'Fortnite' Open Water loading screen challenge: Where to find the Hidden O

The new loading screen challenge has been revealed.

The nature of challenges has changed yet again in Fortnite: Battle Royale Chapter 2. Limited-time weekly missions sets are no more, seemingly fused together with the themed sets introduced each week that last all season, so it looks like loading screen challenges may have also been thrown in there as well. For the “Open Water” mission set, the loading screen challenge is “search hidden O found in the Open Water loading screen.”

Open Water challenges were unlocked Thursday morning, and like Season X’s weekly mission sets, only three challenges can be active at a time. Rather than only seven challenges total, however, there’s a whopping total of 11 challenges, with the last one referencing the loading screen. Players will have to complete eight of the following challenges before they unlock the loading screen:

  • Land at Craggy Cliffs, Salty Springs and Dirty Docks
  • Hide inside Hideouts in different matches
  • Search Chests at Craggy Cliffs or Misty Meadows
  • Eliminate opponents with a Sniper Rifle
  • Be crouched within 20m of an opponent for a total of 10 seconds
  • Deal damage with pistols to opponents
  • Search ammo boxes in a single match
  • Ge an elimination from 50m or further
  • Survive Storm phases
  • Deal damage within 10 seconds of leaving a Hideout
  • Search hidden O found in the Open Water loading screen
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At least the Open Water loading screen fits the theme.

The loading screen shows a fishing scene from a boat in the far north of the map. Fans might not recognize the area yet considering how new everything is, but the building in the background is the coastal building on the north side of Craggy Cliffs.

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The Open Water loading screen leads to a location under a coastal building.

Last season, the limited time mission sets unlocked a single challenge per day and only after completing three challenges could players access the loading screen. It was a bit frustrating and confusing, because that meant the mission sets would unlock on a Thursday and the earliest players could get the loading screen was a Saturday, but the whole thing would disappear the following Thursday. This new format makes a lot more sense.

Players still have to do the challenges in a controlled order, but as soon as the mission sets go live, they’re free to keep going until they unlock the loading screen and the access for the secret reward. That’s usually a battle star, but now it seems like we’ll be unlocking a series of letters all season long as part of this series. What does it all mean? What will the word be? We’ll have to wait and see.


Fortnite: Battle Royale Chapter 2, Season 1 has only just begun, but according to the in-game countdown, it should end on December 7, 2019.