Crossbow is a bow in Battle Royale. It is one of the weapons with the most controversial history.
The weapon was first introduced in BR in Patch 2.4.2, on February 7th, 2018, as part of the Valentines Day 2018 event. It shared its look with the Heartbreaker from Save the World. It was available in Rare and Epic variants, and was simply named "Crossbow". On February 20th, with Patch 3.0.0, the Crossbow's Valentine skin was removed, giving it a simple black/grey-ish look. The weapon stayed in the game till May 1st, 2018, when, with the release of Patch 4.0, it got vaulted.
A similar weapon eventually got added for a short time in Patch 6.20 as part of the Fortnitemares event, as well as during the Ice Storm Event (January 19th-29th, 2019), called the Fiend Hunter Crossbow. This was a completely different version of the weapon: it didn't have a scope, and dealt much lower damage, although having a higher fire rate and a larger magazine size. This weapon is still available in Playground and Creative inventories.
In Patch 7.40, as part of the Valentine's Day 2019 event, Cupid's Crossbow made its debut into the game. It was available in Epic variant only, and it was equal to the OG Valentine Crossbow's Epic variant.
When the Crossbow was added to Battle Royale in Patch 2.4.2, it was skinned thematically to match the Valentine's Day theme. The skin was later removed in Patch 3.0.
Due to loot settings not being updated to reflect the then-current patch, 50v50 V2 allowed access to the Crossbow for a short period of time despite it being Vaulted. The loot for 50v50 has since been updated.
While Crossbow's first Valentine 2018 variant was simply named "Crossbow" and available in Rare and Epic variants, the new Valentine 2019 variant is named "Cupid's Crossbow" and is only available in its Epic variant. This may have been done to set it as a event weapon, like Fiend Hunter's Crossbow, rather than a canon weapon, like when it was first added.
Although the weapon doesn't deal enough damage to kill opponents with 200 HP in a single headshot - like the Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle - this can be considered the suppressed counterpart. Crossbows are still used - albeit very rarely - in real life as military weapons for covert sniper roles, so it could be a good idea to bring it back in a sort of suppressed sniper role.
This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 15:56.
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