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This week in Fortnite – Season 9, no more pump, slip streams and more

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Each Friday we break down the biggest stories, best jokes and capture a snapshot of the Fortnite community. Here is May 4th to May 10th.

The biggest story of this past week was the start of the new season. Each season start brings a spike in players, has some sort of large map change and usually shifts the meta.

Highlights from the Season 9 Patch Notes

You can find the whole patch notes here, but most people if you are reading this site are already familiar with what happened.

The two new(ish) locations are a drastically changed futuristic Tilted Towers and a Mega Mall. Both locations tap into the tech-heavy feel Season 9 is aiming for.

Fortnite also added its first public transportation system with the addition of slipstreams that can rapidly take you around the map.

For weapons, only one new weapon was added in the Combat Shotgun, and it replaced arguably the most important weapon in Fortnite in the pump shotgun.

In addition, grenades were unvaulted. (Why were they even vaulted in the first place?)

In addition to the pump, a variety of mostly unused weapons joined it under Loot Lake. Clingers, Buried Treasure, Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle, and Balloons.

The Season 9 patch notes also added a new challenge called the Fortbytes which will form together to create a picture as players collect individual parts of the challenge.

As always there were a long list of bug fixes and UI improvements. Fortnite Creative and Save the World also received new changes and options as well.

Top Stories of the Past Week

Our top stories from this week centered all around the anticipation and the reaction to the drop of Season 9. Our daily item shop update is not included in this list.

Monday: What to expect from Season 9

Tuesday: AT&T potentially leaks Fortnite Season 9 skin (This wasn’t in the initial release, but could come later in the season.)

Wednesday: Season 9 release time announced

Thursday: Patch Notes

Friday: Complete list of all Fortbyte challenges currently available

What was the community talking about?

The conversation and replies centered around a couple of key topics. At the start of the week, people were already clamoring to re-vault the Drum Gun. Spoiler: Not gonna happen.

There are still plenty of calls to revert as well. Spoiler 2: Not gonna happen.

The conversation shifted when the pump shotgun was vaulted. Taking away such an important weapon made that the new critique of choice.

Now we’ve got some mix of “unvault pumps,” “vault drum gun” and “revert.”

It does finally seem like the calls to revert are being drowned out by other complaints which I guess is a good thing?

Another interesting development in the community conversations is a growing rift between the top streamers and the competitive community.

Ninja took a stance complaining about the other people complaining, some true complain-ception. Ninja hasn’t exactly been a super positive voice for Fortnite in the past couple of seasons, but apparently the anti-Fortnite conversation has even outpaced his issues with the game.

Ninja telling the truth , streamers and their audience are destroying this game , complaining about everything from r/FortNiteBR

Another example of the issue played out when Dakotaz dared to post that he was actually enjoying the game:

Ultimately the issue has been developing for a long time. It has proved very difficult to strike a balance between the competitive community and the rest of the Fortnite player base.

This is still a developing format for FortniteINTEL. Let us know what other sections you want to see recapped each week!

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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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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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