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Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1: Everything You Need to Know

Fortnite OG has officially ended, welcoming the introduction of Fortnite Chapter 5 and the many changes Season 1 will bring.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1, titled Underground, introduces a brand new island with a fresh story, a moving train, weapon mods, NPC bosses, and new weapons, including a Ballistic Shield. Here is everything you need to know about Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1.

New Biomes and POIs

The Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 island is completely different from previous seasons, featuring distinct Points of Interest (POIs) for players to explore. Here are all the locations:

  • Ritzy Riviera
  • Rebel’s Roost
  • Lavish Lair
  • Classy Courts
  • Grand Glacier
  • Reckless Railways
  • Ruined Reels
  • Pleasant Piazza
  • Fencing Fields
  • Hazy Hillside
  • Snooty Steppes

The snow biomes will also play a huge role in the upcoming Winterfest 2023 event in Fortnite.

Bosses and Society Medallions

Across the new island, there are five different bosses to take down: Oscar Nisha, Montague, Valeria, and Peter Griffin from Family Guy. Defeating a boss will reward you with a Society Medallion, and keeping a Medallion in your inventory will regenerate your Shield over time. Naturally, the more Society Medallions you have in your inventory, the more Shield you’ll regenerate.

However, there’s a catch. If you have a Society Medallion, you will appear on your opponents’ maps, and the more Medallions in your possession, the more precise your location will appear for the enemy.

Cars Cosmetics and Rocket League

Cars is a new cosmetic category in Fortnite and allows you to adjust the look of vehicles in the game. There are three sections: Bodies, Decals, and Wheels. Everyone will receive the OEM Wheels from Rocket League.

For those who have already pumped a few hours into Rocket League, the OEM Wheels aren’t the only Rocket League item in Fortnite. If you own the Octane, Cyclone, Jager 619, or Lamborghini Huracan STO Car Bodies in Rocket League, you also own them in Fortnite. Some Decals and Wheels will also transfer from Rocket League to Fortnite.

When you drop into the island, the Sports Car will keep the look of your equipped Cosmetic Car the entire match, even if you exit it and someone else enters it. Initially, players can transform only one Sports Car per match/gameplay session. It’s important to note that Car Bodies, Decals, and Wheels grant no competitive advantage and are strictly cosmetic.

Ballistic Shield and New Weapons

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 introduces plenty of new weapons, and arguably the most notable is the Ballistic Shield. It includes a pistol and a shield for players to defend themselves while shooting. The shield has unlimited health but only withstands a specific amount of damage before it is knocked from in front of you. Still, there are plenty of incredible uses for it.

Furthermore, Chapter 5 introduces the Hammer Pump Shotgun, Frenzy Auto Shotgun, Nemesis AR, Striker AR, Thunder Burst SMG, Hyper SMG, Reaper Sniper Rifle, and Ranger Pistol. There is also the Grapple Blade, which is similar to the grapple gun but provides a melee attack, and the Cluster Clinger, a sticky explosive that explodes explosives.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 Weapon Mods

Previously, Fortnite had Upgrade Benches, which allowed you to upgrade the rarity of your weapons. Now, they have gone one step further and added Mod Benches. With the return of Gold Bars as a currency, players can add mods that reduce recoil, increase mag capacity, and much more.

Modded Weapons are now scattered throughout the world for players to pick up, so even if you don’t have enough gold, you can still join in on the action.

Fortnite Weapon Mods
Weapon Mods in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1

Healing and Reviving

In terms of healing and reviving, a lot of new features and quality of life changes have occurred in Chapter 5. The Flowberry is a new consumable item that recovers some of your and nearby teammates’ Shield. To separate them from a Chug Splash, grant you and your nearby teammates a temporary low-gravity effect (with fall damage immunity).

Medkits and Shield Potions have changed the way they operate, and now, start restoring immediately. You can also now move slowly while they are restored, but you can’t cancel them when you start.

Finally, reviving and rebooting will slowly decrease if you stop the action rather than a hard reset, which is a welcome change.

Flowberry in Fortnite
Flowberry in Fortnite Chapter 5

Match Quests, Climbing, and Animation Changes

Fortnite has introduced Match Quests, giving you a choice between three Match Quests that expire at the end of the current match. These replace Daily Quests and are personal to each player. Therefore, your teammates can’t contribute to the progress.

Players can now climb player-made builds. This should hopefully give you a chance to catch those players who build to the sky in the blink of an eye.

Chapter 5 introduces new fluid and detailed animations, changing the way walking, running, and using a weapon look and feel. Players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC will experience Physics-Based Animation, making Gliders have more detailed animations.

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Fortnite LEGO Key Art

Fortnite Big Bang Battle Pass

The Fortnite Battle Pass for the Big Bang provides similar offerings to previous seasons, and can be purchased for 950 V-Bucks.

  • 1500 V-Bucks
  • Scorpion Car Body
  • Peter Griffin (Family Guy), Oscar, Nish, Montague, Valeria, and Vengeance Jones.
  • Emotes
  • Additional cosmetic items

Later on in the season, players will have the opportunity to unlock Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid). The Big Bang Battle Pass will be available in until March 8, 2024, at 2 am ET.

This is everything you need to know about Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1. Make sure you check out our Hub for all the news and guides on Fortnite.


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