Epic Games has rolled out 9.41 content update patch for Fortnite, and with it comes loads of new goodies. The centerpiece is the new storm-tracking rifle, but you’ll also find some special birthday celebration items in the new patch, alongside the balance changes and tweaks. Read on for a rundown and the patch notes.

The Storm Scout sniper rifle, as it’s called, is unique for one key reason. It scope has what Epic calls “an embedded weather map,” and this lets you know where upcoming storm circles will be located before the in-game minimap begins to display them. That should give you an edge in allowing you to get there early and position yourself to take out enemies who show up late. The gun is available as both an Epic and Legendary drop, and it does 81/85 damage and uses heavy ammo.

Epic has added birthday presents and birthday cakes to celebrate Fortnite’s second birthday. These, along with the Prop Hunt limited-time mode, will actually make it into the game on Thursday, July 25. We might also see new birthday events challenges arrive on that day; you can read more on what we know about Fortnite’s birthday event for further details.

The presents are legendary items, and opening them up will give you some surprise loot to commemorate the occasion. The cake will restore some health and shield.

The update also adds new Overtime challenges; the first of these are now available, and primarily they reward XP and loading screens, although those who own the Battle Pass can also get new styles for certain skins.

Creative Mode has added movie set prefabs and highlighted a community-created Prop Hunt LTM. Save the World mode got updated with a new Pulsar 9000 sci-fi shotgun.

One larger-scale feature is a new picture-in-picture feature for viewing matches. Epic points out that you can use this to watch the Fortnite World Cup Pro-Am and Finals while also playing the game.

This all follows a mech vs monster showdown that took place in-game over the weekend. As usual this made some big changes to the map, which will probably come into play as the game prepares to cycle over into Season 10, which could be coming fairly soon. Check out the full patch notes for Battle Royale below.

Fortnite v9.41 Content Update Patch Notes

Battle Royale

What’s New?

Storm Scout Sniper Rifle

Stay one step ahead of the Storm by scoping in to see it’s next location!

Birthday Presents

They say the best gifts are surprises. Open up these Legendary items commemorating Fortnite’s second birthday to see what loot awaits.

Birthday Cake

Celebrate another year of Fortnite with some Birthday Cake! Find this sweet treat around the map and get some Health & Shield.

Weapons + Items

Storm Scout Sniper Rifle The scope on this sniper rifle contains an embedded weather map that displays upcoming storm circles before they are revealed on the minimap.Available at Epic and Legendary Rarities.Damage: 81/85 1.1 Rounds per second.Uses Heavy Ammo.Reload Speed: 2.84s/2.7s.Birthday Presents Available in Legendary Rarity.Can be found from Floor loot, Chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Llamas. Not available in Arena and Tournament playlists.Presents have six possible packages of loot.Birthday Cake Found around various POIs. Not available in Arena and Tournament playlists.Grants 5 Health and 5 Shield.


Overtime ChallengesUnlock rewards and gain XP with the Season 9 Overtime Challenges. Jump in-game now for more details!


PiP (Picture-in-Picture) StreamingDrop into the Fortnite lobby to begin your viewing of the Fortnite World Cup Pro-Am and Finals… while playing the game! Get wins while you watch your favorite competitors do the same. For more information, check out our blog.