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Should the Grappler return to Fortnite in Season 10?



Fortnite’s always had a hard time with balancing vehicles, but perhaps a return of the Grappler could help in Season 10?

From the Shopping Cart to the Baller, Epic’s vehicular ventures in Fortnite haven’t always hit their mark. Often times, they give players too many advantages without the risks of a regular rotation. Adversely, some vehicles become completely obsolete due to awful stats.

Perhaps a new version of the Grappler could replace Fortnite’s vehicles? A community suggestion presents a unique look at a new way of thinking about fast rotations. The idea’s premise is similar to the Shadow Bomb, but with a bit more speed involved.

Grappler v2 could replace Fortnite vehicles

Alright, if you are a casual player who doesn’t pay too much attention to the competitive scene, you might be confused by the controversy around vehicles. In casual Fortnite, end games aren’t generally hectic with only about 5 to 10 players in the last circles. Rotations are still important at this level, but not nearly as skill-based as in competitive games.

By rotations, we mean the movements you must make around the circle in order to proceed to the next Storm safe zone. These movements have always been key to Fortnite’s gameplay, but the introduction of various vehicles has deteriorated the skill gap for the mechanic.

Community member and inventor, Skellzim, proposes a re-introduction of the Grappler which could be used as a replacement for vehicles.

Grappler V2! Concept from r/FortNiteBR

While we like the general idea of the momentum mechanic, this concept needs a few tweaks in our opinion. Skellzim’s concept definitely could help with the skill gap in end-games, but everything in a multiplayer game needs a bit of risk vs. reward.

Instead of unlimited charges, we suggest a limit of 20 charges per stack in your inventory. This way the player must choose between a fast rotation item that may run out or a weapon/healing item. Unlimited charges might lead to spam.

Also, we think the idea of Baller-like mechanics without the shielding of the vehicle can be adjusted. Seeing players hitting the ground at full speed with no consequence may look a bit silly, so instead Epic could implement a damage model for the Grappler v2.

Depending on your current speed and trajectory, crashing into the ground or a build would cause a capped amount of damage. As you swing through the air, you’ll need to be careful about your landings instead of just brainlessly flying around. This’ll quickly develop, in our opinion, into a skill-based mechanic which can used by everyone, but only mastered by a few.

You could make insane plays with the Grappler v2 & Redeploy combined

Fortnite already includes a great safety cushion for less experienced Grappler v2 users in the form of the Redeploy item.

Of course, Epic would have to fine-tune the settings and mechanics just right, but the idea wouldn’t break the experience in any sense. Some vehicles, like the Quadcrashers, would certainly still have a spot in the meta.

Season 10 arrives on August 2nd with potentially massive map changes due to the Zero Point event. Epic Games has never been a studio to shy away from replacing movement mechanics at the beginning of a season. We expect at least a few major additions in patch v10.0.

What do you think of this concept and our ideas on how to balance it? You can leave your thoughts in the comments below along with any concepts you might have to evolve Fortnite’s movement meta.


Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins



Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.



Fortnite predator

Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes


Fortnite Predator skin
Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.



Fortnite cloaking device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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