On Monday, game developer Epic sent the internet into a frenzy with an announcement on Fortnite’s newest update. For a limited time, players will be able to play in an “Infinity Gauntlet” mode, featuring Thanos, the main villain from Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s a breakdown of the new game mode, as well as some tips to ensure your next Victory Royale:
What exactly is “Infinity Gauntlet Mode”?
The new game mode starts out as a normal solo game of Fortnite, but with a twist. Somewhere on the island, the Infinity Gauntlet will spawn in all its glory. Whoever finds and equips the gauntlet first will then turn into Thanos, becoming the most powerful player in the game.
Whoever is playing as Thanos will have a tremendous advantage over other players, having additional health and a trio of power moves to use against opponents. The other players’ main goal will then be to kill Thanos, as well as defeating other players and avoiding the storm.
When killed, Thanos will drop his gauntlet, allowing the next player to pick it up to use.
What does Thanos entail?
If you are lucky enough to acquire the gauntlet, you will receive a bounty of advantages in the game. First, you will obtain a full health of 800, as well as a full shield of 200. These health meters cannot be replenished from shield potions or med kits.
Additionally, Thanos cannot use any weapons available to other players. Instead, he is equipped with three “power moves”, each using a different stone on the gauntlet. His primary attack, using the space (blue) stone, is a ground punch that destroys anything within a short area of the attack. To perform the attack, players must charge up to jump high into the air, then switching to attack mode, causing Thanos to punch the ground.
His second attack is a laser beam shot from the power (purple) stone. This is just a simple attack that is good for short range, like the game’s submachine gun. Finally, Thanos can use the time (green) stone to make a powerful punch, destroying anything in its’ path. This is great for attacking players or destroying buildings.
How to defeat Thanos
Play Defensively- With 1000 total health and moves powerful enough to kill players in one blow, Thanos is a force to be reckoned with. It wouldn’t be wise to simply run up to him without putting a chink in the armor first. By sitting back and putting damage on Thanos from a distance, you are greatly increasing your chances of defeating him. Being defensive will also help you avoid other players, who will get in the way of you killing Thanos.
- Watch the “Thanos Tracker”- One helpful tool in the Infinity Gauntlet mode is the “Thanos Tracker”. At the top of the screen, players will be able to see Thanos’ (and the gauntlet’s, if not equipped) location at any time. They will also be able to see his health and shield meters, giving a huge advantage to other players. Watching his health diminish will help determine when to be aggressive and when to fall back.
- Start off slow- In this game mode, the storm begins shrinking as soon as players land. This forces many players to panic, heading straight for the circle. Not only will there be little to no loot, there will also be a hoard of other players, including Thanos. Instead, try landing farther from the circle in sparsely populated areas. This allows other players to do some of the work for you by weakening Thanos. There will also be a plethora of loot available, requiring little to no effort.
Good luck in your fight against the man who can kill with the “snap” of his fingers.
Featured image from Epic Games
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