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First look at the powerful new Proximity Grenade Launcher in Fortnite v9.21 – Stats, gameplay, and more

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Fortnite’s v9.21 patch added the latest weapon to shake up the loot pools and meta of the game. This new proximity launcher packs an explosive punch and decimates opponents with ease.

Epic Games does not slow down for anybody! The latest new weapon, the Proximity Grenade Launcher, is quickly mixing things up for Fortnite players.

The weapon delivers decent damage with extreme ease due to its wide explosive radius and automatic detonation. Let’s hop into everything this weapon has to offer.

The First Look is split into two parts: Stats & Gameplay.

Proximity Grenade Launcher Stats

Weapon stats are where it all begins. These parameters determine how the weapon feels for players and how much it’ll impact gameplay.

While the Proximity Launcher isn’t the most “OP” weapon ever released (nothing tops the Infinity Blade), it’s still something that will undoubtedly have its haters.

The Proximity Grenade Launcher comes in two variants, Legendary & Epic. Each one has slightly different stats, but the core mechanics remain the same.

Here are the stats breakdowns for each of weapon’s rarities:

Legendary Prox. Grenade Launcher Stats

RarityLegendaryEpic
Ammo TypeRocketsRockets
DPS43.5545.5
Damage6770
Fire Rate0.650.65
Magazine Size22
Reload Time2.997252.8395
Structure Damage131138

While the damage of the weapon isn’t lethal in a single blast, it still takes serious chunks from your health and shields. Keep in mind also that the weapon detonates its explosive rounds when in close proximity to targets.

This means that you don’t even have to hit players directly and still do the 67 or 70 damage!

Anyway, enough stats talk, let’s see how the weapon performs out in the field.

Proximity Grenade Launcher Gameplay

The proximity launcher will surely have all kinds of uses for players. The unique mechanic of proximity detonation might also have some glitches and bugs, especially in high speed build fights.

Enemy on top of your 1×1? No problem!

For an effective example of how the new weapon can be used to your advantage, here’s a short clip from ‘TheoryPK’ on the FortniteBR subreddit.

Proximity Launcher Trick! Dealing with people on top of your 1×1 from r/FortNiteBR

Theory shows how players can use quick edits to place a pyramid outside of their own 1×1. By using this build, you can bounce a prox-nade at enemies above you! Remember, you don’t need to be super accurate as the nade will explode when in relative range.

Be sure to build your 1x1s out of brick or metal before attempting this as the structure damage can be too much for wood builds.

Perfectly balanced, nothing to see here

Many players had immediate fears that the Proximity Launcher would be bad for competitive. This is due to its ease of use, lack of need to aim, and bursty damage.

We present…Nick-sta’s demonstration on the next most broken thing in competitive Fortnite.

Proximity GL is crazy broken late game from r/FortniteCompetitive

Yeah, the act of being able to shoot a grenade up at a high ground opponent that is not in sight and kill them is a competitive ‘no no’. The whole clip just screams “Why!!!” loudly because competitive gameplay should be based around skill and accuracy, not big aimless explosions.

It looks like the Proximity Grenade Launcher is another great argument for separate rulesets for casual and competitive players.

Another example of this came from pro player, Symfuhny. He shows how ridiculously easy the weapon is to use against high ground opponents…and low ground opponents. “What is this ****?” describes the new weapon perfectly.

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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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