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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 Creative Mode could be getting a huge expansion

Fortnite Creative Mode could bring a massive update to truly simulate end-game scenarios, according to a recent leak.

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Fortnite Creative Mode could bring a massive update to truly simulate end-game scenarios.

Creative Mode was one of the most innovative additions that Epic has made to Fortnite. You don’t even have to play the base game mode to enjoy Fortnite, anymore. You can play Search and Destroy, deathruns, Zone Wars, Trivia, boxfights, and a lot more.

Competitive Fortnite players have taken to Creative Mode the most. Zone Wars gives you a simulated end-game and boxfights let you practice the most important element of high-level competitive play.

Fortnite Creative beta

Over a year ago, way back in, Fortnite v12.10, files were added to the game that we assumed would bring a massive change to Creative Mode. According to the game files, Creative can now support up to 50 players.

A year after we first heard the news about an updated Creative Beta, we still have yet to see this in practice. Since it’s been so long, many players forgot that it was even on the horizon.

After the v15.50 update, however, data miners found some new files that relate to the Creative Mode expansion. According to them, Epic are testing a beta of Creative that should support 50 players.

Such a change would be a massive step for the game. You could truly play a mini-BR game with your friends if this change went through. YouTube creators and streamers could also manage private matches a lot easier, as there’s no chance of a code leak or an unwanted intruder.

The best part of this additional player count is the ability to truly simulate competitive end-game situations. Zone Wars is good practice for a lot of us, but not for those at the highest level.

Anyone who has ever watched a tournament knows what we’re talking about. The end-game in professional Fortnite matches routinely has 40+ players in the final few zones. It’s pure chaos, and a 50-player Zone Wars lobby will be able to capture this.

Of course, the expansion also opens the door to a ton of other possibilities including massive boxfight battles and more. Epic will be focusing on the Creative side of things for the future of Fortnite, and an increased player count is an excellent first step.

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Fortnite leaked skins & cosmetics from v15.50 update

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Fortnite v15.50 update leaked skins

Epic Games have rolled out their first update in a few weeks, with the arrival of Fortnite patch v15.50, and a number of skins and cosmetics have leaked as a result.

These weekly updates were never missed in times gone by, however Fortnite Chapter 2 has been a lot more inconsistent in that sense. Some weeks there is a huge update with map changes, new crossovers and challenges – while others will just make very minor bug changes.

You can always read about what to expect from the patch here on Fortnite Intel, and alongside those patch notes, let’s run through some of the game’s unreleased outfits.

Fortnite’s most recent crossover was with Street Fighter and Alien, but what’s next?

On March 2, once the downtime began, a number of leakers started looking into the game’s files to see what had changed. To their surprise, with just two weeks left in the season, not much had been tweaked in terms of content.

However, we do have some leaked skins and cosmetics to dig through – courtesy of Lucas7Yoshi and VastBlast.

Fortnite leaked skins and cosmetics from v15.50 update

Bundles

Midas female GoldenTouch bundle

Emotes

So, there you have it! Those are all of the newest unreleased skins in the Fortnite world, some of which may actually roll out following the latest update.

Keep an eye out on the Fortnite Item Shop and you never know, one or two may appear there in the near future.

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Fortnite v15.40 leaked skins and cosmetics revealed

Epic Games have revealed the new Fortnite v15.40 update and leakers have already found a bunch of new skins.

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Epic Games has dropped patch v15.40 in Fortnite and with it comes a boat load of leaked skins as well as cosmetics.

The latest update brought back one of the game’s older weapons, which had been vaulted for some time, and that’s the Flint Knock pistol.

As the pirate theme died long ago in Chapter 2, the weapon hasn’t been around for much of Chapter 2 – but now it’s back in the loot pool.

As usual, following an update, leakers have been hard at work looking around for any potential teasers for upcoming content. To that point, leaked skins and cosmetics have emerged.

Fortnite v15.40 leaked skins

New Bundles

Before we dive into the individual skins and how they’re going to look in Fortnite, it’s worth noting VastBlast discovered four new bundles are included.

These can be seen below – coming with individual pickaxes, back blings, and more.

On top of that, ShiinaBR revealed how some of the new skins shape up in-game.

Last but not least is the SypherPK Locker Bundle, found by iFireMonkey.

Fortnite v15.40 leaked cosmetics

Here’s the list of new cosmetics leaked, courtesy of HYPEX – one of the game’s most accurate leakers.

As you can see, a number of weapon wraps and other cosmetics are in the works.

Now, it’s only a matter of time before they’re added to the battle royale experience. Which one do you have eyes for? Let us know by tweeting us @FortniteINTEL on Twitter.

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