Fortnite Friday: Week 8 challenges, where is the giant purple cube going?

Credit: Epic Games
Credit: Epic Games /

Fortnite Friday is a weekly review of what is going on in the world of Fortnite. We cover the battle pass challenges, new game modes and any update information you need to know.

Fortnite Friday is a weekly column covering everything happening around the popular 100-person multiplayer showdown game, Fortnite: Battle Royale. This week’s focus is going to be on the giant, mysterious purple cube that continues to move across the map.

Season 5 is almost over. It feels crazy to type that out but we’re down to the final three weeks of season 5 and speculation for season 6 is running rampant. The crack in the sky repaired itself, lightning was striking the map and now there is a giant purple cube, slowly moving through the Fortnite world.

While everything is only speculation at this point, it is fair to assume this is setting up for the season 6 reveal. Epic Games does an incredible job hinting, teasing and trolling players with things like this and we buy into it every time. (Tilted is going to be destroyed!)

Before we get into the fun stuff, let’s get your weekly challenges done.

Free challenges

Place traps (0/10) – The weekly freebie. This might as well be called “find traps” because it’s pretty simple. Word of advice, if you are trying to knock this challenge out quickly, at least build little trap huts with loot in them to fool inexperienced or impatient players.

Search chests in Wailing Woods (0/7) – The successive stage version of this challenge has been moved from search chests to eliminate opponents this week, so we’re back to fighting over chests in inopportune locations.

Shotgun eliminations (0/4) – Simple enough. Get into some close-range battles and you’ll have this done in no time.

Battle pass challenges

Deal damage with a pickaxe to opponents (0/250) – This is a fun challenge. It’s chaos and we’re starting to look forward to it every season. Drop at Tilted Towers for the most effective battles. Hit a rooftop and start swinging. This challenge used to be annoying, now I look forward to it.

Use a rift at different rift spawn locations (0/10)Here is a map of all the rift spawn locations in the game. Your best bet is likely in the Paradise Palms area, as there are usually multiple rifts in this part of the map.

Search between three oversized seats (0/1) – Right away you should be thinking of the giant chair near the taco shop north of Flush Factory. You then remember that Flush also has a giant seat (the toilet on the pole out front). The third seat is a trash pile in the form of a throne in Yonder Yard (the unnamed factories Northeast of Flush).

The battle star is sitting atop the hill in between the three. Here’s a video taking you directly to the battle star location.

Stage 1: Eliminate an opponent in Greasy Grove (0/1) – The stage challenge has moved from chests to eliminations, which is pretty great. We hope this continues, perhaps for both, as it shakes things up and provides a less annoying way to get these challenges done.

Update v5.3 patch notes and new LTMs

Shockwave grenade – This is basically a combination of hop rocks and an impulse grenade. It launches you a far greater distance than an impulse and grants no fall damage. It can get you out of a troublesome spot in a hurry if you use it correctly, or (more likely scenario) you can use it to scare the crap out of your squad mates.

Solid Gold solo and 50 v 50 LTMs – A high stakes version of both the regular game mode and the popular 50 v 50 LTM. The “solid gold” LTM means that every weapon is legendary. It’s easy to get excited when you see your gold-plated loadout, but remember that everyone else has the same thing.

The purple cube

What the hell is going on with the large, traveling purple cube? Short answer: We have no idea, but we can speculate.

According to some data-mined information, the cube is leaving a series of runes on its way to a lake. Loot Lake is the obvious choice when theorizing, the unnamed lake near Paradise Palms being another option. Another far-fetched theory is that the cube will create a new lake somewhere on the map (please no).

Players are already speculating that the runes are forming a map of Tilted Towers, predicting its destruction once again (not likely). Here’s a look at all the runes lined up with Tilted Towers. It’s a bit of a stretch, but who knows at this point.

Credit: Reddit user PuckRedFlix, Epic Games
Credit: Reddit user PuckRedFlix, Epic Games /

The cube is also emitting a large anti-gravity dome around it that grants players similar jumping abilities to when hop rocks were available to be consumed. Go check it out next time you drop in and see if you can solve the riddle. As of right now, the cube could be anything.

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Elimination of the Week

This week’s EOTW comes from @LotharHS who has a bit of luck on his side for this no scope victory royale. Why doesn’t this sort of thing ever happen to me.

If you come across anything we might have missed or have any ideas on what should be included in these posts in the future, hit me on Twitter @TheRealBruin. Until next week!