The 14 Days of Fortnite Winterfest holiday bash is one of the most anticipated in-game events in the battle royale, but Epic Games has shared little about the event in 2020, so here’s everything we know about it.
Fortnite’s Season 5 is now underway, with Epic introducing plenty of Bounty hunter themed changes such as adding a Gold Bars currency and even introducing The Mandalorian to the battle royale universe. But, with the Christmas-themed events historically starting in the latter half of December, there’s has been little announced for this year’s holiday bash so far.
In 2019, instead of the 14 Days of Fortnite, Epic decided to go with the Winterfest that was basically the same in concept under a different name.
That could happen this year too. Although it might not come under the same name, the 14 Days of Fortnite will signal the battle royale’s holiday festivities for players to enjoy.
When does 14 Days of Fortnite 2020 start?
In 2019, the Winterfest ran from December 18 to January 6, giving players about 3 weeks to clear all of the challenges for that season.
Before that, 2018’s original Christmas event was live from December 20 until January 2. Going by this trend, we can expect this year’s event to run from the third week of December to around a week after the new year.
This would put the event in 2020 around the same time, anywhere from December 17 to January 8, although we’ll see if Epic switches it up.
Fortnite Holiday event
Of course, the biggest reason to participate in the Fortnite holiday event is for the challenges that instantly reward players with all sorts of goods. While we still don’t have word on what they might be, there’s been an indication that Epic could already be planning on some snow-themed additions to the game.
Dataminer ‘HypeX’ previously found a link with a Snowman NPC, which was later revealed to be called “Snowmando,” and found that it “grants you a quest” in-game. HypeX said that the NPC can have conversations, explode, and spawn loot.
This could be a part of an elaborate holiday scheme that Epic has been cooking up. But if nothing else, the inclusion of a snowman could foretell a blanket of ice covering the Fortnite island once again.
Here are some things that @intercelluar & i found until leaking is back to normal:
– Epic are working on a Slurp Bazooka
– There's an unreleased "Fire Extinguisher" item
– We might get a "Snowman NPC" that grants you a quest,
it has conversations, can explode and/or spawn loot
— HYPEX (@HYPEX) October 22, 2020
Another dataminer ShiinaBR added to the Snowmando leaks, sharing an early look at the character and highlighting that the NPC does not have a Fortnite Item Shop tag.
Meaning that, if he is to be released as a character skin, there’s a chance that he could be selected as a free skin reward in the upcoming Winterfest event.
Something I didn't notice until now: Snowmando does NOT have an Item Shop tag! 👀
This may be a bit far-fetched, but could this mean that he could be a free skin of this year's 14 Days of Fortnite (Winterfest)? pic.twitter.com/NAvxhW6Tg9
— ShiinaBR – Fortnite Leaks (@ShiinaBR) December 5, 2020
It was also leaked that the 14 Days of Fortnite event will introduce a new “Christmas Flopper” consumable that players will be able to find for some extra stats.
The Christmas Flopper is expected to heal players 15hp at a time and players should be able to stack five of them in one inventory slot.
Upcoming "Christmas Flopper" Infos | #Fortnite
Some Variables Got Added On V15.00 For The Upcoming Christmas Flopper
"Default.FlopperSnowy.Heal" = 15.0
"Default.Consumables.MaxStackAmount.SnowyFlopper" = 5.0 pic.twitter.com/WvHXHIJAnU
— LunakisLeaks – Fortnite Leaks (@LunakisLeaks) December 6, 2020
In the latest Season 5 update, new audio files were added to Fortnite, and fans have already pointed out some old items potentially returning in the Winterfest patch.
Dataminer PeQu shared snippets of the Fortnite sounds and it was revealed that the Frozen Ice Boxes containing loot are seemingly ready to be added.
There are also new sounds for the Ice Machines in Fortnite, suggesting that they will also be updated for the upcoming holiday event.
Upcoming Winterfest Sounds! Looks like we'll get some sort of Frozen Loot and Ice Machine. pic.twitter.com/p8TnEOxej1
— PeQu – Fortnite Leaks (@PeQuLeaks) December 3, 2020
VastBlast, a Fortnite leaker, has also revealed a new, Christmas-themed string has been added, stating: “It’s that time of year again! Time to decorate trees, sing holiday songs, and… resolve hostage situations?”
New christmas-related string added:
"It's that time of year again! Time to decorate trees, sing holiday songs, and… resolve hostage situations?"
— VastBlast – Fortnite Leaks (@VastBlastt) November 3, 2020
Epic Games closed out Season 4 with a bang and suggested that Fortnite Season 5 is going to be even more “chaotic” than the last, suggesting that there will be much more in-store for this year’s Winterfest.
But, with only a short while left until its expected start date, we won’t have much longer to wait before the event is finally announced and all of the surprises are revealed.