Everything we know about Fortnite Season 6

Fortnite season 6 is here, and brings with it a ghostly Halloween-like theme called Darkness Rises, in what's described by Epic as a season of 'frights and delights'. Check out the opening cinematic in the video above. With the island in Loot Lake now floating and other substantial changes to the map, like a haunted castle to explore, below we've collected everything we know about season 6 so far. This includes details on the Battle Pass, pets, which have been added to the game, how Shadow Stones work and more. 

Some weapons have been vaulted as of Fortnite season 6: Impulse Grenades, Suppressed Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun, Bouncer and Remote Explosives. 

Fortnite season 6 battle pass: pets, new skins and other details

Check out the trailer for Fortnite season 6's battle pass above, which as ever, costs 950 V-Bucks. There's 100 levels within, and over 100 new rewards to unlock—and straight off the bat, you'll get the two Progressive Skins seen in the thumbnail above, Calamity and DJ Yonder. This season also features pets. There's three of them, called Camo, Bonesy and Scales. They're rather adorable. Here's what they look like:

Fortnite season 6 map changes

Loot Lake's island is now floating, there's a haunted castle, corn fields and Wailing Woods to explore—among other areas to find, teases Epic. Check out the revised map above, and we'll keep you up to date on whatever else is out there. Look out for 'corrupted' areas of the map, where you'll find Shadow Stones. If you don't know what they do yet, look below...

What Shadow Stones do in Fortnite season 6

Shadow Stones are new to Fortnite season 6. You'll find corrupted areas around the map, where you'll be able to find these new consumables, which turn your character into a ghostly figure for 45 seconds. During this time, you can't fire a weapon, but you can use a new ability called 'phase' to pass through objects. You'll also be invisible to your opponents whenever your character is still. When you move, you'll leave a trail, so be wary of that. 

All you have to do to end this 'Shadow Form' is aim down sights. 

Below, you'll find all the rumours, leaks and news we collected about Fortnite season 6 in the run-up to the v6.00 patch launch. 

What's up with the cube?

Good question! Now we finally know it was headed to Loot Lake, where it melted into the water and left a bouncy surface, but we highly doubt weeks of anticipation and investigation were meant to amount to a trampoline. There's definitely more to come. First, a recap: If you're new to Fortnite, here's the short version of the 'story' so far. 

A missile launched and broke the sky. A viking village and desert and a temple dedicated to the worship of a tomato appeared out of the cracks, bringing in locations and characters from varying time periods. The space-time police weren't happy about this, and as alluded to in the description under the Enforcer skin released just last week, it's time to restore order.

Order means closing the rift, which happened over the course of a few weeks and culminated in a lightning storm that eventually summoned a massive seemingly sentient cube to Fortnite's island. Little was discovered about the cube since it showed up. It was bouncy, it shot out bolts of lightning when damaged, and it was covered in strange runic symbols. It made a short pit stop every few days to print a rune into the ground and deploy a low-grav field before tipping into Loot Lake and melting. Many of the same properties of the cube now apply to Loot Lake. 

The low-gravity arenas are here to stay.

Fortnite dataminer Siloxleaks has seemingly dug up some volcanic meshes in the latest patch files, which could be tied to a cataclysmic event caused by the cube lake, but there's nothing too concrete to connect the dots quite yet. 

We're keeping a watchful eye on our formerly blocky friend and will update with any new happenings as quickly as possible. 

When does Fortnite Season 6 start?

Epic has announced the official start date of Fortnite Season 6 as September 27, just one day after the one-year anniversary of the launch of Fortnite Battle Royale. Take a look at the first teaser below, a robotic llama DJ. I'm totally lost too.

Our second teaser features the new sheriff in town, which only further confuses the theme. Llama DJs and cowboys? Still down. 

The final teaser depicts a werewolf. Hell yeah. Awoooooo, etc. 

What will the theme of Fortnite Season 6 be?

I'm guessing worlds will continue to collide, but not via cracks in time this go-round. The first teaser points to a party theme, or possibly a future where llamas rule the world meeting Fortnite's present. I have literally no idea what to expect at this point, but let's take some guesses anyway. The signs usually snap into place after the fact. 

There's not much to go on in this regard, but (tinfoil hats on?) look at the background in this recent tease for the Capoeira emote. Squint. Squint harder. Looks a bit like a castle, yeah? 

While it doesn't exactly back up the stone mirage, battle pass items have hinted at things to come before, which makes the 'Crazy Castle' spray stand out. It's even titled with the usual alliteration saved for major points of interest. 

Epic tends to use old test maps for these promotions, so that castle could just be a strange configuration of trees and the missing viking village and villain base might only be missing because it's an old map—but I want to believe. Maybe the cube will somehow send the entire map back in time, reshuffle the locations and the eras they're attached to. 

What kind of map changes will Fortnite Season 6 see?

Besides the possibility of a castle area, we have no idea what the map changes will look like. We do have an inkling about where they'll take place though. FNBRLeaks sums it up succinctly in this thread

The basic idea is that when the rocket launched last season, almost every major area it passed over has been affected since. The thruster landed in Anarchy Acres and it's gone now, replaced by Lazy Links. It popped out over Tilted Towers, which currently has a new building under construction. It flew over most of Moisty Mire, which is a desert now, and burst out by the hill near Greasy Grove, which is home to the chilly viking village. The only location that hasn't seen a change where the rocket appeared? Loot Lake. 

Loot Lake has been quite the contentious area since Fortnite BR first launched. As a wide open area that slows movement and basically requires building, it's not necessarily a fun location until the endgame when players have enough mats to bridge the waters. Personally, I don't hate the area, but its size and proximity to the center of the map make it an annoyance to bump into more often than not. While I don't think the water needs to go completely, changes to the area are long overdue. A bouncy surface is a welcome wrinkle, but it's not novel enough to stay around. Expect more changes to Loot Lake and other areas of the map. 

Plus, as much as I like the desert area, it makes the map look a touch lopsided. There have to be some people at Epic that agree and won't let such an aesthetic injustice stand. I'll be surprised if another chunk of the map isn't reworked in a similar way, new color palette, biome, and all. 

What new items will we see in Fortnite Season 6?

A trend is emerging with the technology introduced each season and the items that spring from them. In Season 4 hop rocks were consolidated into bounce pads before disappearing in Season 5. And in Season 5, rifts might be going away for good, but rifts-to-go maintain their sky-diving teleportation powers in a cheap snow globe. It's likely that the cube will introduce some new form of technology that affects movement in some way, which will then be turned into its own item or items. No matter what we see, with Fortnite's arsenal filling out, Season 6 will almost certainly see the most unpredictable new tools. 

What kind of skins will we see in Fortnite Season 6?

Due to a recent leak on the PlayStation Store, we now know we'll get a purple sheriff, a llama DJ, a werewolf, and default skin in a llama-rider costume. Skins are getting much more elaborate. The dog on the llama's back in the leaked image implies we'll get more elaborate back bling too, possibly in the form of animated pets. Otherwise, if time-travel is explored further this season then we could see more cultures and time periods arrive as skins. More knights, a king, a queen, a jester, and other medieval archetypes are likely to show up if the castle is the real deal. Fortnite's skins are so varied anyway that it's safe to expect anything. 

How much will the Fortnite Season 6 battle pass cost?

If previous seasons are anything to go by, the Fortnite Season 6 battle pass will cost 950 V-Bucks, or approximately $10.