Fortnite Season 8’s battle pass features a sinister surprise at the end: Carnage, the psychotic symbiote from Marvel comics, is the final prize of this season’s pass. If you don’t want to wait to wield Carnage’s power, however, Epic Games has added symbiote weapons to the battle royale game for players to find. Here’s how to find–and more importantly wield–the Carnage and Venom symbiotes in Fortnite.
Fortnite Symbiotes Explained
Symbiotes in Fortnite are Mythic weapons, unique items that hold powerful passive and active abilities. The symbiote will occupy one item slot in a player’s inventory when picked up, immediately granting the wearer zero gravity jumps and the ability to re-deploy a glider during any high jump. When activated the weapon reaches out in front of the player wielding it, dealing 60 damage to an enemy and pulling them right next to the wearer. This allows for quick combos and easy eliminations, especially with a shotgun in tow.
How To Find Fortnite’s Symbiotes
The symbiotes do not appear in one specific place; rather they randomly spawn on the island when the first storm circle appears during a match. The locations of the symbiotes will appear on the in-game map, so first check the map to find where it landed and then make a beeline for that location. In the match where we found it first, Carnage’s symbiote appeared in the field northwest of Corny Crops, below the large cliff. The Venom symbiote, according to the map, had spawned near the river north of Lazy Lake.
The symbiote will appear in a canister and need to be extracted in order for the player to gain access to it. Holding the designated button next to the canister will open it–much like an ammo crate or treasure chest–and then the weapon is ready to go. Only one of the two symbiotes can be held at a time, and the weapon is not beholden to whoever finds it first; if you eliminate the wearer, the symbiote becomes yours.