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Alien parasites are one of the many new extraterrestrial changes that were introduced in Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 7. Like their alien counterparts, they pose a threat to players. The parasites attach to a player’s head and sap some of their health while giving the player extra speed in the process. However, they spawn in hordes of a dozen or more, so players will have some trouble if they don’t see the parasites beforehand. Luckily, one of the Epic Quests in Week 11 ensures that players know how to spot the aliens.

The Epic Quests in Week 11 of Fortnite are now live, meaning players can earn 210,000 XP for their Season 7 Battle Pass. This is terrific for players looking to complete their pass before Season 8 releases. However, the challenge of marking an alien parasite could give some players difficulty en route to completing their Epic Quests.

Marking an alien parasite in Fortnite

If any player has taken part in a match during Season 7, they’ve seen an alien parasite. They’re small, purple creatures with big eyes and huge teeth. If a player goes near them, the creatures will try and attach themselves to the player’s head. The only way to get rid of the parasite is to take it for a swim in the water, which is another Week 11 Epic Quest. The parasites are located all around the map but players should try and visit Holly Hatchery for a better chance of finding them.

Alien Parasite Fortnite
One of the Alien Parasites attacking a chicken in Fortnite. | Provided by Epic Games

For players that don’t want an alien on their head but want to mark it for the Week 11 challenge, there’s an easy way to do so. Players must find one of the parasites, which are hatched from alien eggs, and use the ping feature on them. On PC, this keybind defaults to the middle mouse button and consoles can press left on the D-Pad. Either way, the only task in this challenge is to ping the alien. Once that’s done, the challenge is complete and players are awarded 30,000 XP for their Battle Pass.