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Unofficial Fortnite v12.30 patch notes

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Epic Games have officially released a brand-new update for Fortnite, with the v12.30 Update now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.

Fortnite fans are always excited for the newest patch to drop for Fortnite, which usually includes new items, weapons, or map changes to help keep the game fresh and keep players coming back to the battle royale.

Now, competitors have a brand-new patch to sink their teeth into in the form of the v12.30 Update, which officially went live on Tuesday, March 31, introducing two new items and a host of bug fixes that should change how the game is played going forward.

Fortnite fans have two new items to help them win matches in Chapter 2, Season 2. Credit: Epic Games

Kingsman Umbrella

The most interesting addition to the game in this patch is the Kingsman Umbrella, a melee weapon that also helps players avoid taking damage in a number of situations.

Players can spin the Kingsman around at high speed to earn a boost which propels them towards an enemy, and then beat them over the head with the umbrella in hopes of finding an elimination. On top of that though, the item may also save your life, as you can open it to deflect bullets away from you when under fire, and also use it like Glider Redeploy from earlier seasons, allowing you to drift down to safety should you leap from a great height.

Details:

  • Legendary
  • Breaks when falling from too high
  • Does not totally prevent fall damage
  • Can be used to farm materials and break structures – like the lightsabers
  • Opening the umbrella shields you in a particular direction
The Kingsman umbrella can be useful in all situations. Credit: Epic Games

Crash Pads

There’s more than one way to avoid fall damage following the v12.30 update though, with Crash Pads also introduced to keep players from crashing into the ground when they find themselves plummeting towards solid ground.

The Crash Pad is an item that can be picked up around the map and sits in your weapons inventory. Should you find yourself hurtling down to the ground, you can simply throw one of these inflatable pads down and land on top of it, which will then bounce you to safety.

Details:

  • Rare
  • Drops in 3’s
  • Deflates afters some time
  • Can only be placed on floors
The Crash Pad is an easy way to avoid taking fall damage. Credit: Epic Games

Bug fixes

As always, there are also some bug fixes as Epic Games attempt to keep on top of the issues that creep up between major updates. The developers have confirmed all the glitches that have been addressed by this patch on their official Trello board, and you can view the full list below.

General

  • Tournament scores are visually incorrect in Lobby and in-match

Battle Royale

  • Unintentional Carry or Shakedown on controller
  • Spy Games: Stuck on “Select Tech” screen
  • Style selections for certain locker items not saving
  • Harpoon Gun not catching loot consistently
  • Auto Pick Up not functioning properly
  • Deadpool Plunger not visible on 4:3 aspect ratio

Creative

  • Billboard Settings do not save when copied
  • Interactive UI not functioning properly when using the Quick Menu on mobile

Mobile

  • Shadows darker than expected
  • Black Bar displayed on Note 10+

Crowd-Sourced Updates

  • Doomsday structures appeared at the agency
  • Deadpool-themed loot boxes and Battle Bus
  • Recoil and bloom on KBM has been changed to be the same as the controller
  • No flinch added to KBM
  • ‘Random’ loadout preset option added

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How to enter vaults without a keycard in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite vault glitch has returned for Season 3; this time, with a different method.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 was the first season to introduce vaults. It was also the first season in which players found an exploit to get into the vaults without a keycard. This method was popularized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, who showed fans how use a boat and a few building materials to enter a vault without killing the boss.

This exploit existed for most of Season 2, but was patched when season 3 came out. Well, as you may expect, it didn’t take long for players to figure out another way to get into the vault without a card. Instead of a boat, this exploit requires a helicopter.

For preparation, you’ll need a Helicopter, Upgrade Bench, and a teammate. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete in order to get into the vault without a card:

Step 1: Destroy the tile covering the vault you want to enter
Step 2: Land the helicopter on the broken floor
Step 3: Switch seats and begin to build
Step 4: Have a teammate throw the Upgrade Bench underneath the helicopter

If you complete these steps correctly, you should be pushed under the map and into the vault. Here’s a tutorial from Glitch King that will show you the step-by-step walkthrough.

Getting out of the vault is now your problem. This glitch is meant to surprise and eliminate an enemy, but you could always send your teammate to kill the boss and let you out if no one comes by. This isn’t the most broken method in the world, as you’ll be trapped if you don’t open the vault the normal way. Still, it can make for a funny clip or two.

This method takes a bit more setup than last season’s, but we may still see a streamer or two surprised by someone hiding in a closed vault. Only time will tell.

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Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming

Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.

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Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.

Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.

IMG: Fortnite Twitter

In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”

Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.

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Epic disable the elusive Golden Mushroom in Fortnite

The Golden Mushroom has reportedly been disabled in all Fortnite modes.

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Almost all Fortnite players know about the Mythic Goldfish in Fortnite Chapter 2 – the rarest item that Epic have ever added to the game. It’s so rare that fans wondered if it even existed for a while. Since its release, there’s still only been a handful of recorded sightings of the Mythic Goldfish.

In Season 3, Epic added another rare item to the game: The Golden Mushroom. According to data miners, this mushroom has the same chance to spawn as the Mythic Goldfish, making it one of the rarest items in all of Fortnite. To this day, we’ve only seen one clip of the Golden Mushroom outside of Creative Mode.

When the mushroom first came out, SypherPK put a county on its head. He offered his fans cash if they could find the mushroom in-game, and a bonus if they found it in a joinable Battle Lab match. Here’s the only known clip of the Golden Mushroom in Fortnite.

When Sypher picked it up and put it in his inventory, the Golden Mushroom turned into a regular old mushroom that only healed for five shield. This bug is likely why the item was disabled on July 13, according to data miner reports.

One of the rarest items in Fortnite should offer a reward for finding it. It seemed like this one had an issue that led to it becoming a disappointment. On July 13, Hypex tweeted that Epic pushed a hotfix to disable the Golden Mushroom.

At the time of writing, there’s still no mention of the Golden Mushroom on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board. The hunt appears to be stalled – at least, for the time being. We’ll let you know when the Mushroom comes back to Fortnite but, for now, you can stop searching for it.

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