Live Events are events that occur within the game that connects to the storyline of Fortnite. They usually occur in the middle or near the end of every season. There have been 9 events so far, 8 are connected to the storyline while 1 is not. The latest event is called “The End”, which happened at the end of Season X (October 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET).
Meteor Event (Season 3)
The event started when players began seeing a small comet in the sky that kept getting larger by the day. The community speculated that the meteor was going to hit the map and destroy Tilted Towers. Epic Games even played along with the community by placing watch stations on top of a building and around Tilted. One day, the meteor started descending towards the map and it hit Dusty Depot, turning it into Dusty Divot.
Rocket Launch Event (Season 4)The Blast Off Event started by The Visitor who arrived on the map inside the meteor. He found the rocket and somehow programmed it to travel through multiple dimensions. After he launched the rocket, he zoomed around the map shooting through what would later be called rifts. The rocket finally was about to hit Tilted Towers, until it was consumed by a rift. The rocket then emerges nearby Loot Lake, blasts into the sky, and forms the Crack.
Cube Event (Season 5)The Cube Event started in the middle of Season 5 when lightning shot down from the Crack, which was created by the rocket event. It created a giant, purple cube on top of a hill near Paradise Palms. The Cube, or Kevin as it was nicknamed, started to move across the map and would bounce back any player who touched it. It eventually rolled over to Loot Lake and sunk into it. Once the cube had sunk, the surface of loot lake became purple and bouncy, just like the Cube.
The Explosion (Season 6/Fortnitemares 2)
Halfway through Season 6, the island opened up a portal to gather up more energy and ended up overflowing with energy releasing the Loot Lake house's corrupted blocks all over the island, They turned into Obelisks that summoned Cube Monsters. They had said that the danger zone of Fortnite grew 500x that day. The island had also split into 3 different big islands and 4 small miniature islands.
Butterfly Event (Season 6)After the zombies were sent out in a desperate need of killing innocent TTV Sweats. The Cube was starting to leak and was dripping into the whirlpool in Loot Lake. Due to this, Loot Lake had been renamed Leaky Lake for Season 6. After a day of leaking, the cube was finally empty. The Cube then started to spin and emitted white light. Then while turning gray, the cube exploded, and a blinding white light covered all the players' screens. Everyone was teleported to the In-Between. After floating around for a while, a giant rift started to form. It took the shape of a giant butterfly, and started to shrink while moving over to the player. The player stuck out their finger, and the butterfly landed on it. Then another flash of light appeared, and the players were back on the island via a rift, with Leaky Lake now being "uncorrupted".
Ice Storm Event (Season 7)
The Ice Storm Event was a live event that happened in Season 7. The event was preceded by The Ice King casting a spell in an ice sphere over Polar Peak for 3 days. When the event started, The Ice King broke out of the ice ball. He proceeded to make a giant projection of himself which took form over the ocean. He waved his hand back and forwards a few times before casting it forward, with the large projection mimicking his movements. After he cast his hand forward, the entire map was blanketed in snow.
Marshmello Concert (Fortnite X Marshmello, Season 8)
In February 2019 there was a live Marshmello concert. This concert was roughly 10 minutes long and featured multiple of Marshmello's songs. As the songs cycled, the stadium got different special effects (anti-gravity, skydiving, etc).
The Unvaulting (Season 8)
The Unvaulting Event (also known as the Nexus Event) was an event that took place on May 4, 2019.
Following the events late-Season 8, the vault in Loot Lake opened, and players could jump into the vault to enter the In-Between, similarly to the Butterfly Event. Players were then allowed to choose a weapon to unvault. There were 6 options: Bouncers, Drum Gun, Grappler, Infinity Blade, Planes and the Tactical SMG. Players chose the Drum Gun to return to the game, and it promptly was. After the drum gun was unvaulted, players were brought back to the island.
After leaving the In-Between, players were launched into the air. The volcano promptly erupts, destroying half of Retail Row, cracking Polar Peak, and destroying Tilted Towers entirely, but some how the insurance building survived.
The Final Showdown (Season 9)
The Final Showdown was a Fortnite event that took place on July 20, 2019. Since releasing the 'Monster Team' banner and the 'Mech Team' banner in the item shop for gifting only, alongside a sign saying 'I 🖤' with a picture of Mecha's head on the sign, the event is assumed to be The Monster and Mecha (the giant robot at Pressure Plant) fighting.
The Monster appeared outside the Battle Royale map between The Block and Lazy Lagoon. It also had shown the Ice King's castle on top of him. The Monster first created a laser beam around the spot, but didn't do any damage to anything. The Monster then tried to open the vault for the power orb that was inside. Mecha then started to make his appearance from Pressure Plant.
It first started with Mecha throwing rockets towards the Monster, also completely destroying the Ice King's castle. The monster then shoots his laser beam towards Mecha, knocking it off its feet. Mecha got back up, then ran towards the Monster, and jumped him into the outside river west. Mecha then made his appearance, thought that he was the winner, and the Monster jumps out and tries to take Mecha down, but Mecha throws him in the water, destroying Mecha's left arm in the process. Then Mecha went to the vault. Staggering, Mecha fell to the ground. Slowly he got back up. At this point, the monster was already back on land. Mecha smashes the vault and grabbed the orb from inside the vault. Mecha then absorbed the power of the orb, cracking it, then put down the orb. The Monster was about to attack Mecha but Mecha punches the monster, knocking him down. Mecha then goes to Neo Tilted and grabs the Statue of Singularity, which reveals it to be a sword. Then Mecha walked to the Monster, and with a slow-mo scene of the Monster who was about to beam Mecha but then Mecha stabs him mid-air, instantly killing him.
The End (Season X)
The End is referring to the launching of the second rocket in Fortnite. It started in Dusty Depot with the rocket launching from the warehouse. It then created a rift in the sky, the other rifts brought by Rift Zones cracked some more. The rocket gets out of the rift, moving to all parts of the map.
Later on, more rockets, which might come from The Seven, join in until one rocket formed a rift for the other rockets to go to.
The next rift appeared at the back of the meteor, the rockets moved to the front to create a rift for the rockets to loop through. As the rockets loop around the meteor and move faster, the rift enlarges, and the meteor sucked inside the rift.
The last rift appeared on top of Loot Lake, with a laser beam pointing at the sphere and destabilizes it even more. The meteor goes straight for the sphere as the rockets escape the island.
The meteor squishes the sphere-of-influence brought by the sphere and ends up destroying the sphere. This caused a vortex to completely suck the entire island into the In-Between and made a black hole. This also made cameos from the Tomatohead as well as the Battle Bus itself.
The game was also sucked in the black hole. Entering the game at any point after the event caused a cutscene to depict the Zero Point sphere explosion and sucks the lobby and makes the black hole. The new map was nearly created by the meteor. The black hole ended at 9 AM ET on Tuesday, October 15, and got sucked out of the time orb. New Chapter 2 skins such as Turk, Journey, and Rippley started hunting to discover where they ended up, which was actually revealed to be the new map. The honk of the Battle Bus is heard, and different skins start partying in the bus. Jonesy drops down from the bus to explore the island.