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Three vaulted weapons and items that we want to see return to Fortnite

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Items and weapons in Fortnite are vaulted for one of two reasons.

They are either super overpowered, or they are effectively useless. The vault contains weapons like the Zapotron, the revolver, and the ceiling trap.

While most of the vault’s contents are still available in the playground, there are some we would like to see come back into online play, with some changes.

Crossbow

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Okay fine, I love the crossbow, I admit it. I actually got my first ever Fortnite kill with the weapon, much to the surprise of my squadmates, and I’ve had a soft spot for it ever since. It’s not powerful enough in its vaulted form, only doing 79 damage for a hit with the legendary variant. With a relatively slow fire rate and a slow travel speed with dropoff, the crossbow was hard to use consistently.

Still, there was something appealing about using the weapon and its release. With a buff, even pushing up the damage closer to 100, the weapon could have been used as a stealthy mid-range sniper. The lack of sound allowed you to conceal your location better than any weapon in the game. It’s also totally unique in the current weapon pool and is a fun weapon to be able to play around with.

Dual Wielded Pistols

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Maybe it’s the Red Dead Redemption speaking but I love dual wielding pistols. Honestly, it just feels cool. They weren’t a good option because they were tough to aim and had a lot of bloom, but the coolness factor outweighs that in my mind. Not every gun needs to be totally on meta, we are playing a game without a ranked system after all.

The guns don’t really need to be nerfed or buffed, the bloom balanced out the high DPS. If anything, the bloom may want to be reduced a bit to make it more effective at medium range. I know they just left the game with patch 6.2 on November 1st but I miss them already. Now that shotguns have been rebuffed, they will never be the optimal choice, but they are often the most fun.

Bouncer/Jump Pads

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So many great Twitch clips and YouTube highlights would not have been possible without these two items. Bouncing into an enemies base and blasting them with a shotgun was peak Ninja.

The bouncer was vaulted on September 27th as part of Epic’s largest mass vaulting that also claimed the Suppressed SMG, the LMG, Impulse Grenades and Remote Explosives. There’s a decent chance that these items were vaulted to increase design space for other interesting items down the line.

The massive amount of vaulted items seems to indicate that is the direction Epic is headed. Right now, the only item I can think of that was introduced after that mass vaulting was the Quadcrashers. The flying ATVs may have posed a problem with the bouncer and jump pad, but they still do plenty of flying on their own.


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Fortnite v13.20 Update patch notes

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It’s a new week, and that means that there’s a fresh update for us all to enjoy, as the Fortnite v12.30 patch goes live on all platforms on Tuesday, June 30, introducing a new weapon and a major change to an existing item.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 has been live for a few weeks, and while the first major update of the season made sweeping changes to the game, Epic haven’t sat on their hands, dropping the 13.10 update to add Firefly Jars, and a second patch on June 30.

The Flare Gun and Portable Upgrade Benches are the major inclusions in this week’s patch, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new items.

Flare Gun

Epic love to include new weapons for us to try out, and the v13.20 Update is no exception, with the Flare Gun finally making it’s long-awaited debut in the game.

The weapon, which holds six cartridges and deals 60 damage on a direct hit, was first spotted in the game’s files all the way back in Chapter 1, but for one reason or another never made it to the full game. Finally, though, it’s arrived, and with its ability to start fires, it is the perfect way to burn through enemy structures and send them back to the pre-game lobby.

The Flare Gun is the latest weapon added to Fortnite.

Portable Upgrade Bench

The other major change is the to the Upgrade Bench, which can now be broken and carried around to be used whenever you need it.

Simply hit it with your harvesting tool and it will transform into floor loot, which you can pick up and place in your inventory.

The Upgrade Bench can now be broken.

Bug fixes

Of course, no Fortnite update is complete without some bug fixes, and we have a full list of glitches addressed by Epic thanks to their official Trello board.

General

  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
  • Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
  • Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match.
  • Fall damage from Ziplines while landing in shallow water.
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded.
  • Damaging Marauders counting towards storm surge.
  • Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
  • Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
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Loserfruit Fortnite skin bundle: Leak and release date

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Loserfruit Fortnite skin

The next cosmetic item in Fortnite’s Icon series, this time for streamer Loserfruit, has been leaked, with the release date all but confirmed for June 21.

Following on from Ninja’s skin release earlier in the year, Loserfruit, one of the most popular Australian streamers, has been waiting on her skin coming to the game for months now.

Its initial launch was pushed back due to ongoing protests around the world, but it looks like it’s finally getting a proper release.

On June 21, a handful of leakers got their hands on the encrypted files for the skin, and accessed them, showcasing a full, high-quality look at the skin we’ll soon be able to rock in-game.

Featuring a replica of Loserfruit’s hoody with rainbow-colored arms, the arm portions light up spectacularly, and there is also a backpack that mirrors her own real-life version.

Loserfruit skin release date and price

The skin is set to release on June 21, now confirmed by Epic Games. Reliable data miner iFireMonkey says that a source has confirmed this date for the entire bundle.

The bundle includes a fruity pickaxe too, as well as the Bounce Berry emote.

The skin will be available at 8pm ET. It will cost 1,500 V-Bucks for just the skin, or 2,000 for the whole bundle.

Loserfruit herself is actually already rocking the skin in-game on her stream, thanks to exclusive access before the rest of us, so you can see it in action here.

We’ll keep you updated when the skin bundle is available to purchase in the item shop.

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When does Fortnite Season 3 end and Season 4 begin?

Find out the Fortnite Season 3 end date and Season 4 start date for 2020.

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We’re only a couple of days into Fortnite Season 3, but fans are already wondering when the next season will come. We’re not sick of the new season – far from it. The past couple of seasons have lasted about 120 days each, though, so it’s not crazy to hope that this one is significantly shorter.

When Fortnite Season 3 released, data miners were quick to tell everyone how much time was left in the season. At the time of release, Epic had an end date of August 27, 2020. That’s only 71 days long, which is quite reasonable.

Not so fast, though. Data miner FireMonkey was quick to point out that the number of weekly challenges doesn’t match an 11-week season. There are already 12 weeks worth of challenges in the game files, which would have Season 3 ending on September 3.

This isn’t out of the ordinary. Epic have, traditionally, extended seasons for an extra week or two with Overtime Challenges. The past two seasons, which were both extended over a month past their original end-date, are still outliers in the history of Fortnite seasons.

A one-week extension is nothing major. We can live with that – and will even enjoy the Overtime Challenges that Epic give us. There’s no need to panic, right now, but the season will likely be extended at least one time.

Normally, this wouldn’t be something we’d cover so early in a Fortnite season, but the recent history of lengthy seasons makes us wonder if this one will follow suit. Hopefully, we’ll be playing Season 4 by September 4.

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