Week 8 has finally arrived, and with it, enough challenges so players can finally get their hands on the Ruin skin, the magma knight that has an as-of-yet-unknown role to play in Fortnite lore, but the way he looks implies he may be some sort of agent of the Fire King. Or perhaps even his overlord, I’m not sure.
With Ruin’s arrival, we now have a series of Ruin-specific challenges that ask you to well, ruin things. They are very destruction focused, and fans have theorized Ruin may end up trashing the map somehow by the end of the season. Here are the challenges for him:
- Destroy Trees (0/50)
- Destroy Rocks (0/50)
- Destroy Cars, Trucks or RVs (0/20)
- Deal damage to opponents’ structures (0/10,000)
- Outlast opponents (0/1,000)
- Complete daily challenges (0/5)
Three completions will get you the Ruin back bling:
All six will get you the Ruin pickaxe, both of which are kind of must-have additions to the character:
It’s a bit of a bummer we don’t have progressive, unlockable styles like we did with The Prisoner last year and his mini questline, but I suppose this is better than nothing.
Is there a good way to go about completing these? Fatal Fields is not a bad bet for a sparsely populated area that will allow you to farm in relative piece. For cars you are probably going to want to go to Tilted or Retail or Pleasant, given that you need an urban area to find a number of those to break down.
Damage to opponent structures is pretty straightforward, and remember, this counts when you are breaking down any structure that someone has built, even when it was from a fight a long time ago. And outlasting opponents is something that you will do naturally as you can pretty much AFK and outlast 50 people a game. But you know, just play, and you’ll do it too.
Since Ruin does not have unlockable styles I’m not sure that I can consider him better than The Prisoner last season. What I am curious about is if he will “debut” in some way on the map the way we saw with his predecessor melting in ice, like if he emerges from the weird door thing at Loot Lake, but we have seen no signs of that yet, so I’m not sure. Again, usually these secret legendary skins are very important to Fortnite’s “story,” but what Epic has in store for Ruin has not been made clear yet, and the new Loot Lake stuff is just confusing, because it looks more like alien tech than anything having to do with a volcano knight. But we’ll have to see.
Fortnite has had a major, major update today, adding the Air Royale event, a legendary infantry rifle and you should uhhhh really go check out Loot Lake right about now.
Besides that, we have our usual mining of leaked Fortnite cosmetics, with the exception that some of these have actually gone live already with a store refresh that coincides with the Air Royale event. These leaks are courtesy mainly of @Lucas7Yoshi and @HYPEX.
The store has been updated to include the following:
Here we have four skins for the price of one, as buying the Supersonic kit here will unlock four different pilot styles for an entire squad, even if clearly the best one is the skull one and the others are not even close. It’s pricey, but a better value than most legendary skins considering that it’s a four pack. I want it.
Stealth Black (Common)
These two wraps have hit the store, and though they can be applied to anything, clearly the goal is to put them on planes for this Air Royale event. I mean, how can you pass up a jet black skin for a plane? I mean honestly, that one is worth buying for pretty much everything, if you ask me, all vehicles and guns. And for $3, you’re probably going to get a lot of use out of it.
Now we move on to other leaks including a new, techno-futuristic skin called Gemini that has one clear alternate style to it. I’m not sure if it automatically comes with both versions or if these are two separate skins or if you have to unlock one, but I like it, and it should probably hit the store soon.
This one is a reward for the Air Royale event, I believe and is clearly not all that much to look at.
A few other wraps have leaked, some of which may be tied to Air Royale, some of which may not be.
So far, this appears to be it, a combination of stuff that’s both live in the store, earnable in Air Royale or yet to come in a future update. We have not seen any huge skin leaks for a while now, implying Epic is being trickier about hiding them or there just aren’t quite as many coming up before the end of the season here.
Also, don’t forget that this is the first week that you’re able to get the Ruin skin after completing enough challenges to unlock him. He has his own set of challenges, but what they unlock for him I’m not quite clear on it. Really looking forward to seeing what alternate styles or progressive changes we may see with his skin.
See you out there.
We may be finally arriving at the ultimate event of season 8 of Fortnite, the great excavation of Loot Lake. For weeks now, we have seen two “world events” happening. A helicopter landing at a dozen+ spots around the map, and three different dig sites where players have been asked to chip in and unearth a number of pits, hacking through lumps of dirt with hundreds of millions of HP.
Now, both of those events have combined. The Fortnite helicopter has landed at Loot Lake, and the entire area is now surrounded by a number of steamshovels that sure make it look like we are about to be asked to dig up the entire bottom of the lake.
This, of course, is the famed site of the cube explosion where Kevin disintegrated and became Cubehenge after an otherworldly butterfly cutscene. But we have seen the Cube dissolve into the expanse of an entire lake, back when this was a lake, so I don’t think it’s out of the question that we could see the return of the Cube in some way, which would link what we thought were two disparate storylines, the one started by the comet which led to the Visitor which led to the rocket which led to the Cube, and the one that began when the Ice King showed up with his floating fortress.
So far, all three dig sites have had different end results. The first one gave us a volcano vent. The second flooded the pit with lava. The third revealed a giant metal door in the floor. If we start digging up Loot Lake, it’s anyone’s guess what we could find there, although I have to believe that it probably has something to do with the arrival of Ruin, the Week 8 Discovery skin which we could uh, discovery somehow in this Loot Lake dig.
I’m not exactly sure how this will play out, but it seems like that at least a good chunk of Loot Lake will end up being filled by those breakable dirt patches that players will be asked to chop through. It has taken around a full day to dig out these other sites, so if Loot Lake becomes a much, much bigger site, maybe that could take…a full week of everyone working together? Possibly less, if it’s clear that this is “the big one” so more people could be encouraged to participate.
I am hesitant to bring up the eternal “we’re going to fight a world boss” theory, but…maybe? Fortnite players have expected some sort of world boss fight ever since this ability to track damage across all serves made its way into the game. And possibly even before that when we were seeing monster tracks on the ground as early as season 3. It is possible that we may dig up Ruin or a dragon or something and have to fight it at the end, but I have made this prediction a half dozen times now so I am hesitant to make it again. We’ll see, I guess.
Digging should commence in the next day or two. See you out there.