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Fortnite Chapter 2: Tips for your first game

Fortnite Chapter 2 is now live with a long list of changes from the old Fortnite. Take a look at some must-know Fortnite tips before you play your first game.



Fortnite Chapter 2 is now live with a long list of changes from the old Fortnite. Take a look at some must-know Fortnite tips before you play your first game.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is here to finally soothe our withdrawals after two days of staring at a black hole. By all accounts, this feels like an entirely new game from the “old” Fortnite.

There is a long list of new mechanics, weapons, and locations in Fortnite. Epic, in their infinite wisdom, has yet to release the Chapter 2 patch notes as of this writing – so we’re all just guessing as to the buffs/nerfs/additions/removals/etc.

The lack of patch notes makes sense if you think about it. Epic wants us to experience this as a new game. You don’t look at the patch notes for a new game – you just play.

Well, here are some tips to help you out with your first few games in the absence of patch notes.

Weapon upgrades

One of the new mechanics Epic added to Chapter 2 was the ability to upgrade your weapons. You can find upgrade stations scattered around the POIs in Fortnite, and use materials to craft a better version of your current weapon.

This new mechanic significantly reduces RNG. If you have bad weapons and a ton of materials, you can upgrade to a better option.

Natural healing

Epic removed Splashes, Slurps, mobile Campfires, and Chug Jugs when they released Chapter 2. They nerfed the amount of healing items you can carry but didn’t completely nerf your ability to find healing.

There is a variety of natural healing options in Fortnite. Environmental campfires are still there, and Epic added fishing which usually provides you with health and/or shield. You can also destroy Slurp kegs, trucks, and taps for varying amounts of health.

The number of natural healing items means you should probably wait to drink those shield pots when there isn’t anyone around.

More places to hide

Epic loves to cater to casual players – we all know this. Last season, that meant the overpowered mech that everyone hated. This season, we have skill-based matchmaking and the ability to hide in dumpsters.

Hiding is much more viable in Chapter 2 Season 1. Bushes are massive now, and you can hide in places like dumpsters to jump out and surprise your enemies.

Make sure to watch out for opponents hiding in bushes and dumpsters. This is going to become a much more popular strategy with Chapter 2.

Settings and binds were reverted

Fortnite Chapter 2 loads you right into a match before you ever hit the loading screen. Do you know that scene in the Chapter 2 trailer where the character falls from the sky? Ya, that’s you. You have to play a game right away.

You can always back out of your first game, but true champions play it out and try to get their first win. You should know, though, that all of your settings and keybinds – apart from sensitivity settings for console players – were reverted.

This means that all of your keybinds will be standard when you start. Try to land in a secluded area so you can box-up and fix it before you fight.

Huge mobility nerf

Mobility got hit hard with this patch. If you thought Season 10 nerfed mobility, then you’re in for a shock when you load into Chapter 2.

Epic nerfed nearly everything in the mobility department. The only vehicle in the game is a boat – which does travel on land and is faster than running. Launchpads aren’t even in the game anymore, for Pete’s sake.

This is all to say that you should pay attention to the storm circle. Boats are common, but there’s a greater chance of getting stuck in the storm in Fortnite Chapter 2.

Fixing your FPS drops

The major problem plaguing Fortnite right now is FPS drops. PC players – in particular – are experiencing low FPS rates compared to what they used to be. Thankfully, Epic has addressed this problem and is working on a fix for it.

For now, you can temporarily solve the issue by changing your audio settings to low.

So, there you have it. Some of the early tips you can use to better understand Fortnite Chapter 2. How are you liking the new game? Let us know in the comments.


How to enter vaults without a keycard in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite vault glitch has returned for Season 3; this time, with a different method.



Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 was the first season to introduce vaults. It was also the first season in which players found an exploit to get into the vaults without a keycard. This method was popularized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, who showed fans how use a boat and a few building materials to enter a vault without killing the boss.

This exploit existed for most of Season 2, but was patched when season 3 came out. Well, as you may expect, it didn’t take long for players to figure out another way to get into the vault without a card. Instead of a boat, this exploit requires a helicopter.

For preparation, you’ll need a Helicopter, Upgrade Bench, and a teammate. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete in order to get into the vault without a card:

Step 1: Destroy the tile covering the vault you want to enter
Step 2: Land the helicopter on the broken floor
Step 3: Switch seats and begin to build
Step 4: Have a teammate throw the Upgrade Bench underneath the helicopter

If you complete these steps correctly, you should be pushed under the map and into the vault. Here’s a tutorial from Glitch King that will show you the step-by-step walkthrough.

Getting out of the vault is now your problem. This glitch is meant to surprise and eliminate an enemy, but you could always send your teammate to kill the boss and let you out if no one comes by. This isn’t the most broken method in the world, as you’ll be trapped if you don’t open the vault the normal way. Still, it can make for a funny clip or two.

This method takes a bit more setup than last season’s, but we may still see a streamer or two surprised by someone hiding in a closed vault. Only time will tell.

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Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming

Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.



Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.

Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.

IMG: Fortnite Twitter

In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”

Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.

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Patch Notes

Epic disable the elusive Golden Mushroom in Fortnite

The Golden Mushroom has reportedly been disabled in all Fortnite modes.



Almost all Fortnite players know about the Mythic Goldfish in Fortnite Chapter 2 – the rarest item that Epic have ever added to the game. It’s so rare that fans wondered if it even existed for a while. Since its release, there’s still only been a handful of recorded sightings of the Mythic Goldfish.

In Season 3, Epic added another rare item to the game: The Golden Mushroom. According to data miners, this mushroom has the same chance to spawn as the Mythic Goldfish, making it one of the rarest items in all of Fortnite. To this day, we’ve only seen one clip of the Golden Mushroom outside of Creative Mode.

When the mushroom first came out, SypherPK put a county on its head. He offered his fans cash if they could find the mushroom in-game, and a bonus if they found it in a joinable Battle Lab match. Here’s the only known clip of the Golden Mushroom in Fortnite.

When Sypher picked it up and put it in his inventory, the Golden Mushroom turned into a regular old mushroom that only healed for five shield. This bug is likely why the item was disabled on July 13, according to data miner reports.

One of the rarest items in Fortnite should offer a reward for finding it. It seemed like this one had an issue that led to it becoming a disappointment. On July 13, Hypex tweeted that Epic pushed a hotfix to disable the Golden Mushroom.

At the time of writing, there’s still no mention of the Golden Mushroom on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board. The hunt appears to be stalled – at least, for the time being. We’ll let you know when the Mushroom comes back to Fortnite but, for now, you can stop searching for it.

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