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How to open Fortnite Cosmic Chests & where to find them

Published: 8/Jun/2021 22:00 Updated: 16/Jun/2021 15:22

by Ava Thompson-Powell


Fortnite‘s new season has dropped, bringing invasions of UFOs and Aliens to the map. Alongside these extraterrestrial beings and the likes of Superman and Rick & Morty are Cosmic Chests, which bring new mechanics into Fortnite to find and open.

Bunker chests were introduced into the game back in Fornite Season 6, giving players a new lootable chest type to find around the map. With Cosmic Chests, however, it seems as if players will need to work together to open them!


Cosmic Chest from Fortnite
Epic Games
This new chest type is sure to shake up gameplay.

How to open Cosmic Chests

This new chest type builds on the existing chests already in-game, and can only be found in Duos, Squads, & Trios. Cosmic chests also only activated when the whole team is nearby.


Opening a Cosmic Chest is relatively easy to do, but it can take a little bit of time:

  1. Find a Cosmic Chest with your team members in tow.
  2. Once there, beams of light will attach themselves to one or more members of your party.
  3. Any player with the beam of light will need to attack one of the markers on the crystal.
  4. Rinse and repeat until the chest breaks open!

Gameplay of Cosmic Chests

It’s easy to see why opening the Cosmic Chests requires teamwork, too. As indicated by leaker HPEX’s gameplay with both Fortnite News and Shiina, it seems as if hacking away at the chest can knock you back as you attempt to crack it open if you don’t follow the above instructions correctly.

These chests aren’t easy to open, either. From the above clip, it seems to take HYPEX and their team close to a minute to finally destroy the crystal surrounding it, though this depends on how quickly your team reacts to the beams of light.


Cosmic Chest contents

Finding one of these chests and successfully opening it will give you some great rewards in return, like Alien Artifacts, which can be used towards customizing your personal Kymera skin.

Though these chests do contain Alien Artifacts, they aren’t endlessly farmable. Each week sets a limit of 15 artifacts, which will then reset the following week, likely on a Tuesday.

Once a week, players can also get their hands on much better loot than typically available from these chests. The chests also have chances to drop items such as Legendary guns and other common items like shield potions and building resources.


Where to find Cosmic Chests

Similar to our Bunker Chests guide, we’ve put together a list of all the locations we know about thus far for the Cosmic Chests. As we said, to find them, you’ll need to be in either Duos, Squads, or Trios (it’s also in Competitive mode). Though the majority of spawns for these are random, players have shared some of the locations they’ve found these at.

We’ve had issues with tracking these chests down consistently at these locations, but they should give you a great starting point with places to potentially look out for.

Dirty Docks

Dirty Docks Cosmic Chest
Epic Games / YouTube: SavageStorm Lord
One user has shared their findings of a Cosmic Chest near Dirty Docks.

As indicated by YouTuber SavageStorm Lord, the road leading North out of Dirty Docks has the chance to spawn a Cosmic Chest right in the middle of the road.


Misty Meadows

Misty Meadows chest
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Head on over to Misty Meadows for a chance to grab this with your team!

Located just South-East of Misty Meadows’ main POI, head towards the cliff edge that’s lined with trees, and there’s a chance you and your team can crack one open there!

Pleasant Park

Fortnite chest Pleasant Park
Epic Games / YouTube: TKYT
This chest was hanging out in broad daylight!

To the North-East of Pleasant Park, user TKYT found a Cosmic Chest right outside of the iconic site, located on a hill diagonally from the top-right most corner of Pleasant Park.

Retail Row

Retail Row Cosmic Chest
Epic Games / HYPEX
One of the chests can potentially be found up of the snowy cliffs outside Retail Row.

As soon as the season dropped, HYPEX and their squad found this to the South-East of Retail Row, and this chest is easily accessed (if it spawns there for you!) on the snowy mountain. One of the best ways to get this would be at the beginning of the match when you’ve jumped out of the Battle Bus.


Slurpy Swamp

Slurpy Swamp Cosmic Chest
Epic Games / YouTube: KiiDSmok3 Tv
Slurpy Swamp has a chance to spawn one of the chests.

This one, shared by Kiidsmok3 Tv on their channel, is relatively easy to find, out in Slurpy Swamps’… swamps. Heading south of the main POI, cross the body of water onto the grassy spot of land and you may find one here!

Steamy Stacks

Fortnite Cosmic Chest at Steamy Stacks
Epic Games / YouTube: Benthehitman32
A group of users battled out the storm to claim their prize!

YouTuber Benthehitman32 and their squad found this Cosmic Chest just to the West of Steamy Stacks, you’ll need to look for a cluster of trees, to the south of the beach.

Weeping Woods

Weeping Woods Cosmic Chest in Fortnite
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Run (or glide) on over to Weeping Woods and claim your prize!

This one is located just outside of the main wooden area of the Weeping Woods POI, to the South-West, across the road from one of the area’s buildings.

Map of all Cosmic Chest locations

We’ve put together this handy image that marks all of the known locations for the chests mentioned in this guide so far:

Locations of Cosmic Chests on the Fortnite map
Epic Games
Head to the green dots for your chance to bag some of the loot.

That’s all that we know about Cosmic Chests and their locations in Fortnite so far. Make sure to check back, as we’ll keep this piece updated as any further info comes out.

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