Fortnite Season 9 Week 1 Challenges Guide: Slip Stream, Sky Platforms

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Welcome to the very first week of Fortnite Season 9, krusty krew! You’ve been trapped in a vault for 10 years and it’s time to experience the incredible futuristic majesty of public transit and chicken gundams. Epic’s first batch of Weekly Battle Pass Challenges plays it pretty safe, but also makes sure to incentivize participation in the island’s fun new gimmicks. As always, we’ve got maps for everything that needs mapping, so read on to find out about sky platforms, slip streams, and everything else you’ll be doing this weekend.

Fortnite Season 9, Week 1 Challenges

  • Ride the Slip Stream around Neo Tilted > Ride the Slip Stream around Mega Mall [Free | 5 Battle Stars]
  • Visit all 7 Sky Platforms [Free | 5 Battle Stars]
  • Deal 200 damage to an opponent within 10 seconds of using a Shadow Bomb [Free | 10 Battle Stars]
  • Pickup a Legendary item in 5 different matches [Battle Pass | 5 Battle Stars]
  • Search 7 chests at Lucky Landing or Loot Lake [Battle Pass | 5 Battle Stars]
  • Get 3 scoped weapon eliminations [Battle Pass | 10 Battle Stars]
  • Deal 300 damage to opponents from at least 2 stories above > Deal 200 damage to opponents from at least 4 stories above > Deal 100 damage to opponents from at least 6 stories above [Battle Pass | 10 Battle Stars]

Ride the Slip Stream Around Neo Tilted, etc

The Slip Stream is Season 9’s newest mode of transit — sorta like the vacuum tubes from Futurama, just without the tube part. This means you can hop in or out of the Stream at any location, which can be both convenient and life-saving, depending on how hot things are. In order to earn credit for this challenge, you’ll need to complete one full lap around Neo Tilted and another full lap around Mega Mall. Since this is a staged challenge, you can’t get credit for both locations in a single match — you’ll have to space ’em out.

It may be tempting to drop directly onto Neo Tilted for the first stage of this challenge, but I would advise against it. Neo Tilted is going to be the hottest spot on the map for at least a week, and there will be a lot of people looking to get easy kills on folk trying to complete the Slip Stream challenge. You’ll likely have an easier time getting it done by dropping to Pleasant Park, or even one of the hilltops adjacent to Neo Tilted. After the first circle has figured out where it’s going, Neo Tilted should have calmed down enough for you to attempt a lap around the city. You can also play Team Rumble until you get a session where Neo Tilted is on your team’s side of the map, which would make this challenge a much safer endeavor.

Visit all 7 Sky Platforms

Sky Platforms, baby! Remember when Kevin the Cube was making his rounds, ripping sections of the map from the very Earth and turning them into mini floating islands? This is basically like that, except way more Apex Legends-y. The seven Sky Platforms in question can be found at the locations marked above. It’s up to you whether you want to drop directly onto one, or access it from the bottom, as all Sky Platforms have player-lifting air jets beneath them. It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to visit all seven in a single match — I like to scribble a little note somewhere each time I get credit towards a challenge like this, that way I can be sure to avoid locations I’ve already been to. It’s easier to forget than one might think!

Deal 200 damage to an opponent within 10 seconds of using a Shadow Bomb

Shadow Bombs still exist and Epic wants you to use them, dagnabbit! These ninja-inspired items grant temporary stealth and the ability to double/wall jump, which theoretically makes getting the drop on some fools a lot easier. For this challenge, you’ll have to accumulate a total of 200 damage dealt to opponents within 10 seconds of using a Shadow Bomb, and the key word here is “accumulate.” You can space this damage out across as many attempts as it takes.

Shadow Bombs can be found in chests, supply drops, llamas, or just lying around. Since Team Rumble has the highest item spawn rate going right now, that mode is your best bet for finding Shadow Bombs and finishing this challenge. Use the entire first circle to loot, and don’t worry about getting killed by the storm. That’s why respawns are enabled!

Pickup a Legendary item in 5 different matches

As with the Shadow Bomb challenge, so too with the Legendary Item challenge. Team Rumble spawns more chests and supply drops than any other mode currently available, which means that you’ll have the best chance at finding a Legendary item there. Spend the entire first circle looting, and don’t be afraid to get way, way far out on the map. Since respawns are enabled in Team Rumble, you’ll be instantly teleported back to the action once the first circle has closed.

Search 7 chests at Lucky Landing or Loot Lake

This old challenge serves a new purpose this week, as it makes sure that people have a reason to go somewhere other than Neo Tilted, Mega Mall, or Pressure Plant. As covered in the last two challenges, Team Rumble has the highest chest spawn rate of any mode, so you’re practically guaranteed to find what you’re looking for in Lucky Landing or Loot Lake, provided that you’re playing Team Rumble. Competition might be a little heavy for the first couple of days, but things should quiet down as the weekend progresses and more people complete this challenge. If you hate Team Rumble and insist on getting this done in vanilla Battle Royale, land at whichever location is furthest from the bus route.

Get 3 scoped weapon eliminations

All together now everybody: Do this in Team Rumble! ???? Are you noticing a pattern here? If the challenge requires damage dealt or eliminations earned with a specific weapon type or item, Team Rumble is almost always going to be the easiest and fastest way to get it done. The high item spawn rate, coupled with respawns being enabled, means that you’ve got a ton of time to find the weapon you need, and as many lives as necessary to do the dang thing. And as for doing said dang thing, don’t get too excited and jump right into the fray. Hang back and take pot shots during the last few circles, when there’s always a bunch of jokers running around with shotguns out in the middle of a field.

Deal 300 damage to opponents from at least 2 stories above, etc

Epic is heavily emphasizing the amount of verticality that came to the island with Season 9. Thankfully, as the height required for each stage of this challenge increases, the damage required decreases, which is a kindness that Epic didn’t have to afford us. While you can pair this challenge up with the above scoped weapon elimination challenge, remember that this challenge wants damage, not eliminations. You’ll have a much easier time getting this done by aiming for more consisted body damage, rather than headshots. As always, Team Rumble is your friend for this challenge.

Hidden Tier

Since this is an odd-numbered week, a Hidden Tier will spawn on the island once you’ve completed all seven of the above challenges. Use the map above to track it down, and don’t forget that Hidden Tiers only appear when you’re within a few tiles! If you don’t see it on your approach, don’t panic.

And that’s everything we have right now for Fortnite this week! For a look at what else Season 9 has to offer, head on over to our Fortnite Season 9 guide! It has details on the Battle Pass, map changes, new features, weapons, vault changes, and more!

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