New week, new Battle Star.
Fortnite's Downtown Drop LTM may now be over, but a new batch of Season 9 content has arrived in the hit battle royale game. Week 3's challenges are now live across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and mobile devices. These are your best bet for snagging all of the new cosmetics that are up for grabs in Season 9, as each task you complete will earn you Battle Stars, which in turn will level your Battle Pass up and unlock rewards.
Week 3's challenges are particularly straightforward, so you shouldn't have too much difficulty completing them. This is fortunate, because there's an added bonus for finishing all seven challenges from a given week: You'll also complete one of Season 9's Utopia challenges, which will reward you with a special loading screen. These typically hide a clue that points you to a free item hidden somewhere around the game's map, such as a Battle Star that will level your Battle Pass up by one full tier.
If you've finished three weeks' worth of missions this season, you'll complete the third Season 9 Utopia challenge and unlock the loading screen pictured below. Per tradition, this screen features a clue leading eagle-eyed players to a free Battle Star. Specifically, the clue is scrawled onto the concrete wall the puppies are standing on; look closely and you can see the sketch of a Battle Star above a stack of cars. You'll need to go to someplace on the map that resembles the drawing in order to find the item.
If the drawing wasn't clear enough, you can find a pile of cars like that in Junk Junction, near the northwestern corner of the island. Glide toward the area at the start of a match and you should be able to easily spot the stack of cars. Make your way to the top and the Battle Star will appear. Collect it, finish the match, and your Battle Pass will be leveled up by one tier. If you need more help finding it, we've marked the Battle Star's location on the map below. You can also watch us lead you to it in the video at the top of this guide.
Unlike Week 2's secret Fortbyte #13, there's a caveat to be aware of before you can collect this Battle Star. The item will only appear if you've complete three full weeks' worth of challenges, which means you won't simply be able to go to the stack of cars in Junk Junction and expect to find it unless you've done all of the necessary work first. If you need help completing any earlier challenges, you can find guides for all the trickier ones in our full Fortnite Season 9 challenges roundup. We'll continue to update that with more tips as the season rolls on.
Epic recently rolled out Fortnite's 9.10 update, which kicked off the aforementioned Downtown Drop LTM, which features its own assortment of challenges to complete and rewards to unlock. Alongside that, Epic introduced the Hang Time bundle, which comes with a pair of Jordan tie-in skins. Other changes the patch made include the addition of Hot Spots--areas on the island where you'll have a chance to find Rare or better loot--and the reintroduction of the Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle, which is once again available in Vending Machines, chests, and as floor loot.