Fortnite has avoided the ‘pay to win’ tag at every turn, but this pickaxe bug changes things.
Fortnite is no stranger to pickaxe bugs. Back in September, Epic had to temporarily disable the Star Wand and AC/DC pickaxes because they were dealing increased damage.
The Star Wand pickaxe dealt 56 damage to the body, 85 damage to the head, and 80 damage to structures. Needless to say, it was way too powerful.
Some players were able to abuse this bug for a few hours, but Epic eventually did the right thing and disabled the pickaxes while they worked on a solution.
Now, it appears as though we have a new culprit on our hands. The Codaxe pickaxe has been shown to be more powerful than your standard pickaxe selection.
Reddit user u/Xangel010 found and posted this bug to the FortniteBR subreddit. There are a couple of issues with the pickaxe. First, you move faster while swinging it. This is a problem but it isn’t the end of the world.
The next issue is incredibly broken. The pickaxe has a longer range than a normal pickaxe, meaning that you can eliminate an enemy when they can’t hit you.
Of course, this isn’t as broken as the first round of pickaxe bugs. Someone with a gun would still kill you. If you 50/50 a chest with this pickaxe in the early-game, however, it’s a massive advantage.
Hopefully, Epic will notice the issue and disable the pickaxe, soon. It’s a far cry from the massive damage of the Star Wand, but no cosmetic item should be more powerful than others.