Fortnite adds bullet-blocking Kingsman umbrellas

March 31, 2020
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Another update, another week without patch notes – but it seems v12.30 has a couple of surprises in store for players, as two new items have been introduced.

Continuing this season’s spy theme, Kingsman umbrellas are now available as legendary items in the game. Presumably these are based on the Kingsman comic and film series, particularly the scene in which Harry uses an umbrella to deck a bunch of thugs in a pub – and similarly, the item seems to be fairly useful in Fortnite too. You can use it to dart forwards, smash things, hit other players, and even block bullets (for a short amount of time). Like a very dapper riot shield.

The umbrellas even briefly work as a glider, but this has been causing problems for some players, who clearly assumed it would stay open for longer than three seconds. An easy mistake to make, given it looks very similar to Fortnite’s famous victory umbrella gliders.

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