Alien Artefacts are a new resource currency in Fortnite Season 7, which can be obtained within matches.
During each match in Season 7, you'll be able to earn alien artefacts in certain locations across the island or inside cosmic chests. Once you have enough, you'll be able to spend them into a new customizable alien character called Kymera.
This page will explain how to earn and spend alien artefacts in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7.
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How to get Alien Artefacts
There are two primary ways to obtain alien artefacts in Fortnite:
- Inside cosmic chests, which are new floating objects that contain a chest inside
- Set locations across the map
If you see a floating rhombus-shaped object during your expeditions, make sure to make a quick stop since it's a sign of a cosmic chest. In order to open it, you'll have to use your pickaxe to smack all hit points. Continue doing so and it will break after a while, playing an animation before opening the chest.
Alien artefacts, much as gold bars, aren't a guaranteed drop, but it's always worth keeping an eye for cosmic chests just in case.
In addition, the purple Alien Artefacts you can find all give 4 artefacts each - but there seems to be a golden variant that grants 7 artefacts instead, which could appear further into the season (thanks to @iFireMonkey on twitter for the datamine!).
As well as cosmic chests, there are Alien Artefact locations which spawn out in the open - and are guaranteed ways of getting your hands on some each week.
This week's Alien Artefact locations in Fortnite
As for locations, you can find artefacts across the map in battle royale. These may vary on a weekly basis, but during the first week you can find them in the spots below:
Helipad tower just west of Catty Corner, right below the chest at the top.
In the destroyed Logjam, found southwest of Weeping Woods, you'll find artefacts inside the barn on the southern end (if you're looking at the map, it's the structure in the lower left corner).
There's one right in the centre of The Aftermath, located in the middle of the map (beware of enemies when you go pick this one up!).
In the staircase of the Spire Tower located northeast from Believer Beach.
Frontyard of the farm located just north of Corny Complex.
It's worth keeping in mind that each time you pick up Alien Fragments you will receive a total of four fragments per batch.
The alien invasion of Fortnite has begun! Expect a new Season 7 Battle Pass, UFOs, Alien Artefacts, Cosmic Chests, ray guns, payphone locations and rubber ducks to be added to the new map. Elsewhere, we have a new Victory Umbrella, and later in the season will be the arrival of a Superman skin.
What can you spend Alien Artefacts on in Fortnite?
The new resource can be spent on customizing Kymera, a new battle pass exclusive alien character that comes with an array or purchasable parts.
All of these cosmetic options can be obtained solely with alien artefacts, and the cost vary from 2 to around 17 for the most expensive ones. You can change both the top and the bottom of Kymera's head, eyes, skin colour and so on.
As expected you don't really gain any advantage in the game, as it's for purely cosmetic purposes. But it makes for a great opportunity to bring back your inner Sims-fan self and tweak the outfit to your liking.