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Patch Notes for v3.4.0 – Guided Missiles, Sniper Shootout v2 and more

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Epic Games have released the Patch Notes for v3.4.0 featuring a new Guided Missile item, the second iteration of Sniper Shootout and more. Here they are:

Guided Missile
Take down forts with a more personal touch.

Sniper Shootout v2
Play ‘Peek-a-boo’ in Sniper Shootout v2. Hunting Rifle and Crossbow added, Magnum removed.

General

  • Next Phase of Crossplay Improvements on Console
    • You can now add, remove, and manage Epic Friends from the main menu.
    • You can now send, receive, and respond to crossplay Party Invites.
    • Party Finder now includes Epic Friends on other platforms.
  • Enabled toggling of full screen mode with Alt + Enter on PC, and Option + Enter on Mac.
  • Increased the brightness and visibility of ammo boxes.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a rare bug where players could be launched up in the air after colliding with the world in tight spaces.
  • Fixed the edit mode UI appearing over non-player built structures in some cases.
  • Fixed other players not appearing to move smoothly while jumping.
  • Fixed some keys on non-QWERTY keyboards becoming unbound after restarting.
  • Fixed the Video Settings screen not updating properly after full screen mode is toggled.

Known Issues

  • Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our snazzy new Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

Weapons + Items

  • Guided Missile added.
    • Stats:
      • Damage to Players: Epic – 105; Legendary – 110
      • Damage to Environment: 1000
      • Lifetime: 18 seconds
      • Time Between Shots: 3.13 seconds
      • Rocket Speed: 1300 units/second
      • Rocket Health: 100
    • Take direct control of the missile after it’s fired.
    • Once you take on the missile’s point-of-view, you’re unable to move your character.
    • Disconnect from the missile at any time, in which the missile will continue its trajectory.
    • Moves slightly slower than a regular rocket but does the same damage.
    • Epic and Legendary rarity.
    • Uses Rocket ammo.
    • Found in Treasure Chests + Supply Drops.
  • Adjusted rarity colors on Shotguns to more closely represent their effectiveness.
    NOTE: Characteristics (such as weapon damage, drop chances) are completely unchanged.

    • Tactical Shotguns are now Common/Uncommon/Rare (was Uncommon/Rare/Epic).
    • Pump Shotguns are now Uncommon/Rare (was Common/Uncommon).
  • The Egg Launcher has been added as a seasonal item that replaces the Grenade Launcher (only a cosmetic change).
  • Increased Launch Pad drop rate by 25%.

Bug Fixes

  • Issues with the Boogie Bomb are fixed and this item is now re-enabled.
  • Fixed an issue which caused spike traps to trigger when a player stands on top of the wall the trap is attached to.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from entering ADS mode upon landing when they hold the aim button while jumping.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Hunting Rifle to fire inaccurately when crouched or at close range.
  • The Remote Explosives detonator is now correctly removed from your inventory if another player destroys your placed explosives and you have no more in your inventory.
  • Fixed a bug where players could remain in sprint while using the Remote Explosive detonator but not play the detonator animation.

Gameplay

  • Limited Time Mode: Sniper Shootout v2
    • Hunting Rifle and Crossbow added.
    • Revolver removed.
    • Downed state is disabled. Downed players are immediately eliminated.
    • Legendary weapons can only be found in Supply Drops.
    • Epic weapons can only be found in Treasure Chests.
    • Heavy Ammo Drop Quantities:
      • Floor: 6
      • Chest: 6
      • Ammo Box: 12
      • Supply Drop: 18
      • Llama: 90
  • Rearranged the order in which pieces fall off of player built structures as they are damaged.
  • Increased the number of loot spawns on the warmup island.
  • Removed 30 FPS mode from Xbox One and PS4.
    • In v3.4 we made some significant GPU optimizations which improved visual quality, including resolution in 60 FPS mode, and we now feel there is very little reason to play at 30 FPS. – Developer Comment

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed opened treasure chests sometimes appearing as unopened when viewed from very far distances.
  • Fixed an issue which caused revived players to become stuck in an invalid state if a building piece was placed between the two players in the middle of the revive.
  • Bullseyes will no longer appear after the challenge has been completed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused other player’s headgear to appear to float above their heads.
  • Fixed a rare issue that caused players to lose their ability to control their character after jumping from the bus.
  • Fixed an issue that caused bushes and other environment objects to pop in and out of view at medium range.

Mobile

  • Added ‘Unsupported Device’ message at startup for certain devices. That message is:
    “We’re sorry. Fortnite requires a device with 2GB of memory to run. Fortnite works with: iPhone SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X; iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, Pro.”
  • Added new game data download system, which will allow us to make much smaller updates in the future.
    • When you start up this new version of Fortnite, it will start downloading all the game data, which will be the full size (around 1.8GB).
  • Antialiasing (4x MSAA) is now enabled on all supported devices.
  • Whispers and Party Text Chat are now enabled on mobile.
  • Added a quick tutorial for ‘Tap to Swing’ which appears upon first startup.
  • Added a message informing players that jailbroken devices are not supported.
  • Auto-opening of doors is now based on input instead of your player’s current speed.

Bug Fixes

  • Continuously attacking with the Harvesting Tool is now more consistent when double tapping and holding the right side of screen.
  • The left fire button is now more reliable and responsive.
  • Opening treasure chests now feels more responsive.
  • Fixed various inconsistencies with tap to shoot, making it more accurate.
  • Fixed the minimap blocking movement and look input.
  • Fixed an issue which caused misfiring when single tapping the screen and interacting with the HUD.
  • Fixed some issues causing Tap, Tap + Hold actions to not register.
  • Fixed longer than expected loading times on iPhone X.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when tapping the Epic Friends list rapidly.
  • Fixed Impulse Grenade effects not being visible enough on Low settings.
  • Turbo Building and Automatic Material Swapping settings now save correctly.
  • Weapon and consumables dropped can no longer be auto-picked up by the dropping player.

Performance

  • Major netcode optimizations to reduce lag.
    • Improved game responsiveness by updating all players on the server every frame. Previously, only 50 players could be updated each frame.
    • Reduced lag at the beginning of the match by optimizing networking to improve overall server frame rate.
  • Made significant improvements to visual quality on consoles, including resolution improvements and texture sharpness improvements.
    • Improved texture filtering sharpness on PS4 and Xbox One.
    • Increased texture resolution on Xbox One.
  • Improved frame rate when many other players are nearby.
  • Fixed hitching that could occur in game when encountering certain cosmetic items for the first time.

UI

  • Party Suggestions for your Epic Friends now appear in the lobby on consoles.
  • Added a zoom feature to the map.
    • Mouse Wheel will zoom in and out.
    • Gamepad – Right trigger zooms in, left trigger zooms out.
    • Touch – Pinch to zoom, swipe to pan.
  • The elimination feed now displays the distance for shots that knock down or eliminate other players beyond 50 meters for all weapons.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused downed squad mates to appear eliminated on the UI.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented marker placement on the map if the map was opened while transitioning from the warmup island to the Battle Bus.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from placing minimap markers close to the edge of the island.
  • Game Mode selector will no longer reset to ‘Squads’ when a new party member joins while another mode was selected.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the ping value to be inaccurate when ‘Show Net Stats’ was enabled.
  • When using the inverted controls option, the mouse cursor will no longer be inverted while the map is open.

Art + Animation

  • Polished weapon particle effects for improved clarity:
    • Bullet smoke trails are more detailed for rifles and pistols, making it slightly easier to determine the direction of shots fired across your view.
    • Sniper rifle projectiles that hit the world have larger, more visible impact effects.
    • Shotgun pellet trails and player hit effects have been adjusted to more clearly show the spread of each shot and make it easier to see how much of it hit an enemy.
    • Suppressed weapons have a much more subtle muzzle flash and no longer show bullet smoke trails.
    • Pump Shotgun and Hand Cannon fire animations have been polished, improving readability and snappiness.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the glow effect on some chests that were glowing white.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the crossbow reload animation to play in situations where it wasn’t actually reloading.

Audio

  • Removed the chirp sound from landing Supply Drops.
  • Added hit notification sounds when the player you’re spectating lands a shield, body, or headshot hit.

Bug Fixes

  • The tire pile bounce sound will now play while spectating players.
  • Crossbow bolts no longer play valentine sound effects when hitting players.
  • Search sound effects now persists for the full duration when searching Loot Llamas.
  • Fixed an issue that made player landing sounds difficult to hear if footstep audio was also playing.

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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Fortnite LeBron James skin: Release date, price, trailer & more

A LeBron James Fortnite skin is reportedly being added to the game during the next update, and he will come with exclusive quests.

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NBA superstar LeBron James has officially joined Fortnite’s ICON Series skin set, with two outfits coming to the Fortnite Item Shop.

During the first day of the Epic Games vs. Apple trial, multiple planned or scrapped Fortnite crossovers had been leaked. The crossover information came from a Quarterly Business Review document for Epic Games. Among these leaks were planned crossovers with Naruto, Metroid, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.

A crossover with LeBron James was also found in the court documents. The still image of LeBron James included the Icon Series logo. Players assumed a LeBron James Fortnite skin would be released during the Fortnite x NBA The Crossover event, but a set of customizable skins was released instead.

Epic Games put rumors to bed with an announcement on their official blog page on July 12, confirming the date NBA’s MVP would be arriving in the world-famous Battle Royale.

He joins a list of celebrities to now have their own character in-game, including Marshmello, Ninja, Loserfruit, and more.

When is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin coming out?

Here’s a first look at both of LeBron James’ Fortnite skins.

On July 14, 2021, LeBron James will be given his very own Fortnite Battle Royale skin, as part of the ICON Series.

How much is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin?

Fortnite ICON Series skins usually cost around 1,500 V-Bucks individually, with a price point of between 2,500 or 3,000 V-Bucks for the full bundle.

What does the King James Gear Bundle include?

  • The Lion Pickaxe 
  • Wingspan Glider
  • Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer. 

A new trailer dropped as part of the announcement, too, as seen below.

Fortnite LeBron James skin trailer

Leaks

A number of these details were revealed before Epic Games had the chance to do a full press release, too.

ShiinaBR on Twitter was the first to break the news stating: “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE THE NEXT ICON SERIES SKIN.”

HYPEX quote retweeted Shiina’s announcement with more information. They stated that the LeBron James Fortnite skin will come with an exclusive quest line called King’s Bling.

And now LeBron James will be added to the game right before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

For basketball fans, this is an exciting addition to Fortnite. Not only can players equip their own custom basketball skins, but now they can play as one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Let us know down below if you are excited about the collab and if you plan to purchase the LeBron James Fortnite skin.

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All Tier 100 Fortnite Skins ranked

Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.

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Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.

We’re 16 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 15 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.

Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!

16. Vendetta: Season 9

The Vendetta is my least-favorite tier 100 skin of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.

This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.

15. Ice King: Season 7

The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.

The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.

14. Ultima Knight: Season X

The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.

Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle

13. Dire: Season 6

The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least popular skins you’ll see in the game.

The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.

12. Ragnarok: Season 5

The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.

11. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1

The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.

I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.

10. Rick Sanchez : Chapter 2 Season 7

Fortnite season 7 rick skin

Being able to play as Rick Sanchez is pretty cool seeing as he’s the most iconic character in one of the most popular animated series in recent history. His unique cell-shaded style makes him stand out from other skins, and his smug look makes it seem like every elimination is a cakewalk.

Rick is lower on the list because of his lack of utility and inevitable plummet in popularity in a few seasons. His cartoon style makes him stick out like a sore thumb in-game. His head is a massive target. And players will likely only use this skin for the next season or so.

9. Omega: Season 4

The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.

I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.

8. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5

This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.

Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.

7. Luxe: Season 8

The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.

The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.

6. The Reaper: Season 3

For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.

There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.

Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.

5. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6

Fortnite Spire Assassin

The Spire Assassin is the latest tier-100 skin added to Fortnite in Season 6, and it jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin comes close to the best we’ve seen in Chapter 2, but it’s too early to tell.

It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.

4. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3

The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.

Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.

3. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2

Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.

The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.

2. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4

Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.

With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.

1. Black Knight: Season 2

I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.

The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.

The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.

What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.

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