Fortnite update 18.21 patch notes: Convergence POI, new Ariana Grande skin, Fortnitemares

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Fortnite update 18.21 is here, and it’s bringing plenty of content for players to enjoy including a new Ariana Grande skin and the long-rumored arrival of the Convergence POI.

It’s only been a week since Fortnite’s 18.20 update landed, but Epic Games are already issuing another patch full of new features, making sure Week 3 of Fortnitemares keeps players entertained and thoroughly creeped out.

As the Cubes make their final rotations towards the center of the Island, it’s been teased that a new Convergence POI will arrive, and there may be a reveal for the Secret Skin. Here’s everything we know about the patch so far.

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Fortnite 18.21 release date & downtime details

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It’s that time again!

Downtime for the Fortnite v18.21 patch is expected to begin on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at around 1AM PST / 4AM EST / 9AM BST / 10AM CEST.

Based on previous Fortnite updates this season, the 18.21 patch could last anywhere between an hour and two hours. It all depends on how much content Epic are adding to the game.

Fortnite 18.21 patch notes

A new Halloween lobby

Although Epic have been releasing Halloween-themed cosmetics for a couple of weeks, it seems this year’s Fortnitemares event is properly kicking off with the 18.21 update as we finally have a new lobby!

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Expect plenty of spooky goings-on to take place in the coming weeks, including the return of the Halloween Battle Bus.

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It’s time to get spooky.

Convergence POI

The cubes that took over at the beginning of Season 8 have met up at the center of the map, and they’ve now merged to form a brand new POI called Convergence (previously referred to as Cube Town by leakers).

This new POI is full of chests and bounce pads, and the Cube Queen is currently floating ominously above it all…

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife collaboration

The new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie is released in cinemas shortly, and it looks like Epic Games are about to celebrate by releasing a crossover in Fortnite!

It seems as though there will be quests to complete based on the movie. Expect this collaboration to go live at some point over the next week.

The ‘Cube Queen’ Secret Skin arrives?

Fortnite Season 8’s Secret Skin isn’t supposed to be unlocked until Thursday, October 28, but promotional images for Fortnitemares suggest it will be revealed during Week 3 – which is this week!

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Previous leaks have revealed the Secret Skin to be an original character called the Cube Queen, who will likely be a new villain in the Fortnite universe and may appear as a Boss fight on the map.

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Is the Cube Queen arriving in Week 3? Seems like it.

Fortnitemares challenges and rewards

Leakers have also revealed that a set of Fortnitemares 2021 challenges are expected to go live following the 18.21 content update, giving players the chance to complete new quests and earn some free rewards!

These rewards include the Cube Cruiser glider, the Wrathful Breakout contrail, the Batty weapon wrap, and the All-Weather Extractor pickaxe, which is a pretty good selection when it comes to free rewards.

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A new Ariana Grande skin and NPC

Ariana Grande remains one of the biggest Fortnite crossovers of all time, and the pop star isn’t finished with the game as she’ll be appearing on the map as an NPC with quests to complete.

That’s not all, as she’ll also be getting a new skin style called Spacefarer Ariana Grande!

Fortnite 18.21 bug fixes

As always, the latest Fortnite update will also add a few important bug fixes. You won’t always notice these, but they’re important to keep the game running smoothly for everyone.

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These are all of the current bugs set to be fixed in future updates:

  • Wolverine’s Built-in Emote not working correctly.
  • Trees are not appearing on Island Map (Creative).
  • Multi-selecting and moving building to prop pieces will cause consistent misalignment (Creative).
  • Players may become invisible to other players after respawning (Save The World).
  • 4x Missions do not show the 4x rewards (Save The World).
  • Unable to swap Hero Loadouts in the Lobby while using a controller (Save The World).
  • Healing Build Attached perk not restoring the proper amount (Save The World).
  • Campfires above level 130 are shown as 130 (Save The World).
  • Players can get stuck inside the vault door in the Lab Dungeon (Save The World).

That’s everything we know about the Fortnite v18.21 update so far! We’ll keep this page updated when new information is announced, so check back soon and visit our Fortnite home page for the latest news.