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Fifth Loot Lake Rune has now been activated & Volcano shakes entire map with tremors

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Update 2: In a surprise twist, the fifth Loot Lake rune has been deactivated again. The rune now displays as not being locked in.

A duplicate of the Fifth Rune has now appeared nearby Salty Springs. The duplicate cannot be interacted with. The Volcano still reacts to players to throwing materials and ammo into its peak.

We honestly have no idea what is happening, but we will continue to update you on the progress of the rune activation as more details come out.

Players can gain shields now by throwing materials into the Volcano. It is still unknown if this process will re-activate the fifth rune. Updates coming soon.

For additional updates and a more concise view of the day’s events, head to our Fortnite Volcano Event hub article.

Update 1: The fifth rune has now been activated and locked in at Loot Lake. All five runes are now in place. The waiting game begins as we eagerly await the beginning of the Volcano/Nexux event.

For more information on the Nexus event, head to our dedicated article on the event.

All five runes are now active.

The Fortnite map is now shaking as the Volcano has begun to grumble every few seconds. If you are close enough to the Volcano, the ground will shake every few seconds.

This can be felt via controller rumble and screen shaking. The effect reaches all the way out to Loot Lake. The end is nigh.

No information has been released about the time of the final event as of yet. Two weapons/items still remain to be added to the Loot Lake voting screens. We suspect that it will be at least a few more days until the Nexus event begins.

Fortnite leaker @Hypex believes that a countdown of some sort will appear at Loot Lake before the event to inform players of when to be online.

The fifth and final rune for the Loot Lake vault can now be activated by players. The event involves player cooperation in order to place the rune into its locking mechanism.

Four runes have been locked into place so far. The fifth rune appeared at the vault on April 30th and now the activation event for the rune is live.

Each rune has had a global event tied to its activation. Every event requires players from around the world to participate in placing the rune.

Fifth Rune Activation Event

As with every other rune, the fifth rune also has an activation event for players to complete.

This event involves players heading to the Volcano. The fifth rune can be found at the top of the Volcano.

Here’s a picture of the rune, courtesy of @iScenario on Twitter.

The Volcano is spitting lava in-game every few minutes. The spewing seems to be linked to players throwing materials into the Volcano.

This act lowers the rune into the Volcano, one small step at a time. This information is according to @FortTory. As players throw materials and ammo into the Volcano, the rune will descend further down into the lava and magma.

You can participate by going in-game in any Core mode.

Once the rune reaches the bottom, the final rune will lock in at the Loot Lake Vault. Then we wait for the final event to begin. So exciting!

Item Shop

Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics

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Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.

It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.

Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.

Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling

It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.

Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.

Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.

There are some awesome new versions of classic skins in the v13.40 patch. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes

No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.

The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.

Break down buildings in style with these new Harvesting Tools. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.

A look at the new emotes and weapon wraps in the August 5 update. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.

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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.

Additional changes

  • Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
    • Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
    • Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
    • Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
  • Marauders updated:
    • Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
    • Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
    • Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
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Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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