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How Ninja’s Joke Inspired Fortnite’s First Designer Cosmetic

The Fortnite community has a lot of influence in the game. They’ve had a say in storyline changes, content creators having their own icon skins, and of course, community-created cosmetics.

This healthy relationship between fans and developers has helped create a strong bond in the game. So when Richard Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, joked about the lack of content, Epic Games responded in the way as hilarious as possible.

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The birth of the Plunja in Fortnite

Ninja is synonymous with Fortnite. At the start of the game, the two were a single entity. This made him a powerful voice within the community, and the developers listened diligently to everything he had to say.

New featured items coming out of @EpicGames @FortniteGame …you trolls… I said I’d use a plunger the other day so what do they do? Stick a katana in it HAHAHA I love you guys https://t.co/n2OopoR5f4

One day faithful, he decided to tweet at Epic Games and asked them to add new content to the item shop as it seemed rather stagnant. Here is what he said:

“There was a time when the Item Shop didn’t have good skins or new skins. So I tweeted and said, ‘Dear Epic Games, I want to spend some money on your game. J would even buy a piston axe. I literally don’t care, just give me new stuff from the store’.”

Given the popularity of the game even in Fortnite Chapter 1, Ninja didn’t expect Epic Games to respond. However, much to her shock and surprise, they added an item to the store based on her request.

“The next day they designed and released the Plunja. A plunger with a katana going through it. So now guys, every time you unclog a toilet or see a katana, you’ll think of me.”

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Is Plunja harvesting tool worth buying in Fortnite?

The Plunja Harvesting Tool costs 800 V-Bucks when listed in the Item Shop. While it might not look like much and isn’t officially part of Ninja’s Icon Series, the design and the item itself were directly influenced by Ninja’s statement.

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If Ninja hadn’t tweeted at Epic Games, the item would never have been created. In many ways, this makes this article a precursor to the official Icon series. For all these reasons, the article is well worth its price.

Unfortunately, given the item’s “OG” status, it hasn’t been rotated in some time. It was last seen in the Item Shop on November 22, 2020. For those interested in purchasing the item, it is unknown when it will be featured next.


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