The Fortnite v16.40 update has arrived and it’s brought with it a new LTM, retuning exotic/mythic weapons, and a mysterious island is emerging from the ocean. Here are the Fortnite v16.40 patch notes.
The last update (v16.30) featured very exciting content including two mythic bows. Neymar Jr. also joined the fight along with some insidious quests for unlocking his cosmetics. Fortnite patch 16.40 may not add any legendary superstars to the game, but it does spice up the gameplay quite a bit.
In Fortnite v16.40, players can look forward to a new LTM called Daybreak. This complex game mode rewards players skilled enough to complete it. As well, the new Marksman Six Shooter has been added alongside the exotic Primal AR. Lastly, the island below Flush Factory has… grown.
- Visual issues on Toon Meowscles and similarly-styled outfits on certain platforms
- Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite
- Trail color of the Harmonic Axes Pickaxe doesn’t always match selected style
- Landing at a different location than intended
- long-pressing the inventory button selects first craftable item
- “Hunt Wildlife” quest not tracking progress properly
- HUD displaying incorrect memory cost before placing device or Gallery
- Build not properly editing when building/editing fast in Creative
- Prop-O-Matic features not functioning correctly
- “Recent Islands” list does not update
- Small white boxes appears on Consumable thumbnails
- players cannot change their custom controller settings while playing Nintendo Switch in docked mode
A new LTM called Daybreak has been added which will reward players with an exclusive umbrella after their first win. This usually means the LTM is more difficult than the average game of Fortnite. Not much is known about the LTM other than it has NPCs that will request the players fetch helicopter pieces. Players will also fight wolves, ghosts, and marauders.
New Exotic/Mythic Weapons
There have been a few changes to the exotic/mythic weapon pool. The Dub exotic shotgun has been removed and the Marksman Six Shooter has taken its place. Unlike the Marksman Revolver, this gun doesn’t highlight opponents who have been hit. Instead, the Marksman Six Shooter grants bonus critical damage.
As well, the Spire Guardian’s Primal Assault Rifle has been added which is a new mythic weapon. This weapon will be dropped by defeating the Spire Assassins who guard the six smaller towers around the map. It doesn’t have any unique bonuses but deals immense damage.
The island is growing
Last update, eagle-eyed players spotted a small island emerging from the ocean to the south of Flush Factory. That island has since grown twice in size. Seeing as Fortnite is currently in the middle of a Batman crossover, players believed that this island would evolve into the Bat Cave.
However, this island is the home of Orella, the female Oro skin. Here, players can find her golden assault rifle which also unlocks a secret skin variant for Lara Croft. As far as the Fortnite v16.40 patch notes go, these are the most significant additions to the game.
Fortnite v16.50 patch notes: unvaulted weapons, alien invasion, and Loki coming soon
The Fortnite v16.50 patch notes reveal an impending alien invasion coming to the island in the near future.
The Fortnite v16.50 patch notes are here, and they contain some wild content. Fan favorite weapons are back, players will soon be abducted by aliens, and Loki is coming to Fortnite.
With 16.50 being the last major update before Season 7, it’s expected to be a pretty big one. In terms of content that players can access immediately, there isn’t too much. However, this update reveals a lot about the end of Season 6 and the start of Season 7.
Players will begin to see minor map changes over the remaining 14 days of Season 6. They will also finally have access to the Foreshadowing Challenges which are meant to reveal some important information about the impending alien invasion.
- Player-built structures have reduced visuals in PC performance mode
- Just-added friends wrongly appear offline
- Moving left in inventory on controller skips the last weapon slot
- “Recent Islands” list does not update
- The ocean is invisible in the minimap
- A game not starting if player is in a Phone Booth
Dual Pistols & Drum Shotgun are back
Just in time for the Season 6 Week 11 Legendary challenges, Fortnite has added the Dual pistols back into the loot pool. Players will have to deal a certain amount of damage with them to earn XP so it was assumed they would return with this update. Players can find the Dual Pistols in chests or as floor loot.
However, the Legendary version of the Drum Shotgun was also added during this update, but it isn’t available at the moment. It does have a price as if it can be purchased from an NPC, but that character is not in the game yet. Players should look out for the return of the Drum Shotgun in the near future.
Aliens are coming!
The largest content update to come from the Fortnite v16.50 patch notes is the impending alien abduction. UFOs are coming to the island to teleport players all over the map. As noted in the Foreshadowing Challenges, these aliens will leave crop circles and could be a major part of Season 7’s theme.
According to HYPEX, the UFOs will randomly spawn around the map and abduct players. These players will then be teleported somewhere else and have their health and shield restored in the process. While its unknown whether these abductions are voluntary or not, players will be warned before they are abducted.
A new character named Mira will also be introduced sometime in the near future and likely will be the person the players communicate with during the Foreshadowing challenges. iFireMonkey released newly added dialogue that talks more in depth about the alien invasion. The dialogue might be hinting at new characters that will be introduced in Season 7.
Loki of Asgard coming to Fortnite
Lastly, the silhouette of Loki from the Marvel Comics universe was spotted in the background of a new loading screen. This figure undeniably depicts Loki’s long horned hat and Tesseract scepter. He also appears to be alongside a short-haired Thor.
This loading screen is the last of the May Crew Pack weekly bonus rewards. It shows Cuddle Team Leader returning to the island with a cybernetic makeover. However, she could have brought Loki and Thor through the rift with her. Players will just have to wait until June to see if Loki makes it into the game.
Fortnite v16.30 patch notes: Neymar Jr, new mythic weapons & more
The Fortnite v16.30 patch notes bring some major changes to the Battle Royale. Here’s everything players need to know about this update.
Fortnite v16.30, the third major Season 6 patch, is live. This week’s update introduces Neymar Jr., a couple of Mythic bows, and some explosive changes to the casual and competitive loot pools.
Fortnite’s last major update (v16.20) added the long-awaited grappler bow and a new set of off-road tires. These additions focused on mobility and made traveling across the map a lot easier.
Update v16.30 focuses more on enhanced firepower and adds Neymar Jr. to the season. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite v16.30.
- Players receiving a Quest from Jonesy The First that does not grant rewards
- Storm visual effects appearing outside of the Storm
- “Recent Islands” list does not update in Creative
- Flag does not respawn when flag carrier leaves game
- Small white boxes appears on Consumable thumbnails
- “Allow Spectate Other Team” setting not working
- The “Bad Clams”/”Destroy Fungus” quest in Scurvy Shoals have a low spawn objective rate in Save the World.
While all of these bugs may have been fixed, players are already noticing a glaring issue with vehicles that causes them not to render until they are right next to them. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved soon as it’s causing a lot of unintentional wrecks.
Neymar Jr. Skin
The Season 6 secret skin was revealed to be pro footballer Neymar Jr. at the beginning of the season, and now players can complete special challenges to unlock him. Similar to Predator in Season 5, there are additional challenges that can be completed to unlock more Neymar-themed cosmetics.
To unlock Fortnite’s Neymar Jr. skin, you will need to complete five challenges given by soccer player characters. They are found on the soccer fields at Pleasant Park, Dirty Docks, and Holly Hedges.
New Mythic Bows
Fortnite v16.30 also adds two new Mythic bows into the rotation of weapons. Players can no longer craft the Mechanical Explosive Bow but can get Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow by defeating the mini-boss at The Spire. The Unstable Bow can be purchased from the Raven NPC located on a hill northwest of Sweaty Sands.
Raz’s Explosive Bow is identical to the non-mythic variant but deals more damage. The Unstable Bow switches randomly between fire, stink, explosive, and shockwave arrows after every shot.
This update isn’t as impactful as v16.20 in terms of overall gameplay, but it does add some cool cosmetics to the game. As well, the reintroduction of the Explosive Bow in competitive matchmaking may ruffle a few players’ feather.
Fortnite Season 6 April 15 balance update: comp changes & weapon buffs
Fortnite Season 6 received a surprisingly large balance update on April 15. Here are all of the buffs and changes in the patch notes.
Epic Games released a surprise balance update on April 15, making changes to the Bow, Recycler, Makeshift AR, and more.
Fortnite Season 6 introduced some major changes to the loot system. The introduction of crafting also brought Makeshift weapons to the game, which are considerably weaker than their Primal and Mechanical counterparts.
Since Epic added so many new weapons in Season 6, it’s no surprise to learn that there were some balance issues at the start of the season. The most glaring problem came with the Primal Shotgun, which could shred enemies at close range and gives them little time to react.
The new Recycler was on the other end of the spectrum. It’s a relatively weak weapon and doesn’t see much use outside of niche situations. After all, you only have three shots before you need to start sucking trees for more ammo.
The most recent April 15 balance update attempted to address some of the issues with weapons in Season 6. Epic raised the spawn rate of Primal and Classic weapons to match that of Makeshift weapons, making the Crafting system a bit more optional.
Epic also buffed a ton of weapons, including the Makeshift AR and Revolver, Recycler, Bow, SMGs, and more. Here are all of the changes made in the April 15 balance update:
- Doubled Crafting Parts in floor loot stacks
- Makeshift AR & Revolver accuracy
- Bow headshot dmg and arrow speed
- Recycler junk bomb speed
- Primal Pistol dmg and fire rate
- Stats for all SMGs
Most, if not all, of these changes will be met with a warm reception from the player base. The SMG buff might not be super necessary, but it’s a fan-favorite weapon that will always be a part of the meta.
On April 16, Epic made further adjustments to the meta – this time focusing on competitive. They removed three explosive items: Rocket Launchers, Cuddlefish, and the Mechanical Explosive Bow.
More than anything else, these updates show that Epic are listening and reacting to community feedback. We’ve been through some Fortnite seasons where it feels like the developers aren’t listening to us, but Season 6 won’t be one of them.
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