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 18.30 update release date & sever downtime
- New Mountain Base POI
- New Fortnite weapons
- Combat Shotgun vs Boogie Bomb
- Cube Queen skin comes to the Battle Pass
- Cube Town Pyramid
- Fortnite Power Leveling weekend
- The Batman Who Laughs skin arrives
- Fortnite 18.30 update major bug fixes
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
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
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
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…”
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
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
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 leak claims skateboards coming soon as new movement mechanic
A new leak has emerged, suggesting that Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 will add a skateboard and skating mechanic.
According to new Fortnite leaks, Epic Games are planning to add skating mechanics and a new skateboard vehicle in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3.
The developers always keep the game fresh with new content, and a new leak suggests that they’re currently working on a new mechanic and vehicle that will be introduced in Chapter 3, Season 3.
Notable Fortnite leaker ‘HYPEX’ claims that Epic Games are developing new skating mechanics that will make way for the addition of skateboards or roller skates in the battle royale title.
The leaker stated that this new mechanic will be similar to the in-game sliding, as you’ll be slower when going uphill and faster coming down. If this leak is accurate, then players will have a new way to get around the map.
Another leaker with the name ‘InTheShade’ tweeted a gameplay video showcasing this new mechanic in action. While the video is obviously just a rough test, it shows the Fortnite player sliding across the map without crouching.
The character also moves faster when going downhill and is able to kick the board to pick up some speed. Moreover, it seems like jumping from heights with a skateboard will allow you to avoid heavy fall damage.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear if this mechanic will actually make its way into Fortnite, as this information is based purely on leaks. We’ll need to wait for Epic Games to confirm whether or not players will be able to skate in the game.
The developers have added skating-themed summer cosmetics in the Item Shop before, so it would make sense for them to add skateboards as well as a new POI that resembles a skate park.
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How to unlock free Naruto Fortnite cosmetics with Nindo challenges
Here’s how you can complete the Nindo challenges and earn rewards in the new Fortnite and Naruto collaboration.
There is a new set of Naruto cosmetics available in Fortnite, and you can get your hands on them by completing the Nindo challenges for Itachi, Hinata, Gaara, and Orochimaru.
Tackling these Nindo challenges will allow you to redeem new Naruto cosmetic items for free. We’ll go over each Nindo challenge that you need to complete along with the rewards that you can earn.
How to complete the Fortnite Naruto Nindo challenges
In Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, there are Nindo challenges available from June 21 to July 7, and you’ll need to sign in with your Epic Games account on the Fortnite website to track your progress.
There are different paths for the characters Itachi, Hinata, Gaara, and Orochimaru. These require you to complete tasks such as catching fish, scoring eliminations, and surviving storm circles.
Here’s a breakdown of all character paths along with their respective rewards.
|Character Path||Reward||How to unlock|
|Itachi||Shocked Itachi Emoticon||Finish in the Top 6 a total of five times|
|Gaara||Focused Gaara Emoticon||Survive 24 storm circles|
|Hinta||Byakugan Hinata Emoticon||Catch 20 fishes|
|Orochimaru||Orochimaru’s Smile Emoticon||Get 18 eliminations in total|
Successfully completing any character’s path will grant you the Akatsuki Weapon Wrap along with 20,000 XP. You can complete all four paths in order to earn a total of 80,000 XP along with the free Manda glider.
After you’ve signed in with your Epic Games account on the Fortnite website, it will track the in-game points that you earn by completing these challenges and then deliver the rewards directly to your account.
For more Fortnite content, be sure to check out how to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 as well as everything we know about Juice WRLD coming to Fortnite.
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How to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3
The Ripsaw Launcher is a brand-new weapon in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and here’s how you can get your hands on it.
The Ripsaw Launcher is a new weapon that you can unlock in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and we’ll go over its location on the map as well as how to use it.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 features a plethora of fun content for players to unlock, including cosmetic skins of popular characters like Indiana Jones as well as powerful weapons like Darth Vader’s Lightsaber.
Now, Epic Games have added another weapon for you to get your hands on, and we’ll go over everything that you need to know about the Ripsaw Launcher, including its location on the Fortnite map.
How to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite
The Ripsaw Launcher can be found at a factory that’s located northeast of Logjam Lotus on the north end of the Fortnite map. Go inside the factory and the weapon will be hanging on a wall, just waiting to be collected.
Once you’ve gotten your hands on the weapon, you can use it to shoot a blade that is capable of shredding through builds, dealing 25 damage to buildings, 60 to players, and 100 to vehicles.
The launchers can hold up to 10 blades, and these continue to dish out damage for a total of 10 seconds when fully charged. You can charge it by simply holding the ‘shoot’ button for three seconds.
Since the Ripsaw Launcher is currently only found at one location, you might encounter heavy opposition from enemy players after arriving there, so we recommend collecting high-tier weapons and healing items before you go.
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Once you acquire the weapon, you can also use it in combination with some of the other Chapter 3, Season 3 additions like the Grapple Glove to swing around the map and destroy enemy builds.
For more Fortnite content, check out our list of the best Fortnite landing spots as well as how to unlock Super Styles in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3.
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