The new Junk Rift is an extremely potent tool, so using it correctly can lead to easy combat victories.
Fortnite’s meta is a delicate balancing act between gunfighting, building, and consumable items. It’s never truly settled into any type of neutral groove due Epic’s constant gameplay additions.
In order to help you get the most usage out of the item, we’ve put together a few simple tips and videos. These’ll help you get the general idea of the item and allow your first usage to be an effective one.
v10.10 Update Junk Rift Tips & Tricks for Fortnite
The Junk Rift is essentially a Season X themed version of the Air Strike, but we’d argue that it is slightly more powerful. Let us explain.
Junk Rift are throwable items which shoot up a rocket into the skies above from the point of landing. This rocket then opens up a Rift and a massive object falls through the portal towards the ground.
The Air Strike had trouble doing relevant damage to metal builds. However, the Junk Rift doesn’t technically ‘do damage’ to builds…it simply deletes them from existence. Fully built metal builds stand no chance against the new item.
To get the most usage out of the Junk Rift, you’ll want to aim for the bottom of any builds or buildings. The Rift spawns dependent on what is located above it.
This means the higher the builds, the higher Rift spawns. In practice, this means that building cannot counter the Junk Rift.
Junk Rift’s ability to destroy builds is unparalleled
As you can see in the video above, the object which falls from the Rift instantly destroys builds. The metal construction in our Creative lobby attempts to recreate something similar to what you might see in a build fight.
You’ll need to careful in Duos and Squads as the item can easily destroy your teammates’ build as well. For this reason, we believe the Junk Rift’s true strength to be in Solos matches.
We’ve all seen those ridiculously long build fights between two opponents. You can put both (or all) players in the fight out of their misery with the Junk Rift. Simply toss the item onto the bottom of the builds and await the enemies’ judgement from the heavens on high.
Another interesting note we realized while testing was that the blast damage was different depending on the object.
If the Rift spawned a car, we could spawn several others in the vicinity as shown above. However, afterwards, we threw another Junk Rift onto the middle car and spawned a dinosaur statue. This destroyed all three cars due to its larger blast radius.
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In addition to destroying builds, the Junk Rift will also absolutely demolish players if they are hit. Any object falling from the Junk Rift will instantly eliminate a fully shielded player. We sacrificed ourselves in the pursuit of knowledge to find this out.
While you might think that the high damage could be a counter to the BRUTE, the Junk Rift is anything but. BRUTEs can easily use their boost to jump away from the Rift before it can cause damage.
What do you think of this new Junk Rift item? We’re sold of its ability to deal damage and break builds, but are afraid of how it’ll affect wider gameplay. Raining down debris onto opponents should have a few drawbacks and we’re not seeing very many from the first hours of gameplay.
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
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.
When will the Fortnite Season 3 map stop draining?
When will the great flood end? When will the Fortnite Season 3 map reach its final stage? When will Atlantis be revealed?
When Fortnite Season 3 began, the bulk of the map was underwater. That was the primary gimmick of the season, along with Aquaman, the new locations, and new bosses. Overall, it was a unique idea that we’ve never seen in Fortnite before. Many fans were worried about what this would mean for the game, but it ended up being pretty fun.
Since then, the map has gone through several drying-out periods – the most recent of which was today, July 30. We’ve seen POIs such as Dirty Docks, Pleasant Park, Sweaty Sands, and Craggy Cliffs lose all of their water and return to how they were during Season 2 – with some slight adjustments.
At the time of writing, Season 3 is slated to end on August 27 – about one month from today. We may see the season extended for a week or two, but all players are hoping that we don’t have another Chapter 2 Seasons 1 and 2 on our hands.
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With so much time left on the clock, many fans are wondering: when will the Season 3 map reach its final stage? Well, according to the information that we have now, the water will reach its final level on August 1. This is also, reportedly, when the ‘Ruins’ POI (assumed to be Atlantis) will enter the game.
We can assume, then, that we’ll be playing on this version of the map for the final month of the season. Will cars enter the game on August 1? We can only hope – although the message from No Sweat Insurance would suggest otherwise.
Hopefully, Epic have something up their sleeves for the final month of the season. With most players nearing level 100 at this point, we’ll need something new to fill our time. We’re holding out hope that cars are coming to Fortnite sooner rather than later.
Fortnite v13.30 Update patch notes
Fortnite’s 13.30 Update brings a new location, and some major bug fixes.
Epic Games are back with their latest major patch for Fortnite, with the 13.30 update dropping on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, July 21, bringing with it some major map changes and new LTMS for the Summer Splash event.
We all know that water is the name of the game in “Sea-son 3” of Fortnite Chapter 2, with the entire map submerged. Over the past few weeks though, the tide has started to roll out, revealing new locations as dry land reappears.
With the 13.30 Update, the water has went down once again, as the Summer Splash event continues, offering fans more LTMs to sink their teeth into.
The big news in Fortnite’s 13.30 Update are the brand-new Gas Stations, which have been added in preparation for the addition of Cars at some point in the near future.
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The locations have received a modern new look, with players likely required to head here to fill up their cars when they run out of juice, so they can continue driving around the map in search of a victory royale.
Summer Splash LTMs
Fortnite’s Summer Splash event is well underway, with Epic adding some more limited-time modes for players to enjoy in the latest update.
In an email sent to content creators, Epic confirmed that Payback!, Catch!, and One Shot would be making appearances over the coming weeks, although didn’t confirm what these game modes would actually entail.
Many expected that this update would finally see Cars appear in the game, ready for players to drive around and enoy, but unfortunately they have been delwayed, with Epic explaining that “many of the Island’s vehicles have been recalled.”
The reason behind the delay has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely that the developers found some issues before setting them live, and have decided to hold back on their release until they have been addressed.
Fortnite 13.30 Update bug fixes
As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board, including fixes for Gliders, disabling Whirlpools, and other fixes.
Here is the full list of bug changes in the Fortnite 13.30 Update:
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Party Assist Update
- Whirlpools temporarily disabled.
- Placing a map maker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- XP gain from Foraged Items temporarily disabled.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match. Incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- Supply Drops at The Authority not opening when searched.
- Floating Rings not visible on platforms on lower settings.
- Black rectangles appearing behind player when turning around in the Storm.
- Gliding not working properly in The Authority.
- Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
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