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Traps in Fortnite bugged after v8.20 update

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Update: Epic Games has replied to a report of the bug on the FortniteBR ‘Known Bugs’ Reddit page.

Epic Games has stated the bug is known by them and they are working on a fix to the issue as we speak. The bug should be fixed soon and the game’s trap will return to their normal form. No word on other possible changes to traps for other non-core modes.

They also provided a short workaround solution until the problem can be fixed. If you use the trap to auto-build the wall, you can still get the trap to place normally. This naturally does not help if the wall has already been built by the enemy.

Here is Epic’s full statement from the Reddit reply:

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It seems that trap changes in v8.20 for Fortnite have caused a bug to crop up surrounding the item. Epic Games has yet to issue a statement on the issue and whether this is a feature or a glitch.

Traps in Fortnite have gone through a lot of iterations and bugs from complete re-hauls to minor changes.

The v8.20 patch for Fortnite included some minor bug fixes to how traps inflict damage to Ballers and how traps have been able to sink into thicker material/objects for long time.

These fixes are great and make for a more logical gameplay flow with the trap, but it seems that Epic might have made a mistake. The traps’ damage behavior has now changed. You can see the change in action from this video from popular Youtuber ‘Wildcat.’

We’re not totally sure if this is truly a bug, however. A fairly loud sub-section of players have been calling for changes to the spam-able nature of traps and how easy it can be to use them to kill opponents without the need to out-gun or out-build.

Fortnite is, at its core, a casual experience and the mechanic of being able to place traps inside a ramped 1×1 didn’t really present too much of a problem in general gameplay. Casual players have wildly differing level of gameplay skill and so the mechanic rarely was abused.

Now, the traps cannot be placed on the side-walls of a 1×1 which contains a ramp. You can still place it on the roof or the floor just fine. It seems like a balance patch, but due to no mention in the patch notes…it’s likely a bug nonetheless.

A player can now prevent being trapped by building a ramp inside of their 1×1. Wildcat also showed that editing the ramp into a half-ramp will allow for the trap to be placed.

The Classic Fortnite Trap – via Epic Games

While Wildcat was personally unhappy with that change, we don’t feel that its such a one-sided story.

Epic Games may have forgotten to add this change to the patch notes and intended the change to be pushed to live servers with v8.20. The change makes it harder to use Traps correctly and gives players a chance to counter them from within 1×1 structures.

However, if this is indeed a bug, then it could be a happen accident in terms of game balancing. It may be fun to remove players from the game using a high damage, non-aimed damage application, but the only counter generally was to run away if you suspected a trap-play.

There is a flip-side to that. Players who tend to ‘camp’ inside 1×1 structures may have been granted a buff due to this bug. Explosives, concentrated fire, and wall replacement edits will still clear out campers quickly, but Traps will be a little harder to land.

You can still place Traps down to damage people inside 1×1 structures by simply placing the trap on the floor OR destroy the ramp and then place the trap. An additional trap will not destroy or prevent the trap from triggering.

We await word from Epic about whether this change is intended or not. Tell us what you think about the dynamic in the comments.

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Why Fortnite Sideways Anomalies are insanely overpowered

The new Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here is how players can use them to their advantage.

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The new Sideways Anomalies introduced at the start of Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here’s why you need to be visiting these anomalies.

Fortnite Season 8 is off to a weird start. Where the past few seasons had themes that were easy to understand, Season 8 is a black swan.

With Cubed being the Season 8 title theme, a bunch of Kevin Cubes have popped up all over the map. Like in Chapter 1, these cubes roll around the map leaving destruction in their wake. But there’s even more to this season’s madness.

Epic Games also threw in the new Sideways biomes. These are zit-lit bubbles that appear on the map that are infested with dangerous creatures. However, the Sideways Anomalies are smaller biomes that are game-changing additions to Fortnite.

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What are Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite?

There are two ways players can enter The Sideways in Fortnite Season 8. The first and most popular is via The Sideways biome that appears on one of the POIs at the start of every match. These biomes do not disappear, and they are heavily populated by players and monsters.

However, The Sideways biomes are not as accessible or rewarding as the Sideways Anomalies. Sideways Anomalies appear as purple rift-like markers on the map, and there are three on the map at all times.

When approached, the rifts will expand and create a smaller Sideways biome. Cube Monsters will begin to spawn, and players will be able to spend a small amount of time inside the anomaly before it closes. Once the Sideways Anomaly closes, another one will appear on the map.

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Why Sideways Anomalies overpowered

Aside from the larger Sideways biome, players tend to ignore the Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. However, players should visit every Sideways Anomaly they can. Here’s a list of reasons players should visit the Sideways Anomalies.

  • Siphon health from Cube Monster eliminations
  • Easily get max ammo from Cube Monsters
  • Easy way to get Mythic Sideways Weapons

Every time a player kills a Cube Monster, they will gain health and shield. And since the Cube Monsters are easy to kill, players can get full health and shield super quickly. As well, Cube Monsters drop a lot of ammo when eliminated.

Players can also get overpowered Mythic Sideways weapons after visiting 1 or 2 Sideways Anomalies. But what makes these so overpowered is the small number of players that visit them.

Yes, you can get all of these benefits from the large Sideways biomes, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter an opponent at Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. Having a biome all to yourself takes the edge off of getting geared up.

Are you a fan of the new Sideways biomes, and have you tried the Sideways Weapons yet? Let us know your thoughts on our FortniteINTEL Twitter page.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find every Mythic weapon in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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When Fortnite Season 9 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends

Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.

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Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.

Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.

But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

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When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?

Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 5, 2021. This will allow for Fortnite Season 9 to start just-in-time for the annual Holiday event.

Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.

When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9 will start on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Season start the day after the current season ends. It wouldn’t make sense for Epic Games to delay the start of Season 9 past December 6th.

Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. There will likely be some downtime between Season 8 and 9, and it could be as long as 13 hours like the end of Season 7.

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Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?

As of right now, we don’t know. We likely won’t know anything about a live event until close to the end of Fortnite Season 8. However, we will keep this article updated with the latest information.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.

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As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 9 starts. For more Fortnite, check out every Alien Artifact location in Season 7 and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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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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