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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.

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Fortnite split-screen: how to play with friends

Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable the setting.

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Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite back in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable it so you can play locally with a friend.

Fortnite has always had a focus on playing with friends, but that always meant you had to play online. Even if you were in the same house as your friend or family member, the two of you had to play on two separate devices.

This changed back in the v11.30 update in Chapter 2 Season 1. Epic introduced split-screen capabilities on consoles for the first time. It wasn’t perfect when it first came out, but it’s since gotten a lot better.

How to use the Fortnite console split-screen feature

Initiating split-screen is simple. All you have to do is connect two controllers to your Xbox or PlayStation. Split-screen still isn’t available on mobile, PC, or Nintendo Switch. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start Fortnite
  2. Connect a second controller to the console and turn it on
  3. Hit ‘Main Menu’
  4. Player 1 will need to invite Player 2 with their Epic account
  5. Player 2 will need to sign into their account
  6. Player 2 will join and split-screen will automatically initiate

You can even save another player’s information on another account on your console, making split-screen easier and quicker to complete.

The feature still isn’t perfect and doesn’t replace the feeling of playing online. You’ll only have access to half of your screen, so you’re going to miss a few things that normal players will see. Still, playing split-screen is far more preferable than switching off with your friend or family member game after game. Enjoy!

Image Credit: Epic Games/u/SmonkYT

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Fortnite v16.20: what to expect

The Fortnite Season 6 v16.20 update is expected to go live this week. Here’s what we expect to see in the next Fortnite update

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Fortnite Season 6

The Fortnite v16.20 is expected to release this week. Here’s what we’ll see in the patch notes when the update goes live.

We’re working our way through Fortnite Season 6, but Epic are continuing to give us new content to explore. We’re only a week past v16.10 and are already expecting to see v16.20 go live this week.

Here’s our typical patch breakdown on what to expect in the update, including some leaked items and a long list of bug fixes.

Bug fixes

Epic are consistently updating their game to fix bugs, glitches, and exploits. In the v16.20 patch, we’ll see a ton of fixes – including a fix for an exploit that allowed players to gain unlimited health/shield over the course of a match.

Here are all of the bug fixes that should be addressed in the v16.20 update.

  • Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.
  • Code Green Wrap not appearing correctly.
  • Arena playlist issues.
  • Storm visibility is clear when using Performance Mode.
  • Collection Book Character #17 not appearing on the Island.
  • Slurpshrooms and Coconuts temporarily disabled.
  • (Creative) Start with ‘Pickaxe’ Creator setting still spawning with a Pickaxe.
  • (Creative) Vehicles not moving properly in Creative.
  • (Mobile) Cosmetics in Lobby appearing blurry on Nintendo Switch.
  • (Mobile) 3D resolution reset itself even if the player saved the settings.

Leaks

We’ve seen a few leaks about content that could be coming to Fortnite in the coming weeks. The most likely addition to Fortnite in v16.20 would be the Unstable Bow – a rumored Exotic weapon that should be coming to Season 6.

On top of that, we’ve seen leaks about vehicle and weapon mods, additional crafting materials, and more. We don’t know if/when any of these will come to the game. We always take leaks with a grain of salt, but many of these items will likely make their way to Fortnite – possibly in the next update.

Fortnite Season 6 unstable bow

We’ll keep you posted when we have official word from Epic on the v16.20 patch. We expect to see it on April 13 or 14, at the latest.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on any of the latest Fortnite news.

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How to tame Raptors in Fortnite Season 6

Raptors have entered Fortnite Season 6 in the v16.10 update. Here’s where to find and how to tame Raptors.

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Raptors are now available in Fortnite Season 6. Here’s where to find and tame the new creatures.

The Fortnite v16.10 update brought a new form of wildlife to Fortnite: Raptors. These predators are now roaming the island, looking for blood.

Of course, you can tame these dinosaurs to fight by your side. Unfortunately, you can’t ride them, but they can be a huge help when it comes to combat. Here’s everything you need to know.

Fortnite Raptor locations

Unsurprisingly, Raptors spawn around the areas where their eggs hatched. You can find them around Stealthy Stronghold, outside of Craggy Cliffs, south of The Spire, and south of Misty Meadows.

Raptors spawn in pairs and are stronger than wolves when you fight them. This is not to say that taking them down will be difficult. We’re not dealing with Marauders, here.

Here’s a map of all of the known Raptor spawns in Fortnite Season 6. We’ll update this map if the spawns change or if players find more locations.

Fortnite Raptor locations

How to tame a Raptor in Fortnite

Taming a Raptor is the same as taming most of the other wildlife on the island. It will be the same process as taming a Wolf – arguably easier as wolves spawn in packs rather than pairs.

  1. Eliminate a Wolf, Chicken, or Boar for its meat
  2. Find a Raptor
  3. Throw the meat at its feat and wait for the Raptor to eat
  4. Walk up to the Raptor and hold “Interact” to tame.

Be careful, as Raptors spawn in pairs. Just because you tame one, doesn’t mean its partner doesn’t still want to eat you.

Fortnite Raptors

With such a quick addition of a new animal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Epic add more wildlife to the island as Season 6 chugs along.

We’ll update you if we learn anything else about the wildlife of Fortnite – or if we find any new tricks to taming Raptors.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.gg

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