Fortnite Bounties: How to find a bounty, complete bounties and bounty targets in Fortnite explained

Learn the ways of the bounty hunter in Fortnite!

Bounties are a new feature in Fortnite Season 5 that not only suit the bounty hunter theme of this season, but encourage you to be more daring in your combat.

Rather than running about the map and shooting anyone you come into contact with, finding a bounty will name a specific player for you to hunt down and eliminate.

If you can complete a bounty in time, you'll be rewarded with some gold bars.

Be careful though - there's always a chance that you will become the next bounty target!

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How to find a bounty in Fortnite

If you want to take on a bounty in Fortnite, you first need to find an NPC (friendly Non-Player Character) on the new Fortnite map.

NPCs can typically be found in named locations, usually inside buildings, and are marked by a little speech bubble on the map.

Once you've found an NPC, strike up a conversation with them and they'll offer you a number of services, one of which may be a bounty. If they do offer bounties, you'll also be able to see the amount of gold bars you'll earn from successfully completing it.


If an NPC doesn't offer you a bounty, then you will need to track down another NPC. There are at least 40 new NPC hidden around the Fortnite map and you can keep track of their location by visiting the Characters collection screen, which will record NPCs you've met and where.

To start the bounty, select the option from the list and then confirm that you do want to take on this challenge.


After that you'll be given the name of the player you're hunting, a picture of their avatar and six minutes to find them in.

How to complete a bounty in Fortnite

To successfully complete a bounty in Fortnite, you need to locate and eliminate your bounty target before the end of six minutes.

You can check how much time you have left and the name of your bounty target at any point by looking at the top left-hand corner of your screen.


To help you locate your target a yellow circle will appear on both your mini-map and the main Fortnite map. Your target will be located somewhere within that circle and it will move when they move, so you know if they're on the move.

Finding the exact location of your target, however, is up to you, as is the process of eliminating them when you do find them.

Your target will be within the yellow circle.

If you manage to defeat your target, then you'll be rewarded with a number of gold bars.


Try to avoid wasting time when hunting your target down though, as any bounty hunter target can be poached by other players.

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Being a bounty target in Fortnite explained

There's always a chance that a bounty will be placed on your head in Fortnite. Thankfully, you are notified when this happens!


If you're a bounty target, you'll be given six minutes to either evade your hunter or set a trap, so you can murder them instead.

You'll also be given a Threat Monitor, which will sit in the top left-hand corner of your screen directly beneath the countdown for your bounty.

The threat level is low, so I'm pretty safe at the moment.

This Threat Monitor will give you a vague idea of how close your hunter is to your location; one bar and you're pretty safe, two bars and you need to move, three red bars and you're in danger.

The threat level is red - time to run!

If you manage to kill or avoid your hunter for the whole six minutes of your bounty, then you will no longer be a bounty target.

It is possible to take on a bounty even when you're a bounty target yourself.

If you'd like to learn more about Chapter 2 Season 5 of Fortnite, then check out our guide on the battle pass skins, gold bars, new map and the location of Razor Crest!

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