Fortnite Season 8: How To Complete A Sideways Encounter

Fortnite's new mini-horde mode has left some players stumped. Here's what to know about a Sideways encounter.


In Fortnite Season 8, you'll need to complete a Sideways encounter to finish off Torin's questline in your punch card menu. This challenge has left some players stumped--and probably for a few different reasons. In this guide, we'll walk you through what you need to know about completing this challenge.

Fortnite Sideways Zones Versus Anomalies

As we broke down in our Season 8 map changes guide, the biggest differences are the creation of Sideways Anomalies and Sideways Zones. You'll easily spot the Zones in your travels because they're the enormous opaque orange bubbles that flare up in randomized POIs with every match. These Zones stay put all game long and players can enter and exit them as they desire. Think of Sideways Zones as places where this monster-filled dimension spills into the island's native dimension.

Anomalies, on the other hand, are portals to The Sideways. This is where loopers can instead travel to The Sideways. In an Anomaly, there is a defined beginning (when you enter) and end (when you defeat the waves of enemies). You can track your progress with the progress bar at the top of your screen that appears during every Anomaly encounter.

To complete a Sideways encounter, only an Anomaly will do.
To complete a Sideways encounter, only an Anomaly will do.

Taking down enough monsters will eventually spawn a humanoid boss with her own Sideways weapons. She's cloaked in otherworldly attire and it's not clear whether she's there as an enemy of the monsters too, but she shoots at you, so she's your enemy at the very least. Eliminating this masked woman and enough monsters along the way will end the Sideways Anomaly and it's this specific task you'll need to perform in order to complete a Sideways encounter. This isn't something you can do in the bubbly Zones because Zones don't have an ending.

Provided you've disposed of the hordes, you'll complete the Sideways encounter and be on your way to finishing off Torin's questline. Get caught up with everything else you need to know about Fortnite Season 8, including the Fortnite Season 8 battle pass characters and the Fortnite Season 8 new weapons. We're in for another eventful season.

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