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Pump Shotgun and Clinger Included in Upcoming Fortnite Weapon Balance Changes

Published: 28/Aug/2018 12:50 Updated: 28/Aug/2018 13:15

by Matt Porter


Epic Games have revealed that they plan to implement new weapon balancing changes to Fortnite Battle Royale.

Announcing the information in their State of Development announcement for August, Epic revealed they intend to make changes to both the Pump Shotgun and the Clinger.

With the Pump Shotgun, Epic Games are planning to shorten the equip time, which is deemed unnecessary after the weapon switching delay that was added in April 2018.

The equip time for the Pump Shotgun was originally introduced to combat Double Pumping, one of the original Fortnite playstyles, which saw players rapidly switching back and forth between Pump Shotguns as a way to quickly eliminate opponents.

The Double Pump strategy used to rule Fortnite.

While Epic Games feels the Pump Shotgun is as effective as it could be, they feel the opposite is true about the Clinger.

Due to its explosive power, and the fact that it can stick to any surface, Epic have decided to change the behavior of the Clinger, with a second thrown clinger now falling to the ground instead of sticking to a surface that already has a Clinger attached.

Players are always coming up with new ways to best utilise weapons and items. Throughout the lifetime of the game, we’ve seen new playstyles constantly appear, from the Double Pump, to the use of SMGs, to the current Clinger and Sniper idea.

Fortnite developers constantly analyse data from the game in order to balance weapons and playstyles. While there is no official date for these weapons updates, we can assume they will be coming in the near future.


How to do secret Cleanse Tanks & Escape Fortnite Season 4 challenges

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:59

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Fortnite Season 4 might be new, but an old enemy, the infamous gnome, is up to his usual antics. This means there are more secret challenges to complete. Here’s how to do them.

Fortnite’s secret challenges might be a small addition, but they’re welcome ones that keep players on their toes. It’s always nice to get one-up on that pesky gnome, but more importantly, players receive a decent amount of experience for completing them.

Fortnite Season 4 introduced a lot of new things, but it also added two new more secret challenges. They offer a modest 10,000 experience each, which makes them a nice way to boost your level. 

If you want to complete them but aren’t willing to invest the time and patience to figure it all out, we’ve got you covered.

Fortnite Season 4 Secret Challenges
Epic Games
Fortnite Season 4’s Secret Challenges all revolve around this pesky gnome.

Cleanse Tanks

The first challenge is located in Slurpy Swamp, and it’s very easy to do. 

  • Naturally, the first step is to make your way over to Slurpy Swamp.
  • Once you’re there, make your way to the main building and look for the two large tanks lying around.
  • You’ll notice that their tops are missing, which is intentional.
  • Jump inside and take a dip to cleanse them. It’s as simple as that.
Fortnite Season 4 Secret Challenges
Epic Games
The tanks are side-by-side, although they’ll look more green and gnarly compared to the picture above.


Luckily, the second challenge is in Slurpy Swamp as well. However, it’s a little trickier to spot than the first.

  • First, head to the northern side of the main building. It’s the same one you were in for the previous challenge.
  • Next, look for a wall with a conveniently-placed hole.
  • The insufferable gnome who has been playing games with us this whole time will be hidden inside. 
  • To draw him out, all you need to do is walk up towards him. If you get close enough, he’ll panic and launch himself into the distance.
Fortnite Season 4 Secret Challenges
Epic Games
The gnome in question standing next to his escape route.

That’s all there is to it. If you managed to complete them both, you’ll find yourself 20,000 experience points closer to a higher level.

Many players tend to stumble upon these challenges and finish them without even realizing it. However, others aren’t so lucky, and while they aren’t necessarily hard to do, they can be a pain to find.

Who knows where we’ll run into that pesky gnome next, but it’s inevitable that we will again in when the next series of challenges have been released.

Until then, you might want to go back and finish any of the others you’ve missed.