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Fortnite Season 8 patch notes: Cubed, Sideways weapons, Punchcards, more

Fortnite’s Season 8: Cubed is officially here, featuring the new Sideways dimension & weapons, Punchcards, and the return of Kevin the Cube!



Fortnite Season 8 artwork

Fortnite Season 8 is here, with the welcome return of the Cube! With new Sideways Weapons and Chests, Punchcards, a new Battle Pass, and much more, here are the full Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 18.00 patch notes.

It’s been three years since Kevin the Cube rolled across the Fortnite map, and after plenty of hints, the gigantic purple square is back — and he’s brought an army with him.

Fortnite Season 8 is officially called “Cubed,” and kicked off with the Operation Sky Fire in-game event, which lead into September 13’s downtime and patch.

With new Sideways weapons and chests, Punchcards, and much more included in this update, here are the full Fortnite Season 8 patch notes.

Fortnite Season 8 patch notes

The Cubes return

Long-time Fortnite players will definitely remember Kevin the Cube, but with his return, the island might never be the same again.

That’s because Kevin has brought a lot of smaller versions of himself with him, which act as a portal to a new dimension known as “The Sideways.”

In The Sideways, players will be able to battle new monsters added to the game, who will drop new and powerful weapons to give you even more firepower against your opponents.

Cubes in Fortnite Season 8

Sideways Chests & Weapons

There are at least three new weapons that Fortnite players can get their hands on in this dimension: The Sideways Rifle, Minigun, and Lightblade.

The Rifle is perfect for those who prefer long-range combat, while the Minigun has enough ammo to shred through any enemy builds that stand between you and an elimination. Finally, if you prefer to get up close and personal with your foes, you can hack and slash your way through them with the Lightblade.

The exact damage stats for these weapons haven’t been confirmed just yet, but players can travel to The Sideways and try them out for themselves.

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

Carnage skin in Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

A new Season means a brand-new Battle Pass filled with neat rewards that you can earn. You can win matches and complete Weekly Challenges earn XP and Battle Stars as you progress through the Season 8 Battle Pass.

Progress through different tiers will allow you to unlock cool new cosmetic items like the Carnage skin. There are various other rewards that you can earn for playing well through the Battle Pass.

Fortnite Season 8 map changes

Fortnite‘s map hasn’t seen many significant changes to its layout, but the impact of Kevin the Cube and his army of purple blocks is clear to see.

The center of the map is now completely purple, while the cubes have seemingly burned or destroyed sections around the island, with the left side seeing huge portions of new terrain.

There’s also been some subtle name changes, with Slurpy Swamp becoming Sludgy Swamp, and Corny Complex changing to Corny Crops.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 map

Fortnite Punchcards

Another feature making its return in Fortnite Season 8 is Punchcards, which should make completing your Battle Pass a little easier.

Punchcards allow players to complete quests with big XP rewards, generally based around a specific Battle Pass character.

Every vaulted, unvaulted & new weapon in Fortnite Season 8

While weapon vaults and unvaults haven’t been confirmed just yet, there are plenty of new weapons and items for players to get their hands on in Season 8.

Perhaps the most interesting of the list are the Carnage and Venom Symbiotes, which will presumably act as tie-ins with Sony’s upcoming Venom movie. It’s likely that these Symbiotes will let players turn into the Marvel characters, but that has yet to be confirmed.

  • Boss Mingun
  • Carnage Symbiote
  • Port-A-Portal
  • Shadow Flopper
  • Shockwave Launcher
  • Sideways Lightblade
  • Sideways Minigun
  • Sideways Rifle
  • Slone’s Burst Assault Rifle
  • Venom Symbiote

More information about Fortnite Season 8 is being released all the time, so we’ll continue to update this article as details become available.

Image Credits: Epic Games


How to play Fortnite on iPhone & iOS devices with NVIDIA GeForce Now

Fortnite has been missing from the App Store from some time, but here’s how you can play on your iOS devices once again.



Fortnite mobile player

Fortnite was removed from Apple’s App Store in 2020 but now there’s a way to play on your iPhone and iOS devices thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now.

Apple and Epic Games were locked in a legal battle surrounding in-app purchases which caused Fortnite to be removed from the App Store and iOS devices in August 2020, and fans haven’t been able to play on their iPhones since.

However, thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service, Fortnite is set to return to iPhones and iPads.

Here’s how to sign up and play Fortnite on your iOS devices once again.

How to play Fortnite on iOS

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Fortnite hasn’t been made available on the App Store again, you’ll need to become a GeForce Now member and sign up for the closed beta.

Here’s everything you need to do to play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Either register or sign in to GeForce Now (you don’t need to pay for a premium membership)
  2. Register for GeForce Now’s Fortnite closed beta
  3. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and go to Then follow the instructions to add a home screen shortcut
  4. Keep an eye on your emails for an invitation to the closed beta
  5. Once you’re invited, you can play Fortnite through GeForce Now

This will stream a touch-friendly version of Fortnite to your Apple device, so you can get back to playing Fortnite on your mobile.

When is Fortnite coming back to iOS? Closed beta start & end date

Foundation statue in Fortnite Chapter 3 map

NVIDIA revealed that Fortnite Mobile’s closed beta will begin rolling out “later in January,” so either during the week of January 17th or 24th.

As for the closed beta’s end date, NVIDIA said that “we do not have a fixed end date at this time,” so we’ll need to wait on official confirmation.

Fortnite Season 3 characters

You can link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts once you’ve joined the closed beta.

Here’s how to link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts:

  1. Open GeForce Now on Safari
  2. Go to ‘settings’
  3. Find the ‘connections’ tab
  4. Select ‘Epic Games’
  5. Log in with your Epic Games account

After you do this, your entire Fortnite account will be at your fingertips. And you only need to sign in once, too.

You can also check out Fortnite’s brand-new Battlefield 2042-style tornados and lightning strikes.

Image Credit: Epic Games / NVIDIA GeForce Now

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Where to find Fortnite telescope parts

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season Quest to destroy and collect telescope parts.



Telescope in Fortnite

One of the Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests tasks you with finding and destroying three telescopes to collect their parts. Here’s how you can get this done quickly.

Fortnite’s Season Quests provide you the opportunity to earn some extra XP that will help you progress through the Battle Pass. Completing them will allow you to unlock items and cosmetic skins.

One of the Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests requires you to find and destroy three telescopes before collecting their parts in a single match. This is easy enough to do if you know where to search.

All Fortnite telescope locations

Fortnite telescope part locations

There are a total of nine telescopes on Fortnite Chapter 3’s island. These are scattered across the map at different locations. You only need to find three before destroying them so that you can collect their parts.

Here are all the telescope locations in Fortnite:

  1. North of Camp Cuddle
  2. South of Condo Canyon
  3. South-West of Coney Crossroads
  4. North East of the Daily Bugle
  5. West of Greasy Grove
  6. North of Logjam Lumberyard
  7. In Sanctuary
  8. On a small island north-east of Sanctuary
  9. On another small island east of Sanctuary

How to destroy telescope parts in Fortnite

Telescope in Fortnite

Once you find three of these telescopes, simply swing at it with your pickaxe or shoot in order to destroy it. You can then collect the components that fall off them to complete this Fortnite Season Quest.

Successfully doing this will reward you with 25,000 XP. However, you’ll need to hurry as the Quest will only remain available until January 22, 2022. After that point, you won’t be able to attempt it.

For more Fortnite, check out how to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite and everything we know about Fortnite’s leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new Lightning weather effect, and how to get struck by it.



Lighting in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fornite added dynamic weather with the January 11 hotfix, which makes Lightning strike the Chapter 3 island. You can get a massive speed boost by being struck by Lightning, so here’s how.

Fortnite has introduced some Battlefield 2042-style weather effects that are sure to change how you play the battle royale. These include Tornadoes and Lightning, and each gives you a nifty boost if you can get near enough.

Here’s how to get struck by Lighting in Fortnite, and what happens when you do.

How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Lightning striking in Fortnite

Epic Games revealed that to get struck by Lightning, you need to go underneath a storm cloud and either stand on a blue mark, be in water, or be on the highest land point below it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting struck by Lightning:

  1. Look out for the storm clouds forming over the Fortnite island
  2. Go directly beneath the storm cloud
  3. Look for the glowing blue mark on the ground
  4. Stand on the blue mark
  5. Move off before you take any fire damage

The easiest method is looking out for the glowing blue marks on the ground. These will tell you exactly where the Lightning is set to strike, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. But be sure to move off before you take extra damage from the fire that the Lightning bolt strikes.

Luckily though, “Lightning doesn’t strike twice back-to-back,” so you don’t need to worry about getting immediately hit again.

What happens if you get struck by Lightning in Fortnite?

Getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite will deal 10 damage and give you the chili pepper speed effect for roughly 12 seconds.

You’ll need to decide if the damage is worth the speed boost, but it could give your opponent a nice surprise when you build over them faster than usual.

You’ll need to be careful though, as the Lightning bolts will set fire to anything they touch. So you’ll need to move off before you take even more damage through fire.

And that’s everything you need to know about getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite.

You can also check out everything we know about Fortnite’s leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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