Fortnite’s Fortnitemares 2023 Brings Ghoulish Fun and New Challenges

Fortnite is adding a spooky twist to the Battle Royale experience with its Fortnitemares 2023 event, running until November 3, 2023, at 2 AM ET. From vampire hunting to special quests, this update introduces new weapons, experiences, and rewards to keep you on your toes.

To deal with the vampire threat from Kado Thorne, Fortnite introduces the Wood Stake Shotgun. You can find this weapon from ground drops, regular and rare chests, and Holo-Chests. It’s the go-to weapon to take down Thorne, who resides at Eclipse Estate.

When you defeat Thorne, he drops a Mythic blade that slowly restores your health when you damage enemies. Adding to the Halloween vibe, the Pumpkin Launcher is back. Grab one from ground drops, chests, or flying drones, and scare your foes with explosive pumpkins.

During Fortnitemares 2023, it’s time to call in a vampire hunter: you! Match the stakes of Kado Thorne’s threat with the new Wood Stake Shotgun. And don’t stop at vampire hunting — jump into the Horde Rush limited-time experience, complete Quests for in-game rewards, and more! Fortnitemares 2023 runs until November 3, 2023, at 2 AM ET.


Here’s something all stakeholders can align on: Kado Thorne must be defeated. Use the Wood Stake Shotgun — findable from the ground, regular and Rare Chests, and Holo-Chests — to help you defeat Thorne at Eclipse Estate.

Fortnite Wood Stake Shotgun


Thorne, if defeated, will drop a Mythic blade. Fitting for a weapon owned by a vampire, Thorne’s Vampiric Blade gives Health at the expense of others’. How? Upon damaging an enemy with it, some of your Health will slowly be restored.

Fortnite Thorne's Vampiric Blade


If a vampire wasn’t Octobery enough, the Pumpkin Launcher is unvaulted! Launch explosive jack-o’-lanterns that’ll give opponents a scare. Pumpkin Launchers can be found from the ground, regular and Rare Chests, Holo-Chests, and flying drones.

Fortnite Pumpkin Launcher


What’s that in the air? Is that a Rocket Ram, or the unvaulted Witch Broom? Activate a Witch Broom to quickly launch yourself in the air then glide down to the surface. (This ability especially comes in handy during skirmishes you’re not prepared for.) Find Witch Brooms from the ground and Chests.

Fortnite Witch Broom


Have a sweet time in battle. Candy CornPepper MintsHop Drops, and Jelly Beans are unvaulted during Fortnitemares 2023, each offering a distinct benefit. (For example: Hop Drops give a temporary low gravity effect.) Find these Candy items by looking in Candy Buckets, ringing doorbells, defeating guards, or taking down bosses.

Fortnite Candy Corn, Pepper Mint, Hop Drop, and Jelly Bean


The Candy’s not the only treat during Fortnitemares 2023. Complete Fortnitemares Quests for in-game rewards! Completing individual Fortnitemares Quests will earn you XP, while completing certain amounts will earn you new, eerie Locker items:

  • Complete 5 Fortnitemares Quests to earn the Bat Royale Back Bling and a Cat Banner Icon.
  • Complete 15 Fortnitemares Quests to earn the Sweet! EmotePhantasmic Fall Contrail, and Hypno-Bat Spray.
  • Complete 25 Fortnitemares Quests to earn the Revenant Rider GliderWithin the Sanctum Loading Screen, and Rise of the Revenant Lobby Track.

Fortnitemares Quests and Rewards

The Fortnitemares Quests will progressively become available over the course of Fortnitemares, and will remain available to complete until Fortnitemares ends (Nov. 3, 2023, at 2 AM ET). The Quests will challenge you to keep heisting Thorne’s properties, use the new and unvaulted Fortnitemares items, and more. Want a Battle Royale break? There are also Fortnitemares Quests that challenge you to earn XP in creator-made experiences!


The Horde Rush limited-time experience is back! In a team, go to different locations and survive each one’s Cube Monster horde. Keep surviving until you beat the Final Boss! As you’re taking down monsters, rack up your score by earning combos and collecting score multipliers. Horde Rush will be available until Fortnitemares ends (Nov. 3, 2023, at 2 AM ET) and is accessible via Discover.


Horde Rush has its own set of Quests, available until the end of Fortnitemares! Complete individual Horde Rush Quests to earn XP, and complete certain amounts to earn new Locker items:

  • Complete 1 Horde Rush Quest to earn the The Murk Wrap.
  • Complete 4 Horde Rush Quests to earn the Heart-o-Lantern Emoticon.
  • Complete 7 Horde Rush Quests to earn the Batwing Bonespike Pickaxe.

Fortnitemares Horde Rush Quest Rewards

Show the Cube Monsters they’re nothing but squares — the Horde Rush Quests will challenge you to land Cube Monster headshots, attack Cube Monster spawners, collect score multipliers, and more.


New and returning Outfits will haunt the Item Shop during Fortnitemares 2023. The new Outfits include wrapped rapscallion Seth, muckfish Bogstick, meownstrosity Phantom Meowscles, and nautilus Festival Phaedra:

New Fortnitemares Outfits


Disney’s Jack Skellington
The “Pumpkin King” Set items are on their way — look out for the Jack Skellington Outfit in the Item Shop later in Fortnitemares 2023! This Outfit includes the Santa Jack alt Style.

Fortnite Jack Skellington Outfit

The Jack Skellington Outfit, plus more “The Pumpkin King” Set items that’ll be in the Shop.

In addition to the Zero Back BlingPeppermint Parasol Pickaxe, and Jack’s Sled Glider, there’ll be two Emotes accompanying Jack Skellington. Scare your squad with the Jack’s Scary Face Emote built into the Outfit, and travel on clawfoot with the universal Lock, Shock and Barrel’s Tub Emote.

Fortnite Jack's Scary Face Emote

The Jack’s Scary Face Emote.

Michael Myers
The Island is not far enough from Haddonfield: “The Shape” is on his way to the Shop. Watch your back for when the Michael Myers Outfit arrives later in Fortnitemares 2023.

Fortnite Michael Myers Outfit

The Michael Myers Outfit, plus more “The Shape” Set items that’ll be in the Shop.

Alan Wake
He’s already haunted by his own twisted tales, and soon he’ll be haunted by Fortnitemares. Best-selling novelist Alan Wake is being written into Fortnite with the Alan Wake Outfit — look out for when his chapter starts in the Item Shop later during Fortnitemares 2023!

Fortnite Alan Wake Outfit

The Alan Wake Outfit, plus more “Waking Nightmare” Set items that’ll be in the Shop.


In v26.30, the Game TimeIcy Slide, and Rushing Reload Reality Augments make their return!


The new Quick Weapon action (in beta) has been added to the Controller Options!

When enabled, Quick Weapon replaces the “Next Weapon” button. Press Quick Weapon to equip your primary item. Press one of the face buttons while pressing Quick Weapon to switch to one of the other item slots. You can press Quick Weapon and a face button simultaneously to swap to that item instantly, or hold the Quick Weapon button for as long as you like to get used to how the face buttons match up with the items in your inventory.

Additionally when Quick Weapon is enabled, “Previous Weapon” is replaced by “Place Marker” to make it easier to communicate with your squad. Or you can replace Previous Weapon with the action of your choice by customizing your controls in the controller customization options.

Fortnite Quick Weapon Action


Starting with v28.00, players will be required to use OS10 or higher to continue playing Fortnite natively on Android in an officially supported manner. Android OS9 will no longer be officially supported in Fortnite, which means that we will no longer actively ensure that it is compatible with Fortnite, and that the service quality may degrade over time and eventually become unplayable.

For players unable to upgrade to OS10, note that Xbox Cloud Gaming, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and Amazon Luna are available alternatives. Currently, these services actively support OS9 Android devices so you can continue playing Fortnite (via streaming).


  • The Wood Stake Shotgun, Thorne’s Vampiric Blade, Pumpkin Launcher, Witch Broom, and Candy are not included in tournaments.
  • The Game Time, Icy Slide, and Rushing Reload Reality Augments are not included in tournaments.


  • Fixed an issue where trees were not rendering correctly.
  • Exclamation marks will now clear above the Quests tab as intended.
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Amie Gammons

A huge fan of puzzlers. Would love to experience the world and takedown on every single and upcoming game title. In the free time love to sing, follow recent game rumors and try to decrypt them in the best possible way.

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