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Fortnite Chapter 4 Explorer Challenges Guide (Week 1)

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 has just launched with a plethora of challenges for players to complete. The first set of challenges, Explorer, is meant to help new and old players acclimate themselves to the new map and other changes for the season. Here is how to complete every Week 1 Explorer Challenge in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 Explorer Challenges (Week 1)

All Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 Explorer Challenges as of Week 1.

The Explorer challenge set consists of 9 different challenges. These challenges will introduce players to the new map, as well as, new POIs and new mechanics/weapons, like the Oathbound Chests and Shockwave Hammer. Here are all 9 Explorer Challenges:

  • Land on the new island
  • Visit The Citadel, Anvil Square, and Shattered Slabs
  • Search Oathbound Chests (5)
  • Collect a Shockwave Hammer and an Ex-Caliber Rifle in a single match
  • Activate Augments (20)
  • Land at hot spots (3)
  • Eliminate opponents (25)
  • Hurdle over objects (15)
  • Reach 10 players remaining in a match

The first challenge is self-explanatory as you will automatically unlock it once you start a match, but we will cover the rest of the Challenges below in more detail. 

Visit The Citadel, Anvil Square, and Shattered Slabs

All locations you need to visit for week 1 Explorer Challenges.

All three of these POIs are completely new to Fortnite and are clustered together on the left side of the map. You can travel to them all in the same game, or split up your journey across multiple matches. The Challenge indicator will pop up once you enter one of these areas, confirming you have visited it and gained completion progress.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Explorer Challenges: Search Oathbound Chests

Oathbound Chests are a new type of chest only found in the new medieval inspired POIs, like The Citadel. They are long and silver, very distinctly different from the normal chests that are looted in Fortnite. They also make a different sound when nearby. You’ll need to open five of these and this is cumulative, so you can complete this across multiple matches.

Collect a Shockwave Hammer and an Ex-Caliber Rifle in a single match

These two weapons are completely new to Fortnite. The Shockwave Hammer is a super powered melee weapon that slams the ground, creating a powerful shockwave that launches enemies and can destroy buildings. It can also be used as a means of traversal, as you can also launch yourself with it. The Ex-Caliber Rifle is a powerful rifle that shoots out swords, which stick into enemies and the environment and explode after a short duration. While you can loot these anywhere, including off of defeated enemies, Oathbound Chests seem to have a high drop rate for them. You will need to carry both of them in your inventory at the same time to complete this Challenge.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Week 1 Explorer Challenges: Activate Augments

Activate 20 augments to complete this Week 1 Fortnite Explorer Challenge.

Augments are a new type of power up that are offered to every player 4 times throughout the course of a match. This means, at most, you’ll have the opportunity to activate 4 augments each match you play, so this Challenge will take multiple matches to complete. Additionally, each time an augment is offered, two different augments can be chosen at random. Players can choose to reroll, gaining a choice of two different augments; however, they are only allowed one reroll for free per match. Any additional rerolls will cost Gold. It doesn’t matter which augments you choose to activate, just activate 20 of them.

Land at Hotspots

Each match three POIs close to the Battle Bus’ path will have their names highlighted in gold. This denotes that they are hotspots for this match. This means that there will be extra loot and higher quality loot available in these areas and that more players are likely to land here. Players need to land at hotspots three times to complete this Challenge. Players can only land once per match, so you’ll need to do this across three different matches.

Eliminate Opponents – Fortnite Week 1 Explorer Challenges

Get eliminations to finish this Fortnite Week 1 Explorer Challenge.

This can be done across all of the main Battle Royale game modes; however, only your individual eliminations count. So if you are playing with a team then your teammates kills will not count towards your progress. There are plenty of ways to eliminate opponents in Fortnite and all of them will count toward this Challenge as long as you get the final blow.

Hurdle Over Objects

Hurdle 15 objects to finish this Fortnite Explorer Challenge.

The ability to hurdle objects is a new mechanic in Fortnite Chapter 4; however, it is super simple to do. All players need to do is sprint into waist high objects, like fences or tables, and their character will automatically jump over them with a new animation. You’ll need to do this 15 times and can do it all in the same match or across multiple matches. Also, you can hurdle the same object 15 times to quickly grind this to completion!

Reach 10 Players Remaining in a Match

Fortnite matches are generally full, meaning you’ll be up against 99 other players. Depending on your play-style and comfort level with the game, you may roam freely taking on fights or play more cautiously hiding on the edge of the circle and only fighting when necessary. No matter how you decide to do it, reaching 10 players left in a match shouldn’t be too much of a struggle as long as you loot up and play smart.