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Top 10 Vaulted Fortnite weapons or items that need to return

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Even though Fortnite weapons and items can be sent to the ‘Vault’ at any time by Epic Games, the developer has the opportunity to bring them back at any time.

Throughout the first year of Fortnite’s lifespan, Epic Games only decided to add a handful of weapons and items to the storied ‘Vault.’

Although, the Vault eventually grew to over 20 weapons and items, with the majority being added in last five months.

Since Epic Games has been known to bring some things back from the dead, we’ve come up with the top 10 weapons or items we’d like to see make a triumphant return.

1) Heavy Shotgun

The Heavy Shotgun was vaulted on January 29, 2019.

While the Heavy Shotgun entered Fortnite in a bit of an overpowered state on March 22, 2018, the weapon saw a number of balance changes that brought it in line with other shotguns in the game. As such, it quickly became one of the go-to shotguns for many players.

As long as Epic Games is able to keep this weapon balanced, there’s no reason it can’t make a return in the near future.

2) Bouncer

Bouncers were vaulted on September 27, 2018.

The Bouncer only saw the light of day for a few months before it was thrown into the vault, but it’s a decision that still haunts many Fortnite fans to this day.

Allowing for tons of mobility, Bouncers factored into many player’s strategies as it gave them the ability to easily make rotations in the late game, leading to plenty of high-octane finishes to games. Things simply haven’t been the same since the Bouncers got locked away.

3) Burst Assault Rifle

The Burst Assault Rifle was vaulted on January 8, 2019.

Despite being one of the original weapons that launched with Fortnite back in September 2017, every variant of the Burst Assault Rifle was vaulted over the course of three weeks in January 2019.

While the standard Assault Rifles are still available, the Burst had become the preferred weapon of many players over the course of Fortnite’s lifespan. As one of the main staples of Fortnite, it would be a shame if this weapon never made a return.

4) Grappler

The Grappler was vaulted on January 22, 2019.

Much like the Bouncer, Grapplers were frequently used in many player’s loadouts as it allowed players to (literally) reach new heights and increased the overall mobility of the game.

While there were balance issues and a pretty nasty bug that had been discovered in the days leading up to the item’s vaulting, this is one item that many would love to see return at some point down the line.

5) Drum Gun

The Drum Gun was vaulted on September 11, 2018.

The Drum Gun might have been a sore spot for many players prior to its vaulting, but given the increased prevalence of defensive play in the current Fortnite meta, bringing the Drum Gun back could lead to more aggressive playstyles.

The infamous weapon would surely need some fairly major tweaks to prevent it from returning to its previous overpowered state, but it could end up being a breath of fresh air for what’s becoming an increasingly frustrating meta for many players.

6) Light Machine Gun

The LMG was vaulted on September 27, 2018.

Now, it’s true that the LMG was quite a terror prior to being placed in the vault due to the fact that it could shred through structures with relative ease. With some tweaks, however, it could easily find a new place in the current Fortnite meta.

The best possible route to bringing this back would be to simply swap it with the Minigun, which hardly sees any use at the moment. Balancing the LMG to be a perfect middle ground between the Minigun and pre-vault LMG could give new life to the vaulted weapon.

7) Semi-Auto Sniper

The Semi-Auto Sniper was vaulted on November 1, 2018.

While some of the other sniper rifles in Fortnite Battle Royale frequently stole the show, there could certainly still be a place for the Semi-Auto.

One of the biggest issues with this particular sniper was that even a headshot didn’t deal enough damage to kill an enemy with full health and shields. This could be remedied if the weapon received a buff to its headshot multiplier that gave it enough power to overcome full shields.

The base damage could be left alone so as not to make it too strong, but a higher headshot multiplier could be just what is needed to bring glory to the rarely used Semi-Auto.

8) Submachine Gun

The Submachine Gun was vaulted on January 29, 2019.

Sure, the Compact SMG is still in the game, but given that it only comes in Epic and Legendary variants, it can be a bit hard to come by. Not only that, but the Suppressed SMG simply doesn’t perform as well as the classic SMG.

Since an SMG is mainly used for close-range gameplay, there’s not much need to be stealthy with a suppressed version of the weapon. Simply swapping out the Suppressed SMG for the classic SMG seems to be a no-brainer at this point. 

9) Smoke Grenade

Smoke Grenades were vaulted on April 11, 2018.

While many saw the Smoke Grenades as one of the most useless items in the game, it’s possible they could find a healthy place with a massive overhaul.

One of the main issues is that the item takes up a precious spot in your inventory. If Epic Games were to create a separate ‘Throwables’ category that included Grenades, Boogie Bombs, and any other item that is thrown, the Smoke Grenades could easily find use.

Creating a new category in player’s inventories – much like how traps don’t take up a weapon slot – would allow plenty of diversity in what new items Epic could add without forcing players to give up weapons to use them.

10) Infinity Blade

The Infinity Blade was vaulted on December 14, 2018.

Before anyone overreacts, our suggestion here would be to bring the Blade out of the vault and place it into its own game mode similar to the popular Infinity Gauntlet limited-time-mode featuring Marvel’s Thanos.

There’s no denying that the Infinity Blade was far too overpowered to be in normal game modes, but a playlist dedicated to the powerful weapon could certainly appeal to a large section of the Fortnite community.  Epic Games could even give every player in the playlist an Infinity Blade to make things even more chaotic.

As long as it’s kept far away from normal game modes, there’s no reason why the Blade can’t come back to Fortnite one day.

This article originally appeared on Dexerto.com.

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Fortnite v21.20 early patch notes: Indiana Jones, No Sweat Summer, Luke Skywalker skin, more

Fortnite v21.20 is right around the corner. From Indiana Jones to new content for the 2022 No Sweat Summer event, there’s a lot to expect.

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Indiana Jones, No Sweat Summer, and other content that should arrive in Fortnite v21.20

Fortnite is all set to release the 21.20 update on July 5, 2022. Indiana Jones will finally become available in the Battle Pass, No Sweat Summer content will arrive in Battle Royale modes, and as usual, the Reality Tree will continue to grow.

The community has sky-scraping expectations from Fortnite v21.20. Even though map changes have been frequent and brilliant in Chapter 3 Season 3, the No Sweat Summer event and the XP system (in terms of more opportunities to earn XP) certainly need improvement.

Reality Root growing in Fortnite
Reality Roots that are heading towards Sleepy Sound in Fortnite (Image via JayKey/FN)

Here’s everything players can expect in the second major update for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3.

Fortnite Reality Tree to affect Condo Canyon, Sleepy Sound, and Temple Bloom in v21.10

First and foremost, the Reality Tree will reach major locations like Sleepy Sound. Loopers have discovered a new set of roots near Shifty Shafts and they’re most likely heading towards Sleepy.

Another location where we will see the influence of the Reality Tree is Condo Canyon. Interestingly, leakers have already revealed the upcoming themes. Like Butter Bloom and Logjam Lotus, Sleepy Sound and Condo Canyon will have recurring themes which include:

  • Froniter
  • Coliseum
  • Coral Castle
  • Neo Tillted for Sleepy Sound and Lazy Lagoon for Condo Canyon

There’s a Reality Root near the Temple Bloom landmark as well. HYPEX has revealed that one of the themes in Temple Bloom is codenamed The Tower in the files, and that’s the only information we have for now.

There’s a possibility that v21.20 only focuses on Condo Canyon and Sleepy Sound as the developers are yet to add the updated version of Temple Bloom in the files.

New Indiana Jones skin and temple to arrive in Fortnite v21.20

Indiana Jones is the secret skin in the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Battle Pass. It cannot be unlocked at the moment, and will be available from July 7, 2022. Loopers who own the Battle Pass wil have to complete special quests to unlock the cosmetics which include:

  • Indiana Jones outfit
  • Indiana Jones Banner Icon
  • Raider’s Relics Harvesting Tool
  • Rogue Archaology Wrap
  • Expedition Bag Back Bling

It is worth noting that these are the cosmetics on Page 1. These will not only become unlockable with v21.20, but you’ll also be able to get a look at the next page.

Even though this might be a stretch, but many players believe that Indiana Jones will get his own spawn location. The aforementioned Temple Bloom POI could turn into a temple dedicated for the Indiana Jones boss/NPC. However, readers must take this claim with a huge grain of salt.

New No Sweat Summer content coming to Fortnite Battle Royale

The Island Hopper quests were decent, but players were disappointed to see them as the only ‘summer event’ content. However, leakers like iFireMonkey and Epic Games itself have claimed that more summer content is coming.

NPcs like Unpeely, Summer Drift, and Boardwalk Ruby, and vehicles like Surfboards will return to BR modes. Moreover, you can look forward to completing summer-themed quests in Battle Royale that should grant XP and free cosmetics.

Battle Royale content will certainly help in making No Sweat Summer 2022 one of the best summer events in Fortnite’s history.

Luke Skywalker NPC

Epic Games has released a ton of Star-Wars content in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 which includes Darth Vader as a boss and his skin in the Battle Pass as a tier 100 reward. HYPEX has disclosed that there’s a Lightsaber in the files for a Luke NPC.

Based on the leak, it is safe to assume that Luke Skywalker will be released as an NPC and a skin, like this father. However, it is uncertain if he’ll be a part of the upcoming update.

Last but not least, weekly quests for Week 5/ Week 6 and Vibin’ quests will be added to files with Fortnite v21.20. There aren’t any solid leaks regarding weapons as we’ve already received three new weapons (Two-Shot shotgun, Hammer AR, and DMR) this season.

Fortnite v21.30 will release on July 19, 2022 following which Epic Games will take a summer break that will take place between July 24 and August 12.

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Fortnite v21.20 update to introduce new No Sweat Summer challenges, NPCs, and skins

Fortnite will release the v21.20 update on July 5, 2022 and players can look forward to enjoying some new No Sweat Summer content in it.

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Fortnite summer event art

After hyping up the No Sweat Summer event, Fortnite simply released some Creative challenges for XP. However, leaks suggest that new NPCs, cosmetics, and summer-themed challenges will arrive soon.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is all about Vibin’ and nothing suits this theme better than a humming summer event. However, No Sweat Summer 2022 has only revolved around the Firework Flare Gun and six Creative XP challenges so far.

Fortnite Island Hopper quest free rewards
Fortnite players can earn these cosmetics for free by completing Island Hopper quests

It is evident that the player base isn’t satisfied with this year’s No Sweat Summer event. Fortunately, Epic Games itself teased more summer content and it should most likely be a part of the v21.20 or the v21.30 updates.

Fortnite promises ‘more summer vibes’ in a post about Island Hopper quests

Leaker iFireMonkey noticed that Epic Games’ official post about the Island Hopper quests states:

“Get vibin’ this summer in style! Want more summer vibes? No sweat, more summer is coming. Stay tuned for more.”

Clearly, Island Hopper quests aren’t the end of No Sweat Summer in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. However, for now, not a lot is known about the upcoming content.

Leakers have revealed that Epic Games will at least release Boardwalk Ruby, Summer Drift, and Unpeely as NPCs on the island. While the return of these fan favorites will be great, the arrival of Midsummer Midas and Summer Meowscles will be like icing on the cake.

iFireMonkey reported that the Battle Royale modes will soon have summer-themed challenges as well. It is worth noting that the developers began working on Surfboards with Chapter 3 Season 3, and they will also return soon.

When will Fortnite No Sweat Summer event 2022 begin?

Ideally, Fortnite should release the aforementioned content with v21.20 which is expected to release on July 5, 2022. Having said that, it is important to consider that Epic Games’ employees will be taking a summer break from July 24 to August 12.

Fortnite v21.30 should release ahead of this break on July 19, 2022. Because Epic Games won’t be able to roll out hotfixes or other things during the break, iFireMonkey believes that the 21.30 patch will be the most content-loaded update this season.

All in all, loopers can certainly keep their hopes high for the No Sweat Summer event in 2022. While NPCs, challenges, and vehicles have been confirmed by leakers, Epic Games never misses an opportunity to capitalize on event-based cosmetics.

To be fair, the Creative maps for Island Hopper quests are fairly entertaining and a fresh breath of air from the sweaty Battle Royale modes.

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Fortnite pro Cented kicked out of FaZe Clan for using hate speech

Fortnite pro Cented is no longer a part of FaZe clan. He was caught saying a racial slur on stream, and has parted ways with the organization.

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FaZe Clan has removed Cented from their Fortnite roster after the pro player used a racial slur on a livestream. Here’s what’s next for the aspiring Esports athlete.

When Evan ‘Cented’ Barron joined FaZe clan in March 2021, fans worldwide had sky-scraping expectations from him. To be fair, he did gain a ton of followers across Twitch and Twitter and significantly improved his skills as a pro.

However, the former FNCS finalist and Cash Cups winner has been kicked out by FaZe Clan for using hate speech.

Why did FaZe Clan permanently remove Fortnite pro Cented?

While playing Fortnite recently, Cented joined Twitch streamer nothellfire1’s party and wasted no time in dropping a racial slur. It seems like he was not aware that nothellfire1 was live on Twitch.

This was followed by FaZe immediately announcing Cented’s permanent removal from the clan for using hate speech. The post clearly mentioned how the Esports org is constantly evolving and there is no room for racial slurs/discriminatory language.

Soon after, Cented himself admitted to using the slur on stream and claimed that he should’ve known better. The streamer apologized to the Fortnite community and acknowledged his immaturity and ignorance.

He said, “Somewhere along the way I let my ego get the best of me.”

Fortnite community reacts to FaZe Clan removing Cented

While some players are shocked that FaZe has parted ways with Cented instead of giving him sensitivity training, others like prominent leaker HYPEX did not hold back from making him aware of his mistake.

The mixed response from the Fortnite community is understandable, to say the least. It is fair for people to expect organizations to take rehabilitative measures, and it is equally justified for others to expect more maturity from adults like Cented.

This isn’t the first time that Cented has faced consequences for his blunt behavior. Back in June 2021, Epic Games warned him for abusing a young player and recklessly ranting about the Battle Royale game on Twitter.

Incidents like the one mentioned above have played a major role in decaying the image of Fortnite’s competitive community. Rather than being role models, the pros are infamous for being toxic and disrespectful.

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