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Fortnite v9.21 Patch Notes – Proximity Grenade Launcher, Horde Rush LTM, and more

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The Fortnite v9.21 update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Proximity Grenade Launcher weapon to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode!

What are your thoughts on the changes introduced in this update?

Check out the full Patch Notes blog post from Epic Games below…

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
It’s not a horseshoe or a hand grenade, but close still counts!

Horde Rush (Coming Soon)
A new 4-player Co-op Limited Time mode is just around the corner! Survive the Horde Rush on June 13.

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LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

One Shot Duos
Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Sniper weapons are the only weapon, Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Horde Rush
Fortnite Fiends are back on the island and angrier than ever! Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding hidden score multipliers, opening special loot chests, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. Traverse across the map, survive all of the Defend locations and take down the Final Boss to win!

  • Mode Details
    • Four player Squad mode divided up into multiple stages.
    • Prepare to defend an area by searching for weapons & items, scavenging materials, and building defenses.
    • Rack up points by fighting Fiends, collecting score multipliers, and destroying Fiend Spawners.
    • Recover from the battle and search for more equipment.
    • Travel across the map to the next defense point.
    • Respawning is enabled until the last stage when players have to destroy a Boss Fiend and his horde of minions.
    • Keep an eye out for special loot chests, which contain powerful weapons & provide a scoring bonus.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Found from Chests, Loot Carriers, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.
  • Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 11.3% to 12.09%
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 16.95% to 18.13%
    • With items being added and removed, we’ve noticed that Shield Potions and Small Shields have been less available in Chests. So we’ve increased the chance to find Shields from Chests to compensate for that.
  • Shotguns
    • Increased the overall chance to find from Floor loot from 8.50% to 9.77%
    • After seeing the community’s feedback about Shotgun availability, we’ve increased the Shotgun availability from Floor Loot to make finding them in the early phases of the game easier.
  • Infantry Rifle Epic and Legendary variants
    • Increased the availability from Floor loot from .067% to .105%
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from .414% to .645%
  • Heavy Assault Rifle Common variant
    • Decreased the availability from Floor loot from 2.04% to 1.715%
    • Decreased the availability from Chest loot from 12.47% to 10.46%
  • Mounted Turret
    • Decreased the availability from floor loot from .59% to .46%
  • Storm Flip
    • Adjusted Storm Flip to cause flat damage instead of being based on which Storm Phase is currently active.
      • Causes 5 damage every second.
      • This change may not be immediately available at the time of release. It requires a server update and will become active at some point later in the day.
      • We noticed with scaling damage that players held onto their Storm Flip later into matches, creating undesirable effects. This change gives players more value in using it earlier in matches.
    • Reduced the availability from Chests from 3.39% to 1.69%
    • Reduced the availability from Floor loot from 3.32% to 1.66%
    • Added back into the Arena and Tournament playlists.
      • We have visual effect changes coming in v9.30 that will help improve readability.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes

  • Audio was sounding muffled due to a filter optimization issue.

MOBILE

We’ve noticed iOS patches have experienced delays appearing in the App Store recently. Apple has stated that any application can take up to 24 hours to appear in the App Store. If no update is available, be sure to check our social channels for more info.

CREATIVE

What’s New?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
Imagine and create new maps to explore all the possibilities of this explosive new weapon!

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.

PREFABS

  • Roadside Garage Gallery
  • Grass & Mud Floor Gallery
  • Forest & Grass Floor Gallery
  • Grass & Forest Floor Gallery
  • Sand & Rock Floor Gallery
  • Dinosaur Prop Gallery

DEVICES

Bug Fixes

  • Text placed on Billboards prior to the v9.20 release will no longer be misaligned.

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Plasmatron 9000
Tongue twister: How fast can you say piercing plasma shots!

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Quantum Countdown
Step right up, and try to keep your attention on the teleporting bomb.

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

New Wargames simulation: Quantum Countdown

  • In this simulation, an unstable bomb is teleporting around your base. The Husks are drawn to its energy and trying to destroy it. Quickly adapt to protect its new location as the Husks take new, and unexpected, routes.
  • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner, and more variety to the Daily Quests.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • A new weapon, the Plasmatron 9000 arrives in the Weekly Store.
    • Short ranged automatic energy pistol that shoots expanding rings of plasma that pierce enemies.
    • Available Wednesday, June 12 at 8 PM Eastern Time until Wednesday, June 19 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

GENERAL

SOCIAL

  • Added pop-up and Main Menu messaging to help players understand when their Xbox Live or PlayStation voice chat is being prioritized over Fortnite Party voice chat.
    • These visuals appear only if someone else in your party is active in Fortnite Party voice chat, and will not reappear unless you join a different party.
    • This is in response to players looking for guidance on various voice chat issues that were related to Xbox Live / Playstation party voice chat prioritization.

KNOWN ISSUES

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

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Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far

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The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.

Leaked Map Stages

All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.

Leaked Quest Voice Line

Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.

A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:

“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”

Doomsday Landmark

According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.

Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.

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Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25

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In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.

Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.

We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.

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Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon

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Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.

Re-added Item Shop Sections:

  • S.T.A.R.S. Team
  • El Chapulín Colorado
  • Wu Wear (new)

Removed Item Shop Sections:

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe Kim
  • Cobra Kai
  • Jordan
  • Turn The Music Up

The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.

We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.

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