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Fortnite leak teases “Phantom Ammo” and Self-Destruct

A new Fortnite leak hints at self-destructive mechs and ghostly ammunition.
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Popular Fortnite leaker @HYPEX has found a new Phantom Ammo type, as well as a vehicle self-destruct mechanism, leading to a lot of fan speculation. Here’s the original tweet from @HYPEX, including their own theories:

Phantom Ammo definitely sounds like a Halloween-themed update. Many games are already committing to the spooky season, and Fortnite has already indicated they’ll be joining the movement after announcing their mysterious Red Claw crew pack, which has shadowy and dangerous appeal:

Most fans have suggested that both the new Phantom Ammo and Self-Destruct mechanism will involve the new upcoming Mech, which has been teased for a while. At the very least, Self-Destruct would certainly make sense for a mech, as many games in the genre have a similar mechanic, as seen in the Titanfall series.

However, the Phantom Ammo has a more flexible sound. Some responses quickly related the new ammunition type to an existing Ghost Pistol. The Ghost Pistol was released for Save the World in 2018’s “Fortnitemares” update. Although it had a low rate of fire, its ammo could travel through obstacles and enemies.

As such, returning the gun with some Phantom Ammo would be very fitting. But this would also be redundant, making it more likely to arrive in some new way. It could potentially be a little overpowered for a mech to wield, given their stats.

But there’s an open door for new modes and more, to help balance this new ammo type out. Popular replies indicated that Phantom Ammo could be reserved for a unique weapon that simply earns you traditional ammo by eliminating phantoms or ghosts.

While the mech’s self-destruct ability sounds like a more permanent addition, the Phantom Ammo is surely just a fun way to celebrate this year’s Fortnitemares. You can read more about Fortnite’s latest updates and leaks by checking out the rest of our news section!

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