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Fortnite melee weapons and what's classed as a melee weapon explained

Who needs guns?

Melee weapons in Fortnite allow you to attack your foes without having to worry about ammunition.

You can also use them to gather resources, like wood, to help build structures on the Fortnite map.

In Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3, you'll need to use a melee weapon to complete one of the weekly challenges.

Below you'll discover what a melee weapon is in Fortnite, along with where to find them.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Vibin’ Cinematic Trailer

What is a melee weapon in Fortnite?

There are currently two melee weapons in Fortnite - your harvesting tool, also known as the pickaxe, and Darth Vader's Lightsaber.

The easiest melee weapon to use is, of course, your harvesting tool, because you automatically start every match with this weapon. Simply select your favourite from your Locker and away you go!

If you wish to wield the power of a Sith Lord, you'll need to defeat Darth Vader in combat. First, however, you need to know Darth Vader's location.

Once you've found him, be prepared for a fight as he's not giving up that lightsaber easily. Thankfully, other players can battle him alongside you - though you may have to kill them afterwards to get Darth Vader's Lightsaber.

Defeating Darth Vader is also one of the Vibin' quests - the storyline challenges for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3.


Chapter 3 Season 3 has arrived - bringing with it a new Battle Pass, character collection, map locations and Victory Umbrella, along with the return of Victory Crowns. You can now get Indiana Jones skins and cosmetics by completing challenges like collecting relics, damaging opponents in vehicles, and finding the secret door location. It's also good to know how to ride animals, the geyser locations along with where to find a Baller and zipline and use the new Grapple Glove, and if you're after a specific Battle Pass skin, then it's a good idea to know how to get XP fast.


You can use your chosen melee weapon to complete the 'Dislodge or destroy Runaway Boulders with a melee weapon' weekly challenge. There may even be more melee weapon related challenges in our future...

If you'd like to leanr more about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3, check out our pages on the Battle Pass, character collection, Indiana Jones skin, Vibin' quests and how to get XP fast.

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