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10 things only Fortnite OGs will remember

How long have you been playing Fortnite? Do you remember all of these features and mechanics? Take a look at the Fortnite days of old, here.

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How long have you been playing Fortnite? Do you remember all of these features and mechanics? Take a look at the Fortnite days of old, here.

Fortnite Battle Royale released on September 26, 2017. For many of us, that was the day that we fell in love with this brand-new title that eventually became a worldwide pop-culture sensation.

Not everyone played the game back then, though. It took several months to catch on. Here are 10 things that only the OG Fortnite players will remember.

1. Team Killing

Team killing might have been the most toxic element ever in Fortnite, which makes it surprising that it used to be the norm. Do you have a random teammate who is taking all of your loot? No problem, just kill them.

Of course, team killing led to a lot of accidents on the battlefield – which was what it was meant to do – but it bred more toxicity than anything else. Just look at this famous clip of NickMercs trolling one of his random teammates back in the day.

Epic took this out of the game in the early seasons, meaning only original players will remember downing and finishing their teammates. After that, they had to rely on sneakier ways to kill allies like hitting them with an Impulse Grenade.

2. The Sniper Pump

The Pump has gone through more changes than any weapon in the Fortnite roster. Most players remember – or heard about – the double-pump days, but not many know that the Pump used to be completely broken from long-range.

Damage fall-off wasn’t as stark as it is today – for any weapon – but the pump could deal legitimate damage when an opponent was nothing but a dot on your screen.

Pumps have been nerfed into the ground in Chapter 2. It’s funny to think that a Green Pump used to deal 90 damage from 200 meters. Say what you want about the current state of Pumps in Fortnite, but no one is asking for this to return.

3. Unnamed Salty Springs

Most Fortnite fans know that Salty Springs has been in the game since it came out, but not many players remember the days when it was the unnamed gem between Retail Row and Dusty Depot.

Early players, such as myself, discovered the small town with ample loot before it blew up. Once Epic threw a name on it, though, it became a central hub for battle.

Now, Salty Springs is more of a ‘squad-fill’ meme than anything else. Want to flip a coin on whether or not you’ll survive your drop? Land at Salty.

4. Transparent edits

Transparent edits were in Fortnite for a while – so long that a lot of pros and streamers were angry with Epic when they changed the system.

Looking back on how things were, however, it’s easy to see why they made the change. Imagine these crazy pro players could see through a fully-transparent edit. That’s way too OP and Epic made the right move with this change.

5. You couldn’t build through trees and cars

There are a lot of annoying little things in Fortnite. Certain areas won’t let you place a wall and others force you to build a cone rather than a floor. This was nothing compared to how Fortnite used to be.

Back in the day, you couldn’t build through cars, trees, or any other natural structure. If you got caught near one of these and tried to build, it was game over.

Adding the ability to build through these natural structures was one of the best quality-of-life improvements Epic has added.

6. The OG Default Dance song

The Fortnite Default Dance is still in the game – and remains one of the more toxic ways to taunt your opponent. We all know the two variants, but not many players remember the third.

The third Default Dance tune is nothing to write home about, but it was a strange removal from the game. It isn’t the iconic ‘root-doot-doot-doo-doo,’ but it’s arguably better than the drum solo version.

Here it is if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

7. No back bling

Back bling wasn’t always a thing in Fortnite, either. Back in the day, you couldn’t mix and match your skins and back bling.

Whichever back bling came with your skin was the one that you were wearing. If the skin didn’t have one, then your back would be bare.

This was the case throughout Season 2. The Dark Knight skin was forced to wear his signature shield before this was eventually changed in Season 3.

Mini Marauder back bling

8. Pre-edited cone meta on controller

Anyone who played Fortnite on a controller before the implementation of the Builder Pro setting may know what this one’s about.

Back in the Combat Pro days, we had to use the bumpers on our controller to cycle through our structures – the same way we cycle through weapons, today.

In those days, it was often easier to pre-edit your cone into a ramp rather than cycling all the way to the ramp piece. This kept everything closer together.

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In the old days of Fortnite, someone running at you with a pre-edited cone was incredibly intimidating. Just by seeing this, you knew that they took the game seriously enough to maximize their advantages.

Builder Pro removed the need for this and drastically increased the skill ceiling on a controller. Now, some pros are arguing that the controller is actually more powerful than a keyboard and mouse.

9. Manually switching material types

Even if you don’t remember the days before Turbo-Building, you probably know that there was a time when players had to individually place each structure.

The implementation of Turbo-Building was a massive game changer, but people forget that there was a small quality-of-life improvement before this setting was added.

In the old days, you’d have to press a separate button if you ran out of wood and wanted to switch to brick or metal. If you didn’t, the game would act like you didn’t have any materials. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case for long – once the community started to take building seriously.

10. Platform-specific traps

There are currently 0 traps in Fortnite, but when the game first came out there were a few different types. What’s more, is that each type was specific to a certain kind of surface.

The Spike Traps that we all know were only able to be placed on the floor. There was an electricity trap for a wall and another for the ceiling. Anyone who plays ‘Save the World’ knows that Epic was using the same model, here.

Of course, the number of traps complicated things and Epic eventually widdled it down to one before expanding the roster and, eventually, removing all of them.

So, there you have it: ten things that only OGs will remember about Fortnite. Do you remember any of these? All of them? None of them? Let us know when you started playing in the comments.

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How to make a Stark Robot dance in Fortnite

Find out how to make a Stark Robot dance for your Fortnite Season 4 week 5 challenges.

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Fortnite Season 4 Week 5 is here, bringing us some new challenges to complete for the week. XP is flowing this season, but don’t get complacent. Unlocking the Holographic Wolverine style will require you to reach level 220 – a tall order for even the most dedicated Fortnite player.

This week, there are a few challenges that require a bit of existing Fortnite knowledge to complete. One of these is “Make a Stark Robot dance.” Don’t worry, though, this is easy to check off your list once you know what to do.

The first step in this process is finding a Stark Robot. Yes, you can find plenty of them at Stark Industries, but that’s probably not a good place to do this challenge. It’s one of the most populated places on the map and Stark Robots don’t spawn in Team Rumble.

Instead, we suggest heading for one of the Quinjet landing sites on the map. You can usually find one that’s devoid of players, but be careful that the Stark Robots don’t take you out on their own.

The best strategy is to land somewhere near the Quinjet, get a couple of guns, and head to the landing site from there. That way, you’ll be able to defend yourself from those pesky robots.

Now that you’ve found an untouched landing site, all you need to do is down one of the stark robots and hack them. You can do this by going up to them and pressing F on keyboard, Square on PS4, or X on Xbox. We recommend clearing out the other robots before trying to hack one.

Once you’ve hacked a robot and are safe, the final stage is to dance. The robot will dance with you and you’ll complete the challenge. You don’t even have to wait for the robot if you don’t want. The challenge will complete itself as soon as you dance with a hacked robot by your side.

Hacking robots in Fortnite is sneakily an awesome tactic. They fight by your side, distract your opponents, and can sometimes even do enough damage to get a kill or two. Good luck!

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Glitch King reveals Fortnite ‘Infinite XP’ exploit

This “grindy” XP glitch gives you infinite experience, but is it worth your time?

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XP is relatively easy to come by in Fortnite Season 4. There are weekly and daily challenges, Punch Cards, in-game XP, and even secret challenge that net players some sizeable rewards.

Despite this fact, it’s unlikely that most players will be able to unlock all of the foil variants in the season. Unlocking a Holographic Wolverine – the highest XP threshold of the season – requires you to reach level 220 by the end of Season 4. That’s more realistic than the Golden Agent Peely from a couple of seasons ago, but it’s far from a guarantee.

Wolverine fortnite

There is at least one working XP glitch that’s in the game at the time of writing, but you’ll need to act fast if you want to make the most out of it. Epic are known to quickly patch these XP glitches, and this one is tied to a secret challenge. Once you complete the challenge, you may not be able to use the glitch.

This exploit was uncovered by YouTuber Glitch King, who also showed players how to get into the Stark Industries vault without a keycard. All you need to do is visit one of the four locations listed in his video and equip a spray.

The XP exploit has to do with defusing the bomb for the Season 4 secret challenge. For some reason, spraying the barrel will trigger the 500 XP reward for defusing the bomb up to five times. Once you hit five, you need to leave the game, rinse, and repeat.

The first obvious downside to using this exploit is that it will tank your stats. If you care about your Solo win/loss and kill/death ratio, you’ll probably want to find another way to earn that XP.

It’s also a full-on grind. You’ll have to ask yourself: do you really want that Holographic Wolverine or do you just want to play to have fun? This isn’t an MMO, after all, it’s a competitive battle royale.

If you do decide that this 2,500 XP per game exploit is worth it, be careful not to overdo it. We don’t think that this will trigger a ban, but you need to be careful. You could see a timeout once Epic get wise to it.

Now that you know how to do it, though, the decision is yours: will you throw a bunch of games in the name of free XP or will you earn it the hard way while having more fun?

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How to enter the Stark Industries Vault without a keycard

Fortnite players have found an exploit that allows them to enter the Stark Industries vault without a keycard.

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The first update of Fortnite Season 4 included a massive overhaul of almost the entire northeast portion of the map. Stark Industries has now become one of the most popular places to land, with nearly a quarter of the lobby chasing Iron Man at the beginning of each match.

It’s easy to understand why this location is so popular. Stark Industries offers a ton of loot, a chance for an early battle, the only place to obtain high-level Stark Rifles, the Iron Man hero abilities, and a vault.

We’re focusing on the vault, for this article. It’s one of only two closed vaults on the map, but that doesn’t mean that you need a keycard to enter. More than a few players have eliminated Iron Man and hit the vault, only to find a squad of players already inside.

The reason for this is a video made by popular YouTuber and glitch exposer Glitch King. He offered a video tutorial on how to enter the Stark Industries vault without a keycard.

A glitch like this one has been possible in every season since vaults first came to Fortnite. The good thing was that most of these glitches took so long to complete that they were nearly impossible to pull off in a real game. You’d have to build walls and cones, get a boat, and spam buttons to enter the vault.

This one, however, is troublingly easy. All you need to do is hit the back of the vault at the proper angle with one of the many cars that spawn in the Stark Industries parking lot. Simply land, grab a car, drive it under the stairs and hop into the vault.

There’s a small catch to this glitch, however. One of the requirements is a bad PC – or, at least, a friend with a bad PC. Part of the glitch requires the driver’s PC to fail to render the walls of the vault, pushing you inside.

Admittedly, Glitch King makes the exploit look easier than it is. You probably won’t get it on your first try, but there’s nothing stopping players from practicing this glitch in Battle Lab. Once you find the right angle, you’ll get in every time.

Of course, you’ll be stuck inside the vault until someone else opens it, but that isn’t much of a problem. The Stark Industries vault almost never goes unopened, so chances are you’ll be able to loot the vault and kill whoever opens the door for you.

This is a pretty broken exploit, so we hope Epic address it in a coming update. The longer it’s in the game, the more players will try it. For now, all we can advise is to be careful when opening the Stark Industries vault.

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