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Surprise Fortnite update fixes bugs and new skin styles – Patch notes

Published: 29/Jan/2020 14:50 Updated: 29/Jan/2020 16:34

by Calum Patterson


Epic Games have released a surprise update for Fortnite on January 29, adding new content to battle royale and changes to the Save the World mode.

There is one more significant update expected before Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 starts on February 20, v11.50. This is not that update, but appears to be a small content drop following the v11.40 patch.

Epic Games hadn’t previously announced that this update was coming, and there’s no downtime expected as it’s only a small patch.

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The second season of Fortnite Chapter 2 is on the way, but not until mid-February

New football skin styles

According to Fortnite leaker ShiinaBR, the main addition for battle royale players are the new skin styles for the football outfits, plus a new emote.

The leaker also explains that there are “several updates for Save the World”, but there’s no mention of anything fresh for Creative mode.

The leaker has posted a video showing all the new styles, and the emote in action. The emote is called ‘Free Mix’, and is ‘Rare’ rarity.

Ziplines have also been fixed earlier than anticipated, with a total of ten bug fixes listed in this patch according to the Trello board:

  • Ziplines re-enabled
  • Fixed unintentionally editing building pieces through floors.
  • Fixed editing structures when looking straight down.
  • Fixed no sound on PC.
  • Fixed Quick Bar inadvertently defaulting to off on all platforms.
  • Fixed Overtime Challenge “Visit different bus stops” not tracking for all bus stops.
  • Fixed Star Wars Legacy entries disappearing
  • Fixed “F” key not enabling proper movement after direction remap.
  • Fixed Editing quickly causing players to remain in Edit mode.
  • Fixed Sniper Rifle crosshairs disappearing when players fall into a Hideout.

Save the World updates

Unfortunately, for players desperate for new battle royale content, the bulk of this update is for Save the World. Epic has released a full Homebase Status Report detailing what’s coming to the mode this week.

One of the main additions is the new ‘Vacuum Tube bow’, which fires an arrow which will ricochet lightning between enemies.

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The new Vacuum Tube Bow coming to Save the World.

New ‘Snuggle Specialist’ Sarah is coming to the event store on January 31 too, at 7pm ET (4pm PT / 1am GMT).

Save the World Homebase Status Report – January 29

What’s up Homebase Heroes!

Here’s a look at what’s coming to Save the World this week.


Prepare for the final Frostnite weekly challenge, Final Frost! This challenge combines mechanics from Frosty Turf, New Wave Holiday, Superheated, and Top It Off. Fight off the frost to unlock the Vacuum Tube Bow.


It’s electrifying! Hit the Husks with this deadly weapon to ricochet lightning between your enemies. Fires an arrow that drops over time. Damage, range, and velocity increase with charge time.


Snuggle Up!

  • Standard Perk: Tail of the Dragon
    • Dragon Slash leaves behind an energized trail, dealing 18 base Energy Damage per second.
  • Commander Perk: Tail of the Dragon+
    • Dragon Slash leaves behind an energized trail, dealing 45 base Energy Damage per second and slowing enemies by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Available from the Event Store starting January 31 at 7PM ET
    • Note: Event Store rotations will take place on a new release schedule of Fridays at 7PM ET, with some exceptions. Weekly Store rotations will continue on Wednesdays at 7PM ET release schedule.


Players who were impacted by the backpack and storage wipe have been given an item grant based on account level. This grant is based on player account level and contains an item pack with a plethora of materials (building, crafting, etc) to help compensate for the loss of inventory.


How to get Exotic Weapons in Fortnite Season 5: All locations

Published: 3/Dec/2020 16:46 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 17:01

by Daniel Megarry


There’s plenty to get excited about in Fortnite Season 5, but right now we’re here to tell you all you need to know about the new Exotic Weapons.

After the epic Galactus battle that took place during Season 4’s Nexus War finale, Season 5 is putting the focus back on Fortnite lore, as Agent Jones brings together the world’s greatest hunters – including The Mandalorian – for a chaotic battle that will shape the future of The Island.

Season 5 has brought with it a number of new additions, including a brand new map and bounties that tie into the Mandalorian crossover. It’s also introduced a new class of weapons called Exotic Weapons, which can be found at various places across The Island.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 POI
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One of the new Exotic Weapons, the Nighthawk, can be found at Butter Barn

At the time of writing, there are five Exotic Weapons to be found in the game, although this number will likely grow in the future – and you can be sure we’ll keep you updated when it does.

They’re not as strong as Mythic Weapons, and whether they’re actually worth your time getting is up to you. But like all limited-time weapons and collectibles in Fortnite, we’re sure fans will be doing their best to find them all.

How do you find Exotic Weapons in Fortnite?

The new Exotic Weapon class guns can only be acquired by trading Gold Bars with specific NPCs that appear at various locations on The Island. Some of these can be found at more than one location.

Fortnite gold bars
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You’ll need to start saving Gold Bars if you want to buy Exotic Weapons

Not sure what Gold Bars are? We’ve got you covered in our handy guide to the new Fortnite currency. as well as our guide to completing Bounties which will reward you with more Gold Bars.

Below you’ll find the full list of new Exotic Weapons, where to find them, and who to trade with to get them:

Exotic weapons list and how to get them

  • Boom Sniper Rifle – The Boom Sniper can be acquired by trading bars with Splode near Craggy Cliffs. It deals 10 damage, 25 headshot damage, and attaches a 60 damage clinger to your opponent.
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol – The Shadow Tracker can be acquired by trading bars with Reese at Dirty Docks. It deals 29 damage, 58 headshot damage, and is completely silenced.
  • Storm Scout Sniper Rifle – The Storm Scout Rifle can be acquired by trading bars with Lexa at Hunter’s Haven. It deals 85 damage, 212 headshot damage, and tells you where the next storm circle is.
  • The Dub Shotgun – The Dub can be acquired by trading bars with Dummy, who can appear either west of Dirty Docks, or southeast of Stealthy Stronghold. It deals 120 damage close range, 150 headshot damage close range, and will knock you back after firing.
  • The Nighthawk Revolver – The Night Hawk is acquired by trading bars with Mancake at Butter Barn which is southeast of The Zero Point. It deals 44 damage, 88 headshot damage, and its scope is in black and white when scoping in.

Each of these weapons will set you back a whopping 1225 Gold Bars, so you better get saving if you want to try them all out.

Fortnite Season 5 Exotic Weapons map

If you haven’t already memorized where the above locations are on the map, Fortnite leaker Mikey has put together a handy visual guide for finding them all, which you can see below:

Fortnite Exotic Weapons map
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Fortnite leaker Mikey put together a map of the Exotic Weapon locations

As we said before, some of the NPCs that sell these weapons can spawn in various locations, so you won’t always find them where they are on this map – but it’s certainly a good place to start looking.

To get all the latest Fortnite Season 5 updates, guides, and leaks make sure you check out our dedicated Fortnite page.