What is Fortnite Reload? How to play the new Battle Royale mode, format, loot, and more

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Fortnite Reload was an unexpected surprise from Epic Games, announced just hours before the 30.20 update went live. This new mode brings a mini Battle Royale to the game along with a new map inspired by the iconic Chapter 1 map. Here is everything that you need to know.

Fortnite Reload Key Art
Image via Epic Games

What Is Fortnite Reload?

Fortnite Reload is a brand new mini Battle Royale mode that sees 40 players battle it out to earn a Victory Royale. Players will jump in as part of a squad with reboots, revives, and rifts enabled. Upon elimination, players can either be rebooted or have the option to start a countdown that will eventually bring the player back once the timer reaches 0. But, if a team is fully wiped out then it is game over, so make sure to keep at least one player alive at all times to avoid elimination.

A Brand New Map

Fortnite Reload features a new much smaller map that is inspired by the OG Chapter 1 map, bringing back many iconic locations such as Tilted Towers, Retail Row, and Pleasant Park.

The map is labeled as ‘Iteration’ which was the codename for the Fortnite OG map, meaning that we may see the map periodically update which could include adding locations from other seasons or even newer Chapters.

It has also been revealed that the mode only took one month to make, with development beginning in late May 2024.

How To Play Fortnite Reload?

Fortnite Reload is available to play directly from the lobby, with it being placed alongside regular game modes such as Battle Royale, Festival, LEGO, Rocket Racing, and Save The World. You can also access it by clicking the three dots on any Epic Games mode and clicking ‘View Creator’ to see a list of all official modes.

Fortnite Reload Format

The mode is currently in the Squads format, which pits 10 teams of four against each other for a 40-player experience. Some lobbies may have more than 10 teams due to the ‘No Fill’ option being available, allowing for solos, duos, and trios to jump into the mode.

Will There Be Duos And Trios?

Since the release of Fortnite Reload, Epic Games has added modes for both Duos and Trios to the API of the game, but there is no release date for these additions.

Loot Pool

Here is a list of all of the weapons that are in Fortnite Reload, we will continue to update this if we discover new weapons.

  • Assault Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle
  • Revolver
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Lever Action Shotgun
  • Heavy Shotgun
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Infantry Rifle
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Grappler

It has also been leaked that popular Chapter 2 Mythics will be coming to Fortnite Reload in the future, these are:

  • Skye’s Grappler
  • Brutus’ Minigun
  • Meowscles’ Peow Peow Rifle
  • Kit’s Shockwave Launcher
  • Kit’s Charge Shotgun

Is Fortnite Reload Permanent?

Epic Games hasn’t stated that this will be a Limited-Time Mode or that it has an end date, which points to the mode being permanently in the game going forward, with it likely receiving updates including map changes over time.

About the Author

David Coulson

David is a gaming news writer here at VideoGamer His favorite franchises include Resident Evil and Final Fantasy. Despite being a gaming boomer, he still enjoys cranking 90s in Fortnite.


  • Release Date: September 26, 2017
    • - 01 January 2018 (iOS, iOS)
    • - 25 July 2017 (Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4)
    • - 12 June 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Platform(s): Android, iOS, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, Massively Multiplayer, Shooter
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