Shed a tear for the Fortnite Llama, for it no longer is as it was.
In the latest Fornite: Battle Royale update, Epic Games has taken the nerf hammer to the loot pinata. That’s right: the Supply Llama is just not what it used to be.
In an effort to contain the growing dominance of explosive weapons in the late game, Epic has eliminated the possibility of explosive weapons ammo spawning from Supply Llamas. In general, explosive ammo is about to get a lot rarer, but they’ve been entirely removed from the Llama, so don’t expect a big stack of rockets if you happen to stumble across one.
They’ve also greatly reduced the materials you can gather from a Supply Llama. Whereas you previously got 500 stacks of wood, stone, or metal, now you only get 200. That’s still a bunch, but it’s not necessarily going to last you the entire game anymore. It still contains 10 stacks of light, medium, and heavy bullets, as well as a three stack of traps and consumables, but the lack of explosive ammo is going to make the Llama less of a joyous site on the battlefield.
As we mentioned, Epic is trying to curb explosive weapons like rocket launchers and grenade launchers from dominating the late game. To that end, the spawn rate of all explosive ammo has been cut in half. Conversely, the Minigun was underperforming, so they buffed the buzz-saw gun with added damage to structures, more ammo per stack, and 10% increase in accuracy.
Other changes include a general detune of material spawns, going from 30 to 20 materials per stack, and the removal of damage fall-off against structures. So now a bullet will always do the same damage to any structure fired from anywhere.
C4 explosives have had their explosive radius buffed by 50%, while shotguns have received a hefty nerf to their headshot damage bonus.
And finally, there’s a new trap in Fortnite: the Bounce Trap. As the name suggests, anyone who steps on it will be catapulted into the air and make them easy pickings for eagle-eyed players.
The patch went live on Tuesday, so you should already feel these changes the next time you boot in.