Fortnite Update 8.51 Adds Shadow Bomb; Patch Notes Revealed

Fork knife is back with another update.


Epic Games has updated Fortnite: Battle Royale once again, and as usual there's plenty to sink your teeth into in terms of new content. Update 8.51's big new item is the shadow bomb, which you can read more about in the patch notes at the bottom of this article, via Epic. The update is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

The shadow bomb shrouds the user in, as you might expect, a shadow, and makes them invisible to enemies. It also increases movement speed and provides the ability to double-jump and jump off walls. However, you're unable to attack, build, or loot while under a shadow bomb's effects, which last for six seconds. You can hold up to six shadow bombs, which are available in uncommon rarities in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and supply llamas.

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Update 8.51 also brings a fix for the audio issues some people were experiencing with jetpacks, while Epic Games says it's investigating a problem "where players are unable to access the Battle Royale map from Creative and Playground modes."

It was announced just recently that Epic Games is purchasing the developer of Rocket League, Psyonix, which is one of multiple aggressive moves the company has made following the success of Fortnite. The studio has been challenging Steam with its own Epic Games Store by offering free games.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Update 8.51 Patch Notes

Shadow Bomb

Become one with the shadows! Engulf yourself in darkness with this new item, becoming invisible to enemies, increasing your speed, and allowing the ability to perform double jumps.

Weapons And Items

  • Shadow Bomb
    • Shrouds yourself in shadow, briefly becoming invisible to enemies.
      • 6-second duration
      • User becomes more visible to others near the end of the effect.
      • Increases your movement speed, provides the ability to double jump, and wall jump.
        • Players are unable to attack, build, or loot while under the effects of the Shadow Bomb.
    • Rarity: Uncommon
    • Can hold a maximum of 6
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Supply Llamas.


Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • Sound effects for Jetpacks were occasionally playing much louder than they should be.


Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • The Victory Royale UI animation was displaying for all players in Limited Time Modes with respawning enabled.

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