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Top 5 features added to Fortnite during Season 9

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Season 9 definitely got a lot of things right and we wanted to list some of our favorite additions before the launch of Season 10.

No season will ever be perfect, but Season 9 has come closer to that impossible bar than many others. Looking back through all the patches, we come to notice that the season has brought a ton of great changes to Fortnite.

We wanted to take a moment to go through our favorite additions of Season 9. Your opinions may differ from our assessments and we welcome you to let us know what your own favorites are. Now, where to begin? Yes, of course, the Hot Spots.

Fortnite Hot Spots – Better Loot, Less RNG

Hot Spot Loot Carrier

Loot’s always going to be a tricky business in Battle Royale games. The randomness of the looting may be considered a standard right now, but RNG leads to unlucky deaths that feel demoralizing.

In patch v9.10, Epic decided to try their hand at reducing RNG on a large scale by introducing Hot Spots. These are named locations which offer superior loot delivered in Loot Carriers that fly above the location. The loot inside is still random, but the chances for a SCAR or Heavy Sniper are vastly increased over Chests or Floor Loot.

The location is chosen randomly, but players can easily see the Hot Spot on the map as the Battle Bus flies overhead due to its yellow name. Epic even introduced these into Team Rumble to help ensure more engagements with legendary and epic weaponry.

Neo Tilted – A New City for a New Age of Fortnite

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Tilted Towers was a mainstay of the Fortnite map for well over a year and fans saw the place crumble down to nearly nothing in Season 8. Epic, never ones to skip out on theatrics, staged the whole thing to welcome in Neo Tilted.

We were skeptical at first about how successful the new cityscape would be, but our doubts were put to rest in minutes. The cyberpunk and futuristic styling mixed with a Fortnite theme work wonderfully well. As usual Epic’s art team delivered an excellent experience that felt like a true upgrade and not a replacement.

The same goes for Neo Tilted’s gameplay. The same room to room combat remains with risky build fights taking place on the outsides. The metal architecture also gave way to making Tilted a great landing spot for competitive games due to mass materials.

Chug Splash – More Shielding for All

Chug Splash Item

Item additions can be hard to pull off due to the unique problem of loot table balancing. If Epic puts in too many items, the chance of getting any specific item becomes unreasonably small. So, when they truly succeed with an item on all fronts, it has to make the list.

Chug Splashes were added in patch v9.30 and offered a shield/health item that can be used to heal teammates, yourself, and even enemies. Other than a few bugs and glitches, the release of the item went quite smoothly.

The Chug Splashes are a Rare quality item and can be found readily in Chests and Floor Loot. Due to their healing and shielding capabilities, they are almost always useful on the spot. Additionally, Squad games were significantly improved as teammates can heal you mid-fight using Chug Splashes.

Legendary & Epic Tactical Shotguns

Legendary Tactical Shotgun

Let’s be honest. The Tactical Shotgun performed awfully throughout the past 4 seasons due to the Pump Shotgun’s utter dominance. Then, Epic decided to replace the Pump with the Combat Shotgun (for a time) which only made the Tactical even worse.

After several buffs to the normal Tacs, Epic realized that something just wasn’t clicking. Many fans and professional players called for the vaulting of the weapon, but it remained in-game nonetheless…possibly due to the Fortnite partnership with Nerf.

With the third v9.40 content update, the Epic & Legendary Tactical shotguns arrived. After weeks and months of under-powered struggles, the Tac returned to the Fortnite meta. The Combat Shotgun still manages to beat it due to superior range, but a headshot from Gold Tac at point blank range feels satisfying and deals lethal damage more often than not.

Slipstream Mobility Network – Fly Like an Eagle

Slipstreams came onto the Fortnite map immediately in v9.00 and we have to admit our hesitation to the place them in the top 5. They often offer mobility even to players in losing fights and reduce the overall skill gap due to easy rotations.

With that mentioned, we think Slipstreams have to take a spot on this list due to how impactful they have been in changing the game. In the past, rotations were either dependent on player awareness or random vehicle spawns. With Slipstreams, players got a guaranteed mobility option.

Epic nerfed the mechanics of the Slipstream slightly to balance out the ease and convenience. After a few short days, they quickly implemented a mechanic which turns these off in late-game scenarios. These changes helped to make the Slipstream a welcome addition to the map.

If Epic intends to remove these in the future, many newer players will need to learn how to rotate to the next zone on foot or in a vehicle.

What are some of your favorite additions of Season 9? Feel free to leave your comments down below. The season’s been a good one and we hope Season 10 continues the same trend upwards as Fortnite’s growth continues into other arenas of play.

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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Fortnite LeBron James skin: Release date, price, trailer & more

A LeBron James Fortnite skin is reportedly being added to the game during the next update, and he will come with exclusive quests.

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NBA superstar LeBron James has officially joined Fortnite’s ICON Series skin set, with two outfits coming to the Fortnite Item Shop.

During the first day of the Epic Games vs. Apple trial, multiple planned or scrapped Fortnite crossovers had been leaked. The crossover information came from a Quarterly Business Review document for Epic Games. Among these leaks were planned crossovers with Naruto, Metroid, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.

A crossover with LeBron James was also found in the court documents. The still image of LeBron James included the Icon Series logo. Players assumed a LeBron James Fortnite skin would be released during the Fortnite x NBA The Crossover event, but a set of customizable skins was released instead.

Epic Games put rumors to bed with an announcement on their official blog page on July 12, confirming the date NBA’s MVP would be arriving in the world-famous Battle Royale.

He joins a list of celebrities to now have their own character in-game, including Marshmello, Ninja, Loserfruit, and more.

When is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin coming out?

Here’s a first look at both of LeBron James’ Fortnite skins.

On July 14, 2021, LeBron James will be given his very own Fortnite Battle Royale skin, as part of the ICON Series.

How much is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin?

Fortnite ICON Series skins usually cost around 1,500 V-Bucks individually, with a price point of between 2,500 or 3,000 V-Bucks for the full bundle.

What does the King James Gear Bundle include?

  • The Lion Pickaxe 
  • Wingspan Glider
  • Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer. 

A new trailer dropped as part of the announcement, too, as seen below.

Fortnite LeBron James skin trailer

Leaks

A number of these details were revealed before Epic Games had the chance to do a full press release, too.

ShiinaBR on Twitter was the first to break the news stating: “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE THE NEXT ICON SERIES SKIN.”

HYPEX quote retweeted Shiina’s announcement with more information. They stated that the LeBron James Fortnite skin will come with an exclusive quest line called King’s Bling.

And now LeBron James will be added to the game right before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

For basketball fans, this is an exciting addition to Fortnite. Not only can players equip their own custom basketball skins, but now they can play as one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Let us know down below if you are excited about the collab and if you plan to purchase the LeBron James Fortnite skin.

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All Tier 100 Fortnite Skins ranked

Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.

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Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.

We’re 16 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 15 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.

Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!

16. Vendetta: Season 9

The Vendetta is my least-favorite tier 100 skin of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.

This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.

15. Ice King: Season 7

The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.

The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.

14. Ultima Knight: Season X

The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.

Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle

13. Dire: Season 6

The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least popular skins you’ll see in the game.

The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.

12. Ragnarok: Season 5

The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.

11. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1

The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.

I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.

10. Rick Sanchez : Chapter 2 Season 7

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Being able to play as Rick Sanchez is pretty cool seeing as he’s the most iconic character in one of the most popular animated series in recent history. His unique cell-shaded style makes him stand out from other skins, and his smug look makes it seem like every elimination is a cakewalk.

Rick is lower on the list because of his lack of utility and inevitable plummet in popularity in a few seasons. His cartoon style makes him stick out like a sore thumb in-game. His head is a massive target. And players will likely only use this skin for the next season or so.

9. Omega: Season 4

The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.

I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.

8. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5

This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.

Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.

7. Luxe: Season 8

The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.

The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.

6. The Reaper: Season 3

For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.

There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.

Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.

5. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6

Fortnite Spire Assassin

The Spire Assassin is the latest tier-100 skin added to Fortnite in Season 6, and it jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin comes close to the best we’ve seen in Chapter 2, but it’s too early to tell.

It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.

4. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3

The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.

Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.

3. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2

Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.

The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.

2. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4

Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.

With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.

1. Black Knight: Season 2

I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.

The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.

The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.

What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.

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