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

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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.

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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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Fortnite brings back Lightsabers for Star Wars day

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Epic Games has re-added the Lightsaber weapon to Fortnite Battle Royale, presumably as a one-off addition in time for May the 4th, often known as Star Wars day.

The date comes from the play on ‘May the fourth (force) be with you’, and is celebrated by Star Wars fanatics around the world.

Although there won’t be any big conventions this year for obvious reasons, Fortnite is doing its part to pay homage to the franchise, bringing back lightsabers.

The Live at Risky event added Lightsabers for the first time.

First added as part of the Star Wars crossover in December, 2019, when the Millenium Falcon appeared above the map.

The event actually played a short teaser scene from the latest movie, The Rise of Skywalker.

On May 3, Epic announced that the lightsabers were back. Feel like a Jedi as Lightsabers have returned for a limited time!”

Although Epic Games didn’t specify when they’ll be taken away again, data miner iFireMonkey states that they will be available until May 6.

Even better, if you didn’t complete the challenges for the lightsabers last time, they are now re-enabled. However, some of these challenges are not possible due to other game changes.

There are four types of lightsaber, Kylo Ren (Red), Rey (Blue), Luke (Green) and Mace Windu (Purple), but the differences are purely cosmetic.

All lightsabers deal the same amount of damage (45 for a regular swing and 150 for a slam).

The most unique feature of lightsabers though is their ability to block incoming bullets. They can block around 30 bullets before being knocked back, and take a few seconds to reset.

Previously, they were only found in lightsaber chests, so presumably, these will be back too. If not, they may just be available in regular chests. Drop-in and find one!

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Fortnite science: bringing a Shadow disguise to a Ghost location

What happens when you bring a Shadow disguise to a Ghost location? What happens when you switch disguises? One Fortnite player found out.

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What happens when you bring a Shadow disguise to a Ghost location? What happens when you switch disguises? One Fortnite player found out.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 introduced several new mechanics to the game along with a few returning ones. As almost everyone knows, you can now disguise yourself as a henchman to avoid taking damage from the faction in control of an area.

What happens when you bring a Shadow disguise to a Ghost-controlled POI? Few players have tried this, due to the fact that you have to make it to another area without getting into a battle.

One Fortnite player found out for the rest of us, however, and uploaded a clip to Reddit.

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As you might expect – or, as should be the case – the Ghost operatives in the area don’t take kindly to a Shadow disguise. They’ll shoot you as if you’re not wearing a disguise, at all.

What’s more surprising is the result of changing disguises into the opposite faction. Apparently, when you jump into a phone booth with the opposing disguise, you don’t change clothes.

Not only that, but you seem to glitch-out and are unable to move once making the switch – something that cost u/Winterfresh1993 their life.

This is a relatively specific scenario, but now you know what will happen. The first part of the mechanic makes sense, but make sure to avoid switching disguises before breaking out of your original.

We’ll keep you posted with more ‘Fortnite science’ posts as other players uncover some lesser-known mechanics of the game.

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Fortnite tips: check out these must-know Harpoon Gun tips & tricks

Take a look at some of these unknown Fortnite Harpoon Gun tips and tricks!

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Take a look at some of these unknown Fortnite Harpoon Gun tips and tricks!

The Harpoon Gun was the first and only item added in Fortnite Chapter 2. That would be a stunning fact if you told us during Season X.

Even though the Harpoon Gun has been in the game for four months, the capabilities of the weapon are still being uncovered. As it turns out, the Harpoon Gun has a lot more utility than you may have known.

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Reddit user EyeScreamSunday posted a clip to the r/FortniteBR subreddit that showed several facts about the Harpoon Gun that few people knew.

Did you know, for instance, that you can gather a line’s worth of items in one Harpoon Gun shot? The range of the weapon is also rather surprising. I had no idea that it could reach so high in the air.

It’s quite astonishing to see facts like these get uncovered months after a weapon comes to the game. The Harpoon Gun is one of the most versatile and useful weapons in Fortnite without being unquestioningly overpowered.

Hopefully, you learned something with this tutorial. It’s doubtful that you knew all of these facts. Now, go snag some loot from 9 tiles below you.

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