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Fortnite Update v5.40 Patch Notes – High Stakes Event, Grappler, and more

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Epic Games released the Fortnite Battle Royale v5.40 Patch Notes on Thursday, September 6, featuring the High Stakes Event, the Grappler, and more.

Patch Sizes:

  • PC: 2.59GB
  • Mac: 3.54GB
  • PS4: 1.05GB
  • Xbox: 1.76GB
  • Switch: 475MB
  • iOS: 1.10GB
  • Android: 974MB

 

Fortnite Battle Royale Update V3.5.0 Update

 

High Stakes (Battle Royale)

Welcome to the High Stakes event! Assemble your crew for the new Getaway LTM and complete challenge to get some free rewards. More info in our blog here.

Grappler (Battle Royale)

Make a daring escape or get into the action quickly! This new item attaches to anything you hit for quick traversal.

General

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing some unneeded assets to remain in memory when switching from Save the World to Battle Royale or vice-versa.
  • Fixed an issue that caused camera jitter when simultaneously canceling sprint while reloading and aiming down sights.
  • Fixed a rare server crash that could occur when a player edits a building.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented weapons from firing when holding the fire button during a weapon swap.
  • Fixed an issue causing the crosshair to drift if player rapidly presses aim down sights with sniper rifles.
  • Fixed some buildings’ destruction effects being played twice.
  • Fixed ammo quantity counts not updating properly on the inventory screen details panel.
  • Fixed broken antialiasing in handheld mode on Nintendo Switch.

Known Issues

Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

Battle Royale

Limited Time Mode: The Getaway

Welcome to The Getaway! In this mode, players will race to find a Jewel and take it to a Getaway Van before everyone else to win the match!

Mode Details

  • Jewels
    • Jewels can be found in special supply drop safes, located along the edge of the first storm circle. The safes take a long time to open, so make sure the area is clear before attempting to claim a Jewel!
    • Four Jewels will be in play on the map AT ALL TIMES. If a player escapes with a Jewel or one is lost in the storm, a new supply drop will bring a replacement.
    • When a Jewel is picked up, it will be visible on the map to everyone for 30 seconds.
    • Carrying a Jewel will give players health & shields over time, but also slow them down by 10%.
  • Getaway Vans
    • Four TOTAL Getaway Vans will be in the map, three that arrive early in the match and one more that shows up near the end.
    • Getaway Vans float in mid-air, Jewel carriers must build up and then interact with them in order to complete a Getaway.
    • The goal is to find or steal a Jewel and take it to one of the vans in order to secure a Victory Royale.
    • Once they arrive, safe drops and Getaway Vans will be visible on the map at all times.
  • 12 red “Pursuit” Supply Drops land at the very beginning of the match. These carry a variety of longer-range weapons and other items, and are the only way to obtain the new Grappler in this mode.
  • Resource harvesting amounts increased by 50%.
  • Only Rare weapons or higher will be found in this mode.
  • Rifts, Rift-To-Go and Launchpads have been removed to reduce mobility for Getaway Van engagements.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode, but Umbrellas are not awarded for wins.

Weapons + Items

  • Grappler added.
    • Fire at a nearby object to pull yourself towards it.
    • Can be found in Vending Machines, floor loot, Treasure Chests, Supply Drops, and Supply Llamas.
    • Chain multiple shots together to travel great distances.
    • Has 15 charges. Discarded when charges are depleted.
    • Epic rarity.
  • Vaulted Revolvers
  • Rarity color adjustments
    • Some items have been removed or modified to better reflect their effectiveness. This only affects their colors and other characteristics are unchanged.
    • Removed Common Suppressed Submachine Gun
    • Removed Rare Rocket Launcher
      • Availability of Epic and Legendary Rocket Launchers increased slightly to compensate.
        • Increased Epic Rocket Launchers drop rate by 18.57%
        • Increased Legendary rocket launcher drop rate by 2.05%
    • Removed Legendary Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
    • Removed Rare Pistol
    • Remote Explosives increased from Rare to Epic.
    • Port-a-Fort decreased from Epic to Rare.
    • Semi-Auto Sniper rifle decreased from Epic and Legendary to Uncommon and Rare.
      • Increased the frequency that the Semi-Auto sniper rifles drop to align more with their rarity class.
        • Increased Uncommon Semi-Auto sniper drop rate by 9.29%
        • Increased Rare Semi-Auto sniper drop rate by 9.29%
    • Dual pistols decreased in rarity from Epic and Legendary to Rare and Epic.
    • Suppressed pistol decreased in rarity from Epic and Legendary to Rare and Epic.
  • Burst Assault Rifle accuracy adjustments.
    • When holding down the trigger, the first 2 bursts are more accurate.
    • Spread down sights benefit increased from 35% to 40%.
    • Crouch spread benefit reduced from 25% to 20%.
    • Jumping/Falling spread penalty reduced from 25% to 10%.
    • Sprinting spread penalty reduced from 50% to 30%.
  • Increased drop stack count for Boogie Bomb from 1 to 2.
  • Increased maximum stack size for Stink Bomb from 5 to 6.
  • Increased maximum stack size for Shield Potions from 2 to 3.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented audio and effects from playing on other players who are consuming a shield potion.

Gameplay

  • In the moving storm phases, when the storm reaches its destination, it will cause a surge of energy that destroys player-built structures located on the storm wall.
  • Motion controls now function uniformly across input types on Nintendo Switch and mobile. Options have been added to the settings to allow you to switch your motion turn axis.
    • Motion deadzone has been removed.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing supply drop landing effects to play twice in some circumstances.
  • Fixed inconsistencies with auto-pickup when landing on pickups, and when pickups are first thrown from containers.

Performance

  • Improved loading performance on Nintendo Switch to reduce issues with buildings loading late (i.e. low-res buildings during skydiving).
  • Fixed a large performance regression related to effects. This was causing poor framerate in the 5.30 release (especially on Nintendo Switch).

Audio

  • Boosted volume of the Remote Explosives placement sound.
  • Improve the quality of the sound played when dropping from the Bus on Mobile/Nintendo Switch platforms.
  • Improve spatialization of the chest open sound for other players nearby.

Bug Fixes

  • Reduced the spam of item pickup “bounce” sounds when pickups are sliding down hills.
  • Fixed several UI sound issues.

UI

  • Emote picker is now available in the lobby, no longer limited to just playing the first emote selected in your locker.
  • Fullscreen map now supports touch on Nintendo Switch.

Bug Fixes

  • Item shop now shows the item description when inspecting.
  • Road Trip week 8 and 9 display the correct completion value now.
  • Fixed issue where challenge bundles did not display the correct number of stars from the challenge tab.
  • Fixed issue where style preview would sometimes not be centered in the view correctly.
  • Banner rewards from the Battle Pass no longer show an empty description box.
  • Fixed an issue wherein rerolling a daily quest in Battle Royale would not select the new quest.
  • Style gift boxes will now show the 3D preview of the character with the style applied.
  • Fixed an issue where navigating in the locker would cause some drop in performance.
  • Fixed an issue where changing away from the Challenges Tab would cause some information to get stuck on the screen.
  • Fix an issue where continuously clicking on the “Select Game Mode” page would prevent it from closing.
  • Fixed an issue where using touch to open/close the map would cause d-pad controls to become unresponsive.
  • Fixed an issue with the loading screen showing incorrect information for non-leader party members.

Art + Animation

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause player models to not appear while in game.
  • Fixed an issue with spray quality temporarily appearing pixelated for some sprays.
  • Fixed the Downshift Glider rear light trails from clipping with geometry.

Replay System

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed duplicate elimination effects on the recording player.

Mobile

  • Added VOIP to Android.
  • Expanded device support to the Essential-PH, Motorola, HTC, Sony Xperia devices.
  • Major memory optimization on Android devices with Adreno GPUs. This addresses the performance degradation seen due to memory pressure.
  • Implemented a new Audio Mixer, which addresses issues with sound quality and consistency.
  • Items on the ground now have tooltips.
  • Custom HUD Layout Tool now has a more consistent apply/cancel flow.
  • The player healthbar and squad healthbars are now moveable in the Custom HUD Layout tool.
  • Dragging-and-dropping an item from the quickbar now drops the whole stack. To split a stack, drag-and-drop with the inventory window open.
  • Dragging-and-dropping an item from the quickbar no longer stops consumable use.
  • UI prompts now appear on vehicles for entering and switching seats.

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected some issues with screen resolution in certain locales on Android.
  • The screen will no longer timeout without user input on iOS.
  • Adjusted steering sensitivity on vehicles.
  • Players are now able to thank the bus driver.
  • Gyro controls are now usable regardless of orientation on iOS.
  • Resolved an issue with turbo-building sometimes being stuck “on” when using the quickbar to turbo-build.
  • Fixed the challenges button to use large buttons on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where toggling between pickaxe/weapons wouldn’t properly change weapons.
  • Exhaust problems with the Street Racer Bike Gliders for mobile have been repaired. The Bikes should run clean now.
  • No longer able to interact with UI behind the challenges screen.
  • Players who are experiencing issues with abruptly going to the Home Screen when pressing jump on certain Samsung Galaxy devices can do the following to fix the issue.
    • Go to Settings > Display > Navigation > Hard Press Home Button > Turn the feature off

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Best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1

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If you’re looking to take your game to the next level, then you need to make sure you have the best controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1.

To be on top of your game, you need the best Fortnite settings. The default settings Fortnite starts players with won’t cut it. In order to maximize performance, you need to optimize every setting.

Approaching Fortnite’s settings menu alone can be daunting. There’s plenty of options to choose from which can get confusing. But we are here to show you the best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3.

Best Fortnite Controller Settings

Fortnite game settings tab

Fortnite Game Settings Tab

The “Game” Settings tab is the second tab in the settings menu. It is indicated by a cogwheel.

Movement

  • Toggle Sprint – Off
  • Sprint By Default – On
  • Sprint Cancels Reloading – Off
  • Auto Open Doors – Off

Combat

  • Hold to Swap Pickup – Off
  • Toggle Targeting – Off
  • Mark Dnager when Targeting – On
  • Auto Pick Up Weapons – Off
  • Preffered Item Slots – Personal Preference
  • Auto Sort Consumables to RIght – Off

Building

  • Reset Building Choice – Off
  • Disable Pre-Edit Option – Off
  • Turbo Buidling – On
  • Confirm Edit on Release – On

Tutorial

  • Contectual Tips – On

Extra Game Options

Tap to Search/Interact – On

Fortnite Controller Options Tab

fortnite controller options settings tab

You don’t need to worry about the two tabs in-between “Game” and “Controller Options”. The controller settings are indicated by a controller icon.

Input

  • Controller Auto-Run – On
  • Buil Immediately (Builder Pro) – On
  • Edit Hold Time – 0.100 Sec
  • Vibration – Off

Sensitivity

  • Build Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.6x
  • Edit Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.7x
  • Use Advanced Options – On

Advanced Look Sensitivity

  • Look Horizontal Speed – 50%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 60%
  • Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • Boost Ramp Time – 0%
  • Instant Boost When Building – On

Advanced ADS Sensitivity

  • ADS Look Horizontal Speed – 17%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 17%
  • ADS Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • ADS Turning Boost Ramp Time – 0%

Advanced Sensitivity

  • Look Dampening Time – 0.20 Seconds
  • Look Input Curve – Exponential
  • Aim Assist Strength – 100%

Controller Deadzone

  • Left Stick – 6%
  • Right Stick 6%

Adaptive Trigger (PS5 Only)

  • Enable Adaptive Trigger – Off
  • Use Effect For Press – Off

Button Layout Tab

The Button Layout Tab is the last tab you will need to fiddle with, and there isn’t much to it. Set your controller configuration to Builder Pro. You won’t need to change any of the buttons unless you personally prefer otherwise.

Fortnite controller settings tab

And that’s everything you need to change to have the best Fortnite controller settings. They will take some getting used to at first, but the increased sensitivity will definitely improve your reaction time.

For more Fortnite, check out how to use the Visualize Sound Effects setting, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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The 5 most hated skins in Fortnite

The Fortnite community is no fan of these skins.

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Fortnite skins have taken on a life of their own since the game came out. Back in the early days, we couldn’t imagine spending money on a free game. Now, hundreds of dollars later, we’re still padding our lockers as collectors of in-game cosmetics.

Some skins tell a lot about the player wearing them. A Peely? They’re just trying to goof around and have some fun. A Dynamo? Sweat is probably pouring onto their keyboard at all times.

Today, we’re taking a look at the most hated skins in Fortnite – the skins that elicit an immediate reaction from opponents. You better be ready for some backlash if you post a clip while wearing one of these skins.

5. Female Soccer Skins

Female Soccer Skins have been hated ever since they first came out. This might have been the first “sweaty” skin to come to Fortnite, and it remains in the category to this day. However, it’s been made available in the Item Shop quite frequently so everyone from sweats to casuals owns it.

“Soccer skin” means more than just the skin that someone is wearing, at this point. It’s a term that longtime Fortnite players will likely remember for the rest of their gaming careers. However, because of its frequent item shop appearances, it’s last on the list.

fortnite soccer celebration
Via: Epic Games

4. Custom Superhero Skins

These skins have cause quite a stir with players and have disrupted the competitive scene on more than one occasion. The actual name of these skins is Boundless, and they are among the most customizable skins in the game. Many players bought them for their versatility at first, but they were quickly abused by competitive players.

Players could set their skins to have an all-black or all-white color scheme which would make them harder to see. These color combos were banned from the game, but players still found a way to make their skins harder to see. This lead to these sweaty skins being banned outright in all competitive play.

3. Anime Skins

This category of skins is pretty new since “anime” skins were introduced in Chapter 2 Season 5. A bundle of anime skins was also released during Season 6 which contains some of the sweatiest and most hated Fortnite Skins.

Chigusa, Megumi, and Yuki are part of the Cyber Infiltration bundle, and Lexa was given to players who reached a certain level of the Season 5 Battle Pass. For some reason, players hate these cell-shaded skins and would rather face off against Soccer Skins.

2. Surf Witch

When we asked Twitter which skins they hated the most, a large number of responses included Surf Witch. It seems this skin is hated because it’s used by “sweats” and also because of its lackluster design.

Surf Witch’s design isn’t much different from many of the other female skins. In fact, she has a very similar design to Haze, a preexisting skin. Many players think that Surf Witch is a cheap rip off of Haze, and their hate is derived from their similarities.

1. Dynamo

Dynamo is – by far – the most hated skin in Fortnite, at the moment. If you post a clip while wearing the Dynamo skin, you’re guaranteed to see the bulk of your replies consist of something along the lines of, “Dynamo, ew.”

We’re not exactly sure why Dynamo has its status as the most hated skin in Fortnite. Perhaps, it’s because Dynamo a very sweaty skin that isn’t difficult to get. Unlike Crystal and Aura, a lot of players think Dynamo is, simply, a bad skin on top of the fact that it’s incredibly sweaty.

Whatever the reason, wearing a Dynamo skin puts a target on your back. If you hit the island wearing Dynamo, then you better be as good as the skin suggests you are.

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Does this list mean that you shouldn’t be wearing these skins in Fortnite? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of players like playing the role of an antagonist in all sorts of games. It can be fun. Wear whatever you want – these are just some of the skins that are in the community’s crosshairs at the moment. We’re sure that it will change in the future. Wear what you want and have fun!

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

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Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

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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