTE is finally getting nerfed. Here are the details.
Fortnite Introduced Shield Bubble + BRUTE Nerfed
Fortnite Battle Royale continues to expand. Honestly, at this point players are expecting another item nearly every two weeks. Epic Games does their job and provides constant support for the game. Of course, sometimes these changes are not welcome but most of the time they work quite well. Disregarding the whole BRUTE of course. But as we have stated they do add new items pretty consistently. We have seen several new items coming with the Season X and they continue to come. Last time we have seen the Junk Rift introduced. It was not an amazing item but it was somewhat related to counter BRUTE.
But with the update v.10.20, Fortnite is introducing something we have never seen before. Let us check the new Shield Bubble.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 27, 2019
Shied Bubble is a Rare item. It can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines. When players use it, it lasts for 30 seconds. The Shield Bubble creates a large bubble that blocks projectiles and explosives. However, players can still run through it. Projectiles and explosives can be fired from inside the bubble but cannot go outside of it. The bubble’s emitter has 400 HP. If you can destroy it does deactivate the bubble.
This is the first time we are seeing an object coming to Fortnite. The shield Bubble can also put on vehicles and used at leisure around the map. It will be an interesting item for many players. But it can be an annoyance for some as well. The idea seems similar to Apex Legends Gibraltar’s ability in a way.
Many players were asking for this for a long time. Epic Games did argue with players on several different levels. But after the last Creators Cup Tournament, things escalated and BRUTE is getting nerfed. Let us see how extensive is this nerf.
BRUTE’s map icon will remain visible to all players after players board one. This icon will follow the vehicle as it moves. This is expected to increase awareness of a BRUTE’s presence and location to all players in the match.
- First nerf is a decrease in the maximum amount of rockets fired by the BRUTE in a single charge from 10 to 6.
- Decreased the rate at which the rockets are fired from the BRUTE by 56%.
- Also BRUTE no longer grants materials to the driver and passenger when stomping or dashing through the environment. BRUTE explosion range is back to normal.
Epic Games stated,
“This change, in particular, felt like an overswing, making it too difficult for the BRUTE to hit targets with less rockets and mobility. So on August 23, we brought the damage radius back (in core modes) to where it was before August 22. We’re continuing to closely evaluate the BRUTE changes to make sure they align with our goals.”
Also, Epic Games decreased the material cost of using gunner’s overshield from 200 to 75. Increased the Health of the BRUTE from 1000 to 1250.
These nerfs are definitely substantial. However, health increase can annoy some players still. BRUTE cannot be taken of the game because of a Storyline related issue. Therefore players will have to bear with it for now. We do hope this will be the end of this problem.