The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda have joined Fortnite as part of Chapter 2 Season 5, and the latest update features a ton of new things to do. One of the new inclusions is the implementation of a bonus system, which works much the same as in Call of Duty: Warzone. Fortnite includes a new set of challenges that require you to complete these bounties – a fitting addition as The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter and all. However, as expected, the game does not clarify how to actually initiate a bounty.
Fortunately, we spent quite a bit of time on the past season and completed a fair share of the bounties. In this guide, we’ll show you how to start bounties, how to complete them, and tips for completing the bounty-related challenges as easily as possible. Here̵
Start premium by talking to NPC
To start a bounty, you must talk to an NPC. With the launch of Season 5, a slew of map changes have been added. These new named locations can be found on the map and contain new NPCs to talk to. There are dozens of them on the map, but from our experience, they seem to spawn in the same locations every match. They are indicated on the map by a speech bubble, which only appears when you are close enough to it.
For example, go to Hunter’s Haven, one of the new locations north of Misty Meadows. Here you will find an NPC called Lexa which is in the northern part of this area in one of the buildings. Talk to her and then select the option on the left with the crosshair. Then confirm it by selecting the “thumbs up” icon. This starts the bounty and selects any nearby player to target and eliminate.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to talk to this particular NPC to start a bounty. Any of them will do, but if you’re having trouble finding one, Lexa is pretty easy to get to. There also seems to be a way to start bounties by interacting with a bulletin board as shown below.
We weren’t really able to start a bounty with the board above as we were already in the middle of it, but it works the same as if you were talking to an NPC. The bounty board in the above image is located southwest of Hunter’s Haven near the log truck. Check this out if you’re having trouble reaching Lexa or the other NPCs.
Complete a bounty
Once the bounty has started, any nearby player will be selected for you to eliminate, and you have six minutes to do so. The game does not specifically tell you where the player is, but a large yellow circle appears on the map indicating the player’s general location. You will find that the earlier in the match you start a bounty, the more difficult it will be to find the player you are looking for as there will (usually) be more opponents in your area. However, if you take a bounty early, the player is less likely to be dealing with weapons from the late game, so there are pros and cons at the beginning of the quest.
One tip to make it easier to find your premium is to enable it Visualize sound effects of the Audio menu in the game Settings. This gives you a visual on-screen indicator of any sounds occurring by your character, making it easy to tell if an enemy is close by. As long as you are prepared and start shooting first, you can probably take out the player. Make sure you have enough health, ammo, shields and other equipment that can help you. We recommend that you pick up at least one rare weapon to take your bounty with you as this will ensure you deal enough damage.
You can see the whole process in action in the video above. With the match going on for less than a minute, the bounty ended up with low-level weapons meaning we could quickly run over to take them out. Fortunately, they spawn nearby, but that will not always be the case. Once defeated, you earn gold bars, a form of currency used to upgrade weapons and hire NPCs to protect you. Plus, you get a boatload of XP when you complete the bounty-related challenges, along with XP for each elimination. Basically, bounties will change the way you level up, so don’t neglect them!
The other thing we have to mention is that you don’t really have to get the elimination to complete a bounty. An enemy can make your bounty “from third parties” and poach it, meaning they get credit for the elimination, while they get credit for completing the bounty. If you’re a prolific bounty hunter, you’ll find that enemies will often poach your bounties, especially if you start one as soon as the match starts. While this may not be the most fun way to earn bounties, it can be an effective solution if you are unsure of your skills.
Challenges aside, chasing bounties is a great strategy for emerging as the winner, as you always know where players are – or at least their general location. Even if you’re not specifically going for the kill, knowing where an enemy is can save your life. The enemy will likely be poached and earn you XP and other goodies. Keep repeating this process for free rewards. As for this week’s specific challenge, you’ll need to complete 10 bounties, so make sure to talk to an NPC to start the quest, even if you don’t plan on going for the kill. After a few races, you will complete the challenge with ease, thanks to the viscous mechanic.