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Fortnite: Epic Games confirm investigation into phantom shot bug

Published: 4/Dec/2018 20:26 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 21:01

by Alan Bernal


Epic Games is now looking into an issue in Fortnite that causes fired bullets to seemingly go missing from the server.

The problem crops up with multiple weapons in the game but is most notable with shotguns, especially when it is the first fired weapon in an engagement.


A video by Reddit user ‘jzimoneaux’ posted on December 3, prominently shows the bug and its effects on the game.

The video shows two players engaged in a build battle and when the building ceases, jzimoneaux is tracking their enemy below.


At the opportune moment, jzimoneaux jumps down with a pump shotgun in tow. Judging by the video, jzimoneaux would have landed a quick, accurate shot at close range to the head of their enemy.

Instead, the bug occurred and the first shot of the engagement went missing. This gave time for the other player to line up a shot while taking out his shotgun and landing a return shot for the kill.

Epic GamesA persistent bug is now under investigation at Epic Games.

Thankfully, the video’s thread featured a reply from Reddit user ‘JShredz,’ a Live Operations employee at Epic Games, who gave context and reassurance to readers.


“It appears that outbound (from you to a server) packets for a small group of specific Internet Service Providers are being dropped in certain scenarios, we’ve also seen it most often when a shotgun is the first shot of an engagement,” JShredz explained.

The Epic employee said that an “active investigation” is underway at the studio and with working partners, but a fix has yet to be found.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.