The launch of Fortnite’s update 6.21 earlier today, there have been a number of developments involving the game. Most recently, it released an update on PC and Mac that it says should resolve crashes that have been affecting both platforms following the newest patch.

Balloons may sound mundane, but they look as if they could introduce some wacky, tactical fun into the game. As you can see in the brief video below, holding onto balloons allows you to float or rise up into the air. They’re classified as Epic rarity, and when you pick them up, you’ll get a total of 20 that can be deployed. You can hold as many as six at once; you inflate balloons by hitting the primary fire button and let go of one by hitting secondary fire. Balloons are found in an assortment of places–chests, supply drops, supply llamas, vending machines, or as floor loot–but you’ll want to be careful when using them. The patch notes warn, “Don’t float too high for too long; balloons only last so long at max build height.

Another significant change involves glider re-deploying, a feature that entered testing with the last patch. Epic won’t be removing this after all and has plans to continue monitoring feedback and testing the feature due to the “positive results” that it’s seen.

Update 6.21 vaults a number of weapons. In standard matches, you’ll no longer encounter the semi-auto sniper, guided missile, and dual pistols. These may return in the future, but for the time being, you’ll only be able to use them in Playground mode.

Fortnite Update 6.21



Added support for newer versions of PS4 and Xbox One controllers on Mac

Bug Fixes

Fixed an issue where holding down the left mouse button would block other inputs in certain conditions on Mac.

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Bug Fixes

Updated Port-A-Challenge grenade names.

Improved clarity of where to throw Port-A-Challenge grenades.

Weapons + Items

Balloons added

Epic rarity

Comes with 20 deployable balloons.

Allows the player to defy gravity by holding up to 6 balloons at a time.

Primary fire button to inflate a balloon, secondary fire button to let go of a balloon.

Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas, and Vending Machines.

NOTE: Don’t float too high for too long, balloons only last so long at max build height.


When grappling as a vehicle passenger, the velocity of your vehicle is factored into the grapple force.

Only occurs in instances where vehicle velocity will be a net gain to grapple force.

Grappling as a vehicle passenger will now cause the vehicle to travel in a straight line to its destination rather than traveling in an arc.


Semi-Auto Sniper

Guided Missile

Dual Pistols

These items will remain available in Playground Mode.

25% of explosive damage will now penetrate through structures and the environment.


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