Help:Dates

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This wiki serves Fortnite players from all over the world, making time display difficult due to the variety of time zones of our readers. This help page hopes to clear up some of the confusion surrounding dates listed on the wiki.

Reading dates on the wiki[edit source]

UTC dates[edit source]

Some pages on the wiki indicate differences in time zones by separating out dates into two rows: UTC- and UTC+. This is because the in-game shop updates at 00:00 UTC daily. At that time, the eastern and western halves of the world are on two different dates, so we have added the additional display so that all readers can see the correct date for their time zone.

What zone am I?[edit source]

UTC- areas include the following:

  • All of North America
  • All of South America
  • French Polynesia
  • Greenland
  • Cape Verde
  • Azores Islands, Portugal

UTC+ areas include the following:

  • All of Europe
  • All of Africa
  • All of Asia
  • All of Australia and New Zealand
  • All other Pacific Islands

For a visual representation, you may use Wikipedia's map of time zones. Zones that start with a minus sign are UTC-, zones that start with a plus sign are UTC+.

Other dates[edit source]

Any dates that do not include separate UTC- and UTC+ displays should be expected to be listed in EST (Eastern Standard Time, the time zone for the east coast of the United States) as that is the time zone Fortnite uses to announce patch times.

Writing dates on the wiki[edit source]

Time zone[edit source]

For the sake of clarity and consistency, dates on the wiki must all be entered in the same time zone. As both the wiki and Epic Games are based in North America, we request that you please only use UTC- dates. Some templates format dates into multiple time zones when a page is saved (see {{date display}}), but when editing a page and entering a date, please use UTC-. If you live in one of the UTC+ regions listed above, please subtract one day from your date before saving it to the wiki. For questions or clarification, please ask on the Community portal.

Syntax[edit source]

Many standard date formats may be used in our templates, however a few will not work due to limitations with the wiki software.

Valid date formats (using {{date}} to test validity):

  • Month DD, YYYY: {{date|december 31, 2018}} = 2018-12-31
  • YYYY/MM/DD: {{date|2018/12/31}} = 2018-12-31
  • YYYY-MM-DD: {{date|2018-12-31}} = 2018-12-31
  • MM/DD/YYYY: {{date|12/31/2018}} = 2018-12-31
  • DD-MM-YYYY: {{date|31-12-2018}} = 2018-12-31
  • DD Month YYYY: {{date|31 december 2018}} = 2018-12-31

Invalid date formats:

  • MM-DD-YYYY: {{date|12-31-2018}} = Error: Invalid time.
  • DD/MM/YYYY: {{date|31/12/2018}} = Error: Invalid time.
  • YYYY Month DD: {{date|2018 december 31}} = Error: Invalid time.

Please note that for DD*MM*YYYY and MM*DD*YYYY formats, the separator DOES MATTER. MM/DD/YYYY format ONLY works with slashes, while DD-MM-YYYY ONLY works with dashes.