New season, new free Battle Star.
Season 9 of Fortnite is officially underway, and it's brought with it some big changes to Epic Games' hit battle royale shooter. Not only are there new areas of the map to explore, there's a new Battle Pass to purchase, which comes with a load of new skins and other cosmetic rewards to unlock over the next several weeks.
Of course, with a new Battle Pass comes a new assortment of challenges to complete, and Week 1's missions are now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. Completing these will level your Battle Pass up and, in turn, unlock the aforementioned Season 9 rewards. That's not all you can get by completing challenges, however.
Just as in previous seasons, there's a secondary set of missions to complete called Utopia challenges. These are Season 9's equivalent of the Discovery challenges from Season 8, and they can only be completing by finishing all seven challenges from a given week. If you manage to do that, you'll unlock a special loading screen that features a subtle clue pointing you to a free item hidden somewhere around the island, such as a Battle Star that levels your Battle Pass up by one tier.
Complete all of the challenges from one week in Season 9 and you'll unlock the loading screen pictured below. This time, the clue is fairly easy to spot. Look at the minigun and you'll see a set of coordinates written onto the side of the weapon: I5, I6, J5, and J6. This is where you'll need to go to find the free Battle Star.
The area where the coordinates converge is just south of Lonely Lodge; you can see its exact location marked on the map below. Make your way to the area and the Battle Star will appear. Collect it as you would any other item in the game, then finish the match and you'll level your Battle Pass up by one full tier. If you need more help locating the Battle Star, we walk you through where it can be found in the video at the top of this guide.
If you're familiar with how Season 8's Discovery challenges worked, you'll know there are a few caveats to keep in mind before you can find Season 9's Utopia challenge rewards. Most importantly, this particular Battle Star won't appear in the game unless you've complete one full week's set of challenges and unlocked the loading screen pictured above, which means you can't simply go to the right area and pick it up unless you've completed all the necessary steps.
If you need help finishing any of this season's challenges, you can find tips in our complete Fortnite Season 9 challenges guide. We'll continue to update the guide as the season rolls on, so be sure to check back each week for the latest tips and walkthroughs. You can also see everything that's new this season in Fortnite's 9.0 update patch notes.