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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.

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SypherPK showcases the best hero ability in Fortnite Season 4

SypherPK has crowned Fortnite Season 4’s best Mythic hero ability: Sorm’s Whirlwind Blast

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Fortnite Season 4 is, in many ways, a return to form for Fortnite. We’re having a lot more lighthearted fun than we had over the course of the past couple of seasons. On top of that, with the spray weapons nerfed or gone, the competitive meta is also more entertaining to watch and play.

Hero abilities are helping to keep the game fresh, as well, and offering several different playstyles that weren’t there during the first portion of Chapter 2. Instead of ramped-up versions of existing weapons, the Season 4 Mythic items are entirely new.

Obviously, some Mythic abilities are more powerful than others. For instance, Silver Surfer’s Re-Deploy ability has gotten a lot of attention in competitive modes, while Groot’s Baller has largely been left behind.

One ability seems to stand above the rest, however – at least when it comes to the Core Fortnite game modes. Storm’s Mythic Whirlwind Blast ability might be the most powerful one that Epic have added.

During a recent stream, SypherPK noticed something that a lot of players hadn’t. He shot his Doctor Doom energy orb at a player, only to have it come flying back at him. As it turns out, Storm’s ability reflects projectiles.

When you add this to the fact that you can avoid fall damage, launch players to their death, and reflect damage from incoming cars, it’s an easy decision when you have to choose one Mythic item to carry.

SypherPK released a video that shows all of the uses for Storm’s Mythic ability, including the most popular and effective one: launching players to their death. You can also reflect all of the other offensive hero abilities in Fortnite – save for Iron Man’s Unibeam.

Hopefully, this item stays out of competitive Fortnite. If not, then we can be sure of what the next “Kit’s Shockwave Launcher” will be during the Season 4 FNCS. Keep your head on a swivel if you run into a player using this ability in-game.

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Leaked Fortnite weapon is a cross between a Minigun & Grenade Launcher

This leaked Fortnite weapon is scary…

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The Fortnite community tends to be split when it comes to explosive weapons. Some enjoy the ability to break down any structure in the game, while others prefer a rocket-free experience when cranking 90’s for high-ground.

We’ve seen all kinds of explosive weapons come and go from Fortnite. We’ve had the Quad Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Proximity Launcher, regular RPG, Pumpkin Launcher, and several others. Only a couple of them have remained in the loot pool for more than a season.

According to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, it looks like the latest explosive weapon is on the horizon. We’ve only seen some statistics and mesh image of the item, but that’s enough for us to be intimidated as to the destruction it could cause.

Mang0e_ described the weapon as a “cross between a Grenade Launcher and a Minigun.” If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, we don’t know what will. These are two of the most powerful weapons that Fortnite has ever seen. Now, we’re combining them?

Of course, this is only preliminary information and we have no idea if this item will ever even come to Fortnite. The initial impression could be way off as well, so it’s no time to panic.

After all, we saw Machine Pistols leaked last year and they still haven’t entered the game. Just recently, we got the first piece of concrete news on the item since last November. This is all to say that it could be a long time before this strange “heavy weapon” comes to Fortnite – if it ever does.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the weapon, but it could be a while. Epic likely won’t release the next Fortnite update for at least a week or two, and we don’t expect to see this weapon when it does come out. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, to be the first to know all of the breaking Fortnite news.

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Fortnite Mythic weapon leak: ‘Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols’

Fortnite leaks reveal that Mystique is finally getting a Mythic item.

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Fortnite Season 4 is all about the hero abilities. We’ve seen an ability for nearly every hero in the game along with some for heroes that haven’t even been released, such as Black Panther and Venom.

The only Battle Pass hero who hasn’t received a Mythic ability is, strangely, Mystique. To be fair, it might be a bit difficult for Epic to come up with one. Her superpower, after all, revolves around shapeshifting into other people. We can use this as a built-in Mystique emote, but it doesn’t work as a standalone in-game mechanic.

Well, it seems like Mystique’s mythic item is in development. That’s right: reports have it that we’re getting an item rather than an ability. Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e, released his findings: Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols.

You probably don’t remember this weapon model – it’s not everyone’s job to follow all of these Fortnite leaks – but this Machine Pistol was leaked over a year ago. After several updates, Epic adjusted the statistics and rarities of the unreleased weapon.

Still, even after the weapon was updated, Epic kept it out of the game for almost a year. It seems like we may finally see a version of this weapon enter Fortnite in Season 4.

We still have a lot of unanswered questions about this weapon. Most likely, we’ll be able to get our hands on it through the drones located at the Quinjet landing sights. This has been the most common place to grab Mythic hero abilities. Of course, we don’t know this for sure.

Will the third leak be the charm for the Machine Pistol, AKA Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols? Only time will tell. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about this weapon.

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