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Fortnite 20.40 update patch notes: Loot Lake Doomsday device, live event leaks, Sideways Showdown, more

Fortnite’s 20.40 update is here, bringing Loot Lake’s new Doomsday Device, Ali-A’s Icon Series, and the season-ending live event.

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Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s final major update, 20.40, is here. This brings Ali-A’s Icon Series, the Sideways Showdown week, Loot Lake map changes, and the Doomsday Device which appears to be setting up a season-ending live event.

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 has brought Ali-A’s Icon Series and overhauled the Loot Lake POI with the new Doomsday Device.

Here’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 20.40 update, including the changes to Loot Lake, the Sideways Showdown Week, live event leaks, bug fixes, and more.

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Doomsday Device arrives at Loot Lake with Fortnite 20.40 update

Fortnite data miners have discovered that Fortnite’s 20.40 update has brought the Doomsday Device to Loot Lake, and it appears to tie in with a live event that we’ll see in Chapter 3 Season 3.

The Doomsday Device is a huge tower at Loot Lake’s shore, surrounded by small buildings that’ll be perfect for looting. Popular leaker HYPEX said: “The Doomsday Device is set to have some periodic pulses that either enable glider redeploy, low gravity or extra speed,” but they explained that these features might not make it into the update.

Sideways Showdown Week in Fortnite 20.40 update

Wild Weeks are back for the last few weeks of Fortnite Season 2, with the Sideways weapons returning as part of 20.40’s Sideways Showdown.

The Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun have returned and can be found as floor loot and in chests. With no Cube Monster Parts to upgrade them, you can now just take them to an Upgrade Bench.

There’s a new set of challenges and you’ll have until May 24 to complete them before the next Wild Week.

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Live event found in Fortnite 20.40 update

Fortnite players were devasted when Chapter 3, Season 1 didn’t end with a live event, but it appears Season 2 will bring one.

Data miners have been browsing the 20.40 game files and discovered a season-ending live event, which is set to be followed by “extended downtime” ahead of Season 3. Shiina also said that “Multiple cosmetics will be available for the event,” believing that Paradigm and Jonesy will play a part.

With Season 2 set to wrap up on June 3, we’d expect the event to arrive around this date, with Season 3 kicking off a couple of days after.

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.

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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 spectate in Fortnite Chapter 3

Watching over players can be educational or down-right hilarious, but how do you spectate in Fortnite Chapter 3?

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Spectating other players in Fortnite can be a great way to learn more about the game by watching how better opponents play, or simply good fun to see what others get up to. If you’d like to watch somebody else’s gameplay, here’s everything you need to know about how to spectate in Fortnite.

For many, the sole reason to jump onto Fortnite is to leap out of the Battle Bus, hurtle towards the map below, and eliminate enemies for a Victory Royale. For some though, it’s just as fun to watch other people play, whether to learn or just for some laughs.

While Epic Games keep adding new content to the game with every seasonal patch, one thing that disappeared was the ability to watch anyone’s game at any time.

While there are now some restrictions on who you can spectate, and when, there are still ways to settle back and observe matches. Here’s everything you need to know about spectating in Fortnite Chapter 3.

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How to spectate friends in Fortnite Chapter 3

To spectate your friends in Fortnite, you’ll need to join their lobby, as the ‘Watch Game’ feature is no longer available.

Once you’ve joined your friend’s lobby, you’ll have to wait for 30 seconds after their match has started before you can see what they’re up to. This delay means you won’t see them jump out of the Battle Bus or land on the ground, but you should arrive just in time to see them engage opponents.


Can I spectate strangers in Fortnite Chapter 3?

Unfortunately, the only way to spectate strangers in Fortnite Chapter 3 is to watch players who eliminate you from a match.

When an enemy takes you down, you’ll immediately be shown your final placement, along with a list of options to start a new match or head back to the pre-game lobby. The game will also show you what your opponent is up to after they killed you, and you can watch the match all the way to the end via this method.

You’ll not be able to watch strangers from the pre-game lobby though, as the ‘Watch Game’ feature has been removed from the game entirely.

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Why was Fortnite’s spectate feature removed?

While Epic Games didn’t give any details on the reason why they removed it, popular opinion suggests that stream sniping was the main reason it got axed.

Players would enlist friends to watch ongoing matches and call out enemy locations, making it easy for teams to essentially cheat their way to a victory.

Of course, it’s still possible to stream snipe opponents who are broadcasting their gameplay on streaming sites like Twitch or YouTube, but the delay means it isn’t quite as effective as this method.


If watching other players has you wondering how good you are, make sure to check out the average Fortnite kill/death ratio to see how you stack up.

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How to complete Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 Quests: Week 4 challenge guide

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, brings new Quests every week, so here’s how to complete each week’s set of challenges.

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A new Fortnite Season means new Weekly Quests to complete, so here’s how to complete all of Week 4’s challenges in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, as well as all of the Quests you might have missed but can still complete.

Season 3 of Fortnite Chapter 3 brought Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, and plenty of new mechanics to the battle royale, and Epic Games didn’t stop there. New items such as the Grapple Glove are being added almost every week and there are also Weekly Quests to help you finish the Battle Pass.

Epic Games have done away with Punchcards, so you simply need to complete the challenges found in Season 3’s Quests screen. You’ll get 15k XP for each one you complete, so it’s well worth your time. Here’s how to complete the Week 4 Quests, and when you can expect Week 5’s to go live.

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How to complete Fortnite Season 3, Week 4 Quests

The fourth batch of Fortnite Chapter 3’s Season 3 Quests is centered around using new additions such as the E-11 Blaster Rifle, Reality Saplings, and the Slipstream.

Here are all of the Week 4 Quests in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3:

  • Damage opponents while in a vehicle (250) – 15,000 XP
  • Destroy structures with an E-11 Blaster Rifle (15) – 15,000 XP
  • Knock down Timer Pines with a Ripsaw Launcher (5) – 15,000 XP
  • Mantle onto a ledge within 3 seconds of sliding (3) – 15,000 XP
  • Plant a Reality Seed at Sunflower’s Saplings or Fungi Farm (1) – 15,000 XP
  • Search chests or ammo boxes at crashed IO Airships (2) – 15,000 XP
  • Travel 500 meters in the Slipstream around Rave Cave (500) – 15,000 XP

You shouldn’t have too much difficulty completing Fortnite’s Week 4 Quests as long as you set out to complete them.

You can check out our guide on where to find a Ripsaw Launcher and knock down Timber Pines, but this is really the only challenge you’ll have trouble with. Just be sure to carry a Reality Seed to either Sunflower’s Sapling or Fungi Farm, and visit Rave Cave to ride the Slipstream.

The next set of Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 Quests will arrive on Thursday, July 7 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST, so stay tuned for Week 5.

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All Fortnite Weekly Quests

Fortnite Week 3 Quests

  • Impulse an enemy player with a Shockwave Grenade (1)
  • Dislodge or destroy Runaway Boulders with a melee weapon (3)
  • Damage opponents within 30 seconds of getting out of the water (75)
  • Reach max shields at a temple (1)
  • Jump off a diving board (3)
  • Headbutt an opponent while riding a Boar (1)
  • Get 3 seconds of air time in a land vehicle (1)

Fortnite Week 2 Quests

  • Boost into a Runaway Boulder and dislodge it with a Baller (1)
  • Eliminate enemy players with ranged weapons of Epic rarity or better (2)
  • Enter the wind tunnel in a Baller at the Screwballer (1)
  • Headshot opponents with the Two-Shot Shotgun (5)
  • Launch into the air using Geysers (3)
  • Pick Weeds around Reality Saplings (5)
  • Swing 50 meters or more with the Grapple Glove without touching the ground (10)

Fortnite Week 1 Quests

  • Collect Reality Seeds (3)
  • Damage opponents with a DMR (200)
  • Dance at different crashed IO Airships (3)
  • Gain shields by bouncing on Slurp Bouncer mushrooms (10)
  • Mod a Whiplash with Off-Road tires and a Cow Catcher, then destroy Structures (50)
  • Search chests at Condo Canyon or Tilted Towers (5)
  • Visit the Zero Point in a motorboat (1)

Fortnite Zero Week Quests

  • Interact with Sunbird or Moon Hawk and Rustler in a single match (2)
  • Jump on a Wolf or Bear’s back in 2 different matches (2)
  • Plant or Summon 3 Reality Saplings using Reality Seeds (3)
  • Survive 10 Storm Phases (10)
  • Travel 2000 meters in a Baller (2000)
  • Visit Groovy Grove, Reality Falls, and Rave Cave (3)

For more Fortnite, you can check out the best PC settings in 2022, and the recent leak that a Dead by Daylight crossover is on the way.

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How to get the Ripsaw Launcher & knock down Timber Pines in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3

Here’s how you can get your hands on the Ripsaw Launcher weapon in Fortnite and use it to knock down Timber Pines.

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The Ripsaw Launcher is a new weapon in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and we’ll go over its location on the map and how to knock down Timber Pines with the Ripsaw Launcher.

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.

The Ripsaw Launcher is another weapon that you can get your hands on in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and we’ll go over everything that you need to know about it, including its location on the map.

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How to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite

The Ripsaw Launcher can be found hanging on a wall in Choppin’ Chateau, which is northeast of Logjam Lotus on the north end of the Fortnite map. You can also collect it from chests and as floor loot until Ripsaw Launcher Week comes to an end on July 5.

The Ripsaw Launcher shoots a blade that’s capable of destroying builds, and it can dish out 25 damage to buildings, 60 to players, and 100 to vehicles. It can hold up to 10 blades and continues to deal damage for a total of 10 seconds when fully charged.

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How to knock down Timber Pines with a Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite

One of the Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 Weekly Quests requires you to knock down Timber Pines with a Ripsaw Launcher. Timber Pines are large redwood trees that can mainly be found in snow-covered areas on the Fortnite map.

Here’s how you can knock them down:

  1. Collect a Ripsaw Launcher
  2. Approach a Timber Pine
  3. Press the shoot button to use the Ripsaw Launcher on the tree

Since you’re supposed to knock down 5 Timber Pines for this challenge, we recommend aiming your Ripsaw Launcher at a tree and fully charging it up before letting go. This will cause the Timber Pine to knock down multiple trees.

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For more Fortnite content, check out how to get the free Major Mancake skin with Fall Guys Crown Clash challenges as well as how to unlock Super Styles in Chapter 3, Season 3.

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