Fortnite 18.21 update is here with patch notes in tow courtesy of developer Epic Games. The Fortnite 18.21 update is stacked with seasonally-themed features and goodies centered on the appropriately named Fortnitemares event. Scroll down for the full Fortnite 18.21 patch notes.
The Cube Queen emerges, signaling changes to the Island, including Caretaker enemies, the new Sideways Scythe weapon, witch brooms, Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, and more. Alongside, Horde Rush returns to Fortnite, pitting squads against Cube Monsters to reach the highest score possible. Fortnite’s 18.21 update also includes stacks of rewards, including the Raven’s Curse Spray and Wrathful Breakout Contrail, among others. As always, Fortnite 18.21 update also squeezes in a few fixes notably re-enabling shotguns in Team Rumble.
Read on for the Fornite 18.21 patch notes below.
Fortnite 18.21 Patch Notes
The Cube Queen Seizes Control
The Cube Queen’s emergence brings changes to the Island.
Since Fortnitemares began (and even before), the Cubes have been mobilizing. Their migration towards the Island’s center wasn’t just to spread corruption — they’re now at the center forming The Convergence. What is the purpose of this mysterious structure?
You’ve come across the Cubes and fought back the Cube Monsters, but a new force has joined their ranks: Caretakers are The Cube Queen’s strongest warriors yet. Tall, foreboding, shadowy apparitions, their spectral tendrils pull you directly into The Sideways for a showdown on their home turf. Survive a Caretaker’s assault and you’ll walk away all the richer.
Things don’t end there. The Cube Queen’s wrath has given rise to a new Sideways weapon — the sinister Sideways Scythe — as well as returning items like Witch Brooms and the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher. Use the Scythe and these wicked supplies to hold your own in battle.
Candy has also made a return, this time with the new Zero Point Pretzel in the mix.
Horde Rush Returns
Horde Rush is back! The Cube Monsters are pushing out of the Sideways and into our realm. Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding score multipliers, earning combos, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. To win, survive at locations across the map and take down the Final Boss!
The Horde Rush LTM will be live from October 19 at 9 AM ET to November 2 at 9 AM ET, but not just on its own. There’ll also be Horde Rush Quests you can complete for special rewards! Unlock the Thinking Juice Back Bling, a Cube Queen Banner, and the Cuddle Scream Leader Spray.
Also, be on the lookout for a Horde Rush Tournament this week with more Locker items to earn! Practice the mode with your squad ahead of time to prepare. More details will be available soon in a blog post and the Compete tab in-game.
As the cards foretold, Cubic chaos has been unleashed in Fortnitemares 2021. Fun awaits amid the madness.
Help an Oracle, Ariana Grande, and a Ghostbuster for Special Rewards
The Horde Rush Quests are just some of the Wrath of The Cube Queen Quests, and the Horde Rush rewards are just some of the rewards! Available from October 19 at 9 AM ET to November 2 at 9 AM ET, Hollowhead will present you the Fortnitemares Punchcard. Here are its objectives and rewards!
1. Complete general Fortnitemares Quests to unlock the Raven’s Curse Spray, the Midnight Showdown Loading Screen, and Wrathful Breakout Contrail.
2. Ariana Grande has returned to the Island, but now in new gear ready to take down monsters. “Spacefarer Ariana Grande,” the galaxy’s greatest monster hunter, is inviting you to join her hunt. Complete her Monster Hunter Questline to unlock the new All-Weather Extractor Pickaxe (Dark Style)!
As a Fortnite Crew bonus during Fortnitemares, active Fortnite Crew subscribers who complete the Monster Hunter Questline will receive the Brite Style of the All-Weather Extractor Pickaxe (in addition to the Dark variant).
3. Scrolls tell of the Spirit Vessel, a powerful artifact that can restore Dark Jonesy’s visions. Help Dark Jonesy in his The Oracle Speaks Questline to unlock the Cube Cruiser Glider, an unfolded Cube you can ride on!
Hollowhead’s Punchcard won’t be the only Punchcard going live at 9 AM ET, though…
With Containment Specialist’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife Punchard, deploy Seismographs, take out mini-Pufts, and more to unlock the No Ghost Back Bling — inspired by the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife film.
Punchcards Pack a Punch + Power Leveling Weekends Return!
Not just in Fortnitemares, Daily and Weekly Punchcards have been expanded and reworked, now offering additional objectives and more XP for each completion. We’ve replaced the “Spend Bars” and “Place Top 10 with Friends” Quests with new Quests that rotate weekly. Each Daily Punchcard reward has recently been upgraded to 45,000 XP (previously 30,000 XP), while completing Quests in your Weekly Punchcard rewards 75,000 XP (previously 50,000 XP).
To help celebrate Fortnitemares 2021, two Power Leveling Weekends are coming soon! Log in from October 22 at 7 PM ET – October 25 at 7 AM ET and October 29 at 7 PM ET – November 1 at 7 AM ET to unlock a Supercharged XP bonus and level up faster whenever you play. This supercharged pool is free to use at your leisure, but you can only get it during the Power Leveling Weekend.
Group up, punch those cards, and supercharge your Battle Pass progress!
Papercraft Returns: Build Fortnitemares Cosplay & Figures!
Bring your Fortnitemares to life with papercraft cosplay and figures once again, this time with a new nightmarish selection! Until November 1, head to fn.gg/cosplay to download and print your paper materials. After that, build Peely, Meowscles, and Fishstick masks based on the masks of All-Hollow’s Steve, as well as mini-models of Shadow Midas, a crimson Sanctum, and Kevin (yes, the Cube!).
Build and share! Spread the holiday fear by posting your cosplay and constructions on social media with #MyFortnitemares
Wrath of The Cube Queen wraps up at 9 AM ET on November 2, but The Cube Queen’s wrath won’t subside. The Sideways Scythe (and Caretakers) will remain, and The Convergence will evolve…
Also, Wrath of The Cube Queen isn’t the final piece of Fortnitemares 2021. Stay tuned for details on Shortnitemares, featuring ghoulish animated shorts in a special in-game theater.
Fortnite 18.21 Update Major Battle Royale Bug Fixes
- Fixed an issue that caused us to disable Shotguns in Team Rumble. Shotguns are now re-enabled in the mode.
Fortnite 18.21 Update Competitive Notes:
- The Sideways Scythe and other Wrath of The Cube Queen items are not included in competitive playlists.
Fortnite is out now for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, iOS, and Android. You can sift through the previous 18.20 update patch notes here.