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Fortnite Season 7 ‘Invasion’ update: 17.00 patch notes, Aliens, Rick & Morty, more

Here’s everything you can expect in Fortnite Season 7’s 17.00 update, including upgraded PC visuals and planned bug fixes.

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Fortnite Season 7 patch notes

Fortnite Season 7 is officially here, with the 17.00 patch on PC, Xbox Series X, PS5, and more, introducing Aliens, Rick & Morty and Superman crossovers, new weapons, and much more.

Fortnite Season 6 came to an end with season-ending live event, and just hours later, Season 7 has kicked off with a bang. Teases and data mines already hinted at the fact that the new season would be sci-fi themed, and the new trailer for the Fortnite season has confirmed that the “Invasion” is underway.

With new weapons, changes to Llamas, exciting crossovers, and upgraded visuals, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into with this major update. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 7’s 17.00 patch.

Fortnite 17.00 Update patch notes

Fortnite Season 7 trailer

Aliens invade in Season 7

Fortnite Season 7’s theme is “Invasion,” with aliens arriving on the Island. While downtime is ongoing, it seems like Aliens could be NPCs this season, while players will be able to fly around the map in the UFOs that have been abducting people over the last few weeks.

Alien spaceship flying over Fortnite island

Rick & Morty, Superman, join Fortnite

Fortnite has become well-known for its weird and wacky crossovers, and Season 7 will be no different. Rick Sanchez has already been spotted in the Season 7 trailer posted above, and wherever you find him, Morty is sure to follow.

Find out how to unlock Rick Sanchez in Fortnite 7 with our in-depth guide.

On top of that, Epic also teased that Superman would be appearing as well this season, and now the man of steel has arrived with his own cosmetics set. You can learn how to unlock the Superman skin in our guide.

Fortnite Superman skin set

Four new weapons & Llama adjustments

As always, Fortnite fans can expect to get their hands on new hardware this season, with four new weapons joining the game.

The Kymera Ray Gun is an “alien weapon that emits a continuous deadly ray,” which deals 9 damage to enemies with an infinite magazine size. The Pulse Rifle will offer a more long-range approach, dealing 33 damage, and can switch between full and semi-automatic depending on whether you are hip firing the gun or aiming down sights.

The Recon Scanner will launch a bolt that will mark nearby enemies and chests, and will deal a huge 98 damage should you hit a player directly. Finally, the Rail Gun will deal a huge 85 damage, but you’ll need to charge it up before you fire, making it a slow fire-rate option.

On top of all that, we know that Loot Llamas are also getting an upgrade, but we don’t know the specifics of that just yet.

Fortnite Season 7 map changes

Unlike previous seasons, Fortnite’s island hasn’t received a major revamp during the Season 7 update. Sweaty Sands and Colossal Crops have been renamed to Believers Beach and Corny Complex, but haven’t been changed significantly.

One major change though is the giant spaceship that is currently floating above the island. To see all the updates, you can check out our guide on all the Fortnite Season 7 map changes.

Upgraded visuals with Season 7

Fortnite season 7 upgraded visuals

Epic Games have confirmed that Fortnite will be receiving some visual upgrades in the 17.00 update. These follow the changes made to Fortnite’s release for the new generation of consoles in 2020.

If you set your graphics settings to “Epic” after the Season 7 update, you’ll see that both “Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid.”

Epic explained that this means “cooler-looking explosion, fire, and Slurp effects.” There will also be improved postprocessing features such as bloom and lens flares and improved shadow quality.

Here are the system requirements for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 7:

  • Epic Quality Presets specifications
    • Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
    • 4 GB VRAM or higher
    • Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
    • 16 GB RAM or higher
    • NVMe Solid State Drive
    • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Recommended specifications
    • Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
    • 2 GB VRAM
    • Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
    • 8 GB RAM
    • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Minimum specifications
    • Intel HD 4000 on PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
    • Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Fortnite 17.00 Bug fixes

Fortnite vehicle

While Epic Games haven’t confirmed the bug fixes taking place in Season 7’s 17.00 update, a look at their official Trello Board of Community Issues can give us some clues.

Here are all of the Fortnite bugs Epic Games are aware of across Battle Royale, Creative, Mobile, and Save The World.

General

  • Shanty for a Squad Emote out of sync when joining already-singing players.
  • Difficulty scrolling through player list in Voice Chat tab on controller.
  • Unable to perform Last Forever Emote.

Battle Royale

  • Unable to fish while inside certain vehicles.
  • Several Pickaxes disabled in competitive.
  • Taking damage through cars while in motion.
  • Unable to craft Mechanical Bows or Primal Fire Bow in core modes after playing in competitive mode.

Creative

  • Rounds not reporting correct placements.
  • Unmanned vehicles destroy props when environment damage is turned off.
  • Asset memory size not showing in pre-place mode on XL Islands.
  • Boats only work with certain island templates.
  • Barrier device not preventing players to build through them.
  • Save Point device wrongly increasing saved score.
  • Vehicle explosion not properly triggered with “Destroyed with Transmit” on.
  • Player can encounter infinite loading screen when flying out of Island.
  • Switching from one Island to another keeps previous Island’s settings.

Save The World

  • Players with overloaded inventories may be unable to load into Ventures.
  • Console players get mouse and keyboard prompts.
  • The Weekly Supercharger Quest is only granting Hero Superchargers.
  • Broken Pickaxe animations.
  • Husks can deal damage to objectives through player-built structures

Mobile

  • Nintendo Switch players unable to gift cosmetics, Bundles, or Battle Pass on controller.

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How to level up fast in Fortnite

We’ve found some of the best ways for you to level up fast in Fortnite Chapter 3 and claim all the rewards in the process.

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Fortnite Chapter 3’s Season 1 Battle Pass offers 100 Tiers of exciting cosmetics, but getting through every level takes time and dedication. Luckily, we’ve got some top tips to help you level up fast in Fortnite Chapter 3.

Fortnite Chapter 3’s first Battle Pass features the highly-anticipated Spider-Man skins as well as some unique offerings such as Shanta and the upcoming The Foundation Dwayne Jonhson skin

You’ll need to hit at least level 100 if you want to unlock all of these skins and cosmetics, but it’ll take more than a few games to complete the Battle Pass. If you’re worried you won’t finish ahead of Season 2 or just want the skins as soon as possible, we have the fastest ways to level up in Fortnite Chapter 3. 

Complete Fortnite Weekly & Daily Quests

Klobos dinosaur in Fortnite CHapter 3

Fortnite offers players Weekly and Daily Challenges to complete that offer a ton of Bonus XP. 

The Weekly Quests will task you with completing objectives such as finding telescope parts and knocking down Timber Pines, and you’ll earn 25,000 XP for each.

The Daily Quests are much simpler, but not to be sniffed at. There will be three a day, and you’ll earn over 15,000 XP for each. This means that you can earn around 45,000 XP a day just for completing simple objectives such as opening chests in different locations. 

Check off Fortnite Milestones 

Milestones in Fortnite Chapter 3

Milestones have returned in Fortnite Chapter 3, allowing players to earn XP for completing simple actions such as opening Chests and Ammo Boxes, catching fish, and feeding Klomberries to Klombos.

Most of these objectives will be completed naturally as you play, but check out the Quests Page to see all of your Milestones. 

You’ll earn 8,000 XP for each completed Milestone, and another 20,000 XP for each ten. If you’re looking to level up quickly, make sure you’re checking off these Milestones as you play. 

Play Fortnite Creative Mode

Fortnite creative mode

Jumping into Fortnite’s Creative Mode is always a great way to earn XP fast, as you’ll earn a huge chunk of XP every 15 minutes – no matter what you’re doing. 

Players will earn 12,000 XP for every 15 minutes they spend in Creative Playlists, and it can be claimed up to five times. While you could earn XP by sitting idle, it’s worth looking out for the XP marker beside a Creative experience, as this means you’ll also earn XP as you play. 

Score Victory Royale’s in Fortnite

Fortnite Victory Royale

One of the best ways to level up fast in Fortnite is simply winning matches. This won’t be easy for everyone, but consistently playing well will allow you to fly through the levels. 

You’ll earn XP for eliminating players and surviving each Storm Circle, and then if you can pull off a Victory Royale, you’ll get a bonus 300 XP. 

If you’re looking to improve at Fortnite, you can check out our best controller and mouse and keyboard settings guides.  

Buy Fortnite Battle Pass Tiers after level 7

Fortnite Chapter 3 Battle Pass

If you’re someone who likes to buy Fortnite’s Tier Skip Battle Pass, you should hold off until you’ve hit level 7 in the free Battle Pass. 

The amount of XP required to level up rises significantly after level 7, so purchasing the 25 Tier Skips after level 7 will give you the best value for money, allowing you to level up faster.


And those are the best ways to level up fast in Fortnite Chapter 3! You can also check out how to get the new Pizza Party item, and what it does. 

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All Fortnite Chapter 3 Exotic Weapons locations

Exotic weapons are some of the rarest items in Fortnite, so here’s how you can get your hands on them in Chapter 3, Season 1.

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Exotic weapons are some of the most powerful weapons that can help you secure a Victory Royale, so here’s where you can find each of these rare items in Fortnite Chapter 3.

There is a wide selection of weapons to choose from in Fortnite, with the most powerful one being Exotic weapons. These first appeared in Chapter 2, Season 5, and they’re the rarest items in the game.

With all the brand-new changes in Chapter 3, it was unclear if Exotic weapons would still be available in the game. Fortunately, they’re still around, but their locations on the map have changed.

Here are all the Fortnite Chapter 3 Exotic weapon locations.

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Exotic weapon locations

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Exotic weapon locations

So far, there are only four Exotic weapons available in Fortnite Chapter 3, but more might arrive as the season progresses. You can purchase these from NPCs for the right amount of Gold Bars.

All of these Exotic weapons have distinct attributes and using them can help you secure a Victory Royale. We’ll go over their locations on the map, along with the costs, and NPCs that you need to visit.

Boom Sniper Rifle

Boom Sniper Rifle in Fortnite

The gun is similar to the Heavy Sniper Rifle, with the biggest difference being that your targets will take 10 contact damage from the clinger, and then the projectile will explode and deal 60 bonus damage to them.

You can get this Exotic Weapon from The Scientist NPC in exchange for 600 Gold Bars. You can find this character roaming around The Sanctuary so head over there to get the Boom Sniper Rifle.

The Dub

The Dub Exotic Weapon in Fortnite

This Exotic, double-barreled beauty can dish out some serious damage to your opponents, and you can purchase it from Bunker Jonesy. This character is located near a trailer at the south side of The Joneses.

Purchasing this Exotic shotgun will cost you 600 Gold Bars. While the weapon has low range and a small magazine, it’s capable of annihilating your enemies in close combat, so it’s worth getting.

Chilli Chug Splash

Chilli Chug Splash in Fortnite

The Chili Chug Splashes can be purchased from Guaco for 210 Gold Bars at Greasy Grove or collected from inside Loot Llamas. This Exotic Weapon can greatly benefit you and your teammates.

Hold down the fire button to aim where you want to throw it, and it will break open splashing nearby players. In addition to healing your teammates, it will also give them the ability to move faster.

Marksman Six Shooter

Marksman Six Shooter in Fortnite

You can get your hands on the Marksman Six Shooter by purchasing it from the NPC Mancake for 400 Gold Bars. You can find this character inside the Butter Barn, southwest of Rocky Reels.

This “fast-firing sidearm” can dish out 24 damage-per-shot with a magazine size of six. While it doesn’t hold many bullets, the reload time of 2.1 seconds makes ensures that you have a more consistent fire rate.


For more Fortnite, check out how to get Fortnite’s Pizza Party item as well as how to play Fortnite on iPhone & iOS devices with NVIDIA GeForce Now.

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How to get Fortnite’s new Pizza Party: Locations & what it does

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s Pizza Party item, including where to find it and what it does.

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Fortnite character eating Pizza

You can use Fortnite’s new Pizza Party item to share pizza slices with your teammates. Here’s where you can find Pizza Party and how you can use it in Fortnite Chapter 3.

There is a ton of fun to be had in Fortnite Chapter 3, whether by finding Klombo dinosaurs around the island or unlocking skins like the Hawkeye outfits. Now, you can also collect pizza in the game.

The Pizza Party item is another new addition that greatly benefits your entire squad. You’ll also need to know where to find it for a Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Quest that requires you to ‘take pizza slices.’

Here’s everything you need to know about Pizza Party in Fortnite.

Where to find a Pizza Party in Fortnite

Tomatohead location on Fortnite map

You can purchase the new Pizza Party item from the NPC Tomatohead at the Pizza Pit restaurant. You can find this location at the Tilted Towers POI which has returned to Fortnite Island.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Head to the Pizza Pit restaurant
  2. Interact with Tomatohead to speak with him
  3. Select the Pizza Party item and purchase it
  4. Pizza Party will be added to your inventory
Fortnite character looking at a Pizza Party

Purchasing the Pizza Party item will cost you 50 Gold Bars. If you don’t have this amount saved up already then you can check out our detailed guide on how to earn Gold Bars in Fortnite.

Alternatively, you can also collect a Pizza Party from Chests and Supply Drops or by destroying Loot Llamas. While this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find the item right away, it’s certainly the cheaper option.

What does a Pizza Party do in Fortnite

Pizza Party in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Pizza Party item recovers your Health and Shield. You simply need to approach it and press the ‘consume’ button to use it. You can also save it in your inventory by pressing ‘take’ instead.

While pizza slices can restore 100 Health, they will only recover up to 50 Shield. So, if you’ve already recovered your Shield, you may want to leave some slices behind for your teammates to use.

One Chapter 3 Quest tasks you with taking a pizza slice from a Pizza Party. You can get this done by simply aiming and throwing a Pizza Party down to the ground similar to how you would toss a grenade.

Klombo dinosaur in Fortnite

You can also feed pizza slices to a Klombos dinosaur by throwing a Pizza Party near one of them. While Klomberries are their favorite food, they won’t mind eating the slices and leaving behind loot for you to collect.

That covers everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new Pizza Party item. It can greatly help your entire squad when your Health and Shields are low, so it’s worth going out to find the item.


For more Fortnite content, check out the Fortnite 3.44 update patch notes as well as how to play Fortnite on iPhone & iOS devices with NVIDIA GeForce Now.

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