The Pumpkin Launcher is a special Halloween themed item which is only available in Fortnite during the Fortnitemares event.
This Halloween - or shall I say, Fortnitemares - eliminating an opponent with a Pumpkin Launcher will earn you one of the special Fortnitemares rewards.
You'll also earn a small amount of XP for completing this quest, which will help you earn Battle Stars for the Season 8 Battle Pass.
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Pumpkin Launcher location in Fortnite explained
The easiest way to find a Pumpkin Launcher for the Fortmitemares quest is to head into the main Sideways anomaly for your match. Within this anomaly, you'll be able to find a number of chests and, since they give rarer loot, your chances of finding a Pumpkin Launcher are far higher.
You may need to open a number of Sideways Chests to find the Pumpkin Launcher, but, as long as you keep opening chests, you're sure to find one. In one match we even received two Pumpkin Launchers from one chest!
Pumpkin Launchers can also be found by defeating opponents who happen to be carrying one.
Big changes are coming! Find out when the Fortnite The End event time is in your region - don't worry, there's still time to grab the the Cube Queen skin before it goes. Recent quests include Touch a Cube, Spirit Vessel Caretaker's footprints, Command Signal, scroll locations, mini-pufts, seismographs, Ghostbusters signs and deploying a ghost trap for the Containment Specialist. Elsewhere in Season 8, you can start using Sideways weapons, partake in Sideways encounters, and find colour bottles for Tonna Fish.
How to eliminate an opponent with a Pumpkin Launcher in Fortnite
Once you've found a Pumpkin Launcher, it's time to complete the Fortnitemares quest - eliminate an opponent with a Pumpkin Launcher.
Before attempting this, however, you may want to gather some additional ammo for your Pumpkin Launcher to ensure you finish the job. This weapon is a type of rocket launcher, so it may take some time to find the right ammunition, but it's doing so if you want to easily complete this quest.
When you find an opponent you'll want to ensure you hit them first with the Pumpkin Launcher, because, depending on their health and shield level, this might easily kill them.
If they are properly prepared for a fight, consider, depending on how much Pumpkin Launcher ammunition you have, using another weapon to whittle down their shield before launching your final attack.
The Pumpkin Launcher is a powerful weapon, so, as long as your aim is true, your opponent will be quickly eliminated.
For completing this quest, you'll receive 2,800k XP.
If you'd like to learn more about Season 8 of Fortnite, check out our guides on the Battle Pass, Sideways Weapons, Sideways encounters, colour bottle locations and what's classed as a melee weapon in Fortnite.