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Fortnite’s Rune Loot Lake event destroys popular towns and more

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Epic Games began hinting at an in-game event for Fortnite on May 3 with a huge count down timer, and when the time finally came for the event, Fortnite’s map was left burning in destruction.

Season 8 of Fortnite Battle Royale introduced a huge volcano near the northern side of the map, and around the last week of April 2019, the map began rumbling with lead fans to believe it might erupt.

On May 4, Fortnite underwent another in-game event that eventually lead to the destruction of some of fan’s favorite locations.

What happened at Loot Lake?

At approximately 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST, all of Fortnite Battle Royale was witness to the Rune event at Loot Lake.

The metal door that was unearthed at Loot Lake opened up with a huge beam of purple light blasting up into the sky.

Some fans tried to jump into the seemingly infinite white light shining out of the hole, but nothing seemed to happen.

About 30 seconds later, fans were then transported to another dimension in time where the tactical machine gun, drum gun, Infinity Blade, X-4 Stormwing, and other vaulted items were displayed in a transparent shrine.

Another dimension with our worst nightmares

Players soon realized that the shrines took pick axe damage, and the entire lobby began to smack away at the weapons.

While players axed away at the shrines, there was a large white sphere floating in place towards the right end of the large white room.

We walked around the sphere, but we have no idea what it was or what it was meant to represent – another Epic mystery for next season?

Once players successfully destroyed the weapon shrines, they crumbled from the top to the bottom with the weapons sliding out of their old positions.

Drum guns are now back in Fortnite.

Volcanic action leads to chaos

After the shrines crumbled, players were transported back to the Fortnite map where they infinitely floated around with their gliders.

The map was dark, the sky looked to be red hot and covered in ash, as the ground began to shake violently within a few seconds of players arriving back on the map.

Soon, the volcano erupted with several huge rocks flying towards some of our favorite towns.

The first town to be destroyed was Retail Row with a huge rock crashing and exploding right into the town’s center.

Next, another rock was sent hurling through the air and eventually landed near the old Greasy Grove location.

Finally, the one location Epic has been teasing for months – Tilted Towers – was ground zero for numerous volcanic rocks leading to its destruction.

In the middle of Tilted Towers there is now a huge pool of lava where buildings once stood.

We will keep you updated on any new changes, but for now, players have a whole new map and meta to get used to!

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How to get the Shadow Midas Drum Gun in Fortnitemares

Want Midas’ Drum Gun this Forntitemares season? Here’s how to get the only mythic weapon in Fortnite.

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Fortnitemares Midas' drum gun

Fortnitemare’s 2020 is here, and Midas is back in action after the minor setback of being eaten by a shark. Our old friend might not be in the game for the rest of the season, but he’ll be a boss until the end of Fortnitemares – scheduled for November 2.

As you might expect, Midas is patrolling his old headquarters at The Agency, which is now a Shadow-controlled POI called “The Ruins.” Here, you’ll find a plethora of RPG-wielding Henchmen who are more than willing to go down with the ship. Make sure that you have plenty of materials before aggravating one of them.

On the roof of The Ruins, you can see the remnants of the séance that brought Midas back to life. There’s a circle of candles with Midas’ golden chair in the center of them – levitating off of the ground.

Now, let’s talk about Midas’ Drum Gun. It’s not exactly the same as it was the first time around. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that Midas is carrying Jules’ Drum Gun from Season 3. This is, of course, the nerfed version of the weapon after the Season 2 Drum Gun performed far too well.

Anyone who played Fortnite during Season 3 knows that the Drum Gun wasn’t worth carrying back then. This was a season that featured the normal SMG, P90, and Rapid-Fire SMG, making the Mythic Drum Gun an afterthought.

Now, however, we only have the Silenced SMG and Tactical SMG – both with slower fire rates than the current Drum Gun. When you combine the Drum Gun’s fire rate with its larger clip size and increased damage/range, it becomes the best spray weapon in Season 4. The Drum Gun is an interesting example of how a meta shift can impact a single weapon in Fortnite.

The method of finding the Drum Gun is the same as it was in the past two seasons. You need to land at The Ruins, fight off other players, find, Midas, burn down all of his health, and take his weapon. This time, however, you’ll need to contest with the dozens of players falling from the sky as Shadow zombies.

The Ruins has to be the most dangerous place on the map – and it probably will be for the duration of the Fortnitemares event. Is the Drum Gun worth the massive risk of landing here? That decision is yours to make.

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All major Fortnitemares: Midas’ Revenge map changes

Take a look at all of the new locations in the Fortnite v14.40 Fortnitemares update.

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Fortnite v14.40 brought Fornitemares: Midas’ Revenge into the game. Midas has returned to his old stomping grounds with his Drum Gun and some RPG-wielding Henchmen to back him up.

The Fortnite map underwent several changes when the update launched – potentially the most changes since the start of the season. Ahead, we cover all of the new locations you can visit now that Fortnitemares 2020 is live.

The Ruins

The Ruins was the biggest change that came with the Fortnitemares update. At the same time, the changes seem a big familiar.

The location is now shrouded in shadows as Shadow Midas roams the hallway. This has now become the most dangerous location on the map. When you combine the undead Midas, Henchmen carrying Rocket Launchers, a massive number of players, and the new Shadow Zombies – it’s going to be tough to make it out of The Ruins alive.

Witchshacks

Witchshacks have popped-up all across the Fortnite map. These small huts aren’t too much to write home about, but they do bring the Halloween theme to more portions of the island.

The biggest reason to visit the Witchshacks has to be the new Broomsticks that you can find, there. The Broomsticks are kept inside of the barrels at these locations. You can grab one by breaking or searching a barrel – just like Fishing Rods.

The Broomsticks work exactly like Silver Surfer’s Surfboard. They propel you off of the ground and into the air, allowing you to glide as far as you choose. You can also cancel them mid-flight, just like the aforementioned Surfboard.

New Rift locations

There were a few small map changes in v14.40. One category of change is an expansion of the Rift Zones. Now, you can find Rifts surrounding some of the major POIs like Misty Meadows.

We’re still finding all of the new Rifts across the map, but they offer an additional form of mobility – always welcome when the storm is closing in.

These were all of the major changes in the Fortnitemares update, with small details still being uncovered. For instance, eagle-eyed players can find the Ghostbusters van and whack it for a cool Easter Egg.

The update is set to remain active until November 2, so we have several weeks left to enjoy the Halloween-themed Fortnite. Let us know what you think about all of these changes on Twitter, @FortniteINEL.

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Your guide to Shadows in Fortnitemares 2020

Everything you need to know about Zombies in Fortnitemares 2020.

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Midas standing in front of Shadow Henchmen.

The addition of player-controlled Shadows might be the biggest addition to Fortnitemares 2020. For the first time in Fortnite’s history, players are able to respawn in core game modes.

The player base is already split as to whether or not this is a good addition to the game. Whether you like the change or not, it’s here to stay – at least for a while. Ahead, we’ll give you everything you need to know about Shadows in Fortnite.

How to turn into a Shadow

Turning into a Shadow is the easiest part of all of this – all you need to do is stay in the game after you die. Rage-quitters won’t be able to experience the primary feature of the Fortnitemares update.

The Shadow mechanic gives players an extra life after they die. You’ll still be able to communicate with your teammates, but your voice will be distorted – a nice touch, in our opinion.

Abilities

As a Shadow, you have the ability to scan the area for enemies, lunge forward, attack, and become invisible. Scanning the area is incredibly powerful, as it reveals all of the “real” players to the rest of the zombie horde.

To become invisible, stand still and sneak up on an opponent. Your eyes will still be visible, but they’re easy to miss when you’re running by them.

Healing

As a zombie, you can heal by consuming loot that eliminated players drop. You start with 100 HP and can gain it back by eating ammo, materials, items, and weapons.

It appears as though the amount of healing you receive scales based on the rarity of the loot. You will also keep the loot on your body, meaning the player who eliminates you can use it to help them win the game.

Winning

You might be wondering: can you win as a Shadow in Fortnitemares? Yes, you can. Eliminating all real players will grant a ‘Nitemare Royale’ to all of the zombies who survive.

In fact, winning as a shadow will count as a Solo win if you’re in that mode. There could be ten Shadows left in the lobby and you’ll still get a Solo win. With so many tools in the Shadow’s toolkit surviving to the end and winning as a Shadow might be the easiest way to win, right now.

Fighting Shadows

After playing a few games in the new Fortnitemares event, it will soon become clear that winning as a player tends to be more difficult than winning as a zombie. The Shadows can overwhelm you, break down your builds, and push you back with every hit. Husks were one thing, but the 2020 Shadows are like intelligent versions of the Husks – making them far more difficult to deal with.

So – how do you fight the Shadows? The only strategy that seems to work is to keep your distance. You can use Bouncers and Gauntlets to stay above the zombies and away from their attacks. The new Crossbow deals extra damage to Shadows, as does Midas’ Drum Gun – although there’s only one Drum Gun and the Crossbow can be unreliable.

As you can see in this clip from SypherPK, the Iron Man Gauntlets seem to be the best way to fight the Shadows – with Doctor Doom’s Gauntlets close behind. If we find any better methods, we’ll let you know.

Shadows will undoubtedly be the most controversial part of this update – either you’ll love them or you’ll hate them. It’s a cool idea to give players a second life in Fortnite, but it can be a bit overwhelming in the end-game scenarios.

Epic might need to make a few balance changes to the zombies after this update. Some have suggested that eliminating Shadows should grant players material and shields as a way to mitigate their destruction. For now, though, we’ll have to deal with the Shadows as they are. If you don’t like them, you can to stick to Arena.

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