Fortnite update brings Darth Vader, Naruto content, and much more
A pop culture explosion!
Fortnite has gotten an absolutely massive update today with a ton to break down. The biggest debut among everything today has to be the arrival of Darth Vader, who got a special trailer reveal all to himself. You can watch that above, but make sure to read below for full details on everything else that’s been pushed live with today’s update.
Darth Vader has begun his campaign for the Island, landing at a specific spot each match accompanied by Stormtroopers. Defeat Darth Vader and collect his dropped Lightsaber! With Darth Vader’s Lightsaber, block incoming fire, throw it boomerang-style at enemies, and of course, swing it at those who get in your way.
Joining the Stormtroopers, E-11 Blasters have made a return! Find E-11 Blasters in Imperial Chests at Vader Landing Sites, and also from the Stormtroopers you eliminate.
CHAPTER 3 SEASON 3 SUPER LEVEL STYLES
You have an aura about you. In the Bonus Rewards section of the Battle Pass tab, bonus Styles for Chapter 3 Season 3 Outfits have been available for players who progress past Level 100. With v21.10, this Season’s Super Level Styles have been added! Progress past Level 140 in Chapter 3 Season 3 and start unlocking the Platinum Rift, Lapis Slurp, and Auric Blaze Styles for Malik, Evie, Adira, Sabina, and Stormfarer.
SOCIAL TAGS + LOOKING FOR PARTY
Express how you play Fortnite! With the new option to add social tags to your profile, select up to three for other players to see. You can choose tags that express your favorite game mode(s) (2v2, Deathrun, Free For All, etc.), your gameplay vibe(s) (Chill, Mic Off, Mic On, etc.), and your preferred competitive event(s) (Cosmetic Cup, Hype Cup, Lightning Cup, etc.). You’ll also be recommended Fortnite experiences based on your social tags.
To add social tags to your profile, click on your profile icon in the Sidebar, then select +Add Tag. Once you have at least one social tag, you’ll be able to send party invites to and receive party invites from players with matching tags (who are in your server region). These party invites can be sent from the new Looking For Party section in the Sidebar. This section is Fortnite’s very own LFG (looking for group) feature where you can party up based on interest and region.
In this section, you will need to turn on Looking For Party in order to start sending and receiving invites from players. At any time, you can turn Looking For Party off. When off, you’ll stop receiving invites and have your sent invites expire. When playing Duos, Trios, Squads, etc., using Looking For Party is optional — the normal invite system for partying up will remain.
Social tags and Looking For Party are features currently in testing. These features will be incrementally rolled out to all players at a rate dependent on the test.
REALITY SAPLING BALANCE CHANGE
We’ve made adjustments to the amount of Reality Fruit a Reality Sapling can grow based on its rarity. In each growth cycle, Reality Saplings will now grow:
- 3 fruits when Uncommon or Rare
- 2 fruits when Epic
- 1 fruit when Legendary or Mythic
VISUALIZED AUDIO ADJUSTMENT
We’ve reduced the detection radius of the “Visualize Sound Effects” indicator for footsteps, Chests, and vehicles to better match the distance when that sound would be audible. This will mean the source of these sounds will need to be closer before appearing on your HUD.
The Darth Vader boss, Darth Vader’s Lightsaber, Stormtroopers, and E-11 Blasters are not included in competitive playlists.
Naruto treasures his friends and would do anything for them. Now, some of Naruto’s friends (and foes) arrive to join the rest of Team 7 on the Island at 8 pm ET on June 23rd in the Item Shop! Can’t wait for then? Be sure to check out the return of The Nindo Community Battles to earn Naruto-themed cosmetic rewards right now. If you’re new to the world of Naruto, here’s what you need to know before you drop in.
“How much can you see? With those Sharingan of yours?”
Itachi Uchiha is a former child prodigy who became the youngest Shinobi to join the Hidden Leaf Village Special Assassination and Tactical Squad (the “ANBU Black Ops”) — at only 11 years old.
With his Mangekyō Sharingan, Itachi could place someone in a Genjutsu, where the victim is stuck in an illusion, with the flick of a finger. Combining this with his genius, he was a terrifying enemy to face. After eliminating the entire Uchiha clan (with the exception of his little brother, Sasuke), Itachi joined the criminal organization, the Akatsuki.
Throughout much of Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke was on a mission for one thing only, to become strong enough to avenge his clan and eliminate his older brother.
“But then a single shinobi from the Hidden Leaf Village stopped me. I was his enemy, yet still he cried for me! Then he called me his friend even though we had battled. He saved me! We were on different sides… but we were both Jinchuriki…”
Gaara of the Hidden Sand Village is (in)famous for being the Jiinchuriki host of the one-tailed beast, Shukaku. This Shinobi of the Hidden Sand Village grew up shunned for having the tailed beast hosted inside him. After a childhood of loneliness and derision, Gaara became violent and vengeful, that is, until he met Naruto Uzumaki. From a rivalry to an amazing friendship with Naruto, Gaara found a new purpose that led him to become the fourth Kazekage leading the Hidden Sand Village.
“Real power is forged from the desire smoldering in the heart. It fans into a flame and begins to burn with an intensity scarcely imagined to be possible.”
One of the three Legendary Sanin and a former Shinobi of the Hidden Leaf Village, Orochimaru eventually left to establish the Hidden Sound Village.
Orochimaru has the ambition to learn all Jutsu, and in order to live long enough to do so, he uses multiple forbidden jutsu on himself as well as experiments on his followers and unwilling victims. He’s recognizable through his serpent-like appearance and use of snakes — shedding his skin like a snake or summoning Manda: the giant boss snake from Ryūchi Cave.
“You make mistakes. But because of those mistakes… you get the strength to stand up to them. That’s why I think you are truly strong!”
Hinata is a Shinobi of the Hyuga clan, famed for their extremely powerful visual: the Byakugan. Hinata was a shy kunoichi (female Shinobi) who watched and admired Naruto from afar. Through Naruto, she learned of her own strength. Their bond grew and eventually, Hinata wed Naruto and became the mother to their two children – Boruto and Himiwari.
Sprinting in on June 23rd at 8 PM ET:
Itachi Uchiha: “Even the strongest of opponents always has a weakness.” (Includes the Black Ops alt Style.)
Gaara: “When did all of you forsake yourselves?” (Includes the Fifth Kazegage alt Style.)
Orochimaru: “One only truly grasps the value of something once it has been taken away from you.” (Includes the Hidden Leaf Era alt Style.)
Hinata Hyuga: “Because never going back on one’s word…is my shinobi way, too!” (Includes the Hinata Uzumaki and the Byakugan alt Styles.).
RIVALS BACK BLINGS
Hinata’s Backpack: Who knows what Hyuga mysteries lie inside?
Sand Gourd: Best for carrying chakra-infused sand.
Black Ops Mask: Wear it with honor. (Includes the Tenzo, Kakashi, Itachi, and Black Ops alt Styles.)
RIVALS PICKAXES, GLIDERS, AND EMOTES
Minato’s Kunai Pickaxe: Often used with the Flying Raijin Jutsu.
Sword of Kusanagi Pickaxe: Drawn from a snake’s mouth.
Gaara’s Sand Cloud Glider: Ride a sand cloud with Desert Levitation Jutsu. (Only Gaara can ride the Sand Cloud.)
Manda Glider: Orochimaru’s reluctantly summoned companion. You can earn this item by participating in the Nindo Challenges instead of purchasing. Sign up: fn.gg/thenindo
Rasenshuriken Emote: Summon a spinning ball of chakra.
Striking Shadow Snakes Emote: A jutsu favored by Orochimaru.
Players will also have the opportunity to pick these up in bundles!
The Itachi & Orochimaru Bundle contains the Itachi Uchiha Outfit, Black Ops Mask, Orochimaru Outfit, and the Islandbound Ninja Loading Screen!
The Islandbound Ninja Loading Screen “Practice your Battle Bus drop jutsu.”
The Gaara & Hinata Bundle contains the Gaara Outfit, Sand Gourd Backbling, Gaara’s Sand Cloud glider, Hinata Hyuga Outfit, Hinata’s Backpack Backbling, and the Shinobi Lineup Loading Screen!
The Shinobi Lineup Loading Screen. “Ready for anything.”
The Ninja Gear Bundle contains the Rasenshuriken emote, Manda glider, Minato’s Kunai pickaxe, Sword of Kusanagi pickaxe, and the Akatsuki wrap
RETURN TO THE HIDDEN LEAF VILLAGE
From June 23rd, 8 PM ET until July 7th, 8 PM ET, the gates are open, and again invite you to explore Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf village!
Visit locations like the Hokage Residences, Ichiraku (best Ramen in the leaf village!), and the Hospital.
Complete quests from Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi to gain XP and unlock other iconic locations like the Final Valley, the Chunin Exam arena, and even Naruto’s mind space with Kurama (the nine-tail fox).
To enter the Hidden Leaf Village Adventure Map, select the “Hidden Leaf Village Adventure” tile in the Discovery tab or enter the code 0610-6440-1958
THE NINDO COMMUNITY CHALLENGES RETURN!
Starting today – June 21st at 4 AM ET the Nindo Community Challenges return! Unlock the paths of Itachi, Gaara, Orochimaru, and Hinata by completing their tasks in either Fortnite Battle Royale or Fortnite Zero Build to unlock Emoticons and the ultimate rewards of the Akatsuki Wrap and the Manda Glider!
*Akatsuki in-game Cosmetic Wrap & Manda In-game Cosmetic Glider are also available for purchase at a later date.
Read more in the blog and register at thenindo.fortnite.com.
Island hop and unlock summer-themed in-game rewards in the process!
Go to the Island Hopper row in-game and jump from hunting players disguised as props in Prop Hunt: Modern Mall XP+ to racing to the correct tile in Color Dash and more. Complete the Summer Island Hopper Quests to earn XP towards Summer Island Hopper Milestones. When you complete a Milestone, you’ll earn a summer-y reward! The Quests and Milestones are available from now until July 6, 2022, at 10 AM ET.
ISLAND HOPPER REWARDS
Here’s a look at the rewards you’ll unlock when you hit each Summer Island Hopper Milestone:
- Complete Six Island Hopper Quests: Macaw Darkwings Back Bling
- Complete Six Island Hopper Quests to also receive: Tropic’s Beak Pickaxe
- Complete Three Island Hopper Quests: Tropical Infrared Wrap and Ravage Spray
- Complete One Island Hopper Quest to earn the Raven Spray and GG Emoticon!
THE ISLAND HOPPER ISLANDS AND QUESTS
Read below to learn more about each Island’s Quest and to get a preview of the Island and the Island creator! All the Quests can be tracked in the Quests page under Island Hopper. Act fast, these Quests will be hopping out on July 6 at 10 AM ET.
Collect 3000 Resources in One Trigger by Horamubi.
Survival – in the sky. Survive for 100 days and defeat the boss for ultimate bragging rights.
Unlock 3 achievements in Parkour Universe by WertAndrew.
Run, slide, and jump your way through the different worlds in this Parkour Universe.
Use 8 Vending Machines in Blimp Wars by The Bonnie Kiwi.
Battle on moving Blimps against players and guards! Blimp Wars can be played in 12v12 battles or solo!
Unlock 4 achievements in Color Dash by Mr Monkey.
Drive to survive! Identify and get to the target color tile before the timer is up! Don’t make it in time and face elimination. Levels get increasingly harder for the ultimate challenge.
Collect 50 coins or Get 5 melee eliminations in Ultimate Murder Mystery by BrendanD.
A game of mystery and detection. Players are assigned the role of either Hunter, Sheriff, or Innocent. Innocents must last long enough for the Sheriff to figure out who the Hunter is and eliminate them before the Hunter eliminates everyone!
Eliminate 3 Prop Opponents in Prop Hunt: Modern Mall 🛍️ XP+ by Regirom. Hunt or be hunted! Set in a chaotic mall, Hunters must find the players disguised as props through the use of the various items in the loadout or hide from the Hunters as a prop.