Fortnite v7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman, vaulted items and patch notes for January 22 - Dexerto
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Fortnite v7.20 Content Update: Sneaky Snowman, vaulted items and patch notes for January 22

Published: 22/Jan/2019 10:14 Updated: 23/Jan/2019 9:24

by Ross Deason

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The first v7.20 Content Update for Fortnite Battle Royale went live on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and all other major platforms on January 22 and Epic Games had a lot in store for their players and fans! Here’s everything you need to know.

Even before the Content Update went live, a huge amount of information relating to it had already been revealed. In this article, you can find all of the important v7.20 Content Update news as well as the full patch notes.

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What’s new?

Sneaky Snowman

One thing we were certain of is that an all-new Sneaky Snowman would be released as part of the patch. The item was officially announced via the in-game news section on January 21.

The description for from the announcement said: “Become a master of disguise,” so the general consensus within the Fortnite community was that it would work a lot like the Bush and allow players to hide in plain sight on the snowy map.

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Now, the official description and notes from the January 22 patch should tell you everything you need to know:

Sneaky Snowman

  • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
  • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
  • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
  • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
    • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
  • Available in Common variant.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
  • Drops in stacks of 5.
  • Max stack size of 10.

Fans will be surprised to see that the Grappler is gone!The removal of the Grappler will come as a surprise to players.

Vaulted weapons and items

Eric Williamson, Design Lead for Fortnite Battle Royale at Epic Games, revealed on Twitter that the v7.20 Content Update would feature: “a few more vaults…”

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The only weapon that we knew for certain would be included in that list was the Quad Launcher – Williamson confirmed as much on Twitter.

According to the patch notes, though, the Quad Launcher will also be joined by the Grappler and Port-A-Fortress:

Vaulted the following items:

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  • Quad Rocket Launcher
  • Port-A-fortress
  • Grappler
It looks like the Quad Launcher will no longer be available.

Tweaks to items and vehicles (Shields, Glider Redeploy and X-4 Stormwing)

Eric Williamson also confirmed that there would be some small tweaks to the availability of shields, a “reduction of mobility,” and some adjustments to the spawn chance of certain items and vehicles.

As you can see, there have been fairly significant changes to a variety of items:

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Swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions.

  • Shield Potion
    • Reduced drop chance from Floor Loot from 16.53% to 13.22%.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 14.26% to 9.51%.
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased drop chance from Floor Loot from 13.22% to 16.53%.
    • Increased drop chance from Chests from 9.51% to 14.26%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Gliders.
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 11.89% to 4.43%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Balloons.​​​​​​​
    • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 7.58% to 3.24%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of Quad Crashers from 100% to 50%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of X-4 Stormwings from 80% to 50%.

Fortnite Battle Royale v7.20 Content Update patch notes

The rest of the patch notes for the v7.20 Content Update can be found below:

The Block – Omega Pyramid
The Block is now a Pyramid! Drop into this massive structure created by Directingpete to discover the secrets it holds inside.  

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LIMITED TIME MODE: SNIPER SHOOTOUT

Summary
In this limited time mode, players will do battle using scoped weapons only. May the best aim win!

What’s New?

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifles have been added.
  • Legendary Scoped Pistols have been added to Supply Drops.

Mode Details

  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50%
  • Reviving “Down But Not Out” teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated – be careful peeking!
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed an issue where building would cause a major drop in FPS.

EVENTS

  • Added additional dates for Explorer Pop-Up Cup.
    • Updated additional materials gained on elimination to now drop with the eliminated player, rather than being granted immediately.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

This is an early release so you may experience client crashes, loss of progress, or other unexpected errors.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Sneaky Snowman
    • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
    • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
    • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
    • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
      • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
    • Available in Common variant.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
    • Drops in stacks of 5.
    • Max stack size of 10.
  • Added to Creative
    • Light Machine Gun
    • Suppressed Sub-Machine Gun
    • Revolver
    • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
    • Smoke Grenade
    • Remote Explosives

As always, you can keep an eye on @Dexerto on Twitter for everything Fortnite related. We’ll be bringing you all of the v7.20 Content Update news and reactions from the community throughout the day.

When did the v7.10 Content Update come out?

The Fortnite developers have been hard at work ever since they came back from their Christmas break, already releasing a huge v7.10 Content Update on January 8 followed by the v7.20 patch on January 15.

The first v7.20 Content Update was released on January 22 at 13:00 GMT (08:00 EST, 05:00 PST).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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