Thanos Comes To New Fortnite Mode, Gets Nerfed Immediately
Why didn't the Avengers think of that?
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A new limited-time mode in Fortnite, Infinity Gauntlet, is now and gives you the chance to play as Thanos, the Marvel villain. He's as powerful as you'd expect, but in a move that could have made Avengers: Infinity War a much shorter film, Epic Games has nerfed him already. Just hours after Infinity Gauntlet went live, Epic has decided that Thanos was just too strong and toned down some of his stats in order to give more players an opportunity to take him down.
Epic confirmed in a post on Reddit that it's released a hotfix update that dials back the strength of Thanos. Before, a Thanos player had 800 health (which can't be regenerated) and 300 shields (which refill after securing a kill, which is easy with his supremely powerful abilities). That makes him extremely difficult to kill. And that's as it should be, given this is just a limited-time mode where balance is not the utmost concern, but it seemed he was just too dominant. As such, Epic has made the following tweaks:
- Shield cap decreased from 300 to 200
- Max Health increased from 700 to 800
- Laser damage vs. players decreased from 15 to 12
Epic also says it'll "continue monitoring feedback" in case further changes are needed, but this should give more players the opportunity to get a shot at playing as Thanos. The Infinity Gauntlet mode sees a comet crash down early in the match, leaving behind the gauntlet. Whomever picks it up becomes Thanos, but if that player is killed, the gauntlet is dropped and someone else gets their chance to role-play as the Mad Titan.
Still, actually getting your hands on the Infinity Gauntlet can be challenging, which makes sense. Luckily, we have some tips on how to become Thanos. If you're not lucky enough to get your hands on the gauntlet, you can also see what it's like to play as him in the video above. He can jump high up into the air and slam down into the ground, shoot a powerful laser, punch enemies to death, and is generally a menace to deal with. The only real downside to playing as Thanos is the target it paints on your back: Your location is marked on the map and compass for all to see, and players eager to get their turn will be looking to gun you down.
The Infinity Gauntlet mode does not yet have an end date, but these typically run for about a week. Unfortunately, it won't be accompanied by any Marvel or Avengers skins. The mode debuted alongside the new 4.1 update, which increases the likelihood of standard matches ending toward the outside of the map.