Our Fortnite: Season 5 guide contains everything we know so far about Fortnite's Season 5, including the release date, theme, map changes and Battle Pass costs and rewards.
Fortnite Season 5 is now upon us and if you thought the game’s meteoric rise couldn’t get any better, we've certainly been proved wrong with patch V.5.0.
Season 4 kicked off with a huge meteor impact that clattered into certain locations around the map and changed them for good. Not only was it an excuse for Epic to give unpopular areas a much needed rework, it also introduced a superhero theme into the mix.
Season 5's main theme is "Worlds Collide", with mysterious Rifts popping up on the map, a brand new Desert Biome to explore, an exciting new vehicle, tonnes of new cosmetic items and so much more.
Below we’ve put together everything we know so far about Fortnite Season 5, along with a few speculative thoughts on what else could be in store for us. Once we’ve got more information, we’ll be using this page as a hub for teasers, announcements and all the latest details - stay tuned on that front!
Get caught up with everything Season 4 related before the next season arrives by heading over to our comprehensive Season 4 guide!
UPDATE: Season 5 Patch Notes
Before we completely overhaul this guide, we thought we'd bring you the lowdown on many of the new things coming with Season 5 straight from the official patch notes.
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- There's an All Terrain Kart (ATK)
- The new All Terrain Kart (ATK) has room for your entire squad.
- Get a speed boost after drifting.
- The roof acts as a bounce pad.
- Work together as rear passengers to leap over obstacles with the All Terrain Kart (ATK). Lean back and release at the same time for a higher jump.
- Lean back by holding S on keyboards or holding back on the thumbstick for controllers.
New Map Update
- There are now mysterious Rifts you can step into.
- New Biome: Desert
- New Location: Paradise Palms
- New Location: Lazy Links
- A few unnamed POIs have also appeared across the island.
- The center of Storm circles 7, 8, and 9 can now shift in random directions (instead of simply shrinking). As the storm closes in, it will move & shrink to the new location.
- Starting in Season 5, progressive challenges will no longer be restricted to a single season. You can now complete progressive challenges at your own pace.
- Progressive challenges are now completed by acquiring a fixed amount of XP and is no longer dependant on your season level.
- Gyro/motion controls have been added to the Nintendo Switch. Adjust these options in the Settings menu.
- Weekly challenges are now split into two sections, free and Battle Pass. The first 3 challenges will be available for free while the last 4 are only available if you own the Battle Pass. The threshold to unlock the weekly challenge reward will remain at 4.
- Down But Not Out players now have smaller collision. Previously their collision was at the standing height which blocked DBNO players from crawling under doors and blocked building collision in some cases.
- Players that were crouching when knocked Down But Not Out will be returned to a crouching state upon revival.
- Emoting will now interrupt sprinting.
- You now earn XP for reviving teammates in 50v50 and Teams of 20 LTMs up to three times per match (30XP, 10XP, 10XP).
- Weapon reticle will now fade slightly when reloading, out of ammo, or changing weapons.
- The player camera can now see out of the water when walking in lakes.
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When will Season 5 start and end?
We've been given official confirmation over on the Fortnite's subreddit, with Epic community coordinator MrPopoTFS giving us details on the date and when exactly we'll be able to get stuck into the new content.
Here's what he had to say:
Season 4 is coming to an end! We want to give you a heads up on the exact ending time. You may have seen the timer update in-game, which means we are giving you two more days to complete Season 4! Season 5 will begin on July 12th at 4 AM EDT (08:00 GMT).
Want even more help earning those last few Battle Pass rewards? We’ll be running a +100% match XP weekend starting June 29th at 4AM EDT (08:00 GMT) and ending on July 2nd at 3AM EDT (07:00 GMT). Hop in, catch up on challenges, and earn those Season 4 rewards while you can!
- Season 5 begins on July 12th 2018.
- Season 5 officially starts at 08:00 GMT.
Season’s usually last a total of 10 weeks, so it’s likely that Season 5 will come to an end sometime in mid September.
It’s worth quickly noting that at the end of every Season, all the Battle Pass cosmetic rewards will be placed in the vault and no longer be obtainable. So make sure you get levelling and completing those Weekly Challenges before things come to a close soon!
How much does Season 5's Battle Pass cost?
Season 5’s Battle Pass is 950 V-Bucks. This translates to around £8.99 or $9.50 in real world currency, which is a pretty good deal for the amount of content you’ll get if you ask us.
You can’t actually purchase 950 V-Bucks specifically, so you’ll likely have to fork out money to buy 1000 V-Bucks instead. So once you’ve unlocked the Battle Pass you’ll be left with 50 V-Bucks which you can start stashing for a future Item Shop purchase.
The Battle Bundle also returns for Season 5. It costs 2,800 V-bucks which equates to £19.99 in real world currency, but grants you bonus rewards including instant tier unlocks and bonus EXP for a limited time.
Finally, if you purchase the Season 5 Battle Pass later in the season, you’ll still be retroactively awarded items up to your current level.
How do you purchase Season 5's Battle Pass?
Purchase Season 5's Battle Pass and you'll be able to unlock all the cosmetic rewards on offer as you level up. If you're unfamiliar with how to navigate the main menu and get hold of the Battle Pass, we've put together a step by step guide below.
- Login to the game.
- From the main menu screen, click the Battle Pass tab at the top of the screen.
- Select "Purchase" towards the bottom left of the menu page.
- Now you've got to choose from the 950 V-Bucks "Battle Pass" or the 2,800 V-Bucks "Battle Bundle". If you're after the standard Battle Pass, select the former option. If you want 25 tiers unlocked instantly, select the latter.
- Next you'll be prompted to "Get V-Bucks". Select this and choose how many you want to purchase using real world currency.
- Select an option, click "Purchase" and you'll be redirected to a payment screen. Select your payment method and complete the process.
- The V-Bucks will appear in your account instantly.
- Go back to the "Battle Pass" tab, click purchase and you'll know it's been unlocked successfully as an animation will play.
- Now get out there and level it up to get your rewards!
What rewards will you earn with Season 5's Battle Pass?
New Tiers, Bundles and Cosmetic Rewards
When you purchase the Season 5 Battle Pass, you'll instantly unlock a big batch of in-game rewards including two skins! As you play during the season, you'll unlock a series of reward tiers.
If you purchased Season 4's Battle Pass, you'll also start Season 5 off with 5 free tiers completely unlocked.
What's more, if you've not got the time to work towards unlocks every day, you can still purchase tiers for 150 V-Bucks each or buy the Battle Bundle for 2800 V-Bucks which will immediately unlock +25 tiers at a 40% discount.
With Season 5's Battle Pass there are now a whole host of new Outfits, Gliders, Pickaxes, Backblings and Toys. If you're after a closer look at all these new rewards, make sure you have a glance at the gallery we've posted below.
What map changes are there in Season 5?
In Season 5 there is a brand new Desert Biome with a couple of new named locations, "Paradise Palms" and "Lazy Links". What's more, a few unnamed points of interest have popped up across the island too!
Here are screenshots of many new locations courtesy of FortniteINTEL:
Anarchy Acres has been replaced by Lazy Links
For a full list of Fortnite's locations, make sure you check out our Map Locations page. Our Easter Eggs page is also well worth reading if you're after a more in-depth look at some extra points of interest!
There appears to be a countdown timer in the supervillain base, along with various rumours that a huge missile is going to launch as well.
It all started with reports that a countdown timer in the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite was being broadcast across TV screens. Now that’s appeared in the PC and PS4 versions of the game, with the timer suggesting that something calamitous is about to happen soon.
If Season 4 kicked off with a massive meteor strike, then we wouldn’t be surprised if Season 5 opened with a big missile strike that altered some other locations around the map which aren’t quite as popular as the rest.
An area like Wailing Woods could be a prime target for an overhaul, considering it’s just not cut out for build offs and fights.
Maybe we’ll even see the end of Tilted Towers too?
Finally, we know that Epic wants the endgame meta to move away from “Just build lol”, so we’re fully expecting a real shake up when Season 5 lands. Perhaps we’ll see a building materials cap to prevent people from stockpiling, or maybe some special tools for players who aren’t as adept at building to get the drop on enemies who’ve constructed a huge fort.
What are the Season 5 Weekly Challenges?
Each Thursday, Fortnite's updated with a new set of Weekly Challenges. Complete these and you'll be rewarded with Battle Stars that'll go towards levelling up your Battle Pass - so it's definitely well worth investing time in.
In contrast to Season 4, Season 5's slimlining the number of Weekly Challenges and split them up into two sections. Here's how it works now:
- There are 3 Weekly Challenges for free players.
- There are 4 exclusive Weekly Challenges only available for Season 5 Battle Pass owners.
Below we've linked a screenshot of the first week's challenges. Simply click on it to zoom in.
Make sure you head on over to our Week 1 Challenges guide (Season 5) for tips and tricks to getting all of these challenges out of the way as quickly as possible!
For help finding all the Lightning Bolts, our All Lightning Bolt locations (Search floating Lightning Bolts) page has got you covered.
What is the theme in Season 5?
The theme for Season 5 is "Worlds Collide" and it suggests that the real world is being sucked into the game itself.
Check out the opening cinematic here:
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what theme Fortnite Season 5 is going to take but we've got a handful of in-game teases to go by. Here's a summary of what's been happening around Fortnite's map and what it might mean for the game's theme going forward.
Cinematic of Fortnite's rocket launch by Enzait
- A huge rocket launched from the Enemy Lair on the west side of the map which looked as if it was going to destroy Tilted Towers, but exploded prematurely in the air and created an enormous crack in the sky.
- Since this event small cracks have been appearing across the map in a number of named locations. Tomato Town, Durr Burger in Greasy Grove and Retail Row have all been home to these strange anomalies.
- Durr Burger has even been spotted in real life! Twitter user selashiloni was out and about in the Californian desert and stumbled into the enormous burger sitting on the sand. A police car was also found at the scene which resembles those that can be found in-game.
- These anomalies aren't just knocking around for ominous aesthetics either. They're sucking objects (mainly signposts?) in, and spitting out other fanciful items ranging from anchors to carriages.
- With these portals spitting out possible history themed items, we could be in for some dramatic map changes in Season 5. We certainly expect some of Fortnite's less popular areas to get a real makeover, or even get replaced entirely by a rift. If anything, these rifts allude to Epic's plan for fresh content addition throughout the season. We reckon they'll spring up randomly as the weeks go by, sucking in old locations and replacing them with new things!
This concludes the third edition of our Season 5 guide, but we’ll completely overhaul it once we learn more about Fortnite’s fifth season. Keep this page bookmarked for all the latest news!