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Fortnite v13.20: What to expect

Flare Gun, water level, bug fixes, and more expectations for the v13.20 Fortnite update.

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We’re in a strange spot with Fortnite Season 3 updates, with v13.10 seemingly skipped or released under our noses. Last week, we saw the Firefly Jar come to the game in what seemed to be a hotfix, but then saw the news that v13.20 would go live this week. We don’t know exactly what happened, there, but it looks like we’re onto v13.20.

We’re writing this ‘what to expect’ article before the announcement of the v13.20 patch, but nearly all of the Fortnite data miners are claiming that it’s coming this week. Tuesday has been the traditional patch day for Fortnite updates, so it stands to reason that we’ll be getting a patch on June 30. If not, then all of this information will apply when it does go live. Now, onto our predictions.

Water level change

According to Lucas7Yoshi, the water level is supposed to go down for the first time in Season 3, following the v13.20 patch. We should see the water level lower on July 1, according to reports.

This first stage of the water recession may not reveal very much. We predict that some of the flooded POIs will uncover a bit more land, but we’re probably a week or two away from the full-fledged introduction of a new location.

The most that we can hope for is that one of the underwater POIs – such as Craggy or The Shark – will surface when the water starts to recede. We’ll have to wait and see, but the water going down is a safe bet.

Flare Gun

There were two leaked weapons included in the Season 3 game files that weren’t in the loot pool upon the launch of the new season. These were the Firefly Jar and the Flare Gun.

The Firefly Jar was released last week, which means we can safely assume that the Flare Gun is next. Epic appear to be frequently bringing new items to the game, just as they had in Chapter 1. If this is true, then it would make the most sense to see the Flare Gun in v13.20.

Bug Fixes

As always, epic will be taking aim at some of the more prevalent bugs with the v13.20 patch. This is the first major patch of Season 3, so there are a lot of bugs that need fixing. Here are all of the issues that are listed as “Fixed in Next Game Update” on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board:

  • Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
  • Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
  • Emotes playing over Main Stage music in Party Royale.
  • Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.
  • Fall damage from Ziplines when landing in shallow water.
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be Sidegraded.
  • Damaging Marauders counting towards Storm Surge.
  • Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
  • Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.

There may be some additional changes or updates that we didn’t see coming, but these are the most likely aspects to change following the v13.20 update. As always, we’ll have you covered with the full patch notes, all of the leaked skins, and everything else that comes out of the update, so stay tuned!

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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.

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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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