The fifth season of Fortnite: Battle Royale was a brilliant one, seeing the likes of Vikings and Kitsune Warriors doing battle as new areas appeared and old ones were demolished. As it drew to a close, a mysterious cube tore through the map, terraforming major locations in its wake. Now, Season 6 is finally upon us.
Arriving with the rather ominous tagline of “Darkness Rises,” things aren’t looking good for the happy-go-lucky world. While at its core this season is still the Fortnite we know and love, and as this battle pass takes us all the way through Halloween, this season looks to change the map and other elements up in some serious ways.
What is Fortnite Season 6?
Season 6 is the latest content drop in Fortnite Battle Royale. Every six weeks or so, a new battle pass is released, costing 950 V-Bucks (around £10). Fortnite doesn’t require players to purchase each battle pass to play, but for those looking for an inexpensive way to unlock new skins, more V-Bucks, pets, and other cosmetics, this content bundle costs around the same price as a single common skin.
Fortnite Season 6 – Balloons!
Map traversal is the name of the game this season, and now you’ll be able to reach new heights with Fortnite’s latest item. Balloons can be found as floor loot, from chests, supply drops, llamas, vending machines, and drop in a stack of 20. Just be careful how high you fly as balloons don’t last forever…
Fortnite Season 6 Fortnitemares – New Event
UPDATE: End time and new in-game event
The Fortnitemares event is due to come to a close on Sunday, November 4 at 1 PM Eastern Time. What’s more, it’ll be ending with another in-game event, similar to what we saw with the rocket launch. Epic hasn’t hinted what the event will be, but if it’s anything like the last, you won’t want to miss it.
Original story follows…
What could make Fortnite even more brutal? Even more ways to end you, of course!
The cube, which is known as ‘Kevin’ online, is fighting back. Those cube fragments you’ve seen in-game will now spawn monsters. Joy…
The larger cube fragments can be found near the corrupted areas of the floating island, while small cube fragments spawn randomly throughout the match. Killing the onslaught of enemies has a few upsides, thankfully, namely the chance of loot, and if you dispose of a cube fiend or brute, you’ll be rewarded with a small amount of shield.
If you’re looking for help with the Season 6 Fortnitemares challenges, we’ve got a guide just for that.
Fortnite Season 6 – New Six Shooter weapon
It’s hiiigh noon… Wait. Wrong game. So, the new weapon is a shiny new revolver with a base damage of 34/36/38, respectively. Shooting from the hip holds a faster rate of fire, but the trade off is the accuracy of aiming down the sight. You’ll find the six shooter as floor loot, from chests and vending machines, and it requires medium bullets as ammo.
Fortnite Season 6 – Glide everywhere!
You’ll now be able to redeploy your glider in any game mode. Anyone who’s played soaring 50s will be right at home with this one. The in-game rule is you need to be 10 metres in the air for the glider to be able to redeploy. So, you know, make sure you jump off somewhere high enough and you’ll be golden.
It’s worth mentioning, Epic notes this new feature is for everyone to test, so if it breaks the game too much, there’s a chance it may fly off into the sunset.
Fortnite Season 6 – Massive playground update
As always, Playground mode continues to evolve with more options for those looking for a break from the shooty-bang of Battle Royale. Here’s the full list of everything that’s available as of patch 6.20.
- Obstacle Course
- Collect the tokens and avoid the obstacles while honing your building skills.
- Building Challenge
- Build the structure as fast as possible.
- Firing Range
- Take out as many dummies as you can within the time limit.
- Spiky Stadium v2
- Once inside the new Spiky Stadium, players will respawn at designated spawn points inside the playspace.
- Vending machines provide grenades and Traps to allow you to customize your play.
- A re-creation of the minigame shown off by SXVXN.
- Spawns two large wooden Pirate ships.
- The minigame will split players into two teams, with the goal of destroying the other team’s ship.
- Port-A-Pirateship Ironclad Edition
- Spawns two large metal Pirate ships.
- Grenades and Rockets are provided for maximum destruction
- New Vending Machines have been added across the map to provide more Traps and weapons.
- A new respawn button has been added to the in-game player menu.
Fortnite Season 6 Challenges – What are they?
Each week both free and paid battle pass users get access to different challenges. These can be simple tasks like killing so many other players, finding chests, or searching for a hidden star. The amount of challenges each player has varies depending on whether you’re a free user or a paid user. Paid users get more challenges, and can unlock more content overall from the battle pass, making the paid option quite attractive to more experienced players.
When a challenge is completed, a certain amount of battle stars is awarded, which in turn ranks up battle pass tiers. You can level up tiers just by playing the game, but the progress is much, much slower.
As with previous seasons, not all challenges are as straightforward as they appear. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Every week at Trusted Reviews you’ll find a guide for each of the new challenges. So if there are any you’re struggling with, we’ve got your back.
- Week 1: How to complete the Season 6 Week 1 Challenges
- Week 2: How to complete the Season 6 Week 2 Challenges
- Week 3: How to complete the Season 6 Week 3 Challenges
- Week 4: How to complete the Season 6 Week 4 Challenges
- Week 5: How to complete the Season 6 Week 5 Challenges
- Week 6: How to complete the Season 6 Week 6 Challenges
Fortnite Season 6 – The Quadcrasher!
What happens when you cross an ATK with a monster truck? You get this fast-moving Goliath that’s capable of tearing down walls and climbing mountains in a flash. If you’re looking to zip around the map or take down enemy structures, then this is the vehicle for you.
Fortnite Season 6 – Tournaments!
Fancy proving your skills in a ranked setting with a matchmaking system? Click on the tournament tab when selecting a game or check out this handy video below for how it all works.
Fortnite Season 6 New Item – Chiller!
Sick of people always jumping the moment they grab a shotgun? Drop down a chiller and laugh as their feet turn to ice-cubes, causing them to lose mobility. You should totally watch the video for a neat trick you can pull off with a ramp. It’s quite cruel, but also very funny.
Fortnite Season 6 New LTM – Disco Domination
It’s time for an all-new game mode. Disco Domination was first teased via Fornite’s in-game message of the day (that thing that pops up when you load it, for those unaware). According to that message, the new mode requires players to “capture and defend dance floors around the island using emotes to earn points.” Now we know what exactly it is.
The short version is two teams of 50 battle for control of one of several dancefloors. When no enemies are present on the dancefloor, players emote to raise the disco ball. So dance, shoot, dance, essentially. Anyone else really pumped for this?
Here be the patch notes direct from Epic to give you an idea of how it all works:
- Two teams of fifty players.
- Respawning will be turned on until the third (last) storm circle.
- Five dance floors will appear on the map whenever the storm is not moving.
- Emoting on a dance floor when no enemies are present will raise a disco ball in the center of the floor, and capture it for your team.
- The more friendly players dancing on a floor, the faster it will be captured.
- Once a floor is captured, it will begin filling the team’s “dance bar” on the HUD, until either an enemy stands on it or the current storm timer ends and the storm begins to move. The first team to fill their dance bar to 100% will win the match.
- The dance floors in the later stages of the match fill the bar more quickly, so don’t give up if your team is behind!
- It is not possible to build on or over the dance floors, but they can be protected by surrounding them with a fort.
- Glider redeploy is activated in this mode, press jump while falling to use your glider.
- This mode uses 50v50 levels of loot and resources.
Fortnite Seasons 6 Skins – What are the new battle pass skins?
It wouldn’t be a battle pass if there wasn’t a heap of new exciting skins, and this season is no different. With the theme of Halloween prevalent throughout, Season 6’s main focus is on fairytale monsters and heroes. And a DJ llama. Because it’s Fortnite, and Fortnite loves slightly off-beat wackiness. Cuddle Team Leader FTW!
There’s a total of seven skins to unlock, with two of them being customisable. And yes, we’ve got a guide for those.
Here’s the who and when you unlock each skin. There’s also an image at the top of the screen of the skins for your perusing pleasure.
- DJ Yonder – Tier 1
- Calamity – Tier 1
- Giddy Up – Tier 23
- Fable – Tier 47
- Dusk – Tier 71
- Nightshade – Tier 86
- Dire – Tier 100
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Fortnite Season 6 Server Status – Is it down?
After a brief bit of trouble on Xbox One, servers are now working properly on all platforms!
Fortnite Season 6 Announce Trailer
Fortnite Season 6 Skins – How to unlock Calamity and Dire
As with Drift and Ragnarok, both Calamity and Dire can be levelled up to gain access to unique customisations. Calamity starts off with a cowgirl outfit, then as the XP grows, ends up going full-on Van Helsing. Dire, however, goes through the different stages of lycanthropy. He starts off as a human, then becomes a teenwolf type, before turning into a full werewolf. Both skins are actually really quite cool, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to fully max out both.
For a complete breakdown of how to unlock each of the customisations, check out the super handy guide.
Fortnite Season 6 – Pets!
We’re still chasing the details but according to the video right above this, the battle pass introduces adorable pets, including bonesy the dog, scales the dragon, and camo the lizard. Both Bonesy and Scales even come with their own unlockable colour schemes, too.
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Fortnite Season 6 Map – Changes everywhere!
The crack in the sky is gone, but things are getting spooky. Floating islands in the sky, and a new haunted mansion join a corn field, because Fortnite isn’t tense enough apparently, and new corrupted areas. It’s definitely worth visiting the corrupted areas if you’re a fan of multiple chests spawns. Just be careful no one else is landing with you and you’ll have end-game loot right from the start.
It’s also worth your time checking out the Wailing Woods revamp. The maze is now a sectioned off, Area 51-style area. Where the main cabin was in the middle, if you now mine down, you’ll end up in a secret underground lab, complete with an escape rift. Oh, and if you find a trap and stick it at the bottom of the shaft, everyone will hate you but your kill count will skyrocket.
Fortnite Season 6 Update – What are the big changes?
This is another big one. Before, all we could hear were footsteps, with no indication as to where those footsteps were coming from. Were they below you? Were they in the roof? Now you’ll get a different sound depending on where the other player is.
Here are the patch notes to give you an idea of how that’ll work:
“Changed the processing of footsteps to add more contrast between above/below. Below steps now sound more “echoey” like they’re coming from the basement.
“Footsteps will decrease in pitch the farther they are below you, and increase in pitch the higher they are above you.
“The volume of footsteps blocked by terrain, buildings, or player built structures has been increased slightly.”
This new consumable applies a shadow form to the player and changes the game drastically. It grants a movement speed increase, a higher jump, and removes fall damage. You’ll also be able to – wait for it! – go invisible when stationary.
Oh, but that’s not all. It’ll also grant the phase ability from Save the World, letting players teleport short distances in a flash. You can’t use weapons while the effect is active, but this doesn’t sound like an offensive item. You can also cancel this 45-second ability by holding down the aim-down-sights button.
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Fortnite Vaulted Weapons – What weapons have been removed?
Starting straight out the gates, the Impulse Grenade, Suppressed Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun, Bouncer, and Remote Explosives have all been vaulted, meaning they won’t be available in Fortnite outside of the Playground mode.
Adding to the above, you can also say goodbye to the dual pistols, semi-auto sniper, and the remote guided missile.
Fortnite Custom Controller Bindings – Play your way
You’ll now be able to fully customise the controller rather than sticking to the presets. The importance of this is it allows Combat Pro players to move up to Builder Pro as you’ll be able to set which triggers place which building sections.
No more needing to turn a roof into a ramp to avoid extra button presses. Hurray!
Fortnite Music – Select your own in-game music.
Players can now unlock new music to blast. You’ll be able to equip different songs in the locker section, just as you would a new skin or glider.
Fortnite Season 6 Patch Notes
- Balloons added
- Epic rarity
- Comes with 20 deployable balloons.
- Allows the player to defy gravity by holding up to 6 balloons at a time.
- Primary fire button to inflate a balloon, secondary fire button to let go of a balloon.
- Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas, and Vending Machines.
- NOTE: Don’t float too high for too long, balloons only last so long at max build height.
- Comes with 20 deployable balloons.
- Epic rarity
- When grappling as a vehicle passenger, the velocity of your vehicle is factored into the grapple force.
- Only occurs in instances where vehicle velocity will be a net gain to grapple force.
- Grappling as a vehicle passenger will now cause the vehicle to travel in a straight line to its destination rather than traveling in an arc.
- When grappling as a vehicle passenger, the velocity of your vehicle is factored into the grapple force.
- Semi-Auto Sniper
- Guided Missile
- Dual Pistols
- These items will remain available in Playground Mode.
- 25% of explosive damage will now penetrate through structures and the environment.
The latest on the glider redeploy system in Battle Royale
“We’ve finished our first week of Glider Re-deploy being available in all modes. During this time we’ve been collecting internal data and monitoring constructive feedback from all of you. We understand that not all players agree with this change, but we would like to continue with this functionality in the game based on the positive results we’ve been seeing.
“As this feature remains available, we’ll begin making quality of life changes to its functionality. First of which will be prioritizing Glider audio over weapon audio within certain ranges, this will begin in v6.21. We also plan on adding additional changes in future updates.
“Thanks for the discussion and feedback you’ve provided. Please continue letting us know how we can improve this feature, your thoughts on its effect in matches, and any other feedback you may have as we continue to work on Glider Re-deploy.”
- The Glider Redeploy functionality that’s available in the Soaring Limited Time Modes can now be used in all game modes. Help us test this feature and let us know what you think.
- When in mid-air and greater than 10m up, press Jump to deploy your glider.
- Weapons now reload upon respawn in modes that keep the player’s inventory.
- Storm Changes
- Wait time for phase 3 has been reduced from 120 seconds to 90 seconds.
- Wait time for phase 5 has been reduced from 70 seconds to 50 seconds.
- Late game moving circles will now immediately begin traveling to a new location after it reaches its current destination.
- Storm’s maximum damage has been reduced from 10 to 8.
- Players will now take 2 damage per second while in the Down But Not Out state instead of 2 damage every 2 seconds.
- Maximum time in the DBNO state reduced from 100 seconds to 50 seconds if no friendly player attempts to revive you.
- Seats two players.
- You build boost just by driving. Unleash that speed with the hotkey once you’ve filled your boost meter.
- Smash through buildings while boosting.
- Boost off ramps or cliffs to catch sick air.
- Launch players into the air by smashing into them.
- You can now view and change Edit Controls separately from Combat and Build Controls in the controller menu.
- PS4 controller lighting will match player marker color.
- You can now set building mode sensitivity for controllers in the options menu. It is a multiplier on the default controller sensitivity and allows up to a 2x increase.
- Controller sensitivity slider in the options menu now allows for more than 10 values.
- Added an option to Builder Pro that allows for building as soon as you switch to the piece, instead of selecting first and then placing. This allows for faster building without a preview.
- Added an option that allows for edit hold timing to be adjusted.
- Opening the Emote Picker with a controller will happen when the button is released, while holding the button will replay the emote that was last played.
Tournaments can be found inside of the new ‘Events’ tab available in game. This tab will host a variety of online competitions which are open to everyone. Jump in and explore!
- Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times that the competition will be run. A carousel of all upcoming competitions and times will be available for browsing, so you can plan and practice.
- Every scheduled session is a completely clean slate with all players starting on an equal footing at the beginning of play.
- Compete over the course of several hours to earn points by eliminating multiple opponents or surviving against the competition.
- Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session.
- Score enough points during any scheduled event session and you’ll earn a golden pin for that tournament!
New Playground Options
New options have been added to Playground mode. Now players can adjust their starting health, gravity and much more.
Chiller item added.
- Common rarity.
- Can be added to floors, walls, or ceilings.
- Comes in a stack of three and can be found from Treasure Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and floor loot.
- Adds an ice effect to any players who walk over it, causing them to slide great distances.
- Fixed an issue that could cause vehicles to become uncontrollable.
- Made improvements to the motion controls for the Switch to make it feel more accurate and responsive.
- Pets are now hidden along with your character when the camera is too close to you.
- Toys now respect the streamer mode setting for player names in minigame messages.
- Slightly increased the hitbox size on the Fancy Tomato to match its visual size.
- The following adjustments have been made to Glider audio tells:
- Muffled the audio if there isn’t a clear line of sight between you other gliding players.
- Fixed an issue where incorrect audio would play when a teammate was eliminated.
Fortnite Save the World – What’s new?
New Ninja Hero – Dim Mak Igor (Plague Doctor)
Smoke grenade, shadow stance, and a terrifying visage. What more could you want?
Fortnitemares – Explore Hexsylvania once more
The Vlad Moon Rising questline is now back in Save the World, complete with upgraded additional narrative content for those looking to play something a little spookier this Halloween.
The event also sees the return of last year’s heroes – deep breath – Marine Corpse Ramirez, Skull Trooper Jonesy, Hazard the 13th, Catstructor Penny, Shuriken Master Llamurai, Sarah Hotep, and Ranger Beetlejess. Also, any founders who log in during the next few weeks will be treated to Skull Ranger Ramirez and Brainiac Jonesy free of charge.
And that’s not all. Over in the event store, Calamity from Battle Royale enters the fray. She’s a mythic soldier with the new six shooter perk: The first 6 rounds in pistol magazines deal 12% increased damage and 24% increased impact. Nice!
Save the World is also 50% off at the moment, so if you’re looking for a legit way to earn a large amount of V-Bucks without getting clickbaited into watching a YouTube vid, now’s the time to take the plunge.
Two Factor Authentication Bonus
Anyone who enables two-factor authentication will be granted an additional 50 Armory Slots, 10 Backpack Slots, and 1 Legendary Troll Stash Llama. If you haven’t already, this is worth doing. Not only do you get the Boogie Down emote for Battle Royale, but it adds an extra layer of security to your account. So no one else should, hopefully, be able to login and buy V-Bucks on your account.
New Weekly Weapons
Two weapons have been added to the weekly shop. First, the Lead Sled Hammer, which is a fast-swinging hammer that gains speed with each hit. And for the second, the Obliterator Sniper Rifle, a slow firing rifle with a sky-high damage output.
New Enemy – Riot Husky
It’s a husky, with a shield. Joy.
New Event – Cram Session
In this event, it’s all about levelling up. Earn extra XP by completing mini-boss alerts, which can drop double the loot. There’s also four new questlines, containing 10 stages, each with increasing rewards. If you haven’t played Save the World in a while, now’s the perfect time to jump back in.
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Fortnite News – PS4 crossplay beta
After much reluctance in the past, Sony has announced that it is finally bringing crossplay capabilities to the PlayStation 4 platform for select third-party content. Obviously, the chief among those is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is currently available for every platform under the sun.
Posting on its official blog, Sony has confirmed that Fortnite PS4 Crossplay support has started rolling out, and is the start of a company-wide policy change to allow such features to be supported on Sony platforms.
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‘This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.’
It’s also the first birthday of Fortnite: Battle Royale, which definitely isn’t a coincidence for such a bombshell announcement.
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