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Fortnite Season 6 16.00 patch notes: Zero Crisis Finale, weapon crafting, wildlife

Fortnite Season 6 is finally here, bringing the Zero Crisis Finale in-game event, weapon crafting, tameable wildlife, and more.



Fortnite characters in Season 6.

Fortnite Season 6 is finally here, bringing major updates including huge map changes, craftable weapons, Guardians Spires, and tameable wildlife to PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch in the v16.00 update.

It’s been three months since Fortnite players thought off the threat of Galactus and saved the island, with fans of the battle royale treated to a number of pop culture mashups in the following weeks, including Star Wars’ The Mandalorian and plenty of Marvel superheroes.

As always, the end of the season is set to shake things up once again, with Jonesy heading back to the Zero Point for a final showdown titled “Zero Crisis Finale” which will change Fortnite as we know it.

With plenty of changes and updates introduced to the title by Epic Games, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 6.

Fortnite's Zero Point in Season 5

Fortnite Zero Crisis Finale event

The first thing players will do when Season 6 begins is take part in the special Zero Crisis Finale event. Unlike previous season-ending events, this one will be played solo rather than in a lobby full of other players.

The Zero Crisis Finale will wrap up the plotline of Season 5, which saw the Zero Point return after the legendary Galactus battle, while also setting up the island for the “Primal” theme of Fortnite Season 6.

Fortnite Zero Crisis Finale event.

Fortnite Season 6 map changes

No seasonal update would be complete without some major map changes, and Season 6 is no different. With the Zero Crisis Finale returning the island to a more “primal” state, new POIs have appeared across the map.

The most impressive of these new locations is The Spire, a huge tower which sits right in the middle of the map where the Zero Point used to sit. On top of that, Colossal Crops has appeared in the north of the island, while Salty Springs has been replaced by Primal Pond following the patch.

The Primal biome can be seen stretching out from the center of the island, with Epic claiming that the “wilderness has taken over.”

Fortnite's Season 6 map.

Guardian Spires

Guardian Spires are a new addition to Season 6, with Epic stating that they sit on the edge of the Primal biome. Be warned though, these Spires are “protected by mysterious forces,” so it may not be as easy as it sounds to visit and loot them.

There are six Guardian Spiress in total, each protecting an area of the island to ensure no harm comes to them. You can read the full list of Guardians below.

  • Guardian of the Sea
  • Guardian of the Bay
  • Guardian of the Fields
  • Guardian of the Woods
  • Guardian of the Lake
  • Guardian of the Mountains

Weapon Crafting

In Season 6, players won’t just be able to find weapons and items, but will actually be able to make guns themselves. Using loot from wildlife, and technology unaffected by the Pulse, players can craft their own weapons anywhere.

Epic state players will be able to create “high-damage primal weapons like the Primal Rifle, high-precision familiar weapons like the Revolver, and powerful bows like the Flame and Metal Bow.”

Primal Weapons in Fortnite Season 6

Taming Animals

Fortnite players won’t be the only creatures on the island in Season 6, with wildlife running wild across the primal wilderness. Players can hunt or tame wolves, chickens, boars to “not only live off the land but to gather materials for crafting.”

Dangerous wolves are already roaming the map, but be warned, the Season 6 patch notes claims “the most fearsome predators have yet to hatch…”

Fortnite Season 6 wildlife

Bunker Chests

Some of the more cautious characters in Fortnite were prepared for the Zero Crisis Finale to destroy the island completely, so they created Bunker Chests to protect their most valuable loot.

These can be opened by players in Season 6, and house powerful weapons from Rare to Legendary rarity such as Rocket Launchers. As the season continues, new advancements will arrive “in the form of weapons and upgrades,” such as new Chonkers tires for vehicles to let them drive off-road.

Fortnite v16.00 Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games are shipping some bug fixes for the game to help improve quality-of-life for players. These address issues across battle royale, Save the World, and Creative.

Here’s a list of what will be fixed in the Season 6 update:


  • Balloons item temporarily disabled.
  • Unable to edit color Styles for the Phantasmic Pulse Pickaxe in the Locker.

Battle Royale

  • Inventory menu selector appearing on multiple slots.

Creative Mode

  • Pressing the default key in pre-game lobby starts the game.
  • Main Player rift can sometimes show as a Seasonal Rift.

Save The World

  • The Val Defender doesn’t have perks when unlocked from the Valor Questline.

Image Credits: Epic Games


How to play Fortnite on iPhone & iOS devices with NVIDIA GeForce Now

Fortnite has been missing from the App Store from some time, but here’s how you can play on your iOS devices once again.



Fortnite mobile player

Fortnite was removed from Apple’s App Store in 2020 but now there’s a way to play on your iPhone and iOS devices thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now.

Apple and Epic Games were locked in a legal battle surrounding in-app purchases which caused Fortnite to be removed from the App Store and iOS devices in August 2020, and fans haven’t been able to play on their iPhones since.

However, thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service, Fortnite is set to return to iPhones and iPads.

Here’s how to sign up and play Fortnite on your iOS devices once again.

How to play Fortnite on iOS

fortnite explosion

Fortnite hasn’t been made available on the App Store again, you’ll need to become a GeForce Now member and sign up for the closed beta.

Here’s everything you need to do to play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Either register or sign in to GeForce Now (you don’t need to pay for a premium membership)
  2. Register for GeForce Now’s Fortnite closed beta
  3. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and go to Then follow the instructions to add a home screen shortcut
  4. Keep an eye on your emails for an invitation to the closed beta
  5. Once you’re invited, you can play Fortnite through GeForce Now

This will stream a touch-friendly version of Fortnite to your Apple device, so you can get back to playing Fortnite on your mobile.

When is Fortnite coming back to iOS? Closed beta start & end date

Foundation statue in Fortnite Chapter 3 map

NVIDIA revealed that Fortnite Mobile’s closed beta will begin rolling out “later in January,” so either during the week of January 17th or 24th.

As for the closed beta’s end date, NVIDIA said that “we do not have a fixed end date at this time,” so we’ll need to wait on official confirmation.

Fortnite Season 3 characters

You can link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts once you’ve joined the closed beta.

Here’s how to link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts:

  1. Open GeForce Now on Safari
  2. Go to ‘settings’
  3. Find the ‘connections’ tab
  4. Select ‘Epic Games’
  5. Log in with your Epic Games account

After you do this, your entire Fortnite account will be at your fingertips. And you only need to sign in once, too.

You can also check out Fortnite’s brand-new Battlefield 2042-style tornados and lightning strikes.

Image Credit: Epic Games / NVIDIA GeForce Now

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Where to find Fortnite telescope parts

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season Quest to destroy and collect telescope parts.



Telescope in Fortnite

One of the Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests tasks you with finding and destroying three telescopes to collect their parts. Here’s how you can get this done quickly.

Fortnite’s Season Quests provide you the opportunity to earn some extra XP that will help you progress through the Battle Pass. Completing them will allow you to unlock items and cosmetic skins.

One of the Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests requires you to find and destroy three telescopes before collecting their parts in a single match. This is easy enough to do if you know where to search.

All Fortnite telescope locations

Fortnite telescope part locations

There are a total of nine telescopes on Fortnite Chapter 3’s island. These are scattered across the map at different locations. You only need to find three before destroying them so that you can collect their parts.

Here are all the telescope locations in Fortnite:

  1. North of Camp Cuddle
  2. South of Condo Canyon
  3. South-West of Coney Crossroads
  4. North East of the Daily Bugle
  5. West of Greasy Grove
  6. North of Logjam Lumberyard
  7. In Sanctuary
  8. On a small island north-east of Sanctuary
  9. On another small island east of Sanctuary

How to destroy telescope parts in Fortnite

Telescope in Fortnite

Once you find three of these telescopes, simply swing at it with your pickaxe or shoot in order to destroy it. You can then collect the components that fall off them to complete this Fortnite Season Quest.

Successfully doing this will reward you with 25,000 XP. However, you’ll need to hurry as the Quest will only remain available until January 22, 2022. After that point, you won’t be able to attempt it.

For more Fortnite, check out how to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite and everything we know about Fortnite’s leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new Lightning weather effect, and how to get struck by it.



Lighting in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fornite added dynamic weather with the January 11 hotfix, which makes Lightning strike the Chapter 3 island. You can get a massive speed boost by being struck by Lightning, so here’s how.

Fortnite has introduced some Battlefield 2042-style weather effects that are sure to change how you play the battle royale. These include Tornadoes and Lightning, and each gives you a nifty boost if you can get near enough.

Here’s how to get struck by Lighting in Fortnite, and what happens when you do.

How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Lightning striking in Fortnite

Epic Games revealed that to get struck by Lightning, you need to go underneath a storm cloud and either stand on a blue mark, be in water, or be on the highest land point below it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting struck by Lightning:

  1. Look out for the storm clouds forming over the Fortnite island
  2. Go directly beneath the storm cloud
  3. Look for the glowing blue mark on the ground
  4. Stand on the blue mark
  5. Move off before you take any fire damage

The easiest method is looking out for the glowing blue marks on the ground. These will tell you exactly where the Lightning is set to strike, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. But be sure to move off before you take extra damage from the fire that the Lightning bolt strikes.

Luckily though, “Lightning doesn’t strike twice back-to-back,” so you don’t need to worry about getting immediately hit again.

What happens if you get struck by Lightning in Fortnite?

Getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite will deal 10 damage and give you the chili pepper speed effect for roughly 12 seconds.

You’ll need to decide if the damage is worth the speed boost, but it could give your opponent a nice surprise when you build over them faster than usual.

You’ll need to be careful though, as the Lightning bolts will set fire to anything they touch. So you’ll need to move off before you take even more damage through fire.

And that’s everything you need to know about getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite.

You can also check out everything we know about Fortnite’s leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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