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The Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 plot so far (theory)

Epic is setting up a small plotline for Fortnite Chapter 2 involving the 8-Ball vs. Scratch characters. Here’s a theory that explains the outline of the season.



Epic is setting up a small plotline for Fortnite Chapter 2 involving the 8-Ball vs. Scratch characters. Here’s a theory that explains the outline of the season.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 has been relatively bland in regards to the plot. Chapter 1 was filled with lore, theories, and unexplained events that all tied together in the end. We can expect the same from Chapter 2 but haven’t really seen it yet.

Or have we? The Fortnite v11.31 update introduced the first piece of lore that we’ve seen in Chapter 2: the corruption of the 8-Ball vs. Scratch skin. The higher your level, the more corrupt the skin becomes. It begins once you reach level 100 and is nearly complete at level 300.

Why is this happening? Is it some kind of virus? Will the other skins from this season follow? Reddit user juances19 presented a theory that has the 8-Ball vs. Scratch skin overheating once you reach level 100.

The skin is becoming unstable if this theory is correct. It can’t handle the fact that we’re well past level 100. The processor wasn’t made for it.

One of the commentors on this post made an interesting point as well. The ‘Lowdown’ loading screen may have foreshadowed the eventual meltdown of the 8-Ball.

In the loading screen, you can see an image of Scratch as a hologram in the background. The EGO characters are talking to one another as Remedy notices 8-Ball in the foreground. He appears to be troubled by whatever the team uncovered.

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Like the past seasons, Chapter 2 loading screens are likely telling us a story. A group of new survivors found the island and a team of ambassadors were sent to survey the land (the EGO crew). They found lakes with ample fish and tried their hand at fishing.

Later, Rippley was born from the spill at Slurpy Swamp and joined our heroes. Elsewhere on the island, the ALTER team was selling weapons to some of the less-wholesome characters who visited their new home.

After that, we saw the ‘Lowdown’ loading screen that we described above. Cameo hid Rippley from the ALTER team in Frenzy Farm as 8-Ball and Scratch finally met in the open field. This is where things start to turn. If you notice, these two characters are missing in the ‘Dive’ loading screen.

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The absence of 8-Ball during the final ALTER/EGO battle is significant. He might be fighting Scratch in the woods, but he may also be on a separate mission. After all, he’s the only character that seems to have a specific journey this season.

8-Ball might know something about his future – something that he’s trying to prevent. Scratch could be trying to stop him. This overheating – or whatever you want to call it – could cause something catastrophic, beneficial, or both. It all depends on the perspective of our characters.

Additionally, if you look at the ‘Chaos Rising’ loading screen, you can see something that could reference the transition of the 8-Ball vs. Scratch skin. The character appears to be transcending as Chaos Agent – the presumed puppetmaster of Chapter 2 – looks on.

So, that’s where things stand right now. We’ll have some overtime challenges to complete and may get another loading screen as the final chapter of the Season 1 storyline. We still have a lot of questions – even if this sub-plot is correct.

What do you think is happening? Do you have any theories of your own? Let us know in the comments.


How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.



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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.



XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.



Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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