It seems like only yesterday that Fortnite Battle Royale Season 7 crashed its iceberg into the corner of our island (this is not a euphemism). Yet here we are, standing on the precipice of a new era. That’s right! It’s time for Fortnite Season 8 guides, baby. Has it really been 12 weeks? Two whole report cards? Is there any respite from the unflinching march of time?
The answers, in order, are yes, yes, and no. But! Luckily for you, Fanbyte’s guide output also marches onward in an unstoppable fashion. Below you will find everything you need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale Season 8, from Battle Pass details to map changes, and everything in between.
What Even Is a Fortnite Season?
Since Fortnite never goes for prolonged periods without updates or new content, the concept of a “season” in the traditional sports/television sense doesn’t really apply. So what is a Fortnite season? In one sense, a season is just just Epic Games’ way of communicating the idea that “hey, this Battle Pass is only good for a certain length of time.” But in a more granular sense, Epic tends to wait for the beginning of a new season to make large mechanical changes to the game — or to add major new features, in order to maximize drama and excitement.
Fortnite‘s story, if you can call it that, also tends to reach some kind of climax when the current season rolls over to the new one. Epic typically uses these large, one-off events to make drastic changes to the Battle Royale island. Near the end of Season 6, for instance, players noticed a large winter storm forming on the horizon, which became the iceberg that transformed the south-left region of the map into a frozen climate at the beginning of Season 7. So what’s the island up to in Season 8?
Season 8 Map Changes
There’s a volcano in Fortnite Season 8: which is the big thing both literally and figuratively. Not only did the sudden appearance (and subsequent eruption) of the volcano completely erase Wailing Woods from the map, it also devoured a significant portion of Tomato Temple; turned Lazy Links into Lazy Lagoon; and introduced an entirely new point of interest called Sunny Steps.
Elsewhere on the map, the effects of the Season 7 blizzard are beginning to recede. Snobby Shores and Tilted Towers have both returned to normal. So has the majority of Lucky Landing. Lastly, The Block just walked itself on over to the west side of the map, apparently not wanting to deal with the volcano and its whole deal. It unfortunately seems to have sat itself down directly on top of the motel, which adds insult to injury for a local business that has faced tremendous challenges over the last year.
Touching lava in Fortnite will hurt you (unlike in real life), but it’s not an instant death situation. Lava does 1 damage every time you touch it, but it also launches you off the surface. That means you won’t sink down into it like quicksand. Think of it as Super Mario 64 lava, rather than Super Mario Bros. 3 lava! Players will also find steam vents around the island, which are strong enough to hurl them into the air. They’re essentially launch pads that occur naturally. They should not be confused with Launchpad McQuack, who is also a naturally occurring launch pad.
New Season 8 Features
The act of actually playing Fortnite Battle Royale remains the same as it was at the end of Season 7. However, a few quality of life improvements were introduced in v8.00. First, a radically overhauled Challenges interface (above) greatly reduces the amount of scrolling required to access the challenge you’re looking for. Epic has also introduced a new “Party Assist” system, which allows teammates to cooperatively complete challenges as a group — so long as they select the challenge ahead of time. You can flag a daily/weekly/etc. challenge for Party Assist by clicking on the challenge from the challenge menu, as shown below. Keep in mind that only one of your challenges can be flagged at a time!
New Season 8 Weapons
There is currently but one new weapon for Season 8 of Fortnite Battle Royale, but you should expect that to change as the weeks progress. Pirate Cannons (not to be confused with pirate canon) can be found around the island. Plus, as in any good Saturday morning cartoon, they can fire both cannonballs and people. Projectiles, living or otherwise, crash through structures and explode on impact, dealing 100 damage to enemies directly hit and 50 damage to those caught in a small radius.
The Fortnite vault is a lot like the Disney vault, except it doesn’t contain anyone’s frozen head (as far as we can prove). This is where Epic puts weapons, items, and vehicles once they have outlived their usefulness, proven unpopular, or been replaced by something else. As of v8.00, here’s everything that’s been removed from Battle Royale and put into the vault:
- X-4 Stormwing (biplane)
- Shopping Cart
- All Terrain Kart (golf kart)
- Chiller Grenades
- Sneaky Snowman(s)
This leaves only two vehicles on the island: Quadcrashers and Driftboards. Vaulting isn’t a death sentence, however, so one or all of these items might return in the future, should they once again become relevant to Epic’s vision for Fortnite Battle Royale.
Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass
If you completed at least 13 of the Overtime Challenges that Epic introduced during the last two weeks of Season 7, then congratulations! You already own a Season 8 Battle Pass. If not, they’re for sale in the shop at the usual rate of 950 v-bucks, or $10 USD.
The Season 8 Battle Pass contains 100 “tiers” of rewards, as did its predecessors. These rewards include sprays, loading screens, emoji, emotes, contrails, gliders, pickaxes, pets, and skins. Every time you earn 10 Battle Stars — either by completing enough Daily/Weekly Challenges, or by playing matches to earn XP — you unlock a tier of the Battle Pass and its reward. Tiers are unlocked in order, so you have to grind your way through the stickers and loading screens to get to the good stuff. You should also know that Battle Pass rewards can only be earned while the season is active. Anything you haven’t unlocked by the end of Fortnite Season 8 will be gone for good.
Two skins, Blackheart (left) and Hybrid (right), are both available as soon as you buy the Battle Pass. As you gain experience and complete challenges during the season, further accessories, color options, and “stages” unlock for both costumes, which progressively enhance the appearance of the character.
Check out the gallery below for all the big-ticket items in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass!