Clever Fortnite trick makes Proximity Mine a throwable explosive - Dexerto

Clever Fortnite trick makes Proximity Mine a throwable explosive

Published: 4/Mar/2020 11:16

by Jacob Hale


Fortnite players have discovered a genius trick with the Proximity Mine, an item new to Season 2, to make it a longer-range explosive and vastly expanding its potential uses.

Season 2 of Chapter 2 introduced a multitude of changes to Epic Games’ hit battle royale title, including the vaulting and unvaulting of several weapons alongside new cosmetics, map changes and more.

With Proximity Mines, players can throw them down in buildings or important areas to help them hold it down, giving them a warning of approaching enemies from their surrounding areas, but this trick means you can be much more aggressive with them.

Proximity Mine leaked in Fortnite
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The Proximity Mine deals 50 damage and leaves an X-Ray scan of any players affected.

Posting to Reddit, user payBTCPayment showed several examples of how they add a bit of range to the Proximity Mine, able to take down enemy builds, deal damage to opponents, and even mark their location to keep them visible.

It would appear that dealing damage to the Mine makes it move, with the first hit making it gravitate upwards (as it would when an enemy approaches), but then it can be shot or pickaxed while in mid-air to make it float off in a different direction.

As evidenced in the Reddit post, it won’t go as far as the likes of the standard Grenade, but can still shift it a few metres ahead of you.

Trick with new proximity mines. (Credit: OrangeGuy) from r/FortniteCompetitive

Even if you don’t end up dealing damage to the enemy player, the X-Ray ability of the Mine makes it a worthwhile trick to learn to master, at the very least letting you track how many enemies are around you.

This could be particularly effective if you use it in late-game situations, with enemies boxed up and in tighter confines of space, though you could be punished if you leave yourself too open while doing it.

This probably wasn’t an intended use of the Proximity Mine when Epic Games added it to Fortnite, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to this, but for now it at least makes you think twice about whether you want to hold onto those Mines or not.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 9 challenges

Published: 22/Oct/2020 11:39

by Matt Porter


The ninth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 9 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
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Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.