“Timed Trials” is hands down the most fun new challenge to hit Fortnite: Battle Royale in Season 5. There’s no real precedent in the world of Fortnite, but virtually any gamer should instantly recognize this type of challenge. We’ve seen similar time trials appear as mini-games in everything from Grand Theft Auto to Super Smash Bros.
Time trials hit Fortnite on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern with the rest of the Week 6 challenges. In various locations across the map, there’s a ghostly blue-white icon reminiscent of the purple or yellow lightning bolts we’ve seen before, but the closest analog — in color anyway — is probably the challenge that had players visit the center of four named locations in a single match. The icon itself is shaped like a glowing stopwatch, so it’s pretty hard to miss.
Once someone walks through the initial trigger icon, a bunch of different similar stopwatch icons appear in the immediate area. Then, players have to parkour their way through the environment, jumping on, around, and over various obstacles — and occasionally building ramps or platforms — to hit all the necessary targets before the timer runs out.
I was able to complete one on the first try, so these really aren’t that difficult. But should somebody fail on the first attempt, they can trigger the cue again, much like the clay pigeons challenge.
Here’s a map providing all of the various locations we’ve scrounged up:
Some of these locations remain unconfirmed, and there might even be more out there. But we’ll keep things updated as more confirmations come in.
Keep in mind that there are some conflicting reports out there, so I’ll make one thing perfectly clear: The racetrack on the east side of the map is not one of the timed trials. Triggering the start of a race does create an arch of a similar color over the racetrack, but it’s not for this challenge at all. All of the timed trials involve straight-up parkour. So get those palms dusted and get ready to jump around.
Fortnite Season 5 is scheduled to end on September 25, 2018, so there’s still plenty of time to complete these and other challenges.