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Fortnite’s loot boxes now show you what’s inside – new X-Ray Llamas explained

Published: 27/Jan/2019 21:31 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 21:36

by Calum Patterson


Fortnite is drastically changing the way loot boxes work in its Save the World portion of the game, now allowing players to see what the ‘Llamas’ contain before buying.

While Fortnite’s more popular mode, battle royale, doesn’t use a loot box system at all, instead opting for the timed ‘item shop’, the Save the World mode uses the iconic Llamas to incentivize in-game purchases.

Previously called ‘V-Buck Llamas’, they are also being renamed to ‘X-Ray Llamas’, as they allow players to see through the once opaque shop window, and see exactly what the Llama contains.

X-Ray Llamas now show what they contain BEFORE you buy.

It’s a radical change and one that is significant for the entire games industry, not just Fortnite.

As the most profitable game in 2018, Fortnite’s daily item shop and ‘battle pass’ progression system has already been adopted by the biggest publishers in gaming, including Activision with Black Ops 4 – a series notorious for less-than generous microtransactions.

This change to the loot box system will hopefully encourage more game publishers to take a more transparent approach to their luck-based microtransactions – especially combined with the increased legal scrutiny around loot boxes generally.

In a blog post, Epic Games explained their decision to make a more user-friendly system: “We believe it’s important that the Llamas you buy have what you want, and that you can earn awesome items just for logging in and playing.”

How does Save the World ‘X-Ray Llamas’ loot unboxing work?

  1. Llamas prices remain the same, and llamas can still be earned through gameplay.
  2. The price doesn’t change when the llama upgrades – you can see the upgrade before you purchase, and any item can come from the cheapest Llama. You can wait and find your favorite weapon in a 50 V-Buck llama, with no guessing!
  3. The items offered are based on your account in order to apply dupe prevention.
    • Dupe Prevention: Introduced in the v5.10 Patch, after the Llama has determined the item rarity and type of drop (Epic or Legendary Hero, Weapon, or Schematic) it will select an item from that category that is not already in your inventory or Collection Book. This applies to Epic, Legendary and Mythic Heroes, Epic and Legendary Schematics and Mythic Lead Survivors.
    • Example: This means that if the Llama picks Legendary (rarity) Shotgun (type), for example, it will give you a Legendary Shotgun you do not already have. If you have all of the legendary Shotguns, it will give you a duplicate Shotgun. It will not pick from another category.
  4. Specific items can still be directly purchased with earnable in-game resources.
  5. All the fun of opening Llamas, and only the items you want!

Mini Llamas and event Llamas remain the same as before, and are not getting the X-Ray treatment, and can be purchased through gameplay-earned resources.

And to top everything off, every player will receive five free Llama upgrade tokens, so you can try the system out right away.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 9 challenges

Published: 22/Oct/2020 11:39

by Matt Porter


The ninth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 9 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
Epic Games
Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.