Fortnite’s new grappler weapon gives players game-changing mobility

Little by little, Epic Games is poking holes in the “just build” mantra held by most Fortnite players. As part of today’s update, for instance, the edge of the storm circle will damage buildings, something that is bound to intensify late-game skirmishes that rely on player-created cover. More broadly, the recent introduction of a grappling hook-like weapon promises to upend everything you know about mobility in Fortnite.

The grappler is a plunger that you can shoot at nearly any surface. When it makes contact, it will propel you toward your target. The grappler comes in stacks of 15, though if you shoot it and miss, it won’t deplete your ammo. Messing around with it a bit this morning, I noticed that it will usually catapult you a little…

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