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What you need to know about Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8

The new season of Fortnite is finally here, and as you might expect, it comes with a host of changes and features. Designated as Fortnite Season 8: Cubed, you’ll have plenty to do with the latest update. Most notably, the story of Season 7 continues, but this time things got out of hand. Even more out of control than an alien invasion. Now the giant mothership is down, and the world has a new threat. Beyond that you’ll find new map changes, weapons, a new quest system, and of course a new battle pass with tons of stuff to unlock.

There’s a lot to cover with the final season, so let’s dive in. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite chapter 2, season 8.

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A new threat

Side enemies in Fortnite.

So the aliens are gone now, but that doesn’t mean things are safe. In fact, the new cubic monsters that plague the island are even deadlier than other enemies. Fortunately, they only appear in new areas called Side Anomalies (as well as Side Areas), which are portals to alternate dimensions where gravity is low and the area is filled with deadly beasts. We’ll cover this in more detail below, but suffice it to say that these areas are high risk / high reward and give you the chance to come out with some useful gear.

In addition, you will encounter lateral areas, which should not be confused with lateral anomalies. Side areas appear on the map as a circular area and appear in different places during each match. These are similar to the alien ships from the previous season, in which they would change with every match you play. This is essentially the opposite of a lateral anomaly, in which the alternate dimension is brought to the island instead of going into the alternate dimension.

Updated arsenal

New weapons in Fortnite.

Speaking of new gear, the map will now have different weapons than the previous season. You’ll come across the FAMAS Burst Rifle and other new additions, but the main weapons to look out for are those you’ll find in the side areas. Something you can collect from Cube Monsters are – wait – Cube Monster Coins. These are items that can be used to upgrade side weapons, and you’ll definitely want to do this to take out your opponents.

Included are Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun, which are just as powerful as they look, especially if you upgrade them. So be on the lookout for new base guns as well as Sideways weapons during Season 8.

Card changes

Characters overlooking the cubes in Fortnite.

As expected with a new season, map changes have been made with the latest Fortnite update. For the most part, the map itself remains intact, but now that the island has been filled with cubes, there have been a lot of changes made. Of course, the new side areas are a major new addition, along with the side anomalies, but there are even more substantial additions to look forward to.

All around the map are turret stations marked with a dollar sign ($). Spend your gold bars to set up turret stations to defend against the cubes in an effort to bring back the safe. Once done as a community, players will then be able to vote on which weapons will emerge throughout the season, which is an exciting new feature with an uncertain future. But it adds even more flavor to the ever-increasing changes in Fortnite.

What’s new with the Cubes?

The map is now littered with sensitive cubes that will eventually corrupt the island, hence the name Fortnite Season 8: Cubed. We know the Cubes are made from dark energy and caused the rift to open in The Sideways, although the mystery will unfold during the season. The Cubes have also influenced the wildlife around the island due to the presence of Shadow Stones. These items appear among the debris from the mothership crash and caused the appearance of Shadow Floppers – which are a new variant of fish.

For now, you’ll want to defend yourself against the Cube Monsters as the season progresses. Hopefully we will learn more about these mysterious Cubes and their motivations.

Quests are now linked to punch cards

Punch cards in Fortnite.

In Season 8, quests / challenges are now categorized as punch cards. It won’t necessarily change the way the challenges are completed, but it certainly looks cleaner on the menus. It looks like every currently implemented character has their own punch card with various quests to complete. The good thing is that you can click on a character’s punch card to reveal their location on the map. Once you visit the character, he will give you all the available quests, and each of them will give you more XP than the last.

Daily and weekly punch cards are also available, although these are less complicated and appear the same as before.

What’s in the Battle Pass?

Battle pass art in Fortnite.

Tying the whole season together is a new battle pass full of unlockable goodies. It’s set up like the Season 7 Battle Pass, with the star system in place. As you earn XP, you accumulate Stars, which can be spent on Battle Pass items in a non-linear fashion. This also gives you access to the new Paint a Toona Fish feature, which allows you to customize skins in the game. To do this, you need to find Rainbow Ink containers on the map. There are a plethora of colors to find on the map, and they work just like the alien artifacts from the previous season.

Most notably, the Battle Pass ultimately gives you the Carnage skin, along with other character-themed cosmetics. Carnage is a beloved villain in the Spider-Man series and closely mirrors Venom, who you may be familiar with. You need to reach the 10th page of the Battle Pass to unlock the skin, which will probably take a little while, but given how cool it looks, it’s well worth it. You’ll also unlock a few emotes, a harvesting tool, a loading screen, a glider, and a bling back, all themed around Carnage.

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