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Fortnite Season 4 patch notes & biggest changes

Pumps return, a new fishing system, Tacs vaulted: take a look at the unofficial Fortnite Season 4 patch notes



Fortnite Season 4 is here! Marvel heroes have invaded the Fortnite map and are teaming up with our favorite Fortnite characters to save the world from Galactus.

As you might expect, the new season doesn’t mean that Epic have changed their stance on Chapter 2 patch notes. We still don’t have any official patch notes, but we were able to find out a lot before the downtime even ended. As always, we’ll update this post throughout the morning as more information comes to light.

Fishing overhaul

The biggest update to Fortnite Season 4 has to be the fishing system. We heard rumors about this change, but it’s now in the game. We have a ton of new fish types to catch – all offering us different effects.

It’s still early, so we don’t know everything about the new fishing system, just yet. For now, we know about a handful of the new fish types along with the Pro Fishing Rod. According to the stats we can see, this will do more damage to players than the Harpoon Gun and appears to be the only way to catch the new fish types.

We’ll post a separate article when we know more about fishing, so stay tuned for that.

New locations

Upon first glance, the Fortnite Season 4 map doesn’t look much different than the Season 3 map. Instead of adding entirely new POIs, Epic updated many of the existing ones to fit the Marvel theme.

We’ll post a separate article with all of the major map changes for the new season, but some noteworthy locations include Doom’s Domain at Pleasant Park and the unnamed Sentinel Graveyard. Both of these POIs will be undiscovered when you first load into Season 4.


Here’s a list of everything that was vaulted and unvaulted in the Fortnite Season 4 patch. Since we haven’t gotten any official patch notes, we’ll update this as we learn more.


  • Shockwave Grenade
  • Boogie Bomb
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Bounce Pad
  • Bandage Cannon
  • Revolver
  • Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Combat Shotgun


  • Decoy Grenades
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Pistol (Epic/Legendary)
  • Rapid-Fire SMG (Rare/Epic/Legendary)
  • Launch Pad
  • Stink Bomb
  • Hunting Rifle
  • SMG
  • Flare Gun

Other Changes

This will likely be the most updated section of the article. We’ll continue to inform you with all of the changes that the community discovers as they get their hands on the new season.

  • Car spawn rate reduced by 30%
  • Common Assault Rifle damage from 30 to 35
  • Uncommon Assault Rifle damage from 31 to 35
  • Rare Assault Rifle damage from 33 to 35
  • Legendary Scar damage from 36 to 35
  • Chest spawn rates reduced from 100% to 70%
  • Old Mythic bosses have been removed
  • Can Sidegrade a Charge Shotgun to a Pump and back again

New items

  • Fire Trap
  • Dr. Doom’s Mythical Bomb
  • Groot’s Bramble Shield


This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.



We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.



Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.



We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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