Fortnite Lightning Cups: All Details

Grab one or more of your mates for Fortnite's Lightning Cups and show who's the best. We have all the details for you.
Fortnite Lightning Cup
The first tournament series where you can easily swap out your mate. | © Epic Games

Epic Games has launched a new tournament mode for Fortnite's competitive scene. The tournament mode is called "Lightning Cup" and is different from the other competitions in the Battle Royale. But let's take a closer look at the new tournament mode...

What is the Lightning Cup?

In a series of tweets, Fortnite Competitive has explained in detail what the Lightning Cup is all about. According to this, there will be two Lightning Cup events in the game starting next week. These cups are tournaments without a prize pool where players can compete against each other. Epic is looking to host regular Lightning Cups this season to fill the weekly tournament schedule. Formats, game mechanics, and weapons may change from cup to cup! The first Lightning Cup of this Season, themed "Zero Build" will take place on April 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM in Europe. The second one will happen on April 7, 2022, at 19:00.

When Is The Next Lightning Cup Taking Place?

The next Lightning Cups are happening on these dates:

  • "Architect - Duo" Lightning Cup: 19 April 2022 at 7:00 PM CEST
  • "Zero Build" - Duo" Lightning Cup: 21 April at 7:00 PM CEST

What's The Format Of The Lightning Cups?

There are five formats for the Lightning Cup:

"Best Of" Lightning Cup

You and your partner can participate in up to 7 matches in 2 hours. However, only your 5 best matches will count towards your ranking on the leaderboard.


"High Score" Lightning Cup

You and your partner can participate in as many matches as you want in 3 hours. However, only your best match will count towards your ranking on the leaderboard. Also, you can switch duo partners during this event to try and get an even higher score!

As with any Cup, points are awarded for elimination and placement.

"Zero Build" Lightning Cup

You will need three more mates for this Lightning Cup. It also takes place in Fortnite's new "Zero Build" mode. That means you have to concentrate on your aim and find cover elsewhere.

Highscore - "Eliminations Only" Lightning Cup

This Lightning Cup is being played in the "Highscore" format – only your teams best match counts. There are no points for the ranks you end up in, only your eliminations count!

"Architect" Lightning Cup

This Lightning Cup is being played by the "Architect" rules which means not only you but also other players are able to edit your structures.

What's The Point Distribution For The Lightning Cups?

This is the point distribution for the "Zero Build - Squads" cup. One point is awarded for each elimination. The placement points are determined as follows:

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2. Rank: 22 Points
  • 3. Rank: 20 Points
  • 4. Rank: 18 Points
  • 5. Rank: 17 Points
  • 6. Rank: 16 Points
  • 7. Rank: 15 Points
  • 8. Rank: 14 Points
  • 9. Rank: 13 Points
  • 10. Rank: 12 Points
  • 11. Rank: 11 Points
  • 12. Rank: 10 Points
  • 13. Rank: 9 Points
  • 14. Rank: 8 Points
  • 15. Rank: 7 Points
  • 16. Rank: 6 Points
  • 17. Rank: 5 Points
  • 18.-19. Rank: 4 Points
  • 20.-21. Rank: 3 Points
  • 22.-23. Rank: 2 Points
  • 24.-25. Rank: 1 Point

Original article by Alisa Eiber