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Top 5 features added to Fortnite during Season 9



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

Neo Tilted

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 knock down Timber Pines with Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite

Fortnite recently added the Ripsaw Launcher and we already have a weekly quest that requires players to cut Timber Pines with it for 15,000 XP.



How to knock down Timer Pines with Ripsaw Launcher

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 challenges are here. Here’s a quick guide to finding the Ripsaw Launcher and knocking down Tumber Pine trees with it.

Amidst game-breaking bugs and glitches, Epic Games released the latest weekly challenges which will help players level up their Battle Pass in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. The XP system is not at its best at the moment, so loopers desperately wait for new quests and challenges.

One of the weekly challenges is based on the newly introduced Ripsaw Launchers.

Where to find the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite?

The Ripsaw Launcher is now available as a standard loot item. Players can search for it on the floor, in chests, and in supply drops. The odds of getting the weapon are purely based on luck, but finding it in major locations like Logjam Lotus, Tilted Towers, Rave Cave, and Coney Crossroads, among others, should be not a struggle.

There’s also a fixed spawn location for the Ripsaw Launcher in Chapter 3 Season 3. There’s a Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus with an abundance of launchers. Even though this location can be highly contested at times, you should be able to get at least one Ripsaw Launcher.

Ripsaw Launcher location in Fortnite
Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus has several Ripsaw Lauchers (Image via

Where to find Timber Pines in Fortnite?

The next step to completing the weekly challenge is to find Timber Pine trees. Here’s what they look like:

Timber Pine in Fortnite
Timber Prine in Fortnite

Timber Pines are basically the tallest trees on the map with narrow brown trunks, and players can find them in the snow biome which contains POIs like Logjam Lotus and Rave Cave.

The aforementioned Chop Shop is located right beside some Timber Pine trees, and it is best if players collect a Ripsaw Launcher from the shop. Using a Ripsaw Launcher is quite straightforward. Just hold the aim button and point it towards the desired tree.

You can either shoot ferocious sawblades that will tear through the wood or hold the aim button to use the Ripsaw Launcher as a melee weapon.

Completing this Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 quest will grant you 15,000 XP and will also help in unlocking some bonus XP rewards.

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Darth Vader in Fortnite has a ton of Easter Eggs

Fortnite introduced Darth Vader as a boss in Chapter 3 Season 3. Here are some easter eggs that Star Wars fans must know about.



Darth Vader Fortnite

Darth Vader is one of the biggest highlights of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. True to its nature, Epic Games has included several Star Wars easter eggs with The Chosen One.

Even though Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 didn’t turn out to be a Star-Wars themed season, fans were finally able to witness Darth Vader. He is a tier 100 reward in the current Battle Pass and is also a boss.

darth vader gameplay fortnite
Darth Vader is finally here in Fortnite

Darth Vader is rightly one of the most terrifying bosses in Fortnite history. However, this is not the only thing that makes this crossover genuine and detailed.

Fun facts about Darth Vader in Fortnite

Over the past few weeks, the community has discovered these hidden details about Darth Vader:

Darth Vader boss doesn’t spawn in the island’s desert biome

Darth Vader doesn’t like sand. In a famous Attack of the Clones scene, he says:

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.”

In addition to that, it is practical enough for someone in a robotic suit to avoid sand. This might be why Darth Vader doesn’t spawn in the desert biome of Fortnite island. In contrast, the boss has two spawn locations in the snow biome, two in the forest, and one in the latest mushroom-themed region.

Hence, Darth Vader’s hatred for sand seems to be the reason why he avoids the desert biome in Fortnite.

Darth Vader’s breathing sound

Darth Vader’s breathing is somehow quite popular among fans. It signifies that the character was once human, and creates an intimidating atmosphere even during silence.

There’s a trick to activate Darth Vader’s breathing in Fortnite. If you go to the Audio settings and ‘Mute All’ the Licensed Audio from the ‘Creator Options’, the Imperial March emote will only play a breathing sound.

Darth Vader takes a knee

Darth Vader is not allowed to die for legal reasons. Fortnite cannot be an exception to this rule, which is why when players defeat the boss, he takes a knee and disappears. This is also a reference to the Star Wars Battlefront game.

Defeating Darth Vader is challenging owing to his overpowered Melee abilities. However, you can refer to our guide and try out this easter egg.

Epic Games didn’t have to add any of these easter eggs to make Darth Vader better. The boss and the skin are great regardless but the community always appreciates such attention to detail.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 NPC hints at the return of Klombo

Loopers can still not get over the sudden disappearance of Klombo in Fortnite Chapter 3. Here’s why their return could be closer than ever.



Klombo might return to Fortnite

The war between the Imagined Order and The Seven in Fortnite had disastrous consequences including the expulsion of Klombo from the island. However, Haven is curious about the mysterious vanishing of the species.

Klombo is undoubtedly one of the most adorable features in the history of Fortnite. The giant dinosaurs roamed around the island on the new Chapter 3 island and provided players with loot, jump boosts, and countless memories.

However, we haven’t seen Klombo since Chapter 3 Season 2. Just like every other looper, Haven is worried about the dinosaurs and looks forward to their return.

What happened to Klombo in Fortnite?

Even though Klombo wasn’t present on the map during Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, loopers could still discover Klombo mounds. Accordingly, it seemed safe to assume that they were simply avoiding the war and will return soon.

There is a Klombo skeleton on the Chapter 3 Season 3 island which naturally shattered all expectations regarding their return. Having said that, anything and everything is possible in Fortnite, thanks to the Zero Point.

Here’s what Haven says when players interact with her while wearing special skins like Indiana Jones (to be released) and Mecha team leader:

  • I followed some Klombo tracks here, but they disappear.
  • The Klombo disappeared in the same strange flash of light that brought them here.
  • Have you seen any Klombo on your travels?

It is evident that Haven cannot digest how Dr. Slone managed to get rid of Klombo. She believes that the unstable Zero Point is the real reason behind their extinction which is why she also mentions a ‘strange flash of light’.

Epic Games was working on Klombo before putting them in the vault

A few weeks back, leakers revealed that Epic Games is not done with Klombo. In fact, the developers have been trying to make the dinosaurs killable and make them drop a ton of great loot.

Another leak disclosed that Klombo will soon be able to dance when players emote near them. Hence, it makes no sense for Fortnite to work on a wide range of features and then remove them altogether.

Moreover, the majority of the Fortnite community absolutely loves Klombo and their return will be highly appreciated. Content in Chapter 3 has been based on the player base’s demands, and to be fair, permanently removing Klombo is not desirable at all.

For now, loopers cannot do much but wait for new information on Klombo. However, we can assure you that the dinosaurs will return in Chapter 3 with the help of Haven and Zero Point.

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