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Fortnite v9.21 Patch Notes – Proximity Grenade Launcher, Horde Rush LTM, and more

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The Fortnite v9.21 update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Proximity Grenade Launcher weapon to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode!

What are your thoughts on the changes introduced in this update?

Check out the full Patch Notes blog post from Epic Games below…

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
It’s not a horseshoe or a hand grenade, but close still counts!


Horde Rush (Coming Soon)
A new 4-player Co-op Limited Time mode is just around the corner! Survive the Horde Rush on June 13.

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LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

One Shot Duos
Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Sniper weapons are the only weapon, Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Horde Rush
Fortnite Fiends are back on the island and angrier than ever! Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding hidden score multipliers, opening special loot chests, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. Traverse across the map, survive all of the Defend locations and take down the Final Boss to win!

  • Mode Details
    • Four player Squad mode divided up into multiple stages.
    • Prepare to defend an area by searching for weapons & items, scavenging materials, and building defenses.
    • Rack up points by fighting Fiends, collecting score multipliers, and destroying Fiend Spawners.
    • Recover from the battle and search for more equipment.
    • Travel across the map to the next defense point.
    • Respawning is enabled until the last stage when players have to destroy a Boss Fiend and his horde of minions.
    • Keep an eye out for special loot chests, which contain powerful weapons & provide a scoring bonus.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Found from Chests, Loot Carriers, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.
  • Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 11.3% to 12.09%
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 16.95% to 18.13%
    • With items being added and removed, we’ve noticed that Shield Potions and Small Shields have been less available in Chests. So we’ve increased the chance to find Shields from Chests to compensate for that.
  • Shotguns
    • Increased the overall chance to find from Floor loot from 8.50% to 9.77%
    • After seeing the community’s feedback about Shotgun availability, we’ve increased the Shotgun availability from Floor Loot to make finding them in the early phases of the game easier.
  • Infantry Rifle Epic and Legendary variants
    • Increased the availability from Floor loot from .067% to .105%
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from .414% to .645%
  • Heavy Assault Rifle Common variant
    • Decreased the availability from Floor loot from 2.04% to 1.715%
    • Decreased the availability from Chest loot from 12.47% to 10.46%
  • Mounted Turret
    • Decreased the availability from floor loot from .59% to .46%
  • Storm Flip
    • Adjusted Storm Flip to cause flat damage instead of being based on which Storm Phase is currently active.
      • Causes 5 damage every second.
      • This change may not be immediately available at the time of release. It requires a server update and will become active at some point later in the day.
      • We noticed with scaling damage that players held onto their Storm Flip later into matches, creating undesirable effects. This change gives players more value in using it earlier in matches.
    • Reduced the availability from Chests from 3.39% to 1.69%
    • Reduced the availability from Floor loot from 3.32% to 1.66%
    • Added back into the Arena and Tournament playlists.
      • We have visual effect changes coming in v9.30 that will help improve readability.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes

  • Audio was sounding muffled due to a filter optimization issue.

MOBILE

We’ve noticed iOS patches have experienced delays appearing in the App Store recently. Apple has stated that any application can take up to 24 hours to appear in the App Store. If no update is available, be sure to check our social channels for more info.

CREATIVE

What’s New?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
Imagine and create new maps to explore all the possibilities of this explosive new weapon!

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.

PREFABS

  • Roadside Garage Gallery
  • Grass & Mud Floor Gallery
  • Forest & Grass Floor Gallery
  • Grass & Forest Floor Gallery
  • Sand & Rock Floor Gallery
  • Dinosaur Prop Gallery

DEVICES

Bug Fixes

  • Text placed on Billboards prior to the v9.20 release will no longer be misaligned.

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Plasmatron 9000
Tongue twister: How fast can you say piercing plasma shots!

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Quantum Countdown
Step right up, and try to keep your attention on the teleporting bomb.

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

New Wargames simulation: Quantum Countdown

  • In this simulation, an unstable bomb is teleporting around your base. The Husks are drawn to its energy and trying to destroy it. Quickly adapt to protect its new location as the Husks take new, and unexpected, routes.
  • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner, and more variety to the Daily Quests.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • A new weapon, the Plasmatron 9000 arrives in the Weekly Store.
    • Short ranged automatic energy pistol that shoots expanding rings of plasma that pierce enemies.
    • Available Wednesday, June 12 at 8 PM Eastern Time until Wednesday, June 19 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

GENERAL

SOCIAL

  • Added pop-up and Main Menu messaging to help players understand when their Xbox Live or PlayStation voice chat is being prioritized over Fortnite Party voice chat.
    • These visuals appear only if someone else in your party is active in Fortnite Party voice chat, and will not reappear unless you join a different party.
    • This is in response to players looking for guidance on various voice chat issues that were related to Xbox Live / Playstation party voice chat prioritization.



KNOWN ISSUES

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

Guides

Stats reveal the deadliest locations in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite data miner, Lucas7Yoshi, has created a map of the most deadly locations in Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to land or avoid.

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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

The Fortnite world is a deadly one. Take a look at some of the most dangerous locations on the entire map.

It’s no secret that Fortnite – and all battle royales, for that matter – have hot-spots for players to drop. If you want a fight, you’ll find one at Salty Towers in every game. If you want a more relaxed experience, Craggy Cliffs might be your speed.

Which are the deadliest places on the Fortnite map? Regular players know about some of them. It should be no secret that Salty Towers and Pleasant Park see a lot of action.

Data miner Lucas7Yoshi has been gathering all kinds of Fortnite data, lately. Most recently, he compiled a map of the most active locations in Season 5. As you can see, Salty Towers and Lazy Lake top the list.

The areas shrouded in blue aren’t completely inactive, but they show how much activity happens at the center of the map. If you want a safe drop, the northeast corner is probably your best bet.

From the map, you can see that the action isn’t isolated to the center. Sure, it’s the most active, but Holly Hedges, Sweaty Sands, Retail Row, and Slurpy Swamp almost always have a few deaths per match.

These locations are probably more bus path-dependent than Pleasant, Salty, and Lazy, but they still get a ton of attention. Stealthy Stronghold – likely bolstered by the addition of Predator – can also be seen on the map.

This map doesn’t give us too much new information, but it’s interesting to see how much activity takes place in different areas of the map. Even the no man’s land of the Zero Point has more deaths than places like Steamy Stacks – the safest named POI in Season 5.

We’re interested in learning more about Fortnite trends as Lucas7Yoshi continues his research. So far, he’s compiled data for the most popular cosmetics to go along with his new death map.

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Fortnite Winter Trials event & rewards leaked

Epic Games quickly added and removed a webpage that revealed a new Fortnite event: Winter Trials. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Epic Games released a new website, announcing the Fortnite Winter Trials. They have since removed the site, leading fans to believe it was leaked early.

Most of the time, when we’re discussing Fortnite leaks, we’re talking about data miners finding files in the game that relate to certain events, skins, etc. In rare cases, Epic let something slip a bit early. That’s what we have here.

On January 25, Epic released the Fortnite Winter Trials webpage, showcasing free rewards, an influencer tournament, community voting on events, and more.

The website was quickly removed after it was added, but data miner Hypex was able to record some of the contents before it went down.

The details of the event are still limited, but it appears as though players will be earning badges for logging in, voting for challenges, and playing Fortnite.

Over the course of the rest of the season, your playtime and badges will reward you with free cosmetics. Most of them are hidden, but we know about a spray, emoticon, and weapon wrap from the images on the website.

Fortnite Winter Trials rewards

We should see an official announcement of the event soon. Since Epic were the ones who jumped the gun, we expect to see them announce the event as soon as tomorrow – if not later tonight.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the event, along with additional details on how to earn free cosmetics. Stay tuned.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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