The Mandalorian is playing a big role in Fortnite Season 5. He’s come to the battle royale as an NPC and attacks players who approach his ship on sight. Those who manage to kill him can pick up his mythic sniper rifle and jetpack–there is only one of each in every match. He’s come to be a thorn in the side of players all over the map.
The bounty hunter originally spawned close to the Razor Crest crash landing site near the center of the map, where he guards a piece of Beskar that players needed to collect. A recent update gave the bot multiple spawn locations–some players have found him swimming in rivers, fighting the IO Guards, and sneaking up on them with his signature thermal rifle. He’s left his ship behind.
“This dude legit showed up at Pleasant Park and steamrolled the IO Guards there,” said Redditor unlocked_. “I didn’t know he could move that far until now. I was so confused.”
NPC bosses came to Fortnite earlier in Chapter 2 and the feature was expanded in Season 4. Iron Man, Wolverine, and Dr. Doom were all NPCs at various named locations, guarding special mythical weapons and other rare items. The Marauders, a group of low-powered bots, used to roam the map wreaking havoc in much earlier seasons. None of these bots have been much of a challenge in direct one-on-one fights–but they can ruin your day given the opportunity.
“Be careful with Mando,” said Redditor S3BAXTIAN0. “If you get far away from him he will snipe you and you will regret being born.” The Mandalorian is easy to handle up close if you move around him rapidly, but his computer-controlled thermal rifle can hit you from hundreds of meters out. He has eliminated some players before they’ve even landed.
Adding recognizable, AI-controlled characters to the map is an interesting way to throw a wrench into normal battle royale action. The Mandalorian will often crash a fight, helping one side come out on top by distracting the other team. Epic Games has tried to encourage encounters like that by including all sorts of bots in the battle royale.
Star Wars is one of the anchors of Season 5. He roams the map, there are Beskar Quests that need to be completed to unlock pieces of his armor, and Grogu is the final piece of unlockable gear in the battle pass. It’s almost as if we’re playing in another licensed season with how big of a role the bounty hunter is playing.
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