Fortnite season 8, week 1 challenges and how to finish them fast

Season 8 has begun and with it comes a new set of challenges so you can level up your Battle Pass.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale's season 8 is here and there are a bunch of new places to land on the island, including a huge volcano you can (safely) dive into. Of course, with a new season comes a new Battle Pass, and Epic Games posted its first week of challenges so you can get started now. 

I've been to most of the new locations and I think they're all great additions to the island. I'm already envisioning crazy firefights down in the volcano (can you imagine if the last storm circle ended up there?) and Sunny Steps village promises to be a loot-filled place to land. To make room for it all, Epic also moved The Block's location to the west, getting rid of the rundown motel in the process.

This week's challenges give us a mix of old and new, with ones we've seen before and others that rely on the new map changes. Get ready, because here's where we dive into season 8, week 1 challenges.


Epic gave the challenges UI a full makeover. Looks good!

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  • Visit all Pirate Camps (0/7)
  • Search Chests at Retail Row or Junk Junction (0/7)
  • Deal damage with a Shotgun and an Explosive Weapon in a single match (0/2)

Battle Pass 

  • Visit a giant face in the desert, the jungle and the snow (0/3)
  • Use a Volcano Vent in different matches (0/5)
  • Get an elimination with a Shotgun, Assault Rifle and Explosive Weapon (0/3)
  • Deal Damage to a vehicle driven by an opponent (0/200)

How to visit all pirate camps

To kick off the new season of challenges, our first challenge involves the new pirate camps spread around the island. These do not include the new pirate ship now docked in the new Lazy Lagoon, but are instead some of the older rundown houses remodeled with a flag on top. Here's where you can visit all of them:


Most of these are places we've been before, but now there's a pirate theme with a huge flag to mark their locations.

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How to search chests at Retail Row or Junk Junction

We've seen these types of challenges plenty of times but be prepared for these locations to be crowded at the beginning of the week. As long as you land at either location a few times, you should have this one done pretty quickly.

How to deal damage with a shotgun and an explosive weapon in a single match

It appears that in the new season 8 challenge interface overhaul, we no longer have challenges marked as "hard." But I would say this one would definitely have qualified. Fortunately, you won't have to eliminate players, only deal damage to them with both weapon types. If you focus on using both over few matches, you're bound to get at least a little damage. When you're done with Stage 1, follow the directions to move on to the next pairing of weapons.

How to visit a giant face in the desert, the jungle and the snow

This one is just as it says and the three locations are pretty spread out. You might be able to take out the snow and desert ones in a single match if you're quick, but here's where all three are on the map:

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How to use a Volcano Vent in different matches

Volcano vents have sprung up around the new volcano and they're great for launching yourself into the sky for a quick getaway or to close the distance to the storm circle. They are all in the upper right quarter of the map, but here's every location:


The vents are all over the area, just make it a point to use them often to complete the challenge.

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How to get an elimination with a shotgun, assault rifle and explosive weapon

This challenge shouldn't be too difficult because you're likely to get eliminations over the course of the week with each of these weapons. Just remember that explosive weapons can be anything that explodes, which includes grenades, dynamite and even rocket launchers.

How to deal damage to a vehicle driven by an opponent

This one is pretty self-explanatory and shouldn't be too hard to complete. I initially wrote here that your safest bet would have been to take potshots at X-4 Stormwings. The only problem (sent by a reader) is that the X-4 Stormwings have been vaulted (also true for the ATK and shopping carts). Your only options left are to shoot at either the Quadcrusher or the Driftboard as players speed by you. Whatever method you choose, you only need 200 damage so it shouldn't take too long.

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Originally published Feb. 28.
Update, March 2: Adds new info about damaging opponent vehicles.