The Fortnite Fortnitemares 2023 event explained

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The Fortnite Fortnitemares 2023 event has now begun, bringing us weeks of Halloween-themed challenges, cosmetics, and more to give a spooky twist to the battle royale. In fact, there will be a series of assignments rolled out over the course of the Fortnitemares event, so it's up to you if you work through them as they're revealed or save them up for a big push towards the end. There have been some big changes introduced , so if you want the lowdown on everything then here's what you need to know about the Fortnite Fortnitemares 2023 event.

What is the Fortnitemares 2023 event

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The Fortnite Fortnitemares 2023 event is a little over three-week event in Fortnite during which limited-time quests and rewards are added to the game, all Halloween themed, along with certain new weapons, enemies, locations and NPCs added to the map. Most of these new map and gameplay additions are featured in the quests in some way, so players will need to find all of the new elements to fully complete the Fortnitemares quests. Speaking of which, there will be a lot of Fortnitemares quests for players to complete, but not from the start. Beginning from the start date of October 10, there are a handful quests available - but more will be added during the course of the event.

There are also various new and unvaulted weapons making an appearance, including the Wood Stake Shotgun for taking down vampires, the Mythic Thorne's Vampiric Blade if you can take down the boss, the Pumpkin Launcher for dealing explosive damage, and the Witch Broom to travel around the island. If you need a snack, then Candy Corn, Pepper Mints, Hop Drops, and Jelly Beans can all be munched down to receive special powers temporarily.

Fortnitemares quests

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Not all the Fortnitemares quests are active and live at time of writing, but as mentioned above they will be gradually added to the game during the event. We know the following Fortnite quests are available now, and will update as more become available:

Blood Moon Rising

  • Gain full shields within 30 seconds of taking damage from opponents (1)
  • Hit enemy players from 30 or more meters (13)
  • Search a Ghost Buried Chest or Rare Chest (1)
  • Sprint distance within 15 seconds of ringing doorbells (25)
  • Travel distance with a Witch Broom (500)
  • Visit Eclipsed Estate or Relentless Retreat (1)
  • Earn XP in Creator Made Experiences (30,000 / 60,000 / 90,000 / 120,000 / 150,000)

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There's also a separate set of Horde Rush quests that can only be completed in that specific mode, which are as follows:

  • Earn a x40 KO Streak (1)
  • Deal melee damage to Cube Monster spawners (6,000)
  • Upgrade weapons at an upgrade bench in Horde Rush (5)
  • Assist in collecting score multipliers (5)
  • Assist in opening chests in Horde Rush (75)
  • Help defeat the Boss in the final stage of Horde Rush (1)
  • Hit headshots on Cube Monsters from at least 15 meters away (100)
  • Eliminate Cube Monsters using explosives (200)
  • Accumulate team points (1,000,000)

In both modes there are rewards to unlock for completing a certain number of tasks – and speaking of which, I'll cover those now.

Fortnitemares rewards

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Putting aside new in-game weapons and features that can be found on the island, there are also cosmetic rewards that can be found for completing the Fortnitemares quests as follows:

  • Complete 5 Fortnitemares quests:
    • Bat Royale back bling
    • Cat Banner icon

  • Complete 15 Fortnitemares quests:
    • Sweet! emote
    • Phantasmic Fall contrail
    • Hypno-Bat spray

  • Complete 25 Fortnitemares quests:
    • Revenant Rider glider
    • Within the Sanctum loading screen
    • Rise of the Revenant lobby track

Obviously the later rewards won't be available until nearly all quests have been released and added to the game, but progress in completing the quests even before then will count towards all of the rewards.

There are also separate rewards available for completing the Horde Rush quests:

  • Complete 1 Horde Rush quest:
    • The Murk wrap

  • Complete 4 Horde Rush quests:
    • Heart-o-Lantern emoticon

  • Complete 7 Horde Rush quests:
    • Batwing Bonespike pickaxe

When does the Fortnitemares event end?

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The Fortnitemares event is planned to last for around three and a half weeks total, and all quests and rewards attached to the event will end on November 3 at 2am ET. The event is officially scheduled to be over at that time, which is also when the current season is due to end so Fortnite Season 5 can begin, so all of the Halloween/Fortnitemares content will be taken down – meaning that anybody who hasn't earned the unique rewards attached to the event will have missed their chance.

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Iain Wilson
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