What is a Melee Weapon in Fortnite?

The melee weapon was in your hotbar all along.

Fortnite has many weapons, all with their own pros and cons. One weapon that shows up semi-often in quests is the Melee Weapon, and typically it wants you to eliminate an enemy with one. However, there are many names for Melee Weapons, so many players want to know exactly what they are.

There is a simple answer: a Melee Weapon is any weapon that deals damage by directly hitting your opponents with it. You have most likely heard these called Pickaxes or Harvesting Tools. Those are the most commonly known types of melee weapons. However, other types show up occasionally, such as the Lightsaber in Chapter 2 Season 5.

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There are plenty of techniques for dealing melee damage in Fortnite, but the easiest one makes use of timing rather than skill. In Duos, Trios, and Squads matches, you can easily land a melee elimination by knocking an opponent with a gun, then finishing them off with your Harvesting Tool/Pickaxe/Melee Weapon. Alternatively, you can get their health down to less than 20, then deal a final blow with your Melee Weapon (most of which deal 20 damage).

That's all there is to know about Melee Weapons in Fortnite!

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