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Fortnite 13.20 Update patch notes: Flare Gun & Portable Upgrade Bench

by Isaac McIntyre
Epic Games

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Fortnite's v13.20 Update is now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices, introducing a new weapon in the form of the Flare Gun, plus Portable Upgrade Benches to allow players to level up their weapons on the go. 

With Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 now in full swing, it's no surprise that players are anxious for the next major update to the popular battle royale title, after finally getting to grips with the new Charge Shotgun and the Firefly Jars in the fortnight since the new season launched. Now, Fortnite fans have some new items to get to grips with in the form of the Flare Gun and the Portable Upgrade Bench.

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Flare Gun sets Fortnite alight

The Flare Gun was first leaked all the way back in Chapter 1 , and finally, after months of waiting, the weapon has made its debut in the battle royale, giving players a new way to destroy enemy builds. 

The weapon has six bullets with a 1.5 second reload time, dealing 60 damage points to an enemy if you land a direct hit. What sets this apart from other guns though is its ability to set enemy builds on fire, just like the Firefly Jar, making it the perfect way to flush enemies out of their wooden hiding spots or tear down structures when in the middle of a tense build battle. You can see the Flare Gun in action below.

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Portable Upgrade Bench

Another major change comes to the Upgrade Bench, which can now be broken and carried in your inventory to allow players to upgrade their weapons while on the move.

Simply walk over to an Upgrade Bench and start swinging your pickaxe, and the object will start to break. Rather than offering up materials, it will simply appear on the ground as floor loot, which you can then pop into your inventory and go on your merry way.

Water begins to recede

When Season 3 arrived, it came with a pretty huge change for the Fortnite map ⁠— the whole battle royale arena is covered in water now, thanks to a huge, awesome explosion from the Doomsday Device event earlier this month.

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Epic Games have confirmed that the water levels will go down as the season goes on, and the v13.20 does sea the ocean recede a little, although no new POIs were uncovered in this update. Keep an eye on the water level though, as more and more locations will be unveiled as the season goes on.

Bug fixes

As always, the Fortnite team has also added a number of issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will likely include fixes for many of these recurring problems; here is the full list of bug fixes included in v13.20:

General

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  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
  • Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
  • Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match.
  • Fall damage from Ziplines while landing in shallow water.
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded.
  • Damaging Marauders counting towards storm surge.
  • Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
  • Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.