How To Unlock Fortnite Wakanda Salute Emote With New Black Panther Challenges

Epic has added a new Black Panther-themed emote to the game, and you can get it for free by knocking out these challenges.


While it may have been last season of Fortnite: Battle Royale that was Marvel-themed, that doesn't mean the game's connections to the franchise have ended. A small new set of challenges, dubbed Wakanda Forever, have been introduced to the game for the next three weeks, and completing them will earn you the Wakandan Salute emote--and the long-awaited Black Panther skin is finally approaching its release.

The Wakanda Forever challenges are available for free, and there are only three total you'll need to complete. Fortunately, this just involves playing the game--you won't need to hunt down any unmarked locations or do anything unnatural. However, one of the three challenges is mislabeled: Despite saying you only need to play five Duo or Squad matches, you actually have to do this challenge with a friend, Epic clarified on Twitter; it's working to update the in-game text now. Each of the three challenges has a corresponding XP reward, and once you finish all three, you'll unlock the emote, which was popularized by 2018's Black Panther movie. You just have to do all of this by January 12 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET.

Wakanda Forever Challenges

  • Play Matches (10) -- 10k XP
  • Outlast opponents (500) -- 20k XP
  • Play Duo or Squad matches with a friend (5) -- 20k XP

Coinciding with this, Epic's ongoing Fortography event, where players submit their best Fortnite screenshots, will focus on the new emote. You can submit yours by tweeting with the #Fortography hashtag.

Fortnite's Wakandan Salute emote
Fortnite's Wakandan Salute emote

Additionally, Epic says it will release a new Fortnite trailer today, December 21, at 3:45 PM ET / 6:45 PM ET. It didn't say what this will involve but teased there will be watch parties on Twitch with MsAshRocks, Xmiramira, Prospering, and BlackGirlGamers. Leaks have pointed to the prospect of a Black Panther skin being added to the game for months, and it looks as if this trailer will reveal its arrival on the in-game item shop.

Following the passing of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman earlier this year, Fortnite players congregated at the Black Panther statue in-game to pay their respects.

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