Fortnite v30.20 patch notes: how Fortnite Reload works

Everything you need to know about Fortnite Reload, the new game mode added in update v30.20
Fortnite Reload
Fortnite Reload / Epic Games

Epic Games surprisingly moved the v30.20 patch forward by a few days and suddenly announced that it would be bringing a brand new game mode to Fortnite Battle Royale. This is designed to be a faster-paced version of the regular battle royale featuring a smaller map, fewer players, and some interesting mechanics that speed up the game.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about Fortnite Reload in the v30.20 update.

New Map – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Reload Map
Reload Map / Epic Games

The Reload island is a bit of a mini-OG experience, as it’s full of classic locations on a much smaller scale than normal. Tilted Towers and Retail Row are both waiting for you to drop into, and now there’s much less distance to cover between the two of them. On top of that, the storm will move much faster on this map, forcing you to be constantly on the move.

40 Players – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Skins
Fortnite / Epic Games

To accommodate the smaller map, the number of players in one game is much less than normal. Where the regular battle royale can host up to 100 players in a game, Fortnite Reload caps out at 40.

Squads Only – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Squad
Fortnite / Epic Games

This mode is Squads Only, which means you can only play in teams of 4, so the action is going to be frantic with so many squads converging on such a small island.

Automatic Respawns – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Reload Tilted Towers
Tilted Towers / Epic Games

When you die, you can wait for a teammate to respawn you, or you can start a 30-second timer, after which you will automatically respawn. Over the course of the match, this will increase to 40 seconds. However, you can also decrease it in a few ways:

  • -2 seconds for downing an opponent
  • -4 seconds for eliminating an opponent
  • -10 seconds for wiping a squad

However, right at the end of a match, this stops completely to ensure matches don’t go on forever.

Unvaulted Weapons – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Reload Unvaulted Weapons
Unvaulted Weapons / Epic Games

A huge array of classic weapons have been unvaulted and will only appear in Fortnite Reload. This includes:

  • Revolver
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Lever Action Shotgun
  • OG Heavy Shotgun
  • Tactical SMG
  • Infantry Rifle
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Grappler

Unique quests and rewards – Fortnite Reload

Fortnite Reload Rewards
Reload quest rewards / Epic Games

A series of intro quests are also live right now. Each one earns you 20k XP, which is nothing to sniff at. Plus completing enough of them earns you cosmetic rewards like the Digital Dogfight contrail, Pool Cubes wrap, and the NaNa Bath back bling. Plus, this mode has it’s own unique glider umbrella if you manage to score a Victory Royale.

Ryan Woodrow


Ryan Woodrow is Guides Editor for GLHF based in London, England. He has a particular love for JRPGs and the stories they tell. His all-time favorite JRPGs are the Xenoblade Chronicles games because of the highly emotive and philosophy-driven stories that hold great meaning. Other JRPGs he loves in the genre are Persona 5 Royal, Octopath Traveler, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nier Automata, and Pokémon. He also regularly dives deep into the indie scene trying to find hidden gems and innovative ideas. Some of his favorite indie games include FTL: Faster Than Light, Thomas Was Alone, Moonlighter, Phantom Abyss, and Towerfall Ascension. More of his favorite games are Minecraft, Super Mario Odyssey, Stardew Valley, Skyrim, and XCOM 2. He has a first-class degree in Games Studies from Staffordshire University and has written for several sites such as USA Today's ForTheWin, Game Rant, The Sun, and KeenGamer. Email: