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Bao Bros saga: the most anticipated skin in Fortnite

The Bao Bros Fortnite skin was more than just an outfit. It was a saga spanning much of 2019. Here’s a recap of the Bao Bros legend.

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The Bao Bros Fortnite skin was more than just an outfit. It was a saga spanning much of 2019. Here’s a recap of the Bao Bros legend.

Fortnite skins come to the game in two ways: they are leaked by data miners after a patch or encrypted until their eventual release into the item shop. Those of us who stay up to date with the latest Fortnite leaks see most of the skins coming and are only surprised by a few.

The Bao Bros skin set fell into the ‘leaked’ category. We heard about the skin back in May of 2019 during the v9.10 patch. For reference, the Doggo, the Sandstorm, and the Scimitar skins were all leaked during the same patch – the first update of Season 9.

Epic has canceled some skins in the past. We’ve seen a couple of exclusive skins get reworked or outright axed before ever hitting the locker. This never seemed to be the case with the Bao Bros. Data miners saw the skin set in the game files patch after patch. Still, as more cosmetics came out, the Bao Bros remained unreleased.

Data miner Lucas7Yoshi took it upon himself to be the leading voice in the Bao Bros movement. The skin isn’t even particularly attractive. It was the lore behind the skin that made us want to see it in the Item Shop. The longer it stayed unreleased, though, the more the legend grew.

Fast-forward to early December; right before the Fortnite holiday update. We saw a bunch of leaked items and cosmetics in the game files – including something that hinted at an Annual Pass coming for 2020.

We, along with several other outlets, reported on the topic. About an hour later, we got a DM from Nick Chester of Epic Games PR. He stated that the Annual Pass was a prototype and that Epic shelved the idea.

This was the first time that Epic has ever publicly and directly acknowledged Fortnite leaks. The last line of the statement made reference to one of the longest-running jokes in the community: “While the 2020 Annual Pass was considered, we have no plans to release it…unlike the Bao Bros.”

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Almost 20 days later on the evening of December 29, we finally saw the Bao Bros enter the Item Shop with an unceremonious announcement from the Fortnite Twitter account.

Everyone who followed the Bao Bros saga rejoiced, while the rest of the community wondered why everyone was so happy about a strange dumpling-head skin.

As elated as the community was to see Bao Bros come to the shop after eight months of buildup, the release feels a tad bittersweet.

Yes, it’s the best skin to ever grace the Fortnite Item Shop – no one is arguing that – but the inside joke is gone. No more, “Release the Bao Bros!” replies under every Item Shop update. No more, “Bao Bros,” tweets with no context for free likes. We can only hope that Epic holds another Fortnite skin in 2020.

Did you pick up the long-awaited Bao Bros skin? Are you sad to see the saga end? Did you have any idea that this was going on in the first place? Let us know in the comments.

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Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars

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After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.

Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.

Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.

A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.
A number of new vehicles are heading to Fortnite, including cars and trucks. Credit: Epic Games

Joy Ride vehicles

Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.

Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.

Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.

Radio Stations

Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.

The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.

General

  • Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.

Battle Royale

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
  • Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
  • “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
  • “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.

Creative Mode

  • Arena Island progress reset soon.
  • Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
  • Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
  • Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
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Fortnite players are using these trickshot strategies to rotate

Pro Fortnite players are taking a page out of the trick-shotting book.

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Rotating in competitive Fortnite has gone through a ton of iterations. We had the days of the Baller, the Shockwaves, the Shadow Bombs, and, of course, the post-Launch Pad removal days when people would just have an unspoken truce while they walked to the next circle.

Players are always trying to find a safe and reliable way to make it to the next zone without getting shot. For a while, the best way to do this has been with the short-pad. This involves building a ramp over a Launch Pad so that it shoots you straight rather than into the air.

With the addition of Crash Pads into the competitive loot pool, however, players are beginning to use them in conjunction with Launch Pads to jump further while remaining safe. Here’s one example from YouTuber OrangeGuy, although there are easier variations to pull off.

OrangeGuy got some flack for this tweet from players who said “trick-shotters have been doing this since Crash Pads came out.” This is true – they have been – but they’ve been using the strategy in a much flashier way.

Now, competitive players can use the strategy – not to hit crazy shots but to move to the next zone. Here’s a much easier and quicker way to use this strategy than what OrangeGuy showcased.

We’re sure that pros will continue to innovate on this strategy – as always – and we’ll be here to showcase some of the more interesting variants. Until we inevitably find a new one – this strategy is one of the best ways to make it to the next zone in a hurry.

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What to expect when cars enter Fortnite

Cars are coming to Fortnite on August 5. Here’s how they’ll work.

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A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.

Finally, the long wait is over. Cars are coming to Fortnite on August 5. Epic announced their release in a series of tweets on August 3 and 4, hyping up the community for what might be the most anticipated release of Fortnite Chapter 2.

Since the community has been waiting for cars for so long, data miners have been giving players what they want in the way of leaks as to how these cars will perform. For instance, we know that there will be four different types of cars in the game. Epic are releasing the names of these cars as promotion for their release, but FortTory gave us the stats back in June.

As many players already know, you’ll need to refuel the cars while you drive around. You can already see the gas station icons scattered around the map while using a boat or Choppa – the former is disabled at the time of writing, although it had been visible for weeks.

We also know a bit about the mechanics of cars. You will, reportedly, be able to gain metal by using the tire skid mechanic to run into things. The maximum speed will likely depend on the car, but will, reportedly, top-out at 45 mph.

Predictably, cars will damage players when they explode. The numbers in the game files were 200 damage to a player – enough to one-shot. This could be changed when the cars come out, however.

According to some of the additional leaks, the number of cars that spawn around the map will vary from game to game. There will be at least one on the map at all times and a maximum of 10.

Again, this could change and may have been a placeholder, as this particular piece of information comes from a couple of months ago when cars were first found in the game files.

Of course, all of this is subject to change. We’ll know everything for sure when the new patch releases tomorrow, August 5. We’ll have you covered with everything you need to know about cars when they make their way into Fortnite, so stay tuned!

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