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Every Fortnite Season 5 new location and map change

Fortnite Season 5 has brought a ton of changes to the game, including 3 new POIs and the return of a fan favorite.

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Fortnite's Salty Towers in Season 5.

Fortnite Season 5 has arrived, and as with any new season, there have been plenty of map changes. From brand-new locations to the return of some classics, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s upgraded island.

With the battle against Galactus now firmly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to focus on Season 5, and the battle to save the island. The Zero Point at the heart of the island is unstable, and Jonesy and his team of hunters are desperate to save the reality we all know and love.

The Zero Point has clearly caused some issues after being drawn out of the ground by Galactus, and it appears that it’s started to warp multiple realities together, with some new locations springing up, and some classics returning — just not as we remember them.

You can take a look at the new Fortnite Season 5 map below.

Salty Towers

Tilted Towers is back! Well, not exactly. The last time we saw Tilted Towers, it was being covered in molten lava during Season 8, but thanks to Zero Point, it makes its triumphant return.

It’s not exactly the Tilted Towers you remember though, as it has been through an odd merged with Salty Springs, combing the two to make a new version of both locations, although it still feels familiar once you’re inside it.

Salty Towers in Fortnite Season 5.

Stealthy Stronghold

Pleasant Park has a new neighbour, as a massive walled section forest has appeared directly north of the town.

There doesn’t seem to be too much inside it right now, with just trees and a few small buildings, but we may see some construction there as the season goes on.

Stealthy Stronghold in Fortnite Season 5.

Zero Point

One of the easiest new locations to spot is the new home of the Zero Point, which is floating high in the sky in the middle of the island.

The area around it has been covered in sand, and some strange spikes are sticking out of the ground.

Zero Point floating in the sky in Fortnite Season 5.

Colossal Coliseum

Located just West of the Zero Point is the new Colossal Coliseum. A grand structure designed for combatants to do battle, there’s sure to be plenty of fights taking place here in Season 5.

Fortnite's Colossal Coliseum in Season 5.

More map changes are being discovered all the time, so check back as we continue to update this article.

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Fortnite 18.30 update patch notes: Mountain Base POI, new weapons, Cube Queen Secret Skin

Fortnite’s 18.30 update is live, so here are the full patch notes detailing all of the content, including a new POI, and bug fixes.

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Fortnite The Convergence POI

Epic Games are keeping the Fortnite updates coming thick and fast during Fornitemares, with the 18.30 update now live. Here are the full patch notes, including the new Mountain Base POI, Cube Queen skin, weapons, and more.

We’ve now entered the third and final week of Fortnitemares, which had brought both the 18.20 and 18.21 updates. These updates made significant changes to the battle royale, such as adding donation boards, more Return Requests, and the new Cube Town POI.

The latest update, v18.30, is now live. It’s brought a new Mountain Base POI, new weapons, and the secret Battle Pass skin.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s 18.30 update.

Fortnite Season 8 Fortnitemares

Fortnite 18.30 update release date & server downtime

Fortnite’s 18.30 update is live, with the downtime now over so players can start dropping in and experiencing the new content.

New Fortnite Mountain Base POI

Fortnite season 8 mountain base POI

The 18.30 update has introduced a brand-new POI to the game, with the Catty Corner bunker door opening up to form the Mountain Base.

Since Fortnite moved to the Chapter 2 island, players have been wondering what’s behind the huge door next to Catty Corner. These doors have now opened up with 18.30, but Epic warns that you need to prepare “to fend against Doctor Slone and her guards.”

New Fortnite weapons

The 18.30 update has brought two new weapons, the Icy Grappler and Combat Pistol.

The Icy Grappler acts much the same as the regular Grappler but turns your feet icy for much more mobility. It can be purchased from Fabio Sparklemane for 400 Bars.

And the Combat Pistol comes in every rarity, ranging from 23 damage (Common) to 28 damage (Legendary). The in-game description says it “benefits greatly from aiming down sights.”

Combat Shotgun vs Boogie Bomb

Fortnite boogie bomb vs combat shotgun vote

The Donation Boards return again in the 18.30 update, this time pitting Boogie Bombs and the Combat Shotgun against each other.

Boogie Bombs force your opponents to dance, leaving them defenseless for a few seconds. And the Combat Shotgun is a powerful semi-auto shotgun that has great range.

Players need to donate Gold Bars towards one of the weapons, and the first to hit 100% will arrive in Season 8.

Cube Queen Secret Skin comes to Season 8 Battle Pass

Fortnite Season 8 Cube Queen outfit

The Secret Battle Pass Skin, the Cube Queen, will be available from 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST, where players can unlock her Outfit and the Long Live the Queen Set.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Quests that release later on October 26.

Fortnite Cube Town Pyramid

The Convergence has moved to its next phase with the 18.30 update, and leaks have suggested this will soon form a pyramid.

Epic has teased that “with v18.30, the next phase of The Convergence is now built. Head to the Island’s center to see the Cubes’ ominous progress…”

Well-known leaker HYPEX has discovered that “there’s a string in the Cube Queen’s effects that refers to her as the ‘Pyramid Tip.’

The Cube Town Pyramid seems to be confirmed, with data miners discovering a new challenge where players must “Visit The Pyramid.” And the challenge description says “Ooh, purple! Show me purple! I’m getting the sense that they’re not supposed to be doing that.”

HYPEX now believes that “The Cubes are 100% turning into a pyramid.”

Fortnite Power Leveling weekend

Power leveling in Fortnite

From October 29 at 7 PM ET to November 1 at 7 AM ET, Fortnite players will be treated to bonus XP as part of a Power Leveling weekend.

This will allow players to level up even faster by unlocking a “bonus pool of Supercharged XP.”

Fortnite The Batman Who Laughs skin arrives

The Batman Who Laughs in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite is continuing its collaboration with DC Comics, bringing villain The Batman Who Laughs to the game. The skin will hit the Item Shop at 5 PM PT on October 25, the same day as the 18.30 update.

The Batman Who Laughs bundle comes with The Batman Who Laughs skin, Robin’s Perch Backbling, and Dark Multiverse Set Pickaxe and Glider.

Fortnite 18.30 update major bug fixes

Here are the confirmed major bug fixes for the 18.30 update, which deal with a couple of game-breaking issues.

  • Fixed an issue involving the Sideways Scythe’s “Smash Attack” ability resulting in fall damage if players used it from a high point.
  • Fixed an issue involving the red dot indicator no longer showing on the compass when enemies were firing.

And that’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 18.30 update!

For more Fortnite, you can check out how to complete all of Season 8’s Punchcard Quests.

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Fortnite players slam “ridiculous” Rainbow Racer unlock challenge

Fortnite fans are frustrated with the unlock challenge for the Rainbow Rider skin in the Refer-A-Friend program.

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Rainbow Racer loading screen in Fortnite

Fortnite players who were hoping to get their hands on Season 8’s special Rainbow Racer skin have been left infuriated by the extremely difficult challenge required to unlock it in the Refer-A-Friend program.

The new Refer-A-Friend beta in Fortnite lets you earn neat rewards by inviting a few friends to the game and completing challenges alongside them. One of the new rewards you can get is the Rainbow Rider skin.

While fans love this new outfit, many of them aren’t happy with the requirement to unlock it as they consider the challenge to be “ridiculous.” Now, the Fortnite community is looking for ways to get around this requirement.

Rainbow Racer in Refer A Friend

Reddit user Rifted-06 highlighted this issue in the official Fortnite subreddit. While using the Refer-A-Friend program, the last challenge to unlock the Rainbow Racer Fortnite skin requires you and your friends to reach level 60 individually.

This can be frustrating if one of your friends is far behind everyone else, as the rest of the team won’t earn the skin until their teammate finally hits level 60. Worse, if that player never reaches that target, none of the team will get Rainbow Racer at all.

“Every time Epic seems to try and make a website event, involving bringing back friends, it always seems to fall flat. This is just another example of how NOT to do Friend challenges,” wrote one user.

Now, Fortnite players are creating alt accounts to use in place of a referred friend so that they can level both accounts themselves. Some are even planning to use the Creative mode to go AFK every day while gradually earning XP.

“You have until January 11th and as far as I can tell you don’t need to do the levels together,” one Fortnite fan said. “You can just play on your main till you have 60 and then switch to the secondary to get 60 levels.”.

It remains to be seen if the requirements to unlock the Rainbow Racer outfit will change in the future. Currently, you can register before November 14 to start claiming the rewards in Fortnite’s Refer a Friend program.


For more Fortnite, you can check out the new Resident Evil skins that have hit the Item Shop.

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How to get Fortnite Rainbow Racer skin with Refer a Friend

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new Refer a Friend program that grants free rewards such as the Rainbow Racer skin.

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Epic Games are giving Fortnite players some free cosmetics such as the Rainbow Racer skin if they use the new ‘Refer a Friend’ program. Here’s how to Refer a Friend and grab the unique cosmetics.

Fortnite Season 8 is rolling on, bringing new weekly updates and plenty of exciting crossovers such as Dune, The Batman Who Laughs, and another Ariana Grande skin. Not everything costs V-Bucks though, as Epic Games are offering some free rewards with the new Refer a Friend program.

Here’s everything you need to know about Referring a Friend so you can start earning all of the free rewards.

Fortnite Refer a Friend start and end date

Fortnite Season 8 NPCs

The Fortnite Refer a Friend program is now live, so you can start adding their friends and earning all of the rewards.

You’ll have until November 14, 2021, at 8:59 PT / 11:59 ET / 04:59 GMT (November 15) to log in, register, and join the campaign. You then have until the same time on January 10, 2022, to complete all of the tasks.

How to Refer a Friend in Fortnite

How to refer a friend in Fortnite

To Refer a Friend and start earning unique rewards, you just need to use the Refer a Friend website to add up to five Fortnite friends and then complete challenges alongside them.

The friend must either be entirely new or have played less than 120 minutes (two hours) of Solos, Duos, Trios, or Squads in the last 30 days. Don’t worry, Epic will tell you which friends are eligible. You can then start completing the tasks together to earn the rewards.

  1. Log in to the Refer a Friend website with your Epic Games account
  2. Add a friend (includes new players) who has played less than 120 minutes of a core Battle Royale mode in the last 30 days
  3. Play matches and complete tasks with your added friend

Fortnite Refer a Friend tasks and rewards

Fortnite refer a friend rewards

There are five tasks to complete as part of the Refer a Friend, with each granting a new reward. You have to complete all five to unlock the Rainbow Racer skin.

Here’s every Refer a Friend task and its reward.

TaskReward
Add a FriendGridlock Loading Screen
Play one game in Fortnite with a Friend/RefereeMiridescent Weapon Wrap
Place top 10 three times with your Friend/RefereeFlair Fare Glider
Eliminate 10 opponents with your Friend/RefereeDrive Shaft Pickaxe
You and your Friend/Referee must gain 60 account levels from where you were when starting the programRainbow Racer Skin

And that’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s Refer a Friend program! Make sure to register before November 14 to start claiming the rewards.

For more Fortnite, you can check out the new Resident Evil skins that have hit the Item Shop.

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