Finding the Lightning Bolts is the objective of one of Fortnite's many Weekly Challenges.
If you're just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.
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Fortnite Lightning Bolt locations: Where are Lightning Bolts in Fortnite?
Though you need a total of seven Lightning Bolts, the good news is there are more Lightning Bolts than you need, so you won't have to search too hard to complete the set.
Here are 20 Lightning Bolts we've found so far - more than enough to complete the challenge:
Specifically, these are found in the following locations.
West of Wailing Woods, on the small mound by the camper van:
West of Lazy Links, above the abandoned motel in an unnamed location:
Loot Lake, on the west side, above the water:
West of Tomato Town, above the river:
Greasy Grove, right in the middle of the town:
Retail Row, on the west side above the street:
Tilted Towers, above the smaller red building in the middle:
Lucky Landing, off to the north-east near a standalone building:
South of Shifty Shafts, above the road between the factory buildings:
South-east of Shifty Shafts, next to the bridge:
Junk Junction, above the north-west corner:
Between Haunted Hills and Pleasant Park, between the two mountains:
Dusty Divot, above the trees in the centre:
Paradise Palms, to the west:
Lonely Lodge, west of the tall tower to the south:
Wailing Woods, high above the trees north of the maze:
North of the river at the very top of the map:
Salty Springs, above the street on the west side of the location:
East of Salty Springs, next to a bridge:
North-west of Snobby Shores, high up next to a mountain:
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How floating Lightning Bolts work in Fortnite
For the Week 1 Challenges, you are tasked with the following:
- Search floating Lightning Bolts (7 total, 10 Battle Stars)
Another challenge from this week is the Fortnite Risky Reels treasure map location.
What this means is across the map, there are floating Lightning Bolts to be found.
Similar to last season's Fortnite letters, these are Lightning Bolts high up in the sky - akin to collectables you might find in other games.
Once you find a Lightning Bolt, interact with it to pick it up and you'll add one more to your total. Once you have found seven, the challenge has been completed.
However, unlike Fortnite Letters, these are much less inaccessible. Though easy to detect from a distance, they are high up in the air - further than any jump. And no, you can't grab them while gliding from the Battle Bus - we tried!
The only solution is to build up to them. Our building guide explains the basics of how to do this, but you'll want to construct ramps, elevating you to the same height. Once you are, it can be collected.
There are other additional difficulties to it simply being out of reach, however. For one, you need a lot of materials to reach them due to their distance from the ground. Our recommendation is to chop down some trees for some quick and easy wooden materials. Otherwise, loot boxes can help.
The other thing, like building any structure in Fortnite, is that it attracts a lot of attention. As such, you'll want to do it when you are alone, so other players can't shoot at you from a distance.
If you are struggling, then we recommend trying it one of the LTM modes - such as 50v50 - which splits the map so you're surrounded by other friendly players more often, meaning you won't be obstructed from climbing up and getting on with the challenge.