Fortnite update 9.21 has just gone live as version 2.25 on PS4. The patch adds the Proximity Grenade Launcher and Horde Rush to Battle Royale, as well as a few key weapon balance changes. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of an official blog post from Epic Games.

Fortnite Update 9.21 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

The Red Tea Detox

Limited Time Mode Rotation:

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One Shot Duos

Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Sniper weapons are the only weapon, Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Horde Rush

Fortnite Fiends are back on the island and angrier than ever! Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding hidden score multipliers, opening special loot chests, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. Traverse across the map, survive all of the Defend locations and take down the Final Boss to win!

  • Mode Details
    • Four player Squad mode divided up into multiple stages.
    • Prepare to defend an area by searching for weapons & items, scavenging materials and building defenses.
    • Rack up points by fighting Fiends, collecting score multipliers, and destroying Fiend Spawners.
    • Recover from the battle and search for more equipment.
    • Travel across the map to the next defense point.
    • Respawning is enabled until the last stage when players have to destroy a Boss Fiend and his horde of minions.
    • Keep an eye out for special loot chests, which contain powerful weapons & provide a scoring bonus.
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Weapons + Items

fortnite proximity grenade launcher
‘Fortnite’ update 9.21 is live with the Proximity Grenade Launcher. The patch notes detail its arching, bouncing bullets. ‘Fortnite’ is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.
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  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Found from Chests, Loot Carriers, Supply Drops and Vending Machines.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds two Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60 percent of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/three seconds
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.
  • Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 11.3 percent to 12.09 percent
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 16.95 percent to 18.13 percent
    • With items being added and removed, we’ve noticed that Shield Potions and Small Shields have been less available in Chests. So we’ve increased the chance to find Shields from Chests to compensate for that.
  • Shotguns
    • Increased the overall chance to find from Floor loot from 8.50 percent to 9.77 percent
    • After seeing the community’s feedback about Shotgun availability, we’ve increased the Shotgun availability from Floor Loot to make finding them in the early phases of the game easier.
  • Infantry Rifle Epic and Legendary variants
    • Increased the availability from Floor loot from .067 percent to .105 percent
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from .414 percent to .645 percent
  • Heavy Assault Rifle Common variant
    • Decreased the availability from Floor loot from 2.04 percent to 1.715 percent
    • Decreased the availability from Chest loot from 12.47 percent to 10.46 percent
  • Mounted Turret
    • Decreased the availability from floor loot from .59 percent to .46 percent
  • Storm Flip
    • Adjusted Storm Flip to cause flat damage instead of being based on which Storm Phase is currently active.
      • Causes five damage every second.
      • This change may not be immediately available at the time of release. It requires a server update and will become active at some point later in the day.
      • We noticed with scaling damage that players held onto their Storm Flip later into matches, creating undesirable effects. This change gives players more value in using it earlier in matches.
    • Reduced the availability from Chests from 3.39 percent to 1.69 percent
    • Reduced the availability from Floor loot from 3.32 percent to 1.66 percent
    • Added back into the Arena and Tournament playlists.
      • We have visual effect changes coming in v9.30 that will help improve readability.

Audio

Bug Fixes

  • Audio was sounding muffled due to a filter optimization issue.

Mobile

We’ve noticed iOS patches have experienced delays appearing in the App Store recently. Apple has stated that any application can take up to 24 hours to appear in the App Store. If no update is available, be sure to check our social channels for more info.

Creative

Weapons + Items

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds two Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60 percent of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/three seconds
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.

Prefabs

  • Roadside Garage Gallery
  • Grass & Mud Floor Gallery
  • Forest & Grass Floor Gallery
  • Grass & Forest Floor Gallery
  • Sand & Rock Floor Gallery
  • Dinosaur Prop Gallery

Devices

Bug Fixes

  • Text placed on Billboards prior to the v9.20 release will no longer be misaligned.

Save the World

Missions + Systems

New Wargames simulation: Quantum Countdown

  • In this simulation, an unstable bomb is teleporting around your base. The Husks are drawn to its energy and trying to destroy it. Quickly adapt to protect its new location as the Husks take new, and unexpected, routes.
  • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner and more variety to the Daily Quests.

Weapons + Items

fortnite plasmatron 9000
The Plasmatron 9000 is the latest weapon to join ‘Fortnite’ Save the World. It arrives in update 9.21.
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  • A new weapon, the Plasmatron 9000 arrives in the Weekly Store.
    • Short ranged automatic energy pistol that shoots expanding rings of plasma that pierce enemies.
    • Available Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. EDT until Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. EDT.

General

Social

  • Added pop-up and Main Menu messaging to help players understand when their Xbox Live or PlayStation voice chat is being prioritized over Fortnite Party voice chat.
    • These visuals appear only if someone else in your party is active in Fortnite Party voice chat, and will not reappear unless you join a different party.
    • This is in response to players looking for guidance on various voice chat issues that were related to Xbox Live / Playstation party voice chat prioritization.

The biggest feature of Fortnite update 9.21 is, of course, the Proximity Grenade Launcher. That being said, while this new weapon may be unique and sounds fun to use, we’d be surprised if it took over the Battle Royale meta in a significant way. Because its shots bounce and arch all over the place, this is an item with a high skill ceiling and will be more of a luck-based, last-resort choice in most situations. With that in mind, though, it’ll be exciting when you’re able to get a critical Elimination with it. As for Horde Rush, we can’t wait to see how that mode feels. Horde-based concepts have been in Creative and Save the World for a while, but this time we’ll be able to see how Epic handles the idea in Battle Royale.

Speaking of Creative and Save the World, Fortnite update 9.21 is pretty thin for both of those modes. Beyond a few extra items and Missions, there’s not too much to talk about. However, with a major version update expected for next week, it’s assumed we’ll see more significant changes then. Overall, Fortnite update 9.21 is on par with most small client updates. There’s good stuff here for players, but the content doesn’t reach all modes.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

What are your thoughts on Fortnite update 9.21? Will you be using the Proximity Grenade Launcher? Tell us in the comments section!

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