Fortnite just nerfed Chapter 5 Season 2's most OP weapon

Fortnite just nerfed Chapter 5 Season 2's most OP weapon
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


20th Mar 2024 13:14

The gods of Olympus are clearly angry, as lightning bolts are raining from the sky in Fortnite. Epic Games' battle royale favourite has unveiled one of its most ambitious seasons yet, and although the surprise was spoiled ahead of time, that hasn't stopped Chapter 5 Season 2's Myths & Mortals from being a certified hit. 

With new POIs like Brawler’s Battlegrounds and Mount Olympus, we've been getting to grips with new weapons like Gatekeeper Shotgun, new traversal from the Wings of Icarus, and are hot on the case of Midas' return. Things were going so well, but now, Epic has nerfed the season's best weapon. 

Fortnite nerfs the Thunderbolt of Zeus

Zeus in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2
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Epic has revealed the V29.01 patch notes, which showcase a range of changes, including the return of the Floor is Lava LTM, Rise of Midas quests, and the Ascendant Midas skin arriving in the shop. It's not all about the famed foe, as the notes also confirm that the Thunderbolt of Zeus has been nerfed. 

At the bottom, there's a throwaway mention that notes, "Fixed an issue allowing players to throw the Thunderbolt of Zeus through structures." As well as beating Zeus at Mount Olympus, the Thunderbolt of Zeus is easy to find in mythic chests, launching you into the air and bombarding enemies with a barrage of bolts. 

Although the Thunderbolt of Zeus has obvious drawbacks as it leaves you exposed to enemies while throwing your lightning bolts, it was a powerful way to take out enemies - boasting an impressive damage zone. Still. there were problems with the Thunderbolt of Zeus, especially clipping through structures in Build Mode and wiping out players.

Fortnite fans split by Thunderbolt nerf

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Not everyone was a fan of the news, with many now branding the Thunderbolt of Zeus as "useless." Someone complained, "Bruh the Fortnite community legit can't have any good things without complaining and ruining it. I hate this," while another added, "Knew they would ruin this season eventually."

One particularly angry player concluded, "What actual use this dumbass thunderbolt may have had to counter annoying sweat players is now dead and gone because the Fortnite playerbase literally cannot adapt to shoot the person who is locked in the air for 6 seconds."

The Thunderbolt of Zeus is still a handy weapon to have in your arsenal, but don't think it'll take out those late-game sweats building toward the sky. Still, those who stick to Zero Build are looking pretty smug right now. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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