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How to pet the dog in Fortnite Battle Royale

Learn how to pet the dog, chameleon, and dragon in Fortnite's latest update.


If you’ve ever wandered the rolling hills of Fortnite’s island and thought to yourself, ‘man I’d love to pet this dog on my back’ then we’ve got news for you! In the most recent update, Epic Games has finally added the ability to reach out and pat your furry (or scaly) companion on the head. In this guide we’ll go over everything you need to know to pet the dog or any other pets in Fortnite.

How to pet the dog in Fortnite

So far there are at least three pets that players can obtain in Fortnite. These pets act as Back Bling and run into battle with you, barking or just slinking along in your backpack. Added back in Season 6, players have been asking for a way to pet their companions for quite some time. Epic Games has answered those pleas in the latest update, patch version 8.40. Players can now pet their Back Bling companions, however there is a caveat that players will need to know.

Unfortunately, you can’t actually pet your own pet. Instead, you’ll only be able to approach the pets of nearby friends and interact with them. It does kind of suck that you can’t reach behind you and pat your own little companion on the head, but it’s still nice to have the functionality in place at all.

How to pet the dog in Fortnite Battle Royale
This little guy needs some pets after the nonsense he's seen.

To pet a dog, chameleon, dragon, or whatever other type of pet your friends might have, simply approach and press the reload button. This is E on PC, or X and Square on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively. Doing this will trigger an animation, allowing you to show some love to your friend’s backpack residing companion. Of course, petting a friend’s pet does trigger some audio cues, which other players can hear, so make sure you only stop for pets when you’re sure the area is safe.

Now that you know how to pet the dog, or any other pet in Fortnite, it’s time to dive right in and try out the latest Limited Time Modes available with the new update. We’ll continue to update you on all things Fortnite, so make sure you follow Shacknews on Twitter for all the latest info and details.

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