This strange Fortnite buff is zapping players left and right.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 introduced several new mechanics to the game. The most noteworthy changes involve NPC henchmen, bosses, mythic weapons, and vaults.
The new locations on the Fortnite map force you to face henchmen with pinpoint accuracy and, sometimes, powerful weapons. It’s a running joke in the Fortnite community that Midas has more kills than any player in Fortnite Season 2.
In truth, all of the Fortnite bosses – with the exception of TNTina – can be a nightmare to face. Players need to work the angles and make sure they’re safe from getting shot by the bosses and their henchmen.
No one was complaining that bosses and henchmen were too weak. Landing at one of these locations could get you cleaned-up without even facing a real player.
Well, after patch v12.10, players started to notice that the henchmen and their bosses seemed to be even more accurate than before. Here’s a short montage of Tfue and Ninja getting destroyed by the aimbot NPCs.
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Ninja, Sypher, and Funk all agree that Epic buffed henchmen with the most recent patch. The question is: why?
Players were already getting destroyed by these 200 HP henchmen and bosses with even more health and shield. Do they really need to be this powerful?
Of course, we don’t have any patch notes to tell us that Epic adjusted the accuracy of henchmen. Be careful when landing at these locations for your weekly TNTina challenges. You may be surprised at how much damage you take.
Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning
The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.
The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.
Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.
With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.
According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.
This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.
There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.
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Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.
AdvanceClub launch features training from Bugha, MrSavage & more
A new platform, AdvanceClub, launched today – offering coaching and classes from Bizzle, Bugha, MrSavage, and more.
A new esports training website called AdvanceClub has announced its launch today, October 6. The website is aimed at inspiring the advancement in skill levels for gamers of all abilities – from casual to highly competitive.
AdvanceClub is filling the need for reliable and structured training within esports. Although they plan on expanding to all games, their main focus appears to begin with Fortnite. For now, they have signed some of the top players in the game to work with them: Bugha, MrSavage, Bizzle, caster MonsterDFace, and coach ImSpeedyGonzalez.
On launch, AdvanceClub will feature documentary-style video classes from Bizzle, MrSavage, and Bugha along with tips and breakdowns of some of their best performances. The site also features some general tutorials narrated and explained by ImSpeedyGonzalez and MonsterDFace.
Other upcoming features of the site include 1-on-1 coaching, VoD reviews, exclusive Members Cup tournaments, and resources for parents of dedicated competitive players. The group built AdvanceClub “on three pillars: Learn, Train, and play.”
“My Advance Class was created so I could give back to my loyal fans and the Fortnite community,” Bugha said on his partnership with AdvanceClub.
“Every day on stream I’m asked for advice on things like how to prepare, how to improve, and how to manage different in-game situations. I’ve partnered withAdvanceClub to create my personal Advance Class as a way to answer all of these questions and make it simple to watch all in one location. I really hope all the lessons and insights I’ve provided in my Advance Class will be beneficial for all Fortnite gamers and enthusiasts.”
“I partnered with AdvanceClub because I believe in their vision of powering the growth of gamers within esports” MrSavage explained, “If I had access to the information in the Advance Classes a few years back, I would’ve progressed so much faster in my career.”
The Advance Pass is available now for $9.99 per month and will give you access to all of the existing and upcoming content for Fortnite and other competitive titles on their roster. You can visit the site here and create an account to get started.
Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 Challenge guide
How to complete the Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges: Misty Meadows floating rings, Quinjet locations & more.
Fortnite Season 4 released today, August 27. This also marks the beginning of the seasonal challenges that we can expect to release each Thursday. It may be a new season, but most of the challenges have remained similar. We’ll be searching chests, eliminating players, and collecting floating rings.
Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges:
- Search Chests at Dirty Docks (7)
- Eliminations at Holly Hedges (3)
- Collect Floating Rings at Misty Meadows (4)
- Eliminate Stark Robots at Quinjet Patrol landing sites (5)
- Gas a vehicle up at Lazy Lake
- Deal damage to opponents with Stark Industries Energy Rifles (1,000)
- Eliminate Doctor Doom at Doom’s Domain (3): 50,000 XP
- Deal damage to opponents at Craggy Cliffs (500)
Two of the Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges revolve around Quinjet Patrol Landing sites, so it’s helpful to know where to find them. The Quinjets spawn shortly after the Battle Bus takes off, but you need to wait a bit before they show up on the map.
Once you have a few games under your belt, however, you’ll know where they land. These ships will be in the same location in every match – distinguishable by a while marker on your map. Here are the locations of all four of them.
Collect Floating Rings at Misty Meadows
The floating rings challenges are back for Season 4. These are always a bit of a hassle when trying to finish the challenges as fast as possible, but they’re easy to complete once you know where to look.
Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows an easy route to collecting all of these rings in only one minute.
The rest of these challenges should be easy to finish within a few matches of mindful playing. Eliminating Doctor Doom three times might be a hassle – Doom’s Domain is a hotspot for activity – but you’ll be able to finish the challenge within a handful of drops. We’ll be back next week with another challenge guide, so stay tuned!
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