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Fortnite update v7.40 patch notes, SharetheLove Valentine’s Surprise

Epic Games have released an update v7.40 for the Fortnite Battle Royale game. The latest update for the game has brought a lot of significant changes to the game. The update has brought some changes to the map, and the Epic Games are also offering a free Season 8 Battle Pass after completion of Overtime Challenges.

The update is live on all the platforms including PC, Xbox One and PS4. The update has brought an all-new Infantry rifle to the game, and it has also included Cupid’s Crossbow. Shared below are the patch notes for the update v7.40.

Fortnite Update v7.40 Patch Notes Details


#SharetheLove Valentine’s Surprise
The response we’ve seen to the #SharetheLove event has been amazing. And with the arrival of Valentine’s Day, we’re here to share one more surprise.

Everyone who completes 13 free Overtime Challenges by February 27 will receive the upcoming Season 8 Battle Pass for FREE! If you don’t have an outfit, now is your chance to get several for free. With the Battle Pass, you’ll receive two Season 8 Outfits instantly and you can earn up to five more. Save your V-Bucks, this one’s on us!

Gifting – Limited Time
Gifting is back for a limited time starting now until February 22! And for Valentine’s day, you can send the Heartspan Glider to your special someone for FREE until Friday, February 15 at 7pm ET.

Infantry Rifle
Take aim and deliver accurate fire downrange with this precise semi-automatic weapon.


As mentioned last week, we’re continuing with rotate through LTMs at a faster pace throughout the week moving forward. The first mode is detailed below, check the in-game client on Thursdays and Saturdays to see what other modes are available!


In this mode, all guns have been removed. The only weapons are grenades and other items that can be thrown or tossed. Get in there and throw the enemies back to the lobby!

  • Available grenades/items:
    • Smoke Grenades
    • Clingers
    • Remote Explosives
    • Port-a-Forts
    • Impulse Grenades
    • Shockwave Grenades

Mode details:

  • Chest spawns and Floor Spawns set to 100.
  • Can only get consumables out of Chests, Floor Loot, and Supply Drops.
  • Increase Supply Drops throughout the game.
  • Faster circle times.
  • Increased drop stack counts.


Two large teams fight for the Victory Royale in an action-packed mode where the first team to get 100 eliminations wins!

What’s New?

  • Reduced likelihood of Storm ending up near the center of the map.


Looking to earn a free Season 8 Battle Pass? Starting with the v7.40 release, complete 13 free Overtime Challenges by February 27 to receive the upcoming Season 8 Battle Pass for FREE! Additionally, unlock 5 new rewards including the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail for completing these Challenges.

And for current Battle Pass owners, the Overtime Challenge rewards will include new unlockable styles for the Trog, Powder, and Onesie outfits.

WEAPONS + ITEMS (Fortnite update v7.40)

  • Infantry Rifle
    • Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
      • Deals 41, 43, 45 damage. 2x headshot multiplier.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.
    • Fires quick-moving projectiles without damage falloff.
  • Improvements to the Bush consumable.
    • Now absorbs one instance of weapon damage before being removed from the owner. Fall damage will not remove the Bush.
    • Now translucent (for the Bush wearer only!) in order to allow for better visibility of surroundings.
  • Hand Cannon
    • Epic rarity
      • Reduced environmental damage from 150 to 100.
    • Legendary rarity
      • Reduced environmental damage from 157 to 105.
  • Rocket Launcher
    • Shifted availability of Rocket Launchers out of Chests and into Supply Drops.
      • Removed Rocket Launchers from Chests.
      • Increased the chance of receiving a Rocket Launcher from Supply Drops from 25% to 50%.
    • Epic rarity
      • Reload speed increased from 2.66 to 3.42.
      • Now only available from Vending Machines
    • Legendary rarity
      • Reload speed increased from 2.52 to 3.24.
  • Unvaulted
    • Clingers
    • Cupid’s Crossbow – Limited Time Item
      • Epic Rarity.
      • Infinite ammo.
      • Bodyshot Damage: 79.
      • Headshot Damage: 197.
      • Can be found in Floor Loot and Chests.
      • Does 1 environmental damage.
  • Vaulted
    • Grenades

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing projectile weapons to fire inaccurately when aiming at other players from very close range.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing explosive splash damage to be blocked when players didn’t actually have cover.

GAMEPLAY (Fortnite update v7.40)

  • Added Pop-Up Cup settings to default playlists
    • We’re introducing a few larger changes into the default Fortnite playlist as a test. We’ve seen these settings in pop-up cups result in more engaging fights and allowing players to gain more consistent rewards for the risk of engagement.
    • Based on the positive feedback we received during these specific Pop-Up cups, we’re implementing the following adjustments:
      • 50 Health (or Shield) based on your health when the Elimination occurs.
      • 50/50/50 materials dropped on Elimination
      • 500/500/500 Cap on materials
      • Harvest rate increased by 40%
    • We’ll be closely monitoring feedback on this change – play a couple matches and let us know what you think!
  • Removed the ability for the X4 Stormwing to break through structures and large objects.
    • Small props will still be destroyed from direct hit from an X4 Stormwing.
  • Changes to Ziplines
    • Ziplines are now interact to engage.
    • Ziplines grant fall damage immunity.
    • Ziplines now have an audio visualizer icon.
  • Final Circle adjustments
    • Increased the travel distance by 48%.
    • Shrink time has been increased from 45 seconds to 75 seconds.
  • PC, Mac, and console players can now crouch while in Edit Mode.
    • Gamepad players can assign this through custom gamepad controls.
    • Note: This functionality is coming to mobile soon.
  • Turbo Building
    • Reduced the initial timer for turbo building from 0.15 to 0.05.
  • Added the ability to swap the item in the currently selected slot with a new item by holding interact instead of tapping.
    • Added UI text to show players they’re able to use swap.
    • Not available on touch input.
  • Floor traps will automatically build a floor piece for you if needed. You must have the required resources.
  • Logitech and Razer RGB peripherals will now react when doing emotes.
  • Sneaky Snowmen will be destroyed if they fall from a high distance.
    • Stand on the head of a Sneaky Snowman to avoid fall damage.
  • Removed HUD bar for the minigun overheating mechanic.
  • Adjusted the distance of the Bottle Rocket sound indicators so that they match the max distance of the sound effects.
  • Added a Bottle Rocket sound indicator for the explosion of rockets.

Bug Fixes

  • Aim Assist “Snap-To” Adjustments
    • We’ve added a compounding time delay to the aim assist “snap-to” feature when spamming the Aim Down Sight button. Each button press after the first will apply a time delay, up to 5 seconds, before the aim assist “snap-to” effect is applied.
    • We are making this change to prevent situations where players would spam the Aim Down Sight button on enemies, which caused the crosshair to stay locked on to targets indefinitely.
      • This change should prevent the lock-on mechanic from being abused while retaining the same Aim Assist feel. We’ll be closely monitoring feedback about this change.
  • Fixed an issue where Bottle Rockets would not align to specific slope angles.
  • Cozy Campfire logs no longer block movement.
  • Prevent weapon auto-reload from canceling emotes.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed traps to trigger through lab tunnel walls in Dusty Divot.
  • Fixed auto pickup not occurring when landing from skydiving.
  • Fix issue where a player with no traps would switch to the build tool if they hit the button to equip traps.
  • Fixed an issue where glider items could be triggered right after teleporting with a Rift-to-Go which would block subsequent skydiving.
  • Fixed an issue that would block building beneath a mounted turret.
  • Fixed an issue where Snowmen placed on the map would appear invisible or under the map.

EVENTS (Fortnite update v7.40)

  • New Tournament Series – ‘Share The Love Series’ (Solo & Duo)
    • Available from February 14 until February 24.
    • Players will compete across any of four division tournaments:
      • Open Division
      • Prospect Division
      • Contender Division
      • Champion Division
    • Earning enough points during any nightly session to receive a pin will unlock the next highest division.
    • Earning a pin during a Champion Division session will advance to Round 2 – the Champion Division Finals!
    • ‘Share the Love Series’ Sprays will be granted based on the highest division achieved, including the Champion Division Finals.
    • All divisions run simultaneously and share the same tournament schedule.  The full schedule for your server region can be viewed from the Events tab.
  • New Tournament – ‘Trios One Day Cup’
    • Available on February 17
    • Grab a couple of your best friends and join in for the Trios One Day Cup, going from a fully Open tournament to an intense final round with the best Trios in a single day.
    • The tournament takes place across three rounds – earn a pin during each round to advance.
    • The full schedule for your server region can be viewed within the Events tab.
  • Tournaments can now take place across multiple rounds, with players needing to earn a pin in order to unlock the next round of the tournament.
  • Multiple tournaments are now able to be running at the same time.
  • Reduced the maximum matchmaking time for tournaments from 5 minutes to 4 minutes.
    • This value limits the amount of time a player can wait for a match in a tournament before they create the best match possible at that time.
  • Increased the minimum amount of players for tournament matches from 80 to 90.
  • Streamer Mode can now be used during tournament play.
  • In-game leaderboards are now fully available in all regions, for each tournament session. These can be accessed inside of the tournament page by clicking on any tournament session.


  • Add audio when squadmates ready up in the lobby.
  • The following audio improvements have been made for Mobile/Switch platforms:
    • Improve skydiving wind audio.
    • Add more variation to gunshot environment impacts.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the Air Horn emote only having 1 variation on Mobile/Switch.


  • Stats v2
    • The ability to track all of your play in one place and view it across all platforms.
    • This includes the ability for mobile and Switch players to view their stats in-game.
    • Breaks up stats by each individual Limited Time Mode.
  • Players now receive a pop-up prompt informing them if a player they recently reported has had action taken against their account.
  • When eliminated by the Storm, instead of saying “You Eliminated Yourself”, the text now says “Eliminated by the Storm”
  • Improved look and implementation of Bad Network Indicator and updated Bad Connection Indicator UI to track bad vs severe ping.
    • Yellow indicates poor status, red indicates severe status, flashing red indicates dropped signal
  • Slash commands have been improved and re-enabled in chat windows.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where you could switch between different tabs in the background if you were in the Player Feedback menu.
  • Fixed missing Remove Marker map icon on Mac.
  • Fixed Battle Pass info not displaying properly in the lobby in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where elimination counts and names for teammates were not calculated properly in large team modes.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing weapon animations to sometimes play twice for each shot fired in replays.


  • Gifting returns for a Limited Time
    • The Gifting feature is back for a limited time! You’ll be able to send or receive presents from friends until February 22.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that would result in incorrect or duplicate party suggestion text bubbles to appear in the lobby.


  • Adding an optional Targeted Edit button to allow you to edit without having to touch the screen. This allows the player to edit using their crosshairs, similar to other platforms.
    • The Targeted Edit button can be found in the extra buttons section under the HUD Layout Tool.
  • Edit and Edit Reset Buttons will now capture touches.
    • No more editing through the edit button.
  • Adding visual feedback to many mobile buttons to allow for better instant feedback and help us better diagnose issues seen in the community.
  • Now backing up the most recently saved hud layout to the player’s cloud save.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixing an issue with the input blocked message appearing on mobile when leaving a game.
  • Fixed an issue causing some key-bind widgets to display incorrectly on mobile with controllers.
  • Quick switching from a weapon to a consumable no longer briefly fires the equipped weapon.
  • Fixed multiple issues with Turbo Building or weapon firing stopping when switching weapons or switching between Build, Edit, Combat mode.
  • Fixed an issue with touch input causing controllers to stop responding when scrolling.
  • Fixed multiple issues to support more controller hardware as well as fixed many issues related to parts of the UI that may not be properly navigable by controllers.

CREATIVE (Fortnite update v7.40)


Resizing Props
Too big or too small? Adjust props until they are juuust right with this brand new functionality.

Music Sequencer
Create, combine, and play your original tunes with this brand new tool for aspiring musicians!

ISLANDS (Fortnite update v7.40)

  • Published Islands will display their Island code as a watermark to visiting players. Creators can turn this off on the My Island Game tab.
  • Adjusted the spawn location for players in the Creative Hub, to make it easier for new players to find Featured Islands.
  • Doubled the size of the Featured Island pictures in the Creative Hub.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed not being able to control your player when using the menu to return to the Creative Hub while the end of game stats was displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where respawning or traveling to a blocked destination would send players back to the Creative Hub.


  • Added new game winning condition
    • Collect Items to Win
      • The options range includes 1-10, All (calculated based on the number of Challenge Items placed on the Island), and Off.
  • Added new game option
    • Join in Progress
      • This allows creators to choose if late-joining players will start as a player or spectator.
  • Added new game option
    • Autostart
      • Sets whether the game waits 30 seconds before starting.
  • New scoring condition
    • Added a Collect Items Score Preset for scoring Island games based on the number of challenge items collected.
  • New scoring condition
    • In the Elimination Score Preset, when players tie on the number of eliminations, the most Health at the end of the game Wins
  • Devices will automatically build floors upon placement, making it easier for placement.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the player’s ability to jump would break after returning to the Creative Hub while a minigame is started.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would occasionally not see the Scoreboard if they joined the Island during a game
  • Fixed an issue where eliminated players, who leave and rejoin the game would return as a player and not a spectator.
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where controls could become unresponsive when using certain combinations of touch and controller buttons.


  • Infantry Rifle
    • Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
      • Deals 41, 43, 45 damage.
      • 2x headshot multiplier.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.
    • Fires quick-moving projectiles without damage falloff.
  • Cupid’s Crossbow returns for a limited time.
    • Epic Rarity.
    • Infinite ammo.
    • Bodyshot Damage: 79
    • Headshot Damage: 197
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Chests.

Bug Fixes

  • Due to problems with the Sneaky Snowman that could crash servers or affect performance, Sneaky Snowman can no longer be copied using the Phone. We’re planning to improve this in a future release.


  • Added ability to Resize props!
    • With the Phone equipped, you can now switch to Resize mode (hold down right face button on the controller, or right mouse button on a mouse to toggle.)
    • In Resize mode, you can Grow or Shrink props (hold left/right bumper on controllers, or R/Z buttons on keyboard.)
    • Props can be enlarged to up to three times their original size, or shrunk as small as a third of their original size.
  • A holographic drop shadow will now show you where a prop will fall before you place it when Drops is turned on.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed various assets that would fall through the floor when dropped on the terrain.
  • Fixed an issue where players could drop items at their feet using the Phone tool, causing various issues.


  • Added new Obstacle Course, Arctic Base, Winter Village, and Ice Castle prefabs.
  • Added new Gallery tab in the Creative Inventory, separating galleries from prefabs to make it easier to find the prefab you want.
  • Added a new Visualizer Gallery.
    • Reacts to music played through the Radio prop in the Visualizer Gallery.
  • Combined Disco Gallery A and B into “Disco Gallery.”


  • Added Music Sequencer Device.
    • Triggers music blocks.
    • Has looping, trigger settings, and tempo options.
    • The sequencer can trigger other sequencers.
  • Added Radio Device in the Visualizer Gallery that plays music and ambient noises.
    • Has volume and attenuation settings.
  • Item Spawner
    • Added a configurable option that allows the first spawn to be delayed.
    • Added more time options to Time Between Spawns option.
      • 1,2,3, and 4 seconds
      • 3, 4 and 5 minutes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Concert Spotlights would turn red after the Phone tool cursor passes over them.
  • Fixed an issue where an archway prop from the Ice Castle prefab would occasionally delete player built buildings when placed nearby.
  • Fixed an issue where the Player was able to build beyond the Memory Thermometer maximum limits.
  • Fixed collision issues with the vines from the Nature Shrub Gallery.
  • Fixed an issue where the glow stick light would disappear when re-entering an Island.
  • Adjusted the name to “Village Building Color Gallery A” in the Creative Inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where placeholder texture appeared over the glowsticks from the Ambient Gallery after highlighting them with the Phone tool.
  • Fixed the damage rails to allow them to be properly placed on inclining and declining ramps.
  • Fixed an issue where Item Spawner devices would function incorrectly between successive games.
  • Fixed an issue where the Elimination Zone device would not be destroyed if their floor tile was destroyed after a game ends.
  • Fixed an issue where the Barrier device could not be customized when placed on a wall on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where the sound effects from losing a Movement Modulator buff plays twice when running over a Speed Boost pad.
  • Fixed an issue where a Barrier device visualization area would display incorrectly when oriented horizontally with height 2.
  • Fixed an issue where items inserted into the Default Item Spawner do not appear in the player’s inventory if their team and the spawner’s team settings are set to a number higher than 1.
  • Fix creative/devices Removed extraneous stats from vehicle spawner devices.
  • Physics objects and vehicles now trigger music blocks.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the player respawns on the wrong spawn point when switching teams after running out of respawns.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would enter a Down But Not Out state when switching teams, if the game setting Down But Not Out is active.
  • Randomized which teams players are assigned to on game start.
    • This was previously determined by the order in which players joined the Island.
  • Fixed an issue where the first time a player opened the Team Select dialog it would display the correct team but Apply would set them to team 1 if the player didn’t adjust the team.
  • Fixed several crashes caused by respawning.


  • Added the Description tab to the My Island menu for Creators to write more detailed game descriptions and rules for their published Islands.
  • Added Game Start screen for published Islands.
    • Adds game descriptions and options to start the game or support the Island creator.
  • Added a “Support A Creator” button to the Game Start screen.
    • Opens “Support A Creator” auto-filled with the Island creators name.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where option tabs remain yellow after selecting them on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where Smoke Grenades are missing two rarity stars in the Creative Inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where the hand prompt for the “Barrier” device is misplaced on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where the Drop icon would not visually toggle when enabled and disabled on mobile.
  • Fixed alignment issues with button fonts in the options menu.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the tops of glyphs getting cut off in the Creative mode UI.
  • Fixed player counts not showing up in the HUD for Creative mode.
  • Fixed an issue where Creative mode “Start Game” button could be incorrect the first time the pause menu was opened.
  • Fixed an issue with the hover descriptions of the “Start Game” and “End Game” buttons in the Escape menu not disappearing when the mouse cursor was moved off.
  • Fixed player’s health bars sometimes showing up empty in Creative mode.
  • Fixed an issue where an invalid UI message could sometimes persist on screen after resetting an Island.


  • Fixed an issue where slow server response times were occurring when players left the game.



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