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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How to knock down Timber Pines with Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite
Fortnite recently added the Ripsaw Launcher and we already have a weekly quest that requires players to cut Timber Pines with it for 15,000 XP.
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 challenges are here. Here’s a quick guide to finding the Ripsaw Launcher and knocking down Tumber Pine trees with it.
Amidst game-breaking bugs and glitches, Epic Games released the latest weekly challenges which will help players level up their Battle Pass in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. The XP system is not at its best at the moment, so loopers desperately wait for new quests and challenges.
One of the weekly challenges is based on the newly introduced Ripsaw Launchers.
Where to find the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite?
The Ripsaw Launcher is now available as a standard loot item. Players can search for it on the floor, in chests, and in supply drops. The odds of getting the weapon are purely based on luck, but finding it in major locations like Logjam Lotus, Tilted Towers, Rave Cave, and Coney Crossroads, among others, should be not a struggle.
There’s also a fixed spawn location for the Ripsaw Launcher in Chapter 3 Season 3. There’s a Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus with an abundance of launchers. Even though this location can be highly contested at times, you should be able to get at least one Ripsaw Launcher.
Where to find Timber Pines in Fortnite?
The next step to completing the weekly challenge is to find Timber Pine trees. Here’s what they look like:
Timber Pines are basically the tallest trees on the map with narrow brown trunks, and players can find them in the snow biome which contains POIs like Logjam Lotus and Rave Cave.
The aforementioned Chop Shop is located right beside some Timber Pine trees, and it is best if players collect a Ripsaw Launcher from the shop. Using a Ripsaw Launcher is quite straightforward. Just hold the aim button and point it towards the desired tree.
You can either shoot ferocious sawblades that will tear through the wood or hold the aim button to use the Ripsaw Launcher as a melee weapon.
Completing this Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 quest will grant you 15,000 XP and will also help in unlocking some bonus XP rewards.
Darth Vader in Fortnite has a ton of Easter Eggs
Fortnite introduced Darth Vader as a boss in Chapter 3 Season 3. Here are some easter eggs that Star Wars fans must know about.
Darth Vader is one of the biggest highlights of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. True to its nature, Epic Games has included several Star Wars easter eggs with The Chosen One.
Even though Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 didn’t turn out to be a Star-Wars themed season, fans were finally able to witness Darth Vader. He is a tier 100 reward in the current Battle Pass and is also a boss.
Darth Vader is rightly one of the most terrifying bosses in Fortnite history. However, this is not the only thing that makes this crossover genuine and detailed.
Fun facts about Darth Vader in Fortnite
Over the past few weeks, the community has discovered these hidden details about Darth Vader:
Darth Vader boss doesn’t spawn in the island’s desert biome
Darth Vader doesn’t like sand. In a famous Attack of the Clones scene, he says:
“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.”
In addition to that, it is practical enough for someone in a robotic suit to avoid sand. This might be why Darth Vader doesn’t spawn in the desert biome of Fortnite island. In contrast, the boss has two spawn locations in the snow biome, two in the forest, and one in the latest mushroom-themed region.
Hence, Darth Vader’s hatred for sand seems to be the reason why he avoids the desert biome in Fortnite.
Darth Vader’s breathing sound
Darth Vader’s breathing is somehow quite popular among fans. It signifies that the character was once human, and creates an intimidating atmosphere even during silence.
There’s a trick to activate Darth Vader’s breathing in Fortnite. If you go to the Audio settings and ‘Mute All’ the Licensed Audio from the ‘Creator Options’, the Imperial March emote will only play a breathing sound.
Darth Vader takes a knee
Darth Vader is not allowed to die for legal reasons. Fortnite cannot be an exception to this rule, which is why when players defeat the boss, he takes a knee and disappears. This is also a reference to the Star Wars Battlefront game.
Defeating Darth Vader is challenging owing to his overpowered Melee abilities. However, you can refer to our guide and try out this easter egg.
Epic Games didn’t have to add any of these easter eggs to make Darth Vader better. The boss and the skin are great regardless but the community always appreciates such attention to detail.
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 NPC hints at the return of Klombo
Loopers can still not get over the sudden disappearance of Klombo in Fortnite Chapter 3. Here’s why their return could be closer than ever.
The war between the Imagined Order and The Seven in Fortnite had disastrous consequences including the expulsion of Klombo from the island. However, Haven is curious about the mysterious vanishing of the species.
Klombo is undoubtedly one of the most adorable features in the history of Fortnite. The giant dinosaurs roamed around the island on the new Chapter 3 island and provided players with loot, jump boosts, and countless memories.
However, we haven’t seen Klombo since Chapter 3 Season 2. Just like every other looper, Haven is worried about the dinosaurs and looks forward to their return.
What happened to Klombo in Fortnite?
Even though Klombo wasn’t present on the map during Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, loopers could still discover Klombo mounds. Accordingly, it seemed safe to assume that they were simply avoiding the war and will return soon.
There is a Klombo skeleton on the Chapter 3 Season 3 island which naturally shattered all expectations regarding their return. Having said that, anything and everything is possible in Fortnite, thanks to the Zero Point.
Here’s what Haven says when players interact with her while wearing special skins like Indiana Jones (to be released) and Mecha team leader:
- I followed some Klombo tracks here, but they disappear.
- The Klombo disappeared in the same strange flash of light that brought them here.
- Have you seen any Klombo on your travels?
It is evident that Haven cannot digest how Dr. Slone managed to get rid of Klombo. She believes that the unstable Zero Point is the real reason behind their extinction which is why she also mentions a ‘strange flash of light’.
Epic Games was working on Klombo before putting them in the vault
A few weeks back, leakers revealed that Epic Games is not done with Klombo. In fact, the developers have been trying to make the dinosaurs killable and make them drop a ton of great loot.
Another leak disclosed that Klombo will soon be able to dance when players emote near them. Hence, it makes no sense for Fortnite to work on a wide range of features and then remove them altogether.
Moreover, the majority of the Fortnite community absolutely loves Klombo and their return will be highly appreciated. Content in Chapter 3 has been based on the player base’s demands, and to be fair, permanently removing Klombo is not desirable at all.
For now, loopers cannot do much but wait for new information on Klombo. However, we can assure you that the dinosaurs will return in Chapter 3 with the help of Haven and Zero Point.
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