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Fortnite Season 2 patch notes (updated)

Fortnite players have had to wait a long time, but finally, Epic Games have released Season 2 and here’s everything we know about the v12.00 update so far.

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Fortnite players have had to wait a long time, but finally, Epic Games have released Season 2 and here’s everything we know about the v12.00 update so far.

(Post-Launch updates at the bottom of the article) The debut season of Chapter 2 turned out to be the longest in history, spanning over 100 days, but after two delays the game’s next major update has finally been revealed by the developers.

Those who regularly drop off the Battle Bus, whether it be professional players or not, have been waiting for this moment for a long time now. On February 19, just a day before the update launched, Epic revealed that downtime for the new patch would take place at 4 AM ET (0900 UTC).

Once that’s out of the way, though, players can start jumping onto the game, update it and take a look at everything that’s been changed – with devs shuffling the pack once again.

With a new game physics engine already in place for the new season, not to mention a boatload of new map changes, weapon tweaks and more expected, let’s jump right into the patch notes and see what’s changed. There’s a lot to unpack.

Fortnite Season 2 patch v12.00 – Everything we know

Helicopters (updated)

A new method of transport has been added to Fortnite Battle Royale. Confirming previous leaks, helicopters have been added to the game in Season 2 – as seen in the trailer. Update: Season 2 is now live and helicopters appear to be nowhere in sight. We’ll keep you posted on this one.

Image via Epic Games.

Agency limited-time missions

As part of the Season 2 Battle Pass, players will be able to select an agency to represent in Fortnite and will be handed limited time missions that will differ depending on the team you have selected.

The two agencies are called Ghost and Shadow. More information on the Battle Pass here, including a new trailer.

Image via Epic Games.

New Weapons/Keycards (Updated)

It’s still early, but it doesn’t look like Epic will be releasing any official Fortnite Season 2 patch notes. Unfortunately, that means we’re going to have to work out all of the changes for ourselves, yet again.

There appear to be a number of keycards around the map to collect. These appear to be similar to Vault Keys from Apex Legends – an unlockable room that grants high-teir loot. We’ll keep you posted if this is different than we think.

It looks like the following weapons will be available as mythic versions of standard weapons in Fortnite.

Other changes

Other confirmed changes, which can be seen on Epic Games’ official Trello board, have been confirmed. The following problems have now been resolved in-game:

  • Friend selection/scrolling issue.
  • Getting stuck on loading screen after accepting invite before selecting game mode.
  • Unable to select traps with a controller when ‘Pick up’ indicator is on-screen.

Battle Royale

  • Crash when selecting Controller settings menu that may result in blank controller layout.
  • Picking up DBNO teammate when trying to switch to Pickaxe.
  • Refunding can block input in the lobby.
  • “Could not join party” message wrongly occurring.
  • Temporarily unable to move or do any other action after Emoting.
  • Delay in movement after using movement key to exit inventory.

Creative

  • The barrier device is not showing the border on edit mode.
  • Quadcrasher unable to move forward or reverse on Nintendo Switch.

Save the World

  • Vindertech Seeker may fail to do damage to Husks.
  • Ramp and Beach North have overlapping spawns in Twine SSD and Endurance.
  • Team info not displaying correctly.
  • Neon Sniper shows static while ADS.
  • No crafting materials are returned when recycling ‘Defender Pads’ in the front-end menus.

Mobile

  • Players using Android 10 OS might be unable to load into Creative
  • Player may sometimes get stuck shooting with a controller
  • Locker selections not saved when using the touch screen on Switch
  • Switch Parental Controls Issues

As soon as more information is available for the v12.00 patch, we’ll be the first to let you know. This article will be updated shortly.

Updated Fortnite Season 2 patch notes

It looks like Epic is sticking to the ‘not releasing official patch notes’ thing. We’re relying on community reports for most of this, but also got a small hint of patch notes through a top-secret memo from Epic. Here’s what we know so far.

New and returning items

  • Launch Pads are back in Arena Mode
  • Grapplers unvaulted
  • C4 unvaulted
  • Suppressed SMG unvaulted
  • Drum Gun unvaulted
  • Suppressed Assault Rifle unvaulted
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle unvaulted
  • Boom Bow unvaulted
  • Suppressed Pistol unvaulted
  • Suppressed Sniper unvaulted
  • Decoy Grenade added – create a clone of yourself
  • Mimimap Gadget added
  • Creeping Cardboard added
  • Rapid-Fire-SMG added
    • 15 Damage per shot

Vaulted

  • Damage Traps
  • Bolt-Action Sniper
  • Some Rocket Launcher rarities
  • Some SMG rarities (P90)

Gameplay

  • Vaults and Keycards added
  • Enter a phone booth to disguise yourself as an NPC Henchman
  • Battle Pass hub updated
  • Customizable locker layouts
  • Battle Pass choices for different rewards
  • Throwable consumables
  • NPC Henchmen added
  • Port-a-potty transportation added – can teleport between toilets by hiding in them
  • New POIs: The Yacht, The Agency, The Rig, The Shark, The Grotto
  • Mythic versions of certain weapons added (Drum Gun and Scar so far)
  • Fishing Rods no longer drop from chests

Challenges

Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 Challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 challenges are here! Take a look at how to complete them.

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It seems like just yesterday that we were staying up all night, waiting for the new season of Fortnite. Surprisingly, we’re already into Week 6 with another batch of challenges to help carry us through the Battle Pass.

Although weekly challenges offer a lower amount of XP this season, it seems like we’re working through the Battle Pass quicker than normal. Even still, we have a long way to go before we unlock all of our holographic variants, so we’ll be grinding away at these challenges.

The week’s challenges are pretty straightforward. All we need to do is consume some foraged items, deal some damage, and search some chests. Here are the challenges for Week 6:

  • Search Chests at Weeping Woods (7)
  • Eliminations at Misty Meadows (3)
  • Collect Stone from Coral Castle (300)
  • Consume a Legendary Fish
  • Consume Foraged Items at Holly Hedges (10)
  • Ride a Zipline from Retail Row to Steamy Stacks
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Black Panther’s Kinetic Shockwave (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Slurpy Swamp (500)

The inclusion of a challenge involving Black Panther’s ability suggests that we could see it come into the base game this week, but we don’t know that for sure. Epic could be pushing us toward the Marvel-based LTMs that have been rotating in and out of the game. We’ll know more when these challenges go live, tomorrow.

Collecting foraged items at Holly Hedges is as easy as taking some damage in Team Rumble and eating the Cabbage that is growing in the backyards of a few houses.

If you’re having trouble catching a legendary fish, take a look at our fishing guide for Season 4. You should be able to catch one if you hit a fishing hole with a Pro Fishing Rod – but this one will take a bit of persistence.

There’s a zipline network that connects Steamy Stacks and Retail Row, so you just have to ride this once and be done with it.

Apart from that, the rest of these challenges are straightforward. Of course, you’ll also need to land at Weeping, Slurpy, and Misty to get your chests, damage, and elimination. Good luck!

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New esports org Gamma Gaming makes splash with Fortnite roster

A new organization, Gamma Gaming, has entered the professional Fortnite arena with some huge signings.

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Fortnite is, again, the driving force behind the creation of an esports organization – this time, in the European market. Gamma Gaming – established by Arsenal FC player, Sead Kolašinac – made a splash on the EU Fortnite scene by announcing the acquisition of six Fortnite players on September 27.

The announcement included some of the hottest professional free agents in the region: Th0masHD, Kami, Tschinken, and Merijn along with content creators Obitoo and Mambo.

The most noteworthy of these acquisitions is, likely, Th0masHD who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, placed 4th in the recent Solo FNCS, won the BenjyFishy Cup, and, most recently, placed first and second in two of the FNCS Warmup competitions.

Going into the Season 4 Trios FNCS, he and his team are one of the top picks to win it all.

Gamma Gaming’s model follows that of another new organization, One Percent, which has built its foundation on the back of their professional Fortnite lineup. The young org will, undoubtedly, branch out from here, but they’re starting with solid EU Fortnite talent.

With some strong European players on their team, it will be interesting to see where these new Gamma Gaming recruits land when the FNCS competition comes around. We have a new organization to keep our eyes on.

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Fortnite leak reveals new SHIELD Henchmen coming soon

New Henchmen are coming to Fortnite, pointing to the spawn island helicarrier entering Fortnite as a POI.

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Fortnite Season 4 might be the most progressively evolving season of Chapter 2, so far. We’re getting the map evolution that we thought we’d get last season, this time with fan-favorite Marvel characters.

Players were split as to whether or not the Marvel crossover would be good for Fortnite. Now, five weeks in, it’s hard to argue that Season 4 isn’t the most entertaining season in the new chapter. Epic are keeping the game fresh and it’s bringing players back. There’s a reason that Ninja is playing Fortnite again, this season.

One of the map developments that hasn’t yet come to the game is a helicarrier appearing above the map. This is rumored to be the same helicarrier used as the Season 4 pregame island.

More recently, however, popular data miner, Hypex, revealed that there are unused Henchmen in the game files. These Henchmen are, reportedly, members of the Marvel Comics organization, SHIELD.

According to this leak, SHIELD is running the spawn island helicarrier as a base of operations. Another leaker, ShiinaBR, replied to Hypex’s tweet, linking these two pieces of information. His conclusion was that the SHIELD Henchmen will enter the game when the helicarrier moves over the map.

We’ve already seen several Fortnite creators like SypherPK and Ali-A make their way to the spawn island from a Battle Royale lobby. There’s a vault on this island, and they tested whether or not one of the keys that Doctor Doom or Iron Man carry will unlock it. As you might expect, their keys didn’t work.

All of this points to the idea that the current helicarrier – or spawn island – will, eventually, be a POI in Fortnite. We may have to build up to it or take a helicopter, making it one of the more exclusive places to loot. For now, all we can do is speculate – but we’ll let you know when we learn more.

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