Fortnite Season 9 Guide – Start Date, Battle Pass, Skins, Weapons

We show you what's new, what's different, and what's gone in Fortnite Season 9.

It seems like only yesterday that the Fortnite island was festooned with pirate camps, cannons, and buried treasure, but it’s already time to say goodbye! Season 9 looms large on the horizon, with all available information indicating that Season 8’s adventure aesthetic will be replaced with a futuristic theme. Here’s what we know so far about Season 9’s release date, map changes, Battle Pass, and skins.

When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?

Fortnite Season 9 should be live any moment now! In fact, by the time you read this, it’s probably already live!

New Season 9 Features & Weapons

New in Fortnite Season 9 are:

  • Slipstreams: A transportation system of interlinked wind rings which help you traverse the map!
  • The Combat Shotgun! Pump shotguns are being vaulted and this is supposed to be the replacement!
  • Air Vents: Small platforms that give players a small boost. Grants immunity to fall damage.
  • Fortbytes: 100 collectible computer chips available to Battle Pass owners. Collect them to unlock rewards!
  • Two New Locations: Neo Tilted and Mega Mall

Fortnite Map Changes

Season 8’s climax has already left a dramatic impact. As seen above, Tilted Towers’ near-total obliteration is surely the most striking difference after Season 8’s volcanic eruption. Retail Row also took a good hit while Polar Peak got a walloping that leaves us concerned for the area’s future.

Both locations have been rebuilt! Tilted Towers is now Neo Tilted and Retail Row is now Mega Mall!

Battle Pass and Skins

Battle Pass details are still coming out, but here are the skins you’ll be chasing. From left to right they are: Stratus, Bunker Jonesy, Rox, Vendetta, Sentinel, Demi, and Vega! Vendetta is the Tier 100 skin. Sentinel and Rox are unlocked at Tier 1 of the paid Battle Pass.

What’s Been Vaulted?

The following:

  • Unvaulted Grenades
  • Vaulted Clingers
  • Vaulted Buried Treasure
  • Vaulted Pump Shotgun
  • Vaulted Poison Dart Trap
  • Vaulted Scoped Revolver
  • Vaulted Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Vaulted Thermal Assault Rifle
  • Vaulted Balloons

Season 9 Teasers

As usual, Epic Games has started releasing teasers ahead of the launch of Fortnite Season 9. The three put together spell “NEO.” The community at large is associating this with Neo Tokyo, a phrase associated with a generic future version of Tokyo. Some surmise that the newly destroyed Tilted Towers will be rebuilt as a futuristic city.