Fortnite’s season 6, week 12 is here, and of course it comes with a new set of challenges to complete. For this week, the challenges are a little more in-depth than before, but most of the objectives are still simple enough to wrap your head around. One of the more challenging requires you to take down a Spire Guardian, which is essentially a mini-boss found on the map. You’ve seen these kinds of mini bosses before if you’ve played previous seasons.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to find these Spire Guardians and prepare to take them out, as well as tips for the battle itself. Here’s how to defeat a Spire Guardian in Fortnite.
Where to find Spire Guardians
The first step is to actually find the Spire Guardians. These enemies can be found at – wait for it – the Spiers. Season 6 has again the Fortnite map, and one of the most notable changes was the star-like formation in the center of the map. Each of the six points branching out from the center has a spire, and these locations have a Guardian mini-boss. Please refer to the map above for more details (thanks, Fortnite.gg).
We generally recommend landing close to a spire, but not right next to the Guardians, as they can easily take you out if you’re not prepared. Instead, land close by, get ready, and then start the fight. The Guardians usually spawn at the bottom of the Spires, so you should avoid landing on the ground. Landing right on top of the Spire can give you a nice vantage point on the Guardian, but depending on the loot spawning here, you may not be prepared enough to win the fight. That’s why we recommend landing somewhere else so you have enough gear. When you’re ready, attack the Guardian.
How to defeat a Spire Guardian
As for the combat itself, if you take refuge at the top of the spire while attacking the mini-boss, you’ll have a much easier time. There’s only one way the Guardian can get to you, so hopefully you’ll have a shotgun or SMG available when the boss comes to you. But ideally, you should deal damage from above with a longer-range weapon. Ultimately, what kind of gear you have is down to luck unfortunately.
If you don’t have the right weapons for the fight, we don’t recommend taking on the Guardian. So, if all you get is a pistol or a weak SMG, maybe consider retreating to get better gear. The boss doesn’t have much health, but can deal large amounts of damage, so be aware that you may have to back off if you’re not prepared. The strategy is to shoot the boss from above, and if you need to, you can jump off the spire to heal. You can use the Spire as a canopy, which is very nice.
Once you take out the boss, complete the challenge and earn 24,000 XP for your troubles.