Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

Fortnite: What's New In Patch v13.20?

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Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 3’s first patch is officially here.


Fortnite is nearly three weeks removed from the release of Chapter 2 - Season 3. From the very beginning, Fortnite leakers informed their following of many different intricacies about this new season. We know that cars will make their appearance at some point, and the map will drain out slowly throughout the next two months, revealing more of the land. The latter came to fruition with patch v.13.20, amongst some other exciting changes.

Flare Gun

Fortnite leaker Nickeler revealed statistics about the newly added Flare Gun on Twitter before the patch dropped. Additionally, MysticLeak on Twitter showcased some gameplay, using the Flare Gun.

This new weapon most certainly exhibits a splash effect. The Flare Gun can also transport other players similar to the “rocket riding” mechanic. It will be most interesting to see if pro players see any value in carrying the Flare Gun.

Portable Workbench

Another new aspect in the latest Fortnite patch is portable workbenches, also known as upgrade stations. Players now have the ability to breakdown workbenches and carry them in their trap inventory slot. Twitter users BlackNite released a video of how to break down, move and deploy the Portable Workbench for sidegrading and upgrading weapons.

Although not a massive change by any means, this mechanic is unique and should make it much easier for players to upgrade and sidegrade weapons. It opens up a different world of opportunities in Fortnite both casually and competitively.

Water Levels Decrease

As mentioned earlier, the map will continue to drain throughout the season. Patch v13.20 was the first instance of the so-called water level decrease. Players can now access an island at the most northern point of the map. The map will continue to drain, eventually granting the ability to drive cars on roadways.

Bug Fixes

Epic Games made a point to fix a few pesky bugs that have been ongoing since the start of Chapter 2 - Season 3. Their Trello board lists these fixes:

  • Fall damage from Ziplines when landing in shallow water
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded
  • Damaging Marauders counts toward Strom Surge

It seems Epic Games has returned to its roots of adding unique items into Fortnite with each update. Let’s hope that this consistency continues throughout the season. Soon enough, Battle Royale players will be able to drive cars, and the map will not have nearly as much water as it does now.

Now dive into Fortnite and experience these changes for yourself!

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