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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Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics
Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.
It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.
Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling
It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.
Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.
Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes
No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.
The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.
There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.
Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars
After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.
Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.
Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.
Joy Ride vehicles
Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.
Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.
Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.
Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.
The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.
As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Arena Island progress reset soon.
- Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
- Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
- Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
- Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
- Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
- Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
- Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
- Marauders updated:
- Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
- Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
- Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’
The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.
Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.
It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.
New Coral Castle POI
The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.
Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.
More map changes
There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.
You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:
Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.
With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.
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