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Theory: Fortnite plot follows the same rules as Netflix’s ‘Dark’

Years of Fortnite plot theories have finally led us to this point. We’re confident that Fortnite is following the rules of Netflix’s ‘Dark.’

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Fortnite theorists have always been guessing about what the plot will bring. We think we’ve finally cracked the code.

The Fortnite plotline is one of the most convoluted and elusive stories in all of gaming. It’s difficult to tell exactly what’s happening, and more questions seem to arise with every passing season.

We’re now into Season 5, and are finally appearing to get some answers – at least, we think we are. There are still far more mysteries in the Fortnite universe than we have time to cover, but we’re starting to get a general idea of the direction in which things are heading.

At this point, all we have are theories. When we combine recent and past revelations, however, we start to see a picture of how things will play out; not necessarily exactly what will happen, but the rules by which the Fortnite world operates. Strap in, because we’re going down a bit of a rabbit hole.

The Loop Theory

There are three main points to this theory. These points are as follows:

  1. Donald Mustard, the Epic Games Creative Director, has admitted that he’s a fan of the Netflix show ‘Dark.’ He’s also said that the show has “influenced and inspired the way I was thinking about the ultimate story ‘mythos and world rules’ that govern Fortnite.”
  2. ‘Dark’ is a science fiction series that deals with a strict time travel loop, just as we assume Fortnite does.
  3. We’re starting to see evidence that we may actually be in the past, relative to the storyline that we know.

To understand this theory, you have to understand a bit about ‘Dark.’ Without getting too into spoilers, ‘Dark’ deals with a nearly inescapable time travel loop. Everyone inside the loop is connected.

We even see people from the present-day go back in time and become other characters from the past. So, what’s the evidence of this happening in Fortnite Season 5? The first piece is Agent Jones.

Agent Jonesy

As many Fortnite theorists have already noted, we’re beginning to see evidence that Agent Jonesy is turning into Jonesy, the default skin from Chapter 1. This is evident throughout the trailers in Season 5.

At the start, he was dressed in a suit. When The Walking Dead crossover happened, you could see him disheveled, with his tie loosely fashioned around his neck.

In the trailer for the Terminator skin bundle, we saw Agent Jonesy with a ripped suit and his red tie around his arm – just like the default Jonesy that we know and love.

From this, we draw the conclusion that Agent Jones is becoming Jonesy, which would suggest that Jonesy is Agent Jones’ future self.

Agent Jones isn’t the only one who has been changing into something we know from the past. The Fortnite map is as well.

The Fortnite Map

The Fortnite map has also gone through some massive changes in Season 5, with some popular POIs from Chapter 1 returning to the island. Some areas, like Tilted Towers, have even merged with Chapter 2’s Salty Springs.

When Season 5 first released, fans noticed that these returning locations sprouted up in the same areas of the map where we left them in Chapter 1. For these fans, it didn’t go too much further than predicting that more popular POIs like Lucky Landing would eventually make it to Chapter 2.

What does this mean?

Our theory is this: we are – for all intents and purposes – in the past. We are experiencing the Fortnite island before Chapter 1 took place. At the same time, we’re also in the future. It’s a time loop, as we’ve been told multiple times.

Going back to Netflix’s ‘Dark;’ characters in the show often try to prevent certain events, only to end up causing exactly what they were trying to avoid. The same thing happened with The Seven. They were trying to escape or destroy the loop but created the loop in the process. Midas may have played a similar role in his actions.

Like we constantly hear in ‘Dark,’ “The end is the beginning and the beginning is the end.” The End event concluded Chapter 1, but it also started it.

For good measure, here’s the quote that opens the Netflix show:

We won’t go back to the “old map.” The “old map” will come back to us.

Because it’s not the “old” map at all. It’s the current map. Whatever happens that turns the Chapter 2 map into the Chapter 1 map hasn’t happened yet.

From here, we can only wait and see what that is. Of course, this is only a theory, but we’re pretty confident in it. All that’s left to do is sit back and let the loop continue.

“What we know is a drop. What we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton

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Top 5 most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items

Epic Games has come up with a lot fo creative and game-changing concepts, but here are the most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.

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Over the past 17 seasons, Fortnite has added a ton of new weapons and items to the game. But here are the most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items you may not even remember.

Some weapons are so iconic, Fortnite wouldn’t be the same without them. The SCAR, Pump Shotgun, and Pistol are trademark firearms, and the game feels weird without them. While these items have been removed for short periods of time, Epic Games knows better than to take them away for good.

Other weapons lived a very short lifespan in the game but were unforgettable additions. The B.R.U.T.E. Mechs, Infinity Blade, and Guided Missles wreaked havoc for a short time before being removed indefinitely. They may never return, but they will never be forgotten.

That leaves us with one last category of Fortnite items and weapons. These were the very few additions to the game that were underwhelming, useless, and ultimately forgettable. These are the top 5 most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.

5. Decoy Grenade

Decoy Grenades are the most recent addition to Fortnite that appears on this list. Added in Chapter 2 Season 2, they were promptly vaulted at the start of Season 4. These throwable items would deploy a decoy AI that looked identical to the player. However, these decoys couldn’t deal damage to players to structures, and they took no time at all to kill.

It’s no wonder that the Decoy Grenade has found a place on the most forgotten Fortnite weapons list, as it was pretty useless most of the time. Skilled players hardly fell for a decoy, and the AI would give away the player’s location.

4. Poison Dart Trap

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The Poison Dart Trap stuck around for two-thirds of a season in Chapter 1 before being wiped from existence. It was the latest in a line of experimental traps Epic Games would implement to replace Spike Traps. However, its short lifespan made it one of the most forgotten Fortnite weapons.

That’s not to say these traps were bad. In fact, they were actually quite powerful. They would deal 80 damage directly to the player’s health and could shoot up to three tiles away. The darts would reload every 7 seconds before firing again. They wouldn’t one-shot kill any passersby, but would greatly weaken them making fights much easier.

3. Rusty Can

This forgotten weapon is unique because it’s actually still in Fortnite. Added during Chapter 2 Season 1, players can fish up Rusty Cans by casting their rods away from fishing holes. Since players don’t normally fish in still water or use Rare fishing rods, the Rusty Can has faded into obscurity.

And rightfully so seeing as the Rusty Can is virtually useless. It deals 20 damage to players and can only be carried in stacks of 3. Since a player’s pickaxe also does 20 damage a hit, Rusty Cans shouldn’t even be considered a last resort.

2. Machine Pistol

Nope, the weapon you see above isn’t another SMG. It’s the long-forgotten Machine Pistol. However, there’s a good reason why nobody remembers this thing. It was added as a part of Update v1.6.4 in late 2017. Just a few months later, Fortnite v2.50 was released vaulting the Machine Pistol.

Most players who do remember the Machine Pistol were likely exposed to it due to a slip-up during Season X. This season had a Solid Gold LTM which featured all Legendary weapons. For some reason, the Machine Pistol was accidentally added to this mode as well even though it doesn’t come in Legendary rarity.

1. Eye of the Storm Tracker

Did you know this thing existed? We sure didn’t before starting this list. That’s because the Eye of the Storm Tracker was available for all of 30 minutes before being removed forever. This utility item would show players the location of the next Storm Circle when equipped. A useful utility that would help with rotation, but wasn’t around long enough to test.

No worries though, the Storm Scout Rifle would later be added with the same functionality. Why this item was added and then removed so quickly remains a mystery. Regardless, it has earned the number 1 spot on the list of most forgotten Fortnite weapons and items.

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The top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite (2021)

Fortnite sweats love to use a particular set of cosmetics for aesthetic or advantage. Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite.

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Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. If you see a player wearing any of these, it might be best to avoid them at all costs.

Last year, we completed a list of the top-ten sweatiest skins in the game. Many of those skins have retained their “sweaty” status, but we’ve seen a lot of Item Shop updates since then.

As most players know, a Fortnite sweat isn’t only distinguishable by their skin. Their pickaxe and back bling also tell a story, which is why we’re opening this list to include additional sweaty Fortnite cosmetics.

As we said, a lot of the skins from last year are still drenched in sweat, and you’ll see a lot of them on this list. However, as players evolve and more skins are released, we will continue to update this list with the sweatiest of skins. Here are the top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite.

Recon Expert

In our first article, we listed the “OG Skins” as some of the sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. Let’s be real. A lot of the sweatiest players today weren’t playing when Renegade Raider and Black Knight were available. However, the “recent” release of a certain OG Skin has a lot of sweaty players pretending they were playing in 2017.

The Recon Expert was a rare skin, but new sweats were given the opportunity to purchase it after its re-release. Unlike Ghoul Trooper or Skull Trooper, OG owners weren’t given an exclusive style. Now, it’s impossible to discern an OG sweat from a wannabe.

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Pink Ghoul Trooper

This is an OG skin that has stood the test of time for many reasons. While original owners of the Skull Trooper and Ghoul Trooper were given exclusive styles, the Pink Ghoul Trooper is the only skin sweaty players still use.

For one, it proves that they were around during the early days of Fortnite. And two, it’s a female skin which many pro players prefer. It isn’t used in competitive play because of its vibrant colors, but sweaty players will show their dominance wearing the Pink Ghoul Trooper in Pubs.

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Banner Brigade set

Banner Brigade may have overtaken the Soccer skins in terms of the sweatiest set in Fortnite. They offer substantial value for their price – only 800 V-Bucks with the ability to customize the style – but seem to be dominated by those at the top level.

We aren’t seeing as many Banner Brigade skins as we were last year, but the two back bling options are still very common. It’s easy to understand why. These are the only cosmetics that make your Banner mean something, and the customization options make them a good value.

Soccer Skins

Speaking of Soccer Skins, you didn’t really think they wouldn’t be on the list did you? These are iconic skins for sweaty players. Mainly younger players who had to coax their parents into buying them V-Bucks so they could buy their own customizable skin.

They aren’t nearly as popular now as many other skins on this list. That being said, you know you’re in for a fight if you see one. A sweat who continues to wear their soccer skin probably spends more time in creative courses than the actual game, and they are ready to taste blood.

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Studded Axe

The Studded Axe is one of the sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite due to its competitive advantage. This bad boy barely makes a sound when it’s harvesting mats, and its sleek design makes it harder to see.

It’s also in the Item Shop quite frequently, so wannabe pro-players have the opportunity to purchase it every month or so. There are other axes that are just as quiet but harder to obtain. That’s why you’ll run into a lot of sweaty players running the Studded Axe

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Star Wand

Speaking of sweaty harvesting tools, the Star Wand is by far the sweatiest pickaxe in Fortnite. Why? We have no idea. A handful of pros use it. It makes minimal noise when swung. But it isn’t all that rare.

However, its sweatiness is undeniable. It’s a well-known meme in the Fortnite community that the Star Wand is used exclusively by sweats. Maybe players are hoping that the wand will be bugged again to deal 75 damage per swing. That likely won’t happen, but that won’t stop sweaty players from hoping

fortnite sweatiest cosmetic star wand

Sparkplug

Sparkplug, like a lot of skins on this list, is the skin of a Creative Warrior. It’s not as common as some of the others on the list, but it’s sweaty, nonetheless.

In my experience, a Sparkplug skin is often the real deal. You have a lot of pretenders wearing Soccer skins and Star Wands, but Sparkplug skins are killers; more often than not.

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Aura

Aura was one of those skins that you knew would be ‘sweaty,’ and it didn’t disappoint. For some reason, Aura became the primary skin of several pro-Fortnite players and sweats across the world.

Why is this skin so sweaty? It’s hard to tell. All we know is that an Aura either means business or thinks that they’re better than they are.

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Scarlet Commander

A new competitor for sweatiest skin in Fortnite has entered the chat, and their name is the Scarlet Commander. Go ahead and open Twitch right now or during a tournament. I guarantee one of the top Fortnite streamers is currently using this skin.

And it’s pretty obvious why. Since a certain skin that we will talk about next has been banned from comp, players are looking for a new skin that will give them an advantage. The Scarlet Commander is almost completely black with a few dark red accents and minimally exposed flesh. In dark areas and at night, Scarlet Commander is near invisible.

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Superhero Skins

Against all odds, the superhero skins have become the sweatiest skins in the game. Even the male variants are usually worn by skilled players, which is rare.

The reason these skins were the sweatiest was because of the all-black and all-white styles. The superhero skins have been banned altogether in competitive play, but they still run rampant in pubs.

Before the ban, nearly every player in a competitive tourney was sporting one of these skins. It was all-black which was banned last year. After that ban, players switched to all-white. And now they aren’t allowed in comp play at all.

So, there you have it: the ten sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite. It will be interesting to see which skins, pickaxes, back bling, and even gliders take over the throne over the course of the next year.

We’re sure that we missed a few cosmetics, as we only limited our list to ten. Let us know what we skipped on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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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

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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

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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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