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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?

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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.

Challenges

Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 Challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 challenges are here! Take a look at how to complete them.

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It seems like just yesterday that we were staying up all night, waiting for the new season of Fortnite. Surprisingly, we’re already into Week 6 with another batch of challenges to help carry us through the Battle Pass.

Although weekly challenges offer a lower amount of XP this season, it seems like we’re working through the Battle Pass quicker than normal. Even still, we have a long way to go before we unlock all of our holographic variants, so we’ll be grinding away at these challenges.

The week’s challenges are pretty straightforward. All we need to do is consume some foraged items, deal some damage, and search some chests. Here are the challenges for Week 6:

  • Search Chests at Weeping Woods (7)
  • Eliminations at Misty Meadows (3)
  • Collect Stone from Coral Castle (300)
  • Consume a Legendary Fish
  • Consume Foraged Items at Holly Hedges (10)
  • Ride a Zipline from Retail Row to Steamy Stacks
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Black Panther’s Kinetic Shockwave (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Slurpy Swamp (500)

The inclusion of a challenge involving Black Panther’s ability suggests that we could see it come into the base game this week, but we don’t know that for sure. Epic could be pushing us toward the Marvel-based LTMs that have been rotating in and out of the game. We’ll know more when these challenges go live, tomorrow.

Collecting foraged items at Holly Hedges is as easy as taking some damage in Team Rumble and eating the Cabbage that is growing in the backyards of a few houses.

If you’re having trouble catching a legendary fish, take a look at our fishing guide for Season 4. You should be able to catch one if you hit a fishing hole with a Pro Fishing Rod – but this one will take a bit of persistence.

There’s a zipline network that connects Steamy Stacks and Retail Row, so you just have to ride this once and be done with it.

Apart from that, the rest of these challenges are straightforward. Of course, you’ll also need to land at Weeping, Slurpy, and Misty to get your chests, damage, and elimination. Good luck!

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New esports org Gamma Gaming makes splash with Fortnite roster

A new organization, Gamma Gaming, has entered the professional Fortnite arena with some huge signings.

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Fortnite is, again, the driving force behind the creation of an esports organization – this time, in the European market. Gamma Gaming – established by Arsenal FC player, Sead Kolašinac – made a splash on the EU Fortnite scene by announcing the acquisition of six Fortnite players on September 27.

The announcement included some of the hottest professional free agents in the region: Th0masHD, Kami, Tschinken, and Merijn along with content creators Obitoo and Mambo.

The most noteworthy of these acquisitions is, likely, Th0masHD who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, placed 4th in the recent Solo FNCS, won the BenjyFishy Cup, and, most recently, placed first and second in two of the FNCS Warmup competitions.

Going into the Season 4 Trios FNCS, he and his team are one of the top picks to win it all.

Gamma Gaming’s model follows that of another new organization, One Percent, which has built its foundation on the back of their professional Fortnite lineup. The young org will, undoubtedly, branch out from here, but they’re starting with solid EU Fortnite talent.

With some strong European players on their team, it will be interesting to see where these new Gamma Gaming recruits land when the FNCS competition comes around. We have a new organization to keep our eyes on.

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Fortnite leak reveals new SHIELD Henchmen coming soon

New Henchmen are coming to Fortnite, pointing to the spawn island helicarrier entering Fortnite as a POI.

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Fortnite Season 4 might be the most progressively evolving season of Chapter 2, so far. We’re getting the map evolution that we thought we’d get last season, this time with fan-favorite Marvel characters.

Players were split as to whether or not the Marvel crossover would be good for Fortnite. Now, five weeks in, it’s hard to argue that Season 4 isn’t the most entertaining season in the new chapter. Epic are keeping the game fresh and it’s bringing players back. There’s a reason that Ninja is playing Fortnite again, this season.

One of the map developments that hasn’t yet come to the game is a helicarrier appearing above the map. This is rumored to be the same helicarrier used as the Season 4 pregame island.

More recently, however, popular data miner, Hypex, revealed that there are unused Henchmen in the game files. These Henchmen are, reportedly, members of the Marvel Comics organization, SHIELD.

According to this leak, SHIELD is running the spawn island helicarrier as a base of operations. Another leaker, ShiinaBR, replied to Hypex’s tweet, linking these two pieces of information. His conclusion was that the SHIELD Henchmen will enter the game when the helicarrier moves over the map.

We’ve already seen several Fortnite creators like SypherPK and Ali-A make their way to the spawn island from a Battle Royale lobby. There’s a vault on this island, and they tested whether or not one of the keys that Doctor Doom or Iron Man carry will unlock it. As you might expect, their keys didn’t work.

All of this points to the idea that the current helicarrier – or spawn island – will, eventually, be a POI in Fortnite. We may have to build up to it or take a helicopter, making it one of the more exclusive places to loot. For now, all we can do is speculate – but we’ll let you know when we learn more.

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