Fortnite update 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares, Midas returns - Dexerto

Fortnite 14.40 Update patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020, Charge Shotgun vault

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:00 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 1:19

by Isaac McIntyre


It’s only been a week since the last Fortnite update, but Epic Games are back with the v14.40 patch for the battle royale title, bringing back the Fortnitemares event and vaulting the Charge Shotgun on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. 

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, with Marvel stars invading the island as they prepare for the attack of the evil Galactus, which will likely close out the season with a huge event. While characters like Wolverine, Dr. Doom, and Black Panther are here, they’re not the only visitors to appear in the game.

It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing in Fortnite: the ghoulish Fortnitemares annual event is back! This Halloween-themed patch marks the return of Midas, who’s out for revenge after his massive experiment backfired back in Season 2.

With spooky season well underway, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s v14.40 patch.

Fortnite v14.40 Update  patch notes

Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

It’s October, and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Spooky season in Fortnite means Fortnitemares is back, and this year, Midas is out for revenge.  which will arrive in the game on October 21, and run until November 3. 

Epic Games say players should prepare for “ghostly new gameplay,” as the popular event returns with a terrifying twist in Solos, Duos, and Squads, meaning you can go it alone or team up with your buddies to experience the 2020 offering of Fortnitemares. After being eliminated from these modes, you can return as a Shadow for your shot at a Nightmare Royale, and join fellow Shadows to defeat the remaining competitors using your otherworldly abilities.

Two characters looking at the screen from Fortnitemares
Epic Games
The Fortnitemares Halloween event usually runs in the last week of October, so patch v14.40 is right on schedule.

Fortnite fans will remember that Midas disappeared after his experiment with the Device went wrong at The Agency, causing the entire map to be submerged underwater thanks to his unfortunate mishap.

Now, the reawakened Midas is back and has laid claim to The Agency, with players joining his army to “fight alongside friend and foe alike and snatch a shadowy victory from the living.” Who makes up his army? None other than his Shadow Henchmen, who will turn you into one of their kind if you get too close. With Midas on the prowl and the Shadow realm invading, get ready for a hectic Halloween unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Charge Shotgun vaulted in Trick or Treat Loot Pool changes

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the v14.40 update is the news that the Charge Shotgun has been placed in the vault for the foreseeable future, leaving the Pump and Combat Shotguns as the weapons left in the class.

There are some new additions to the game though, with Epic confirming that “ghoulish weapons” have returned to aid you in the “shadowy showdown.” The Witches Broom will help players soar through the skies, while new consumables in the form of sweets like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans will help you in your fight too. Superpowers have also been rotated again.

Massive PC patch

For those who play on PC, you’ll notice that today’s patch is huge compared to normal weekly updates, coming in at a whopping 27GB when you attempt to download it. There is a reason for this though, and one that will help players in the long term.

The reason behind the huge update is that Epic Games have made optimizations to the game, which result in a massively reduced file size for the overall game, cutting over 60GB off the complete game, while also improving loading performance and making for smaller downloads for future patches.

Fortnite v14.40 bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will likely include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including the issues with Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb.

Here is the full list of bug changes potentially set for v14.40:


  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.


  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

All Fortnite leaked skins & cosmetics from v14.60 update

Published: 18/Nov/2020 10:20

by David Purcell


Epic Games are seemingly readying up a drop of new Fortnite Battle Royale skins following the v14.60 update, as many new outfits and cosmetics have been leaked ahead of schedule. 

The latest update rolled out on November 18, with the community expecting some sweeping changes that – in the absence of patch notes from Epic – will be reported throughout the day as and when people find them.

What we do know for sure, however, is that Venom is finally coming to the popular battle royale game. Previously it was claimed that the villain would be as big as Brutus in Fortnite, and it looks like that was an accurate leak.

So, let’s take a look at all of the leaked skins and cosmetics – courtesy of HYPEX, ShiinaBR, and iFireMonkey. 

Fortnite Marvel artwork
Epic Games
Fortnite Season 4 has been a fairly wild rise so far. Next up, Venom.

Venom skin

Venom, from the Spiderman series, has finally appeared in the game files and is expected to be added soon. It’s been reported that the pickaxe that the character brings will be exclusively available to skin owners too.

New Bundles

It looks like two new bundles are coming soon for creators benjyfishy and Nick Eh 30, seen below.

Other Fortnite leaked skins and cosmetics

Aside from those notable ones, a few others have been added to the game. These can be seen below, with some even being skin styles.

Some data miners are having a hard time producing images of all cosmetics and skins from the encrypted files this week, though we’ll be sure to update this article if more sets are revealed early. For now at least, there appears to be a wide selection nevertheless.

More to follow…