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This week in Fortnite – Respawn Vans, Hamster Balls and more

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This is a new series we are starting every Friday where we break down the biggest things that happened in Fortnite over the past week.

Each Friday, we will recap the biggest news of the past week and what the Fortnite community was talking about at the time.

Patch Notes

We start with the biggest news that comes out in any individual week. The Patch Notes. This week we actually got two different patches, but we will start with v8.30.

Despite plenty of calls of “Revert,” another patch came and went without a change to the controversial update which removed siphon-on-kill and increased material farming speed.

Instead, we got Reboot Vans. A popular mechanic from other Battle Royales like Realm Royale and Apex Legends, Reboot Vans allow players to respawn teammates who have died. They are a solid addition to Fortnite and make the average game a bit better.

Being able to respawn makes duo and squad games more interesting as players are always engaged in the match, even if they have been eliminated.

The other major note that made waves in these patch notes was Epic no longer allowing Stretched Resolution in competitive modes.

Stretched Res was becoming more popular among competitive players and was taken away just a week before the start of Fortnite World Cup. For more information on Stretched Res and why players are using it, check out this article.

There were plenty of bug fixes and also new prefabs added to Creative mode so check out the full patch notes here.

Challenges for Week 7 of Season 8

This week featured plenty of interesting challenges and the unique ones mostly centered around Pirate Camps placed around the map.

As always, the most comprehensive infographic to help you tackle these challenges comes from SquatingDog who uses a clean layout to show you what you need to do to complete all your challenges.

Patch Notes #2 – The Re-Patchening

Patches in Fortnite used to be a once-a-week occurrence with occasional hotfixes being made during the week. This week we got four separate patches or hotfixes.

Fortnite Team Rumble was given a hotfix to improve the gameplay in end games on the same day as the main patch.

Another bug fix and stability update came out this morning which addressed some new bugs that came out of the main patch on Wednesday.

But the biggest change other than the main patch notes was a nerf to The Baller. Since it entered into the game, The Baller has caused problems in competitive matches.

Many players spend the game rolling around in a ball, trying to get top tens. That doesn’t make for a good viewing experience for Fortnite esports and Epic hopes that taking the health from 300 to 200 will make it less of a problem as the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers are set to begin.

The Baller was changed in a separate update

State of the Community

In this section, we will try to capture the mood of the community during the week. This will be based on top posts on various social media platforms and key comments from notable community members.

It’s safe to say, this week hasn’t been great. The second most popular post on FortniteBR over the past week was a quick meme video that did well to summarize the issues currently facing Fortnite.

Ladies and Gentleman… Priorities! from r/FortNiteBR

That post tackles the key issues which are: Players wanting shield on kill, console graphics issues, phasing through builds and The Baller.

Another post took a different approach to show the bugs and how the most famous streamers in the community are reacting to them.

State of the Game v8.3 Community Edition from r/FortNiteBR

As much as people like to bash streamers for complaining, their opinions do reflect a solid amount of the Fortnite player base.

Even notoriously positive streamers like SypherPK have started posting public complaints for the first time in recent days.

This isn’t usual content for SypherPK and is further indication that Fortnite has a real problem on its hands.

Top News of the Week

We cover a lot of different topics every week at this site, and some posts are always popular.

People love the daily item shop, Patch Notes and challenge guides.

But those categories only make up a small percentage of the work we do week-to-week. Here are the most popular posts on the site that don’t fit in those major categories:

  • Finally, we had Ninja’s animated rant comparing Fortnite to H1Z1. As one of the first Battle Royale’s, H1Z1 provides a cautionary tale to Epic Games about what can happen to a game that loses the support of the community.

That’s all for this round-up of this week in Fortnite. Let us know if you enjoyed this recap, and what sections you want to see added in future weeks.

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Fortnite Spider-Man Web-Shooters to get huge nerf in competitive

Fortnite Chapter 3 is off to a hot start thanks to Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters, but the mobility item is getting a huge nerf in competitive.

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Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters have been a game-changer in Fortnite Chapter 3, but Epic Games is about to give them a massive nerf next update.

Fortnite Chapter 3 started off hot with Epic Games adding Spider-Man’s Web-shooters shortly after the start of Season 1. The gloved would give players the power to zip across the map insanely fast.

A fresh pair of Web-Shooters comes with 80 shots which is more than enough for most players. As well, if you eliminate a player with Web-Shooter, they will drop fully charged.

A traversal item this powerful is a must-have for competitive players, but it’s getting a serious nerf. Starting when Fortnite v19.20 drops, the Web-Shooters won’t be so powerful.

Web-Shooters get huge competitive nerf

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According to Hypex, the Fortnite Web-Shooter nerf is planned for the v19.20 update. The update is currently planned to go live on Tuesday, February 1.

The nerf lowers the number of times a Web-Shooter can be used from 80 to 20. This is a massive nerf as players can only use Web-Shooters for 25% of the time they normally could.

However, this nerf only affects competitive players. Web-Shooters in casual lobbies will remain at 80 shots.

Epic Games states the nerf is intended to “encourage players to make more strategic decisions.” While it is still a useful mobility item, players won’t be able to zip across the map as freely as they once could.

The replies to Hypex’s tweet are a mix of those in favor and against the nerf. Some players praise the nerf as it will stop players from constantly running from fights.

Those who oppose the change claim competitive is too sweaty without Web-Shooters. Regardless, here’s where you can find web-shooters in Chapter 3.

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Fortnite leak teases return of Star Wars Lightsabers

The Star Wars Lightsabers could make a return to Fortnite in the near future according to a notable data miner.

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A Fortnite data miner has reported that Epic Games readded the Star Wars Lightsabers into Fortnite’s files after the v19.10 update.

Fortnite has held quite a few Star Wars crossovers, but none as ambitious as the live event in Chapter 2 Season 1. This introduced Lightsaber’s into the loot pool for a short period of time.

They were also available for an even shorter period of time from May 2nd – 5th during Chapter 2 Season 2. Since then, players have eagerly awaited their return.

Now, a Fortnite data miner thinks Lightsabers could return to Fortnite sometime soon due to a change in the game’s files.

Lightsabers may return to Fortnite

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Epic Games removes weapon and item data from the files when that item isn’t in use. And when the data is readded to the files, it’s a good indicator players will see their return soon.

Fortnite data miner FN_Assist recently discovered that the data for Lightsabers was added after the most recent update. In a tweet, FN_Assist outlines all of the data that was readded.

They claim that this could mean one of two things. Either Star Wars Lightsabers will return to Fortnite in the near future. Or Epic is working on a weapon based on the lightsaber’s pre-existing mechanics.

If Lightsabers are added to Fortnite, we can expect it to accompany a return of skins and maybe some other Star Wars announcement.

Epic Games usually adds crossover content to promote whoever they are collaborating with. Whether it be a new movie or TV series, the Lightsabers could be used as a promotional tool for new Star Wars content.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Klombos and Klomberries in Chapter 3.

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Fortnite: Where to find Pizza Party item and what it does

Fortnite Chapter 3 is adding a new Pizza Party item that allows players to restore their shields through the power of pizza.

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If you’re wanting to switch up your diet in Fortnite, you can use the Pizza Party item to gain shield and fill your stomach.

One of Fortnite’s mascots is Tomatohead who is also the mascot for the fictional restaurant Pizza Pit. This is a POI that has appeared in Fortnite for several seasons.

It’s one of the many fictional restaurants that have appeared in-game along with Durrr Burger, Sitcks, and Butter Barn.

However, players haven’t been able to enjoy any of the food from these restaurants until now. Pizza Pit’s ovens are on and players can finally enjoy eight slices of cheesy goodness.

How to get Pizza Party item in Fortnite

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The Pizza Party is a pizza box containing eight slices of pizza. In addition to cheese and sauce, each slice is topped with a Shield Mushroom that restores 50 shield.

Each box has 8 slices, but each slice can only get players up to 50 shield similar to minis. Players can find Pizza Party boxes in the normal loot pool.

As well, players can purchase a Pizza Box for 50 gold from the Tomatohead NPC. He is located in Tilted Tower, and he only has 4 Pizza Boxes in stock.

According to Hypex, the Pizza Party box will be added to Fortnite on Tuesday, January 25.

For a measly 200 gold, players can pick up 1,600 shield. However, we don’t know how long it takes to eat a slice. And this would also require players to give up two item slots.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Spider-Man’s web shooters in Chapter 3.

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