Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.
In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.
Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.
Fortnite Gold Bar exploit
The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.
These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.
This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.
“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”
Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.
Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.
“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.’”
72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.