Fortnite's v7.30 update vaulted the Bolt-action Sniper and players are feeling pretty emotional - Dexerto

Fortnite’s v7.30 update vaulted the Bolt-action Sniper and players are feeling pretty emotional

Published: 29/Jan/2019 17:27 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 17:28

by Ross Deason


The most surprising aspect of Fortnite Battle Royale’s v7.30 update on January 29 was the fact that Bolt-action Sniper Rifle was included as one of the vaulted weapons in the patch notes. As you can probably guess, players and personalities didn’t take long to react.

The v7.20 Content Update that was released just a week ago, on January 22, vaulted the Quad Launcher, Port-A-Fortress and Grappler, so fans of Fortnite weren’t expecting to see many, if any, items added to that list in the v7.30 patch.


However, Epic Games made the surprising decision to vault a total of FOUR weapons – the Burst Rifle, Heavy Shotgun, SMG and Bolt-action Sniper Rifle. While any of these could be classed as surprising, the removal of the Bolt-action appears to have hit the community the hardest.

The Bolt-action Sniper Rifle is one of Fortnite’s most iconic weapons.

“R.I.P BOLT ACTION SNIPER,” Tweeted FaZe Clan’s Cizzorz shortly after the patch notes went live. “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT.”


Fellow FaZe star, Jaomock, had an almost identical reaction: “BOLT ACTION IS VAULTED. WUT!? :(“

Of course, there is an argument that the recently introduced Suppressed Sniper Rifle is basically a Bolt-action Sniper with a silencer attached to the end, but this only appears to have softened the blow for a select few.

“Vaults Bolt, doesn’t touch Deagle,” said 100 Thieves pro player Parallax. “Lmfao alright that’s stupid.”



Reddit user DarkShoot3r took a relatively measured approach to the changes, noting that there are still options for players wanting to use versions the weapons that were removed: “Well Silent [Suppressed] Sniper is basically a Bolt and Heavy was the worst shotgun currently (at least for me). And the SMG just got a silencer again.”

“They just done up and vaulted the bolty? One of the most well beloved guns ever? I’ll be damned,” said another Reddit user, Mobster-503, before noting one silver lining: “But hey the Suppressed Smg is back and that’s all I wanted.”


Twitch streamer r0xy summed up the feelings of many, posting a rather emotional message to her dearly departed Sniper: “Today I lost someone very dear to me. Think I’ll be taking the day off to pay my respects. Rest In Peace Bolty, you will be missed 9/26/17-1/29/19.”

While the removal of the Bolt-action Sniper came as a surprise to many, the overall reaction towards the v7.30 patch has been overwhelmingly positive.


Many players are reporting that the game feels smoother than it has in months, especially in North America where ping can often be an issue for players on opposite sides of the country.

Don’t forget to check out our v7.30 Fortnite patch notes article for more information about the January 29 update.


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.