Although it was delayed by a day, Fortnite is finally ready to launch its 4.2 update after a brief maintenance over night. As previously revealed by Epic Games, the latest Fortnite update will introduce epic and legendary versions of the burst assault rifle, which has become a popular choice for top tier players.
Sporting a new gun model, the burst assault rifle is sure to rival the SCAR for its accuracy and damage. While the SCAR is plenty reliable at mid-range, the existing burst rifle in Fortnite is capable of dealing more damage in quicker bursts, and it is arguably more accurate than the full auto option. In fact, many players opt for the blue burst rifle over the legendary SCAR.
According to the 4.2 update patch notes, the Epic and Legendary Burst Assault Rifles can be found in almost every loot source, from normal drops to Vending Machines. The weapon class will use medium ammo and have the same damage fall-off range as assault rifles. Speaking of damage, the Epic version will do 32 damage, while the Legendary will do 33. However, it’s important to remember that the burst is three rounds, so a Legendary could, theoretically, deliver 99 damage in a single burst.
The other big introduction for Fortnite update 4.2 is the apple healing item. According to the patch notes, apples will be found around the map, usually near trees, and can heal the player for 5 HP each, up to 100.
It’s hard to imagine the apples changing too much about how players approach Fortnite, but they could come in handy in a pinch. For example, if a player needs to get their health over the soft cap of 75 HP, they can stop and eat a few apples while rotating away from the storm.
However, expecting players to carry around apples when the mini shield potions or Chug Jug are far more useful is a bit much. As mentioned, we could see apples being a little boost to HP, but only in very specific circumstances.
Considering last week delivered the Infinity Gauntlet mode that let players fight as and against Thanos from Marvel’s Avengers, we didn’t expect much from this week’s update. But the burst rifle could have a major impact on the mid-range meta in the game. Depending on how accurate and strong it is, the burst rifle might replace the SCAR in the usual rotation.
Check out the full Fortnite update 4.2 patch notes.
Fortnite is available now for Mobile, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.