Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale has taken over the world with millions of players, and some fans enjoy digging deep into the game’s files to learn about upcoming items, cosmetics, and events.
Fortnite has been on the market since 2017 with it’s core demographic consisting of fans ranging between the age of 10-25.
Most Fortnite fans scour the internet for new information about upcoming items and updates, while others enjoy providing that information by digitally digging into Fortnite’s files.
One of Fortnite’s most popular data miners, Lucas7Yoshi, has been sifting through in-game files for less than a year and has earned close to 20,000 followers on Twitter.
We often cover his leaks on FortniteINTEL, with almost all of them proving to be true, including new cosmetics, items, and weapons.
Lucas7Yoshi has agreed to an interview with us about his career as a Fortnite data miner!
Be sure to follow him on Twitter if you enjoyed the interview and don’t mind reading potential spoilers!
AZ: Hi! First off, thanks for agreeing to this interview. What is your name, age, and country of residence?
L7Y: My name is Lucas, I am 14, and I live in Canada.
AZ: How long have you been playing Fortnite?
L7Y: I have had my account since Season 2, but I only played a game or two. I really started in Season 3 with friends.
AZ: What was/is your favorite season in Fortnite?
L7Y: Season 5/6. I really loved the extension of the story with the cube and the island. I am interested to see what will happen with the conclusion of Season 7.
AZ: How did you learn to data mine? That seems like a difficult task to learn!
L7Y: Back in the summer of 2018 I was really intrigued by what other data miners were doing at the time. I’ve always been interested in the inner working of games, and Fortnite was no different. I saw someone post on Reddit a screenshot of some upcoming playlists and I messaged the poster. He was very helpful with questions and he linked me to a video that he learned from. The video provided a link to a tool and a key which I still use to this day.
AZ: How did you start data mining in Fortnite? Have you data mined any other games?
L7Y: Occasionally I have messed around with game files on other games but definitely not in the way I do with Fortnite.
AZ: What influenced you to start data mining and leaking?
L7Y: Regularly I would see tweets from @TwoEpicBuddies with obscene watermarking, pretty much covering the entirety of the leak. I really got annoyed by that and how they would always be praised for it and have it reposted so much. I decided to learn how to data mine around that time and started out just reposting what they did.
AZ: What is the name of the tool and key you use?
L7Y: The tool I use is a program called “Umodel”. It’s an asset extractor for Unreal Engine games. The key is an “AES key”, which is the encryption key to the files that tell the tool what files there are in the larger files. It is not possible to use Umodel on Fortnite without an “AES key”.
AZ: Does the tool require a person to understand code?
L7Y: If you are just using the program [Umodel], and you already have the key, it’s basically just looking through folders and clicking on files.
AZ: What is the first indication that there might be a leak within Fortnite’s files?
L7Y: When you start out looking around the game files in something like Umodel, you’d often end up mistaking some things for new. Having data mined for a long time is a great advantage and actually playing the game is better because you have to know what is new and what is not. Now by 2019 we have modified tools that only show new files, entire histories of the game files changes and overall its gotten much easier.
AZ: Do you and/or other create new tools to differentiate new information?
L7Y: Modified versions of the tool exist that only show new/changed files between patches, however, those have become outdated and I personally don’t use them.
AZ: Do you work with anybody? Are you a part of a team?
L7Y: I work mostly alone although have used tools from others, and get help from someone with the encryption key that changes every patch to access the files.
AZ: How do you or other leakers find the encryption key for each new patch?
L7Y: Cannot disclose.
AZ: So you do work with other leakers?
L7Y: I’ve worked with other leakers before, like FortTory, S1l0x, ShiinaBR, and Sud4nym, generally to help each other out during patch times or to find something in the files. I would not be what I am now without the help of other leakers.
AZ: Has Epic Games ever tried to stop you?
L7Y: Not that I am aware of. I’ve had my twitter locked for a joke and a Discord server I co-owned with ShiinaBR deleted, but those could’ve been anyone. If I ever did get told to stop, I would probably stop.
AZ: Are you concerned that Epic Games might try to interfere with your leaks?
L7Y: Yes. I have no doubt that they are aware of who I am. Maybe not IRL, but they definitely know my name and my leaks.
AZ: Any future plans after Fortnite?
L7Y: No plans now. The community behind leaking Fortnite is massive and super helpful. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am not, and in other gamed there may not be such a [helpful] community.
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Why Fortnite Sideways Anomalies are insanely overpowered
The new Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here is how players can use them to their advantage.
The new Sideways Anomalies introduced at the start of Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here’s why you need to be visiting these anomalies.
Fortnite Season 8 is off to a weird start. Where the past few seasons had themes that were easy to understand, Season 8 is a black swan.
With Cubed being the Season 8 title theme, a bunch of Kevin Cubes have popped up all over the map. Like in Chapter 1, these cubes roll around the map leaving destruction in their wake. But there’s even more to this season’s madness.
Epic Games also threw in the new Sideways biomes. These are zit-lit bubbles that appear on the map that are infested with dangerous creatures. However, the Sideways Anomalies are smaller biomes that are game-changing additions to Fortnite.
What are Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite?
There are two ways players can enter The Sideways in Fortnite Season 8. The first and most popular is via The Sideways biome that appears on one of the POIs at the start of every match. These biomes do not disappear, and they are heavily populated by players and monsters.
However, The Sideways biomes are not as accessible or rewarding as the Sideways Anomalies. Sideways Anomalies appear as purple rift-like markers on the map, and there are three on the map at all times.
When approached, the rifts will expand and create a smaller Sideways biome. Cube Monsters will begin to spawn, and players will be able to spend a small amount of time inside the anomaly before it closes. Once the Sideways Anomaly closes, another one will appear on the map.
Why Sideways Anomalies overpowered
Aside from the larger Sideways biome, players tend to ignore the Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. However, players should visit every Sideways Anomaly they can. Here’s a list of reasons players should visit the Sideways Anomalies.
- Siphon health from Cube Monster eliminations
- Easily get max ammo from Cube Monsters
- Easy way to get Mythic Sideways Weapons
Every time a player kills a Cube Monster, they will gain health and shield. And since the Cube Monsters are easy to kill, players can get full health and shield super quickly. As well, Cube Monsters drop a lot of ammo when eliminated.
Players can also get overpowered Mythic Sideways weapons after visiting 1 or 2 Sideways Anomalies. But what makes these so overpowered is the small number of players that visit them.
Yes, you can get all of these benefits from the large Sideways biomes, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter an opponent at Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. Having a biome all to yourself takes the edge off of getting geared up.
Are you a fan of the new Sideways biomes, and have you tried the Sideways Weapons yet? Let us know your thoughts on our FortniteINTEL Twitter page.
For more Fortnite, check out where to find every Mythic weapon in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.
When Fortnite Season 9 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends
Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.
Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.
Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.
But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!
Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.
When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?
Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 5, 2021. This will allow for Fortnite Season 9 to start just-in-time for the annual Holiday event.
Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.
When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9 will start on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Season start the day after the current season ends. It wouldn’t make sense for Epic Games to delay the start of Season 9 past December 6th.
Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. There will likely be some downtime between Season 8 and 9, and it could be as long as 13 hours like the end of Season 7.
Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?
As of right now, we don’t know. We likely won’t know anything about a live event until close to the end of Fortnite Season 8. However, we will keep this article updated with the latest information.
What Season is Fortnite on?
Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.
As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.
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We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 9 starts. For more Fortnite, check out every Alien Artifact location in Season 7 and stay tuned for more news and guides.
How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them
Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.
If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!
On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.
Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.
How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull
Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.
Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.
Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.
Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.
Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull
These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.
However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).
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