What is a Melee Weapon in Fortnite?

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A new quest in Fortnite asks players to damage wildlife with a melee weapon. Here's what you need to know.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 has brought a number of new features to the island. Players have been combatting the Cube threat for a few weeks now, with a number of unique weapons at their disposal. Additionally, a few new NPCs have arrived in the game, all with their own quests for players to take on.

One such quest comes from Dire, who can be found at Camp Cod. Stage two of his particular questline asks players to damage wildlife using a melee weapon. At first,this might seem a little bit odd. Fortnite doesn't really have an array of melee weapons, so what are players supposed to do?

What is a Melee Weapon in Fortnite?

There is one melee weapon currently in the game, and you've been carrying it all along. Your trusty pickaxe will be your weapon of choice for this quest, meaning you'll need to get up close and personal with some of the island's wildlife. Previous weapons such as the lightsabers or the Infinity Blade would have counted but, as they've been vaulted, it's up to the pickaxe to do the job.

Players will need to locate either a wolf, chicken, boar, or raptor and hit it twice with the pickaxe. Run around long enough and you're sure to come across a creature before long. Chickens are probably your easiest bet, and least deadly.

Completing this quest will earn players a tidy sum of 30,000XP. Not bad for a few minutes work.