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Fortnite Update 3.24 Patch Notes (17.21)

The Plasma Cannon is here

by Damian Seeto


Update 3.24 has arrived for Fortnite, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch.

Epic Games already released a pretty hefty update for Fortnite earlier this month in the form of patch version 17.20. The previous patch added tons of new content to the Battle Royale mode, plus several general issues were addressed.

Well today Epic Games is rolling out update version 17.21 to various different platforms. If you are playing the PS4 version of the game, the update should be number 3.24. For PS5 owners the patch is number 01.000.035.

Maintenance for the update should now be finished for most platforms, so it may not be a long time before this patch is deployed. The only patch notes that have been revealed so far shows that the new Plasma Cannon is coming to the game with this new update. You can read the full details below as taken from the official website.

Fortnite Update 3.24 Patch Notes (17.21)

Like a science lesson gone wrong, plasma balls are now being used for destruction. What was once used for purposes like educating the youth or covering spills on the floor has become an instrument of war. See attached for a file on the IO-made “Plasma Cannon.”


Found from IO Chests and normal ones, the Plasma Cannon has enough energy to fire five plasma balls. What’s the big deal about these? An electrical dome will surround them as they slowly move forward, and enemies who get caught in the dome will take heavy damage and be impulsed back. Vehicles are affected in the same way. Tip: if you find a way to keep enemies in the dome even when impulsed, they will take repeated damage. 

How the Plasma Cannon affects buildings is a different story. Fearing Aliens may prove to be advanced architects, the IO made it so that the Plasma Cannon destroys structures just about instantly. The Plasma Cannon can be crafted in addition to being found. Because the IO used Alien technology to invent it, it can be crafted by combining a Legendary Pistol with an Alien Nanite.

With one Plasma Cannon, one plasma ball can be deployed at a time. (Technically two for a brief moment.) But if you have multiple Plasma Cannons and cycle through them, multiple plasma balls can be deployed at once.


An unusual Alien ship is hovering over The Aftermath… The IO says “unusual” because its intent doesn’t seem to be for harm. It’s predicted its purpose will become clearer in the near future.


  • Please note that the Plasma Cannon is not present in competitive playlists.
  • The Inflate-A-Bull has been re-enabled in competitive playlists.

If there are anymore patch notes that have been revealed, we’ll be sure to update this post as soon as we can. Fortnite is now available for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Android devices.

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