Fortnite Servers Down & Update v17.30 Today (August 3) - Downtime & Patch Notes

What new content will v17.30 bring?

By Kyle Knight

August 3, 2021

Epic Games has officially announced update v17.30 for Fortnite, and it’s set to arrive today (August 3). Following some short server downtime, a new patch will be deployed for players to download before they can jump back into the game.

The short server downtime will be all worthwhile though because when v17.30 goes live, a brand new weapon will be available for players to get their hands on. Check out all of the details on v17.30 right here in this article, including the full patch notes.

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Fortnite v17.30 – Server Downtime Schedule

UPDATE: The Fortnite servers are now back online!

Thanks to the official Fortnite Status Twitter Account, we know that the Fortnite servers will be taken offline at the following times:

  • 10:30PM PT (August 2)
  • 1:30AM ET (August 3)
  • 6:30AM BST (August 3)

Unfortunately, Epic Games did not detail how long the Fortnite servers will be down. But the downtime for new updates does usually last between 1 and 2 hours. We will update this article as soon as the Fortnite servers are back online.

Fortnite v17.30 – Update & Patch Notes (August 3)

Check out the full patch notes for the Fortnite August 3 update below.


Sometimes called a “UFO in your hands” by the IO or a “portable ordinary aircraft” by the Aliens, you can use this weapon to pull in objects that are in front of you. (This one’s a doozy.) Pull in an object with its flying disc, take it along with you, then launch it at an opponent. How much damage it deals depends on how big it is, what it’s made of, and its launch speed. 

The Grab-itron isn’t only for offense. If you have an object pulled in, that object will block damage coming from in front of you — until it can endure damage no longer. Also: try using the Grab-itron to catch incoming explosives and propel them back. Grab-itrons can be found in Chests, on top of Abductors, and inside the Mothership.

What else is new in Fortnite Battle Royale in v17.30:


Planned from the very beginning, the Aliens have unleashed their newest tactic: abducting certain POIs. A giant tractor beam from the Mothership currently envelops Slurpy Swamp, lifting this industrial district to its untimely demise. 

A POI being abducted may be a cause for concern, but you could also look at it as a new battle strategy. An entire district like Slurpy Swamp is quite heavy, so the tractor beam has no choice but to break it up into chunks as it lifts it. While you’re in the low-gravity tractor beam, jump from platform to platform, maneuvering around your opponents with nimbleness. 

Abducting a whole POI isn’t something that happens overnight, so keep checking back throughout the week to see how the abduction has progressed. 


Enjoy the close combat of a small Storm circle? Want to get right back into the action after respawning? In the new Team Brawl Limited Time Mode, compete with your team to reach 60 eliminations before the other team. If you get eliminated, you’ll respawn by plummeting to the ground instead of skydiving, ensuring you get back to the brawl right away.

You’ll be given a new loadout at the start and each time you respawn. Matches take place at a single POI, and the POI’s non-player buildings are extra strong for better protection. The other team outdoing yours? Don’t throw in the towel yet — if they’re too far ahead in eliminations, you’ll be lended a helping hand. All the team’s players will become marked in your view and visible behind walls. These effects expire when the lead lowers by a certain amount.

Team Brawl will go live on August 5, 2021, at 9 AM ET. Get ready for this fast-paced new mode!


  • IO R&D has paid off: the Pulse Rifle now does more damage when aiming down sights.
  • The Heavy Assault Rifle now deals increased damage, has a slightly reduced fire rate, and for the first few shots, has a higher accuracy than before.


  • Fixed an issue with Fortnite’s “3D Headphones” option on PlayStation 5 in which stereo sounds wouldn’t spatialize, resulting in the stereo sounds being 2D. (This would especially impact close-range gunfire.)
    • Please note: In order for the “3D Headphones” option in Fortnite to take effect, 3D audio must be enabled in your PlayStation 5’s system settings. (Settings > Sound > Audio Output > Enable 3D Audio).
  • Fixed an issue involving vehicle radios not playing at times when trying to turn them on.
  • Fixed an issue involving vehicles driving erratically, caused by the player in control being in a Prop state. Vehicles can no longer be interacted with if the player is in a Prop state.


  • Please note that the Grab-itron is not present in competitive playlists.
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Kyle Knight

Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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