In a move that could have made Avengers: Infinity War a much shorter film, Epic Games has nerfed Thanos in Fortnite. The new limited-time Infinity Gauntlet mode allows one player to acquire and play as the ultra-powerful Thanos, but just hours after it went live, Epic has decided Thanos was just too strong.
Epic confirmed in a post on Reddit that it’s released a hotfix update that dials back the strength of Thanos. Before, a Thanos player had 800 health (which can’t be regenerated) and 300 shields (which refill after securing a kill, which is easy with his supremely powerful abilities). That makes him extremely difficult to kill. And that’s as it should be, given this is just a limited-time mode where balance is not the utmost concern, but it seemed he was just too dominant. As such, Epic has made the following tweaks:
- Shield cap decreased from 300 to 200
- Max Health decreased from 800 to 700
- Laser damage vs. players decreased from 15 to 12
Epic also says it’ll “continue monitoring feedback” in case further changes are needed, but this should give more players the opportunity to get a shot at playing as Thanos. The Infinity Gauntlet mode sees a comet crash down early in the match, leaving behind the gauntlet. Whomever picks it up becomes Thanos, but if that player is killed, the gauntlet is dropped and someone else gets their chance to role-play as the Mad Titan.
Still, actually getting your hands on the Infinity Gauntlet can be challenging, which makes sense. Luckily, we have some tips on how to become Thanos. If you’re not lucky enough to get your hands on the gauntlet, you can also see what it’s like to play as him in the video above.
The Infinity Gauntlet mode does not yet have an end date, but these typically run for about a week. Unfortunately, it won’t be accompanied by any Marvel or Avengers skins. The mode debuted alongside the new 4.1 update, which increases the likelihood of standard matches ending toward the outside of the map.