There are a lot of ways to be eliminated in Fortnite Battle Royale – guns, explosives, the storm, falling damage or even traps – but one very unlucky player experienced likely the most bizarre elimination ever after a Shopping Cart seemed to have a mind of its own.
Shopping Carts were added to the Battle Royale mode of Fortnite during season four of the battle pass, and are effectively the first ‘vehicle’ in the game.
They are more a novelty however, providing players with limited speed and not much benefit over simply being on foot, but there are a lot of fun and can be used to pull of some airtime.
Sprinkled around the map, players can simply approach a shopping cart and select to ‘drive’ it, and if with a teammate they can also hop on top and ride shotgun.
What shopping carts are definitely not though, are lethal. Save for accidentally jumping from to high and suffering fall damage, there is really now way for a shopping cart to get a kill – until now.
Reddit user u/newmanuai posted a video in which they approach two stationary carts, and start to harvest timber from the nearby trees.
Using Fortnite’s replay mode brilliantly, they pinpoint when the cart starts to very slowly creep forward, before plummeting off the side of the cliff and straight into the player on the ramp below – sending him soaring to his death.
And once the clip was posted, other users also reported similar occurrences of shopping carts seemingly being possessed to target players on the map, which begs the question if Epic Games programmed them to do it on occasion as a bit of a troll.
But, always observant on social channels, an Epic employee replied to another mysterious shopping cart attack just as entertained as everyone else.
So let it be a warning not to mess with the shopping carts, unless planning on using one, it is maybe best to keep your distance.