The Random Pickaxe Challenge first started around 2018 during Fortnite’s Season 4. No one’s sure who started it, but the challenge blew up when almost all of the popular Official Fortnite streamers tried it out. The challenge helped them gain thousands (sometimes even up to millions) of views on YouTube and Twitch. Videos titled “Trying out the Random Pickaxe Challenge!” and so forth flooded social media outlets back in 2018. While this fizzled out a bit in 2019, there were still a few people doing it and even with other Fortnite items. Streamers who boast huge followings usually hop onto the trends and since these come and go, who knows? Maybe the Random Pickaxe Challenge will see a spike in relevance in 2020!
What is the Random Pickaxe Challenge?
The Random Pickaxe Challenge is wherein you set your pickaxe skin to random in the main menu before the game starts. Needless to say, taking up the challenge requires you to have all the types of pickaxes (rare, uncommon, common, etc.) in your inventory. Once you’re done setting your pickaxe to random mode, start the game! Whatever rarity of Pickaxe you end up with, that’s the only tier of weapons you’ll also have to use in the game. For example, if you ended up with an uncommon Pickaxe skin, it means that you can only use guns that are of uncommon rarity (green coded) during the match.
Why Do People Do This?
The Random Pickaxe Challenge isn’t just fun; it also adds an extra layer of difficulty to the game. Having a rare Pickaxe might seem great, but it’s hard to find rare weapons at the start of the game. Under such a circumstance, you’ll probably just hide under the bushes most of the time until the coast is clear. Having a common Pickaxe is just as hard as well. While you can easily obtain weapons, they won’t do as much damage compared to uncommon or rare weapons. You won’t have access to sniper rifles either, as those guns have the rarity of uncommon to epic on this Epic Games. The challenge is tough, but it does have some benefits. One of which is that it’ll truly make your weapon accuracy shine since you have to work with what you have to dish out as much damage as you can. This also gives you the chance to polish your building skills since you’ll have to rely on making opponents go in circles during intense confrontations.
The Random Pickaxe Challenge also started the Random Skin Challenge, which is essentially the same as the Fortnite Pickaxe Challenge but will instead rely on the rarity of the cosmetic skin you’ll be randomly equipped with.
Is the Random Pickaxe Challenge Still Relevant in 2020?
It’s hard to say as of now if the challenge will be making a comeback, especially with all other kinds of challenges popping up in the Fortnite Battle Royale community. Still, we’re hopeful that this Battle Royale Random Pickaxe Challenge will pick up steam and regain its relevance—especially with the new upcoming season. Do you think the Random Pickaxe Challenge will re-emerge as a popular trend? Or will there be a new challenge about other Fortnite items or skins instead? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or two!