In Fortnite, the dream of being a ninja has always been a figurative achievement. Sneaking isn’t the easiest way to play the battle royale, though assassination is always encouraged. Today’s Fortnite patch includes a new item that should make it easier for all players to become the ninja they want to be. Introducing the Shadow Bomb, an uncommon grenade drop that turns players into a ninja.
Becoming a ninja in Fortnite is relatively simple and easy. After looting a Shadow Bomb, players can simply throw it at their own feet for the effect to initiate. In a cloud of smoke, the player will temporarily grow invisible and gain new abilities. The abilities include increased movement speed, a double jump, and a wall jump. For six seconds the player is locked in this ninja form and cannot attack, build, or loot, but if used strategically the player can use those six seconds to position themselves perfectly to get the drop on their enemy.
There’s clearly plenty of counter-play built into the Shadow Bomb in order to keep it from being overpowered. Being unable to attack or build for six seconds is a place few players want to find themselves in during a firefight, after all. The invisibility that the Shadow Bomb grants also isn’t 100% transparent. It’s a smoky sort of invisibility and it degrades over the six seconds. Watchful players will be able to keep track of the ninja without issue, especially if they see the initial smoke cloud that starts the effect.
While the item may have a lot of counterplay, it’s earned. The mobility that comes with increased movement speed, double jump and wall jump could be extremely strong in the right hands. And while the invisibility may not be foolproof, just a moment of disorientation can change the odds mid-firefight. The shinobi wars have only just begun in Fortnite.
The Shadow Bomb comes as part of Fortnite‘s v8.51 patch, though there isn’t really much to add with regards to the battle royale mode. The only other change is a nerf to the sound effect that Jetpacks make, as it was much too loud on occasion. There’s also a client update that fixes a pesky bug preventing players from adding Suggested Friends. Make friends once more. The client will no longer be withholding.
Fortnite is available now in early access on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices.