New Fortnite Patch 10.20 Adds a Powerful New Trap and Brings Back the Floating Island

New Fortnite Patch 10.20 Adds a Powerful New Trap and Brings Back the Floating Island

Also, creative mode gets prefabs for a prison and a toilet factory.

After stirring up community backlash to the B.R.U.T.E. mech and some short-lived tweaks to turbo building, Epic isn't backing down on changes that could really alter Fortnite's meta. In the new 10.20 content update, battle royale players are returning to the Floating Island and adapting to the Zapper Trap, which can be attached to the outside of a building and deals damage inside the structure.

Epic's patch notes provide more details on the Zapper Trap, and in the right situation it seems like a powerful tool to force players who've turtled up inside of a structure to move. Though it has a similar name to an item from the early days of Fortnite's battle royale mode, the Zapper Trap is brand new and is the game's only trap that will deploy on both sides of whatever wall, floor, or ceiling it is thrown on. After a short deploy time, the trap will shock anyone within a tile it faces for 50 damage, followed by a 2 second cooldown before firing again. Epic's video demonstrating the Zapper Trap shows that it can be thrown from a fairly long distance.

The update also highlights the return of the Floating Island, first introduced in Season 6. The game's old Motel is also back, this time sitting atop the island. As it did in its previous appearance, the Floating Island will move around the game's map over time. Assuming it's a temporary addition once again, players who missed the island's first go-around should check out its new incarnation before it explodes or vanishes.

Creative mode enthusiasts also get some love in this update in the form of new prefab buildings for a prison and a toilet factory. Epic says the prison prefab is "perfect for jailbreak games" and, personally, I'm not sure I want to know what game types the toilet factory is perfect for.

Epic's tweaks to turbo building and to Season X's super-powerful mechs have generated a lot of fan feedback and criticism, but with the addition of the Zapper Trap it looks like Epic isn't afraid to force the game's most talented builder-warriors to stay on their toes. For more on everything Fornite, keep an eye on our guides page.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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