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SypherPK explains how NPCs have ruined Fortnite’s Shotguns

Fortnite streamer, SypherPK, isn’t content with the state of shotguns in Season 5, and he believes that NPCs are responsible for that.

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SypherPK doesn’t like the state of Fortnite shotguns in Season 5, and he believes that this is because Epic Games replaced Upgrade Stations with Bounty Hunters that are spread out across the map.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 is filled with a plethora of exciting content. We have brand new map changes, cosmetics, quests, weapons, and crossovers with other franchises. There is a lot to enjoy in this update, but that doesn’t mean that fans consider it to be flawless.

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has been having a great time with Season 5, but he has one major issue that he went over in his latest video. He’s not a fan of the way shotguns this season, and he feels that the addition of NPCs is the reason for this.

SypherPK explains how NPCs have ruined shotguns in Fortnite

Sypher started by talking about how many times the Fortnite shotguns have been vaulted in the past. They were removed when the Combat Shotgun was introduced, as well as during Chapter 2 Season 3. The lack of Pump Shotguns led to players spamming during combat.

Despite that, he considers the situation to be different in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5. He explained that the problem he has with the state of this weapon is related to the upgrades. You used to be able to improve weapons at Upgrade Stations, but now you need to rely on specific NPCs.

“I’m not a fan of the current state of shotguns,” he stated. “I love this season, and I’m having a great time playing the game, but I’m really not a fan of how the shotguns are this season, and there’s a good reason why.”

“[It’s] because of the way upgrades are being handled right now,” he explained. “You upgrade your weapons using gold at certain NPCs, right? So, already there’s a bit of a problem because the amount of NPCs that can actually upgrade your weapons is a lot less than the [number] of Upgrade Stations that existed.”

“Not every single NPC can upgrade your weapon. Actually, most NPCs do not upgrade weapons for you,” he said. “This upgrade stuff is relevant is [because] a Green Tactical Shotgun is not the strongest gun. It’s not that reliable.”

“But a Purple Tactical Shotgun or a Gold Tactical Shotgun goes pretty hard,” he added. “I think they’re very strong, reliable guns. The problem is, in a lot of games, you don’t get the opportunity to upgrade even if you have gold.”

“I think every single NPC should give you the option to upgrade your weapons,” he said. It’s a simple solution that will make it easier for players to get their hands on better shotguns, which will make them more viable.

SypherPK Fortnite Shotguns NPCs

Ultimately, SypherPK disagrees with the decision to replace Upgrade Stations with Bounty Hunters. This is because not every one of these NPCs gives the option to upgrade your abilities, so having to travel to the right ones can be tedious.

Whether or not you agree with this opinion on shotguns in Season 5, his suggestion to give every NPC the ability to upgrade your weapons would certainly make things more convenient. The comments are filled with fans who share this view.

He also mentioned that he believes we’ll see the return of Pump Shotguns to the game soon. They may not be added in the current season, but hopefully, we’ll see them become part of the game before the year is over.

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How to complete Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 Quests: Week 5 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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Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 weekly quests

A new Fortnite Season means new Weekly Quests to complete, so here’s how to complete all of Week 5’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 and unlock the Super Styles.

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 5 Quests, and when you can expect Week 6’s to go live.

slurp Bouncer mushroom in Fortnite

How to complete Fortnite Season 3, Week 5 Quests

The fifth batch of Fortnite Chapter 3’s Season 3 Quests is centered around using new additions such as the Port-A-Fort, Charge SMG, and the new Shuffled Shrines POI.

Here are all of the Week 5 Quests in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3:

  • Collect a Port-A-Fort and a Ripsaw Launcher in a single match (2) – 15,000 XP
  • Collect floating rings near Reality Falls (5) – 15,000 XP
  • Deal Damage to opponents within 10 meters with the Charge SMG (500) – 15,000 XP
  • Deal DMR damage to opponents from above (500) – 15,000 XP
  • Deploy a Port-A-Fort and deal damage to opponents within 30 seconds (50) – 15,000 XP
  • Destroy giant mushrooms with the Ripsaw launcher (8) – 15,000 XP
  • Visit Reality Falls, Tilted Towers, and Shuffled Shrines (3) – 15,000 XP

You shouldn’t have too much difficulty completing Fortnite’s Week 5 Quests as long as you set out to complete them.

You can check out our guide on where to find a Ripsaw Launcher to destroy the giant mushrooms. The Port-A-Fort and Charge SMG both arrived with the 21.20 update and can be found all over the island, so you shouldn’t have much trouble here.

Shuffled Shrines is also a new POI west of the Joneses where you can open the secret door for the Indiana Jones Quests.

The next set of Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 Quests will arrive on Thursday, July 14 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST, so stay tuned for Week 6.

Reality Falls POI in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3

All Fortnite Weekly Quests

Fortnite Week 4 Quests

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

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 all of the leaked cosmetics found in the 21.20 game files.

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How to find Sith Holocron in Rave Cave for Fortnite Vibin’ challenges

Here’s how to find the Star Wars Sith Holocron in Rave Cave for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3’s Vibin’ Questline.

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Sith Holocron in Fortnite Rave Cave POI

Fortnite’s Vibin’ Quests offer players a nice XP bonus each week, and Part Four tasks players with finding a Sith Holocron from Star Wars. Here’s how to locate and collect the Sith Holocron from Rave Cave in Fortnite.

Fornite’s Vibin’ Quests give players a ton of bonus XP towards leveling up the Battle Pass and unlocking the Super Styles. Part Four went live with the 21.20 update, and added the Sith Holocron from Star Wars to the game.

You’ll need to find this Sith Holocron inside Rave Cave to complete the Vibin’ Quests, so here’s its location and how to pry open shipping boxes to find it.

Sith Holocron Rave Cave location in Fortnite

Rave Cave main building in Fortnite

To locate the Sith Holocron in Rave Cave, Fortnite players need to head inside the mountain and stand outside the main building.

Just stand on the platform beside the water and you’ll get a notification telling you that you have completed the “Locate where the Sith Holocron is being held in Rave Cave” stage of the Vibin’ Quests.

This will mark all of the shipping boxes which might store the Sith Holocron on your HUD, and you’ll get another 7,000 XP.

How to pry open shipping boxes to find Sith Holocron in Fortnite

Sith Holocron on shipping box in Fortnite

After you’ve located the Holocron in Fortnite, you’ll need to “pry open shipping boxes” to find it. To do this, head into Rave Cave’s main building through the doors with the shutters half down — you’ll spot it right beside the stairs.

You’ll see small wooden crates, which are the shipping boxes, glowing and marked on your HUD. Hit these boxes with your Harvesting Tool and the Sith Holocron will appear on top of one of them.

Simply press the interact button to collect the Sith Holocron and you’ll have completed the Vibin’ Quest and earned another 7,000 XP.


For more Fortnite, be sure to check out all of the upcoming skins and cosmetics that leaked in the 21.20 update.

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Apex Legends & Fortnite Twitch viewership takes major hit as Fall Guys surges

The rise of Fall Guys since going free-to-play has seemingly led to a drop in Twitch viewers for both Fortnite and Apex Legends.

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Fall Guys character with The Foundation from Fortnite

Fall Guys has seen a massive bump in popularity since going free to play, so much so that it appears to have damaged rival battle royales Apex Legends and Fortnite’s popularity on Twitch.

For a few glorious months after its launch in 2020, Fall Guys was the hottest property in gaming. Millions of players took pleasure in dragging their clumsy jellybeans through outrageous levels in an attempt to be the last bean standing.

Despite being the most-downloaded PS Plus game of all time, Fall Guys failed to find the staying power that other battle royales like Warzone enjoyed. However, after going free-to-play and releasing on Switch and Xbox, the game saw its player base grow to over 20 million.

The resurgence of Fall Guys appears to have impacted its competitors too, with both Apex Legends and Fortnite taking a significant hit in Twitch viewership.

Fall Guys characters running through course

After going free-to-play in June, the latest Twitch figures show just how big a comeback Fall Guys has made. At the time of writing in July 2022, Fall Guys is the sixth most-viewed game on the platform with an average of 88,100 viewers.

This is a massive 22% increase from the previous week, placing Mediatonic’s quirky title alongside heavy hitters like Counter-Strike: GO and Escape from Tarkov.

What’s even more interesting is the effect that Fall Guys’ success has had on its rivals. Fortnite and Apex Legends have slipped behind Fall Guys with drops of 7.4% and 12.7% respectively, with Apex barely clinging on to a spot in the top 10.

Call of Duty: Warzone has also taken a significant dip, losing 16.2% of its Twitch audience in the last week.

Screen shot of Fall Guys Twitch viewership figures

Of course, it’s tough to tell if the drops seen by rival battle royales were directly caused by people tuning in to Fall Guys instead, but it’s definitely interesting to see such a drastic change in figures just after the game went F2P.

We’ll have to wait and see if Fall Guys can keep players and viewers on board this time around, but with Apex Legends Season 14 and Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 coming soon, Mediatonic has their work cut out for them.


In the meantime, check out the leaked Dragon Ball Z crossover in Fortnite, as well as the most popular character in Apex Legends Season 13.

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