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Top 5 April Fools’ Day Fortnite Pranks

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April Fools’ Day arrives on Monday, April 1, and is known for being the prankster’s holiday. We have some ideas that would turn Fortnite into a hilarious battle royale for the day.

April 1, April Fools’ Day, is commemorated around the world by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.

Epic Games surprised the community on April Fools’ Day 2018 by adding a low-gravity effect to the Boogie Bomb.

New Boogie Bomb Gameplay from FortNiteBR

We took it upon ourselves to come up with a few ideas that would certainly spice up Fortnite on April Fools’ Day.

Since the day is known for pulling hoaxes and pranks, why not trick Fortnite players?

Tilted Towers

Fortnite’s biggest city was added during Season 2, and is known to attract dozens of players each game.

Players tend to land at Tilted Towers to collect the best loot while racking up eliminations.

There have been tons of rumors that Tilted Towers would be destroyed, but they never pan out as the city still remains.

Tilted Towers still remains after almost 6 Fortnite Seasons.

Removing Tilted Towers for 24 hours would certainly send players into a frenzy, with tons of players frantically searching for a place to land.

Maybe Epic could fill the void with another previous location, like Moisty Mire or Risky Reels.

Original Fortnite

Fortnite’s original map looked nothing like it does during Season 8.

The first Fortnite map had only 12 locations being Greasy Grove, Pleasant Park, Loot Lake, Anarchy Acres, Dusty Divot, Tomato Town, Wailing Woods, Lonely Lodge, Retail Row, Salty Springs, Fatal Fields, and Moisty Mire.

Fortnite’s original map was much more open.

If Epic was to change the entire Fortnite map back to the original for a day, tons of players would surely return just to feel a bit of nostalgia.

The Baller vehicle would certainly come in hand, since there is so much open space in the original map.

Fortnite Item Shop Hoax

The Fortnite Item Shop refreshes every day at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST.

Millions of players check the shop once it refreshes to see what cosmetics are available, with the possibility of a rare skin appearing for 24 hours.

One of Fortnite’s rarest skins, Ghoul Trooper, was only available during 2017.

The Ghoul Trooper skin was only available in 2017.

If Epic Games was to trick the community into believing that the Ghoul Trooper, social media would burst into excitement.

It would be hilarious to see all the reactions as fans would refresh the Item Shop hoping to see the Ghoul Trooper, only to be greeted by a funny message by Epic Games.

Reverse Damage

Every time a player takes damage in Fortnite, the amount of damage per bullet briefly appears above their body in either blue or white.

White numbers mean a player is dealing damage to an enemy’s health, while blue numbers mean a player is taking damage to their shield.

Damage numbers appear above enemy’s heads.

The best way to track an enemy’s health is by adding the numbers that appear, along with noting if the numbers are blue or white.

Headshots deal more damage than body shots, just like every other video game.

It would be hilarious and confusing for damage numbers to display reverse numbers for headshots and body shots.

The clips across social media would be hysterical to watch!

These boots are made for walking

Vehicles were added into Fortnite back in Season 4 with the Shopping Cart.

It has since been vaulted, but tons of others have been through Fortnite like the X-4 Stormwing plane, the Quadcrasher, and The Baller.

Without vehicles, Fortnite players would be forced to run around the map like the good old days.

Vehicles are a great way to rotate around the Fortnite map or a quick way to escape the storm.

It would probably be a bad idea to remove all vehicles from Fortnite since the meta currently revolves around The Baller vehicle, but for April Fools’ Day, why not?

Do you have any funny ideas for Fortnite pranks or hoaxes?

Tweet us your April Fools’ Day 2019 Fortnite ideas at @FortniteINTEL!

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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