Fortnite Season 5 update patch notes: Bounty System, Battle Pass, POIs

Galactus looms over a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 logo.Epic Games

After the incredible Nexus War event that saw Galactus finally attack the Fortnite island, Chapter 2’s next update has landed, bringing a host of updates to the game, including new weapons, a Bounty system, and some major map changes. Here’s the unofficial Fortnite Season 5 patch notes. 

Season 4’s dramatic conclusion captivated the world on December 1, as the “Devourer of Worlds” Galactus finally reigned terror over the game’s island, attempting to pull the Zero Point out of the middle of the map to be consumed and end reality as we know it. Thankfully, with the help of some Marvel heroes like Ironman, Thor, and Wolverine, the gigantic villain was banished, but not before he made some startling changes.

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Season 5 is set to revolve around the Zero Point, a massive ball of energy that creates the reality Fortnite exists in, and with it now exposed, Jonesy and some powerful bounty hunters have arrived on the island to stabilize it, and prevent any players from escaping the island.

With new weapons, the Bounty system, and some major map updates, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into this season. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 5: Zero Point.

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New Weapons and Items

As always, a new season brings new toys for players to try out, and Season 5 is no exception. The new Dragon Shotgun is sure to lead to your enemy’s fiery demise, while the seven new fish available to catch in-game will give you a nice boost when needed.

Fans of Disney+’s The Mandalorian will get to use the weapons they see the character uses in the show, with his Amban Sniper Rifle making an appearance, while you’ll also be able to take to the sky using his Jetpack too.

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Interestingly, there are also Gold Bars this season, along with a safe to keep them in. What you’ll be able to do with these bars remains unclear, but it’s likely they are the reward for capturing bounties and could be used to improve your loadout by buying new weapons or items. You can view the full list of new items below.

  • Dragon Shotgun
  • Shadow Tracker
  • New Floppers
    • Tiger Zero Fish
    • Leafy Zero Fish
    • Skull Zero Fish
    • Rift-To-Go Flopper
    • Sandstorm Rift Flopper
    • Zero Point Flopper
  • Bounty Board
  • Gold Bars & Safe
  • Boom’s Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Amban Sniper Rifle (Mythic)
  • Mandalorian’s Jetpack (Mythic)

Vaults and Unvaults

Along with new items, Epic Games have used the Vault system to freshen up the loot pool. Charge and Double Barrel Shotguns are back, along with the P90, Storm Scout Rifle, and Balloons.

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Players will be saying goodbye to the Revolver, Fire Trap, Scar AR, and Tactical SMGs. Perhaps the biggest vault, the Pump Shotgun has once again been removed from the game, although it’s always worth remembering that just because an item has been vaulted doesn’t mean it won’t come back again in the future. You can check out the full list of vaults and unvaults below.


  • Charge Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • P90
  • SMG
  • Storm Scout Rifle
  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Balloons


  • Revolver
  • Fire Trap
  • Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Epic/Legendary Pump Shotgun
  • Legendary Combat Shotgun
  • Scar
  • Epic/Legendary Tac SMG

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

Of course, there’s also a new Battle Pass for players to grind through this season, with The Mandalorian the stand-out addition, alongside a number of new skins that are unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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The new battle pass features a whole load of typically-awesome rewards.

Fortnite's Battle Pass in the new Chapter 2, Season 5.Epic Games
The rewards for this season are epic, starting off with The Mandalorian at level 1.

Not all of the rewards have been revealed as of yet, but there’s a huge variety of fantastic items to work towards as it stands.

Image showing the final current rewards for this season's Battle PassEpic Games
Menace is the new Legendary skin for this season.

Map Changes

There’s something strange going on with the Fortnite Season 5 map, with some classic locations returning, but not exactly as we remember them. Tilted Towers and Salty Springs have been merged together to create Salty Towers, a hybrid of both original map locations.

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Elsewhere, Stealthy Stronghold, Hunter’s Haven, and Colossal Coliseum are the three POIs to be added this year, along with a host of other Season 5 map changes that have yet to be discovered.

Here’s a few screenshots of the new map.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 POIEpic Games
Here’s an area of the updated Fortnite map.
Fortnite map POIEpic Games
There’s a lot of sand, clearly.
Fortnite POI new mapEpic Games
There appears to be a colosseum now on the island.
Fortnite POI Epic Games
One of the new landing spots in Fortnite.

Bug fixes

No Fortnite patch would be complete without bug fixes, and Epic Games have ironed out a few issues heading into the new season, including a fix for keybinding issues and disabling the Bash Burner pickaxe in competitive playlists:

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  • Huntress Outfit appearing as Ramirez or another Outfit.
  • Impossible to bind the same key to different actions with Keyboard.
  • Bash Burner Pickaxe temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Hunting Grounds

Stealthy Stronghold, a new area in the new seasonEpic Games
Stealthy Stronghold is a jungle-themed biome.

Areas like the Jungle, Ancient Arena are self-contained places to focus on your survival skills in Fortnite. The Jungle is a hard area to get out of in itself, so you have to be on your top form here. Sinking sands also give players a new feature to work against in the Crystaline Sands. Stopping for too long will see you sink into the ground – so keep moving!

New NPCs

All over the map, you’ll now find new quest givers that task you with certain things. From Bounties and more, these new NPCs will be fantastic in helping you progress through the Battle Pass.

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Look out for Mancake, Sunflower, Steel Farmer, and more on your travels. You’re also able to hire them as an ally, gather intel on surroundings and your enemies, too. Reap the rewards with these NPCs and utilize them as often as you can.

New Hunters/Skins

A photo of the current new playable hunters in the season.Epic Games
More hunters are set to arrive as the season progresses.

Alongside the fantastic slew of new characters to arrive, from The Mandalorian to Mave; they aren’t the only ones slated to drop through the loop during the season.

More information and patch notes from the Fortnite Season 5 update is being released constantly, so make sure to keep checking back to Dexerto as we continue to update this article throughout the day.

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