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

Published: 30/Jun/2020 10:06 Updated: 30/Jun/2020 10:32

by Isaac McIntyre


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.


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.


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.


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:


  • ‘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.

How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson