Enter Fortnite Sideways and collect symbols from eliminated cube monsters

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To collect symbols from eliminated cube monsters you have to pay a visit to the Fortnite Sideways, a shadowy realm filled with fiends and brutes that was opened up when the wreckage of the alien mothership crashed down to the island. Once you enter this parallel world in Fortnite you'll find you can jump to greater heights, but building is disabled so you can only take shelter behind whatever constructions are already there, and keeping moving is the key to avoiding danger. In these areas you'll not only encounter cube monsters to kill and collect the strange crystalline symbols they drop for one of the Ariana Grande quests, but also Sideways weapons that have plenty of uses. If that's what you need to do, then here's how to enter the Sideways in Fortnite and collect symbols from eliminated cube monsters or retrieve Sideways weapons.

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Fortnite Sideways Zones

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There are two ways to access the Sideways and all its goodies in Fortnite. The first is to find the Sideways Zone – a POI that has been taken over by a giant Sideways dome. This is marked clearly on your map as a purple and orange circle on top of a POI. Look out for it when you’re on the Battle bus and you can dive down to it at the start of a match. The location of this zone changes each match, but it will stay active and in the place for the entirety of a match, so watch out if the zone is in the storm.

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As with any Sideways location, you’ll have improved jumping but cannot build while inside this dome. Tall, rocky cube monsters will also spawn endlessly in this dome and will hunt you down. If you defeat them, they’ll drop ammo and sometimes cube monster parts, which can be used to upgrade your Sideways weapons, so make sure you pick up any you see. To get the new Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun, you’ll need to loot Sideways chests found within the zone. These chests are dark purple and make a slightly different noise compared to regular chests, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for them to bag some new loot.

Fortnite cube monsters

Where to find and eliminate Fortnite cube monsters 

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Cube monsters appear in both Sideways Zones and Anomalies, and they can pose a serious threat if they surround you. Defeating them will instantly grant you a small chunk of shield energy, which varies depending on the type of monster you defeat, with the larger brutes proving more shield. Here are all the cube monster types you can find in the Sideways:

  • Fiend
  • Ranged Fiend
  • Poison Fiend
  • Elite Fiend
  • Brute
  • Exploding Brute
  • Elite Brute

Fortnite Sideways Anomalies

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The other way to get into the Sideways in Fortnite is through Sideways Anomalies. These anomalies take the form of small, purple rifts that are scattered across the Island. They’ll be visible on your map as a little, dark-purple rift icon. Once you’ve found a rift, simply walk up to it and it’ll expand into a Sideways dome exactly like the Sideways Zone. Inside you’ll be able to find Sideways chests which can give you some of the new Sideways weapons too.

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However, anomalies differ from zones in that an anomaly can be collapsed by defeating waves of cube monsters. When you enter an anomaly, you’ll see a progress bar split into three segments at the top of your screen which will fill up with each cube monster kill you get. Filling the bar will cause the anomaly to collapse and it’ll spit out a few loot items, maybe even a legendary-rarity Sideways Rifle. Unlike Sideways Zones, these anomalies are temporary, and if you take too long to defeat the cube monsters, the anomaly will close, and the loot you get is based on how many monsters you were able to defeat. Bosses can also spawn in anomalies but you don’t have to kill them to complete the encounter.

Fortnite Sideways weapons

What Fortnite Sideways weapons are available

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 has added several new weapons to the loot pool, two of which are the new Sideways weapons, the Sideways Rifle and the Sideways Minigun. Both weapon improve the hotter they get, but try to avoid overheating them. You can only find these weapons in Sideways chests found in Sideways Zones or Anomalies. Defeating cube monsters will sometimes cause them to drop cube monster parts which can be used to upgrade your Sideways weapons, so make sure you pick any up after you’ve slain some monsters.

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