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6 Hidden changes to Fortnite Chapter 2 you might not know about

Epic has not provided any Fortnite Chapter 2 patch notes, which leaves the player base wondering about everything that was changed for the new season. There are some obvious changes like swimming and fishing, but there are also some subtle updates you may not have noticed.

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Epic has not provided any Fortnite Chapter 2 patch notes, which leaves the player base wondering about everything that was changed for the new season. There are some obvious changes like swimming and fishing, but there are also some subtle updates you may not have noticed.

The Fortnite Chapter 2 update was the first Fortnite update that didn’t give us any patch notes. Epic wants us to jump in and explore the game without any preconceived notions – as if we’re playing a brand new title.

This is all well and good, but Fortnite isn’t a new game – as much as it may feel like it is. Players want to know what’s changed and are just beginning to find some of the hidden changes to Fortnite on their own. Here are some of the updates you may not have noticed.

Chests have a 100% Spawn Rate

This one isn’t confirmed, but it sure seems like Epic made the spawn rate of chests 100%. There is always a chest inside the roof you land on, and finding double-chests in particular areas is very common. 

Players have been asking for a 100% chest spawn rate for some time. It significantly reduces RNG because you’re no longer guessing as to where a chest is going to be. We don’t have the “ugh, there’s no chest in this whole building” experience anymore as we run around trying to avoid certain death.

You may not have noticed this change if you’ve been playing without reflecting on how available loot has become.

Pump Outplays the Tac

This one is going to hurt for those one-pumpers out there, but it’s better to realize it now than later: The Gray, Green, and Blue Pump Shotguns will be outplayed by the Tac in most situations.

The Pump got a significant nerf in Chapter 2, which enables the Tac to do more DPS than the Pump-swap combination. Two Tac shots will put an opponent down much faster than a lackluster Pump shot and an SMG spray.

This is a situational tip but will apply to most average to above-average players. Tagging players with a Pump will still be preferred if you’re competitively box fighting, but most people aren’t. Those who do most of their fighting out in the open will find that the Tac now is far more consistent.

Of course, once you start getting to the Purple and Gold Pump range, it will outperform the Tac – but these are proving to be extremely rare in Fortnite Chapter 2.

EJ Dash Nerfed

F’s in the chat for the EJ Dash.

The EJ Dash was one of the most short-lived competitive Fortnite strategies. For those who don’t know, this method involved using a ramp or cone to boost yourself forward while building. It was great for getting a jump on an opponent or pushing yourself out of the storm.

Epic found a sneaky way to vault this mechanic with Fortnite Chapter 2. It’s hard to tell exactly what they changed without the patch notes. Whatever it is, it appears to be effecting normal fights as well. Edited cones and ramps push you down much harder than they used to.

Speed boost while carrying

You may have noticed that carrying an opponent grants you a bit of a speed boost. It’s unclear whether this is intended or a bug, but you can move faster with a teammate or opponent on your back.

It’s helpful to know about this if you’re running from the storm. You might want to carry your downed teammate to safety to get an extra step on the closing circle

Spectator System

Epic implemented a spectator system in Fortnite Chapter 2, which you might not have noticed because of how buggy it can be. In theory, you are able to spectate your friends while you’re waiting in the lobby.

All you have to do is join while your squad is in a game. Instead of “Ready,” the option should say “Watch.”

The spectator system is extremely inconsistent and buggy right now, especially in squads. Everyone in the lobby must be “Ready,” and Fortnite sometimes keeps players who are currently in a game as “Unready” – meaning you won’t be able to spectate them.

Still, once Epic irons out the kinks, this will be a huge quality-of-life improvement that will help foster a better team environment.

Buried Treasure

This one wouldn’t be in any patch notes anyway, but there are a ton of hidden chests around the Fortnite map. There are buried treasure on the beaches and even some hidden rooms in some of the POIs around the map.

In Camp Cod – the island at the bottom of the map – there’s a hidden room behind a bookshelf. You can interact with the shelf to open it and find a room with some hidden loot. 

This is only one of the hidden areas that players are finding; there are sure to be more. Make sure you investigate some of the new areas for chests you may be missing.

What’s your favorite change to Fortnite Chapter 2? Let us know in the comments.

Leak

Fortnite leaks point to in-game comic books coming soon

Comic books are likely heading to Fortnite sooner rather than later – with Thor being the first issue.

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The most recent Fortnite update, v13.40, brought us a ton of leaks that point to what the future of the game will hold. We already covered the 30+ new fish types found in the game files, but they weren’t the only new concept that was included in the patch.

Data miners also found mention of a “ComicReader” in the files. This would, naturally, suggest that readable comic books will be heading to Fortnite in the near future.

We have more than just a line of text, however. Apparently, those who switch accounts on Xbox (and possibly PS4) will be greeted with a glitched cut-scene. Obviously, this is not meant to be in the game, just yet.

We can see where the new comic books will be located in the Battle Pass tab, as well as what will happen when you click on them. What will these comic books hold? Well, we have some clues as to that as well.

Will these comic books be original content? We’re sure that some of them will, but we also have some leaks that point to actual comic books coming to Fortnite. Right now, they appear to be Marvel Comics.

Data miner, Hypex, has been spearheading these leaks. He was able to use the blurry photo of a Fortnite comic book to find out the actual comic that they came from. This one appears to be a Thor comic.

With all of this information available, we’d be surprised if Epic didn’t release comics before Season 4. Likewise, we expect the Season 4 secret Fortnite skin to relate to the in-game comics.

All of this points to Thor being the potential Season 4 secret skin. Fans were already theorizing about this when they saw what Captain America left behind in his release trailer – a glyph that looked strikingly similar to Thor’s glyph from one of his films.

Of course, this is only speculation. For now, all we know for sure is that Epic are planning on adding comics to Fortnite, soon – with Thor likely being the subject of their first issue. As always, we’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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Esports

Waffles unbanned from Fortnite under threat of legal action

Epic Games unbanned pro player, Waffles, after the CarterPulse agency stepped in.

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Earlier this week, we covered the story of Fortnite pro player, Waffles, who had been banned from Fortnite after encountering a bug in the FNCS. Waffles killed a player who had used the infinite item glitch to receive an unlimited number of Crash Pads.

After the elimination, Waffles noticed massive stack of Crash Pads on the ground. As anyone would, he began to pick them up to investigate. To his dismay, he was unable to drop them and had to finish the game with no weapons or healing items – only an inventory full of Crash Pads.

Despite everything working against him, Waffles managed to finish third in the game. When he went back to the lobby, however, he saw that he was disqualified from the tournament and banned from competitive Fortnite for 30 days.

Despite all of the evidence showing that Waffles didn’t do this on purpose, Epic support told him that they were upholding his ban. That’s where the CarterPulse agency came in. They responded to one of Waffles’ tweets, telling him to reach out to them.

After that, they went to work contacting Epic Games and outlining the fact that Waffles never intentionally broke any of the rules – a condition for a fair ban. What’s more, the Fortnite competitive rules state that any player must play-out a game in which they encounter a bug, giving Waffles no choice in the situation.

A little over a day after CarterPulse got involved, Epic appeared to reverse their decision to ban Waffles. The pro tweeted, “I AM UNBANNED! THANK YOU @CarterPulse.”

According to other tweets by the agency, they stepped into the situation free of charge. “Anything for the community.” they wrote on Twitter.

CarterPulse also clarified that this was a small mistake within a great company. “Just would like everyone to realize that Epic is a great company who makes mistakes like all of us. Happy to have helped @WafflesFN in getting unbanned!” they wrote.

The unbanning comes just in time for the second week of FNCS qualifiers. Waffles will be able to compete in the next qualifying event and, with any luck, will move onto the grand finals.

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Challenges

Send the Coral Buddies to space with this secret Fortnite challenge

Help the Coral Buddies join the astronaut from Craggy Cliffs with this secret Fortnite challenge.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 brought us a list of secret challenges that involve the Coral Buddies. This group seems to be doing a lot better than they were at the beginning of the season, as they’ve now expanded and build a Coral Castle on top of the massive Whirlpool to the north of Sweaty Sands.

Attentive players have already helped bring the Coral Buddies into the Wood and Brick phases of development, but Season 3 Week 8 brought a new challenge to the game: giving them the materials they need to launch a rocket into space.

You can find the group of Coral Buddies where they’ve always been – outside of the lighthouse in the northwest corner of the map. Here’s an old picture of where their island was, but it’s still accurate.

The rocket requirement is only 100 metal, but you’ll need to gather it before hitting the island. There doesn’t appear to be any metal sources around them, which is part of the reason that they need our help to begin with.

The Coral cosmonauts have already started building the base for their rocket. All you have to do is walk up, give them some metal, and watch them finish the project.

Once you give the Coral Buddies what they need, they’ll build their rocket and take off into space – possibly in search of the old Chapter 1 map. Let’s hope they find what they’re looking for.

With this challenge and the crashed spaceship at Craggy Cliffs, Epic are pointing us to the stars. Could this have something to do with the rumored event and Season 4? Only time will tell.

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