Where to Find the Secret Battle Star in 'Fortnite' Season 8, Week 9

Peely, what are you thinking!?

The banana-shaped Peely has some kind of death wish in the Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8, Week 9 Discovery loading screen. Thankfully, you won’t have to follow his lead to get a secret battle star.

Once you complete nine full weeks’ worth of Fortnite challenges, you’ll unlock this new loading screen in which Peely and Jonesy are on some kind of treasure-hunting adventure in a building getting destroyed by lava. Peely blankly stares death in the face with a smile as he clutches one treasure chest and reaches for another one in a river of lava. From the safety of a nearby platform, Jonesy anxiously reaches for his fruity friend, but Peely foolishly just has his eyes on the prize.

Like with all Season 8 Discovery challenges, this loading screen features a clue leading to a location where you can find either a secret battle star or a hidden banner, and because this is an odd-numbered week, it’s the former. This week’s clue is faint, but it’s almost directly in the center of the image on the wall.

Discovery week 9 loading screen
This Discovery Week 9 loading screen has a clue hinting towards the Viking Village.

Etched into the wall is a crude drawing of a viking longboat. Not to be confused with the pirate ship in Lazy Lagoon, the viking longboat refers to the ship that’s been at the top of a mountain in the southwestern area of the map. The location is commonly referred to as Viking Village, although it isn’t officially named right now.

Right now, this location is due north of Frosty Flights and just barely southeast of Snobby Shores. It’s atop the highest peak on the northern boundary between the temperate and arctic zones. You should land anywhere on the main deck of the ship and then walk south until they hit the end. The secret battle star will be impossible to miss.

Fortnite Week 8 Discovery map
Players need to go to the southern end of the viking longboat's main deck.

For anyone who needs more precise guidance, the video at the top of this article from YouTuber wolker4 offers a succinct and very clear demonstration. (Be sure to check out their YouTube page for even more Fortnite videos).

According to the in-game countdown, Fortnite Season 8 should end on Wednesday, May 8. So it’s entirely possible that Season 9 could begin on Thursday, May 9. Either way, there isn’t much time left to complete the various weekly challenges and the Discovery challenges — and there’s only one more Discovery challenge to go.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8, Week 10 — the last in Season 8 — should begin Thursday, May 2 around 10:30 a.m. Eastern.


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