It's the launch of a brand-new season in Fortnite, which means there's a fresh Battle Pass packed with rewards ready to be cracked open. Season 10--or Season X, as developer Epic Games is calling it--is an interesting one because it's delving into the history of Fortnite using time travel shenanigans. What this means for you as a player is modified versions of skins and items from Fortnite days gone could be floating around somewhere out there, just waiting for you to grab them. In this guide, we'll break down everything you need to know about the Battle Pass and how you can get your hands on all the goodies it holds.
What Is The Fortnite Battle Pass?
If you're new to the game, you may be wondering what a Battle Pass is. Well, it's probably the most important thing in Fortnite, and something you'll want to spend cash to get if you plan to play the game long-term. The Battle Pass effectively is the container that holds all the cool customization items players use to make their characters look cool. We're talking skins, emotes, wraps, gliders, and back bling, among other things. To actually get all this, however, you'll need to play lots of Fortnite and spend time taking out enemies and securing Victory Royales. When you do this, you'll earn Battle Stars, which level up the Battle Pass and, as you gain Battle Pass levels you'll unlock the items attached to the various milestones.
How Do Battle Pass Challenges Work?
There was a way to expedite the process: Weekly Challenges. As the name suggests, these were a set of missions that refreshed every week. Completing them was by far the best way to get your hands on a lot of Battle Stars in one go. However, in a change from how things have been before, Fortnite no longer seems to have any free Weekly Challenges--they all require you to pay for the Battle Pass. This is bad news for people who don't want to get their wallets out, since the more challenges you have access to, the more Battle Stars you'll earn, which will in turn level up your Battle Pass quicker and get you the unlocks sooner. In further bad news, Daily Challenges are gone altogether--regardless of whether you pay for the premium tier.
Now, instead of Daily and Weekly challenges, Epic has created Missions, which are a grouping of themed challenges that, from what we can tell, will feel largely familiar in terms of gameplay, if not formatting. We've delved deeper into the changes to challenges in our Fortnite Season 10 Challenge breakdown, but the key thing is that most challenges are now locked for free players.
How Much Does A Battle Pass Cost?
A Battle Pass will set you back 950 V-Bucks from Fortnite's in-game store. V-Bucks are a currency that's specific to Fortnite, but to get it you'll have to spend real money. It'll cost you around $10 / £8 to get 1,000 V-Bucks, which will get you the Battle Pass and leave you with some digital pocket change to spend elsewhere on the Fortnite store. Alternatively, you could purchase the Battle Bundle, which is on sale at a 40% discount. It costs 2,800 V-Bucks and will automatically unlock 25 tiers of the Battle Pass, giving you a bit of a jumpstart.
If you're feeling kind, you have the ability gift a Battle Pass to someone. This feature will be available until August 15, and your first purchase also includes a unique Gift Box that you can use when gifting items from the in-game shop. However, among the issues impacting Fortnite after the release of this new update is one that forced Epic to disable Battle Pass gifting on PC. It's unclear when the feature will return.
Due to an issue, Gifting the Battle Pass on PC has been disabled. We'll provide a status update with any new information.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 1, 2019
What Are The Battle Pass Rewards?
If you spend the V-Bucks to pick up a Battle Pass, you'll instantly unlock a couple of skins. One of these is the Kitsune outfit, while the other is the X-Lord. Beyond that rewards include additional skins, wraps--which change the visual style of whatever items they're applied to--pets, emotes, back bling, sprays, new loading screen artwork, music, and more. What everyone aspires to acquire, however, is the progressive outfit at tier 100. These are skins that animate in a cool way and, in Season 10, it's the Ultima Knight Outfit. Head over to our gallery to see all of Fortnite Season 10's new skins, emotes, back bling, and more.
Battle Pass Tiers
What's New In Season 10?
Making your way through the entire Battle Pass usually takes between 75 and 150 hours of play, according to Epic Games. In that time you'll unlock over 100 rewards which are worth 25,000 V-Bucks. As you can imagine, making the most of a Battle Pass takes a lot of time and effort, but Epic likes to keep things fresh and ensure players don't get too comfortable with what's going on. Take Season 10's theme, for example, it's a kind of best-of-Fortnite conceit that will allow players to indulge in their nostalgia.
"Time is twisted and the Zero Point has become volatile in Season X," Epic explains. "Whether you're nostalgic for the past or excited for the future, there will be plenty for you to discover all Season long. Locations once thought to be lost have begun to appear on the island, but they aren't the same as they once were. Board the Battle Bus and drop in, but keep an eye to the skies to spot the new Season X mech vehicle, the B.R.U.T.E. Crashing on the island as the Battle Bus takes off, these merciless mechs seat two players and works best with a partner, so grab a squadmate, hop in, load up, and roll out."
You can read more about what's new in the Season 10 patch notes. For more on the new season as a whole, head over to our Fortnite Season 10 hub, where you'll find all the pre-releases teases, information on its launch, and details on everything that is new. This hub is being updated regularly, so check back for the latest updates on what's happening with the game.