'Fortnite' Floating Lightning Bolt Locations: Where to Find Them on the Map
The only truly new Challenge for Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5 is a new twist on old Challenge formats, having players “Search floating Lightning Bolts.”
The closest precedent is probably the “Search F-O-R-T-N-I-T-E” Challenge from Season 4, which sent players across the map for gleaming letters high and low. The big twist with Lightning Bolts, however, is that they’re floating.
Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 5 kicked off Thursday morning at 4 a.m. and with it came seven new Challenges for the week. There’s the typical treasure map hunt and getting both damage and eliminations with specific weapon types. But these floating Lightning Bolts are something else.
Remember the purple lightning bolts that indicated the center of the Storm for that specific Season 4 Challenge? The Lightning Bolts for this Challenge look similar, except they’re bright yellow. And unlike the treasure map Battle Stars, the detection radius on these is huge, meaning that you can spot them from much farther away than you can with other items.
The thing that makes actually grabbing these Bolts so Challenging is that they’re all “floating.” You won’t be able to climb pre-existing structures to reach them or even land somewhere to get them. They’ll all be elevated in some fashion, in some cases located above some peaks. Players will be able to spot them from a distance, but everyone will have to build platforms and ramps to reach them — or you could find a Golf Cart and bounce off the vehicles roof to reach it.
Like many Challenges that require you to find various things, there are way more Bolts scattered across the map than players actually need. There are some conflicting reports across the internet right now, but from what we’ve we’ve gathered, here are all of the supposed locations for these Lightning Bolts:
There may be up to 20 different Lightning Bolts on the island. It might be wise to avoid the Bolts hovering over or near popular destinations. When I tried going for the one in Paradise Palms, I was eliminated before I could acquire enough materials to build towards the Bolt. Places like Tilted Towers, Greasy Grove, and Retail Row are bound to get a lot of foot traffic, so it might be better to target some outliers like Lucky Landing, Junk Junction, or Wailing Woods.
Players have until the end of Season 5, on or around September 27, to complete this and other Challenges from this season.
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