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Every new and vaulted item in the Fortnite Season 9 update

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Season 9 brings with it a host of new content for Fortnite players including some a brand new weapon for players to try out, alongside a host of items that have been placed into the vault.

Each season, Epic Games seeks to mix things up in the Fortnite meta by introducing new items/weapons in the game. These are generally intended to help shift the meta away from the past season’s focus.

Epic also vaults certain items and weapons that no longer fit the new season’s themes. This helps keep the loot pools in the game reasonable while also giving players new experiences.

New Weapons

While previous iterations of Fortnite seasons have seen Epic Games include a host of new items and weapons to the game, the developers have settled on just one addition in Season 9, taking the form of the Combat Shotgun.

The Combat Shotgun is a semi-automatic version of the weapon, which holds 10 Shells, and fires nine pellets per shot. Each shot deals base damage at 73.77.81 depending on where it hits an opponent, and according to Epic Games has a “tight spread and fast fire rate.”

The weapon features a headshot multiplier of 1.70x, and reloads two shells at a time, meaning it shouldn’t take too long to get your ammo back up to the full amount.

The Combat Shotgun is the latest weapon to be added to Fortnite.

One weapon is also making a return to Fortnite, as the Grenades exit the vault and come back into the game, giving players another explosive way to take down enemies.

Vaulted Items and Weapons

The introduction of the Combat Shotgun does mean that one of Fortnite’s most legendary weapons is heading off into the sunset – at least for the time being.

The Pump Shotgun, which has been a staple of Fortnite since September 2017, is officially heading to the vault, with its services deemed to be no longer required in the current landscape of the popular battle royale title.

Clingers are also removed in the v9.0 update, with Epic Games choosing normal grenades to be a more suitable explosive weapon in the game that the Clingers for the time being.

Buried Treasure, the Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle and Balloons are the other casualties of the Season 9 update.

Of course, as with any item placed into the vault, they’re removal doesn’t mean that they are gone from the game for good, as Epic Games have often brought back items once they believe the time is right, or after making tweaks to how they perform in the game.


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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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