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5 Things you didn’t know about Fortnite Season 3

Five Fortnite Season 3 tips that you probably didn’t know!



Fortnite Season 3 is still shiny and new. It’s a breath of fresh air from the same, stale version of Fortnite that we’ve been playing for the better part of six months.

Now, we have a whole new map to explore with even more coming in the future. There were so many changes in Season 3 that some of them didn’t make it into the spotlight. Here are five things you may not have known about Season 3.


One of the Fortnite Season 3 preseason leaks that got lost in the shuffle was the ability to set structures on fire. We heard about this but forgot about it when Epic dropped all of the content from Season 3 on our heads.

Nevertheless, the feature is still in the season. Right now, the only thing that appears to be able to set structures on fire is the gas canister, although the rumored Flare Gun will likely have a similar purpose.

You won’t be safe from damage, either, as many players who stood on top of Campfires found out. Fire damages players, including the flames from a Cozy Campfire, so heal from the side!

Sidegrading enhancement

Sidegrading got an upgrade in Fortnite Season 3. Since its release, you were only able to sidegrade Heavy ARs into normal ARs and vice-versa. Well, the Heavy AR was removed from Season 3 but Sidegrading is still here.

You can sidegrade Rapid-Fire SMGs into normal SMGs and back again. You can also sidegrade normal Snipers into Hunting Rifles. Sadly, sidegrading still does not apply to Shotguns.

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The Boat

There’s a new place to land in Fortnite Season 3 that doesn’t appear on the map. It’s a small boat that circles the island and spawns in random locations each match.

This is, undoubtedly, the best place to land as a solo player and still a fantastic landing spot in duos. The boat works a bit like a mobile vault. There are ten Slurp Barrels here, normal chests, Henchmen chests, a ton of consumable boxes, ammo boxes, a Supply Crate, an Upgrade Station, and a Motorboat. As we said, the place is stacked.

The secret of this boat is getting out and players are soon going to flock to this drop site. Once you clear it out, though, the loot will be yours and you can freely rotate to your next destination.

Tactical Shotgun nerf

Another piece of news that received little nation was the nerf to Tactical Shotguns. Epic lowered the headshot damage of almost all weapons in Season 3, including the AR, SMG, and Tac Shotgun.

If you’ve been feeling as though your shotgun shots have been dealing less damage, this is why. A Blue Tactical Shotgun now deals 112 damage and a Gold only deals 124.

Stink Bombs

Stink Bombs have returned in Fortnite Season 3, but appear to be limited to the Mauraders who fall from the sky. We haven’t found Stink Bombs anywhere outside of these NPC enemies, although we have heard that Sharks can drop them as well.

Stink Bombs are one of the most powerful crowd-control items in the game. They stack up to six, and you can grab at least four if you dispatch of the Mauraders quickly enough.

These tips might not have been new information to everyone, but they’re some under-the-radar changes that we haven’t seen widely discussed. Fortnite Season 3 is still brand new, and we’re figuring it out as the days progress. In a week, we may have even more tips that we didn’t know, so stay tuned!


How to enter vaults without a keycard in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite vault glitch has returned for Season 3; this time, with a different method.



Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 was the first season to introduce vaults. It was also the first season in which players found an exploit to get into the vaults without a keycard. This method was popularized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, who showed fans how use a boat and a few building materials to enter a vault without killing the boss.

This exploit existed for most of Season 2, but was patched when season 3 came out. Well, as you may expect, it didn’t take long for players to figure out another way to get into the vault without a card. Instead of a boat, this exploit requires a helicopter.

For preparation, you’ll need a Helicopter, Upgrade Bench, and a teammate. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete in order to get into the vault without a card:

Step 1: Destroy the tile covering the vault you want to enter
Step 2: Land the helicopter on the broken floor
Step 3: Switch seats and begin to build
Step 4: Have a teammate throw the Upgrade Bench underneath the helicopter

If you complete these steps correctly, you should be pushed under the map and into the vault. Here’s a tutorial from Glitch King that will show you the step-by-step walkthrough.

Getting out of the vault is now your problem. This glitch is meant to surprise and eliminate an enemy, but you could always send your teammate to kill the boss and let you out if no one comes by. This isn’t the most broken method in the world, as you’ll be trapped if you don’t open the vault the normal way. Still, it can make for a funny clip or two.

This method takes a bit more setup than last season’s, but we may still see a streamer or two surprised by someone hiding in a closed vault. Only time will tell.

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Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming

Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.



Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.

Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.

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In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”

Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.

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Epic disable the elusive Golden Mushroom in Fortnite

The Golden Mushroom has reportedly been disabled in all Fortnite modes.



Almost all Fortnite players know about the Mythic Goldfish in Fortnite Chapter 2 – the rarest item that Epic have ever added to the game. It’s so rare that fans wondered if it even existed for a while. Since its release, there’s still only been a handful of recorded sightings of the Mythic Goldfish.

In Season 3, Epic added another rare item to the game: The Golden Mushroom. According to data miners, this mushroom has the same chance to spawn as the Mythic Goldfish, making it one of the rarest items in all of Fortnite. To this day, we’ve only seen one clip of the Golden Mushroom outside of Creative Mode.

When the mushroom first came out, SypherPK put a county on its head. He offered his fans cash if they could find the mushroom in-game, and a bonus if they found it in a joinable Battle Lab match. Here’s the only known clip of the Golden Mushroom in Fortnite.

When Sypher picked it up and put it in his inventory, the Golden Mushroom turned into a regular old mushroom that only healed for five shield. This bug is likely why the item was disabled on July 13, according to data miner reports.

One of the rarest items in Fortnite should offer a reward for finding it. It seemed like this one had an issue that led to it becoming a disappointment. On July 13, Hypex tweeted that Epic pushed a hotfix to disable the Golden Mushroom.

At the time of writing, there’s still no mention of the Golden Mushroom on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board. The hunt appears to be stalled – at least, for the time being. We’ll let you know when the Mushroom comes back to Fortnite but, for now, you can stop searching for it.

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