Epic Games brought many impressive new additions to Fortnite Season 5. Now they’ve announced a new program that lets you earn free cosmetics by inviting some of your friends back in the game.
Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 has been out for a couple of weeks, and it brought various new weekly challenges, cosmetics, as well as Quests. There have also been numerous crossovers with The Mandalorian, Halo, God Of War, and The Walking Dead. There still a plethora of content that’s yet to be revealed.
Needless to say, this is an ideal time to jump into the Battle Royale and to have your friends join you. Epic Games has come out with a new promo to incentivize you to play with your friends. Starting December 14, the Reboot a Friend Beta will go live.
The promo gives you a chance to win brand new cosmetics for playing Fortnite Season 5 with friends that haven’t logged in for some time. Here’s how you can participate in this program.
How to participate in the Reboot a Friend beta
To take part in this program, you need to visit the Reboot a Friend website. From there, log in with your Epic account and invite friends who have not played Fortnite for a while. The friend you pick will be the one you play with.
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You can only select friends who haven’t played for 30 days. They will then become the Lapsed Players and be your partners in the different matches you jump into. You can check the site to see if you have any friends ready to be rebooted.
At the moment, you can only choose one “rebooted” friend to play with. Right now, the program is still in its beta stage, so this might change. Pick whomever you’d like, and then both of you will unlock rewards after playing together.
What prizes you win is dependent on the number of games you two play together. You are only eligible for these winnings if you play matches with the Lapsed Player. Here are the different tiers of rewards available:
- Level 1: Play one game to receive a “Reboot” in-game emoticon.
- Level 2: Play five games to receive a “Key Change” in-game lobby track.
- Level 3: Play ten games to receive a “Twin Talons” in-game pickaxe.
- Level 4: Play twenty games to receive a “Holofoil” in-game wrap.
If you and your friends unlock these awesome cosmetics, they will be issued to your account within 7 days. You will both get the same rewards for playing together.
This is a great way to encourage players to get back into Fortnite for the new season if they haven’t already. Having your buddies around to help with Quests and Bounties can make things much easier for you.
The promo is still in its beta stage as Epic Games are still testing things out. This means that the program will go through some changes in the near future. You can use the Reboot a Friend Beta from December 14, 2020, at 3 am ET through January 4, 2021, at 3 am ET.
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.
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.
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)
- 1 PM – Broadcast Begins
- 1:15 PM – Live Coverage Begins
- 4:30 PM – Approximate stream end
- 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.
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.
Image Credit: Epic Games
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.
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.
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.
Image Credits: Epic Games
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Epic Games / Fortnite Wiki
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