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The best changes Epic made for Fortnite Chapter 2

Fortnite Chapter 2 is live on all platforms. Take a look at some of the best changes Epic made to the game.



Fortnite Chapter 2 is live on all platforms. Take a look at some of the best changes Epic made to the game.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is here! The long Fortnite Blackout is finally over, and we can all enjoy our favorite game once more.

Epic has yet to release the Fortnite Chapter 2 patch notes of this writing, and there’s likely a reason for it. They want players to jump in and form their own opinions instead of reading the patch notes and determining whether or not they like new mechanics before ever trying them.

Right now, Fortnite is essentially a new game. Epic wants us to treat it that way. We wouldn’t go running to the patch notes on a new title, so we shouldn’t do that with Fortnite Chapter 2? The full list of patch notes will probably be available later today.

Let’s take a look at some of the changes that we do know about after playing a handful of games on the new map.

Upgrade weapon rarity

The ability to upgrade your item rarity using materials might be the best change Epic made to Fortnite with Chapter 2. You can now use your materials to upgrade weapons at specific crafting locations.

This new mechanic significantly reduced the RNG in the game. Now, you can make that gray weapon a gold one if you have enough materials. You don’t have to solely rely on drops and enemies to get your ideal loadout.

Fishing helps to reduce RNG a bit as well. This is an inherently-RNG activity, but the more opportunities you have to get a powerful weapon, the better.

Picking up downed teammates – and enemies

The ability to pick up downed teammates is going to be invaluable in all Fortnite modes – especially in competitive. You don’t have to hold a wall as your teammate tries to crawl to safety anymore – you can just carry them there.

This mechanic is an example of Epic giving us something we never knew we wanted. The same goes for picking up enemies, which is an awesome new way to troll and have a laugh in Fortnite.

Shotguns and Traps from chests

One of the biggest complaints of the Fortnite community was that shotguns didn’t drop from chests. Shotguns are the most essential items in Fortnite. You can do almost anything with a shotgun and an AR, but had to rely on floor loot to find a shotgun.

Now, though, you can find a shotgun while opening a chest. There also appear to be chests with improved loot that give you a trap when you open it. I haven’t encountered one of these yet, but the trailer confirms we will be able to get traps from certain chests as well.

No OP vehicles

Fortnite Chapter 2 went back to the basics. There are fewer healing items and far less mobility in the game – just as things were back in the day.

The best change, though, was that the new boat isn’t nearly as overpowered as some of the recent mobility additions to Fortnite. Epic has added the BRUTE, the Baller, and the X-4 Stormwing in the seasons leading up to Chapter 2. The boat isn’t even in the same league as these additions.

Yes, the boat has a rocket launcher, but it seems like a way for the driver to protect the boat rather than a new meta.

Confirm Edit on release

The ability to confirm edit on release is another positive element of Fortnite Chapter 2. This has been something that the controller community has been asking for, and it’s finally here.

The system – as it is right now – is a tad slow. Anyone who has a Scuf or Elite controller is going to be able to edit faster when they change their controller binds. Still, this is a step in the right direction – especially if it’s optimized – and shows that Epic is listening to the community. 

What’s your favorite part of Fortnite Chapter 2? Let us know in the comments.


Fortnite leaks point to in-game comic books coming soon

Comic books are likely heading to Fortnite sooner rather than later – with Thor being the first issue.



The most recent Fortnite update, v13.40, brought us a ton of leaks that point to what the future of the game will hold. We already covered the 30+ new fish types found in the game files, but they weren’t the only new concept that was included in the patch.

Data miners also found mention of a “ComicReader” in the files. This would, naturally, suggest that readable comic books will be heading to Fortnite in the near future.

We have more than just a line of text, however. Apparently, those who switch accounts on Xbox (and possibly PS4) will be greeted with a glitched cut-scene. Obviously, this is not meant to be in the game, just yet.

We can see where the new comic books will be located in the Battle Pass tab, as well as what will happen when you click on them. What will these comic books hold? Well, we have some clues as to that as well.

Will these comic books be original content? We’re sure that some of them will, but we also have some leaks that point to actual comic books coming to Fortnite. Right now, they appear to be Marvel Comics.

Data miner, Hypex, has been spearheading these leaks. He was able to use the blurry photo of a Fortnite comic book to find out the actual comic that they came from. This one appears to be a Thor comic.

With all of this information available, we’d be surprised if Epic didn’t release comics before Season 4. Likewise, we expect the Season 4 secret Fortnite skin to relate to the in-game comics.

All of this points to Thor being the potential Season 4 secret skin. Fans were already theorizing about this when they saw what Captain America left behind in his release trailer – a glyph that looked strikingly similar to Thor’s glyph from one of his films.

Of course, this is only speculation. For now, all we know for sure is that Epic are planning on adding comics to Fortnite, soon – with Thor likely being the subject of their first issue. As always, we’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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Waffles unbanned from Fortnite under threat of legal action

Epic Games unbanned pro player, Waffles, after the CarterPulse agency stepped in.



Earlier this week, we covered the story of Fortnite pro player, Waffles, who had been banned from Fortnite after encountering a bug in the FNCS. Waffles killed a player who had used the infinite item glitch to receive an unlimited number of Crash Pads.

After the elimination, Waffles noticed massive stack of Crash Pads on the ground. As anyone would, he began to pick them up to investigate. To his dismay, he was unable to drop them and had to finish the game with no weapons or healing items – only an inventory full of Crash Pads.

Despite everything working against him, Waffles managed to finish third in the game. When he went back to the lobby, however, he saw that he was disqualified from the tournament and banned from competitive Fortnite for 30 days.

Despite all of the evidence showing that Waffles didn’t do this on purpose, Epic support told him that they were upholding his ban. That’s where the CarterPulse agency came in. They responded to one of Waffles’ tweets, telling him to reach out to them.

After that, they went to work contacting Epic Games and outlining the fact that Waffles never intentionally broke any of the rules – a condition for a fair ban. What’s more, the Fortnite competitive rules state that any player must play-out a game in which they encounter a bug, giving Waffles no choice in the situation.

A little over a day after CarterPulse got involved, Epic appeared to reverse their decision to ban Waffles. The pro tweeted, “I AM UNBANNED! THANK YOU @CarterPulse.”

According to other tweets by the agency, they stepped into the situation free of charge. “Anything for the community.” they wrote on Twitter.

CarterPulse also clarified that this was a small mistake within a great company. “Just would like everyone to realize that Epic is a great company who makes mistakes like all of us. Happy to have helped @WafflesFN in getting unbanned!” they wrote.

The unbanning comes just in time for the second week of FNCS qualifiers. Waffles will be able to compete in the next qualifying event and, with any luck, will move onto the grand finals.

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Send the Coral Buddies to space with this secret Fortnite challenge

Help the Coral Buddies join the astronaut from Craggy Cliffs with this secret Fortnite challenge.



Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 brought us a list of secret challenges that involve the Coral Buddies. This group seems to be doing a lot better than they were at the beginning of the season, as they’ve now expanded and build a Coral Castle on top of the massive Whirlpool to the north of Sweaty Sands.

Attentive players have already helped bring the Coral Buddies into the Wood and Brick phases of development, but Season 3 Week 8 brought a new challenge to the game: giving them the materials they need to launch a rocket into space.

You can find the group of Coral Buddies where they’ve always been – outside of the lighthouse in the northwest corner of the map. Here’s an old picture of where their island was, but it’s still accurate.

The rocket requirement is only 100 metal, but you’ll need to gather it before hitting the island. There doesn’t appear to be any metal sources around them, which is part of the reason that they need our help to begin with.

The Coral cosmonauts have already started building the base for their rocket. All you have to do is walk up, give them some metal, and watch them finish the project.

Once you give the Coral Buddies what they need, they’ll build their rocket and take off into space – possibly in search of the old Chapter 1 map. Let’s hope they find what they’re looking for.

With this challenge and the crashed spaceship at Craggy Cliffs, Epic are pointing us to the stars. Could this have something to do with the rumored event and Season 4? Only time will tell.

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