Fortnite Kinetic Blade, explained: How to use

Way of the Samurai

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 is here with plenty of new content for players to check out. This even includes some new weapons, such as the Fortnite Kinetic Blade. If you want to know how to use this melee sword effectively to knock back players and eliminate them, you’re in the right place.

Fortnite Kinetic Blade, explained

Fortnite Kinetic Blade: How to knockback players
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The new Fortnite Kinetic Blade is one of many new items that are available in Chapter 4 Season 2: Mega. It follows in the footsteps of past melee weapons, such as the Sideways Scythe and Infinity Blade.

The Kinetic Blade is a an epic-rarity cyberpunk-style katana sword. It has two main functions to it, the first being the slash attacks that you can use to deal hefty damage in swift fashion. The second is the dash attack that it has.

Both of these are effective at dealing damage and have secondary functions. If you want to pick up a Kinetic Blade for yourself in a match, there are a couple of ways to do so. You can, first, find one off the loot of a fallen enemy or within some of the chests around the world.

However, if you want to guarantee a Kinetic Blade, what you want to do is head to a location like the Japanese-style castle east of Steamy Springs. Inside some of these buildings, you can find statues that contain Kinetic Blades for you to salvage.

How to knock back players with the Kinetic Blade

Fortnite Kinetic Blade: How to knockback players
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One of the main mechanics of the Fortnite Kinetic Blade is knocking back players. This is rather easy to do as all you need to do equip the Kinetic Blade and then hit someone with the basic melee attack. This instantly deals some heavy damage — seemingly 50-70 damage each hit — and knocks them back a considerable distance.

This is useful for close-range scenarios to knock the enemy backwards before switching to a more favorable ranged weapon. You can melee hit an enemy and knock them back using the typical primary attack input, such as the right trigger for console users.

In addition to that, there is also the dash attack. This uses the same button that you would normally use to aim down the sights, such as the left trigger on a controller. The dash attack lets you leap forward a great distance to attack the enemy.

Unlike the normal melee hit, though, it has a cooldown of 10 seconds and you can only stack up to three dashes. I mainly see the use of the dash attack for quick escapes, as it can blast you across entire points of interest with a single use.

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