Live events are a pretty important part of Fortnite. They’re live experiences that take place on Athena, Apollo or Papaya. While most play a role in the storyline, others are just based off collabs. However, some events were well executed, some I didn’t like, and others were just plain boring. Keep in mind the Party Royale events will not be in here, so just an extra warning.
12. The Cube
The Cube, which took place on August 24, 2018 during Season 5, was easily the worst live event in Fortnite’s history. The cracks in the sky eventually formed a purple, corrupted cube in Paradise Palms, which was dubbed Kevin by the community. While the Cube one of the most memorable moments in Fortnite history, the event could’ve been done better.
11. Ice Storm
While I’m pretty biased with Season 7, my favorite season, Ice Storm was kind of a “meh” event. It did kick off the Ice Storm phase in Fortnite, though, which I did like. Taking place on January 19, 2019, the event saw The Ice King, awaken from his eternal slumber in Polar Peak, creating a spell to form an eternal winter to stop the Fire King, his prisoner and sworn enemy, from leaving his grasps. So an entire snow cloud covered the view, converting the island to a snowier version. It felt a lot like the Cube event.
10. Blast Off
Blast Off was famously known for being the first event in Fortnite. On June 30, 2018, the Visitor’s rocket from the villain lair launched and tried to head on and destroy Tilted Towers, but rifts prevented that from happening, as the rocket ended up disappearing, forming strange portals across the universe. While a great event, the others were just more climatic and epic, in my personal opinion.
9. Butterfly Event
The Butterfly Event was the big storyline event on November 4, 2018 for Season 6, and it marked the end of the Cube’s journey. During Season 6 and Fortnitemares, the Cube, now as a floating island, began to become unstable and eventually exploded, sending people to another dimension where a rift teleported them back to Athena. This was mind-blowing at the time, but overall, other events just did better.
8. The Final Showdown
The Final Showdown was a pretty epic event that took place on July 20, 2019 to mark the end of Season 9. After the monster from Polar Peak fled towards the ocean, the government at Pressure Plant began build Mecha Team Leader, a robot controlled by mech pilot Singularity. The two brawled across the island and at one point, the Mecha Team Leader lost it’s arm. But then it destroyed the vault in Loot Lake, absorbing the power of the Zero Point to punch the monster. It then went to Neo Tilted to grab a sword disguised as a statue of Singularity, ending the monster once and for all. It performed a victory floss as it flew into space, leaving the Zero Point uncontrolled. The event was a pretty epic and climatic one, and it was certainly enjoyable. One gripe however is the lack of big changes to the island. It’s understandable because of the $3 million World Cup tournament that took place a couple days later.
7. The Unvaulting
The Unvaulting was an interesting event from May 4, 2019 in Season 8, as the big finale for the season. It began with the government finding the fabled Vault by draining Loot Lake, where items are stored if they are removed from the Battle Royale war. Runes came to open the Vault as everyone headed inside. They had the choice to unvault any item, and the one they chose was the Drum Gun. As it was unvaulted, the volcano erupted and destroyed Tilted Towers and Retail Row, leading into Jonesy and Peely’s friendship and Season 9.
Showtime was the first collab-based live event from February 2, 2019 in Season 7. The event had Marshmello come out in Pleasant Park to perform his songs such as Happier, Fly and a whole lot more. It also had special affects occur to fit different songs.
5. The Device
The Device was the final event for Chapter 2, Season 2. It had The Agency completely defying the Storm, thanks to Midas’ device. It then exploded, as we were taken to a flashback of the Agency. We were in an office, with files on Lynx, Midas and the Engineer were placed. After a bit, Jonesy in a business suit came in and questioned why were we here. We then returned with a huge ocean instead of the Storm, as the event ended. This was honestly incredible and kind of mind-blowing.
The Astronomical live event took place on multiple days from April 23-25, 2020 during Chapter 2, Season 2. This was the third collab-based live event, this time focusing on Travis Scott and his Astroworld brand. The event took place in Sweaty Sands, where Travis came down from a star to sing Sicko Mode. He went through more songs, changing up the environment and visuals, to the point where there was fire and we were underwater! He then became the legendary Astro Jack, as we flew across the planet, passing Athena as the butterfly from the Butterfly Event came to return us to Apollo.
3. Live At Risky
Live At Risky, which took place on December 14, 2019, was the second collab-based live event that kicked off the Star Wars challenges and themed items. Being the first event of Chapter 2, a space battle took place between the Millenium Falcon and TIE fighters. The fighters crashed onto the island as the Falcon landed in Risky Reels, with J.J Abrams inside. After some discussing, they ask the viewers what they think the scene is about. The scene, based on Jedi mind tricks, played. However, Palpatine displays his message across the galaxy, which is referenced in the beginning of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The ships then leave, ending the event as everyone else gets lightsabers. I’m probably biased because I’m a pretty huge Star Wars fan, and I just really enjoyed the event, I don’t know why.
2. The End
The End, is in, my humble opinion, is one of the best events in Fortnite history. As the conclusion to Chapter 1, the Scientist and the Seven were planning to destroy the loop by crashing into the Zero Point. The Scientist began by launching his rocket in Dusty Depot as the six other members of The Seven used the meteor to destroy the Singularity, thus creating a black hole and ending Chapter 1. I feel like this was the perfect way to end the saga and combined with the Interstellar-inspired theme makes for a pretty terrifying experience. You feel dread, intensity and fear as this would be the last moments you rest your eyes on Athena. And then when it’s all over, you just see nothing. Simply a black hole, with creepy sound effects and an altered version of the OG lobby music. This, in my opinion, was terrifying, was climatic, scary, satisfying and overall one of the best live events.
1. The Devourer Of Worlds
The Devourer Of Worlds (The Marvel-themed event from Chapter 2, Season 4) was arguably the best live event. While its controversial timing did result in some backlash, the actual event improved how live events work in ways we’ve never seen before. The event began with Galactus collecting the energy from the Zero Point, which appeared to be under The Ruins. Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers came to the rescue, however, and hooked us up with some Battle Buses. These buses were full of gamma explosives and we had to control these buses to fly them into Galactus to make him explode. After a interactive cutscene featuring an homage to the Trench Run scene from Star Wars: Episode IV , Galactus’ plan was ruined thanks to our help. A small cutscene then showed Agent Jonesy from The Device event waking up from a nap, clearly troubled.
So those were my thoughts on all 11 live events! Feel free to disagree with me and perhaps I will do a second list with Party Royale events.