Fortnite Season 8’s latest update is here with the 18.21 patch notes, bringing the new Cube Town POI, a new Ariana Grande skin, a Ghostbusters collab, and new Fortnitemares Quests. Here’s everything included in Fortnite v18.21.
As Fortnite Season 8 rolls on, Epic Games have released another exciting content drop with the 18.21 update patch notes. This brings the highly-anticipated Cube Town POI, a new Ariana Grande skin and NPC, and more updates to 2021’s Fortnitemares Halloween event.
Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 8’s 18.21 update patch notes.
Fortnite 18.21 update down time
Fortnite entered downtime for the 18.21 update on October 19 at 12:30 AM PT / 3:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM BST.
Fortnite’s servers are now live again, so you can dive into all the content the 18.21 update has to offer.
Fortnite 18.21 update patch notes
New Fortnite Cube Town POI
It’s long been leaked that the new Cube Town POI will arrive in Fortnite, it’s now arrived with the 18.21 update. All of Season 8’s Cubes have now converged in the center of the island and reportedly formed a brand-new POI.
The center of the map has now been renamed ‘The Convergence’ and will have arrived after downtime ends.
New Fortnite Ariana Grande skin and NPC
Dataminers have discovered that Ariana Grande will return to Fortnite with the brand-new Spacefarer Ariana Grande. And to top it off, she’ll arrive on the map as an NPC along with her own Punchcard Quests.
For completing her Monster Hunter Questline, players will unlock the All-Weather Extractor Pickaxe (Dark Style), and Fortnite Crew subscribers will also get the Brite Style.
Fortnitemares Horde Rush, Quests & rewards
Halloween draws nearer, so plenty of games are celebrating the season with spooky events. The 18.21 update has reportedly brought the Fortnitemares Quests and rewards that players can start completing and earning.
These Quests will be alongside the Punchcards, offering players a ton of Halloween-themed goodies such as the Raven’s Curse Spray, the Midnight Showdown Loading Screen, and Wrathful Breakout Contrail.
Also, Horde Rush returns as part of the update! This round-based mode tasks players with surviving increasingly difficult waves of Cube Monsters, and there will be challenges and rewards for the mode.
Fortnite Season 8 Ghostbusters: Afterlife collaboration
The latest Ghostbusters movie will hit cinemas soon, and as is usual for Fortnite, there will be a collaboration as part of Fortnitemares.
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There will reportedly be Ghostbusters challenges and rewards, such as the No Ghost Backbling, to earn alongside the Fortnitemares Quests and Ariana Grande punchcard.
Fortnite 18.21 major bug fixes
There’s only one major bug fix for the 18.21 update, where Shotguns have returned to Team Rumble after being disabled.
- Fixed an issue that caused us to disable Shotguns in Team Rumble. Shotguns are now re-enabled in the mode.
And that’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 18.21 update! Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all further Season 8 news.
For more Fortnite, you can check out the Dune skins and cosmetics that are set to arrive in the store soon.
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What is Power Ranking (PR) in Fortnite?
Before becoming a Fortnite pro, there are certain terms that you must know about. This includes PR, which is short for Power Ranking.
Fortnite is one of the biggest esports in the world and you might have noticed that pros heavily use the term PR. From its relevance to the calculation method, here’s everything to know about Power Rankings in Epic Games’ battle royale game.
Becoming a gamer, and especially a pro gamer certainly changes a lot. You’re expected to learn new lingos that can be as basic as being AFK (away from keyboard) and as complex as QQ (a crying emoji that is used to call other players unskilled).
Fortnite is no exception, as the battle royale title has its fair share of terms that players must know to fit in. This includes PR (Power Ranking), and here’s why it is so common among pros.
Table of Contents
- What is Power Ranking?
- How to calculate Power Ranking in Fortnite?
- Significance of Power Ranking
- How to check your Power Ranking
What is Power Ranking?
Long story short, Power Ranking is a ranking given to pro players based on their performance in official Fortnite tournaments organized by Epic Games. For instance, these are some of the official competitive tournaments in Chapter 3 Season 3:
- Cash Cups
- Lightning Cups
- Zero Build Cups
- FNCS Qualifiers and Finals
Whenever a player takes part in such tournaments, they receive points which eventually contribute to their overall Power Ranking. Hence, it is one of the most rational ways to recognize the best players in the world.
Having said that, it’s important to know that Epic Games doesn’t release their own Power Rankings. Prominent stats website Fortnite Tracker has come up with a unique system that judges players and rolls these rankings out.
How to calculate Power Rankings in Fortnite?
For every top 10,000 placement, players get points ranging from 5 to 1000. Fortnite Tracker states that the system is top-heavy, which means placing in the top 100 grants significantly more points. A player outside the top 100 won’t receive over 200 points while the top teams can expect points between 200-1000.
Moreover, tournaments have multipliers based on their quality. Factors like prize pool and difficulty play a major role in deciding it.
While Cash Cups can have a 1x multiplier, the World Cup has a 10x multiplier. Accordingly, winning the World Cup is almost equivalent to winning 100 Cash Cups.
Significance of Power Ranking
Considering that there are different multipliers and parameters to earn Power Ranking points, it is natural for players to question the legitimacy of this system. This is where the decay system comes into play.
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Four months after a tournament is concluded, Fortnite Tracker reduces the points earned through it by 10%. This process continues for 18 months, following which the points from the tournament become entirely obsolete.
This ensures that the Power Rankings only display pros who’ve been the most consistent in recent tournaments.
How to check your Power Ranking in Fortnite
To check your Power Ranking, follow these steps:
- Visit Fortnite Tracker
- Enter your Epic Games name and search for your profile.
- Open the Events section which should display your Power Ranking and performance in all events.
The website also has a Leaderboards section that showcases the highest-ranked players in the world. The list is purely based on numbers and is constantly evolving as new tournaments take place.
Websites like Fortnite Esports Wiki also maintain their Power Rankings. It gives every tournament a tier based on the prize pool, difficulty, format, and number of players. Players then get points for placing high enough in these tournaments.
For now, the Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS is right around the corner and players can expect some major changes in the Power Rankings. While veterans like Bugha, TaySon, and Clix will try to add more feathers to their caps, aspiring pros will look forward to dethroning the existing champions.
Image Credits: Epic Games, Fortnite Tracker, Fortnite Esports Wiki
Best Fortnite Hide & Seek codes: July 2022
The Creative library of Fortnite consists of a wide range of mini-games. Here are some Hide and Seek codes that are trending right now.
Fortnite Creative maps have gone through an entire era of evolution when map creators bring popular games to their respective island creations. From Fall Guys-inspired obstacle courses to Murder Mystery maps, creators have blessed the player-base of Fortnite with interesting creations.
Ever since Epic Games added The Block and introduced its Creative Game Mode in 2019, Fortnite has seen vast evolution by map creators who dedicate their time and creativity to creating an experience for the loopers. This has paved the way for several designers and map creators of other games to develop their own ideas of a game in the vast multiverse of Fortnite.
Fortnite players love to play the classic Hide and Seek in gorgeously created Creative Island maps where they can hop on with their friends and have a good time without having to engage in serious gun-to-gun action. Here is some trending Hide and Seek Map codes for you to try as of July 2022.
Fortnite Hide and Seek Map Codes: July 2022
Stranger Things 4 Hide and Seek
Stranger Things 4 Hide and Seek was created by Danteminecraft which shows an entire architectural layout of Hawkins National Laboratory where experiments on the series lead Eleven were conducted and other enhanced were created.
The map consists of all the different rooms of these enhanced individuals including a Telekinesis room, a rainbow room, and a portal to the Upside Down hidden behind the secret Rainbow room. The objective for the players is to hide among these rooms as one Hunter seeks them out and finds them to pickaxe and eliminate them eventually
Hide and Seek Cars
Hide and Seek Cars is heavily inspired by the Pixar Cars Franchise and shows a brilliantly created Radiator Springs, with actual locations from the movie spread around the map. Moreover, the cars stationed on the map have eyes and a mouth, similar to the film to give each vehicle an authentic feel.
Players on the map can hide amongst several items and inside several locations while the hunter finds them and eliminates the players with their pickaxe. Players are also given a fish to heal themselves if struck down once by the Hunter to get a second chance at escaping them again.
Resort Hide and Seek
The perfect map for a summer getaway this sunny season allows players to get that summer vibe going with a splash of water in a beach resort. The map has a couple of huge buildings elevated above the sea so they can hide either in the boats beneath the buildings or the expansive rooms inside them.
Either way, the Seekers and Hunters start near a sea shore and open chests to make their way inside the resort and complete the objectives they are assigned.
Neo Tokyo Hide and Seek
This futuristic take on a famous Fortnite POI called Neo Tilted was created by map creator MTL_Rellik who gave it a more Japanese look. The buildings and even the dragon element as a balloon add to the authenticity of futuristic Japanese architecture.
Players in the map can hide amongst several buildings or objects throughout the map and are given re-deployable gliders so they do not take fall damage while escaping the Hunter.
Prop Hunt: Flanders House
This map is a recreation of the Flanders House from the animated series The Simpsons. Map Creator Marablind has created a close-to-perfection recreation of the neighborhood and the entire condominium of the Simpsons family.
The gameplay for this map functions more as a Prop Hunt where Hiders are given Prop Guns to convert themselves into an existing prop from the map whereas the Seekers have to find and eliminate them.
Minecraft Hide and Seek
A recreation of the 8-bit Minecraft island was created by map creator PNF_DKsp. The creator has added realistic elements like trees, hills, lava, and steps similar to a Minecraft island. The hunter is given all weapons to find and eliminate their opponents whereas the Hiders are mostly hiding amongst the shadows in the midst of a dense forest or a steep hill.
The map became extremely popular upon its launch as several players from the Minecraft community went up to support it via streams and creating content around it.
As Fortnite players continue to play these maps to enjoy the casual side of the game, map creators are usually on the lookout for the latest trends to make much more enjoyable mini-games like these for the community to enjoy. Once Creative 2.0 launches, creators will be given several advanced options to add more interactivity to their maps to enhance the player experience.
Fortnite 21.20 early patch notes: Downtime, Indiana Jones, No Sweat Summer, map changes
Here are the early patch notes for Fortnite Season 3’s 21.20 update in which Indiana Jones is finally set to arrive.
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is nearing its halfway point, with the 21.20 update set to add even more content to the game. Here’s everything we know so far, including when to expect the downtime, Indiana Jones’ arrival, and map changes.
Fortnite shows no sign of slowing down with Chapter 3 Season 3 adding even more to the blockbuster battle royale such as the new Ripsaw Launcher and Grapple Glove. The 21.10 update brought Darth Vader to the island and added the Super Styles, and the upcoming 21.20 update brings even more to the battle royale.
Here are the early patch notes for Fortnite’s 21.20 update, including the server downtime, the Indiana Jones skin, bug fixes, and map changes.
- Fortnite 21.20 update release date & downtime
- Indiana Jones arrives in Fortnite 21.20 update
- Fortnite 21.20 map changes
- Fortnite No Sweat Summer challenges
- Fortnite 21.20 update bug fixes
Fortnite 21.20 update release date & downtime
Fortnite’s 21.20 update is set to give live on July 6, with downtime beginning at around 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST and matchmaking disabled 30 minutes before.
Although the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account teased changes for July 5, leaker Shiina pointed out that Fortnite changed the Cash Cup dates from July 6 to July 5 due to “expected game updates around the same time.” They believe this “basically confirms the update will drop on July 6.”
The downtime usually lasts for a couple of hours, and then you can launch the game and experience all of the new content on offer.
Indiana Jones arrives in Fortnite 21.20 update
Each Fortnite season comes with a bonus skin that Battle Pass owners can unlock a few weeks in, and Season 3’s 21.20 update finally brings Indiana Jones.
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Although the skin isn’t set to arrive until July 7, the day after the update, Epic sometimes unlock the skin early — we’ll just need to wait and see.
Once the Indiana Jones Battle Pass page is unlocked, Fortnite players can start completing challenges to unlock the Harrison Ford skin and associated cosmetics.
Fortnite 21.20 map changes
The Fortnite Competitive Twitter account has confirmed that the Tumbledown Temple landmark will undergo “significant changes” with the 21.20 update.
While some expect the temple to get an Indiana Jones-themed makeover, it’s also possible that the Reality Tree will infect the area, giving the POI a different theme each match.
Fortnite No Sweat Summer challenges
Epic Games added the Island Hopper Creative Quests as part of the No Sweat Summer event and suggested that more challenges are still to come.
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At the end of the Island Hopper blog post, Epic teased: “Want more summer vibes? No sweat, more summer is coming. Stay tuned for more.”
The Island Hopper Quests are only live until July 6, so it sounds like there will be even more challenges to complete after they conclude.
Fortnite 21.20 update bug fixes
Thanks to Epic Games’ Trello board of Fortnite Community Issues, we can see the major bug fixes that are set to arrive in the 21.20 update.
- Battle Royale: Sapling Icon can be misplaced on the Map/Minimap
- Players may see their Sapling Icon out in the ocean or otherwise off of the actual map and not anywhere near where they had planted it.
- Creative: Tracker Device
- We’re aware of an issue that is causing the tracker device to not update correctly for teams when multiple teams are able to use it.
Image Credit: Epic Games
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