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Fortnite v15.50 Update patch notes: Rapid Fire SMG & Hand Cannon vaulted

Fortnite’s 15.50 update has arrived, bringing back the Rapid Fire SMG, adding Lazarbeam’s Icon Series skin, and more.

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Fortnite’s 15.50 update is officially here, bringing back the Rapid Fire SMG to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, March 2.

Season 6 is just around the corner, and March 2’s major patch is expected to be the last of this season as we count down to another new season which is sure to have a huge impact on the popular battle royale title.

This week, one of the game’s most powerful SMGs makes it big return to the game, while the Hand Cannon heads back to the Vault for the foreseeable future.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s 15.50 update.

Fortnite 15.50 Update patch notes


Rapid Fire SMG

Epic Games teased that a “rapid” weapon would be coming to the game with the 15.50 patch, and we know that the Rapid Fire SMG is making its triumphant return to the game.

The Rapid Fire SMG only featured in the game for two seasons, and was placed into the Vault at the start of Chapter 2 Season 4. Available in Common, Epic, and Legendary variants, this gun has high damage-per-second, and is perfect for close-quarters combat.

Fortnite's Rapid Fire SMG

Hand Cannon Vaulted

The Hand Cannon has always been one of the most powerful weapons in the game, but players will be waving farewell to his beast for a little while.

Epic teased on February 28 that it was heading for the Vault, and with the 15.50 update, the Hand Cannon is officially out of the loot pool. Don’t worry if you’re a big fan of the weapon though, as the devs always stress that any item placed in the Vault isn’t gone permanently, and could return in the future.

Hand Cannon from Fortnite Season 5

Lazarbeam Icon Series skin

Fortnite’s Icon Series continues, and Australian YouTuber Lazarbeam is the latest to get their own custom look in the game.

Lazarbeam’s skin represents the YouTuber’s life before he became a content creator, depicting him as a “tradie” or construction worker, complete with high-vis gear and workman’s boots.

Players won’t have long to wait to get their hands on the new look, with the bundle set to drop in the Item Shop on March 4.

Fortnite 15.50 update bug fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing bugs and addressing glitches to make sure Fortnite players as smoothly as possible. While the devs no longer release full patch notes themselves, we can see what they’ve done thanks to their official Trello board.

You can read the full list of fixes below.

General

  • Split Screen “Ready Up!” issue.

Battle Royale

  • Snowy Floppers do not grant Shield or Icy Feet.
  • Cars not always dealing damage on impact.
  • Total Bars appearing as “0” when loading into a match with high latency.

Save the World Issues

  • Escalation Modifier Damage Buff does not buff Hero Skills or Gadgets.

Mobile Issues

  • Cannot start or switch to Creative Mode.

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Fortnite Gold Cube: Location, travel path & more

The Gold Cube in Fortnite Season 8 has started to move, but what’s it for and where is it going? We’ve got the lowdown right here.

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Fortnite Season 8 is here with plenty of Cube-themed content for players to tackle. One of the most mysterious new additions is the Fortnite Gold Cube which has begun traveling around the map. Here’s where to find it and where it’s headed.

Fortnite Season 8 Cubed has landed, and it’s brought with it a whole host of new changes to the world-famous battle royale. From another Marvel crossover with Venom and Carnage to an entirely new dimension called The Sideways.

In a throwback to the first season, Epic has also brought back Kevin the Cube, and he isn’t alone this time.

A strange Gold Cube can also be seen rolling around among the numerous alien Cubes populating the map. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Kevin the Cube in Fortnite Season 8

What does the Fortnite Gold Cube do?

The actual purpose of the Gold Cube is currently unknown. When the other purple squares began making their moves, it remained stationary but has since started to travel as well.

This more prestigious Cube will likely play a massive part in the end-of-season event that will take place before Season 9 begins.

As always, we will keep you updated with any fresh news on what role the Fortnite Gold Cube will play.

Fortnite Season 8 artwork

Fortnite Gold Cube location

The mysterious Fortnite Gold Cube started near Holly Hedges and Weeping Woods before it began its long journey.

At the time of writing, it can be found in between Boney Burbs and Believer Beach, and it is set to head towards Pleasant Park.

As the object now appears to be continuously moving, its location will change drastically throughout Season 8.

It is expected to go past many of the named locations around the outskirts of the map before reaching its final destination.

Fortnite Gold Cube

If the Cube is moving, then where exactly is it going? Well, according to a leak from dataminer HYPEX, the Fortnite Gold Cube – along with every other alien square – is actually heading to the center of the map.

This location has been significant for some time in Epic’s ongoing narrative, especially in the Zero Point storyline that has dominated many of the game’s seasons.

It appears that all of the Cubes, except Blue, which is yet to budge, will all be meeting in the same place eventually.

What happens when all of the Cubes make their way to the middle remains to be seen, but if history is anything to go by, then fans can expect something big when they are reunited.

For more on Fortnite Season 8, check out all of the Exotic Weapon locations and how to complete Bounties.

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How to get Fortnite Balenciaga cosmetics: Outfits, Backblings & free Sprays

Fortnite Season 8 includes a crossover with luxury fashion brand Balenciaga, so here’s how to get all of the associated cosmetics.

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Fortnite Balenciaga crossover outfits

Fortnite’s latest crossover is with luxury fashion house Balenciaga, so here’s how to get your hands on all of the deluxe cosmetics arriving in Season 8.

Fortnite Season 8 is continuing the trend of ambitious pop-culture crossovers, bringing Carnage and Naruto to the game. In true Fortnite fashion, the crossovers only get more ambitious, this time collaborating with high-end fashion house Balenciaga.

A ton of Balenciaga Outfits, Backblings, Pickaxes, and more, are coming to the battle royale, along with new challenges to earn some free goodies.

Here’s how to get your hands on all of the Balenciaga Fortnite crossover cosmetics.

How to get Balenciaga cosmetics in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Balenciaga Game Knights outfit

The majority of the Balenciaga cosmetics will arrive in Fortnite’s Item Shop on September 20 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM PT / 1 AM BST (September 21).

There is no confirmation of how many V-Bucks each item or Bundle will cost, however.

From the Item Shop, you’ll be able to purchase:

  • Unchained Ramirez Outfit
  • Shady Doggo Outfit
  • Fashion Banshee Outfit
  • Game Knight Outfit
  • Logo Lugger Back Bling
  • Skate Pocket Duffle Back Bling
  • Everyday Sleekpack Back Bling
  • Camo Carrier Back Bling
  • Speed Sneaker Pickaxe
  • Parasail Purse Glider
  • Signature Look Wrap
  • The Look Emote

Also, the Shady Dogg outfit is based on a real-life Fortnite x Balenciaga collaboration, which you can purchase in Balenciagas stores and on the website.

How to get free Balenciaga Sprays in Fortnite

Fortnite Free Balenciaga Sprays

There are also some free Balenciaga Sprays you can unlock as part of their collaboration with Fortnite.

The Shady Doggo character will offer you two Quests, and you’ll get the free Sprays for completing them. These Quests go live on September 21 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST and last until September 28.

To unlock the Fashion Doggo Spray and Knight Looks Spray, you’ll need to:

  1. Pull off the perfect pose against graffiti
  2. Fetch Doggo new Triple S sneakers

Once you’ve completed these two challenges, the Balenciaga Sprays will be in your inventory.


For more Fortnite, you can check out how to complete the first batch of Punchcard Quests and check out the best weapons in Season 8.

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New leak claims Fortnite is adding another Warzone feature

Some new Fortnite leaks suggest that Epic Games are planning to implement a feature from Warzone in the game.

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Ghost from Warzone and Jonesy in Fortnite

Some new leaks have emerged which suggest that Epic Games will be adding the sliding mechanic from Call of Duty: Warzone to Fortnite in a future update.

Battle Royale titles are highly competitive, and fans often call for these games to take inspiration from each other. Apex Legends players want Warzone’s matchmaking, and Warzone fans want Halo: Infinite’s Battle Pass system.

Now, some new leaks have revealed that Epic Games might be planning to add a feature from Warzone to Fortnite, as the game will reportedly get a sliding movement mechanic soon.

Fortnite characters walking towards crashed Mothership

These leaks came from notable data miner HYPEX, who claims that the Fortnite developers are working on a new movement type in the game. This will come with a few benefits for players.

“It will increase your FOV by 15 when you’re sliding and it will make your camera shake, with a cooldown of 2 seconds,” HYPEX tweeted. “I don’t know the release date or if it’s gonna be an item!”

This sliding movement has been a staple of both Apex Legends and Warzone, so it might provide to be an exciting addition to Fortnite.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this is currently just a leak, and you should take this information with a grain of salt until Epic Games confirms this. If it’s true, then this might be an exciting change.

The developers could introduce a cooldown timer so that players don’t abuse this mechanic in combat. If it arrives in the game soon, then we will probably see some big changes in player tactics.

We’ll keep checking for updates regarding this. For more Fortnite, check out all the Bounty Board Locations in Season 8, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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