Fortnite Season 10 is on the horizon - teasing several significant map changes and more.
Along with it will come a new Fortnite Battle Pass as a gateway to new Season 10 skins - provided you then put in the time and effort to then unlock them, of course.
If you're just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.
On this page:
- When is the Fortnite Season 10 release date?
- Fortnite Season 10 expected theme and Season 9 story so far explained
- Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass skins: Bunker Jonesy, Rox, Sentinel, Tier 100 skin Vendetta and all new skins
- Fortnite Season 9 map and confirmed map changes
- Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass cost and Battle Pass rewards list
When is the Fortnite Season 10 release date?
A new season begins in Fortnite every couple of months. Throughout each season you can unlock a variety of rewards by levelling up. These rewards can include new emotes, music tracks, loading screens, character and weapon skins, and sometimes even V-Bucks.
Currently Fortnite Season 9 is coming to an end.
The Fortnite Season 10 release date is looking to be Wednesday, July 31st, according to the in-game Battle Pass countdown clock.
This allows for bonus sets of Overtime and Birthday Challenges, as well as the Fortnite World Cup running its course - it makes sense they'll want until that's over before making significant map changes.
When it launches, going by previous seasons the Fortnite Season 10 release time should be in the early morning for the UK at the usual patch time for Fortnite:
- UK: 9am (BST)
- Europe: 10am (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1am (PDT)
Don't forget that, like with the previous seasons, all the previous challenges will vanish when Season 10 begins, so make sure you've unlocked all the rewards you've set your eyes on.
Fortnite Season 10 expected theme and Season 9 story so far explained
As a new season draws near, odd events start occurring across the Fortnite map. While previous seasons saw a mysterious purple cube and rifts swallow landmarks, we're about to witness a battle between two towering figures across the map.
Furthermore, Mane__larsonYT from reddit believes that, since Season 9 has been focused on the map becoming a utopia, Season 10 could bring us the apocalypse.
Cattus, the monster that was trapped within Polar Peaks, (thanks to FortTory from Twitter for finding this name through a datamine) managed to escape its icy prison and, after leaving a path of destruction, vanished into the ocean.
A few weeks later, construction on a large robot began at the Pressure Plant. This robot is apparently called Doggus, which gives us a pretty good idea about what Fortnite plans to do with these beings.
Here's the story so far, thanks to a handy infographic by MeMyselfAndAAJ on reddit:
Want to know what Cattus look and sounds like? Thanks to YouTuber Criminal CJ, we have a small idea, with captured footage of Cattus swimming off the coast.
This event has also been teased throughout Season 9 through the addition of Fortbytes. Once collected these computer chips have uncovered a mysterious image - a kind of reverse advent calendar (BernardBoi from reddit for uploading this image):
Now, with Season 9 coming to a close, we know that this image is actually a picture of Bunker Jonesy painting a mural during the years he spent trapped in the bunker. The mural depicts the events of the past Seasons, including the Rockets for Season 4 and, of course, Kevin the Cube.
Leaked Loading Screens reveal both a focus on Doggus, and the centre of the mural - the image behind Jonesy - is that climatic battle. (Thanks to Absolute_Unit_1 on reddit for the image):
All these things combined, it's obvious this battle is important in how Fortnite Season 10 begins.
When does this battle take place? On July 20th - before Season 9 draws to a close - with a kaiju-inspired fight between Cattus and Doggus, which you can witness from the various Sky Platforms across the map.
The aftermath could leave the island in ruins, and see us wandering about a wasteland throughout Season 10.
Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass skins: Bunker Jonesy, Rox, Sentinel, Tier 100 skin Vendetta and all new skins
Now the Season 9 Battle Pass is live, here's a look at all of the available skins you can earn through it.
Rox skins (Tier 1, 10 more versions unlocked with XP progress)
Sentinel skin (Tier 1)
Bunker Jonesy skin (Tier 23)
Vega skins (Tier 47, 2 more versions unlocked with 2,000 and 6,000 opponents outlasted)
Stratus skin (Tier 71)
Demi skin (Tier 87)
Sentinel (Dark) skin style (Tier 99)
Vendetta skins (Tier 100, 10 more versions unlocked with XP progress)
There's also a look at some of them in action in the Fortnite Season 9 trailer:
Fortnite Season 9 map and confirmed map changes
Fortnite sees strange occurrences in the lead up to a new season, and though Season 9's build up had been quieter than previous seasons - compared to say Season 4's comet, Season 5's rift and Season 6's giant purple cube - there's still a big shake up to the map itself. Here's a look at it:
Here's the Season 9 map changes, based on the latest Fortnite patch notes and what we've learned from Season 9 so far:
Neo Tiled, Mega Mall and Pressure Plant
Two new locations have replaced Tilted Towers and Retail Row - Neo Tilted and Mega Mall.
There's also the Pressure Plant, which has sprung up as a new facility on the volcano.
Here's a peak at some official imagery:
How did this come to be? It was thanks to the volcano, which has laid mostly dormant for all of Season 8 until the Unvaulting event.
The end of Season 8's Unvaulting event saw the conclusion of the runes puzzle, which had appeared all over the map in the latter half of the season.
It resulted in a Vault in Loot Lake opening up, allowing players to pick one weapon, item or vehicle from the Vault (the term used for objects withdrawn from previous seasons) to re-enter the game.
After that, the volcano erupted, destroying part of Retail Row, and much of Tilted Towers:
After the Unvaulting, the volcano erupted, destroying Retail Row and Tilted Towers (finally!) in the process. RIP. ?? pic.twitter.com/FQgr8V5GM3— Matthew Reynolds (@Crazyreyn) May 4, 2019
That's the end of Tilted, then.
Other Season 9 Map changes - Slipstreams, vehicles and more
The other changes to the Fortnite map in Season 9 are a bit more general and evironmental.
There are now new objects called Slipstreams, which seem to replace things like ziplines as the new speedy, fixed-position ways of getting around the map. As explained in the Fortnite patch notes, these tunnels of wind passively carry players down the stream.
You can move faster and change direction when actively trying to move down the Stream, use directional input to gain extra velocity, and experiment with "bobbing up and down" for higher speeds. You're launched when exiting the tube based on your movement speed and exit angle, and both projectiles and vehicles can enter Slipstreams, too!
There's a new kind of collectible, called Fortbytes, too. We have a dedicated page on Fortbyte locations up and running if you want to dive into more on that.
Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass cost and Battle Pass rewards list
Like Season 8 before it, Season 9 offers an array of new rewards, most of which are locked behind Battle Pass ownership.
While you can unlock a select number of the above with a Free Pass, it's only with a Battle Pass that a second tier of elusive rewards are unlocked.
The Battle Pass is a premium item, and again costs 950 V-Bucks. You can buy a bundle of 1,000 V-Bucks for around Ł8 / $10, or earn V-Bucks in game through a variety of activities.
Here's a list of what's included with the premium option of the Season 9 Battle Pass bundle:
- Rox progressive skin
- Sentinel skin
- Bunker Jonesy skin
- Sentinel wrap
- Ripe Rippers harvesting tool
- Turbo Spin glider
- Ripe wrap
- 300 V-Bucks
- 1 Music Track
- 70% Bonus Season Match XP
- 20% Bonus Season Friend Match XP
The Season 9 Battle Pass otherwise includes the following unlocked instantly with the standard version:
- Two outfits
- 50% personal match XP boost
- 60% friend match XP boost
- Access to more Challenges, including Utopia Battle Star locations
And the much more to unlock over the course of the season - including a new Victory Umbrella.
These Challenges are introduced weekly, ranging from performing certain types of activities or finding hidden objects on the map, and completing them helps you rank up your Battle Pass easier, give you those rewards faster.
Both these Battle Pass Challenges and rewards can be unlocked at your leisure throughout the season, but once a new Season begins, your progress resets, and a new set of rewards and rankings will begin.