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First look at the devastating new Air Strike Fortnite item

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The third content update for patch v9.30 introduces the Air Strike item into Battle Royale. We’ll take a detailed look at how the new weapon works, its stats, and how you can make the most of it.

Epic Games is never shy to try out new things with Fortnite and Content Update #3 for patch v9.30 certainly shows that in full force. The Air Strike item brings in heavy aerial ordnance to help you out in fights.

Fortnite’s explosive have had a mixed record with many players wanting to see less of them. We’d argue the Air Strike isn’t quite as annoying as some of the other explosive additions like the Proximity Launcher and fills a role without becoming overpowered. To prove our point, let’s looks at its stats and gameplay.

Air Strike Item Stats & Characteristics

I need a tactical precision strike on my mark!

The new Air Strike item is a powerful new area-of-effect explosive which calls in a centralized strike on a location. The object is thrown like a grenade and then, after a short delay, missiles begin to rain down from the sky. According to the official patch notes, the missiles exactly 120 “units” above the target.

  • Each missile deals 75 damage to players
  • Each missile deals 200 damage to structures
  • 20 missiles per strike
  • Random missile placement within 9 meter radius
  • Splash damage radius of 3.5 meters

The Air Strike is very powerful, don’t get us wrong, but it’s a Legendary tier item and is very rare to obtain. In several Team Rumble testing matches, we only managed to get the item a single time and only saw it used by others twice. This seems in line with the current drop rates of other Legendary items or the Epic Storm Flip.

To us, the most enticing part of this new item is its ability to disrupt stagnant build fights. Build battles are awesome when both players/all players are looking to go for the kill, but some opponents simply want to prolong the fights. The Air Strike effectively forces the defensive player to move and build elsewhere for a few seconds.

Even if you somehow find several of these in a single match, the maximum stack is 2. Sacrificing key weapons or heals to carry a third or fourth Air Strike would be a questionable bet in our opinion.

Air Strike Item Gameplay & Discussion

We capture a small bit of footage of the Air Strike. If you haven’t seen it in action yet, we recommend taking a quick look at the video. You’ll get a better idea of quickly builds can be destroyed with its destructive power.

While we couldn’t get testing with other build materials at this time, you can see the speed at which the 200 damage shells can shred through wood. Brick & Metal would fall similarly, but might require a helping hand from your gun or other explosives if the Air Strike’s random placement of missiles doesn’t go your way.

The reason we wouldn’t rate this in the “overpowered” category is due to its slow-ish call in time and delay before the bombs start dropping. Yes, it can do serious damage (as any worthy item should), but decent players will simply get out from beneath the Strike when they see you throw one. Using this perfectly will require a deft hand and good timing and that’s fine by us.

Our only gripe with the new item so far is its ‘random’ placement on the missile. Randomness makes us recoil away from its usage as this can mean accidental kills and potential useless Air Strikes where every missile happens to land at the very outer edge of the radius.

Only time will tell us of the Air Strike overall impact on gameplay and its role in the upcoming Fortnite World Cup finals.

Tell us your thoughts on this new Fortnite item in the comments below. Is Epic heading in the right direction with such location displacement additions or is it a little much in your mind?

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Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items

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New Skull Trooper Fortnitemare characters.

Fortnite’s v14.40 update has officially signalled the start of Fortnitemares 2020, and a brand-new patch means we have plenty of leaked skins and cosmetics to take a look at.

While Season 4 has been all about superheroes, Halloween is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks, with Fortnite’s annual spooky event Fortnitemares making it’s welcome return, and bringing back Midas too.

Midas disappeared at the end of Season 2 when his Device experiment ended in disaster, but the 14.40 update sees the character regain control of The Agency thanks to his Shadow Henchmen, who will play a significant role in the game for the next few weeks.

For cosmetics fans, a new update means new skins, gliders, back bling, and more to look at ahead of their addition to the Item Shop, and thanks to data miner HYPEX, we can take a look at everything that will appear in-game over the next few weeks.

Midas standing in front of Shadow Henchmen.
Midas is the star of the show in Fortnite’s 2020 Fortnitemares event.

Skins

As always, new skins are the highlight of any cosmetic drop, and there are plenty for fans to sink their teeth into during the Fortnitemares event.

Beef Boss and Fishstick are two new members of the Skull Squad, while the Skull Trooper himself gets a party makeover. Elsewhere, we have some new default characters for those who like to keep things simple, while the Good Doctor skin has a special emote that sees him transform into a massive monster when he drinks a potion.

Emotes

We’ve also got some new emotes, including one which sees your character play the banjo on a rocking chair, and a zombie walk which fits the Fortnitemares theme.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any gliders, back bling, or weapon wraps just yet, but we’ll be sure to add them to this article when they are revealed.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

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Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.

Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.

With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.

Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes


Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.

The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.

From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.

Loot Pool Changes

Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.

There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.

A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.

Players have special Halloween items to enjoy during Fortnitemares.

Huge PC patch size

Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.

This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.

Bug Fixes

As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.

These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.

General

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.

Mobile

  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite v14.30 Update patch notes

Fortnite’s third major update of Season 4 has arrived in the form of the 14.30 patch, which brings a major Combat Shotgun buff to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

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Superheroes are the name of the game in Chapter 2 Season 4, as they take over the Fortnite island and prepare for a massive war with the evil Galactus, who’s coming to change the reality of the game forever.

With a battle on the horizon, Epic Games have decided to adjust the Combat Shotgun to give you a helping hand, while also introducing some new modes for fans to sink their teeth into.

Fortnite v14.30 patch notes

Loot Pool changes

The biggest news coming out of the October 13 patch is the adjustments Epic have made to the loot pool. The Combat Shotgun has been given a major tweak, which Epic hope will make it more useful throughout the rest of the season.

The developers confirmed that they had increased the range at which it deals damage, so hopefully players will be able to take down enemies at slightly longer distances, although Epic stated that they would be asking for feedback about the change.

Elsewhere, they’ve also announced that they are rotating in some new superpowers to keep things fresh, which will be available around the island.

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The Combat Shotgun has received a buff.

Rally Royale LTM

Along with the buff, Epic have also dropped a new LTM for fans to sink their teeth into. Rally Royale is all about getting from Point A to Point B as fast as possible, though it won’t be easy.

In this mode, your task is to collect tickets before anyone else. If you’re first, a finish line will appear on the map, which you need to speed to if you want to be crowned as the winner. This LTM is expected to go live “later in the week,” Epic confirmed.

Rally Royale will test your driving skills.

Marvel Knockout Super Series

Fortnite players can get their hands on the new Daredevil skin early by winning one of the Marvel Knockout Super Series tournaments that are included in v14.30. These elimination cups begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

There will be four total tournaments, with anyone who competes in all of them rewarded with an exclusive Nexus War glider.

Bug Fixes

As usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including a series of Party Royale glitches, and plenty more.

Here is the full list of bug changes set for v14.30:

General

  • Audio of Last Forever Emote playing even with licensed audio muted.

Battle Royale

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
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