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The Storm can refer to two separate subjects:

Battle Royale

In Battle Royale, the storm is used as a barrier to keep players in the playable area and it will shrink until it is entirely closed in, dealing damage to players' health outside the storm circle's perimeter. Any shield is ignored. The storm's visuals will intensify and appear more deadly as the match goes on.

The storm can move during phases 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (in competitive only).

The below details the changing Storm in Battle Royale:

Stage Grace Period (minutes) Shrink Time (minutes) Damage while shrinking Damage after shrinking
1 3:20 4:00 1 1
2 2:00 2:00 1 2
3 1:30 1:30 2 5
4 1:20 1:10 5 8
5 0:50 1:00 8 10
6 0:30 1:00 10 10
7 0:00 0:55 10 10
8 0:00 0:45 10 10
9 0:00 1:15 10 10

Save The World

The Storm also refers to the purple storm that wiped out 98% of the world's population at the beginning of Save The World's story. It creates monsters and has taken over Earth in Save The World. It is unknown why or how it formed in the first place, but it seems to be hostile to any creature other than Husks, killing any creature that ventures inside.

Lore

The origins of the Storm are not clearly stated, but it appears to be an interdimensional force literally made from pure Evil. Its runes are shared by not just The Cube but by many sinister objects and beings that do not seem to be related to it. This implies that the runes are simply a universal symbol of Evil, and that the Storm and Cube are physical manifestations of it.

The Storm apparently entered the STW universe through the dark Rifts (DIFFERENT FROM BATTLE ROYALE RIFTS) that spawn randomly in various zones. This likely means that it comes from its own dimension of darkness, and entered both the BR and STW universes through these rifts.

The Storm is able to produce evil clones of humans and probably other life forms as well. This is shown in STW where it creates the Husks based off of a number of normal human beings (No, the husks are not infected humans. The developers themselves said this.). In Battle Royale, the Cube, which seems to be a creation of the Storm, made dark clones of Brite BomberJonesyWild CardRed KnightTricera Ops, and Rex.

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