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Fortnite Servers Down and Update v18.21 Patch Notes Today (October 19)

v18.21 launches today for all supported platforms!

October 19, 2021

A brand new update will be deployed for Fortnite later today (October 19) and will bring the game to version 18.21, which will include the next stage of Fortnitemares.

Today’s update will be available for all platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, and Android Devices. However, today’s update comes as a surprise to many, as Epic Games usually only deploy major content updates every few weeks, with the next expected to be v18.30 within the next week or two.

But to celebrate the upcoming Fortnitemares Event for Halloween, Epic Games will be deploying v18.21 later today with some short server downtime. So, here’s everything you need to know about the October 19 Fortnite update, including when the servers are expected to be back online.

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When Will Fortnite Servers Be Back Up? (October 19)

UPDATE: Server downtime for update v18.21 has now ended and the Fortnite servers are back online!

ORIGINAL STORY: As mentioned previously, today’s update will come with some short server downtime in order to deploy v18.21 to all platforms. According to the official Fortnite Status Twitter account, servers will be taken offline at 1AM PT / 4AM ET / 9AM BST, with matchmaking being disabled 30 minutes prior to this.

Although a time was not given for when the servers will be back online, downtime usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours. There’s no way to know for certain, but as today’s update will likely be smaller than usual, downtime may only last for an hour.

Once the Fortnite servers are back online, we will update this article.

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Fortnite v18.21 Update Details & Patch Notes

Below you will find the official patch notes for the October 19 Fortnite update, which now brings the game to version 18.21.


The Cube Queen’s emergence brings changes to the Island. 
Since Fortnitemares began (and even before), the Cubes have been mobilizing. Their migration towards the Island’s center wasn’t just to spread corruption — they’re now at the center forming The Convergence. What is the purpose of this mysterious structure?

You’ve come across the Cubes and fought back the Cube Monsters, but a new force has joined their ranks: Caretakers are The Cube Queen’s strongest warriors yet. Tall, foreboding, shadowy apparitions, their spectral tendrils pull you directly into The Sideways for a showdown on their home turf. Survive a Caretaker’s assault and you’ll walk away all the richer.

Things don’t end there. The Cube Queen’s wrath has given rise to a new Sideways weapon — the sinister Sideways Scythe — as well as returning items like Witch Brooms and the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher. Use the Scythe and these wicked supplies to hold your own in battle.


Horde Rush is back! The Cube Monsters are pushing out of the Sideways and into our realm. Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding score multipliers, earning combos, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. To win, survive at locations across the map and take down the Final Boss!

The Horde Rush LTM will be live from October 19 at 9 AM ET to November 2 at 9 AM ET, but not just on its own. There’ll also be Horde Rush Quests you can complete for special rewards! Unlock the Thinking Juice Back Bling, a Cube Queen Banner, and the Cuddle Scream Leader Spray.

Also, be on the lookout for a Horde Rush Tournament this week with more Locker items to earn! Practice the mode with your squad ahead of time to prepare. More details will be available soon in a blog post and the Compete tab in-game.


The Horde Rush Quests are just some of the Wrath of The Cube Queen Quests, and the Horde Rush rewards are just some of the rewards! Available from October 19 at 9 AM ET to November 2 at 9 AM ET, Hollowhead will present you the Fortnitemares Punchcard. Here are its objectives and rewards!
1. Complete general Fortnitemares Quests to unlock the Raven’s Curse Spray, the Midnight Showdown Loading Screen, and Wrathful Breakout Contrail.

2. Ariana Grande has returned to the Island, but now in new gear ready to take down monsters. “Spacefarer Ariana Grande,” the galaxy’s greatest monster hunter, is inviting you to join her hunt. Complete her Monster Hunter Questline to unlock the new All-Weather Extractor Pickaxe (Dark Style)!

As a Fortnite Crew bonus during Fortnitemares, active Fortnite Crew subscribers who complete the Monster Hunter Questline will receive the Brite Style of the All-Weather Extractor Pickaxe (in addition to the Dark variant).

3. Scrolls tell of the Spirit Vessel, a powerful artifact that can restore Dark Jonesy’s visions. Help Dark Jonesy in his The Oracle Speaks Questline to unlock the Cube Cruiser Glider, an unfolded Cube you can ride on!

Hollowhead’s Punchcard won’t be the only Punchcard going live at 9 AM ET, though…
With Containment Specialist’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife Punchard, deploy Seismographs, take out mini-Pufts, and more to unlock the No Ghost Back Bling — inspired by the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife film.


Not just in Fortnitemares, Daily and Weekly Punchcards have been expanded and reworked, now offering additional objectives and more XP for each completion. We’ve replaced the “Spend Bars” and “Place Top 10 with Friends” Quests with new Quests that rotate weekly. Each Daily Punchcard reward has recently been upgraded to 45,000 XP (previously 30,000 XP), while completing Quests in your Weekly Punchcard rewards 75,000 XP (previously 50,000 XP).
To help celebrate Fortnitemares 2021, two Power Leveling Weekends are coming soon! Log in from October 22 at 7 PM ET – October 25 at 7 AM ET and October 29 at 7 PM ET – November 1 at 7 AM ET to unlock a Supercharged XP bonus and level up faster whenever you play. This supercharged pool is free to use at your leisure, but you can only get it during the Power Leveling Weekend.

Wrath of The Cube Queen wraps up at 9 AM ET on November 2, but The Cube Queen’s wrath won’t subside. The Sideways Scythe (and Caretakers) will remain, and The Convergence will evolve…
Also, Wrath of The Cube Queen isn’t the final piece of Fortnitemares 2021. Stay tuned for details on Shortnitemares, featuring ghoulish animated shorts in a special in-game theater. 


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