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Fortnite season 6, week 5 challenges and tips for completing them fast

Fortnite's challenges are here and we can help you fly through them quickly.

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The latest set of Fortnite: Battle Royale challenges have been revealed for season 6, week 5 and it looks like you'll once again have reason to dive off the battle bus with new challenges joining a major update. Wednesday marked the beginning of the Halloween event Fortnitemares, with new skins, gameplay elements and weapons added to the game.

This week's list has some interesting driving challenges as well as some that will test your ability to take people out with specific guns. But if you complete all the challenges of the week, you'll unlock an image with a clue where you can find an additional battle star. We'll get all the regular challenges out of the way first, then show you how to get the secret battle star.

Without further ado, here are this week's challenges:

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Free

  • Record a speed of 27 or more in front of different radar signs (0/5)
  • Jump through flaming hoops with a shopping cart or ATK (0/5)
  • Stage 1: Deal damage with tactical shotguns to opponents (0/200) -- Hard

Battle Pass

  • Eliminate an opponent closer than 5 meters away (0/1)
  • Deal damage with SMGs to opponents (0/500)
  • Minigun eliminations (0/2) -- Hard
  • Stage 1: Deal damage with standard pistols to opponents (0/200) -- Hard

Record a speed of 27 or more in front of different radar signs

This one is going to have vehicles racing around everywhere in the first couple of days, especially with the flaming hoops challenge also happening this week so drive safely. Your best bet here is to find a Quadcrasher because it has the most easily available boost, but it can also be done with an ATK as long as you use the powerslide booster beforehand. To get the most done in one match, you should probably play 50 vs 50 and map out a route while you wait to drop from the battle bus. 

Here's where all the radar signs are on the map:

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Jump through flaming hoops with a shopping cart or ATK

The flaming hoops are back, which always make for a fun challenge. You have to jump through five hoops to complete the challenge, so -- just like the radar signs -- the best way to plan on getting through a few each match is to line up a good run on the map beforehand.

Here's where all the flaming hoops are:

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Stage 1: Deal damage to opponents with tactical shotguns

It's great to see the staged challenges continue because it always makes leveling up your Battle Pass a little more interesting. For this one you'll need to cycle through different weapons at each stage so you should stay aware of which gun you should be using and keep a look out for it. If you keep this challenge in mind as you play regularly and seek out those guns, it shouldn't be too hard to get through it. 

Eliminate an opponent closer than 5 meters away  

You might have seen the challenge from last week that had us shooting people from further than 50 meters away, but this challenge is the opposite. No matter which weapon you use, you're going to need to get up close and personal. I would suggest heading over to Tilted Towers where there's a ton of action early in the game. Inside the walls of those buildings is where you'll have the highest likelihood of running into someone while coming around a corner. As long as you're ready for them, it should be easy to knock the one person off you need to complete the challenge.

Deal damage with SMGs to opponents

This challenge should be pretty easy to complete because SMGs are so much easier to handle these days after previous weapon balance changes. If you're a routine SMG user like I am, I would suggest not worrying too much about this one and just complete it over the course of the week. Of course you could also hit up named locations and hope for SMGs if you're trying to get it out of the way quickly.

Minigun eliminations  

This one seems easy on the surface, but whenever I get a minigun, I always find it hard to hit opponents, even though the gun gives you a continuous flow of bullets. For this challenge, I would suggest playing 50 vs. 50 mode, hope to find a minigun, then try to get your kills during the endgame as the storm closes in. You only need two kills to complete the challenge, but I agree with Epic deciding to list this challenge as hard.

Stage 1: deal damage with standard pistols to opponents

While this challenge is also listed as hard, I think it won't be as hard people might think even though it will require you complete three stages with different weapons. The key point here is that you only have to deal damage and not actually eliminate opponents. As long as you make sure to equip the requested gun once you find one and try to get in a few shots here and there through a few matches, you should be able to complete this one fairly quickly.

Loading screen Battle Star

Once you've completed all the challenges this week, you'll unlock a new loading screen for your inventory. But hidden in the loading screen is a secret Battle Star that you can find on the island. If you look closely at the image below, you can see the dark outline of a Battle Star in the window of the tower in the upper left of the image. This is in the castle above Haunted Hills. To get the Battle Star, head to the castle, then visit the smaller two towers that have stairs leading up to the doorway. You'll find your Battle Star in one of those towers.

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If you note the orientation of the towers in the image, you should be able to zero in on the Battle Star quickly.

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