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'Fortnite' Patch Notes Version 6.01: Chiller Traps Rarity and More

Tons of players in Fortnite: Battle Royale are about to get cold feet, literally. The newest item, detailed in the patch notes for Fortnite v6.01, will freeze your enemies feet solid. Here’s what you need to know about Chiller Traps.

Developer Epic Games installed the version 6.01 update to Fortnite early Wednesday morning, adding a few minor tweaks to Battle Royale with the new Chiller trap as the only major addition. “Freeze your foes and slide around for a quick getaway,” Epic Games writes in the patch notes about the new trap, a common item that drops in stacks of three at all potential item spawns.

Each Chiller “applies icy feet to friends or foes, causing them to slide around with low friction.” From a utility standpoint, the Chiller isn’t really a game-changer by any means. If applied at the top of a player-built ramp, it would allow for allies to descend very quickly so they might cover great distances. Alternatively, a Chiller can be applied near ledges at a decline to trick enemy players into sliding right off a cliff.

What strikes us as odd about the Chiller, however, is that Epic Games would add it to the game in the midst of a spooky Season 6 more aligned with Halloween season than anything even remotely icy. Why not wait to add the Chiller closer to Christmas?

Why didn't Epic Games wait until the wintertime to release the Chiller?Epic Games

Also included in the version 6.01 update is the return of the Soaring 50s LTM. Originally released in August with the version 5.21 update, Soaring 50s twists the traditional 50 vs 50 mode by emphasizing mobility. Gliders can be used when falling from large heights, and more Impulse Grenades, Bounce Pads, and Launch Pads spawn.

The new update adds more customization options for Playground, the beloved sandbox game mode. Players can now adjust “starting health, time of day, gravity” with other options including shields, fall damage, and whether items drop on elimination or not.

Season 6 has only recently begun for Fortnite: Battle Royale with Week 2 slated to begin on Thursday, October 4 at 9 a.m. Eastern, so plenty more changes should hit the game as the season continues.

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