One myth that refuses to go away is the idea that you can run faster in Fortnite (opens in new tab) by holding different things. Bandages make you run faster because they're lighter, miniguns make you run slower because they're really big and heavy and so on. We've all seen someone running in Fortnite with their pickaxe out, assuming they'll sprint faster as a result. But is it true?
We've tested it with science, using one of Fortnite's football pitches as a nicely measured out distance to time a range of sprints and runs holding pickaxes, bandages and weapons. It's not atomically perfect, as no one can run exactly the same line every time, but if there was a major change between different equipment types it would be very obvious.
So what did we find out?
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Short answer: nothing you can do, hold, or pray to, will make you run faster in Fortnite. As you can see we hit pretty consistent times for both jogging and running whatever we had in our hands, so just hold a gun. It makes no difference and leaves you combat ready at all time.
The myth might be a left over from games like Counter Strike and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab), where the gear you hold affects your top speed, but nothing will make you run faster in Fornite. As you can see in the video, holding different things has no effect - animations might look different or slower, but the base speed is unchanged whatever you hold in your hand.
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