Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 has heralded a selection of new weapons and items. Now the Fortnites 18.30 Patch offers more of the same in the form of the Grapplers – a suction cup shooting gun that throws players across the map.
Fortnite Update – November 2 Hotfix: The Icy Grappler
From today, the Grappler returns to Fortnite. Fans of this classic item will be able to find them in various chests and such across the island. Once acquired, it will allow you to propel yourself forward using a suction cup projectile. Do you need to escape a losing battle? Just fire the Grappler at a structure in the distance and let its rope pull you towards wherever / whatever the suction cup is attached to.
Grapplers have always been fun to use in Fortnite. This was the case whether they were used as a quick escape tool or as a means of closing the gap between you and a fleeing opponent. This latest patch offers a new variant, the Ice-cold grips, which can prove to be even more entertaining thanks to its ability to cover a player’s feet in ice.
This new exotic weapon works like the normal Grappler, as it will sling you around when fired at a given surface. The difference is that when you land, your feet will turn into ice blocks, so you can quickly skate / slide for a few seconds. This extra effect can make it difficult to stop at a penny (if you are trying to land on a platform), but will be beneficial when it comes to escaping an enemy or a closure ring.
Thanks to the extra maneuverability, Icy Grappler can be hard to find. Fortunately, it can be purchased from Fabio Sparklemane at the Apres Ski resort just southwest of Misty Meadows; it’s the place with the disco dance floor. Just hand over 400 gold bars and Icy Grappler is yours.
The Grappler weapons are only available in the standard playlists, as they have been excluded from competing games for obvious reasons.
And that’s it for Fortnite’s latest update. Be sure to check back here for more Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 patch notes!
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