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Must-watch Fortnite Chapter 1 edit and explanation: Loop Theory

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Chapter 1 has been over for four months, but this edit brings everything full-circle; literally.

Fortnite Chapter 2 was a welcome restart to the game and the lore. We had been playing different versions of the same map for two years, and a new island was what the game needed to feel fresh again.

Now, four months into the longest season in Fortnite history, it’s hard not to look back at Chapter 1 with some strong nostalgia. The events, the ever-changing meta; everything. Fortnite just seemed more exciting back then.

Hopefully, Epic is working on bringing this excitement into Chapter 2. It’s difficult to underestimate the development team that has brought us some of the most memorable cinematics and live-events in all of gaming.

Reddit user Brozly brought Chapter 1 crashing back into everyone’s mind with one of the best edits you’ll see. The major events are edited together so well, making the ‘Loop Theory’ seem more like a cinematic short than a compilation of live events.

This video is marked as a theory, although it’s difficult to tell what the creator was getting at without an explanation. They clarified in a comment, “It is true that we are no longer in Athena, but all the things we have experienced there continue to happen time and time again even when we are not there,” although this isn’t completely straightforward.

From what I can gather, the theory is that everything is still happening on the Athena island, even though we’re not seeing it anymore. More than that, it’s all happening at once.

Anyone who has seen the Netflix show ‘Dark’ may have a better understanding of this theory (very small spoilers ahead). The show focuses on a time loop. The past influences the future and the future influences the past.

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The bootstrap paradox is one of the more central themes of the show. The same theme is present in Terminator. An item from the future travels through time to the past, which allows the people of the past to create that same item. In the future, the item that they created eventually travels through time into the past, which restarts the loop.

Who created the first item, then? It couldn’t have been created without influence from the future. It exists outside of time. The Visitor triggers – or is – the bootstrap in this theory.

Fortnite Giant glowing cube, Rift above Loot Lake, landing pod within a meteor locations

The video, I think, aims to highlight the fact that everything was happening at once on the Athena island. At the end of the video, you see several events and cinematics laid on top of one another. There is no time, which is why Season X Overtime was dubbed ‘Out of Time.’

In the final moments, we see the original Battle Royale trailer play. The beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. “When I hear this again, will it help me remember?”

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The Visitor, in his attempts to close the loop, is actually creating it. This is another paradox that presents itself in the Netflix show. Everything that you do to try to change the past ends up causing the thing that you’re trying to prevent.

What if shooting the meteor into the Zero Point caused the meteor to fall from the sky, trapping the Visitor in the loop once again? He no longer remembers that he’s been through all of this before, so he attempts to escape in a rocket, triggering the rifts, Kevin, and everything else that happened.

We still don’t know how the new island plays into the lore if all of this is true. Are we outside of the loop, now? Is the new island a separate part of the same loop? Do the events on Athena affect the new map and vice versa? We have to wait and see.

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All Fortnite Season 5 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 5 brought Exotic weapons to the game to replace Mythics. Here’s where to find all of them.

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Fortnite Season 5 introduced Exotic weapons to the game instead of Mythics, giving more players access to them. Here’s where you can find them.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season 5, with the addition of NPCs, quests, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 5 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include The Mandalorian’s Jetpack and sniper rifle, both available from the bounty hunter himself.

The other items in the game are classified as Exotics. There’s only one of each Mythic item in each game, but can be multiple Exotic weapons.

You can purchase these Exotic weapons from specific NPCs across the map. Of course, this means you’ll need to save up your Gold Bars to afford them.

Twitter user @MikeDulaimi created an easy-to-follow guide on how to locate all of the Exotic weapons in Fortnite. You can purchase them from NPCs in the areas surrounding Hunter’s Haven, The Zero Point, Dirty Docks, Craggy Cliffs, and Stealthy Stronghold

Mythic items were relatively controversial for the past few seasons of Fortnite – especially in competitive modes. Doom’s Mystical Bomb and Kit’s Shockwave Launcher dominated tournament play for the past two seasons, and the competitive community largely called for them to be removed.

We’re curious to see how this community treats Exotic weapons. They’re more widely available and aren’t as powerful as Mythics, making them more balanced than the latter – that is, until a player eliminates the NPC selling them.

Newly-added Exotics (Update)

February 24 Exotic Shuffle (Update)

On February 24, Epic shuffled some of the original and new Exotic weapon locations, giving them to new NPCs across the Fortnite map. The Storm Scout Sniper, Nighthawk Revolver, and Hop Rock Dualies now have new homes. You can view them on the map, below.

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We wouldn’t be surprised to see Epic shuffle the locations once again, so we’ll update this map and article if we see any more changes.

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All love potion locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenges

Here are all locations of Grimbles’ love potion from Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, or Stealthy Stronghold for the Fortnite Season 5 challenges.

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Fortnite Fishstick Shot at love

One Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenge requires players to collect Grimbles’ love potion from Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, or Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s where you need to go.

This week’s Fortnite challenges are a lot more difficult than ones we’ve seen in the recent past. We have to search several specific locations to help Fishstick find love and, more importantly, earn some XP.

Here are all of the Grimbles love potion locations in Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, and Stealthy Stronghold. You only need to find one, so this guide should help.

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Grimble’s love potion locations

You can find one love potion in each Coral Cove, Stealthy Stronghold, and Fort Crumpet.

The first, in Fort Crumpet, can be found on the bottom floor of the fort in a roped-off room. The Coral Cove potion is located behind the main building of the unnamed POI.

In Stealthy Stronghold, the potion is located in the middle of the POI, next to a chest in one of the ruins. Here’s a map that should help you out.

Deliver the love potion to Slurpy Swamp or Shanty Town

Once you find the love potion, you need to deliver it to Slurpy Swamp or Shanty Town. The easiest place to visit is Slurpy Swamp.

Here, you’ll find the location in that boxed-room that houses slurp barrels and a Teddy bear sitting on a chair. Frequent visitors of Slurpy Swamp should know the location all too well. All you need to do is interact with the love potion and receive your XP.

This is a difficult week of challenges for Fortnite players, but the XP is well worth the grind. You can take a look at the rest of the Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenges here.

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Ninja goes off on the Fortnite community after getting stream sniped

Ninja returned to Fortnite to find the same old stream snipers. As expected, he gave them a piece of his mind.

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Ninja sounded off on stream snipers in the Fortnite community during one of his recent streams.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is one of the primary streamers who helped Fortnite rise to the height of popularity we see it today. He’s stepped away from the game of late but often comes back to play a few rounds between his Valorant streams.

Although Ninja doesn’t take Fortnite as seriously as he once did, he still faces a large number of stream snipers who want to eliminate him for clout. Ninja has always been outspoken about stream snipers but went all-in during one of his recent Fortnite streams.

“The community – these little f***ing kids – It’s so dumb. It really is,” Ninja vented. “And the thing is, these little clout chasing losers have no idea, man. All they’re doing is harming the game. Because I’m not gonna play it. I’m not gonna stream it.”

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“Good for you, man. Get your f***ing clip, send it to your buddies,” Ninja continued. “‘We killed Ninja!’ I haven’t played the game in – ever. I don’t play it anymore. I come back and I still almost kill all of you idiots.”

Ninja went on to say that it must be far worse for players like Bugha, who won the Fortnite World Cup. If stream sniping is bad for someone like Ninja, then it must be far worse for an actual top competitive Fortnite player.

Ninja has done a lot of good for the Fortnite community, helping it become one of the biggest games of all time. Stream snipers may be a part of the reason he doesn’t play as much as he once did.

We don’t think Ninja will completely stop playing Fortnite, but the constant stream sniping is clearly getting to him. Hopefully, this doesn’t dissuade Ninja from continuing to experience the fun side of Fortnite.

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