Ever since Fortnite season X released, players have been frustrated to no end by the game’s BRUTE mechs. These mechs are season X’s new vehicles, and while they’re pretty spiffy looking, they’re also quite overpowered according to many in the Fortnite community. Though BRUTE mechs have gone through a number of changes since the season released, players are still unhappy with them, but with today’s patch those frustrated players may have a better way to fight back.
Fortnite‘s v10.10 content update adds a new item called the Junk Rift to the game, and it seems specifically designed to fight BRUTEs. The item summons a large piece of junk from a rift, which then plummets to the ground to wreak havoc. The summoned junk will damage any player it hits and instantly destroy structures and vehicles it comes into contact with, which means that if you manage to hit a BRUTE with one of these Junk Rifts, it’s done for.
Players aren’t likely to be in very good shape after a hit from one of these, either. A direct hit from a Junk Rift will cause 200 damage, while the shockwave it produces will deal 100 damage. Both hits destroy vehicles and structures, so you don’t even need to directly hit a BRUTE or an enemy structure to destroy it – it simply needs to be in range of the shockwave.
Junk Rifts are epic rarity items that drop in stacks of two and have a max stack size of four, so you’ll be able to keep a few on hand for any BRUTEs you may encounter. Since they’re a thrown item, you’ll need to make sure your grenade arm is in proper form, but assuming your aiming in on point, this could be a good counter to the mechs no one seems to like.
Today’s content update is also changing the map once again, with the Rift Beacon at the Rec Center malfunctioning and exploding. It’s left behind a crater that’s filled with Glitched Consumables that can be one of six things: Apples, Mushrooms, Coconuts, Peppers, Hop Rocks, or Shadow Stones. At the time of this writing, there’s an issue with Shadow Stones, so those have disabled, but it probably won’t be long before they’re back in the Glitched Consumables rotation.
So, we’ll see if Junk Rifts are any good at combating Fortnite‘s BRUTE problem, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they are. Junk Rifts and Glitched Consumables are the only things going live in Fortnite battle royale today, but for more on today’s update, be sure to check out Epic’s full patch notes over on the official Fortnite site.