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Everything we know about Fortnite Winterfest 2020: leaks, dates & more

Fortnite 2020 winter event should be coming soon. Here’s all the leaks and information we have.

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Fortnite Winterfest 2020 is nearly here. Let’s take a look at everything we know.

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off after an epic fight with Galactus at the finale of Season 4. So far, Season 5 has given up plenty of content at launch, with the introduction of Disney’s “The Mandalorian” in the Battle Pass

Adding to the pile of new content, we should hopefully be seeing another Winterfest this year, as we did in 2019. It may not bear the same name as last year, but the idea should be similar.

When will the event begin?

The event in 2019 ran from December 18 to January 6, and the event in 2018 ran from December 20 to January 2. The date ranges seem to begin in the third weeks of December, so a good bet for when to begins should be after December 20.

It could also creep in a bit earlier, perhaps Friday, December 18, but that may be wishful thinking.

All Winter Event Leaks

Recently, data miners have run into quite a few leaks. We have leaker HypeX, who found a slurp bazooka, fire extinguisher, and a snowman NPC in the game.

The snowman NPC will probably give players quests, bounties, and the same thing that other Season 5 NPCs do – with a wintery twist. Perhaps, you can choose to kill the snowman for loot if you’re feeling heartless.

Another leaker, ShiinaBR, revealed a new playable character skin, Snowmando. He does not have a shop tag, which could mean he could be the free skin for the upcoming event. Of course, this is only speculation.

This of course is subject to change as there is no official confirmation of Snowmando being a free character.

Last up, we have info from LunakisLeaks, who claims that there will be a Christmas Flopper coming to the game.

Note this is only in-game code. There is no images to support this rumor.

Overall, Fortnite will surely have another Holiday event. It should launch around the third week of December and hopefully include lots of free new content and skins for players.

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How to watch FNCS Season 5 & earn Twitch drops

Epic Games have given more information about the FNCS Season 5 schedule and Twitch drops viewers can earn.

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Epic Games has released more details regarding the FNCS Season 5 schedule and Twitch drops. Here are the details.

After announcing details regarding the FNCS Season 5 prize pool, Epic Games has now released information regarding the exact schedule and rewards viewers will get for watching the championship series this year.

A vast majority of the big-money games will be played on crossplay enabled servers Luckily, Epic has reversed this decision, instead promising a few console-only competitions in the future.

With that said, here’s this seasons breakdown.

Scoring system & Format

This season’s main competitive mode will be Trios. This will likely be the main format going forward for all future seasons. For scoring, it will be based on placements and eliminations. You can see the chat below.

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point

Each elimination will be worth 1 additional point.

FNCS Schedule

Epic has announced they will be moving away from weekly broadcasts, instead opting to focus on the most important stages of the competition. This will include the final week of qualifiers and finals. The schedule is as follows: (Times are in ET)

Europe

  • 1 PM – Broadcast Begins
  • 1:15 PM – Live Coverage Begins
  • 4:30 PM – Approximate stream end

North America

  • 5:00 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 5:15 PM – Live North America East coverage
  • 8:30 PM – Break
  • 9:15 PM – North America West coverage
  • 12:30 PM – Approximate stream end

Other regions will also have streams, and there will also be streams in languages other than English. You can find those streams here.

Twitch Drops

Epic Games will be offering Twitch Drops once again to players who watch the FNCS live. These drops will come in the form of sprays, stickers and loading screens.

Be sure to enable Twitch drops between your Epic Games and Twitch account. You can link your accounts through the settings tab on Twitch.

We’ll update you when Twitch announces all of the drops formally.

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Where to find the black box in Fortnite’s Week 9 challenge

A Fortnite Season 5 weekly challenges requires you to find a black box at the crashed plane site. Here’s how you can get this done.

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Fortnite black box location

One of Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 9 challenges requires you to find a black box at the crashed plane site. We’ve made it easier to find with the help of a useful map.

Fortnite Season 5 is set to end on March 16, and we’re now in week 9 of the update. This means that there are brand new weekly challenges for you to complete, and you have the opportunity to progress through the Battle Pass.

Week 9’s challenges are simple compared to previous weeks since you’ll mostly do tasks like dealing damage in water and shaking down IO Guards. One of these Epic Quests requires you to find a crashed plane’s black box.

Where to find the black box in Fortnite Season 5

To find the black box, you’ll have to make your way towards the location of the crashed plane, which is at the northwesternmost point of the map. It’s close to the Coral Castle POI on Fortnite Island.

It’s likely that you’ve already been to this area before since it’s usually rich in loot for you to collect. That leads to it also being filled with a high amount of player traffic, so you should be ready for a battle when you head over there.

We’ve made things a bit easier for you by marking the exact location on the map below.

Black box location in Fortnite Season 5

The plane has been split into three parts, and you can find the black box near the middle section. Head over to the marked spot on the map, and you’ll be able to interact with it. That will result in you receiving 20,000 XP in the challenge.

At the moment, we don’t know for sure if this crashed plane will have some sort of major relevance to future events in the battle royale, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if it did. Stealthy Stronghold ended up being tied to the Predator crossover.

That wraps up this relatively simple challenge. You can earn some serious XP, and unlock brand new cosmetics by completing Epic and Legendary quests, so be sure to check out our Fortnite Season 5 Week 9 challenges guide.

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Where to find Hidden Bunkers for Fortnite Week 9 challenge

Fortnite Season 5 Week 9’s challenge has players visit a hidden bunker, so here’s where to find them in Chapter 2.

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Fortnite Season 5’s Week 9 Quests ask you to find a hidden bunker, so here are the locations for all three on the Fortnite map.

Bunkers have been a source of intrigue for Fortnite players since Chapter 1 when a mysterious bunker door arrived in Weeping Woods. No matter how the map changed, the bunker remained.

When the original map was destroyed and Fortnite moved onto a new island, these bunkers returned. Still, nobody knows what these bunkers are for, but with us only being a few weeks away from Season 6, perhaps we’ll know the answer then.

The Season 5 Week 9 challenges, which begin on January 28, ask players to visit one of these bunkers for 20,000 XP, so here are their locations.

Fortnite Hidden Bunker locations

There are three bunkers spread out across the Fortnite Chapter 2 map, and all of them difficult to find if you don’t know where to go. One is hidden underwater, one under a shack, and the last behind a bush at the very edge of the map.

To make things easy for you, we’ve put together a map showing where these bunkers are.

Fortnite bunker locations

The first bunker is in the bay off the coast directly to the south of Holly Hedges. Swim out to sea as if you’re going off the map, and dive under the water and you’ll find the hidden bunker.

The second bunker is found at the very north of the map on the island to the north-west of Craggy Cliffs. It will be found under a shack on the east side of the island. Simply break open the wall underneath the shack and you’ll have found the bunker.

The third bunker is on the cliffs to the south-east of Retail Row. Go along the cliffs to the east of Retail Row and you’ll stumble upon a large bush in-between two trees. Destroy the bush and you’ll find the bunker underneath.

The leaked Quests ask you to ‘”Find a hidden bunker???” so the first bunker may be the only one that will work for this challenge, as it pings with ‘???’ when you first visit it. So we recommend visiting this bunker first, but any of the three will likely work.

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