The addition of player-controlled Shadows might be the biggest addition to Fortnitemares 2020. For the first time in Fortnite’s history, players are able to respawn in core game modes.
The player base is already split as to whether or not this is a good addition to the game. Whether you like the change or not, it’s here to stay – at least for a while. Ahead, we’ll give you everything you need to know about Shadows in Fortnite.
How to turn into a Shadow
Turning into a Shadow is the easiest part of all of this – all you need to do is stay in the game after you die. Rage-quitters won’t be able to experience the primary feature of the Fortnitemares update.
The Shadow mechanic gives players an extra life after they die. You’ll still be able to communicate with your teammates, but your voice will be distorted – a nice touch, in our opinion.
As a Shadow, you have the ability to scan the area for enemies, lunge forward, attack, and become invisible. Scanning the area is incredibly powerful, as it reveals all of the “real” players to the rest of the zombie horde.
To become invisible, stand still and sneak up on an opponent. Your eyes will still be visible, but they’re easy to miss when you’re running by them.
As a zombie, you can heal by consuming loot that eliminated players drop. You start with 100 HP and can gain it back by eating ammo, materials, items, and weapons.
It appears as though the amount of healing you receive scales based on the rarity of the loot. You will also keep the loot on your body, meaning the player who eliminates you can use it to help them win the game.
You might be wondering: can you win as a Shadow in Fortnitemares? Yes, you can. Eliminating all real players will grant a ‘Nitemare Royale’ to all of the zombies who survive.
In fact, winning as a shadow will count as a Solo win if you’re in that mode. There could be ten Shadows left in the lobby and you’ll still get a Solo win. With so many tools in the Shadow’s toolkit surviving to the end and winning as a Shadow might be the easiest way to win, right now.
After playing a few games in the new Fortnitemares event, it will soon become clear that winning as a player tends to be more difficult than winning as a zombie. The Shadows can overwhelm you, break down your builds, and push you back with every hit. Husks were one thing, but the 2020 Shadows are like intelligent versions of the Husks – making them far more difficult to deal with.
So – how do you fight the Shadows? The only strategy that seems to work is to keep your distance. You can use Bouncers and Gauntlets to stay above the zombies and away from their attacks. The new Crossbow deals extra damage to Shadows, as does Midas’ Drum Gun – although there’s only one Drum Gun and the Crossbow can be unreliable.
As you can see in this clip from SypherPK, the Iron Man Gauntlets seem to be the best way to fight the Shadows – with Doctor Doom’s Gauntlets close behind. If we find any better methods, we’ll let you know.
Shadows will undoubtedly be the most controversial part of this update – either you’ll love them or you’ll hate them. It’s a cool idea to give players a second life in Fortnite, but it can be a bit overwhelming in the end-game scenarios.
Epic might need to make a few balance changes to the zombies after this update. Some have suggested that eliminating Shadows should grant players material and shields as a way to mitigate their destruction. For now, though, we’ll have to deal with the Shadows as they are. If you don’t like them, you can to stick to Arena.