Fortnite: Battle Royale’s slipstreams can be useful for those who are both alive and down but not out, players have found.
One player has shared a video of his character flying along the Loot Lake slipstream after being taken down by the storm during a duos match. He was gliding and quite far from the safe zone, and as his character reached zero health, he fell into a slipstream that pushed him to safe zone. He was still able to maneuver while inside the air tube, and he fell ti the ground to be revived by his friend.
This is an occasional situation, but if you’re too far from safe zone, close to a slipstream, and you won’t make it without being down, you can still try to hop into one and let it carry you to safety. It can be a useful tool to avoid eliminations early into the match while also giving you some room to fight a bit more in the storm if you need to.
Slipstreams were introduced in Fortnite’s season nine surrounding center areas of the map such as Loot Lake, Mega Mall, and Fatal Fields. They make the character enter in free fall mode while being pushed in the direction they choose in this wind tunnel. Players can control their character while inside the slipstream and glide out of it whenever they want. It’s becoming a primary mobility tool in the season.
It’s unclear so far if this is an intended interaction or if Epic will eventually categorize and fix this as a bug. Until then, it’s yet another useful resource for players in the early and mid-game.