‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ just got updated — here’s what’s new

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Nintendo

For months now, “Fortnite: Battle Royale” has kept players on their toes with weekly – and sometimes daily – updates to the game, including new character skins, limited-time game modes, and fun and interesting challenges.

Some of those updates have been just for fun, and some actually change the way the game is played. For example, in the days leading up to the beginning of Season 4, the game hinted that a meteor shower would change the island forever. When the meteor did hit, it caused a large crater in the enter of the map, turning Dusty Depot into the craterous Dusty Divot. Later, there was even a limited-time tie-in with “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The developers have also introduced or removed a few truly game-changing tools, including jetpacks, guided missiles, and even a rideable shopping cart.

This week had just one notable addition, a Stink Bomb throwable weapon. Here is it, along with everything else that’s been introduced to the game in the last few weeks:


The Stink Bomb was the only new item in the June 20th update.

The newest throwable item has arrived! Stink Bombs create a green cloud that causes five damage every half a second for nine seconds.

Check out the official trailer:


SEASON 4, WEEK 8 CHALLENGES

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Epic Games

The new challenges unlock every Thursday, but like most things in Fortnite, they almost always leak a few days beforehand.

These are the leaked Season 4, Week 6 challenges, according to Fortnite Insider:

  • Deal Headshot damage to opponents (250)
  • Search treasure chests in Salty Springs (7)
  • Search 7 chests in a single match (7)
  • TBD
  • Search between… (HARD) (1)
  • Suppressed Weapon eliminations (HARD) (3)
  • Eliminate opponents in Pleasant Park (HARD) (3)

This week, it looks like the developers left two of the challenge spots empty (literally listed as “TBD” and “Search between…”) in the game’s code, probably in an effort to keep them a secret until they actually launch on June 21. Whatever the reason, the cryptic listing makes it hard to predict what those who challenges will actually be.


And here’s a look at what came to “Fortnite” last week: Thermal Scope Assault Rifle

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Epic Cames

From here on out, we’re talking about stuff that came in last week’s update.

The newest gun was introduced to the game last week, and social media is already ablaze with videos like this one of players testing it out:

The thermal scope causes other players to shine bright yellow against a dark purple background, and is already proving to be one of the most accurate guns in the game.


Ahead of the World Cup, a soccer arena was added last week to the map just north of Pleasant Park.

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There are even a few soccer balls you can kick aroundon the field!


And here’s what came in the June 8th update: Bouncers

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Epic Games

Following lots of rumors swirling on Reddit and Twitter over the last few weeks, Epic re-introduced jump pads to “Fortnite: Battle Royale.”

These jump pads launch players into the air at high speeds. This time, they apparently won’t inflict falling damage, and will be able to bounce both you and your shopping cart.

A few months back, Epic experimented with two versions of the of jump pads: one that would bounce players straight up, and one that would propel them forward through the air.

The pads were eventually removed, to the dismay of many streamers who quickly grew accustomed to using them for insane trick shots like this one:

Now, they’re back!