We are nearing the end of the fifth month of 2019 so now is a good time to look back on the best parts of the past year.
Fortnite changes quicker than just about any game in the world. Not all of those changes are positive of course, but the negative changes receive a lot more press than the positive ones do.
This article will look at the five best weapons, mechanics, items and locations added to Fortnite since the New Year began.
Some of the best decisions Epic made was removing things, but those decisions will not be considered for this list. Also, even if the addition has already been vaulted, it will still be considered for this list as long as it was first added on or after January 1st, 2019.
Turning back the clock to Season 7
The new year began about a third of the way through Season 7. The Infinity Blade had already been added and removed before Christmas, and planes had only been nerfed once at that point.
Few changes happened in the weeks leading up the new year as Epic employees took a much-deserved two week break for the holidays.
The last weapon added to the game before 2019 was the Boom Box which came through on December 30th.
Our first added weapon of 2019 was Suppressed Sniper Rifle on January 8th which was followed by the Scoped Revolver on January 15th.
Neither of those two weapons made this list, or even the honorable mentions, but that is where the year started, let’s look at the best things Epic added around that time:
This section is reserved for the smaller things that were cool additions but just didn’t move the needle enough to reach the top spots on the list.
Season 7 Honorable mentions:
- Stone Lady Statue. This addition paved the way for the best love story in Fortnite to play out over the months (Added January 15th)
- Marshmello concert. This wasn’t really an addition but was just so cool it had to be recognized (February 2nd)
- Gliders. A fun way to move around the map and was a good way to add mobility. (Added January 15th)
- Sneaky Snowman. It was about time the bush got a makeover. (Added January 22nd)
Season 8 honorable mentions:
- Buried Treasure. Being able to hunt like a pirate was a fun way to add in another source of loot. (Added February 28th)
- The Baller. It’s not quite made it onto the list due to the problems it posed for competitive play, but it is still fun to use. (Added March 12th)
- Flint-Knock Pistol. A really creative gun that could be used to prevent fall damage. (Added March 20th)
- Boom Bow. It came down to this and the Infantry Rifle for the final spot. Boom Bow lost because it is less skill intensive. (Added April 2nd)
- Shadow Bomb. A really fun item to use that adds some interesting strategies, one of the final cuts from the list. (Added May 1st)
Season 9 honorable mentions:
- Neo Tilted Towers, Mega Mall, Pressure Plant. All of these new POIs came with the start of the new season. While each is cool, they are arguably worse than the locations before them. (Added May 9th)
- Combat Shotgun. The addition of the Combat Shotgun came with the removal of the Pump. At least it’s something. (Added May 9th)
- Stone Farm. The stone statues of the man and woman are together on a farm with a baby. A beautiful end to the story. (Added May 22nd)
- Slipstreams. Another tough cut at the end. Slipstreams are a smart way to do mobility that fits the theme for Season 9. (Added May 9th)
The top 5 additions to Fortnite in 2019
#5. Infantry Rifle – Added February 14th
The Infantry Rifle was a great example of a balanced weapon. Very powerful if used correctly, especially after Epic introduced higher rarity versions around the beginning of Season 8.
The Infantry Rifle basically provides a sniper feel on a mid-range weapon. Snipers are so often rendered obsolete during game situations and the Infantry Rifle brought the sweet feeling of hitting a head shot into a more common place in Fortnite.
#4. Volcano – Added February 28th
The only POI on this list, the Volcano was a great addition to the game. It added a nice balance to the snow biome on the other corner of the map and the surrounding jungle made for a fun location.
It played an important part in the storyline almost immediately and exploded as the Nexus event took off at the end of the season.
It also helped Epic finalize the floating mechanic used by Slipstreams in Season 9 with the vent of the volcanos acting in a similar manner to the vents placed around the map after the eruption.
#3. Cannons – Added February 28th
The beginning of Season 8 was likely the best day of the entire year for Fortnite. Not only were the planes vaulted, but we received a bunch of new mechanics and items.
Cannons were one of the best. Even though they are still buggy at times, shooting yourself out of a cannon is still a blast. You can use them as a duo or solo to get mobility and just hurl yourself through the air.
The mark of a great addition: Adds fun to the game but isn’t frustrating to use or to have used against you.
#2. Driftboards – Added February 19th
The single best vehicle Epic has ever added to the game. Driftboards are amazing. I think the best mark of how cool they are is that we had to wait over two months from their first announcement to when they became a part of the game and they still lived up to the hype.
Marty McFly meets SSX Tricky. That’s the intersection I want my games to be at. You can hit absurd trick shots, flip through the air like a mad man or just use them to rotate.
Whatever you choose to do with a Driftboard, you will probably have fun doing it.
#1. Reboot Vans – Added April 10th
You can thank Apex Legends for this one. The Reboot Van was announced at the height of Apex Legends popularity. Even though it took a while to actually get added, having the respawn mechanic in Fortnite has been crucial.
It is tough to summarize all the good things being able to respawn does for the game. It adds a lot of strategy in whether or not to thirst opponents or leave the last member of a squad.
It also keeps friends engaged in the game until it is over. No more having a friend die early in Tilted and ask you to just quit the game so they can play again.
There are next to no negatives by adding these in, and Fortnite is a better game when people are able to be respawned.
Do you agree with my list? What would you change?
How to complete Fortnite Birthday Bash challenges & rewards
To celebrate three years since Fortnite Battle Royale was released, back on September 26 2017, Epic Games have started the Birthday Bash event, with new challenges to complete.
In addition to the challenges, there are rewards, some festive changes to the map, the battle bus, and birthday presents dotted around the map.
Epic’s announcement says: “During the celebration, you’ll notice some festive changes around the Island. The Battle Bus is sporting a fresh new paint job to mark the occasion, and after dropping in, find yourself a Birthday Present and see what’s inside.”
Birthday Bash Challenges
These challenges will be available from September 26 to October 1, but thankfully most are straightforward.
You can see them all below (via FortniteFevers).
The one challenge that might cause you some trouble though, is dancing in front of different birthday cakes.
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To help, here is a map of locations for the birthday cakes on the Fortnite island, via FortniteInsider.
Fortnite Birthday Cake locations
Here’s a look at the rewards available.
For creative players, there’s also some new content there, with the Princess Castle prefab now available.
You can submit a creation using the Princess Castle by October 6 for a chance to be featured in the first official Box Fight tournament as part of an upcoming Wild Wednesday tournament.
Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items
A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.
Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.
Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.
Leaked 14.20 Skins
Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.
There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.
Leaked 14.20 Back Bling
With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.
There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.
Leaked 14.20 Emotes
There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.
Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.
Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders
Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.
There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.
Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM
Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine
Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.
Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.
Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.
Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”
Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.
As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.
New Storm Hero Ability
Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.
You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.
It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.
As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.
The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
- Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
- Groot Awakening Island missing.
- Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.
- Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
- Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
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