A week after the massive v10.30 update in Fortnite

A week after the massive v10.30 update in Fortnite, Epic are releasing what is expected to be a much more conservative patch for v10.31, although it’s still set to include some important fixes.

For the second update in a row, there hasn’t been a new weapon, item, or vehicle announced in the in-game message screen, so expect the content to be focused in other aspects of the game. 


When does v10.31 go live?

According to Epic’s announcement, which came a little later in the day than usual, the v10.31 patch will be going live on September 18 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST.

Even though this isn’t a major update, free v buck generator there is still going to be downtime for it, which means that matchmaking will be disabled 20-25 minutes prior to the scheduled release time.

Changes to editing and Storm circles

In the days leading up to v10.31’s release, the developers have promised that changes will be made to both editing and Storm circles.

One of the major issues currently plaguing building has to do with crosshair placement, and how that can throw off which structure a player is intending to edit.

An example of this issue can be seen in the clip below, courtesy of Reddit user ‘i2really.’

In response to this issue, an Epic representative commented that a fix would be implemented in the v10.31 update, so there’s something that players can look forward to once the downtime expires. 

As for the Storm, Epic have confirmed that the final circles of matches will no longer end at any of the Rift Zones on the map. 

This came after players were being caught out and eliminated by the Storm in Greasy Grove, due to the intermittent Taco Time dance that was hindering their ability to break out of builds to get to safety.

Potential map changes

As has been the case for almost every one of the recently released updates, there will likely be some sort of change made to the map following the release of v10.31

This will likely focus around Dusty Depot, where there has been a structure being built over the past few weeks that looks to be a launch pad for a rocket, so this patch could add onto what is already there.

There is also the chance that the update could add a new Rift Zone with a special property, following the likes of Tilted Town’s no building rule or Moisty Palms’ ability to turn players into props when crouched. 

The Fortnite “A Meteoric Rise” mission was recently made available by Epic Games

The Fortnite “A Meteoric Rise” mission was recently made available by Epic Games along with the reveal of the Season 10 secret skin called “The Scientist”.

A Meteoric Rise mission has seven different challenges that are available to complete. All but one of the challenges are pretty straightforward to complete. The challenge listed last requires players to touch a giant glowing cube, enter the rift above Loot Lake, and search a landing pod within a meteor. We’ll be covering the “Search a landing pod within a meteor” part of the challenge in this guide.


The meteor can be easily spotted on the Fortnite map south of Dusty Depot, by the OG Factories.

Within the meteor, you’ll find a landing pod, which likely belongs to The Visitor, escaping and creating the rift beacons around the Fortnite Battle Royale map.Content continues below free v bucks generator

In order to get into the meteor to search a landing pod, players can either land within the meteor upon the game starting, or get enough materials to build up to the meteor.

Fortnite within a meteor
Fortnite within a meteor

You can only go into the meteor from from one entry point, which is near the middle of the meteor. Once you go in, you’ll find the landing pod on the left hand side stuck within the meteor wall.

What made the Zapper Trap so good

The Zapper Trap is one of the most effective traps we’ve seen in Battle Royale. That’s not because it deals the most damage — it actually deals only 50 per shock — but because of how it works.

What made the Zapper Trap so good

How frustrating is it when you get into a fight with someone in Battle Royale, and they quickly build a box and hide inside it? Getting them out can be a real pain in the back bling.

Previously, your options were to destroy one of their walls and replace it with your own (which you could then edit to get inside) — but that isn’t always easy for the average player — or to keep applying pressure until the opponent finally came out.


But the Zapper Trap gives us a third option. Throwing it at a wall applies a zapper to either side of it, free v buck generator which damages opponents who get to close. And unlike other traps and items, it can be placed on opponents’ structures — not just your own.

Hiding inside a box is no longer an option for players who like to avoid gunfights, then.

Why was the Zapper Trap removed?

Well, that’s not technically true right now, because the Zapper Trap is gone already — just hours after it arrived. And we don’t yet know whether it will be coming back.

Epic pulled the item on Tuesday evening “due to an issue.” But it hasn’t explained what that issue is, or if it plans to bring Zapper Traps back to Battle Royale later.

It’s possible that Epic decided the Zapper Trap was too powerful and needed adjustments. That’s certainly plausible given how easy it made it to eliminate players in their own structures.

But we’ve had overpowered weapons and items in the past, and Epic doesn’t usually remove them to fix them — they just remain in the game as-is until they’re finally patched.

Zapper Trap’s future unclear

It seems unlikely the Zapper Trap is gone for good, but we have no idea when it will be back. We’ve asked Epic the question, but it is notoriously great at ignoring the press.