Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 patch notes: Map changes, new weapons, Optimus Prime, more

Nathan Warby
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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 is set to arrive very soon and players are eagerly awaiting all the fresh content it will bring. Here are the patch notes for the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 update and everything arriving.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 has been one of the most ambitious installments of the battle royale to date, bringing everything from a new Ranked Play mode to a new Star Wars crossover complete with powerful Force abilities.

But the next major update is never too far away and fans are looking ahead at what Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 will have in store for them. Luckily, the patch notes have arrived, giving us a thorough idea of what’s to come in the new season and its Battle Pass.

Here are the full Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 patch notes, including the start date and content.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 start date

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 will get underway on Friday, June 9, 2023, as confirmed by an in-game message. Season 2 has come to an end as of 2 AM ET / 11 PM PT / 7 AM BST, and so Chapter 3 is due to kick off shortly.

Although the devs haven’t announced how long the downtime will last, players can expect the game to be offline for a few hours while the update is prepared.

The official trailer for Chapter 4 Season 3 was released during the Summer Game Fest 2023 Opening Showcase.

New jungle area in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 will feature a jungle theme under the “WILDS” title. A huge portion of the map’s center has collapsed, exposing a new ancient jungle area with a temple. This area is host to Raptors, which players can ride by jumping on top of them to traverse the new area.

Players will also find mud in the new jungle biome, which provides you with a boost of speed when you slide through it as well as some camouflage.

As it’s a jungle, vines are prominent, and players can use them to their advantage by jumping on them to grind and ride them. You can use weapons while grinding vines, making it a solid method for getting around the map and pushing enemies.

The jungle features thick foliage, so the best high ground in this area is the canopy. Players can ascend the jungle’s canopies and fire down on enemies from above.

The jungle also features “new, dangerous vegetation,” which players can use to their advantage. Bomb Flowers can be shot for an explosion, Stink Flowers can be shot to unleash a toxic gas, Slurp Plants can heal you up with a swing of your pickaxe, and Hop Flowers will give you a boost in vertical mobility without fall damage.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 new weapons

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 introduces five new weapons for players, so make sure to keep an eye out for these when your looting. You can see all of the new weapons coming in the update below:

  • Thermal DMR:
    • “Battle in the jungle, see how a jungle animal sees. While looking through the scope of the Thermal DMR, turn on thermal vision to more easily detect your enemies. “
  • Flapjack Rifle:
    • “Make heads turn as you best enemies and structures with the Flapjack Rifle. Heads won’t be the only thing turning — this new weapon features a spinning magazine! (You can find the Mythic version of this weapon from Vaults requiring Keycards.)”
  • Kinetic Boomerang:
    • “Throw the Kinetic Boomerang to hit enemies in its flight path… AND its return path. Miss your target? Recall the boomerang early to trigger a small explosion and try again!”
  • Cybertron Cannon:
    • “There’s going wild, then there’s having a blast. Take up a Cybertron Cannon on the Island to launch a powerful, quick, and explosive projectile. “
  • Wildwasp Jar:
    • “A hostile insect species known as Wildwasps inhabit the jungle, preferring to swarm around certain plants. Gather them in a jar to throw at enemies! (The Wildwasps set their sights on ? Jump in water or cover yourself in mud to get them off your tail.)”

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 Optimus Prime confirmed

The marquee crossover for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 is finally confirmed and it’s none other than Optimus Prime. The Autobot leader will be part of the new Battle Pass to celebrate the release of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it seems like Optimus will be the Tier 100 Outfit players can unlock in the Battle Pass.

Players can expect other Transformers elements in this new Fortnite season, like other characters or POIs with quests to complete.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 update patch notes

Check out the rest of the changes and updates coming in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 courtesy of Epic Games:


    • There’s a Mythic version too! Find the Mythic version from a POI rifting in.


There’s the new weapons, there’s the unvaulted weapons, but don’t forget about these Chapter 4 Season 2 carryovers:

  • Havoc Pump Shotgun
  • Maven Auto Shotgun
  • Havoc Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Red-Eye Assault Rifle
  • Submachine Gun
  • Tactical Pistol
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle
  • Chug Cannon (Exotic weapon …and technically not a weapon)
  • Heisted Breacher Shotgun (Exotic weapon)
  • Heisted Accelerant Shotgun (Exotic weapon)
  • Heisted Run ‘N’ Gun SMG (Exotic weapon)
  • Shadow Tracker (Exotic weapon, this time available from Exotic Holo-Chests and Characters)



Gain thermal vision and regenerate Health while riding animals.


Receive some Wildwasp Jars, and gain an additional one with every elimination.


Gain a Slap effect upon using grind vines, grind rails, ziplines, or Ascenders.


Gain Shotgun shells while sliding.


Your Shotguns will reload faster.


Your Assault Rifles will reload significantly faster when the magazine is empty.


Instantly gain medium ammo, then gain more when you open containers.


In addition to new Reality Augments, roll returning ones:

  • Traversal Warrior (formerly known as Rail Warrior, now works on grind vines, ziplines, and Ascenders in addition to grind rails)
  • Aquatic Warrior
  • Light Fingers
  • First Assault
  • Bloodhound
  • Steady Hands
  • SMG Sign Off
  • Exotic Grab Bag
  • Soaring Sprints
  • Mythic Munition
  • Keymaster
  • Rarity Check
  • Shotgun Striker


Bounty Boards are back in the form of Job Boards! Upon interacting with a Job Board, you’ll be given a choice of three jobs, including a bounty. Complete jobs for Bars!


Unlock timeless looks with Chapter 4 Season 3’s Battle Pass Outfits. Upon purchasing the Chapter 4 Season 3 Battle Pass, you’ll auto-unlock the future-facing Era. Progress through the Battle Pass to unlock Outfits like rock ranger Rian and Autobot leader Optimus Prime. Later in the Season, wild-time-haver Purradise Meowscles will become available to unlock in the Battle Pass!

A look at all the Chapter 4 Season 3 Battle Pass Outfits:


Learn from the past to protect the future.


Wander no more.


Let the beat run wild.


An intrepid hunter seeking the Island’s secrets.


The daring Dynamo reinvented.


Influential explorer and rogueish raconteur.


Optimus Prime skin in Fortnite
Noble leader of the heroic Autobots.


Fortnite Purradise Meowscles


Pit Optimus Prime against Optimus Primal. This fierce leader of the brave Maximals is available now in the Item Shop!

fortnite optimus primal outfit


With Chapter 4 Season 3, Pickaxes are now officially called Pickaxes instead of Harvesting Tools.


Competitors! Looking for details on the competitive offerings this Season? Check out our Chapter 4 Season 3 Competitive Details blog post and learn about what’s in store!

Additionally, please note that the following features are not included in tournaments:

  • Raptors
  • Cybertron Cannon
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle
  • Chug Cannon
  • Heisted Breacher Shotgun

That was the full Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 patch notes. For more on the battle royale, be sure to take a look at our other guides:

How to complete Fortnite Weekly Quests | Best Fortnite keybinds and settings for mouse & keyboard | Best Fortnite controller settings | How to land at Hot Spots in Fortnite | Fortnite Exotic weapon locations | All Fortnite Reality Augments | What does Siphon mean in Fortnite? | What are account levels in Fortnite? | How to complete Fortnite Syndicate Quests

About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].