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Fortnite v9.30 Patch Notes – Chug Splash, Boom Bow vaulted, and more

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The Fortnite v9.30 update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Chug Splash 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?

Chug Splash
Refresh yourself and allies with this tasty new beverage.

LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

  • Sniper Shootout Duos
    • Sniper rifles only. May the best aim win!
  • Trios
    • Classic Battle Royale with Three-Person squads.
  • Solid Gold Squads
    • Fight to the finish using Legendary weapons.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Chug Splash
    • On impact, this thrown item splashes liquid in a small area. All players within the splash radius will be instantly granted 20 Health/Shield.
      • Grants health unless you are full health, in which case it will grant Shield.
      • Chug Splash can heal allies, enemies, and can extend the duration of the ‘knocked’ state for knocked players.
    • Rare variant.
    • Drops in stacks of 2.
    • Max stack size: 6.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Llamas.
  • Shotgun Swap Delay Removed
    • Shotgun cooldowns now only apply when the player is carrying multiple shotguns, regardless of Shotgun type.
      • This is a Quality of Life change to prevent the swap delay system from interfering with players who do not have multiple shotguns in their inventory. As with all changes, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Reduced the Combat Shotgun’s long-range effectiveness
    • Reduced damage at medium distances by 10%
      • 2.44 tiles to 4.88 tiles
    • Reduced damage at long distances by 20%
      • 4.88 tiles to 9.76 tiles
    • The Combat Shotgun’s accuracy uniquely enables players to hit shots from longer distances compared to other shotguns. However, the damage at those longer ranges was a little higher than desired..
  • Vaulted
    • Boom Bow
    • Dual Pistols
    • Dynamite
    • These Vaults are primarily targeted at adjusting the availability of explosives, putting them more in line with where we think they should be.
  • Removed the ability to ride Proximity Grenade Launcher projectiles
    • Due to the faster speed of this projectile, it was causing problems with level streaming. You can still ride rockets launched from Rocket Launchers.
  • Added short delay to start damaging players from Storm Flip on entry, to mimic normal Storm gameplay
  • Added Storm Flip to Audio Visualizer when it is activated
  • Toys no longer will show up in the elimination feed on Starter Island


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Players could shoot immediately after using a Rift to Go.
  • Supply Drones would sometimes spawn underground in areas with water.
  • Adjusted the area of around the Reboot Van that players cannot build to prevent the placement of floors and traps under the Van.
  • The Proximity Grenade Launcher was auto reloading while aiming down sights.
    • This is fix makes it consistent with Snipers and will reload once unscoping or after next attempt to fire.
  • Adjusted the timing for the effects of consumables to help situations where players would switch away from the consumable before it finished activating.
  • Reboot Cards will no longer fall to the ground. They will remain where they spawn.
  • Reboot Cards were remaining available on the map even after the timer had expired.
  • Campfires could block explosion damage at specific angles.
  • The Shadow Bomb double jump ability could be activated while under the effect of a Boogie Bomb.
  • Boogie Bomb effects would continue playing on players while they were skydiving.
  • Empty Shadow Bombs could not be discarded correctly if eliminated while the effect was active while in respawn game modes.
  • Players that had a Rift to Go used on them at the same time they were being rebooted would sometimes not be put into the skydiving state.
  • Storm Flip would deal incorrect damage if two were overlapped on each other.
  • Storm Flip was able to stop a Supply Drop from falling
  • Weapons were showing while using emotes while on a Driftboard

GAMEPLAY

  • Made the “Hold to Swap” feature an option. This defaults as OFF.
    • With the option OFF, pickup is now back on the initial button press instead of button release. This should result in more responsive pickup behavior.
  • Made the Fortbyte Pressure Plate Puzzle NW of The Block easier to complete.
    • Once unlocked the Fortbyte will be available for up to 15 seconds.
    • Parking all vehicles on the pedestals will trigger them, except the Hoverboard.
  • Slipstreams now fade out the visual effects and play audio cues to warn that they are shutting off before the collision and forces are disabled, to give players more advance warning.
  • Added Storm Flip color switch effects, depending on Storm intersection points.


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Skydiving from the bus toward a slipstream was not auto-deploying gliders at the correct height.
  • Storm Surge was not activating in Phase 8
  • Player health could be improperly rounded when receiving damage.
  • The health bar for structures could disappear when hitting a wall and swapping to build mode.
  • Lava was dealing damage to players too quickly.

PERFORMANCE

  • Rendering optimizations on player built walls to help end-game situations with thousands of building pieces.
  • Added general optimizations for audio visual indicators.


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Resolved an issue causing poor performance in the lobby on Mac when in a large party.

AUDIO

  • Improvements to Grenade Launcher and Grenade fuse sounds
    • Added a close-range fuse loop that is attenuated based on damage radius.
    • Sound ramps up as the projectile get close to exploding. If you hear this you’re going to take damage unless you block the explosion.
  • Lowered the volume of vehicles in a Slipstream that doesn’t have a driver/passenger.
  • Increase the range for the enemy 1×1 pickaxe impact sound from 1 tile to 1.5 tiles


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Fixed an issue with audio device hot-swapping when switching between outputs.
  • One-shot sounds could re-trigger when walking into audio range.
    • This was most noticeable with harvesting, explosion, and gunshot sounds.
  • The Victory Royale sound no longer gets affected by the slow motion effect when a match is won.
  • The Combat Shotgun had the wrong fire sounds on Mobile/Switch.
  • The Baller suction sounds were playing 2d if someone piloted a baller that you’d previously dismounted.
  • Sounds for consumables would not play if approaching a player while they were already using them
  • Footstep audio for the “Take the Elf” emote wasn’t playing.

UI

  • Hiding the vehicle health bar that appears above a vehicle if you are the player operating it to avoid two vehicle health bars from being displayed.
    • The vehicle health bar that appears above a players health and shield will remain in the HUD.


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The direction-to-safety vector lines were not appearing properly on the map when in game modes where respawn was enabled.

REPLAY

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Scrubbing a replay could cause the unique font color on Golden points of interest to disappear.

MOBILE

  • Increased the size of the auto-pickup radius for items


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Graphical Improvements:
    • Lava textures were not appearing properly in the Floor of Lava Limited Time Mode on Android.
    • Resolved HLOD issues that were occurring at Loot Lake on Mobile.
    • Fixed the Quinjet Glider deploy animation on the Google Pixel 2.
    • The collar of the Instinct Outfit was clipping into the hood.
    • The Fiend Wrap and Turbulent Wraps were not displaying properly on certain Mobile devices.
    • The icon for the Wonder Outfit was displaying as pixels.
  • The FPS counter was not being properly displayed in-game when enabled.
  • While the map was opened, pressing anywhere outside of it was making that press count as if it was the joystick.
  • The Cycle Weapons HUD Layouts weren’t visible after jumping from the Battle Bus
  • Fixed an issue where the “Require Access to Contacts” prompts was appearing for Mobile players.
  • Sound effects and music were not playing properly on the Moto Z2Force and HTC U11 devices.
  • Reloading a Shotgun was being impeded when Tap Anywhere was active.
  • Using a bluetooth controller was assigning players to the incorrect matchmaking bucket.
  • Player character models weren’t appearing after returning to the Lobby from the Item Shop.
  • The Controller UI was appearing on screens even when a controller wasn’t connected.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

Prop-O-Matic
Hide in plain sight… Transform into a prop and conceal yourself from opponents. Use this tool and new game settings to create your own Prop Hunt game!

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New Islands
Build on two all-new islands! The Wasteland and Caldera Island are available now.

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Lighting + Fog
Shadow your world in fog or bring brightness to it with new settings.

ISLANDS

  • Added the Wasteland Island.
  • Added the Caldera Island.
  • Added new Game Settings for configuring outdoor Lighting and Fog.
    • Light Brightness: Controls the intensity of outdoor lighting from the sun or moon.
      • Default: Uses the light brightness from the current time of day.
      • 0% – 100%: Sets a specific fixed light brightness. 0% is very dark, and 100% is very bright.
    • Light Color: Controls the color of light from the sun or moon.
      • Default: Uses the light color from the current time of day.
      • White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan: Sets a specific color for the lighting.
    • Fog Thickness: Controls the density of fog on the island.
      • Default: Uses the fog settings from the current time of day.
      • 0% – 100%: Sets a specific fog thickness. 0% turns off the fog, and 100% will pull the fog in very close to the camera!
    • Fog Color: Controls the color of the island’s overall fog.
      • Default: Uses the fog color from the current time of day.
      • Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan: Sets a specific color for the fog.
    • Note that lighting and fog graphics can look different depending on the platform.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added a new setting “Building Can Destroy Environment” in the Game Settings.
    • Yes: When players build during gameplay, certain props may be destroyed when built upon. This is the default setting.
    • No: Props are never destroyed when players build on top over them during gameplay.
  • Added a new “Delete” option for “Keep Items When Eliminated” in the Game Settings.
    • By default, players will drop their inventory items when eliminated.
    • When Delete is selected, inventory items will be removed from the game when the player is eliminated, and the player will respawn with default items.
  • Added new settings to apply damage to players when they hit something.
    • Damage Self On Hit Amount: How much damage to apply to the attacking player when they hit a target.
      • 0 – 999 (Default: 0)
    • Damage Self Requires Non-Zero Damage: Sets whether at least one point of damage is required before the attacking player will also be damaged.
      • Yes, No (Default: Yes)
    • Damage Self Target Filter: Optionally restricts self-damage to only apply to certain types of characters.
      • Non-Players, Players, All (Default: All)
    • Damage Self Weapon Filter: Optionally restricts self-damage to only apply when specific classes of weapons are used.
      • Pickaxe Only, Ranged Only, Melee Only, All (Default: All)
    • These settings can also be overridden for specific teams using the “Team Settings & Inventory” device.
  • Added effects when respawning, as well as a golden flash effect to indicate how when a player is invincible after respawn.
  • Added a new option in the Game Settings to “Allow Manual Respawning”
    • Yes, No (Default: Yes)


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The Max Initial Team Size setting was not being enforced in some cases.
  • Players were spawning without their starting inventory.
  • A networking issue would occur with physics collision that was causing “jump fatigue” issues with certain props.
  • Explosive Device sound effects could be muted while the match start cue was playing.
  • Sound cues at the end and beginning of Rounds was not properly triggering.
  • The Capture Item Spawner was not displaying the related item name during interactions in the Activity Feed.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Added the Prop-o-Matic
    • Transform into a prop to hide from your opponents! You can aim at nearby props and trigger the Prop-o-Matic to possess the appearance of the desired object.
      • For best results, use with props found in the following galleries:
        • Outdoor Residential Prop Gallery
        • Indoor Residential Prop Gallery
        • Container Prop Gallery
      • When transformed, you can taunt other players by whistling.
      • Lock your location to stand completely still and blend in.
        • You can rotate the camera without rotating your prop when locked.
      • Note, you cannot transform into walls, structural elements, devices, or traps.
    • Added UI that displays during games to indicate the number of players hiding.
      • The UI element tracks the number of people with a Prop-o-Matic in their inventory.
      • The UI element is displayed automatically if someone starts a game with a Prop-o-Matic in their inventory.
    • Added UI to indicate the duration of time between the “ping” sound effect when hiding as a prop.
      • This UI element and the audio cue is only active while players with Prop-o-Matics are actively hiding as a prop.
  • Flag item locations, when dropped or being carried, are now indicated on the minimap.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • A player’s health would drop to 50/100 after respawning in a game if the Infinity Blade was equipped.
  • The angle of the Stormwing camera would not change when switching between seats.
  • The time to equip a Sneaky Snowman was not matching the time displayed on the HUD, which is 3.5 seconds.

CREATIVE TOOLS + PHONE

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The hover-over highlight was not appearing on certain props and building tiles.
  • Objects that were being held with the Phone were being saved outside the Island’s boundary.
  • The Phone would not delete objects that were touching the boundary of the Island.
  • Objects highlighted in red would paste when using multi-select.

PREFABS & GALLERIES

  • Added the Mega Mall Prefab
  • Added 2 new Galleries:
    • Mega Mall Gallery
    • Mega Mall Prop Gallery
  • Added the Clocktower Trim and Ship It Trim to Neo Tilted Gallery A.
  • Added the Peely Walls to Neo Tilted Gallery B.
  • Added the tree in Mega Mall to the Nature Tree Gallery.
  • Added the bush in Mega Mall to the Nature Shrub Gallery.
  • Added the Volcano Throne and Red Dragon Egg to the Castle Prop Gallery.
  • Added Lava Bubbles Particle to the Particles Gallery.
  • Added Geyser Rocks to the Volcanic Rock Gallery.
  • Added Tent Color Variations to the Military Props Gallery.
  • Renamed the Challenge Gallery to the Collectible Gallery


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Placing the Lab Tunnel would destroy other props near it.
  • The size of the preview volume for the Block Party Prop Gallery was not properly fitting in the gallery.
  • The rug and sports poster from the No Collision Gallery was not showing up on Mobile platforms.
  • The Arctic Base Hangar Door would delete itself when copied and pasted.
  • The Basic Storm Controller would not glow green when marked for multi-select.

DEVICES

  • Added new settings to Beacons.
    • Enabled: Controls when the Beacon will be shown.
      • Enabled (default) – On
      • Disabled – Off
      • Warm-Up Only – Appears during the warm-up phase
      • Gameplay Only – Appears when the game is active
    • Beacon Style: Selects the visual style of the beacon.
      • Beacon (default)
      • Badge Style
      • Both
    • Hide HUD Icon At: Sets how far away the beacon’s icon will appear on the players Heads Up Display. (Badge Style only)
      • 2M, 5M, 10M, 15M, 20M, 30M, 50M, 100M, 150M, 200M, 250M, 500M (Default: 20M)
    • HUD Icon Identifier: Allows a specific alphabet letter to be displayed on the HUD Icon (Badge Style only)
      • None, A, B, C, D, W, X, Y, Z (Default: None)
    • Requires Line of Sight: Controls whether the HUD Icon is only visible when in plain sight. If disabled, the badge will be visible on the HUD even when visibility is obstructed.
      • Yes, No (Default: Yes)
    • Friendly Team: Controls whether this beacon appears as Friendly or Hostile for a given team.
      • All Hostile, All Neutral, All Friendly, Any, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (Default: All Neutral)
    • Team Visibility: Limits visibility of this beacon to only certain teams (both Beacon and Badge).
      • All Hostile, All Neutral, All Friendly, Any, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (Default: Any)
    • Enable When Receiving From: Shows the beacon when the specified channel is triggered, using the Trigger device.
    • Disable When Receiving From: Hides the beacon when the specified channel is triggered, using the Trigger device.
  • Added new settings to Particle props:
    • Enabled: Controls when the particles will be visible.
      • Enabled, Warm-Up Only, Gameplay Only, Disabled (Default: Enabled)
    • Enable When Receiving From: Shows the particle when the specified channel is triggered.
    • Disable When Receiving From: Hides the particle when the specified channel is triggered.
  • Added new settings to the Objective Device:
    • Added an additional health option, “Invulnerable”. When this is set, only triggers or an Explosive Device with the ‘Damage Indestructible Buildings’ option enabled can harm the device.
    • Added “Warning Notification Threshold” setting, controlling the remaining health percentage at which a damage warning notification will be shown.
      • None, 35%, 50%, 75% (Default: None)
    • Added “Critical Notification Threshold” setting, controlling the remaining health percentage at which a critical damage notification will be shown.
      • None, 5%, 10%, 25% (Default: None)
    • Added “Show Destroy Messages” setting. If enabled, show elimination feed messages when the objective is destroyed.
      • On, Off (Default: Off)
  • Added a new setting to Capture Item Spawner device.
    • Added “Show Capture Messages” setting. If enabled, show elimination feed messages whenever the capture item changes states (Captured, Taken, Dropped, etc).
      • On, Off (Default: On)
  • Added new settings to Player Spawn device:
    • Adding “Enabled during Phase” option. (Disabled, Enabled, Warm-Up Only, Gameplay Only. Default: Enabled).
      • Allows you to designate if a Player Spawn pad is active between gameplay and pre-game phases.
    • Color of Pad now changes to red when the Spawn is disabled (either manually disabled or no valid team).
    • Enable When Receiving From: Allows the use of this spawn device when the specified channel is triggered.
    • Disable When Receiving From: Disallows use of this spawn device when the specified channel is triggered.
  • Renamed the Air Vent Device to Air Vent Gallery, because it now contains multiple props.
  • Added the Geyser to the Air Vent Gallery.
    • The Geyser is a natural spring that launches players high up into the air and allows gliders to be activated.
  • Added new settings to Air Vent device:
    • Enabled: (Disabled, Enabled, Warm-up Only, Gameplay Only. Default: Gameplay Only)
    • Knockup Force: None, Low, Medium, High, Very High, Super High, Mega High (Default: Medium)
    • Added Gust Range: How far from the device the gust reaches (3m-15m in 1m increment adjustments. Default: 3m).
    • Min Knockup Percentage: 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, and 100% (Default, 100%). How much knock up is applied if you step into the gust at maximum range.
    • Enable When Receiving From: Enables the vent force when the specified channel is triggered.
    • Disable When Receiving From: Disables the vent force when the specified channel is triggered.
    • Activate when Receiving From a Channel: Provides a 1-second gust before switching off. Useful to use as a trap.
  • Added new settings to the Explosive Device:
    • Adding New Health Option: Indestructible.
    • Adding additional values to Proximity Range (1/8th Tile, 1/4 Tile).
    • Health Bar Style. Switches between the default health bar, an objective style health bar, and an objective style health bar that only shows up when the barrel is damaged. (Default, Badge Style, Badge Style Damaged. Default: Default).
    • Hide HUD Icon At: Distance at which the icon is displayed, in meters (Badge Style Only)
      • 2m, 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 30m, 50m, 100m, 150m, 200m, 250m, 500m. (Default: 20).
    • HUD Icon Identifier:  Displays a letter to show on the HUD Icon (Badge Style Only)
      • None, A, B, C, D, W, X, Y, Z. Default: None
    • Requires Line of Sight: Whether the HUD Icon only shows when you are within line of sight. (Badge Style Only).
      • Yes, No. Default: Yes.
  • Added new setting to Team Settings & Inventory device.
    • Initial Team Size Ratio: This allows you to set team size ratios. For example, if Team 1 has a Team Size Ratio of 3 and Team 2 has a Team Size Ratio of 1, then Team 1 will have three times as many players as Team 2.
      • Don’t Override, 1 – 10 (Default: Don’t Override)
  • Added new settings to Player Checkpoint Device:
    • Added Enabled on Game Start: Whether or not the checkpoint will mark your save when you run over it
      • Enabled, Disabled (Default: Enabled)
    • Added Enable When Receiving From: Enable the checkpoint when receiving on this channel
    • Added Disable When Receiving From: Disable the checkpoint when receiving on this channel
    • Added When Activated for First Time Transmit On: The first time this checkpoint is activated we will transmit on this channel
    • Added When Activated for First Time Per Player Transmit On: The first time this checkpoint is activated for each player we will transmit on this channel
  • Added new settings to Item Spawner device:
    • Added new option to Time before first spawn: Instant, spawns the item at the start of the game
    • Added Enabled on game Start: Whether or not the item spawner will begin spawning items at the beginning of the  game
      • Enabled, Disabled (Default: Enabled)
    • Added Enable When Receiving From: Begins spawning items from the item spawner when receiving on this channel
    • Added Disable When Receiving From: Destroys the item on the spawner and stops the spawner from spawning items when receiving on this channel
    • Added Spawn Item When Receiving From: Spawns the next item in the item spawner if there is not already an item on the item spawner when receiving on this channel
    • Added Cycle To Next Item When Receiving From: Destroys the current item on the item spawner and then spawns the next item on the item spawner when receiving on this channel
  • Added new settings to Creature Spawner device:
    • Enabled On Game Start: Whether the spawner will actively spawn at the start of a  game or not.
      • Enabled, Warm-Up Only, Gameplay Only, Disabled (Default: Enabled)
    • Enable When Receiving From: Enable the spawner when receiving on this channel
    • Disable When Receiving From: Disable the spawner when receiving on this channel
  • Added new settings to Billboard device:
    • Enabled: Whether text will show during the specified game state or not.
    • Set Text Visible When Receiving From: Show billboard text when receiving on this channel
    • Set Text Hidden When Receiving From: Hide billboard text when receiving on this channel
  • Renamed the Collectible Gallery option, Only Visible to Collecting Team, to Visible to Opposing Team.
    • Never, Always, or Until Fully Collected (Default: Never)


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The Hover Platform was preventing players from building through it in some cases.
  • Fixed various issues with the Billboard and how text wrapped between lines.
    • Reverted to the original font.
  • The Item Spawner where Respawn Time of 3s would not be saved correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Barrier device would not scale visually based on changes made in the customization options.
  • The Flag was not appearing on the map or minimap.
  • The Storm was not appearing on the map or minimap.
  • Creative servers were ending when a game was completed after a Storm has finished closing.
  • The Flag despawn, pickup, and throw sound effects were projected from the Capture Area rather than where the actions took place.
  • Players were immune to Storm damage when the “Starting Circle” was set to 10 on the Basic Storm Controller device.
  • The Storm from the Basic Storm Controller was missing a timer when active during a game.
  • The Flag ambient flapping audio was too loud.
  • The ambient audio for the Basic Storm Controller would stop playing after a game.
  • The texture on the Color Changing Tile was stretching when placed vertically.

UI + SOCIAL

  • End of round and end of game flow has changed.
    • Added time dilation when the round and/or game finishes to break up gameplay before showing winners.
    • Winner screens now show before all scoreboards.
      • Round Winners are shown if the game has multiple rounds
        • Displaying Round numbers instead of team names
      • Game Winners are shown at the end of the game
        • Made it clearer if the player is on the winning team
    • Scoreboards are shown afterward.
      • Round scores are shown if the game has multiple rounds
        • Timer shows time till next round or time till game scores are displayed
      • Game scores are shown at the end of the game
  • “Eliminations to Win” was changed to “Eliminations to End”
  • “Creature Eliminations to Win” was changed to “Creature Eliminations to End”
  • “Objectives to Win” was changed to “Objectives to End”
  • “Collect Items to Win” was changed to “Collect Items to End”
  • “Score to Win” was changed to “Score to End”
  • “Scoreboard Stat” 1-4 has been renamed to “Scoreboard Tiebreaker” 1-4.
  • “Scoreboard Stat 5” has been removed from the UI Settings in My Island.


Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Changed the help text for the Allow Manual Respawning game setting to be easier to understand.
  • Changed the Scoreboard settings help text to explain how the win condition for the round works.
  • Fixed settings for the Creature Spawner being called “True” or “False” instead of “Enabled” and “Disabled”.
  • Players could potentially get duplicate widgets during games.
  • Island description text could overlap the rift waypoint if the description was too long.
  • The Chest tab in the Creative Inventory was not displaying the number of stored items.

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Storm Shield Endurance!
Mo waves, Mo problems! How long will you be able to last in the new Storm Shield Endurance mode?

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The Chrome Commandos Return!
Reload and recharge your boomstick with these returning Blockbuster Soldiers!

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • New SSD Mission: Endurance
    • Complete all of your Storm Shield Defense missions in any zone to unlock the Storm Shield Endurance mission.
    • Storm Shield Endurance is 30 waves of escalating enemies that will test the best fort designs.
    • The Major will occasionally throw in a Wargames simulation to keep you on your toes.
    • The difficulty is based on the zone that you’re in, so it will be the easiest in Stonewood, but will require expert gameplay in Twine Peaks.
    • Enemies drop more ammo than normal, but plan on bringing different weapon types just to be safe.
    • Players who complete this challenge will earn:
      • Four new and unique Endurance banners by completing all 30 waves for each zone.
      • Earn a Legendary Troll Stash Llama for completing all 30 waves of a zone.
      • Earn Gold, RE-PERK!, and PERK-UP! based on your wave progress.
  • Retrieve the Data mission has been replaced with the Beta Storm version!
    • Retrieve the data now has a Storm closing in on the landing zone.
    • The landing zone defense area is a 1×1 area.
    • Players can vote to allow the balloon to be shot down after locating the landing zone.
    • The first Retrieve the Data in Stonewood does not have a Storm but has a 1×1 landing zone.
  • Resupply is back as a permanent primary mission.
    • Harvest and Collect a shopping list of items in 10 minutes as the Storm shrinks.
  • The “Assist Wargames” and “Assist Wargames (Repeatable)” quests have been updated to count hosts who utilize the “Wait for Assistance” functionality in addition to players who use the Wargames Assist feature of Community Lookout.
  • Stonewood, Plankerton, Canny Valley, and Twine Peaks will now all reward the same quantity of event tickets for Wargames.
  • Players will now be rewarded any of the four evolution materials at all difficulties in Plankerton and Twine Peaks Wargames.
  • PERK-UP! Rewards in High level Twine Peak Wargames will now only be of Epic or Legendary quality.
  • In the Hexed Wargames simulation, statues no longer pop-out of visibility if the player moves far enough away from the statue.
  • The recommended power and Husk rating in the last 2 difficulty zones in Twine Peaks have been increased to 132 and 140 respectively.
    • This is only a visual change – there is no change in the Husks actual difficulty.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The Target Practice secondary mission will now appear in more open areas.
  • Statue icons in the Hexed Wargames simulation were disappearing from the minimap after a player disconnected from the group.
  • If all party members are knocked down in Wargames, players would sometimes be revived before the defeat screen displayed.
  • Repair the Shelter would take damage from Husks in underground caves below the shelter.

UI

  • The Storm Shield computer has had an overhaul with an all new layout and art!

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Lighting issues were occurring in the lobby when shadowing was turned off.
  • Quest names in the Quest Tab would not scroll if they were longer than the intended display area.
  • Some languages were showing cut off text during a Llama opening choice sequence.
  • The open Llama prompt wasn’t updating properly when claiming reward Llamas.

PERFORMANCE

  • Improved performance of the raft that appears in some Arid zones.
  • Improved performance of the ceiling drop trap.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • A hitch was occurring when entering the Armory menu.

HEROES

  • Chromium Ramirez returns to the event store!
    • Standard Perk: In a Pinch
      • Reloads with an empty magazine regenerates 13.5% of your Shield over 3 seconds.
    • Commander Perk: In a Pinch+
      • Reloads with an empty magazine are 50% faster and regenerates 13.5% of your Shield over 3 seconds.
    • Available in the Event Store starting June 19 at 8 PM Eastern Time.
  • Diecast Jonesy returns to the Event Store!
    • Standard Perk: Boomstick!
      • Increases Goin’ Commando Damage by 25%
    • Commander Perk: Boomstick!+
      • Increases Goin’ Commando Damage by 50% and changes Damage type to Energy.
    • Available in the Event Store starting June 19 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The Standard Perk In a Pinch was incorrectly granting reload speed.
    • As a result, Chromium Ramirez has been marked for an item reset.
  • The Commander Perk In a Pinch was incorrectly granting the indicated shield value.
  • Reload speed was not functioning properly when using the commander perk In a Pinch+.
  • The In and Outlander perk was not properly tracking eliminations for Phase Shift.
  • The Shifting Gears perk was causing Phase Shift to catch on inclines.
  • Phase Siphon and Run and Stun perks weren’t properly colliding with the Husks.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Defenders can once again see and shoot through walls with the Neon Sniper.
  • Defenders can once again shoot through walls with the Obliterator.
    • If there is a wall between the defender and Husk, the defender will only be able to hear the Husk up to 4 tiles away.
    • As a result, the Obliterator is now marked as eligible for item reset.
  • Energy Cells no longer cost Bacon to craft.
    • Increased the Battery cost from 1 to 3 per 100 energy cells.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Defenders could not fire the Plasmatron 9000.
  • Fixed elemental alterations not showing correctly on the following weapon sets:
    • Steampunk
    • Ratrod
    • Flintlock
    • Medieval
  • The weapon destruction effects weren’t correctly playing when the Easter Egg Launcher ran out of durability.
  • Fixed Scatter Shot projectiles from Retro Sci-Fi weapon perks detonating against certain types of invisible collision.
  • Elemental effects would sometimes grow to enormous scale after using a consumable and auto-equipping a weapon.

GAMEPLAY

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • The screen would sometimes zoom out and change color when taking damage from a rift.

ART + ANIMATION

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Defenders would sometimes not hold certain weapons properly.
  • Players could sometimes see or hear Storm effects when near a player who is on the other side of the Storm.
  • Storm effects in the arid biome would not correctly change color gradients when a player entered the Storm.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Updated the Supply Crate collect sound.
  • Shock Tower explosions would sometimes be suppressed during combat.
  • Phase Blaster impacts now were using incorrect audio.
  • Pickaxing the landing zone sounds were playing incorrectly in Retrieve the Data missions.

GENERAL

UI

  • Player Surveys
    • For widgets with multiple answers and select options, there is now an upper limit on how large that field is before scrolling commences.
  • Text Chat messages have been re-compacted into a single line across all game modes and screens.

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Some HUD settings weren’t correctly saving.

SOCIAL

Bug Fixes and Adjustments

  • Players could get stuck in a bad party state when signing into a different platform.

MOBILE

  • IOS Voice Chat setting now defaults to ON instead of OFF, matching other platforms.



KNOWN ISSUES

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

PC

Fortnite Season 7 brings next-gen visuals to PC

At the start of Season 7, PC players will be able to enjoy Fortnite’s next-gen visuals without buying an Xbox Series X or PS5.

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When Fortnite launches on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, its graphics surpassed that of PC. Now, PC players can enjoy Fortnite’s next-gen visuals at the start of Season 7.

Fortnite’s next-gen visuals aren’t incredibly breathtaking, but they do add a bit of flair to the game. The storm’s visual effects are different, and there are some pretty cool clouds. However, they’re not anything that would make someone want to spend hundreds of dollars for a new console. The fancy smoke clouds and liquids are impressive, but they don’t add much to the overall gameplay.

Now, players won’t have to buy a new console to enjoy these visual effects. Fortnite’s next-gen visuals were exclusive to consoles, but they’ll soon be coming to PC. Epic Games announced that when Chapter 2 Season 7 launches next week, so will a patch that upgrades PC visuals.

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Fortnite on PC gets a next-gen visual upgrade

This upgrade will ramp up the visuals for those who play with “Epic” Quality Presets. According to a press release from Epic Games, “You’ll notice that both Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid.” This upgrade also features improved post-processing features that help with bloom, lens flares, and shadow qualities.

While players won’t have to purchase a next-gen console, they will still need a beefy computer to use these settings. Low and Medium setting specification requirements won’t change after v17.00, but High settings will be the equivalent of the pre Season 7 Epic settings. Below are the new required Epic Quality Presets Specifications:

  • Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
  • 4 GB VRAM or higher
  • Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
  • 16 GB RAM or higher
  • NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 64-bit

These are not the recommended specifications for playing the game optimally, but they are the required specs to run Fortnite with Epic visuals. If a player wants to enjoy the new cloud effects and liquid simulations, they might end up having to pay a good chunk of change to upgrade their PC.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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All Fortnite Season 6 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and only a few Exotic weapons made it. Here are all Exotic weapon locations for the new Fortnite season.

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Fortnite Season 6 marked the return of Exotic weapons to Fortnite. Not all of the Season 6 weapons are there, however, and they’ve moved locations.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season c, with the addition of crafting, the map changes, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 6 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include the Spire Jumpboots and the Spire Assassin’s Primal Shotgun.

What’s more, Epic added craftable items to the game that allow players to create unique weapons out of existing parts. For instance, a Mechanical Bow and two Shockwave Grenades make the Shockwave Bow – a massive upgrade from both weapons.

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Fortnite Season 6 Exotic weapon locations

Exotic weapons have returned to Fortnite Season 6, but not as many as we had in Season 5. These will be supplementary items rather than the focus of the season, which appears to be on the new crafting mechanic.

Many of the NPCs who sold these items in Season 5 have also either moved locations or don’t sell them anymore, so a new guide is needed. Here’s a map of all of the Season 6 Exotic weapon locations.

As you can see, there are seven Exotic weapons and items currently available in Fortnite Season 6. These are the:

  • Hop Rock Dualies: sold by Gutbomb in Logjam Woodworks
  • Chug Cannon: sold by Slurp Jonesy in Slurpy Swamp
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol: sold by Power Chord in Dance Club Cabin
  • Marksman Six Shooter: sold by Deadfire northwest of Lazy Lake
  • Grappler Bow: sold by Lara Croft in Stealthy Stronghold
  • Unstable Bow: sold by Rebirth Raven northwest of Sweaty Sands
  • Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow: dropped after eliminating Raz at The Spire

The good news is that, unlike last season, all of the NPCs that sell Exotics only spawn in one location – at least, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as Epic add more Exotics to Fortnite Season 6. We expect to see them takes things further as the season goes on, so stay tuned to more news on Exotic weapons.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.GG

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