Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale weirdly enough just took a page out of Skyrim’s book — and those of plenty of other games — by adding in-game food that replenishes a small amount of health for your character.
The version 4.2 patch for Fortnite rolled out on Wednesday after a brief delay from its originally scheduled release on Tuesday. Along with a new burst rifle came the addition of Apples to the battle royale experience.
Here’s what the official patch notes have to say about the Apples:
Added a new foraged item: Apples
- Consuming an Apple will grant 5 health (up to 100).
- Can uncommonly be found around certain trees throughout the map.
By “foraged item,” they mean something akin to the Week 2’s Hop Rocks, which players can consume almost instantly. Also similar to the Hop Rocks, players can only find Apples at specific locations scattered around the map — but they’ll be far more common than the meteorites that reduce gravity temporarily. Fortnite rarely goes for realism, but when it came to Apples, Epic Games paid attention to the IRL details. You can only find Apples on the ground near trees like those featured below, which look pretty similar to real-life apple trees.
These trees tend to be pretty short with thin trunks, and the leafy top foliage is a lighter shade of lime green. For some reason, hacking them to pieces doesn’t drop any more Apples, which seems counterintuitive. The Fortnite island also has palm trees and leafier weeping willows, neither of which bear fruit, but you can find Apple trees across the entire island. It seems like pretty much all of these specific trees now have Apples scattered underneath them, but they aren’t terribly common. Still, finding them gives players a strategic snack.
In the above video, a single tree had six Apples underneath. 5 health doesn’t seem like a whole lot for one Apple to replenish, but if you can find a cluster like this, then you can heal up to 30 health. Consider that Bandages only offer 15 health at a time and cap at 75 health, whereas Apples can get you all the way back up to 100 health. And Apples don’t take up any inventory space, which kind of makes them way better than Bandages — assuming you can find them. As such, Apples could be something of a game-changer.
They make for one heck of a tasty snack, indeed, so how about them apples?