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Epic change Fortnite’s explosive weapon drop rate

Published: 31/Jan/2019 13:52 Updated: 31/Jan/2019 14:39

by Calum Patterson


Tired of coming up against a rocket launcher in every game of Fortnite Battle Royale? Epic Games feels your pain and has made a big change to explosive weapons.

Fortnite’s arsenal of explosives, from rocket launchers to grenades, have always been very powerful, and often it’s necessary to carry at least one type of explosive if you hope to pull off the victory royale.

Due to the power of explosives, particularly their ability to wipe out player builds, they can quite easily spoil an otherwise exciting ‘build-off’ battle for survival.

Players have highlighted the frequency of rocket launchers particularly.

Developers Epic Games have continued to tweak the explosive meta, adding and removing weapons and tuning their blast radius, accuracy and more.

But, with continued complaints about the high frequency of explosive weapons from the player base, Epic has taken a more immediate step to curb their over-use.

In a hotfix on January 30, the drop rate of all forms explosive weapons from chests was significantly reduced, from 4.13% to 3.08%.

Explosive Weapon Availability Adjustment from r/FortNiteBR

This reduction of only 1% may seem small, but in practice it’s a drop of just over a quarter, meaning you are much less likely to receive an explosive weapon, or come up against one in an opponent’s hand.

Epic will monitor feedback on the change, and evaluate if perhaps the reduction was too drastic or not big enough.

With Season 8 around the corner, there are number of big updates expected, with the most recent patch vaulting a number of weapons and unvaulting the Suppressed SMG, but this is the only change to explosives specifically.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth 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 10 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.