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Fortnite v14.10 patch notes: New abilities, LTM, Become A Hero, more

Fortnite’s next update is finally here and we’ve got you covered with a rundown on everything included.

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Fortnite v14.10 patch notes

Epic Games have finally rolled out their Fortnite v14.10 update, with a boat load of new features – including new Mythic Item abilities, character customization with ‘Become a Hero’, and more.

Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season has been off to a blistering start with tons of new content for fans to get familiar with. While we’re just a few weeks into the ongoing Nexus War, Epic Games is continuing to roll out fresh updates.

Version 14.10 is on the horizon and there will be a few key changes. With a lot to get through, let’s jump right into it with the patch notes.

Fortnite v14.10 patch notes

It’s rare that we get official patch notes these days, but we have put in the hard yards and thrown some together ourselves with all confirmed changes.

Stark Industries POI

A new Stark Industries location has appeared in the northeast corner of the Fortnite map, and it looks insane. Taking up a huge amount of land, here’s how it looks in-game.

Alongside that, a change to the Fortnite Item Shop has occurred. ““Tony Stark’s temporal beacon brings Stark Industries to the Island. Explore the Research & Development Lab, and Battle Bus chop shop,” a statement reads.

Mint-Condition LTM

There’s a new Marvel themed limited time mode coming in Fortnite, called ‘Mint-Condition’. Here, players will be able to mix and match different Fortnite superheroes to battle for victory.

Become a Hero

A load of new customization options have been added to Fortnite, allowing players to create their own superheroes in-game.

As seen below, this includes tons of new mask options and outfit designs, taking the game’s skin options to a whole other level. You can even edit hair styles, color, and more – as seen from HYPEX’s screenshot.

One of these options is to edit a skin’s corruption.

Customization assets, revealed by VastBlast, can also be seen below.

Map changes

Here’s how the Fortnite Season 4 map looks following the patch. A full breakdown of the changes can be found here.

Fortnite Season 4 map following patch v14.10. Epic Games.

New hero abilities added to Fortnite files

Eight new superpower Mythic Items have been added to the game’s files, with an additional five being leaked following the patch. Damage stats for all of these can be found below.

Wolverine, Berserker Dash

  • Damage: 50
  • Build damage: 2,000
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Wolverine, Spin Splash

  • Has health regeneration
  • Final hit damage: 100
  • Builds damage: 50-250
  • Players damage: 25-65
  • Double hit damage: 35
  • Cooldown: 0.05
  • Jump duration: 0.85
  • Jump height: +32
  • Block health: 2,000

Iron Man, Repulsor Cannon

  • Cooldown: 12 seconds
  • Range: 20,000
  • Damage: 150
  • Buildings Damage: 200
  • Boost cooldown: 15 seconds
  • Boost strength: 131,300

Thor, Sky Strike

  • Cooldown: 9 seconds
  • Distance: 1,000
  • Damage: 80
  • Builds Damage: 5,000
  • Max Range: 4,000
  • Damage & Build Break Radius: 378

Storm, Tornado Jump

  • Builds Damage: 5,000
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds
  • Jump height: 2,560
  • Tornado Lifespan: 10 seconds

She-Hulk, Fist

  • Has LOW health regen.
  • Combo damage: 60
  • Third strike damage: 120
  • Builds damage: 500
  • Speed buff: x1.2
New She Hulk ability has dropped in Fortnite. Epic Games.

She-Hulk, Jump Smash

  • Land player damage: 40
  • Cooldown: 0.5
  • Building damage: 5,000
  • Max charge time: 1
  • Min. charge time for super jump: 0.16
  • Smash cooldown: 0.05
  • Gravity duration: 1.2

Black Panther, Vibranium Armor

  • The ability will block 50% damage for {x} amount of time.
  • The more damage it blocks the more it charges.
  • After it charges you can blast to damage anything nearby.
  • Speed buff: x1.3
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Leaked superhero abilities for Wolverine, Storm, Venom and others can be found here.

Fortnite v14.10 bug fixes

The Silver Surfer Board is one of a few items being tweaked in the new patch.

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, the following bugs have been worked on for the patch.

  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Using Silver Surfer’s Board on PS4 or Nintendo Switch sometimes causing crash.
  • Glider audio from opponents is sometimes missing.
  • Unable to consume or throw fish while in passenger seat.
  • Using Bifrost Glow Contrail in a match causes FPS drop.
  • Supply Drops not disappearing after being opened.

When is the patch live?

As usual, Fortnite was down for a brief period while the new patch was being deployed. Downtime for the 14.10 patch started at 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT / 6 PM AEST on September 10.

This typically lasts around one hour for players, could be longer.

We’ll update our patch notes if more information becomes available. Until then, jump into the game and take a look yourself!

Editorial

Slasher claims Fortnite esports’ real problem isn’t the prize pool

Esports reporter, Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, claims that Fortnite’s main problem as an esport isn’t the dwindling prize pool.

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With the recent announcement of the Fortnite Season 4 FNCS tournament, high-level competitive players have been calling out Epic Games for the lowering of their esports prize pool after their massive $100 million splash during the 2018-2019 season.

Top competitors like BenjyFishy, Zayt, and others have taken to social media to call out Epic for the seemingly drastic lowering of the prize pool over the course of the last year.

Players who place in the top three of the most popular regions in the game are seeing about half of what they won a year ago. The winner of the European region in the FNCS will earn almost $370,000 less in Chapter 2 Season 4 than they did during the same tournament in 2019.

To be fair to Epic Games, there are a few reasons for this. Most obviously, Epic are now providing daily and weekly Cash Cups to their player base. These events might not garner as much attention as the seasonal FNCS and DreamHack tournaments, but they do count towards the total prize money that Epic give away for Fortnite esports.

This might sound like Champaign problems to a lot of people reading this. Yes, we’re largely talking about young video game players who are competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the comfort of their own homes.

To the top players in the game, however, this isn’t all about the money. To them, it’s another sign that Epic don’t care about the competitive side of Fortnite. In their defense, they have years of evidence to back this up.

Esports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau weighed in on this topic on Twitter, stating that the real problem with Fortnite esports has nothing to do with the prize money. “Fortnite esports doesn’t need $100 Million in prize money for (it) to be successful,” he wrote. “Fortnite needs Epic Games to truly care about its competitive player community with a long term plan for the pros instead of treating esports as a nonsense marketing exercise to promote the game.”

In a follow-up tweet, Slasher evoked the ongoing battle between Epic Games and Apple and how many of the pros in the community remain indifferent on the objectively positive stand that Epic are taking. This writer has heard one popular pro claim that he wanted Apple to “clean out” Epic while raging about the Fortnite server performance in the Season 3 FNCS Grand Finals.

As unfortunate as it may be, Slasher is right. Epic are using Fortnite esports as a “marketing exercise to promote the game.” They always have. When did Kevin the Cube come to Fortnite? In the middle of a tournament. When did the Infinity Blade come to Fortnite? The night before a tournament.

Chapter 1 Season 7 began four days before a $1 million Winter Royale tournament. That means that all of the qualifiers took place on a different Fortnite season than the finals. In fact, the EU finals and the NA finals for the same tournament happened on two entirely different seasons.

Fortnite competitive series chapter 2

In his final tweet in the thread, Slasher acknowledged that “Fortnite esports is still in an okay spot, but given the size and impact of the game to the gaming community at large or even mainstream culture.” Fortnite might be the biggest game of all time when it’s all said and done, but the esports side of things, “could be so much more,” as Slasher states.

Over the past year, in an interesting twist of fate, competitive Fortnite has become the number-one way to watch Fortnite on Twitch. Popular streamers like CouageJD, Ninja, DrLupo, and NickMercs have all left the game. Browsing the Fortnite category will primarily bring you streams of players like Clix, BenjyFishy, and Bugha broadcasting pro scrimmages.

At the same time, however, these pros are largely negative about the game that they all play. We all rage from time to time, but many of the Fortnite pros go out of their way to trash the game on other platforms – not just on-stream. It’s a problem for a game when its most popular players are constantly talking about how bad it is.

The worst part of this scenario might be that the game isn’t bad. It’s actually quite good. Casual players who don’t understand why these pros are complaining start to drift away from watching them. This was the primary cause of the philosophical divide that we’re now seeing between the casual and competitive Fortnite player bases.

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There’s a way out of this for Epic Games, but we’re not too confident that they’re going to take it. Like Slasher said, Fortnite esports is in a good spot; despite all of the issues that it has. On a casual level, Fortnite has almost as many players as ever. Season 4 seems like a return to form for the core game.

As someone who was overwhelmingly excited for the future of Fortnite esports during the first Friday Fortnite tournament, though, I can’t help but feel disappointed. There was a ton of potential and it seems like we might already be past the peak. It could have been a lot more, but that’s not the route Epic are taking.

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Fortnite Season 4 FNCS: dates, scoring, Twitch Drops & more

The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is coming soon! Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is right around the corner, which means players and fans are gearing up to see how the latest season of competitive Fortnite will shake out. Will the mythic items play as much of a role as they have in past seasons? Only time will tell.

We’re content to sit back and watch the action unfold in front of us. Ahead, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the event along with us, including the scoring format, how to watch, how to earn Twitch Drops, and more.

Format & Scoring

The Format for the Season 4 FNCS will be Trios, which is the favorite mode of many of the top competitors. Some teams have already developed while others will undoubtedly make some last-minute adjustments.

The point system has already been praised by a lot of the top pros in the Fortnite scene. All teams who place within the top half in each game will receive at least one point. They will gain another point for every placement position after that until they reach the top three, where the points go up a bit. Eliminations are also worth one point each and don’t have a cap.

Placement

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 1 Point

Programming Schedule

The official Fortnite FNCS broadcasts will return for Fortnite Season 4, featuring some of our favorite personalities and broadcasters bringing us several days worth of content.

The FNCS begins on October 9 with the Open Qualification stages of the tournament, but the broadcasts will cover the second stages of qualifications on Saturday and Sunday.

This season, for the first time, Epic are breaking up the tournament into two days. This gives players a lot more rest in between their sessions. Here’s a list of the broadcast schedule for every Saturday and Sunday (all times are in EST):

  • 1:00pm – Broadcast begins
  • 1:15pm – Live EU coverage
  • 5:15pm – Live NAE coverage
  • 8:30pm – Approximate end

The finals will take place through October 29 – November 1. You can watch all of the action on the Fortnite YouTube or Twitch channels or on watch.fortnite.com.

Twitch Drops

Twitch drops are returning for this season, as well, which means the most rewarding way to watch the FNCS will be on Twitch. The drops will feature the same cosmetics as the ones from Season 3 – only this time in fuchsia rather than cyan. With the new customizable skins and back bling, these cosmetics are more valuable than ever.

If you want to earn Twitch drops, the method is the same as it’s always been: you need to link your Epic and Twitch accounts to one another. It’s also important to note that you have to have linked your accounts within the last six months to receive Twitch Drops. If you linked your accounts over a year ago, you’ll have to do it again.

While watching one of the verified FNCS streams, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the video, telling you to link your account for Twitch Drops. All you need to do is click this link, sign in to your Epic account, and keep watching. Eventually, after watching for a bit, you’ll earn the in-game Fortnite cosmetics.

That should be everything that you need to know to enjoy the Fortnite Season 4 FNCS. Of course, we’ll update this post with any additional information or changes that come to light before the event starts on October 9.

We’ll be covering all of the qualifications, the finals, and everything in between here and on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, so make sure to follow us there to stay up to date with everything. Enjoy!

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Where to find Wolverine in Fortnite

Having a hard time finding Wolverine in Fortnite? These tips will help you find and eliminate him.

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In the v14.20 update, Epic added the latest boss to Fortnite: Wolverine. Wolverine also happens to be the unlockable skin for the season, but we’re still a week away from unlocking him.

Next week, when Wolverine becomes available, we’ll need to track him down in-game and secure an elimination. As anyone who has gone searching for Wolverine knows, this is going to be tough.

Epic did something interesting with Wolverine. Instead of tying the new boss to a specific location, they gave him a massive spawn radius and allowed him to roam the map, freely. On top of that, killing Wolverine is extremely challenging. He can self-heal and even revive himself, making him the most dangerous boss that Fortnite has ever seen.

As we said, finding Wolverine is a challenge within itself. We know that he spawns in Weeping Woods, but that’s a huge area. This isn’t like the two locations where Iron Man and Doctor Doom can spawn. Wolverine can begin his journey anywhere within the trees of Weeping Woods.

Wolverine’s wander distance makes it even more difficult to locate him. You might land in Weeping with the intention of finding Wolverine, but once you have enough loot to take him on, he’s already made it halfway to Slurpy Swamp.

YouTuber Tabor Hill released a video with some helpful tips on how to find Wolverine – the most useful of which involves turning on the “visual sounds” setting that shows footsteps on your screen and flying over Weeping Woods in a helicopter. This way, you can see when there are footsteps beneath you and take on Wolverine from the air.

Despite knowing Wolverine’s general spawn location and the best way to find him, there’s no easy way to tell you how to have a 100% success rate in a public match. Tabor Hill is able to locate him, but the YouTuber is in a private game without any enemies. It’s going to be a lot harder when you do this in Solos – especially considering how lethal Wolverine can be.

We’ll keep you posted if anyone finds a more reliable method of finding Wolverine in Weeping, but this is the best info that we have for now. Just remember to take him on at a distance. He can take you from 200 HP to 0 quite fast.

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