v9.40 Patch Notes

Posted by Twigsby on 7/11/2019

What’s New?

Fortnite’s 2nd Birthday
Celebrate two years of Fortnite with Birthday-themed Quests and a Hero!

Birthday Llama
Open a Birthday Llama filled to the brim with Heroes and weapons from the past year of Fortnite events!

Missions + Systems

  • Quests, missions alerts, and daily login rewards will now grant X-Ray Tickets instead of V-Bucks to players who are non founders. Paid Founders will not be affected by this change. 
  • Celebrate Fortnite’s second birthday with these sweet Birthday Quests:
    • Earn the new Birthday Brigade Jonesy Hero by completing a quest to eliminate Cake Sploders in successful missions. Be careful to avoid their exploding pastries!
    • Earn Summer Tickets by collecting delicious-looking birthday cakes in successful missions. This quest is repeatable, so eat up!
  • Hero Loadouts have been added as rewards for completing Storm Shield Defense 10 in Stonewood, Plankerton, Canny Valley, and Twine Peaks.
Note: We teased a feature that’s coming over the course of Season 10… Take a look!

Bug Fixes
  • Time Cheats will now spawn more reliably in Wargames.
  • Traps no longer visually persist after their durability runs out in Wargames. 
    • Bad traps will be cleared every time the Storm Shield is entered. 
  • Sound now correctly plays when standing near the edge of a Storm Shield.
  • Acid Pools now display correctly when the Acid Pool Mutator is active.
  • The Hexed statues in the Hexed Wargames Simulation no longer pop out of visibility. 


  • The Event popup menu in the quest tab now scales properly for all resolutions.
Bug Fixes and Adjustments 
  • Storage in the Armory now shows 5 items per line again instead of 3.
  • The ‘Equip’ button will now display properly on the Backpack screen if using hotkeys to swap out weapons. 
  • The inventory screen was showing the wrong item details in some situations.
  • Text was flickering in the storm shield menu in some languages.
  • Transform keys now display correctly if players have 1000+ keys.
  • Fixed an issue when inspecting an X-Ray Llama to show the correct options. 
  • Wargame Simulation and Challenge boxes now have scrolling sounds when selecting them while using a controller.
  • Incorrect text rewards would display if the skip button was pressed after leveling up on the Victory Screen. 
  • The commander xp screen during the mission rewards cycle now properly displays banners on console. 
  • Inspecting currency earned from Llamas will now show the amount of currency gained instead of the total amount of currency owned.
  • Mission Rewards list arrows were not updating immediately, leading to some cases where it was showing at inappropriate times.
  • Removed an extra prompt from some notifications such as friend requests received in zone.
  • The top of the scroll bar in the Llama reward screen is now draggable. 


  • Improved performance of the in-game mission objective UI.
  • Improved performance when changing tabs in the Schematic menu.
Bug Fixes
  • Removed some hitches that were occuring during tutorial dialogs.
  • Removed a hitch while going into the Save the World map for the first time.


  • We’ve added a new birthday-themed Hero!
    • Birthday Brigade Jonesy is all about survival… and cake sprinkles. He seems to really enjoy sprinkles.
    • Standard Perk: Survivalist
      • Eliminations heal you for 39 base Health over 3 seconds. Duration refreshes with additional eliminations.
    • Commander Perk: Survivalist+
      • Eliminations heal you for 117 base Health over 3 seconds. Duration refreshes with additional eliminations.
    • Earn Birthday Brigade Jonesy by completing the new Sploding Husks quest.
  • 8-Bit Demo returns to the Event Store!  
    • Standard Perk: Enduring Machine 
      • After ability cast, weapons lose 40% less Durability for the next 2 uses
    • Commander Perk: Enduring Machine+  
      • After ability cast, weapons lose 40% less Durability for the next 6 uses
    • Available in the Event Store starting July 17 at 8 PM Eastern Time.
  • Fossil Southie is now eligible for an item reset.
    • This is due to the issue in v9.30 which caused the Saurian Focus perk to grant the same bonus as the Commander Perk even when slotted in a non-Commander Slot.
Bug Fixes
  • The Hero Perks Mad Tidings and Start Up were not properly resetting upon weapon overheat. 
  • The Hero Perk Enduring Machine was not working correctly for melee weapons.
  • Commander Perks Cascade and Fan of Stars now work correctly.
  • Fire sound effects persisted after using Dragon Slash while using the Fire of the Dragon Hero Perk.
  • The Fourth of July heroes can be retired and now take up inventory space.

Weapons + Items

  • Smash 2nd Year Birthday Llamas to celebrate a year worth of loot!
    • The new 2nd Year Birthday Llama is available in the Loot tab of the Save the World Store for 1000 summer tickets.
    • The Birthday Llama is stuffed with the greatest hits of Heroes and weapons from the 2nd year of Fortnite events!
    • Each Llama contains at least one weapon and one Hero with at least one of those two being a Legendary or Mythic variant.
    • Available for two weeks, starting July 16 and ending on August 1.
      • Summer Tickets will not be converted to Birthday Llamas after the Season ends. Any remaining tickets will be converted into Sci-fi Llamas.
Bug Fixes
  • Upgrading the Gammatron 9000 from epic to legendary rarity now works correctly.
  • Defenders now shoot the Boom Bow at the correct fire rate. 
  • Reduced the Boom Bow's displayed fire rate in order to correct the DPS number shown in the UI. 
    • This will not affect the actual fire rate of the Boom Bow.
  • The Campfire trap now correctly heals any nearby damaged Defenders.
  • Fixed an issue with traps in Storm Shields not applying their health and healing perks.
  • Fixed elemental alterations not showing correctly for the following weapon sets:
    • Flintlock
    • Medieval
    • Military
    • RatRod
    • Scavenger
    • Steampunk
  • The banner gadget no longer permanently colors structures blue.


  • Corrected an issue with sploder propane tanks rotating back and forth while bouncing.
Bug Fixes
  • Defenders will now properly return the weapons they use once a mission is completed. 
  • Allow trap cycling when B.A.S.E. is equipped.
  • Husks remain illuminatefter being frozen.
  • Players should no longer appear in the DBNO state during the Victory Screen.