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Fortnite Cosmic Chests: locations, how to open, and loot pool

Check out how to find and open Fornite's Cosmic Chests to bag some great loot.

Aliens land on the Fortnite island

 Cosmic Chests were removed in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1, meaning you can no longer find or open these unique loot chests. However, this guide will come in handy if Epic holds a throwback event to bring these puzzles back in the future.

Chapter 2 Season 7 of Fortnite saw an extraterrestrial army taking over the island, and with UFOs and space-age weapons littering the redecorate map, there was plenty for players to explore and try out.

One new addition in Chapter 2 Season 7 was the Cosmic Chest – a puzzle-based chest that dropped insane loot if your squad could find one and open it up successfully. These were quite rare to find – and even less frequent in Season 8 onwards – but if you did come across one, you could summon your team around it to complete the puzzle and scoop up some high-rarity weapons, loads of ammo and items, and a personal bonus offering some sought-after materials.

The Cosmic Chests were available from Chapter 2 Season 7 up until Chapter 3 Season 1. Unfortunately, that means it’s no longer possible to find and open these loot-filled crates. However, it’s possible they could return in the future, so it doesn’t hurt to be caught up – or maybe you just fancy a trip down memory lane.

Fortnite Cosmic Chest locations

Fortnite’s Cosmic Chest locations would spawn randomly during the match near a squad member. These were unique to each squad, meaning other squads could not come along and steal your chest – though they could kill you after you’d looted it and take it from your corpse.

These chests had to be opened within four minutes or they would disappear, making solving its puzzle very important.

How to open a Cosmic Chest in Fortnite

First, you needed to locate a Cosmic Chest and approach it to activate it. Then, it was time to open it.

Cosmic Chests could be opened in Fortnite by completing a team-based puzzle. The puzzle required all members of your team to stand close to the chest.

The crystal covering the chest would then send a beam of light outwards, which would attach to one or more members of the team. The team member chosen by the light beam then had to find the hitmarker on the crystal and hit it precisely with their pickaxe.

This went on for a little while as teammates chipped away at the crystal, so you had to make sure there were no enemies around you while you attempted to do this or build yourself some protective walls while you completed the puzzle.

Once the puzzle was complete, the crystal would crack open in a small animation, play a mysterious-sounding tune, and drop all the Cosmic Chest’s loot.

Fortnite Cosmic Chest loot

The Cosmic Chest loot table included weapons, ammo, and helpful consumables:

  • Pump Shotgun
  • Pistol
  • Submachine Gun
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Rocket Launcher

The good news is that these Cosmic Chests only dropped weapons of rare to legendary quality, not uncommon or common.

As well as the loot that fell on the ground, each player was also awarded with a personal bonus. This bonus was random amounts of sought-after rewards such as gold (used for crafting and buying weapons at vending machines), alien artifacts (used to customise the Kymera skin), or a chunk of XP.

So, that’s how Fortnite’s Cosmic Chests worked from Chapter 2 Season 7 up until they were sadly removed with the debut of Chapter 3 Season 1.