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Fortnite v11.40 patch notes – Sidegrading and Heavy Assault Rifle returns

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It’s a new year, and Fortnite fans finally have a new update to get excited about thanks to the v11.40 patch, which went live on January 15 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

It’s been a long wait for the latest update to the ultra-popular battle royale title, with Epic Games last releasing a patch on December 18, marking almost a month since any changes have been made to the game by the developers.

With their festive break now finished and the snow cleared from the map, Epic Games are bringing a brand-new patch to the game, which includes a new system for upgrading weapons and the return of the Heavy Assault Rifle.

The Heavy Assault Rifle has returned in the v11.40 Update. Credit: Epic Games

Sidegrading

The biggest inclusion in the January 15 update is the introduction of Sidegrading, a new system that allows players to trade their weapons.

Players who visit a Workbench while holding a regular Assault Rifle will be offered the chance to exchange it for the Heavy version of the weapon, in exchange for a few materials.

At the moment, this only works on Assault Rifles, but may be a glimpse at what we can expect for guns in other classes in the near future.

Fortnite players can use Workbenches to exchange their normal Assault Rifle for a Heavy version. Credit: Epic Games

Heavy Assault Rifle

Of course, this means that the Heavy Assault Rifle is officially back in the game, returning after being placed into the Vault during 2019.

The weapon had already been leaked by dataminers, and some had even found a way to use it inside the game’s Creative mode, and even though it disappeared for a period, the gun still packs a punch.

The Heavy Assault Rifle deals 46 damage when a bullet connects with an opponent, and holds 26 shots in each magazine, meaning you should be able to wipe out players fairly easily as long as you hit your shots.

Bug Fixes

Epic Games also introduced a number of bug fixes to address issues that cropped up during the Festive period when they were on break, meaning some of the glitches that have been plaguing the game are now gone.

The developers made sure to fix the Toxin vs Remedy challenges, in which one asked players to visit three Bus Stops in a match but only seemed to count a number of random stops towards the completion of the task.

There are also fixes for the game’s Editing system, keybinds, and Hideouts which were causing crosshairs to disappear if players used them while holding a Sniper Rifle. You can view the full list of bug fixes taken from the Epic Games Trello board below.

GENERAL

  • Fixed issue causing players on console to get stuck and not be able to progress through the gifting process if they do not have 2-Factor Authentication.

BATTLE ROYALE

  • Fixed issue causing players’ Star Wars Legacy entries to have disappeared.
  • Fixed issue causing ‘F’ key to not allow proper movement after direction is remapped from a non-‘F’ key.
  • Falling into a Hideout (haybale, dumpster, port-a-potty) while holding a Sniper Rifle no longer causes the crosshairs to disappear.

CREATIVE MODE

  • Fixed issue causing Featured Island portals to not work correctly.
  • Bandage Bazooka now respects the infinite ammo and reload settings applied by a game.

MOBILE

  • Fixed issue causing players to become stuck in a loop on the Select Fire Mode screen.

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Challenges

Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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Concepts

This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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