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Fortnite Season 7 Week 9 challenges and how to complete them – Sneaky Snowman, Golden Balloons, Time Trials

Published: 30/Jan/2019 12:36 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 7:59

by Ross Deason

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The Fortnite Battle Royale challenges for Week 9 of Season 7 officially went live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and every other platform on January 31. Here’s everything you need to know.

The Week 9 challenges were originally leaked by the well-known Fortnite data mining source FNBRHQ, the same source that leaked most of the upcoming skins and cosmetics found in Fortnite’s v7.30 patch files.

It would appear that the leaks were just as accurate as we’ve become accustomed to, as the official list looks almost identical to the leaks. The only change is the order in which the challenges are listed and which ones are exclusive to owners of the Battle Pass.

The Week 9 Fortnite challenges went live on January 31.

On the whole, the Week 8 challenges for Fortnite were pretty simple and vanilla, but the Week 9 tasks promised a much more interesting and diverse list of quests from the moment they were leaked.

The official list delivered on that promise when it was released on Thursday at 14:00 GMT (09:00 EST, 06:00 PST), offering players a range of challenges from shotgun eliminations to time trials. You can find the full list of Season 7, Week 9 challenges below:

Free Pass Challenges

  • Use a Sneaky Snowman in different matches (3)
  • Land at: 1. Retail Row
    2. Frosty Flight
    3. Haunted Hills
    4. Shifty Shafts
    5. Dusty Divot
  • Eliminate opponents at Junk Junction or Retail Row (3) (HARD)

Battle Pass Challenges

As we mentioned above, the challenges look like they will be pretty interesting. There are two ‘stage’ challenges and Golden Balloon popping could prove difficult depending on the number of them that are added to the map.

It’s always possible that the Fortnite developers will make changes to one or two of the challenges by the time they go live but that wasn’t the case this week. Here are some quick guides to help you out:


How to complete the Season 7, Week 9 Fortnite challenges

Beware of snowmen during Week 9!

Week 8 Snowfall challenge

The bonus Snowfall challenge returns once again for Week 9 of Season 7. This week, you’ll be looking for a secret Battle Star using the hint in the Week 9 Snowfall challenge loading screen.

Once you’ve completed all seven of the standard challenges for the week, check out our step-by-step guide on how to find the secret Fortnite Battle Star for Week 9 of Season 7.

Use a Sneaky Snowman in different matches

Sneaky Snowmen were added to the game on January 22 as part of the v7.20 update. The item can be used in two different ways and both will count towards this challenge.

Option 1: Use your primary fire button to throw a projectile that ‘creates a destructible snowman’. 

Option 2: Use your secondary fire option and wear the Sneaky Snowman like you would wear the Bush.

Make sure you use a Snowman in a total of three different matches to complete this challenge.

Stage 1: Land at Retail Row

The second of the stage challenges for Week 9 looks to be fairly simple – land at each named location and work through the stages. We’re expecting five stages in total and you’ll asked to complete them in this order:

  1. Land at Retail Row
  2. Land at Frosty Flights
  3. Land at Haunted Hills
  4. Land at Shift Shafts
  5. Land at Dusty Divot

Eliminate opponents at Junk Junction Or Retail Row

The number of opponents you’ll need to eliminate in order to complete this challenge is three, but you can use both locations or stick to just the one.

Your best bet for elimination challenges like this is to concentrate on getting some good loot and then concentrating on picking up the kills.

The Heavy is out!The Heavy Shotgun won’t be an option for the shotgun eliminations challenge.

Pop Golden Balloons

To complete this challenge, you’ll simply need to pop a total of 10 Golden Balloons. However, finding them could prove difficult.

Check out our full guide and map with all of the known Golden Balloon locations if you’re struggling.

Stage 1: Dance on top of a sundial

The first of the Week 9 stage challenges asks you to dance on top of different locations or points of interest on the map. We’re expecting three stages in total and you’ll need to complete them in this order:

  1. Dance on top of a sundial
  2. Dance on top of an oversized cup of coffee
  3. Dance on top of a giant metal dog head

Once you land on the locations described, simply use a dance emote from your emote wheel. If you’re struggling with the locations, check out our in-depth guide with locations for the dancing challenge.

Epic GamesThe Stormwing plane will make an appearance for one of the more difficult Week 9 challenges.

Shotgun Eliminations

This is a pretty straightforward challenge – simply eliminate a total of three players with any form of shotgun. You don’t need to kill all three in one match, so completing the challenge over the course of the week shouldn’t be too difficult.

If you’re hoping to use the Heavy Shotgun, you’re out of luck as it was vaulted alongside THREE other weapons in the v7.30 patch.

Complete three times trials with the X-4 Stormwing Plane

In the past, time trials have been some of the most enjoyable and difficult challenges in Fortnite. We’re expecting that trend to continue with this Stormwing challenge, especially when you consider how many opponents will be desperate to shoot you out of the sky!

If you’re struggling, check out our Stormwing time trial guide for a detailed walk through. 


As always, you can keep up with all the latest Fortnite news, leaks and gossip by following @Dexerto on Twitter.

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How to defeat The Mandalorian in Fortnite Season 5: Mythic Item locations

Published: 2/Dec/2020 12:53

by David Purcell

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The Mandalorian has burst onto the scene in Fortnite Season 5 with brand new Mythic Items – a Star Wars inspired jetpack and weapon – leaving players wondering how to get ahold of them in-game. 

In previous seasons, these Mythic weapons and items have been guarded by fierce non-playable characters known as bosses. These are much harder to take down than the average player in Epic Games‘ battle royale title and often have henchman by their side to protect the valuable loot they hold.

Luckily for you, in Season 5 it’s not as difficult as times gone by – because there’s not as many of them to tackle. In fact, getting ahold of The Mandalorian Mythic set is pretty easy if you know where to look. All you have to do is be the person that takes him down.

That’s what we’re going to help with.

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New landing spots have appeared all over the Fortnite island, but where’s the Mythic Items?

Fortnite Season 5 Mythic weapon and item location

First of all, you’re going to have to know where to go.

The Mandalorian can be seen patrolling around one area of the map in Fortnite Season 5, and it’s just south of Colossal Coliseum, as seen in the map below. There, you will find not only the character but also his parked up ship.

At this location, he will be carrying both a Mythic weapon and jetpack. These can be obtained by taking him out, just like a bounty hunter.

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Here’s where to find The Mandalorian in Fortnite Season 5.

How to get The Mandalorian’s Jetpack & Amban Sniper Rifle (Mythic)

Now you know where he is, it’s all about eliminating him as fast as possible.

Here’s the best way to defeat him:

  1. Drop from the Battle Bus at The Mandalorian’s ship, located between Colossal Coliseum and Lazy Lake.
  2. Land with a good distance between yourself and the ship.
  3. Pick up a weapon nearby.
  4. Reach high ground, which is actually a slope of sand near the ship.
  5. Use cover to protect yourself from his shots, or build, and by peeking out with your weapon keep firing at him.
  6. Collect the Mandalorian Mythic Items (Amban Sniper Rifle & The Mandalorian’s Jetpack) from the downed character.
  7. Head over to the ship and open the Razor Chest.
The Mandalorian jetpack and amban sniper rifle
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Here’s the loot you will find after taking him down.

Do have in mind that this is the only known boss on the Fortnite Season 5 map, with others expected to join him, so it’s bound to be a popular landing spot. Not just that, but let’s face it, it is nice to just stop by to see a bit of a Star Wars crossover as well.

So, there you have it! That’s the quickest and safest way you’re going to be able to get ahold of that elusive Razor Chest in Fortnite Season 5.