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.
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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.
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?
Fortnite v14.00 patch made secret change to reboot vans
Epic shipped a secret change to Fortnite’s reboot vans without telling players in v14.00.
Epic has once again shipped pretty major changes without telling Fortnite players. They’ve buffed the cooldown between revives on the reboot vans dotted around the map, which will be crucial in the trios competitions this season.
Epic seemingly has a penchant for not telling Fortnite players new changes to the game. They leave it up to the data miners to reveal the “patch notes,” but even then, not all the changes get listed.
While this is fine for most bug fixes, when weapon values or other cooldowns get changed, it can completely shift the meta. The Fortnite devs have managed to do it yet again though after the v14.00 update.
In the major Season 4 update, players were caught up in the hype of Marvel skins, the mythic abilities, the new battle pass, and more. However, smaller gameplay changes were also made that could have a big effect on competitive play.
Reboot vans have reportedly had their cooldown between revives halved from 120 seconds to 60 seconds.
This is obviously a huge buff if you have multiple player cards you need to reboot. Less time spent in one location means you have a higher chance of living, especially when you consider how hotly contested these areas are in trios events.
The buff came at somewhat of a cost. The devs removed Reboot Vans at Authority and Fortilla, meaning there’s less places to try and get your allies back up from. If the storm moves central, or down to the South-East, you could be left in a spot of bother.
Regardless though, it’s probably an overall buff. Losing two reboot vans might have you hamstrung from time to time, but there’s still a dozen dotted across the map. Being able to do two reboots now in the same time as one old one can definitely help you rotate easier with the time saved.
The change does pose a bigger issue though — Epic needs to tell players about these updates. This small detail can change how you play the game massively, and players need to know about it.
Fortnite’s new Mythic item is a perfect counter to sharks
Fortnite sharks can be mean enemies in Season 4, but this counter using just a Mythic Item will send them packing.
Epic Games have added new Mythic Items to Fortnite Battle Royale in Season 4, and one of them is a perfect counter for sharks in-game.
As you will know by now, sharks can be dangerous foes in the Fortnite world. If you are anywhere near water, even sometimes on land, they can come diving at you with those big old teeth showing.
Catch yourself in their jaw and it could be game over, so knowing what to do when you encounter one is very important for survival. After all, who wants to spend the whole game working their way into the circle only to get eaten in the endgame? Not many players, surely.
On September 6, Reddit user u/cobragrad17 showed off what appears to be the best way of killing them yet, and it’s super easy to do.
Using just one item, which is the Mystical Bomb found at Doom’s Domain, you can knock them right back into the water and send them on their way.
The Mythic Item itself is one of a kind, meaning it’s not always easy to get. There’s usually quite a bit of competition to get it as well.
To grab one, you need to eliminate Doctor Doom at Doom’s Domain, and he’s protected by a few henchmen. If you’re going for it, be sure to keep an eye out for his reinforcements. Getting outnumbered would be a nightmare, especially when you consider that Doc has higher a HP bar than a typical enemy.
Grab one and you’re golden for the rest of the game, though. Once you’ve got one, simply hit a shark with the ball and it will send them flying away as the video shows.
No more pesky sharks, and hopefully plenty more wins where they don’t cost you.
“Real hybrid player” uses controller and mouse at the same time
Meet the only real hybrid player in Fortnite.
We’ve heard of “hybrid” Fortnite players for a while, now. Originally, the term generally referred to players who could perform well on both controller and keyboard and mouse. The first high-profile hybrid player was UnknownArmy, who showed all of his haters that he wasn’t only a controller God by winning Cash Cups on KBM. Now, he plays KBM all of the time.
EpikWhale is credited with developing the hybrid title before moving over the controller full-time. He was one of the first players to pick up a controller in close-range and bloom fights while using KBM for building and editing.
These two pros are some of the only players who have helped develop the “hybrid” playstyle up to this point. Now, however, we have another contender. He’s not a pro player, but he’s taken the “hybrid” term to its logical extreme: using both inputs at the same time.
Instead of switching back and forth from KBM to controller between games like Unknown or mid-game like EpikWhale, Reddit user u/Teufellurch uses his controller to move and his mouse to aim. As you can see from the video, he plays claw and without Turbo Building – which puts him at a massive disadvantage.
In the comments, Teufellurch explained some of the logistics behind his playstyle. “I am left-handed. So I use my left arm to aim and instead of moving with the left stick, I move with my right stick,” he wrote. This makes us understand the setup a bit more, but it’s still mind-boggling to consider using.
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On the topic of why Teufellurch plays this way, he explained, “At one point aim assist was way too overpowered (now it is mostly balanced). Basically I got tired of having the game do all the work for me and wanted to learn how to play with a mouse. But I hated moving with WASD and on top of that my fingers started to hurt after about 20 minutes of playing on a keyboard. So I had to find a different solution.”
The Turbo Building issue has pushed Teufellurch away from Fortnite in recent months, as he wrote on Reddit, but he still has one of the most interesting setups in all of Fortnite. He may truly be the only real hybrid player out there. Is it the most effective way to play? Certainly not, but more power to him. He’s free building better than most players can on their native input with Turbo Building allowed.
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