Fortnite's 'Team Spirit' Mission: How To Pet A Teammate's Pet

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We've got another weekly mission here in Fortnite, and after two week's of interesting challenges we've got another sort of dud. Team Spirit is what you might guess: a series of objectives that revolve around playing with your team, which is not exactly handy if you're a solo player but also not all that interesting if you're a team player. Regardless, this should be one of the easier weeks to make your way through, so if you're still grinding out that Season X battle pass you can use it to level up a few tiers or maybe get some experience to make sure you get that sexy X-Lord skin. Everything here is pretty easy, but you might not know how it works if you haven't done it before. So here's a guide on how to pet a teammate's pet in Fortnite.

The most important thing here is that your teammate needs to have a pet equipped: this won't work on a random person, and so if you're doing this with matchmade teammates it's best to do this today, when everyone is going to equip pets for a hot second in order to complete this challenge. Once that hurdle has been cleared, go up behind them to interact with the pet: "E" on PC, Square on PlayStation and X on Xbox. That's it! what follows is an animation that certainly approximates petting, but man have I seen better petting animations, elsewhere.

The petting mechanic has a bit of a social media story. There's a popular Twitter account called "Can You Pet The Dog?" Which basically posts about what you would expect. It looks at dogs in games and tells you if you can pet them or not. An interesting thing happened as the account became more popular, however: it began to drive design decisions rather than simply respond to them. We had several games that earned the equivalent of a rotten review from Can You Pet The Dog, i.e.: you cannot pet the dog. And several of those games actually went ahead and made updates with a simple animation to give you the ability to pet the dog. Fortnite was one of these games, which got a pet-petting animation a little while after pets first entered the game.

 

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Credit: Epic Games

We've got another weekly mission here in Fortnite, and after two week's of interesting challenges we've got another sort of dud. Team Spirit is what you might guess: a series of objectives that revolve around playing with your team, which is not exactly handy if you're a solo player but also not all that interesting if you're a team player. Regardless, this should be one of the easier weeks to make your way through, so if you're still grinding out that Season X battle pass you can use it to level up a few tiers or maybe get some experience to make sure you get that sexy X-Lord skin. Everything here is pretty easy, but you might not know how it works if you haven't done it before. So here's a guide on how to pet a teammate's pet in Fortnite.

The most important thing here is that your teammate needs to have a pet equipped: this won't work on a random person, and so if you're doing this with matchmade teammates it's best to do this today, when everyone is going to equip pets for a hot second in order to complete this challenge. Once that hurdle has been cleared, go up behind them to interact with the pet: "E" on PC, Square on PlayStation and X on Xbox. That's it! what follows is an animation that certainly approximates petting, but man have I seen better petting animations, elsewhere.

The petting mechanic has a bit of a social media story. There's a popular Twitter account called "Can You Pet The Dog?" Which basically posts about what you would expect. It looks at dogs in games and tells you if you can pet them or not. An interesting thing happened as the account became more popular, however: it began to drive design decisions rather than simply respond to them. We had several games that earned the equivalent of a rotten review from Can You Pet The Dog, i.e.: you cannot pet the dog. And several of those games actually went ahead and made updates with a simple animation to give you the ability to pet the dog. Fortnite was one of these games, which got a pet-petting animation a little while after pets first entered the game.

 

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