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Why are Fortnite pickaxes not working in Competitive?

If you are playing matches in Fortnite Competitive, you might be wondering why several of your pickaxes aren't working properly.
Players who are enjoying Fortnite via Competitive matches might be worried aliens have abducted several of their cosmetic pickaxes. First off, we would like to inform players that this isn't an extraterrestrial issue. Instead, Epic Games have disabled a total of 15 pickaxe cosmetics in Competitive play due to an issue found with these specific cosmetics. This is why, even though you've chosen a specific cosmetic pickaxe, you will see the default one while playing Competitive.

Fortnite pickaxes: All cosmetics not working

While Epic Games didn't go into detail about what issue has led them to disable certain pickaxe cosmetics in the Fortnite Competitive playlist, the developer did note they would let fans know as soon as these cosmetics return.

If you've equipped one of the pickaxes and jump into a Competitive playlist, you will instead see the default pickaxe equipped.

Fortnite pickaxes not working competitive playlist epic gamesDevourer's Bane is one of the pickaxes not working (Picture: Epic Games)

The full list of disabled pickaxes in Fortnite as of 29th May 2021 can be viewed below:

  • Bash Burner
  • BB's Beast Bat
  • Gladius of Potassius
  • Ol' Mate Sledgy
  • Sorrow's Reach
  • Lovestruck Striker
  • Durrburgian Battlespatch
  • Mjolnir
  • Leviathan Axe
  • Forsaken Strike
  • Beastfang
  • Seven Star Flashing Flail
  • Signpost Pummeler
  • Devourer's Bane
  • Combat Knife

At the time of writing, Epic Games has not revealed when these pickaxes will start showing up in Competitive Fortnite again. However, it is close to the top of the Battle Royale issues list via the official Fortnite Trello board.

We expect the developer to fix this issue soon. With that being said, Fortnite v16.50 was the last scheduled update for the game. However, Epic Games might release a hotfix to squash the pickaxes issue. We will let you know once we have more information on the topic.

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