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Fortnite leak reveals Chapter-ending black hole could return in Season 8

Fortnite leaks say that the black hole has been updated in Season 8, and signs point towards it marking the end of Chapter 2.

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A black hole swallowed the original Fortnite map and ushered in Chapter 2, and data miners have discovered it could also return to mark the end of Season 8 and introduce Chapter 3.

Back in October 2019, Season 10 concluded with a destructive event that took Fortnite offline and had players staring at a black hole on-screen for almost two days. When the black hole vanished, players dropped into the brand-new Chapter 2, Season 1.

We’re now in Season 8 of Chapter 2, and Fortnite data miner HYPEX has discovered that the black hole has been updated in the game files. Many believe this spells the end of Chapter 2 and will usher in Chapter 3 after Season 8.

Cube in Fortnite Season 8

There has been no official confirmation on when Fortnite Chapter 2 will conclude. Speculation started after Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard tweeted in September 2021 that “CH2 S8 and the two after it are maybe my very favorite parts.” Some took the ambiguous “the two after it” to mean that they might not be Chapter 2 Seasons.

The black hole has reportedly returned to the game files, and popular leaker HYPEX revealed on October 27 that it was “updated again.” They said Epic “added back the hotfix that makes the game load you directly into the Blackhole.”

Hints that Fortnite Season 8 will end Chapter 2

Alongside this tweet, HYPEX put together several hints that Season 8 will conclude Chapter 2. These include Season 8’s Page-Turner Emote, where the description is “Just a second, I’m almost at the end of the chapter.”

The Cube Queen arrived in the Battle Pass with the 18.30 update, and her character has several hints that the end is nigh. Her Reality Render Pickaxe’s description reads “This staff has ended countless realities. Soon, the Island will join them.” And her Backbling says “Time is running out for you.”

The powerful Mechs are set to return as part of the Donation Board mechanic, where players can vote to unvault previous items. These dominated Chapter 1’s final season, so some take this as a hint that the end of Chapter 2 is almost here.

Of course, these are just speculation and leaks. There’s no guarantee that Season 8 will mark the end, as Fortnite’s characters could rally together to prevent destruction in a Season-ending event.

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How to open Fortnite Chapter 3 vaults: Locations & guide

Fortnite Chapter 3 has brought Vaults that you can loot for some quality weapons and gear, so here’s how you can find and open them.

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Vaults have returned to Fortnite in Chapter 3, Season 1, and you can some useful loot in them, so here are all the Vault locations along with how to open them.

Fortnite Chapter 3 brought a brand-new Battle Pass featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Spider-Man as unlockable skins, along with other fun additions like Spidey’s Web-Shooters.

Season 1 of the latest chapter has also brought back Vaults for players to explore. These often contain high-tier weapons and loot for you to collect so it’s worth searching for them on the map.

Here’s how you can find and open Vaults in Fortnite Chapter 3.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Vault locations

Fortnite Chapter 3 vault locations

There are seven vaults on the newly changed Fortnite Island. They are scattered in different areas and locating them can be difficult. You can check out those locations on the map above and we’ll go over each one of them.

Here are all the Fortnite Vault locations:

  1. Northwest of Logjam Lumberyard
  2. Next to the river northwest of Camp Cuddle
  3. Southwest of Greasy Grove
  4. Southeast of the lake in Coney Crossroads
  5. Northeast of The Daily Bugle
  6. On an island east of Sanctuary
  7. South of Condo Canyon

How to open Vaults in Fortnite

Vault in Fortnite

After you come across one of these vaults, you won’t be able to open them on your own. You’ll need to visit them while playing in Duos, Trios, or Squads. Your teammates will then help you open the group lock.

It’s worth keeping in mind that unlocking a Vault will create noise that might attract nearby enemies. So, we recommend staying prepared for a battle with some powerful weapons and gear.

You can then enter to collect some high-tier weapons and loot from the rare chests inside. There are also blue crystals known as Gem Fragments that you’ll be able to collect from each Vault.


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How to slide in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite’s newest mechanic that lets you slide across the map. Here’s how to do it, along with details on how to slide cancel.

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Epic Games added a slide mechanic in Fortnite Chapter 3, and here’s everything you need to know about it, including how to cancel slides during combat.

There are many changes to sort through in Fortnite Chapter 3. We have a new Battle Pass featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Spider-Man as unlockable skins, and some new mechanics to give players an advantage in battle.

One of these allows players to slide across the map while running. This feature has been a part of games like Apex Legends for a long time and is now finally in Fortnite. It’s also fairly easy to pull off during combat.

Here’s everything you need to know about sliding in Fortnite.

How to slide in Fortnite on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC

Fortnite character sliding

You can slide in Fortnite by running and pressing the crouch button. As we said before, this isn’t too difficult to do during combat, and you just need to know which button to press..

Here are the default slide buttons on all platforms:

  • PS4/ PS5: Press the right analogue stick down
  • Xbox One/ Xbox Series X: Press the right analogue stick down
  • Nintendo Switch: Press the right control stick down
  • PC: Press the CTRL key

While this is the default crouch button, it’s important to note that this may not apply if you have changed it in your keybinding settings. So you’ll need to remember what button it is or reset it to the default settings.

How To slide cancel in Fortnite

Fortnite character running

Sometimes you might accidentally start sliding when you didn’t intend to, and this could seriously harm you during a gunfight. Luckily, the game lets you cancel the animation by pressing the crouch button a second time.

This will instantly get your character back into the running position. You can only slide down steep slopes such as hills, mountains, and slanting rooftops. Since you can use your weapon while sliding, this can be useful in battles.

You can also change the “slide hold time” when playing on a controller. This changes the duration for which you need to hold the crouch button to get your character to begin sliding.


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How to get Victory Crown in Fortnite

The Victory Crown is a new addition in Fortnite Chapter 3 and here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Epic Games have added the Victory Crown in Fortnite Chapter 3, and here’s everything you need to know about it, including what it does and how to get it.

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 has brought a brand-new Battle Pass that features several unlockable skins like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Spider-Man. There are also new items like Spidey’s Web-Shooters.

Another new feature is the Victory Crown, and players who hold this item will gain some extremely useful benefits. In case you’re wondering what it does and how to get it, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Victory Crown.

What is the Victory Crown in Fortnite?

Llama holding the Victory Crown in Fortnite

As the name implies, the Victory Crown can be worn on your head when you’re on Fortnite Island. It is a new feature that provides its wearers with some neat rewards that will make it highly sought-after.

If you’ve got the Victory Crown then you’ll receive bonus XP during the match while wearing it. If you win a game while you have it on then you’ll get an altered Victory Royale screen where a Crown is added on top of the text.

You will also get an exclusive emote that shows you the amount of Crowned Victory Royales that you earn when playing Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1. So, wearing the Victory Crown definitely has its advantages.

How to get the Victory Crown in Fortnite

Spider-Man, The Foundation and other characters in Fortnite Chapter 3

Victory Crowns will automatically be awarded to the top few players in a game. You can get it when playing Solo, Duos, Trios, and Squads, but you’ll need to play extremely well to succeed.

Once you’ve got one, you’ll start your next match wearing the Victory Crown. This is risky because it makes you a target for other players that will attempt to eliminate you and steal it for themselves.

You’ll need to fight to defend the Crown from enemies, so there is a great degree of risk associated with it. If you wish to avoid that, then you can simply drop the Victory Crown item.


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