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This day in Fortnite history: Season 8 releases

Fortnite Season 8 released one year ago today. Let’s take a look back at the season.



Fortnite Season 8 released one year ago today. Let’s take a look back at the season.

Fortnite Season 8 brought us out of the winter theme of Season 7 into the summer, complete with a Volcano sprouting up in the Northeast part of the map.

This season represented one of the most mobile seasons at that point, with the implementation of pirate cannons, geysers, and overpowered Ballers that would eventually receive a nerf.

Of course, Epic changed our consideration of a “mobile” season with all of the mobility in Season 9.

The pirate theme of the season seemed to be a one-off, similar to what we saw with Fortnite Season 7. There wasn’t an overarching plot involving the pirates in Season 8 – just a theme for the Battle Pass.

The jungle biome was the biggest change to the map in the new Season. Lazy Links was replaced by Lazy Lagoon and Risky Reels gave way to Sunny Steps. The Volcano was only the first stage in what would eventually become the base for the Mech in Season 9.

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Looking back on the Fortnite Season 8 patch notes, it’s interesting to see that this season had one of the more iconic metas in Fortnite history. Spraying was still a popular strategy, but this was also the season that introduced the Boom Bow, Infantry Rifle, and Flint Knock Pistol.

The Boom Bow was widely considered overpowered, but players loved the Infantry Rifle and Flint Knock. This season also brought us Treasure Maps – which are now Vault Keys – Shadow Bombs, Peppers, and the underwhelming Poison Dart Trap.

The most impactful addition with Season 8 had to be the Reboot Vans. Fans were asking for these since the release of Apex Legends and they remain a staple of Fortnite to this day.

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Season 8 hosted the bulk of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers as well. This was controversial, in itself, as many players used Ballers to place highly in qualifiers before they were significantly nerfed.

The event for Season 9 was the unvaulting event, which culminated in the unvaulting of the Drum Gun and the destruction of Tilted Towers.

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All of this set the stage for the map reboot in Season 9, the Mech vs. Monster fight, and the eventual return to the past in Season X. We even saw a teaser for the Season X secret skin during the unvaulting event, although we didn’t know this until later.

Season 8 might not be at the top of many lists regarding best Fortnite seasons, but it was a unique experience. We saw very few departures from the spray meta in Fortnite, but Season 8 was one of them.

What did you think of Fortnite Season 8? Was it better or worse than Seasons 7 and 9? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter.

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Fortnite split-screen: how to play with friends

Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable the setting.



Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite back in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable it so you can play locally with a friend.

Fortnite has always had a focus on playing with friends, but that always meant you had to play online. Even if you were in the same house as your friend or family member, the two of you had to play on two separate devices.

This changed back in the v11.30 update in Chapter 2 Season 1. Epic introduced split-screen capabilities on consoles for the first time. It wasn’t perfect when it first came out, but it’s since gotten a lot better.

How to use the Fortnite console split-screen feature

Initiating split-screen is simple. All you have to do is connect two controllers to your Xbox or PlayStation. Split-screen still isn’t available on mobile, PC, or Nintendo Switch. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start Fortnite
  2. Connect a second controller to the console and turn it on
  3. Hit ‘Main Menu’
  4. Player 1 will need to invite Player 2 with their Epic account
  5. Player 2 will need to sign into their account
  6. Player 2 will join and split-screen will automatically initiate

You can even save another player’s information on another account on your console, making split-screen easier and quicker to complete.

The feature still isn’t perfect and doesn’t replace the feeling of playing online. You’ll only have access to half of your screen, so you’re going to miss a few things that normal players will see. Still, playing split-screen is far more preferable than switching off with your friend or family member game after game. Enjoy!

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Fortnite v16.20: what to expect

The Fortnite Season 6 v16.20 update is expected to go live this week. Here’s what we expect to see in the next Fortnite update



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The Fortnite v16.20 is expected to release this week. Here’s what we’ll see in the patch notes when the update goes live.

We’re working our way through Fortnite Season 6, but Epic are continuing to give us new content to explore. We’re only a week past v16.10 and are already expecting to see v16.20 go live this week.

Here’s our typical patch breakdown on what to expect in the update, including some leaked items and a long list of bug fixes.

Bug fixes

Epic are consistently updating their game to fix bugs, glitches, and exploits. In the v16.20 patch, we’ll see a ton of fixes – including a fix for an exploit that allowed players to gain unlimited health/shield over the course of a match.

Here are all of the bug fixes that should be addressed in the v16.20 update.

  • Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.
  • Code Green Wrap not appearing correctly.
  • Arena playlist issues.
  • Storm visibility is clear when using Performance Mode.
  • Collection Book Character #17 not appearing on the Island.
  • Slurpshrooms and Coconuts temporarily disabled.
  • (Creative) Start with ‘Pickaxe’ Creator setting still spawning with a Pickaxe.
  • (Creative) Vehicles not moving properly in Creative.
  • (Mobile) Cosmetics in Lobby appearing blurry on Nintendo Switch.
  • (Mobile) 3D resolution reset itself even if the player saved the settings.


We’ve seen a few leaks about content that could be coming to Fortnite in the coming weeks. The most likely addition to Fortnite in v16.20 would be the Unstable Bow – a rumored Exotic weapon that should be coming to Season 6.

On top of that, we’ve seen leaks about vehicle and weapon mods, additional crafting materials, and more. We don’t know if/when any of these will come to the game. We always take leaks with a grain of salt, but many of these items will likely make their way to Fortnite – possibly in the next update.

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We’ll keep you posted when we have official word from Epic on the v16.20 patch. We expect to see it on April 13 or 14, at the latest.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on any of the latest Fortnite news.

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How to tame Raptors in Fortnite Season 6

Raptors have entered Fortnite Season 6 in the v16.10 update. Here’s where to find and how to tame Raptors.



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Raptors are now available in Fortnite Season 6. Here’s where to find and tame the new creatures.

The Fortnite v16.10 update brought a new form of wildlife to Fortnite: Raptors. These predators are now roaming the island, looking for blood.

Of course, you can tame these dinosaurs to fight by your side. Unfortunately, you can’t ride them, but they can be a huge help when it comes to combat. Here’s everything you need to know.

Fortnite Raptor locations

Unsurprisingly, Raptors spawn around the areas where their eggs hatched. You can find them around Stealthy Stronghold, outside of Craggy Cliffs, south of The Spire, and south of Misty Meadows.

Raptors spawn in pairs and are stronger than wolves when you fight them. This is not to say that taking them down will be difficult. We’re not dealing with Marauders, here.

Here’s a map of all of the known Raptor spawns in Fortnite Season 6. We’ll update this map if the spawns change or if players find more locations.

Fortnite Raptor locations

How to tame a Raptor in Fortnite

Taming a Raptor is the same as taming most of the other wildlife on the island. It will be the same process as taming a Wolf – arguably easier as wolves spawn in packs rather than pairs.

  1. Eliminate a Wolf, Chicken, or Boar for its meat
  2. Find a Raptor
  3. Throw the meat at its feat and wait for the Raptor to eat
  4. Walk up to the Raptor and hold “Interact” to tame.

Be careful, as Raptors spawn in pairs. Just because you tame one, doesn’t mean its partner doesn’t still want to eat you.

Fortnite Raptors

With such a quick addition of a new animal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Epic add more wildlife to the island as Season 6 chugs along.

We’ll update you if we learn anything else about the wildlife of Fortnite – or if we find any new tricks to taming Raptors.

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