When the marketing for Avengers: Infinity War declared it “the most ambitious crossover event in history”, the internet couldn’t stop laughing, even though there was a grain of truth to it. A month later, it turns out it wasn’t even the most ambitious crossover event featuring the Avengers. Enter Fortnite x Avengers: Infinity War, a time-limited mashup that let you play as Marvel supervillain Thanos in Fortnite Battle Royale!
How Players Found The Infinity Gauntlet in Fortnite
The key to finding the Infinity Gauntlet was to watch out for a certain meteor that would fall somewhere in the map’s safe zone. Players needed to parachute in, look out for a meteor and then dive after it and hope nobody was too close to it when you landed.
Once you got your hands on the Infinity Gauntlet, you immediately transformed into The Mad Titan. Thanos had shields and a health bar, and dealing damage recharged the shields, although his health never recovers. He could’t build stuff or use weapons or launch pads either, but don’t think that made him limited or any less effective.
What Could Thanos do in Fortnite?
Thanos was pretty frickin’ OP. He had a super jump that let him leap over buildings, he could slam to the ground and deal huge amounts of splash damage, as well as a power beam that caused damage over time. Did we mention that he could punch through scenery like tissue paper and pulverize other players in seconds? Oh and he took no fall damage, because of course he wouldn’t.
If you played as Thanos, then you’d want to get up in other players’ faces as much as you could, closing the gap with super jumps and slams, because that’s when you would deal the most damage and everybody else will be trying to keep you at long range. Despite the dog-eat-dog ethos of Fortnite, players would often spontaneously band together to try to take you down, too, because you were the most immediate threat.
Thanos is very powerful, even though he was slightly nerfed after the mode’s launch, but he’s not indestructible. The key to avoiding an early exit is to keep dishing out damage and kills to make sure the shields recharge, because once you run out of health, it’s over.
How You Took Down Thanos in Fortnite
With dozens of people making a bee-line for the Infinity Gauntlet, odds were you spent more time trying to take down Thanos than controlling him, but that’s OK because fighting him was a fun new dynamic as well.
The game gave you a small advantage by showing you where Thanos was using a Thanos icon on your compass, and once you got there you sought opportunities to attack him alongside other players. By splitting his focus he might not come after you straight away, and the combined damage several of you dealt out would take him down faster.
And once he did go down, the Infinity Gauntlet fell to the ground and another meteor crashed down in a random location for someone to claim.
In many ways Fortnite’s Infinity Gauntlet mode was the perfect time-limited addition to the game, because it was novel and entertaining but had a shorter half-life than the rather more enduring core game. Though this amazing crossover event has sadly ended, we can’t help but be excited for the possiblities it’s opened up.
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