What counts as a Fortnite melee weapon and how to use them

Fortnite melee weapon attack
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Knowing what Fortnite melee weapons are is really important if you need to complete a challenge that requires you to deal damage or destroy things with one. Unlike the vast armory of Fortnite guns, there are very few non-firearm options for when things get up close and personal, so scavenging a melee weapon out on the battlefield while going after one of the melee-focused Fortnite quests can be tricky as you'll need to know what counts as one. Thankfully, all players have access to the Harvesting Tool in Battle Royale, which is a huge help. Here's what you need to know about what counts as a Fortnite melee weapon and how to use it.

Fortnite melee weapon

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What are Fortnite melee weapons?

The main Fortnite melee weapon is the humble Harvesting Tool (aka your Pickaxe), which is a standard item for all players in every match. It's normal swinging action, which is typically used to harvest materials – wood, brick, and metal – by damaging structures, can also damage other players and NPCs. Admittedly it doesn’t do much damage, meaning the Harvesting Tool is hardly a good melee weapon, but it’ll do the job if you need to destroy anything. Certain Fortnite quests might task you with dealing damage to objects or NPCs with a melee weapon, and your Harvesting Tool will always be ready in your inventory to help.

There have also been a number of special melee weapons available throughout the course of the seasons, including the Mandalorian's Amban Rifle, the Kingsman umbrella, and Wolverine's Claws. However, all of those were tied to previous in-game characters and events, so have subsequently been vaulted. Although, as of Season 3 Chapter 3, Fortnite Darth Vader has entered the fray, and you can defeat him to pick up his iconic red Lightsaber. It would be a lot of effort to get just to complete some challenges, but it is highly effective against enemy players.

How to dislodge or destroy Runaway Boulders with a melee weapon

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Now that you know what constitutes a Fortnite melee weapon, you'll easily be able to complete the week 3 quest challenge. All you need to do is hit the rock pile underneath three Runaway Boulders with your Harvesting Tool to dislodge the boulders and complete the challenge. If you want to know more about Fortnite Runaway Boulders, including where to find them, be sure to check out our guide.

Future weekly quest challenges may also require the use of Fortnite melee weapons, so don’t forget our advice for anything that says “melee” – if in doubt, use the Harvesting Tool!

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Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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