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How to complete Fortnite Birthday Bash challenges & rewards

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Fortnite Birthday Bash logo

To celebrate three years since Fortnite Battle Royale was released, back on September 26 2017, Epic Games have started the Birthday Bash event, with new challenges to complete.

In addition to the challenges, there are rewards, some festive changes to the map, the battle bus, and birthday presents dotted around the map.

Epic’s announcement says: “During the celebration, you’ll notice some festive changes around the Island. The Battle Bus is sporting a fresh new paint job to mark the occasion, and after dropping in, find yourself a Birthday Present and see what’s inside.”

Birthday Bash Challenges

These challenges will be available from September 26 to October 1, but thankfully most are straightforward.

You can see them all below (via FortniteFevers).

The one challenge that might cause you some trouble though, is dancing in front of different birthday cakes.

To help, here is a map of locations for the birthday cakes on the Fortnite island, via FortniteInsider.

Fortnite Birthday Cake locations

Here’s a look at the rewards available.

For creative players, there’s also some new content there, with the Princess Castle prefab now available.

You can submit a creation using the Princess Castle by October 6 for a chance to be featured in the first official Box Fight tournament as part of an upcoming Wild Wednesday tournament.

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Fortnite leak suggests Zombie Husks could return in Fortnitemares 2020

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Fortnite Zombie Husks return Fortnitemares

Fortnitemares 2020 is expected any day now, and fans are wondering what the new update will bring them. Last season, Epic scrapped Husks from the Save the World version of the game in favor of jump-scare zombies hiding in cars and barrels of hay.

Most Fortnite players appeared to prefer this version of zombie in Fortnite. Sure, they could make you jump out of your chair, but the husks would routinely overwhelm players and cause them to lose games. The 2019 Fortnitemares zombies had little affect on actual gameplay.

In fact, we even created a Twitter poll, asking our followers which Fortnite zombies they preferred. Out of the over 2,000 people who responded, almost 70% of them said that they’d prefer last year’s jump-scare zombies to the husks from previous Fortnite events.

Well, according to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, Epic have made alterations to the husk spawners in Fortnite. The change is only in the audio – but any change to an existing Fortnitemares asset would suggest that it’s coming back.

Unfortunately for the many players who dislike these zombies, this leak seems to be a clear sign that they’ll be returning for Fortnitemares 2020. Hopefully, the cubes that spawn these husks drop some tier-one loot as they did during Season X.

In past Fortnitemares seasons, these cubes spawned all over the map. We could see the same happen, again, but we hope that won’t be the case. Retail Row was home to the husks in Season X, so we could see the POI be a hub for zombie activity, yet again.

There are also rumors that The Authority will be home to Midas and “Ghostly Ghost Henchmen,” which could also signify that husks will be active in this area. If this isn’t the case and zombies spawn all over the place, then we can only hope that their spawn rates look more like that of the Gorgers rather than the Marauders from Chapter 2 Season 3.

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Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning

The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.

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Fortnite leak shows buffed Flare Gun

The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.

Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.

With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.

According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.

This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.

Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.

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Leaked ‘Fancy Kevin’ skin set & Jetpack leaked for Forntitemares

More Fortnitemares leaks come rolling in with an update expected any day now.

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Kevin the Cube Fortnite skin

Fortnitemares 2020 is just around the corner, with an update expected to come to Fortnite as early as this weekend. Fans have been speculating as to what the new update will bring this year: Zombies? Husks? A unique LTM? We won’t know until the update drops.

We saw several leaks about the event come out of the v14.30 update, including one that suggested that Midas would be coming back as a ghost or zombie. Data miner, Mang0e, added to the leaks with news of a “Cosmos” Jetpack and a new “Fancy Kevin” skin set.

Kevin, for those who don’t know, was the community-given name for the cube that landed on the island during Chapter 1. Epic embraced the name, and have used it in several promotional cosmetic items, announcements, and in-game hints. It’s the reason that the Kevolution Energy plant has its name.

As for how this skin will look, we may not know until it hits the Item Shop. Kevin fans should saver their V-bucks in the meantime.

Now, moving onto the Jetpack that was found in the game files. We have already seen Jetpacks in Fortnite, and they’ve almost always been relegated to LTMs. According to Mang0e, this Jetpack has some new effects and, reportedly, won’t be for an LTM.

We’re not 100% sure whether or not this Jetpack will come to Fortnitemares or if it will be a part of Stark Tech later in the season. Jetpacks occupy an interesting place in Fortnite when it comes to balancing them. With Shockwaves, Bouncers, and Crash Pads already in the game, do we need another way to take height without using builds?

Keep in mind that this Jetpack could be among the nine leaked weapons found in the game files, and that it’s not guaranteed to ever see regular play in Fortnite.

If you want to know more about what to expect in this year’s Fortnitemares, you can take a look at our predictions and guide to the leaks here. We’ll keep you posted when the update goes live, so stay tuned!

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