Epic Games are rolling out the new v16.20 update for Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 6 on April 13, and the developers have revealed patch notes and details of what players can expect.
The v16.20 update is the second major update since Season 6 launched in Fortnite on March 16, and it’s expected to include both new content and some important changes to the hit battle royale game’s various modes.
While the brief patch notes released by Epic didn’t feature too much for players to get excited about, there are actually some pretty interesting additions to the game, especially with vehicle mods finally being added in this update.
Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new v16.20 update.
When is the v16.20 update in Fortnite? Release time & downtime
As previously confirmed by Epic Games, downtime for the Fortnite v16.20 update began on Wednesday, April 13 at 2AM ET (7AM BST) with matchmaking being disabled shortly before then.
This update is smaller than previous patches, so it hopefully won’t take you too long to download. The update sizes for each platform are as follows:
- PS5: 2.91GB
- PS4: 3GB
- XBOX Series X: 3GB
- Switch: 2GB
- PC: 1.78GB
As usual, there will be downtime accompanying this patch, but there are a couple of changes in regards to that which are noteworthy. The downtime will begin earlier and last longer than normal, while the update itself won’t be released for download until a few hours of the downtime have elapsed.
– Downtime will be starting earlier than normal
– This downtime will be of a longer duration than normal
– The patch will be released for download a few hours into downtime
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) April 12, 2021
Fortnite v16.20 update patch notes
Trick out your ride with new wheels
Without a doubt, the most exciting feature of the v16.20 update is the addition of new tiers. Vehicle mods have been teased by leakers for months now, and they’re finally starting to appear in the game.
The first vehicle mod that’ been added in v16.20 is Off-Road Tires, as shared by prominent Fortnite leaker HYPEX. These will let you “jack up your ride” and presumably give you better control when off-road.
Grappler Bow and Splinter Bow revealed
Upgradable bows are one of the biggest additions in Fortnite Season 6, and Epic have now added two new variants for players to utilize: the Grappler Bow and the Splinter Bow.
Unlike other powerful bows like the Mechanical Shockwave Bow and the Primal Stink Bow, it seems as though these new bows can’t be crafted. Instead, you’ll have to purchase them from NPCs with Gold Bars.
New LTM: Lead Alloy Duos
A brand new limited-time mode called Lead Alloy has been added with the v16.20 update. Fortnite devs are advising players to “sharpen those bow skills,” so we’ll have to see how all that plays out.
We’re not 100% sure what this LTM will be about yet, but prominent leaker iFireMonkey has shared that the recent Mechanical Bow hotfixes are related to this LTM.
A new LTM has been added called "Lead Alloy". That's also what the hot fixes for the Mechanical Bow was for, it's relating to crafting in this new LTM!
— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) April 13, 2021
DC x Fortnite begins
This isn’t a major update, but the new Rebirth Harley Quinn skin has been added to the files with the v16.20 update, kicking off the exciting Fortnite x DC crossover.
Superhero fans will be able to unlock this skin if they purchase the first issue of the upcoming Zero Point comic book, which is due out on April 20. It comes with a one-time use code to redeem the new outfit.
New skins and cosmetics
As is the case with every Fortnite update, a series of new skins and cosmetics have been added to the files in the v16.20 patch. These won’t all be available to get now, but they’ll appear before v16.30 arrives.
You can see every leaked skin and cosmetic for Season 6 so far right here.
Brie Larson gets a Fortnite bundle
Yes, you read that right. Marvel actress Brie Larson, who famously plays Captain Marvel in the MCU, will be getting her own bundle in the Fortnite Item Shop.
As shared by iFireMonkey, the bundle includes a Bushranger skin in various styles alongside a matching back bling, pickaxe, and two emotes.
Fortnite v16.20 Bug Fixes
According to the official Fortnite Trello page, there are numerous bugs and glitches that are set to be addressed in the v16.20 patch:
- Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.
- Code Green Wrap not appearing correctly.
- Arena playlist issues.
- Storm visibility is clear when using Performance Mode.
- Collection Book Character #17 not appearing on the Island.
- Slurpshrooms and Coconuts temporarily disabled.
- (Creative) Start with ‘Pickaxe’ Creator setting still spawning with a Pickaxe.
- (Creative) Vehicles not moving properly in Creative.
- (Mobile) Cosmetics in Lobby appearing blurry on Nintendo Switch.
- (Mobile) 3D resolution reset itself even if the player saved the settings.
What else to expect in v16.20
In addition to all of the content explained above, this latest Fortnite update could include some map changes that haven’t been revealed yet.
The first update of Season 6 made small changes to the map, so it would be wise to expect this one to as well. There’s a good chance Epic won’t say what those changes are straight away, so it might be something that players will have to discover on their own.
Make sure to check back with the Dexerto Fortnite hub for all news, leaks, and patch notes regarding this update.