The first big patch for Fortnite season 8 is here, complete with a giant rolling hamster ball as a new vehicle. The Baller may be the game’s most strangest and goofiest vehicles yet, but it seems like it might be a lot of fun.
The Baller lets one player drive around, grappling to things with the suction cup gun mounted to the front. The Baller can boost just like the hoverboard and quad, but with the addition of the suction cup becomes one of the game’s most mobile vehicles. Players inside the Baller can’t be shot, but it only has 300 health.
Also arriving in this patch are some major changes to vending machines. Instead of charging players set amounts of materials, vending machines now dispense their contents to the first player who activates them. This means that vending machines now work free of charge, but disappear after one player has used them. Common and Uncommon vending machines have also been removed from the game.
For a full look at all the changes that arrived with patch 8.2 you can view the full patch notes below.
Weapons and Items
- This single seat vehicle is found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes
- Use the attached Grappler and Boost functionality to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees
- The driver is protected from damage, but The Baller is vulnerable to enemy weapon fire.
- 300 Health
- Removed Common rarity
Heavy Assault Rifle
- Adjusted rarity from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Uncommon/Rare
- Base damage scaling for Common/Uncommon/Rare 36/38/40
- Reduced max stack size from 10 to 6.
- Removed the material cost.
- Each Vending Machine will be destroyed after claiming an item.
- Common and Uncommon Vending Machines have been removed.
- Removed Mounted Turret from Legendary Vending Machine
Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from floor loot .53% to .27%.
Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from chest loot 3.25% to 1.65%.
- Fixed rocket smoke trails disappearing instantly on explosion.
- Fixed an issue where the popping audio for Balloons would continue to play after using Balloons to get to max build height while using a vehicle.
- Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure would not auto pickup when the Auto Pickup Weapons setting was enabled.
- Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure chests could be placed on the Starting Island.
- Fixed an issue where using an Impulse Grenade or a Shockwave Grenade while jumping on a Hoverboard causes the player to rapidly rotate.
Battle Royale Crossplay Matchmaking
- Combined Xbox One and PS4 pools.
This requires you to opt-in to cross-play.
Players opt-ing out are restricted to Creative Mode and Playgrounds.
- Combined Mobile and Switch pools.
Before, Switch players were combined with Xbox One and PS4 cross-play parties.
We expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.
- Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations. Please provide us with feedback on your experience!
Increased Infinite dab duration from 12 hours to 13 hours in the front end
Elimination credit is now awarded to the last damager in cases of logging out, self-elimination, and eliminations due to Storm damage. The current threshold timer is 5 seconds for Storm eliminations and 15 seconds for logouts and self-eliminations.
Added visual effects for the siphon on elimination.
Players can now build as soon as they impact anything after being launched by a Pirate Cannon
Players can dance while holding a balloon
Added Pirate Cannon’s audio visualizer HUD icon to be a cannon.
Players automatically enter the driver seat when entering an empty vehicle.
Added custom consume animations for the following items:
- Small Shield Potion
- Shield Potion
- Slurp Juice
- Chug Jug
- Fixed Pirate Cannon collision that would block bullets for a passenger inside of the cannon
- Fixed Pirate Cannon not being able to shoot when moving backwards
- Fixed an issue where a player may lose functionality when shooting themselves out of a Pirate Cannon.
- Fixed Pirate Cannon player impact explosion effects sometimes being delayed
- Fixed an issue where Pirate Cannons flipped onto their side, sliding across the ground for too long
- Fixed Pirate Cannons dealing damage to itself if fired in close quarters
- Fixed an issue where players wouldn’t break through structures when fired from Pirate Cannons at close range
- Traps are no longer triggered by vehicles that are empty or carrying only friendly players.
- Fixed an issue in extreme camera flicking situations that would cause an incorrect first shot when firing weapons.
- Fixed an issue with the Conga emote not respecting environmental surfaces like Lava
- Fixed an issue where a player may briefly stop their skydiving animation unexpectedly
- Fixed an issue allowing emote-cancelling during door open/close animations.
- Fixed players holding Buried Treasure map upside down
- Fixed an issue where pressing Build and Edit buttons in quick succession would enter edit mode on the blueprint piece instead of build the structure.
- Driftboards no longer explode when exiting one near a Mounted Turret.
- Fixed PS4 players being unable to adjust mouse sensitivity.
Limited Time Mode: The Getaway!
- Jewels can be found in special supply drop safes, located along the edge of the first storm circle. The safes take a long time to open, so make sure the area is clear before attempting to claim a Jewel!
- Four Jewels will be in play on the map at all times. If a player escapes with a Jewel or one is lost in the Storm, a new Supply Drop will bring a replacement.
- Four total getaway vans will be on the map, three that arrive early in the match and one more that shows up near the end.
- The goal is to find or steal a Jewel and take it to one of the vans in order to secure a Victory Royale.
- Once they arrive, Safe drops and getaway vans will be visible on the map at all times.
- When a Jewel is picked up, it will be visible on the map to everyone for 30 seconds.
- Carrying a Jewel will give players health & shields over time, but also slow them down by 10%.
- Getaway vans float in mid-air, Jewel carriers must build up and then interact with them in order to complete a Getaway.
- 10 red “Pursuit” supply drops land at the very beginning of the match. These carry a variety of longer-range weapons and other items, and are the only way to obtain the new Grappler in this mode.
- Only Rare weapons or better will be found in this mode.
- Rifts, Rift-to-Go and Launchpads have been removed to reduce mobility for healthier Getaway Van engagements.
- Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode, but Umbrellas are not awarded for wins
- The ATK has been temporarily brought back in this mode as it is the only 4 person ground vehicle.
Tournament Update: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
- Added another extended session, which will run 24 hours a day and concludes on March 19th at 12 AM ET.
Matchmaking will no longer wait to create a match with closest scoring players available after 8 minutes, and will now require enough players with similar scores to start.
Adjusted matchmaking point expansion to increase likelihood for high scoring players to be matched against other high scoring players.
Note: Due to the playlist featuring matchmaking based on your score, the quality or availability of matches may differ at certain times of day.
+2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 15th Place (previously 10th Place).
Increased Bus Fare from -2 Points to -3 Points.
This is a temporary solution for the Duo event granting too many points to players due to eliminations, causing an inflation of points over the course of the event.
+2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 7th Place (previously 5th Place).
New Tournament: Scallywag Duos Cup (March 16th & 17th) [$100,000 in Cash Prizes!]
- As a test of our prize payment systems leading into the Fortnite World Cup, we’ll be holding a $100,000 Duos tournament on March 16th and 17th. The prize pool will be distributed across all server regions, with official rules and details released later this week.
- Participation in this event requires players to be in the Top 3% (global) of either the Solo or Duo Gauntlet Test Event as of 12 AM ET on March 16th.
Round One: All Eligible Players
Round Two: Top 3000 Players from Round One
- Fixed some instances of packet loss that could occur with certain ISPs that are prone to re-ordering UDP network packets.
Find more context in the Reddit Post we made last week.
- Improved file I/O performance for Xbox One. This reduces the occurrence of late streaming meshes.
- Fixed a regression in hitches on Switch due to GPU timing
- Improved performance on Switch by reducing the likelihood of particles triggering when the day changes phases
- Optimized the Ship Cannon
- Optimized UI elements for large team modes
- Improved performance for the Quick Bar
- Fixed hitches that occur on the Match Stats screen due to synchronously loading assets
- Added new audio for Balloons while in-air.
- Reduced volume of small prop destruction sounds (chairs, beds, fences, etc).
- Removed reverb from pickaxe swings.
- Removed outdoor ambient sounds when gliding.
- The Glider deploy sound no longer plays twice when using Glider Redeploy.
- Fixed Glider land/open sounds ducking the Victory Royale music.
- Improved music volume when previewing Gliders with music while in the lobby.
- Pirate Cannon movement sound no longer stops after sprinting for over 10 seconds.
- Fixed looping Balloon pop sound after going through a Rift.
Key Bindings - The keyboard bindings are now categorized to make finding actions you want to rebind a lot easier.
- Added hover details for in-world markers, actions a player may take on a marker will appear in these details. Marker details will appear when the reticule is placed over the marker.
- You can now mark vehicles and found consumables such as apples.
- Reworked display of Item markers to increase readability across all platforms.
- Items will display as a large icon for a short time when first marked, and will reduce in size when a player aims near their location.
- Markers are now sorted by distance.
- Reduced screen size of squad waypoint markers to reduce view obstruction.
- Minimap markers updated to match in-world markers.
- On keyboards there is now a keybind option to specify a dedicated key for placing a danger marker.
- Double-Clicking the ping button to place a danger marker, is no longer blocked by items on the ground.
- You can now ping while riding in a vehicle reliably.
- You can now Mark While Bush.
- Please continue to let us know what improvements you would like to see for the marker system!
Squad nameplates and team arrows now become more transparent when aiming down sights.
Restored the ability to view all of your current Challenges while in a match.
Wrap things up in a hurry! You can now apply a wrap to all slots by choosing “Apply To All” when picking a wrap in the Locker.
Enabled camera control on some reward types when viewing Challenges
Challenge Info panel in the lobby now defaults to Party Assist while you are in a Party.
- The Luxe bundle is now displayed in the Challenge Screen along with the Blackheart and Hybrid bundles.
- Wraps are now previewed on the highest resolution version of the vehicle or weapon in the lobby.
- Fixed an issue on consoles where you couldn’t select “Party Assist” for the last challenge in a bundle.
- Fixed an issue where the next Stage of a Challenge was not automatically set to “Party Assist”.
- Fixed an issue where the animation and sound effects would play twice when selecting Challenges on a controller.
- Fixed an issue where scrolling with the mouse in the Challenge Screen would sometimes jump around unexpectedly.
Added bus paths to the minimap.
- Introduced an Auto Fire tuning feature to allow adjustments per weapon. This was done previously for other weapons, but we’ve now added this for pistols.
- Added occlusion to footsteps on Android.
- Improve the quality of some sound effects on Mobile/Switch.
- Fixed an issue with the shoot button getting stuck in a continuous fire loop or being unable to fire without being able to reset.
- Fixed an issue that caused touch players to need a more specific crosshair location to interact with the Use button.
- Fixed turbo build not starting when going from edit to build mode with the input held.
- Fixed Left Trigger action getting stuck when using a Bluetooth controller
- Fixed weapon stats on the inventory panel for mobile
- Fixed autorun not fully sprinting if “Sprint by Default for Controller” is set to ‘OFF’ on mobile
- Fixed build mode being exited if a build piece is selected before releasing the build/combat mode button
- Fixed dragging an item off the hotbar triggering use actions on mobile.
- Fixed Throwable items’ trajectory line persisting when a player is driving different vehicles on Mobile