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Fortnite 16.10 Update patch notes: Raptors & Primal Shotgun nerf

Fortnite Season 6’s v16.10 patch introduces Raptors to the island while nerfing the powerful Primal Shotgun.

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Raptors in Fortnite Season 6

The first major patch of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6 is here, with the v16.10 update on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch adding Raptors to the island.

Fortnite’s Season 6 update introduced some major changes to the game, with new map locations, the ability to craft weapons using materials, and adding wildlife to the island in the form of tameable wolves and boars.

In the first patch of the new season, Epic Games teased that a dangerous beast was set to join the fray in the coming weeks, and the release of the 16.10 update has acted on that promise. Raptors are now roaming the island, ready to deal some huge damage to anyone who gets too close.

On top of that, Epic Games also included some crafting and loot adjustments, while also making some important weapon balance changes that should make the Primal Shotgun less powerful. Check out the full Fortnite v16.10 patch notes below.

Fortnite v16.10 update patch notes

Raptors roam Fortnite’s island

The headline addition in Fortnite Season 6 is the arrival of Raptors, who have hatched from their eggs and are now running amok across the island. Made famous in 1993’s Jurassic Park, these beasts are perfect for Season 6’s Primal theme, with Epic labeling them as “apex predators.”

Raptors will chase down and eliminate players should you get too close to them, but you’ll be able to tame them like boars and wolves and use them to your advantage.

Primal Shotgun nerf & weapon balancing changes

Fortnite Primal Shotgun

The Primal Shotgun has been one of the most powerful and controversial weapons in Fortnite Season 6, but just two weeks after its debut it’s getting a pretty significant nerf.

Epic Games have identified its fire rate as an issue, reducing it to try and make it less powerful. This means the delay between shots is slightly longer, which the developers hope will be enough to stop it from being the incredible killing machine it has been so far.

On top of that, Epic have made some adjustments to crafting and loot, while the Makeshift Shotgun has also been changed. You can view the full list of balance updates below.

  • Crafting & loot adjustments
  • Creative Powerups now support Team, Class, and All combinations
  • Primal Shotgun fire rate reduced
  • Makeshift Shotgun gets v16.10 adjustments
  • Crafting material costs now scale with Makeshift rarity
  • Animal Bones, Mechanical Parts added to floor loot

Fortnite Spring Breakout event

Fortnite Springbreak

Fortnite fans have a special Easter-themed event to enjoy over the next few weeks, with new skins, a Duos competition, and brand-new weapons all included.

The Spring Breakout event kicks off on Tuesday, March 30, with the Egg Launcher set to make its return as part of the Easter-themed extravaganza.

Fortnite 16.10 bug fixes

As always, Epic Games are dropping some fixes for bugs and glitches that have been affecting the game since the Season 6 launch.

The developers note every fix coming in this update on their official Trello board, and while there aren’t many in this specific patch, they have addressed a frustrating issue with the Shark Island anomaly, and a problem that was making it difficult to see inside the Storm.

General

  • Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.

Battle Royale

  • Anomaly may not appear on Shark Island.
  • Chapter 2 Season 5 Legacies missing.
  • Visibility is extremely decreased when inside the Storm.
  • Opening the inventory will cancel Tap to Search/Interact/Revive actions.
  • Character Quests not counting for progression.
  • Stackable items are not split when Shift-Dragged.

Creative

  • Slow-motion effect.
  • AI can get stuck in obstacles.
  • Player portal appears as “Creative Don’t Fill.”

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Fortnite 20.40 update early patch notes: Server downtime, Ali-A Icon Series, Obi-Wan, bug fixes

Fortnite’s 20.40 update is almost here, so here’s everything you can expect to see, including when the servers will go down.

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Fortnite’s next major update, 20.40, is almost here. This will bring Ali-A’s Icon Series skin and more, so here’s everything you need to know including its release date and server downtime.

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 is drawing to a close, but that isn’t stopping Epic Games from keeping the content coming. Soon after Scarlet Witch and the Star Wars Day celebration arrived in the 20.30 update, the 20.40 update is set to bring Ali-A’s Icon Series, bug fixes, and more.

Here’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 20.40 update, including the release date, server downtime, and expected content.

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Fortnite 20.40 update release date & server downtime

Fortnite’s 20.40 update is set to be released on May 17, with downtime usually beginning around 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST, with matchmaking disabled 30 minutes before.

This server downtime usually lasts a couple of hours, and then players can jump back into all of the new content.

Ali-A arrives with Fortnite 20.40 update

Top Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A arrives with the 20.40 update, where players can earn the free ‘Ali-A Was Here’ Spray as soon as the update is live.

All players need to do is head to the Ali-A Experience Island (code: 5135-8778-2901) and Eliminate 25 opponents. Then, the YouTuber’s Spray will be yours for free.

Players can then either win the Ali-A Icon Series skin in the Ali-A Cup or purchase it from the Item Shop, where the set includes a Back Bling that doubles up as a Glider, a Pickaxe, Wrap, and Emote.

Fortnite Ali-A Was Here Spray

What to expect in Fortnite’s 20.40 update

While Epic Games have played their cards close to their chest for the 20.40 update, leaker Shiina has detailed what we can expect to see.

Although this is just speculation, Shiina said we can expect to see the updated game files reveal the Obi-Wan Kenobi collab, a Doomsday Device, the new June Crew Pack, and more. Of course, this is just speculation for now, so be sure to check back on May 17 for the full patch notes.

Fortnite 20.40 update bug fixes

Thanks to Epic Games’ Trello board of Fortnite community issues, we can see the issues that are confirmed to be fixed in the next game update, which is 20.40.

  • General Top Issues
    • Players do not receive toast notifications while in a match in a party with another player
    • Traps may sometimes not place immediately
  • Battle Royale Top Issues
    • Anvil Rocket Launcher UI missing
  • Creative Top Issues
    • Joining a Creative game in progress may lock the new player out until the round ends

For more Fortnite, be sure to check out how to call in an Air Strike on a Tank to help complete the Weekly Quests.

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How to get Ali-A Icon Series skin in Fortnite: Release date, bundle, free Ali-A Spray, more

Ali-A is the latest Fortnite creator to arrive as an Icon Series skin, so here’s how to get his bundle and unlock the free Ali-A Spray.

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Ali-A Icon Series skin in Fortnite

Fortnite’s top content creators such as Ninja and ChicaLive get their own skins in-game, and Ali-A is the next to receive an Icon Series set. Here’s how to get Ali-A’s bundle, as well as how to get a free Spray.

While Fortnite is known for its crossovers with film, TV, and other video games, they also collaborate with celebrities and content creators as part of the Icon Series. Some of Fortnite’s biggest streamers have arrived, with Ninja, LazarBeam, Loserfruit, and more all available as playable skins.

YouTuber Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has been announced as the next Icon Series skin, so here’s how to get Ali-A in Fornite, as well as all of the associated cosmetics and free Spray.

Fortnite ali-a skin and styles

How to get Fortnite Ali-A skin

Fortnite’s Ali-A Icon Series skin arrives in Fortnite’s Item Shop where players can purchase it with V-Bucks, but it’s also available early through May 18’s Ali-A Cup.

The Ali-A Cup is a Zero Build Duos event where the top placing teams will get their hands on the Ali-A Outfit and Ali-Tech Backplate Back Bling before it arrives in the Item Shop. Also, those who earn at least eight points will unlock the Ali-A Army Emoticon.

Fortnite Ali-A sapphire and titanium outfit styles

When does Ali-A bundle come to Fortnite?

Ali-A’s Icon Series Set will hit Fortnite’s Item Shop on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET / 1 AM BST (May 20). But, players can also unlock the skin itself on May 18 through the Ali-A Cup.

Epic Games haven’t confirmed when the Ali-A bundle will leave the Item Shop, but we recommend picking it up as soon as you can before it’s rotated out.

Fortnite Ali-A accessories

What’s included in Fortnite Ali-A bundle?

Fortnite’s Ali-A bundle brings the content creator to the game as a skin, where he has a ton of different styles. The Ali-A Icon Series set also features a Back Bling that doubles up as a Glider, a Pickaxe, Wrap, and Emote.

Here’s everything included in Fortnite’s Ali-A bundle:

  • Ali-A skin (Matroix, Ultra-Armor Matroix, Sapphire Paragon, Sapphire Paragon (Revealed), Titanium Tac, and Titanium Tac (Revealed) Styles)
  • Ali-Tech Backplate Back Bling (Ali-Tech Plasmawings alt Style)
  • Ali-Tech Plasmawings Glider (built into the Outfit)
  • Ali-Tech Staff Pickaxe
  • The Blue A Wrap
  • Lil’ Diplodoculus Emote
Fortnite Ali-A Was Here Spray

How to get free Ali-A Spray in Fortnite

Fortnite players can unlock the free Ali-A Spray by completing a challenge inside the Ali-A Experience island.

After the Quest goes live following the 20.40 update, players need to “Eliminate 15 opponents at the Ali-A Experience” and then they’ll unlock the Ali-A Was Here Spray. Players will have until May 29 to unlock it.

Here’s everything you need to do following Fortnite’s 20.40 update on May 17:

  1. Launch Fortnite
  2. Enter the Island Code: 5135-8778-2901
  3. Drop into the Ali-A Experience Island
  4. Pick up a weapon at the entrance and eliminate 15 opponents

For more Fortnite, there are even more ways to play on iPhone and iOS again, so you can check out how to play Fortnite on iPhone.

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How to call in an Air Strike on a tank in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 Week 8 Quest to call in an Air Strike on a tank.

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Fortnite tank and air strike

One of the Fortnite Season 2, Week 8 Quests tasks you with calling in an Air Strike on a tank, but you’ll need to where to find one first and we’ll go over everything that you need to know.

You can complete weekly Quests in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 that grant you the opportunity to earn some bonus XP to help you progress through the Battle Pass and unlock cosmetic items.

A new set of challenges is available in Week 8, and one of them requires you to call in an Air Strike to destroy a tank. This guide will cover how you can find an Air Strike and use it to complete this Quest.

Air Strike in Fortnite

How to find an Air Strike in Fortnite

You can pick up an Air Strike as floor loot, or from Chests and Supply Drops around the island. However, it’s a Legendary item, so it may take a while before you’re actually able to find one in Fortnite.

You’ll just have to keep an eye out and hope that the Air Strike is nearby. We recommend visiting some of the best Fortnite landing spots on the map that are rich with high-tier loot to increase your chances of finding this item.

Tanks in Fortnite

How to call in an Air Strike on a tank in Fortnite

After you have acquired an Air Strike, you can find Fortnite tank locations in areas controlled by the Imagined Order. You should try heading over to Command Cavern as that location has two tanks close by.

Here’s how you can call in an Air Strike on a tank:

  1. Head to a tank location on the Fortnite map
  2. Equip the Air Strike
  3. Aim at the tank
  4. Press fire

The Air Strike launches 20 missiles and takes place for a duration of eight seconds. The good news is that these tanks don’t need to have a driver in them, so you can just blow up an empty one without having to battle it.

Fortnite players running towards tank

Once you’ve successfully called in an Air Strike on a tank, this weekly challenge will be marked as complete and you’ll be rewarded with 20,000 XP for your efforts. That covers everything you need to know about completing this Quest.


For more Fortnite, take a look at our guide on how to check the Fortnite server status as well as Dr Disrespect’s thoughts on how Warzone 2 can compete with Fortnite.

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