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Fortnite v7.20 Content Update Patch Notes – Sneaky Snowman, Vaulted Items, and more

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Fortnite v7.20’s Content Update is here! As the name suggests, this update aims to add some variety to Fortnite in the form of new and vaulted items.

Check out the full Patch Notes below. What are your thoughts on this update, is Fortnite overall going in the right direction?

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Sneaky Snowman
Is that snowman closer than it was a second ago? Sneak around the map and surprise enemies in a frosty new way.

The Block – Omega Pyramid
The Block is now a Pyramid! Drop into this massive structure created by Directingpete to discover the secrets it holds inside.

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LIMITED TIME MODE: SNIPER SHOOTOUT

Summary
In this limited time mode, players will do battle using scoped weapons only. May the best aim win!

What’s New?

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifles have been added.
  • Legendary Scoped Pistols have been added to Supply Drops.

Mode Details

  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50%
  • Reviving “Down But Not Out” teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated – be careful peeking!
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Sneaky Snowman
    • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
    • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
    • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
    • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
      • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
    • Available in Common variant.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
    • Drops in stacks of 5.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions.
    • Shield Potion
      • Reduced drop chance from Floor Loot from 16.53% to 13.22%.
      • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 14.26% to 9.51%.
    • Small Shield Potion
      • Increased drop chance from Floor Loot from 13.22% to 16.53%.
      • Increased drop chance from Chests from 9.51% to 14.26%.
  • Vaulted the following items:
    • Quad Rocket Launcher
    • Port-A-fortress
    • Grappler
  • Reduced the drop chance of Gliders.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 11.89% to 4.43%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Balloons.​​​​​​​
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 7.58% to 3.24%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of Quad Crashers from 100% to 50%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of X-4 Stormwings from 80% to 50%.

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed an issue where building would cause a major drop in FPS.

EVENTS

  • Added additional dates for Explorer Pop-Up Cup.
    • Updated additional materials gained on elimination to now drop with the eliminated player, rather than being granted immediately.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

This is an early release so you may experience client crashes, loss of progress, or other unexpected errors.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Sneaky Snowman
    • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
    • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
    • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
    • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
      • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
    • Available in Common variant.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
    • Drops in stacks of 5.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Added to Creative
    • Light Machine Gun
    • Suppressed Sub-Machine Gun
    • Revolver
    • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
    • Smoke Grenade
    • Remote Explosives

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Frostnite Weekly Challenge 4 – Cold Chaos
Focus your fire! Enemies gain modifiers when attacked, so work as a team and defeat the threat to unlock the banner and the Guardian’s Will Sword.

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Lynx Kassandra
A new Hero arrives! Fast on her feet with catlike reflexes, unlock her in the Event Store for a limited time.

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • Weekly Frostnite Challenge 4: Cold Chaos
    • Enemies gain modifiers when damaged. Focus your attacks for maximum efficiency.
      • Enemies receive a certain combination of mutators per wave: Quickened, Enraged, Exploding Deathburst, Frenzied Deathburst, and Smoke Screens.
      • Survive for 30 minutes (three times)  to collect the Week 4 Challenge Banner.
      • Survive for 30 minutes to collect the Medieval Sword.
    • Available on January 23 at 7 PM ET.

HEROES

  • Lynx Kassandra
    • Mythic variant of the Fleetfoot subclass.
    • Available on the Event Store from January 23 at 7 PM ET.
      • Note: Lynx Kassandra will be unique when the new Hero Loadout launches.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Guardian’s Will Sword
    • Rewarded for completing the week 4 Frostnite Weekly Challenge.
    • A large sword with high damage and moderate impact.
    • Leap Attack
      • A Heavy attack that jumps to the targeted foe and damages nearby enemies.

AUDIO

  • Improved Low Health state audio mix so that gameplay sounds aren’t ducked as severely.
  • Updated Lefty/Right weapon equip/unequip sounds.
  • Updated Decoy deploy and physics sounds.

KNOWN ISSUES

Want to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

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Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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SypherPK gives his wish list for Fortnite Season 4

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is asking for Traps, action, variety, and more in Fortnite Season 4.

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is one of the most respected Fortnite creators on Twitch and YouTube. He’s one of the only big streamers to stick with the game after the mass exit of people like DrLupo, TimtheTatMan, NickMercs, and even Ninja. He’s been around the game since day one and his opinion carries a lot of weight.

On July 31, Sypher released a video entitled “What Epic NEEDS to do in Fortnite Season 4.” In the video, he lists his wishes for the next Fortnite season, along with some suggestions on how to make his ideal Fortnite experience a reality. Here’s a brief summary of what Sypher wants to see in Season 4:

  1. More variety in items/weapons/shields – specifically in pubs
  2. More action in the mid-game (player count increase LTM)
  3. Reworking of Mythic POIs
  4. Continue the LTM testing
  5. Add an improved version of the Traps

Most of us can get behind the first two suggestions on Sypher’s list – right off the bat. So many players loved the Unvaulted LTM when that came into the game. Hopefully, the numbers from this mode showed Epic that the player base wants to get back to those fun, interesting weapons from Chapter 1.

Likewise, the pacing of Chapter 2 needs some tweaking. Somehow, Epic need to find a way to prevent the mid-game lull that is so prevalent in most Fortnite matches – whether that includes raising the player count or not.

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The LTM rotation has been great since the Season 3 Summer event – and Sypher wants more of that in Season 4. It could be an easy way to test new mechanics and keep the player base happy. The suggestion involving Mythic POIs could be a good one – but we doubt that it will come to fruition.

Epic seem pot-committed to the current Mythic POI system – which seems to have as much to do with the story as it does with the gameplay. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what they do.

Predictably, Sypher finished his list by requesting that Epic add traps back to Fortnite. Since the removal of Traps in Season 3, players have been fearlessly rushing any opponent they see.

It’s getting a bit too aggressive, and 100-damage traps with Sypher’s small tweak would be a perfect way to balance offense and defense. We don’t know how difficult it would be to disable enemy traps once a player is eliminated, but it would be the perfect way to fix the most annoying part of the defensive item.

As of now, Fortnite Season 4 is set to release at the end of August – barring any delays. What are your wishes for Fortnite Season 4? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Epic make much-requested changes to competitive Fortnite ahead of FNCS

Epic Games have removed grenades and limited Stink Bomb availability in competitive modes ahead of the Fortnite Season 3 FNCS tournament.

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Competitive Fortnite players have been asking for separate loot pools since these modes first took off. There have always been mechanics, items, and weapons that work well in public matches but are completely overpowered in competitive Fortnite.

Ballers are a perfect example of this. They were always fine in public matches. In tournaments, though, they led to players sitting in the Baller non-stop and making it to end-game for free. More than a few people placed highly in the World Cup qualification matches on the back of Ballers.

The same thing happens to this day. Weapons like Stink Bombs and Grenades are far more powerful in a competitive setting when you compare them to public matches. Players are ‘nade-stacking for free eliminations and carrying 12 Stink Bombs which translates to a near guaranteed elimination.

Thankfully, Epic are considering player feedback while developing the competitive loot pool. According to popular Fortnite broadcaster, Ballatw, Epic removed grenades from Arena Mode and limited the availability of Stink Bombs on July 30 – just in time for the Fortnite Champion Series to kick-off on August 1.

The only way to obtain Stink Bombs is by eliminating Marauders, which is another massive issue for Competitive Fortnite. Most of the player base despises these AI players – and there’s a strong case to be made that Epic should remove them from competitive modes as well.

Unfortunately, it looks like Marauders are here to stay. Barring any bugs with the Marauders, we can expect to see them eliminating solo players through the entirety of the FNCS tournament.

We’ll take some small victories when we get them, though. Grenades are out and Stink Bombs have been limited – two fantastic changes for the health of a competitive Fortnite match. The official Fortnite Champion Series broadcast begins at 12:00pm EST on August 1. You can watch the series through any of the official Fortnite channels. See you there!

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