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Fortnite v15.00 Update: Season 5 patch notes

Fortnite Season 5 is finally here, with a new Bounty system, a revamped loot pool, and much more!

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Fortnite Season 5's Battle Pass characters.

December 2 has finally arrived, and that means Fortnite fans have lots of new content to sink their teeth into thanks the arrival of Season 5. Here’s everything you need to know about the 15.00 update.

Season 4 came to its dramatic conclusion on December 1 when Galactus attacked the island, and attempted to eat the Zero Point that holds Fortnite’s reality in place. Thanks to some help from Marvel superheroes, the ‘Devourer of Worlds’ was sent packing, but not before he altered the Fortnite island massively.

The Zero Point energy ball is now exposed, and Jonesy has called in seven of the universe’s greatest hunters to protect it, and stop players from escaping the reality.

As always, the new season update for Fortnite brings new weapons and items, major updates to the loot pool, and much more. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 5.

Bounties

One of the major additions to Fortnite Season 5 is the bounty system. With seven great hunters now roaming the island, including Star Wars’ Mandalorian, your job is to help them by taking on quests and bounties.

You can choose to team up by hiring them, or you can challenge them to a battle. The choice is yours, with rewards on offer for those who go toe-to-toe with these powerful warriors.

If you want to hire them, you’ll need Bars. These can be earned by completing quests or bounties, eliminating players, or finding them hidden across the island. You can spend your newly-acquired hardware on rare weapons, upgrades, intel, services, and more.

New Weapons

New weapons are a must for any new Fortnite season, and this one is no different. The Dragon Shotgun will help players “unleash their fiery rage” according to Epic, while Mandalorian’s Amban sniper rifle won’t just take down enemies at range, but can also be used as a melee weapon.

There are also seven new Floppers to catch, along with the Shadow Tracker, and more.

  • Dragon Shotgun
  • Shadow Tracker
  • New Floppers
    • Tiger Zero Fish
    • Leafy Zero Fish
    • Skull Zero Fish
    • Rift-To-Go Flopper
    • Sandstorm Rift Flopper
    • Zero Point Flopper
  • Bounty Board
  • Gold Bars & Safe
  • Boom’s Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Amban Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Mandalorian’s Jetpack (Mythic)
Fortnite characters holding some of Season 5's newest weapons.

Loot Pool Changes

Along with new items, we’ve also seen some return from the game’s vault, with the Charge Shotgun and P90 reappearing, along with the Storm Scout Rifle and more.

  • Charge Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • P90
  • SMG
  • Storm Scout Rifle
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Balloons

Of course, bringing some items back means others have to leave to make room, with the Pump Shotgun controversially exiting the game once again. Just because an item is vaulted doesn’t mean we won’t ever see it again though, so don’t panic if one of your favorites is gone.

  • Revolver
  • Fire Trap
  • Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Epic/Legendary Pump Shotgun
  • Legendary Combat Shotgun
  • Scar
  • Epic/Legendary Tac SMG

Bug Fixes

It’s rare that Epic releases a patch without some fixes for glitches that have been affecting the game, and the v15.00 update is no different. The developers have fixed an issue where it was impossible to bind the same key to different actions for those who play with a keyboard, and have also removed the Bash Burner pickaxe from competitive playlists while they investigate a problem with it.

  • Huntress Outfit appearing as Ramirez or another Outfit.
  • Impossible to bind the same key to different actions with Keyboard.
  • Bash Burner Pickaxe temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

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How to get Fortnite Cube Queen Secret Skin: Quests & rewards

Here’s how to unlock Fortnite’s brand-new Cube Queen Secret Skin from the Season 8 Battle Pass, including its challenges and rewards.

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Fortnite Season 8’s Battle Pass Secret Skin has finally arrived – The Cube Queen. Here’s how to get your hands on the new skin, including its Quests and rewards.

It’s a Fortnite tradition for Epic Games to tease a mystery skin in the Battle Pass and this becomes available to unlock later in the season. Season 8 is no different, and Epic Games have now confirmed the Cube Queen.

This NPC has taken over the new Convergence POI, but Battle Pass owners can also unlock her as a skin through a set of new challenges.

Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Cube Queen, including the Quests and all of the rewards.

How to get the Fortnite Cube Queen skin

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Fortnite’s Cube Queen Secret Skin arrived as part of October 26’s 18.30 update, with the skin and its challenges going live at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST.

Battle Pass owners will have until the end of Season 8, which is scheduled for December 5, to complete all of the associated challenges to unlock the Cube Queen and all of her cosmetics.

How to unlock the Cube Queen: Quests & rewards

Fortnite Cube Queen Battle Pass rewards page 2

The Cube Queen Secret Skin is unlocked through various challenges, and Fortnite data miners have uncovered the Quests ahead of the official release.

Here are all of the Quests and rewards for Season 8’s Cube Queen Secret Skin:

Quest PageChallengeReward
1Survive Storm Circles while carrying a Sideways weapon (3)The Cube Queen Outfit
1Eliminate a player with the Sideways Minigun (1)Last Cube Standing Emoticon
1Shakedown OpponentsThe Queen’s Court Loading Screen
1Use a Shadow Stone or Flopper to phase for 3 seconds near a player (3)Cubic Vortex Backbling
1Complete all of The Cube Queen Quests on Page 1 (4)The Cube Queen (Obliterator) Style
2Deal damage to players with the Sideways Scythe (150)Reality Render Pickaxe
2Complete a Bounty from a Bounty Board (1)Regal Visage Spray
2Get player headshots with the Sideways Rifle (2)Queen’s Anthem Music
2Glide in the smoke stacks at Steamy Stacks (1) Queen’s Procession Glider
2Complete all of the Cube Queen Quests on Page 2 (4)The Cube Queen (Islandbane) Style

Some of these Quests are trickier than the regular Punchcard Quests, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

You can check out our guide on how to get the Sideways Scythe, and you can also check out how to get the Sideways Minigun and Rifle. Also, be sure to check out all of the Bounty Board locations to quickly complete this Quest.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with full guides on any of the extremely tricky Quests.


For more Fortnite, check out how to get The Batman Who Laughs skin in Fortnite Season 8, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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Fortnite 18.30 update patch notes: Mountain Base POI, new weapons, Cube Queen Secret Skin

Fortnite’s 18.30 update is live, so here are the full patch notes detailing all of the content, including a new POI, and bug fixes.

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Fortnite The Convergence POI

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 Season 8 Fortnitemares

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

Fortnite season 8 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

Fortnite boogie bomb vs combat shotgun vote

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

Fortnite Season 8 Cube Queen outfit

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…”

Well-known leaker HYPEX has discovered that “there’s a string in the Cube Queen’s effects that refers to her as the ‘Pyramid Tip.’

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

Power leveling in Fortnite

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

The Batman Who Laughs in Fortnite Season 8

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 players slam “ridiculous” Rainbow Racer unlock challenge

Fortnite fans are frustrated with the unlock challenge for the Rainbow Rider skin in the Refer-A-Friend program.

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Fortnite players who were hoping to get their hands on Season 8’s special Rainbow Racer skin have been left infuriated by the extremely difficult challenge required to unlock it in the Refer-A-Friend program.

The new Refer-A-Friend beta in Fortnite lets you earn neat rewards by inviting a few friends to the game and completing challenges alongside them. One of the new rewards you can get is the Rainbow Rider skin.

While fans love this new outfit, many of them aren’t happy with the requirement to unlock it as they consider the challenge to be “ridiculous.” Now, the Fortnite community is looking for ways to get around this requirement.

Rainbow Racer in Refer A Friend

Reddit user Rifted-06 highlighted this issue in the official Fortnite subreddit. While using the Refer-A-Friend program, the last challenge to unlock the Rainbow Racer Fortnite skin requires you and your friends to reach level 60 individually.

This can be frustrating if one of your friends is far behind everyone else, as the rest of the team won’t earn the skin until their teammate finally hits level 60. Worse, if that player never reaches that target, none of the team will get Rainbow Racer at all.

“Every time Epic seems to try and make a website event, involving bringing back friends, it always seems to fall flat. This is just another example of how NOT to do Friend challenges,” wrote one user.

Now, Fortnite players are creating alt accounts to use in place of a referred friend so that they can level both accounts themselves. Some are even planning to use the Creative mode to go AFK every day while gradually earning XP.

“You have until January 11th and as far as I can tell you don’t need to do the levels together,” one Fortnite fan said. “You can just play on your main till you have 60 and then switch to the secondary to get 60 levels.”.

It remains to be seen if the requirements to unlock the Rainbow Racer outfit will change in the future. Currently, you can register before November 14 to start claiming the rewards in Fortnite’s Refer a Friend program.


For more Fortnite, you can check out the new Resident Evil skins that have hit the Item Shop.

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