Fortnite Battle Royale Rune in-game event: Everything we know

A strange new item has appeared in Fortnite Battle Royale, leaving fans puzzled as to what it means. So, here’s what we know about this possible in-game event.

Players who have dropped into a game of Epic Games’ popular Battle Royale title since 12pm EST/5PM GMT on April 19 may have spotted a mysterious object, a Rune, slowly moving around the map while making a deafening whirring noise.

Runes were found in the recent v8.40 update by data miners, however, the purpose of these runes was not disclosed. Yet, it now appears as if they have something to do with an in-game event – so, here’s what we know so far.

It appears as if Loot Lake will play a big role in whatever comes from the Rune.

How many runes have been spotted?

Just the one rune has been spotted across the Fortnite island – with its initial starting point appearing in the area of Paradise Palms and Lucky Landing. Players have seen the rune move towards Fatal Fields, coming close to the Pirate Camp in the area, and also towards Shifty Shafts.

It has all slowly inched its way forward over the map, with its final destination appearing to be Loot Lake.

In the recent update, Loot Lake received a drastic overhaul and now looks like the site for some sort of experiment – with a metallic seal and multiple government vehicles now residing where chests and loot had previously spawned.

Something is happening with the runes at paradise… from r/FortNiteBR

What is the endgame for the rune?

It’s unknown just what the item will ultimately reveal. Some players have theorized that it is to tie into the crossover with Marvel’s Avengers, but that is unconfirmed – despite Epic Games hinting at the possibility not too long ago.

It remains to be seen just exactly what unfolds, however, it does seem to point towards some sort of in-game event.

Epic has been known to trigger massive in-game events after a few days, sometimes even weeks, or teasing and slowing putting pieces into place. With Loot Lake getting a change, and this rune moving towards that location, it seems pretty likely that something will happen there.

Standing on the rune

Players have discovered that it is possible to camber onto the Rune and stand atop of it. However, once the mysterious item begins a slight movement, anyone standing on top of the Rune will be sent skywards.

Rune Thingybobber Launches you if you’re on top and It’s moving from r/FortNiteBR

Building by the Rune

As players are able to do damage to the item, despite its ever-growing health bar, some players have tried their best to build around the Rune in a bid to keep it locked into place.

However, if the Rune moves into the path of a build it will ultimately destroy it. Seeing as it is possible to get on top of the moving object, if you’re trying to do so it’s probably best to go behind it and drop down – otherwise, you risk falling to your death.


So, there you have it, everything we know – so far – about the mysterious Rune that has appeared in Fortnite Battle Royale. Be sure to continue following FortniteCrypt for all the latest news and updates about the possible in-game event.

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