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10 Things Fans Still Haven’t Found in Conker’s Bad Fur Day

For those gamers that like a little mature content with their platformer games, Conker’s Bad Fur Day hits all the right buttons. Released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64, fans of Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong liked it both for its wide-open, immersive environments that focus on adventure gameplay, and for its mature sense of humor.  

Crass, uncouth, and greedy, Conker the squirrel just wanted to get home to his girlfriend after a night tying one on. Instead, he’s being targeted by the Panther King to be used as the..fourth leg of his throne’s side table (it’s missing, and apparently squirrels make good substitutes according to the elite). Aside from evading the Panther King’s goons, Conker dodges Nazi-like teddy bears, battles giant mountains of poo, and collects wads of cash all while cursing up a storm. Though Conker’s gameplay was simpler than other games for N64, there were still some things even true fans may have missed!

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10 ALL THAT SWEET CASH

From the beginning of the game until the end, cash is everywhere. And it’s not just little sheets of printed paper sprinkled around – it’s big wads wrapped in a bend, with eyes and a mouth. These cash wads are sentient, often calling out to Conkers with a variety of insults until gets close enough to collect them and explain exactly how they’ll be used.

Collecting cash isn’t all just fun and games – you need it to give Mr. Barrell at the end of the game if you want to progress. Unless you hand over $2,100 in acquired bills, you have to go back through all the levels and find it. Some players have never found it all to this day.

9 10 LIFE SQUIRREL TAIL

Squirrel tails are scattered among each level, hanging from trees or hooked on objects. When Conkers enters the Underworld after his first death, Gregg gives him his first tail and explains he’ll want to gather all the squirrel tails he can to gain an extra life.

What some fans don’t know is that some tails grant more than one life. In the “Barn Boys” gaming area, at the cheese ranch, jumping towards the back wall makes a light bulb appear. Pressing B makes Conker become an anvil and smash the rock below the bulb, revealing to him to a hidden cave and a “special tail” that grants 10 lives.

8 ALL THE CONTEXT SENSITIVE ZONES

Most fans of the game like the fact that it presents you with most of the items and weapons you need to keep progressing through it. This happens when you come in contact with context-sensitive zones, indicated by the activation of a B Button Pad and a lightbulb overhead when you press it.

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What some fans may not realize is there are trickier context-sensitive zones to find, and those won’t have a B Button Pad in plain sight. What they will have, if you keep an eye out for them, is a light bulb above where they might be.

7 ACTIVATING THE LASER SIGHT WITH THROWING KNIVES

Though some fans didn’t take to the multiplayer aspect of CBFD, there were ways to make it more fun. One way was finding a cross-bow, activating laser aim and then standing beside some throwing knives. Do this in the multiplayer game “Raptor”, and you’ll be able to surely have your throwing knives always hit their targets.

The laser sight even helps you navigate the map. If you stray too far from base, you can use the laser to find your way back just by aiming at it.

6 BANJO AND KAZOOIE CAMEOS

Conker’s Bad Fur Day, being a popular title for Rare Games, owes some of its success to a built-in fanbase of comical adventure games starring two beloved characters, Banjo and Kazooie. Straight from their own game Banjo-Kazooie, they have cameos in Conker’s Bad Fur Day if you know where to look.

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Unfortunately, the cameos aren’t all fun and games. Banjo’s head is stuffed and mounted above a fireplace in the opening game menu area and Kazooie has been made into an umbrella found in the closet.

5 TORCHING BUTTERFLIES

Conkers doesn’t have the best attention span, so if you stop his movements for more than a few seconds, he’ll find something to occupy his time. Playing Gameboy, doing yo-yo tricks, browsing for bikini-clad girls in magazines, you name it. He’ll even start whistling maudlin showtunes if you take a while.

But if you take a really long time, and happen to be standing next to a bunch of butterflies, you get the unexpected pleasure of watching him torch them all with a flame thrower he keeps around for just such an occasion.

4 BECOME A TRAITOR

If you’re a fan of the multiplayer mode, go ahead and select the “War” game, Colors Mode. If you kill one of your teammates, they’ll begin attacking you, but if you can get into the enemy base, none of them will shoot you. You’ve essentially defected and can now take out more of your team from the sanctity of the base.

Should you feel like being a double agent though, you can feel free to open fire on all of the fighters in the enemy base. Just don’t grab the flag, unless you want to prepare for your “frenemies” to become vicious. This can be done for either opposing side.

3 ALL THREE KEYS

For some, the controls of Conker’s Bad Fur Day are as bothersome as the levels themselves. But for those that can master the curious camera angles and not the gameplay, one level stood out; trying to get the third key at the Bat Tower. After obtaining the first and second key, climb the ladder, and you’ll see it on the left.

Before grabbing for that, jump from the ladder to the left where you’ll find a lever. When you pull that lever, the bookshelf will open. By that measure, you can grab the key, go through the opened bookshelf, and appear at the front door of the castle.

2 DANCE WITH BERRI

In the Rock Solid sequence of the game, Conker goes to find his girlfriend Berri working at a strip club. Being Conker, he has some issues with the patrons, some issues with the bouncers, but it’s all in a day’s work for everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed squirrel. While Berri may be known for dancing in this sequence, Conker gets to bust out a few dance moves as well.

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When you locate Berri, don’t just have Conker stand there like a slack-jawed goober. If you make him jump and then stand still, Conker will do the “worm dance” and then dance with Berri after about 5 seconds.

1 THE POST CREDIT SCENE

If you stick around after the conclusion of the game, past the end credits, you get treated to an Avengers-style “post credit” scene involving Conker going on yet another bender, before stumbling out into the dawn, about to begin his “other bad fur day”, which actually was set to be the title of the sequel following Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

Unfortunately for fans of the series, when Microsoft bought Rare from Nintendo, they scrapped that idea and simply repackaged CBFD for Xbox, releasing it as Conker’s: Live and Reloaded, and fans would never know what happened to Conker that day and how he intended to rule his new domain.

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2019-04-24 05:04:26

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Storage Wars: The 25 Craziest Items Found In The Storage Lockers, Officially Ranked

There really is no limits to what can become a hit reality television show these days. It is all about what people find interesting enough to keep watching, week after week. The content is not even important if viewers are watching. This is how Storage Wars was born.

Storage Wars is the hit A&E Network reality show about a group of veteran buyers, or bidders, that go to storage facilities to try and purchase units that have been abandoned by their owners. In the state of California, where the show takes place, the law states that the storage units may be auctioned off after three months of non-payment.

Over the years, the show found itself in the middle of a few controversies including one of the show’s main bidders, Dave Hester, being involved in a lawsuit claiming that the show was planting items inside these storage lockers to make for better television. Although A&E never did come out and apologize for any wrongdoing, they also did not deny it.

So whether or not the items inside these storage units are the real thing, they still make for some interesting television, especially the crazy things that they have found over the past 12 seasons. Some of these items range from the ridiculous to the downright weird and we found 25 of them for your entertainment.

25 Beekeeper’s Outfit and Equipment (Dave)

Whenever a bidder takes a chance on a storage unit, they are risking a lot of time, energy, and money into something that could turn out to be a dud. One of the main rules to follow when preparing to bid is that you cannot touch anything inside the unit, but you can take a look and glance around the room before the bidding begins.

Dave Hester did not see the Beekeeper equipment when he decided to risk it and go for this unit but it turned out to become quite the interesting pull for the man that continuously gets on everyone’s nerves with his cocky attitude and annoying bidding habits.

24 Dog Tread Wheel (Mary)

Mary is a fireball on the show. She comes across kind of dorky, and a little dumb, but it is all an act because when the bidding starts, she finds ways to sneak up on even the best of them and steal lockers right from under their noses.

During an episode in season eight, Mary bought a unit for $775 that featured quite the array of random items including a walking cane, dog crate in the box, and a mysterious giant hamster wheel that looked like an industrial fan at first. She had no clue what it was so she brought it to a person who would and come to find out, it is a doggie hamster wheel used for exercise.

Whatever happened to walking your dog?

23 Glass Balloon Inflating Machine (Mary)

Storage Wars is not always predictable. Every now and then, they come across a unit that is stocked full of absolutely junk. These types of lockers will end up going for very little and most bidders pass on it because they do not want the hassle of going through it and hauling the stuff off.

But Mary saw this as a chance to make a little profit and she stole one for $50 that looked to be nothing more than a few basic household items. But when she got into it, she noticed a working glass machine that she had no clue what it did. Turns out, it was a balloon inflating machine used by entertainers, and clowns. It was used to blow up a balloon and then fill it up with various other items, or more balloons.

22 My Little Pony Collection (Jarrod & Brandi)

It is rare to find a complete collection of anything, let alone one that is extremely valuable. But then again, this is Storage Wars and most of the times, the lockers have at least one item of possible value. When Jarrod and Brandi purchased this unit, they had no idea they were about to inherit one of the largest My Little Pony collections ever seen. So they brought it to a specialist and got them appraised for nearly $1,000 after just winning the storage unit for $50 earlier in the day.

21 Body Piercing Equipment (Mark)

One of the show’s most entertaining guest stars was a bidder by the name of Mark Balelo. He showed up on random episodes sporting the most stylish suits or clothing anyone could wear to a storage auction that came complete with his man-purse that was stacked full of cash.

The group would always make fun of his fanny pack and the cartoonish way he presented himself, but it was all in good fun. He sadly passed away shortly after appearing on an episode of Storage Wars and has been sadly missed. One of his craziest finds was when he discovered a complete setup used for body piercings.

20 Vintage Peep Show Machine (Barry)

At $7,000, the vintage peep show machine he found became one of Barry’s biggest finds during his brief stay on the show. It is also one of the most unique items anyone has ever pulled from a storage unit. This giant spinning wheel was created back in the early days of the 20th century and was used to watch films by cranking it and watching the images spin around in a circle, like a flip book. This was the early days of a portable dvd player and it was huge. It earned the “peep show” title because many of these machines were used to watch dirty movies, so to speak, back before anyone knew about, well, y’know.

19 The Comic Book Store (Darrell)

One of the reasons Darrell Sheets has been given the nickname “The Gambler” is because of his consistent ability to hit the jackpot on storage units, every once in a while. He bids on many of them, good or bad, because he sees something that could be worth a ton. He is willing to gamble big time just to get that one big payday.

So it was not very surprising to see that he ended up winning a storage unit full of an entire inventory from a comic book store. There was everything from vintage comic books to valuable action figures still in mint condition in their original box. Everything.

18 Two Humped Camel Saddles (Mary)

When Mary goes hunting, she only bids on the storage units she thinks has unique items of value, and things that she simply likes. When she decided to buy this locker of junk for $150, which no one really wanted, she had no idea that there was a secret saddle sitting in the back.

Not only was it an animal saddle, it was a specialized saddle built for camels with two humps, instead of their customary one. Why would a camel saddle that is only used for such a specific type of camel being stored in a storage unit in Southern California is beyond us. It stood out like a sore thumb in a locker of trash.

17 Gas Mask (Jarrod & Brandi)

This storage unit was a bad idea to begin with. The entire bidding process began with a sarcastic bid from Jarrod & Brandi, making fun of Dave Hester’s incredibly annoying, “Yuuuup!” Then, the next thing they know, they are eating it and having to buy this unit for $450.

Right after starting to take a look at the items in the locker, they come across a vintage canteen that had been sealed shut a very long time ago. After risking their safety to open it up, they found out it was nothing but stale air. That’s when they came across the gas mask, which looked to be old and used at least once.

16 The Elvis Collection (Dave)

Newspaper clippings used to be more valuable, back before social media and cell phones, that is. But then things changed and people stopped reading the newspaper, leading to the eventual demise of newspaper clippings holding any value.

However, older pieces of newspapers from various moments in history actually still have a lot of value. Just ask Dave Hester, who wound up bidding on a unit he had no clue featured tons of newspaper clippings from the day Elvis died. Those clippings, along with many other Elvis collectibles tallied up to become one of the bigger finds on the show ever. It was valued to be worth around $90,000.

15 Vintage Baby Doll (Jarrod & Brandi)

Any toys made in the 1930s, that is still in good shape today, comes across creepy because of the material used to make them and the style. So when Jarrod and Brandi run into a locker full of nothing much, they run into a bin with a vintage baby doll that makes Brandi freak out around it.

It was in a very old trunk and came with a ton of clothes, making it even creepier that someone would store this thing in a storage unit for all these years. But after opening the trunk and looking over it, they realized this had to be old and it had to be brought to someone who knew more about them.

14 Vintage Architectural Tools (Darrell)

What looked like a box of dental tools actually turned out to be very old tools used by architects in the 1800s when designing buildings, creating projects, and maps. This specific tool box was probably dated close to the 1930s and was not really in perfect condition, but was still very good. The appraiser would eventually reveal the price of the item to be $1,000, making Darrell’s $575 storage unit purchase turn into a major profit of close to $1,600 on the day. They do not call him a gambler because he plays it safe now, do they?

13 World War II Minesweeper (Ivy)

As hot as it gets in Southern California, the temperature was boiling when the cast headed down to Lancaster for a day of bidding during the 9th season of Storage Wars. Since he is a hustler for packed lockers that he can use to fill his stores, Ivy took down Dave in a very small bidding war to take home a locker of nonsense items.

After spending $1,500 on a locker that he should have gotten for half that, he discovered an old army container, and helmet, that had a mysterious item. When he got to the shop to get it looked at, it turned out to be an old World War II minesweeper that was used to find mines hidden in the ground. At $400, it was the featured item in a locker that brought in close to $4,400 in value.

12 Snake “Stuff” (Ivy)

In one of the largest storage unit auctions ever in the state of California, the crew headed to Chatsworth, California to take part in a gigantic 100-vault auction. This auction was so stacked that everyone walked away with something, including Ivy, who purchased a vault he considered to have some valuable treasures for his store.

As he was searching through his newly acquired vault, he opened a box that had snake bones, enclosed inside a plastic display case. He continued through the box to find even more snake items like the tool used to hold them, as well as protective clothing, and various other snake related things.

11 Antique Medical Bleeder (Darrell)

Back before hospitals had state-of-the-art electronic equipment, and antibiotics that could cure just about anything, they had to be creative with ways to cure people. So doctors came up with an invention called a medical bleeder. It was used to drain the blood from a person that was afflicted from various different illnesses or diseases.

The tool would drain the blood from the body to help control the overall balance of it inside your system. It is suspected to help lower blood pressure because it reduces blood volume. The device is the size of a wallet but was still one of the craziest items you would never consider being on the show.

10 Vintage Dental Equipment (Barry)

Every now and then, the show will feature an item so ridiculous, it almost feels as if it can’t be real. As the winning bidders scour through their storage units, they end up coming across something that has no reason being in there, and that is where the idea that the show is fake.

However, having never denied the claims that this stuff was fake, A&E continues to air the show and the bidders go through the same routine, over and over. They buy a locker, find one rare item, and get it appraised. Barry found one in season two when he came across a box with vintage dental equipment. Inside the box was a tooth puller that was 200 years old and basically just loosened the tooth before pulling it. Talk about painful.

9 Human Skeleton (Dave)

When going through a locker, Dave Hester found himself uncovering something very scary: a collection of human bones complete with the skull, hands, and arms. Everything was there to complete the set of bones and create a perfect human skeleton. For his sake, he brought to an expert to get details about whether or not it was real.

The bones were real, but were not part of any kind of malicious event. They were used for medical schools, or universities, to study the human skeleton. The expert knew it because of how they were professionally cleaned and had nylon strings keeping them all together. He walked away with a human skeleton worth $1,670.

8 Chicken Eyeglasses (Barry)

Barry is always coming across something that is either unique or strange. Yes, those words mean the same thing, but when it comes to Barry, each one of those words can be used to define different things. When he bought a cheap storage locker for $350, and almost finished looking through it without any luck, he came across a box full of these weird little glasses.

As it turns out, these glasses were once used in the 1940s and 1950s for chickens. That’s right, chicken eyeglasses. The owner would put them on the chicken to prevent each of them from pecking their eyes out while also being stylish. Yes, stylish. It was a unique way to accessorize your chickens and Barry hit the motherload, making $500 on the lot.

7 Stripper Pole (Rene)

The idea of a stripper pole is not crazy at all. But then someone decided to start selling them on the mainstream, so people could use them at home for exercise, or whatever other reason they wanted. But when it shows up inside a storage unit, it is no longer attractive, it is actually quite sad. Who would put something like this in a locker and forget about it? Why would anyone do that? The sole purpose of something like this is to use it, not store it. At least we got to witness Rene attempt to break his femur with a stripper move he definitely should not have tried to do.

6 Wooden Bust W/ Glass Eyes (Barry)

This was one of those items that we had no clue what to call it besides exactly what it was, a giant wooden head with these creepy glass eyes. It was hidden inside a locker that was won by Barry, who arrived late to begin with and was just trying to catch up. He bought an apparently useless locker for $1,525, according to everyone else.

But Barry had spotted something that he just had to own. It was a small box that was hidden in the rear of the unit. If you know anything about Barry, he loves to buy vintage boxes, especially when they are closed. After he discovered this wooden bust, with a full set of teeth and two crazy glass eyes. Oh, and did we mention the window into the brain in the back of the skull that had a Obi-Wan Kenobi looking figure starting out of?

5 Breast Enlargement Machine (Dave)

Dave Hester has a way of annoying his competition, and a lot of the show’s fans, but he is actually not a horrible person. When he is away from the pack, he is quite the comedian, you just have to pretend you do not know who he is.

That is, except for the time he went to a beautiful plastic surgeon with a breast enlargement machine he pulled from one of his storage lockers. Instead of simply learning about his precious item, he just had to creep out the doc with his badly timed puns including telling her he planned on keeping them for his own personal entertainment after he found out they were not worth very much, and were used.

4 Whale In A Jar (Brandon Sheets)

When Darrell Sheets and his son Brandon ended up going off on their own, it wasn’t to compete with one another, or because they had issues. It was simply so Brandon could learn how to play the game. Some times you have to let children fall down so they know how to get back up again.

However, Brandon was never as lucky as his father, for the most part. He did hit a few great lockers, but for his overall time on the show, he was mostly a guy that would buy duds. One time, he was rummaging through his newly purchased locker and found a jar of what he could only claim was “whale stuff.” Even the experts were curious about how it ended up in a storage unit.

3 Voodoo Items (Jarrod & Brandi)

Of all the creepy things we have seen on Storage Wars, the moment Brandi won a storage unit and uncovered a deer skull, we knew something was going on and wanted no part of it, just like she didn’t. As they continued scouring the unit, they ended up finding even more insanely creepy items like a bag of chicken bones, a bat on a stick, and various other unique voodoo items. However, it was the human hair that really sent us running for the hills with this unit.

2 Professional Clown Costume (Kenny)

Clowns are creepy. Since buying storage lockers is a big gamble to begin with because you never quite know what you are going to find, opening one and uncovering a full clown costume, along with a helium tank and various other clown accessories, including shoes, has got to be the weirdest thing to happen to Kenny in his career.

But he was not scared of clowns and, after finding the costume, proceeded to try it on, all the way down to the big floppy shoes. After he clowned around for a few minutes, he decided to take it to a real professional and see if there was any value in it. So he meets a guy who is a professional clown, at a private club with exotic dancers.

Crazy is an understatement.

1 Frank Gutierrez Artwork Collection (Darrell)

Artwork is not really a crazy item, it is probably one of the most normal things the bidders can find in these abandoned lockers. Over the course of the show’s 12 season history, there have been many different units that have featured some kind of artwork, or painting. But none of them ever came even close to what Darrell Sheets found in Season 3.

He found one of the biggest collections of artwork by any artist, ever. It almost seemed as if this was Frank Gutierrez’s personal locker he used to store his work. There was several pieces of art, of all shapes and sizes, that ended up being appraised for close to $300,000, making it the biggest find in the show’s existence. How crazy is it that an artist would store that much valuable artwork and just leave it? Maybe it was owned by a fan, or maybe someone was going to sell it, but lost the unit before having the chance.


2019-04-19 04:04:30

Thomas Delatte

The Division 2: 20 Hidden Locations Only Experts Found

Ubisoft’s The Division 2 has been out for a little while at this point, and players have now had quite a bit of time to sink their teeth into the game and uncover most of the hidden content lying far from the beaten path. That’s no easy feat, of course—the game features a lengthy main campaign with more content than most similar games at launch, and discovering it all takes a considerable amount of playtime.

While players can anticipate a nearly forty hour run-time on a first playthrough, there’s more to Ubisoft’s new looter shooter than meets the eye. There are tons of Easter eggs and small details littered throughout their almost alarmingly-accurate rendition of Washington D.C. The first game in the series may have struggled to deliver content on even the most basic scale, but the recently-released sequel makes up for that in spades.

From a series of hidden caches in strange places to a set of cryptic comm links and a plethora of end-game baddies against whom to face off, it’s safe to say that watching the credits roll doesn’t have to signify the end of the game’s playability. In fact, those who already beat the game without coming across most of this stuff may well want to jump back in to check out the things they may have initially passed by during their first journey through the American capital. There’s more out there than could possibly be digested in one sitting, but here are twenty of the best hidden locations that only experts found in The Division 2.

20 Grand Washington Hotel’s Suite 3 Secret

Continuing the precedent set by the original game, each of the main story missions in The Division 2 features a hidden room containing useful loot intended for inquisitive, eagle-eyed players. Arguably the most useful of these hidden loot caches can be found in the first mission’s Grand Washington Hotel location. In the re-purposed laundry room found in the hotel’s basement, an item can be looted from a body propped up against a large tub full of clothing. Though it doesn’t appear to be lootable, searching it will reveal a key to Suite 3, which can be found in the hotel’s upper levels. This won’t give anyone access to any high-tier gear given how early in the game it is, but it can be useful to newer players looking to get a bit of a head start.

19 Hydden Treehouse

One of the strangest new secretive additions to the Division franchise has come in the form of the weird so-called ‘Hydden’ Hotels scattered throughout the map. In total, there are only seven of these to find, with the final one becoming accessible once the other six have been found. These locations often host some pretty cool gear, so those yet to come across one will definitely want to keep their eyes peeled. This one can be found just north of the Washington monument in West Potomac Park, slightly to the east of Lincoln Memorial Circle and and to the east of Ohio Drive. Shrouded by some trees and bits of shrubbery lies a hidden treehouse— one of the game’s six Hydden Hotels.

18 Demon Hunter Mask

Struggling to find something to do in the late game? Already finished with the story and can’t quite come up with a reason to return to Washington D.C.? Well, Ubisoft has listless high-tier agents covered. There are twelve legendary hunters to be found throughout the city, each with intelligence specifically designed to act like players rather than bots. Each sports a unique mask, and taking them down will give squads the ability to wear those masks themselves. The hunter wearing the Demon mask can be found after shooting a group of targets in a specific order in a building in D.C.’s Downtown East district. Be careful, though— he won’t go down easy.

17 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Reference

Odds are that most fans of Ubisoft’s The Division 2 will be at least casually familiar with Far Cry, one of their other well-known open world shooter franchises. While Blood Dragon was more of a spin-off than a dedicated sequel, it has remained one of fans’ favorite entries, and the developers paid homage by including an arcade cabinet sporting the title’s logo in a building in Judiciary Square. Just east of the area’s stronghold, players can find an old arcade housing a few bandits. While it can be tough to appreciate one’s surroundings while the bullets are flying, attentive players will notice a few embedding themselves in a familiar blue and pink logo.

16 BBQ Joint Hydden Hotel

This Hydden Hotel is only a short stroll from the first one we mentioned, and players looking to hit up each of theses locations can easily cross these two off at once. Wedged between Henry Bacon Drive NW and 23rd Street NW in West Potomac Park, players can come across a relatively hidden platform playing host to some loot crates and a sign reading “Hydden Hotel BBA Joint. Take a sausage, not my gear.” Look out for a stack of crates piled up against a brick wall, that’s the most direct entrance to this less-than-acclaimed barbecue stand, hopefully there’s something useful to be found there.

15 Milicamp Hydden Hotel

Another Hydden Hotel, this time located just south of the White House—an area with which most agents playing through The Division 2 will be pretty familiar. This hidden locale, dubbed the Milicamp Hydden Hotel, can be found in the circular lawn just south of the White House grounds. Players may be able to spot a small yellow balloon atop one of the structures near the center of the lawn—a telltale mark visible near each of the first six hotels. Once inside the hotel, which is actually adjacent to a stack of shipping crates, players can read a sign poking fun at everyone’s least favorite gaming topic: loot boxes.

14 Wraith Mask

Another of the much sought after hunter masks available in The Division 2, the Wraith mask, much like the aforementioned Demon mask, won’t be found out in the open. Instead, players will have to salute a flag just south of Capitol Hill. Doing so will spawn in the hunter wearing the Wraith mask, and he will promptly wipe the floor with anyone unprepared for him. As previously mentioned, these high-tier hunters really are nothing to joke about. They were clearly intended for high level players nearing the end of the game, and any under-leveled player pushing their luck probably won’t last very long in this fight.

13 Ghoul Mask

This is one of the most arbitrary and puzzling masks to get, and it’s worth noting that most of these hunter encounters have to be done at night in-game. To get this quest started, enter a sewer in West Potomac Park near the BBQ Hydden Hotel. Follow the tunnel, then take the stairs to the right and interact with a laptop at the far side of the platform. After that’s accomplished, head to the western end of the reflecting pool near the Lincoln Memorial once it’s dark out and shoot a flickering light bulb hanging above a shipping crate. This should spawn in the next masked hunter.

12 Pennsylvania Avenue Hyena Comm

Completionists are no-doubt scouring the map for the ten hidden Hyena comms scattered across Ubisoft’s version of the District of Columbia. While those who enjoy sussing these things out don’t usually resort to walkthroughs, there’s an easy spot on Pennsylvania avenue that everyone should know about. At the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and Alexander Hamilton NW players should come across a bright yellow school bus and a hot dog cart right alongside the Downtown East district border. One of these comms is sitting on the ground right next to the cart—this is probably the simplest one of all to come across.

11 The Rockin’ Pete Hydden Hotel

Referred to as the ‘Rockin’ Pete’ Hydden Hotel, this is perhaps the most out-of-the-way of these loot spots save for the final one, and it can be found in the East Mall district. Head east and enter the area’s subway system—a rather rude, foreboding message will emblazon the proper entrance. From there, head down into an abandoned subway terminal, and an open car can be found near the complex’s easternmost wall. Upon entering the train, players will be greeted with yet another Hydden Hotel sign. Be sure to check in at each of these secret areas, that’ll grant access to the final one once it can be opened.

10 Crimson Mask

Just north of F Street Northwest and slightly west of the border to Judiciary Square players can find a pair of phones hidden in two buildings on opposite ends of a small plaza. Interact with one of these phones, and then immediately sprint to and activate the second one. If done at night, this should spawn in the hunter sporting the Crimson mask. This is one of the most straightforward hunters available in the game, and players just starting out on their quest for each mask may want to start here. There’s plenty of cover and few distractions to come between an agent and his or her opponent.

9 The Vosberg Hydden Hotel

Just south of the Milicamp Hydden Hotel lies the next secret loot stash. This one is hidden in a large stack of beige shipping containers. Keep an eye out for that telltale yellow balloon, and it shouldn’t be all that difficult to find. This feels like one of the more lived-in Hydden Hotels, and it definitely carries a certain vagabond appeal. The sign here reads “We ain’t here right now, but feel free to grab a beer, put on sum [sic] tunes, anything you like, but do not touch the big weapon crate behind the bed.” The next logical step here is to go open the big weapon crate behind the bed.

8 Midas and Revenant Masks

Few of the hunter masks in The Division 2 make all that much narrative sense and feel more like Easter eggs than genuine missions. However, the Midas and Revenant masks require some actions so arbitrary that it’s a wonder anyone actually discovered them. Head to a drained pool in the courtyard of a hotel in the West End and do jumping jacks in it once night falls. This, for whatever reason, will cause two hunters to spawn in, which must be taken out at once. This one probably shouldn’t be attempted solo, as it’s obviously doubly difficult when compared to most of these fights.

7 Navy Plaza Hyena Comm

Another one of the game’s ten Hyena comm collectibles can be found in Navy Plaza, which is located in the eastern section of the Federal Triangle district. There’s a control point wedged in between D Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave, so players will need to take control of that before exploring further. Once that’s been taken care of, head to the intersection of D Street and 8th, face the Navy Plaza and head through the door in front of the fountain. A Hyena Comm titled “First Council Meeting” can be found in the hallway just through that door— so that’s two of ten at this point.

6 It Lives

References to Stephen King’s It have been cropping up in more than a few games recently, and there were more than a few small nods to the novel and recent film adaptation in last year’s Far Cry 5. The trend continues with the release of Ubisoft’s The Division 2, and it remains as creepy and mockingly sinister. Players have reported spotting a red balloon— a classic symbol of one of Pennywise’s victims— just beyond a grate in the West Potomac Park sewers. At the moment, it seems that screenshots are few and far between, but some players claim to have seen more than one balloon down there. Those sick of tracking down masked hunters can go search for something far more disturbing instead.

5 Ghost And Specter Masks

Aptly named, these two hunters are by far the most elusive and difficult to defeat in the game. Rather than standing their ground and fighting like every other masked assailant, these two opt to head for the hills at the first sign of danger. To get them to spawn, interact with a console in the basement of the Washington monument. This marks three grave sites, which must be visited and saluted. After that, interact with that console once again, and then search the grounds near the monument to find these two hunters. Careful; they’ll book it once the shooting starts, so players need to have enough firepower to take these two out in no longer than a second or two.

4 The Poopy Hydden Hotel

Yes, that’s seriously what it’s called— whoever’s naming these things clearly isn’t putting much effort into their work. This spot can be found in West Potomac Park south of the Vosberg Hydden Hotel and slightly east of a control point. Buried under another stack of shipping crates, look out for a yellow balloon floating above an empty, hollow container. Be sure to interact with the check in sign at each of these locations, as this should provide access to the final Hydden Hotel, which is also pretty close by and stationed in one of the most high-profile, least secretive areas in the entire game.

3 Downtown East Hyena Comm

This is perhaps the most out-of-the-way Hyena Comm, as it’s in a fairly obscure spot which most players won’t be likely to search all that thoroughly. Head to the intersection of 13th Street NW and F Street NW in the Downtown East section of the map. Once there, find the small bit of scaffolding near that neon green Philadelphia Eagles bus. Hop up onto it by way of that red crate, and then proceed through a window into a room containing, among other things, the “Runners” Hyena Comm. Since a majority of these things can be found lying about in the street, this may be the one that’s left completionists scratching their heads for the longest time.

2 Final Hydden Hotel

Once all of the other Hydden Hotels have been visited, head back to the Washington Monument and capture the control point if that hasn’t yet been accomplished. Once inside, slide down through an elevator shaft and enter a maintenance room in the monument’s basement. A series of lights on the far wall represents all of the Hydden Hotels that have been checked out, and, if they aren’t all lit up, that means some backtracking may be necessary. Across from that is a fairly conspicuous button which, once pressed, opens an egress door. Waiting inside is a special message meant for dedicated Division 2 adventurers which we won’t spoil here.

1 Phantom, Death, Diamond, And Cross Masks

Players questing for all of the hunter masks available in The Division 2 should probably either leave this one for last or wait until they have an able-bodied party of compatriots willing to fight alongside them. The max party size allowed in the game is four, and the more will certainly be the merrier in this case. Head to the garden ice rink in the East Mall district. From there, head into the small storefront adjacent to the rink and pull a lever hidden behind the counter. This will cause the remaining four hunters to spawn in, and they must be fought all at once. The good news is, should players collect some but not all of these masks before going down, they will remain in their inventories.


2019-03-29 11:03:44

Tanner Fox

The Conners May Have Found Its New Roseanne and Dan

Darlene and Ben are starting to look a lot like the new Roseanne and Dan as The Conners continues to figure out life after Roseanne Barr. Before settling on the ensemble concept of The Conners, ABC was originally rumored to be considering a Roseanne spinoff built largely around Sara Gilbert’s Darlene. This week’s episode gave a glimpse of what a Darlene-centric series might have looked like as it focused in on the single mom and her burgeoning relationship with her boss Ben (Jay R. Ferguson).

Ben, of course, is the second love interest for Darlene this season, the first having been the meek Neil, played by Justin Long. It didn’t take Darlene long to move on from Neil though, as she realized her relationship with him was just a perpetuation of her dynamic with David (Johnny Galecki), who was always hilariously easy to intimidate and push around. Soon after going to work at her new job as a copy editor on the low-rent Lanford rag “Lock ‘Em Up,” an ethically dubious compendium of mugshots so cheap it doesn’t even have a website, the sparks began to fly between Darlene and the rag’s writer/editor Ben.

Related: The Conners Explains Why Dan & Jackie Still Put Up With Each Other

Darlene being Darlene, she immediately began suggesting ways to improve the publication, including making it less overtly offensive. But Ben being Ben, he pushed back on all Darlene’s ideas, forcing her into the unfamiliar position of slightly giving in. After slowly building up the Darlene-Ben dynamic over the past few weeks, this week’s episode of The Conners took things to the next level as the two hooked up at work and then made a dinner date. But that date would prove to be a disaster as Darlene started trying to boss Ben around at his own place, first balking at taking her shoes off, then fighting over the choice of wines and finally trying to salt his homemade paella to her own fussy specifications.

The petty grievances that surfaced during the dinner and even made Darlene walk out early somewhat heavy-handedly pointed up the nature of the Darlene-Ben relationship: they’re both fundamentally stubborn people who think their way is always the best way, and who struggle with compromise. But rather than flee from her new potential romance, Darlene showed up for work the next day to work things out with Ben and continue their relationship, problematic as it may be.

Thus far this season, The Conners has treated the characters’ new love interests mostly as comic foils (this is especially true in the case of Jackie’s boyfriend Peter, played by a smug Matthew Broderick) but Ben stands out in that he feels more fully-formed and therefore potentially more important long-term. In fact, in the dynamic between Darlene and Ben, one can sense a little of the old Roseanne-Dan push-and-pull. Of course, Roseanne was always an incredibly stubborn and dominant character, but Dan in his own way was equally as willful, though in his case this tended to manifest itself less as manipulation and more through outbursts of temper.

Ben doesn’t come across as hot-headed as Dan, at least so far, but he does have some of Dan’s willingness to stand his ground. He also has some of Dan’s protective streak, as the audience learned in the recent episode where he showed up at the casino to help Darlene fend off the creeper who was giving her a hard time. Ben even is a similar physical type to Dan, big and burly but with a basic warmth. It feels at least a little like The Conners is attempting to recreate the Roseanne-Dan relationship in Darlene and Ben’s sparring and making up, though it remains to be seen if the pattern will continue as the show plays out, or if Ben winds up as just another discarded supporting character.

Related: How The Conners Killed Roseanne & The Impact It Has On The Spinoff

Of course, nothing will ever truly replace the dynamic between Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, two perfectly paired actors playing memorable characters. Thus far, the Darlene-Ben relationship feels a little clumsily handled, particularly in the case of this week’s dinner scene, which seemed rushed and a bit unconvincing as the episode steam-rolled toward the predictable reconciliation. It’s hard to say if The Conners is on to something with Darlene and Ben’s relationship, but it seems clear that the creators are hoping Sara Gilbert and Jay R. Ferguson can find at least a little of the magic Roseanne Barr and John Goodman created together.

More: The Conners Review



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2018-12-06 01:12:38

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James

The Disney-Fox Deal Will Close January 2019

The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox’s major merger is coming together faster than anticipated and will now officially be completed on January 1, 2019. Fox has plenty of success over the years through a variety of media outlets, but determined they could not properly compete in the movie and TV space. They looked to sell these branches of the company and quickly found Disney to be their preferred buyer. Comcast attempted to pull the deal out from under Disney’s reaches, but simply made them pay them pay $71 billion for Fox’s assets instead of the initial $54 billion bid.

There has been plenty of resistance to the deal because of the monopoly Disney continues to grow and the job losses that will come from it. From Disney’s perspective, they view the Fox acquisition as a great way to enhance their library of content prior to launching their own streaming service late next year. Throughout the process, it was anticipated that summer 2019 would be when the deal would close, but it’ll actually be much sooner.

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Variety shared the news that 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice told Fox employees the merger will be “ready to close” on January 1, 2019. This effectively means that 2018 will be the final year for this current look of Fox and moves up the timeline for the merger as a result.

Disney and Fox shareholders officially approved the terms of the merger back in July, less than a month after the Department of Justice approved the deal on their own. The studios have since been seeking approval in various countries around the world, while also figuring out the new hierarchy of Disney in a post-merger landscape. For Rice’s part, he’s joining Disney as a top TV executive. Disney recently made several of these types of moves official, while other executives have already found jobs elsewhere for when the merger closes.

The accelerated timetable of the deal comes after reports that a late 2018 finalization could be possible. They will miss this mark by a day it appears, as both studios now hope to become one at the turn of the calendar year. This is all barring some unforeseen mishap with the deal, but considering how well the deal has gone so far, it is difficult to imagine anything coming up now that would hinder them from completing the deal on Jan 1. After all, Rice told this to all of Fox’s current employees in a town-hall setting at their Los Angeles studio, so they must be confident that this date will stick. How quickly changes, such as cancellation of some projects or Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men, are made from then on remain to be seen. But, we do at least now know when the merger will be completed.

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Source: Variety



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2018-10-10 01:10:31 – Cooper Hood

Little Mermaid Rumor: Lady Gaga Possibly Up for Ursula Role

Disney is rumored to want Lady Gaga as part of their live-action The Little Mermaid movie cast. The Mouse House has found great success remaking films from their animated library in a new way. These big budget live-action takes on the stories have made the studio billions, and that’s only the beginning, with properties like The Lion KingAladdin, and Mulan on their way in the next two years. One of the other IPs they’re looking to bring to the big screen in this new light is beloved film The Little Mermaid.

The studio has been mulling a live-action Little Mermaid for the past two years, and some progress has been made. Even before the buzz for Mary Poppins Returns truly begins, Disney reportedly already courted its director Rob Marshall to tackle this next. There’s still no indication when the movie will be made, but the latest rumor shares which rising star Disney is reportedly eyeing.

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The Disinsider shared a rumor regarding a name they’ve heard is high up on Disney’s wish list for a role in Little Mermaid: Lady Gaga. The outlet notes that this is an unconfirmed report they are hearing, and one that Disney representatives declined to comment on, so this rumor should be treated as such and taken with a grain of salt for now. However, if this is true, it’s believed that Gaga is being considered for the villain role in the movie as Ursula.

Gaga is currently enjoying overwhelming praise for her performance in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born. Her efforts both as an actress and as a singer in the movie have blown away critics and general moviegoers alike. This buzz also reportedly had her in consideration for a role in Birds of Prey. That didn’t pan out, and now it could be Disney’s live-action department that adds her. It would be a huge coup for the project, and give them someone with legitimate talent as a singer to bring the sea witch to life.

The prospect of Gaga joining Little Mermaid comes on the heels of Zendaya previously being rumored to have an offer on the table to play Ariel. That has yet to be confirmed too, but the rising actress is open to taking on the role. A potential Little Mermaid live-action movie led by Zendaya and Lady Gaga would be quite the impressive start to the cast. If either or both do join the movie, expect Disney to go after similarly big names for the roles of Eric, King Triton, and the voices of Flounder and Sebastian. Hopefully these castings do pan out, and some official updates on The Little Mermaid aren’t too far away.

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Source: The Disinsider



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2018-10-09 06:10:26 – Cooper Hood