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5 ways to fix the loot pool in Fortnite Season 2

Here are five ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2.

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Here are five ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2.

Fortnite Chapter 2 released with what some considered to be the most balanced loot pool in the history of the game. It wasn’t long before players started poking holes in this idea, though – especially with the stack size of Grenades being 10.

We’ve noticed a few more issues in the four-plus months that Fortnite Season 1 has been out. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for these problems.

We’re not going to get into adding new items to the game. We can’t know what Epic has planned on this front. For now, we’ll cover some small adjustments that would make all of the difference.

Make Snipers rarer

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Snipers are the single worst item to pull from the first chest you open. You’d rather have a green pistol or a Harpoon Gun than a sniper in most early-game situations.

Snipers are far too common in Fortnite Chapter 2. They’re a ‘power’ weapon and should be treated as such. As it stands, though, every squad has at least one Sniper Rifle, if not four.

The combination of little mobility and unlimited Sniper spawns make sniping a lot more powerful than they should be. Epic should probably consider locking these behind Supply Drops.

Make Launch Pads more common

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Mobility has been the weak point of Fortnite Chapter 2. The lack of mobility was charming in the beginning, but most of us are sick of running around four months after the reset.

Most players were excited when they saw that v11.50 unvaulted Launch Pads. When we got into a match, however, we found that they were extremely rare. How is it that we can find three to five RPGs in a game without a Launch Pad? This shouldn’t be the case.

Epic needs to, and likely will, add more mobility items to Fortnite. Even a land vehicle would be a welcome addition. In the meantime, though, they need to buff the spawn rate of Launch Pads.

Make RPGs rarer

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RPGs are in the same category as Snipers. They’re annoying to receive as your first weapon in a match and far too common on the whole.

The reason for the RPG and Sniper issues is probably the same: too many rarities. Yes, it feels better to have a Gold Sniper rather than a Green one. In the end, though, they can both one-shot headshot a player and only have a difference of 16 damage per shot.

There are also four rarities of RPG, which makes them a lot more common than they should be. A Green RPG is almost as powerful as a Gold one. Remove at least two of these rarities and the loot pool should be a lot better.

Remove Fishing Rods from chests

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Fishing Rods are single-handedly clogging the Fortnite loot pool on the shield side. Epic may have nerfed the spawn rate of shields in Chapter 2, but they also added Fishing Rods. Fishing Rods seem to pop out of almost half of chests, where shields could otherwise be found.

Fishing Rods are extremely common in Fortnite Chapter 2. They spawn in barrels, chests, and floor loot. There’s no reason to keep them in chests and there’s an argument to be made for taking them out of floor loot as well.

Removing Fishing Rods from chests won’t automatically fix the shield issue, but it would take a massive step in the right direction.

Adjust Grenades

Grenades have been an issue in Fortnite Chapter 2 since the season first released. Epic lowered the stack size of Grenades from ten to six, but this might not have been enough.

The issue with Grenades in Fortnite seems to be new to Chapter 2 – only because there were other throwables before Chapter 2 came out. Now that competitive players only have one projectile to work with, they’re making the most of them.

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Six grenades are a lot when you consider the fact that a squad could be conceivably holding up to 24. They’re extremely easy to find and are incredibly powerful in the right hands.

I’m not sure what Epic should do to nerf the grenades – lower the stack size again, lower the damage, etc. – but something has to be done.

So, those are five easy ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2. Leave your ideas in the comments.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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Fortnite v15.21 leaked skins and cosmetics: Predator, Soccer, Crew Pack

Epic Games have added a boat load of new skins to Fortnite Battle Royale following the rollout of patch v15.21.

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Epic Games have added a boat load of new skins to Fortnite Battle Royale following the rollout of patch v15.21, and finally leaks have revealed just how the Predator skin will look – as well as some cosmetics!

One of the game’s biggest revenue streams is skins and cosmetics, where players can purchase a number of sets to make their in-game character look like others from famous franchises.

In a world full of crossovers, we now know for certain that Predator is joining the action. The extraterrestrial’s ship was found last week, and this week the entire skin set for Predator has been revealed – coupled with a Predator Pickaxe and a leaked Cloaking Device, which turns you invisible.

So, without further ado, let’s run through all of the v15.21 leaked skins and cosmetics.

Fortnite leaked skins and cosmetics: Update v15.21

Skins

After being confirmed by Epic Games to be coming soon, a number of fresh soccer skins have been decrypted from the code. These can be seen in a post from ShiinaBR, just confirming how they will look in-game.

Fans will be aware that some of these have been revealed early for the FaZe City Cup, where players will be given the chance to earn them early – and for free!

Not only that, but the whole Predator set has also been leaked – seen below from HYPEX.

Last, but not least, is what appears to be the next Crew Pack. Images have not yet been leaked here, though we do have a name by the looks of it.

Cosmetics

As seen below, from Lucas7Yoshi and VastBlast, a selection of Sprays, Emotes, and other cosmetics have been added.

If any more skins or cosmetics leak, we’ll be the first to let you know and update this article.

With Predator joining the action as an NPC and a skin in the works, are you excited? Let us know which items you are setting your sights on next!

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