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Fortnite Update 8.01 Patch Notes: Buried Treasure Map And What's New

There be treasure (maps).


The recent launch of Season 8 in Fortnite: Battle Royale brought a great deal of new content to the game. Now, just a few days later, developer Epic Games has released another update that brings something that had been teased and fits in nicely with the season's pirate theme. Patch 8.01 is out now, and its primary addition is the new Buried Treasure item. Here's how that works and everything else that's new in today's update, including a vaulted item and new Limited-Time Mode--just don't expect any respawns.

As detailed in the patch notes for update 8.01, the game now lets you track down treasure. Buried Treasure specifically refers to a Legendary-tier item that takes the form of a map; players use it to uncover loot hidden across the island. Players can only hold one map at a time and anyone who manages to find a chest will be rewarded with Legendary loot. Once you arrive at the target location, you'll dig up the treasure with your pickaxe. These maps can be found from floor loot and chests.

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Now Playing: Fortnite Gets Buried Treasure Maps And Slide Duos LTM - GS News Update

Although Buried Treasure is the big new feature, there are some smaller additions, tweaks, and changes to the game too. Slide Duos has been introduced as the new Limited-Time Mode. This makes it so you essentially slide around everywhere--your run speed has been increased, but friction is "greatly lowered," and there is no fall damage. Everyone else gets a Grappler with unlimited ammo to help them traverse this slippery world.

In terms of balance tweaks, the Infantry Rifle has a lower chance of appearing out of chests and being found on the floor, as does the Clinger. Bottle Rockets have been vaulted altogether, meaning you won't encounter them in the game for the time being. Additionally, you can now slide down terrain without taking damage from an increased angle. Finally, Epic is testing out a new type of tournament with the Gauntlet Solo and Gauntlet Duo Test Events. Check out the full patch notes for the Battle Royale below to see everything that's new with this just-released update on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

What you won't find in this update is a new respawn system, as has been rumored recently. A new type of vehicle discovered in the game sparked speculation that Epic plans to introduce an Apex Legends-style respawn system, where teammates would be capable of bringing a deceased player back into the game. That might still be on the way, but it's not a part of this update. Fortunately, if you're desperate for Apex Legends features in Fortnite, the game does now have a ping system as of the Season 8 update.

The launch of Season 8 means there's a new Battle Pass to get now. This gives players a chance to unlock a number of new skins and other cosmetics. There are already fresh challenges to complete as well. You can find tips for those in our complete Season 8 challenges guide.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Update 8.01 Patch Notes


  • Increased the angle at which you can slide down terrain without taking damage from 65 degrees to 75 degrees.

Limited Time Mode: Slide Duos


Ice blocks on everyone's feet, infinite ammo Grapplers in everyone's inventory - a recipe for a slippery good time!

Mode Details

  • Friction greatly lowered.
  • Max run speed greatly raised.
  • Falling damage removed.
  • Infinite ammo Grapplers added to everyone's inventory.

Weapons + Items

  • Buried Treasure
    • It’s a map that is used to track down buried chests on the map.
      • Chests contain a trove of legendary loot.
      • X marks the spot! The chest must be dug up using a pickaxe.
    • There is a limit of one map held at a time.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Chests.
  • Reduced Infantry Rifle availability
    • Reduced the chance of receiving an Infantry Rifle from Chests from 14.41% to 13.39%
    • Reduced the chance of receiving an Infantry Rifle from Floor Loot from 2.41% to 2.24%
  • Reduced Clinger availability
    • Reduced the chance of receiving Clinger’s from Chests from 9.42% to 5.52%
    • Reduced the chance of receiving Clinger’s from Floor Loot from 1.27% to 1.02%
  • Vaulted
    • Bottle Rockets


  • New Tournament: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
    • We are running a new type of tournament as a test of several format updates.
    • Extended Hours: This event consists of a single session which lasts until March 9th 00:00 GMT.
      • Due to the extended hours for this event, Duo players will each have their own score that remains when changing partners.
      • Note: Due to the playlist featuring matchmaking based on your score, the quality or availability of matches may differ at certain times of day.
    • Updated Scoring:
      • Match Limit: None
      • Bus Fare: -2 Points
        • Each match played will reduce your score by two points in the form of a ‘Bus Fare’ at the start of the match.
        • Tournament scores cannot go into the negatives - at the end of a match, if a player has a negative score for the tournament then their score will be reset to zero points.
      • Victory Royale: +3 Points (+10 Total)
      • 2nd - 5th: +2 Points (+7 Total)
      • 6th - 10th: +2 Points (+5 Total)
      • 11th - 25th: +3 Points (+3 Total)
      • Each Elimination: +1 Point
    • Matchmaking:
      • Players are still matchmade against opponents with similar point totals.
      • Matchmaking will wait for up to 8 minutes before creating a match with the closest players available.
      • Matchmaking will search in a considerably wider points range after 4 minutes of searching.
    • At the conclusion of the Gauntlet Test Event, the Top 5% of players based on their final score will unlock the ‘Gauntlet Finals’ tournament.
  • New Tournament: Gauntlet Solo Finals & Gauntlet Duo Finals
    • Scheduled 3-hour event, check tournament in-game for your local time.
      • Note: NA East and NA West are now separate for scheduled tournaments, and no longer share a leaderboard.
    • Scoring:
      • Match Limit: 10 Games
      • Victory Royale: +3 Points (+10 Total)
      • 2nd - 5th: +2 Points (+7 Total)
      • 6th - 10th: +2 Points (+5 Total)
      • 11th - 25th: +3 Points (+3 Total)
      • Each Elimination: +1 Point
    • Top 3000 players in each server region will advance to Round 2 on Sunday during same time block.


  • Improvement to the standard AR sound so that it's not overbearing on the shooter.
  • The sound made when a player destroys a structure is now louder when instigated by enemies.
  • Footstep audio blends in the above/below layers, rather than binarily switching between them.
  • Footstep occlusion traces from the head of enemies when they're above or below.
  • Reduced the volume of the Season 8 Victory Umbrella.
  • The Season 8 Victory Umbrella now uses the correct sound on Mobile/Switch.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue when pressing the fire button with 2 fingers causes fire action to continuously loop.

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