Fortnite Update 19.01 Patch Notes: Tornadoes, Lightning, Flare, and Competitive Fixes

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Fortnite Extreme Weather and Flare Gun Update (Image: EPIC GAMES)

Fortnite Update 19.01 has been released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Android and Nintendo Switch.

The latest Fortnite download is a content update, meaning there’s no server downtime to deal with.

Unlike previous content updates, 19.01 is also quite beefy, adding multiple new features to Battle Royale.

This includes extreme weather systems such as twisting tornadoes and lightning bolts.

Epic Games explains more: “Today’s Island Forecast: Extreme Weather Including Tornadoes and Thunderstorms!”

Perhaps surprisingly, tornadoes aren’t really there to avoid. Instead, you can use a tornado to escape a tricky situation.

According to Epic Games, entering a tornado will send players spinning round and round, until they choose to slide to safety.

In fact, players entering a tornado will not take any fall damage once tossed by the gusts.

“If you see a dark cloud forming, that is not necessarily a signal to flee,” Epic continues.

“Sure, lightning deals a small amount of damage (and sets the environment on fire), but the power of its shock gives players a temporary speed boost.”

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“How do you increase your chances of being struck by lightning? Jump into a body of water below the cloud, or reach the highest point of land below!

“Lightning doesn’t strike twice in a row — once you’re hit, lightning won’t strike you again right away.”

To mark the release of extreme weather, Epic Games will be holding Tornado Week from now until January 17.

“In Tornado Week, which runs from now until January 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET, you’re more likely to see tornadoes around the island before their debut. The wind is at your back!”

Finally, Flare Guns are no longer vaulted in update 19.01. Players can use Flare Guns to spread flames and deal damage.

Flare Guns are available in all the usual places, including chests, on the ground, and at Supply Drops.

Fortnite update 19.01 patch notes…

New functions…

• Flare Gun not domed

– in addition to Firefly Jars, you can use Flare Guns to spread flames. Find Flare Guns in Chests, on the Ground, and in Supply Drops!

• Extreme Weather – Tornadoes and Lightning

– Cyclones have a high intensity to mark this climate change.

Competing comments…

• Tornadoes and lightning are not included in competing playlists.

• Flare Guns are not currently in competitive playlists but are subject to an evaluation period.

– During this season, items such as the Flare Gun and Shield Keg may be introduced to competing playlists after a one to two week evaluation period.

– Especially in this season, we are evaluating the viability of more mid-season items introduced to competitive playlists than in recent previous seasons.

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