Enjoy the last days of Paradise.

It’s another Fortnite event weekend! Fortnite Chapter 3 is ending, and the Chapter 3 finale event, Fracture, is coming today. If it’s anything like past Fortnite events, you won’t want to miss it. Grab three friends and dive into today’s epic conclusion to Fortnite Chapter 3. Here’s everything you need to know about the Fortnite event, including its start time and what lies on the other side of such a game-changing day on the island.

Fortnite event start time

The Fortnite Chapter 3 finale, Fracture, will be a one-time-only event that begins today, December 3 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. As usual, the playlist to get into the event will open up 30 minutes beforehand, and it’s recommended you get there early to reserve your spot. I’ve not heard of anyone being denied entry to similar Fortnite events due to server overload, and Epic seems hellbent on ensuring it can always house every single player who tries to attend, but just in case, getting there early is a good idea.

Typically these events last for about 12-15 minutes and unfold almost like live theater that each player experiences firsthand as a direct participant in the plot. Curiously, Epic noted that players who arrive late can join the event in progress until as late as 40 minutes after it begins, implying this event may go on much longer, or perhaps some element of the event will stay accessible for a while after until servers eventually go offline.

For those who wish to play with a group, squads of up to four can load into the event together, and if you have less than a full squad, an event-specific emote will be enabled that will allow you to party-up with other players running around in your instance but not yet in your party.

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Wake up babe, Reality Zero is being existentially threatened again.

Any players who log into Fortnite between December 2 and the event will also receive a new free emote called Toasty Roast, which depicts one’s character roasting marshmallows over a campfire.

It’s assumed, though not yet confirmed, that Chapter 4 will begin tomorrow, December 4, and introduce Fortnite’s fourth island, codenamed Asteria. A new chapter has always come with a brand-new map in years past, so it seems like a safe bet. By the time Fracture is concluded, it very well may be obvious that the Chapter 3 island is no more anyway. Typically, these Fortnite events end in total annihilation of the Fortnite world as we know it, and with the Chrome currently spreading across the island unabated, our heroes are once again in jeopardy.

Ahead of the event, you’d do well to polish off this season’s ongoing quests, battle pass, and other in-game challenges. This includes:

  • Achieving level 100 in the battle pass for all standard rewards, or 200 for all bonus rewards
  • Finishing all Paradise Quests, which tell the story of Chapter 3, Season 4
  • Finishing all Nothing Quests, which unlock additional styles for one of the season’s battle pass pickaxes
  • Earning all levels with this seasons Level Up pack, which grants 28 exclusive challenges, each rewarding a full battle pass level
  • Spending all gold bars–you may not be able to take them with you where you’re going
  • Finishing all Herald Quests, which unlock all rewards for this season’s bonus character and narrative villain, The Herald

You’ll have until December 3 to do anything else on this list, so there’s still time. A pair of in-game theme weeks will also help usher in the new chapter. This week is Avian Ambush Week, with loot chickens taking over the island’s wildlife population, with special quests available to give you an extra XP boost. The final week, as usual, will be Bargain Bin Week, where all things bought with in-game gold will see reduced prices, making it easier to buy those Mythics you love so much.

After all of that, grab three friends and give The Herald everything you’ve got. Maybe it won’t be enough, but at least you’ll go down swinging.

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