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The next step: 5 ways to further improve Upgrade Benches

Fortnite Upgrade Stations are better than ever, but how could Epic improve them even more?



Fortnite Upgrade Stations are better than ever, but how could Epic improve them even more?

Epic made some substantial improvements to their Upgrade Benches in v11.40. You can now sidegrade an AR into an AK as well as upgrade a rare weapon to an Epic weapon for a reduced material cost.

It seems like the Fortnite Upgrade Stations are just getting started, though. Here are five more improvements that could make them even stronger.

Sidegrading all weapons

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This suggestion will almost certainly come to fruition at some point in Fortnite. It seems like Epic is testing the waters with the sidegrading system, which is a wise way to start.

Right now, you can only sidegrade an AR to an AK and vice versa. Epic will probably add Burst ARs and Shotguns to the mix as well. Sidegrading a Pump to a Tac or a Tac to a Pump will be a fantastic way to ensure that we all have the loadouts we want.

Upgrading a Fishing Rod

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Fishing Rods were completely overshadowed when Epic introduced the Harpoon Gun to Fortnite. Harpoon guns are relatively common and the knowledge that I may find one makes me drop the Fishing Rods that I find.

What if you could upgrade a Fishing Rod to a Harpoon Gun? The material cost should be somewhere in the 200 range, but Epic could tweak the numbers. Either way, the more reliability in the loot pool – the better.

Downgrading for materials

If you can spend materials to get a better gun, then you should be able to downgrade your weapons to receive materials. A lot of players have already suggested this change.

The only reason that Epic may not add this feature is the idea that you can horde materials if you find a lot of high-tier loot. If you land at Risky Reels in solos with no enemies, for instance, and find several Epic weapons that you can’t carry, you’ll walk away with a healthy supply of free materials.

Epic could limit this practice by changing the conversion rate. You should probably get fewer materials for downgrading weapons than the material cost of upgrading them. They could even scale this by team size, similar to the health of Supply Drop balloons.

Upgrading healing/shield items

A high number of Fortnite players have also suggested that we should be able to upgrade Mini Shields for Big Pots and Bandages for Medkits. I don’t know what the material cost should be, but this feature is a no-brainer.

Shields, in particular, can be incredibly difficult to find in Fortnite Chapter 2. Epic limited the effect of RNG across the loot pool, but the biggest difference between life and death is having a healthy supply of shields.

Changing Bandages into Medkits would also be a wonderful quality-of-life improvement. Maybe, Epic could even allow us to sidegrade healing items into shields, but that might be going too far.

Crafting or cloning weapons

This suggestion might be the least likely of the bunch, but it would bring a lot more traffic to the Upgrade Stations. Epic could add the ability to craft and/or clone weapons with the benches.

Crafting a weapon is more realistic than a cloning ability, in my opinion. Those who are running around without a shotgun or AR will likely stop to craft one at an Upgrade Bench.

Likewise, if you’ve only found a Common Pump and your friend has an Epic shotgun, you could pay materials to clone his or her weapon for you to use.


Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.



The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge



When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.



Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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