Fortnite Season 9, Week 9 is here, and that means fans of the popular battle royale franchise have a brand-new set of weekly challenges to complete on Thursday, July 4.
We’re coming to the end of Fortnite’s 14 Days of Summer event with just five daily challenges remaining, but the good news is that a special Stranger Things x Fortnite crossover is happening, with portals from the hit show appearing at Mega Mall.
As usual, seven new weekly challenges have now dropped, with XP and Battle Star rewards for those who can complete the tasks laid out by Epic Games.
The ninth set of Season 9 challenges are divided into two sections, three free challenges which are open to anyone who owns the game, with the other four locked and only available to those who purchased the Season 9 Battle Pass.
Completing any four of the seven challenges will grant players with a 9,000 XP bonus as a reward, plus Battle Stars which can be used to rank up your Battle Pass and unlock new cosmetic items.
The new set of challenges officially went on Thursday, July 4 at 6:00 AM PST / 9:00 AM EST / 2:00 PM BST, but thanks to @Lucas7yoshi, we already knew what to expect.
If you’re struggling to complete any of the seven weekly challenges, you can use our guides to help you earn those elusive Battle Stars.
The most difficult part of this week’s first challenge will be finding a Chug Jug or Chug Splash, but once you have sourced one, the challenge will be straightforward.
Players simply need to use one of the items in three different matches, so if you find one when your health or shields aren’t full, drink or throw it, and that will count as one of the three. You won’t be able to do all three in a single match, but the good news is that they don’t have to be used in consecutive games, so don’t worry if you’re struggling to source one of the Chug items.
Players will be utilizing all the different rarities of weapons this week, as you are required to find eliminations with all five variants of the weapons in the game.
Getting eliminations will be easier as their rarity increases, but finding those weapons may prove to be a challenge.
The five stages of the challenge are:
Hunting for a solar array is the name of the game for this challenge, as you need to find these sun-drinking contraptions in the game’s three main biomes - snow, desert, and the jungle.
The solar array in the desert sits just east of Paradise Palms, the one in the snow at Happy Hamlet, with the final jungle array located directly north of Pressure Plant.
This challenge will test your aim, as you’ll need to deal 500 damage points to enemy players by finding headshots.
How you chose to complete this is up to you, but an accurate weapon such as an assault rifle may make it slightly easier to find opponent’s domes, although accurately wielding a shotgun in close quarters could prove to be a quick way of completing this challenge, as it deals incredibly high damage should you find the skull of enemies.
Lazy Lagoon and Happy Hamlet are likely to be busy over the next few days, as players will be forced to head here to find seven chests.
These chests don’t have to be opened in the same match, but if you intend on completing this challenge it’s a good idea to try and land here and find a chest early, as others will open chests if you choose to land elsewhere and rotate to it.
An easy challenge to complete, players need to find five eliminations in any named location on the map.
Where you choose to complete it is up to you, but the good news is that any area mentioned by name on the minimap will count, and these kills don’t need to be found in the same match if you die early, so play as normal and you should rack these kills up pretty handily.
Slightly trickier, you’ll need to keep an eye out for opponents around the Pressure Plant area, as you use the Volcano Vents, land and take aim at enemy players.
The easiest way to complete this may be to just continuously fly around using the vents until you spot an opponent, and then dive bomb down to him and eliminate him. Killing an enemy with full health and shield will grant you the full 200 damage if you’re lucky enough to find one, but you may need to take down two players to successfully complete this challenge.
This article was updated at 9:02 am EST on Thursday, July 4.