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A first look at the leaked ‘Proximity Launcher’ coming to Fortnite Battle Royale



An old adage states that “as one door is closed, another is opened,” but in Fortnite that would be “as one OP weapon is vaulted, another is introduced.”

There have been many periods in Fortnite’s history where weapons are introduced at a high power level and must be nerfed if not removed entirely.

Now there is a new weapon on the horizon, and it seems like this one could be quite strong.

We reported on the ‘Proximity Launcher’ just yesterday, but at that time it wasn’t clear if it was just a STW exclusive, and we didn’t have any more files besides a picture.

Now we have an in-game render from @KrispyLeaks of the new weapon to share.

While we can’t actually see the weapon being used, KrispyLeaks is in the process of switching out the necessary files to get the gameplay and that should be added to this article soon.

People who are familiar with weaponry have identified this launcher as a XM25.

That may or may not be how this weapon works in Fortnite Battle Royale, but considering that would be a unique mechanic compared to other launchers in the game, it seems likely that will be close to how it works.

On the surface, that sounds pretty powerful. Almost like a Boom Bow with added aiming. We also have the stats for the new weapon, which have a relatively tame damage compared to other launchers in the game.

Credit: Storm Shield One

Now we will need to wait and see how it works when it is introduced. Each weapon added to the game – and really every decision made – will be amplified as we approach the World Cup.

Whatever meta Epic chooses for the most lucrative esports tournament of all time will be picked apart heavily by the competitive community and mainstream esports journalists.

Are you excited for the Proximity Launcher to be added to the game?

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How to get Starmapping Wrap for free in Fortnite Season 3

Another PlayStation exclusive tournament arrives in Fortnite with the release of a new season and it rewards participants who play. Here’s what you can get.




An exclusive PlayStation based tournament is incoming later this month for console players and rewards each participant with a free wrap. Alongside it, winners are in for cash prizes and the prize pool this time around is extremely generous.

Fortnite and PlayStation has had a bunch of collabs ranging from tournaments to exclusive skin packs and the console platform rewarding players with free skins as part of their premium membership program. These cosmetics are highly exclusive and still have a good reputation amongst the player base.

However, there is a separate exclusivity for those cosmetics which one can win or reward themselves with upon playing a certain tournament and grabbing those rewards. Several of these cosmetics are in the form of a cosmetic wrap, emoticon or even skins that sometimes never hit the Item Shop for others to purchase.

With the release of the latest Chapter 3 Season 3, players have just started introducing themselves to new tournaments and farming those Arena hype points to reach contender and champion league. While the grind continues, a console only tournament for PS4 & PS5 players is set to arrive later this month where players can get a free cosmetic wrap.

Play the June Fortnite PlayStation Cup to win a free wrap and more rewards

According to recent news, a Fortnite tournament is set to hit the game next week for PS4 & PS5 players only where they will have a chance to win a share of a whopping $116,750 which is placement based. However, there are several amounts allocated to each region depending upon the number of active player it hosts.

Moreover, the mode of tournament will be a regular Solos match with Builds enabled and a traditional Battle Royale will take place with all competitive features enabled. So you can jump in to the game without having to find a partner or team up with someone with bad comms or network lag.

Additionally, players who score more than 8 points throughout the tournament will receive a stunning Starmapping wrap that will be awarded once the tournament ends. The wrap will be available for players to equip in their locker and can only be availed between June 28 to June 30.

The wrap looks identical to several animated wraps that have hit the item shop before as well. However, the PS exclusive wrap will hold its exclusivity as only console players will be able to flaunt them like they do with OG skins like Neo Versa etc.

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Where to get Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite Season 3

Ripsaw Launcher was added in v21.10 update in Fortnite Season 3. Here’s where you can find them.




Fortnite introduced loopers to exciting new weapons and cosmetics in Season 3 that they have been enjoying ever since it launched. A popular weapon that made the highlights in the trailer for the latest season was the Ripsaw Launcher and it is now in-game for players to experience.

Weapons arsenal in Fortnite has changed over the years that matches the theme of a particular season as well as justifies its use. This season players saw the addition of new weapons like Hammer Assault Rifle and DMR, offering players a high energy combat in every match they play and have grown popular with time.

However, several items like the Grapple Gun, which is not considered as a weapon, has also been a popular new item in-game as players are enjoying it to its fullest. Although with the launch of the Season 3 trailer, players saw a tease at a saw blade like weapon where they can easily destroy builds, vehicles and their enemies in a single shot, if arranged in a single line.

The weapon officially named as Ripsaw Launcher, has now been added to v21.10 update this week and is on the island for players to use. Here’s where you can get it.

Get Ripsaw Launcher and use it in the island now

Ripsaw Launcher is a launcher based rare weapon that can be found in-game now for players to claim and slash their enemies with. You can find a limited amount of these weapons only at a certain POI rather than in Chest Loot or Supply Drops.

To get the weapon, you first need to land north of Logjam Lotus (earlier Logjam Lumberyard) in a Logjam warehouse. Once landed, you will then need to head inside the building with a Logjam sign inside of it.

As you proceed into the building, you will be able to see 4 of these launchers mounted on a wall where you can interact and equip as much as you would like. You can also stack all 4 of them in your loadout.

However, every launcher has only 12 blade shots that you can shoot from it. It suits as the best weapon to shred builds in one single shot and reveal your enemies. Moreover, you can use it to destroy enemy vehicles as one blade deals 100 damage to them.

The reload time for the launcher is 3.5 seconds. Although, once you spin it, it will continue to do so for 10 seconds and deal 25 damage per build and 60 damage to players. The weapon will deploy a blade when fired and will travel in a straight vertical line and keep on destroying everything in its way.

Although this not be an ideal weapon for close combat fights, but if combined with another weapons with timing, could be extremely deadly to your opponents. However, the recoil rate for this weapon is extremely high so its accuracy is highly doubtable.

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Where to find Darth Vader NPC in Fortnite Season 3

The Sith Lord has arrived to the Fortnite island with his fleet of Stormtroopers to show loopers the true power of the dark side. Here’s how you can find and duel him.



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Darth Vader was recently added as an NPC boss in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 island with the latest v21.10 update. Ever since his arrival in the Battle Pass and flamboyant show of abilities in the trailer for this season, loopers have been dying to engage with him in a Duel of Fates.

Fortnite and Star Wars collaborations grow stronger everyday as more and more characters from the famous space saga join the loop. First there was Kylo Ren, Rey and members of the new trilogy, alongside Imperial Stormtroopers, then came the bounty hunters with the likes of Mandalorian and Boba Fett and now the original and prequel trilogy characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader have arrived to the island.

With the release of the trailer for Fortnite Season 3, Vibin’, players saw Darth Vader’s Lightsaber and his force pull and choke abilities for the first time in-game and have been waiting for the moment to get their hands on both. Unfortunately, the force can only be wielded by the Sith Lord himself, his lightsaber is up for grabs to whoever defeats him. Here’s where you can find and fight him and his Imperial forces.

Battle Darth Vader on the island now

Darth Vader is a random spawn NPC who flies alongside the Battle Bus when players get into a match. Him and his fleet of Imperial Stormtroopers can be seen flying in a Lambda Class Shuttle Vehicle where you need to track where the shuttle lands and accordingly choose your drop spot.

Although, it is advised that you shouldn’t directly drop at the exact same spot where his ship lands as you won’t have a weapon to battle him with. Moreover, as soon as he spots an enemy, he takes out his lightsaber and throws it towards them and if you try to escape him, he would force pull you towards him, while his nasty Stormtroopers keep on firing at you with their E-11 Blaster Rifles.

So it is advised that you land at a spot closest to the shuttle where you can farm some loot as well as consumables. That way, you’d be fully stacked to take on the Sith Lord as well as the Stormtroopers surrounding him.

Once you eliminate him, you will be able to wield his Mythic Red Lightsaber which offers heavy damage, blocking as well as a jump slash attack. Moreover, you can also claim the E-11 Blaster Rifles that the Stormtroopers would drop so you can have access to both the weapons to choose from, depending upon the battle you engage in.

However, wherever Vader’s shuttle lands, the POI usually has a high rate of Chest Spawns so you can take a risk and land there to claim your fight with the Sith Lord at first. Although it might be risky and dangerous, it is worthy enough to engage in a duel and claim the High Ground to impress Vader.

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