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How to unlock the Predator skin in Fortnite (challenge guide)

Predator is on his way to the Fortnite island. Here’s how to complete all of the related challenges and unlock the free skin.

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Predator is coming to Fortnite. Here’s how to complete all of the challenges and unlock the free skin.

After a month of speculation, it seems all but certain that Predator will be the Season 5 secret skin. The v15.20 update revealed a crashed ship in Stealthy Stronghold, which we assume was how Predator got to the island.

Ahead, we’ll provide a guide to some of the more difficult challenges in the Predator questline, as well as give you some information on when you can expect to unlock the presumably free skin

When Will Predator come to Fortnite?

We don’t have any official date of when we can expect Predator to fully enter Fortnite, but our best guess has it on January 19. This is the date when the rest of the Predator challenges unlock, although this could be a placeholder.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see another three challenges become available next week, and the final three after that – putting the release date of the skin on January 26.

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Predator challenge guide

Some of the Predator challenges are easier than others. The first challenge, for instance, only requires you to collect Medkits – something you can do on your own without a guide.

Ahead, we’ll give you all of the locations you need to visit for the trickier challenges. We’ll be updating this post as more challenges become available.

Find mysterious pod

The mysterious pod is located in the center of Stealthy Stronghold, as you might expect. A chest spawns in the driver’s seat, which appears to have a 100% spawn rate.

We assume that Predator will be walking around the POI at some point, and could even drop Season 5’s second Mythic weapon or item.

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Talk with Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy

This one is going to be a bit annoying, as all three of these NPCs have multiple spawn locations. All three can spawn near the Stealthy Stronghold area, which is why they have some information on the ship that crash-landed at the POI.

Finding the three NPCs is going to take some effort, as you could land at Craggy Cliffs and find that Remedy isn’t there.

While you’re at it, you might as well try the Dub shotgun if you haven’t already. Dummy sells it, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

Defeat Predator

Predator has now been released on the island and is offering players a brand-new cloaking device. The device is still new, so it remains to be seen how powerful it’s going to be.

Defeating Predator for the first time awards you with his skin. After that, you’ll need to complete a series of additional challenges while wearing the skin to unlock a weapon wrap, back bling, and additional style.

You can find Predator near his ship at Stealthy Stronghold. At the time of writing, it’s going to take some substantial luck to find and eliminate him, as it’s a hotspot for players. Once you do, however, the skin will be yours to keep.

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You can take a look at our guide to finding Predator’s apartment here. We’ll keep you posted if more Predator challenges surface.

Image Credit: Epic Games/Fortnite.GG

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How to win at Fortnite in 2021

Here’s how to win Fortnite in 2021. While the game may seem more challening than ever, these tips will help you secure a dub.

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Even if a lobby is filled to the brim with sweaty Renegade Raiders, this guide will teach you how to win Fortnite matches.

It’s 2021, Fortnite has been around for a few years, and the barrier to entry seems higher than ever. Anyone who is remotely good at the game is called a “sweat”, and those who can’t crack 90’s are better left on the Battle Bus. If you’ve never dropped into a round of Fortnite before, you might as well not even try, right?

Wrong! Fortnite’s skill ceiling is pretty intimidating, but you don’t need fancy building tricks to pull off a dub. This guide will give new and stagnant players the tops they need to learn how to win Fortnite. These tried and true techniques will help players survive until the end game, and maybe even pull out a Victory Royale.

Run, Hide, and Stay out of sight to win Fortnite

For inexperienced players, the worst thing you can do is get into a scuffle. Fights are bad news for a couple of reasons. The first is that you never know your opponent’s skill level until the battle has begun. And once you start a fight, it’s pretty difficult to run away.

Secondly, once shots are fired, they alert other players to your location. This means even if you manage to win a fight, nearby skilled players will come to hunt you down. It’s better to let other players kill one another before engaging. But how do you avoid these encounters?

First off, fly as far away from the Battle Bus as possible. You can see the path the bus will take before the game begins, so plan to go somewhere farther away from the bus’s flight path. Every POI and most landmarks will have decent loot to start, so even if you fly far away you can still get some good gear.

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Bushes are an inexperienced player’s best friend

Depending on where you land, you may have to travel a great distance to get out of the storm. Vehicles are great for rotating, but they also make a lot of noise. Don’t spend too long in one place, and remember, bushes are your new best friend. These guys will keep you hidden from enemies, and also help inexperienced players get the jump on passersby.

Grey and Green isn’t going to win round of Fortnite

That’s right. You can’t expect to win the last dance if all of your equipment is grey or green. Common and Uncommon weapons deal the least amount of damage, and if you’re playing it safe, these might be the only rarities you come by.

However, there are chests scattered all over the map, even outside of POIs and landmarks. Loot every chest you see for the best shot at getting better weapons. It may seem trivial to get a weapon that does one extra damage per shot, but that one shot can make a huge difference.

Building just a little can help win Fortnite

You don’t have to know how to build like a contractor in order to know how to win Fortnite. In fact, you just need to know the bare-bones basics to protect yourself from getting shot. Just throwing up a wall when shots are fired is 100% better than standing out in the open.

You should start by practicing placing a wall and a ramp. The wall will protect you and the ramp from taking damage. The ramp will give you multiple angles you can shoot from, while also protecting you from incoming fire. This simple building technique just might be enough to pull off a coveted win.

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The “Panic Ramp” is a great building technique for beginners.

Your building will get better over time and with practice, but starting with the basics is a huge deal. A wall can mean the difference between life and death – victory and defeat.

Winning Fortnite in the End Game

The End Game refers to the final 10 players left in the lobby. The total number of players drops pretty quickly to around this number. If you’ve followed the steps provided, you should make it to the top 10 pretty often. However, closing is a different story.

Since the circle is now getting to a fairly small size, the places you can hide start to disappear and it’s harder to stay out of sight. Bushes are always an option, and building small forts can help too. However, building gives away your location so be ready for a fight.

You need to wait until you are in the top 3. If you can make it this far, you have a solid chance of winning. Wait for your two opponents to start attacking one another, and learn their locations. End Game fights are intense and can last a long time, so be patient. Once one of them is eliminated, attack the survivor. They should have low health and won’t be prepared for another fight so soon. With the right timing and enough luck, you might just have learned how to win Fortnite.

It’s not always about winning

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Don’t sweat the losses, just have fun!

Winning a round of Fortnite is one of the most rewarding feelings in video games. But, your sole focus shouldn’t be on securing the dub. Sure, it’s nice to win, but Fortnite offers much more than a flashy victory screen.

Learn to have fun in every round you play. Go fishing on a shoreline and let the storm tick away your health as you reel in those fish. Race your friends around the island, or take Ferraris off sick jumps. Discover new locations you’ve never been to before. There’s so much more to Fortnite, and learning how to win is just one facet of the game.

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Where to find and defeat Riot in Fortnite Season 7

This guide will help players find and defeat Riot in Fortnite to complete their Season 7 Week 7 challenges.

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One of the Fortnite Season 7 Week 7 challenges requires players to find and defeat Riot in Fortnite.

There are a bunch of NPCs scattered around the map, and each has its own uses. Some sell players weapons, other aid them in battle, and some can even be hired to be the player’s bodyguard.

However, there are some NPCs that are pretty nasty to deal with. These NPCs will fire at a player on sight but offer some nice weaponry in return. Riot is one of these NPCs, although his gear isn’t as flashy as Dr. Slone’s or Zyg and Choppy’s. Nonetheless, here is where players can find and defeat Riot in Fortnite.

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Where to find and defeat Riot

Riot is a rowdy rock ‘n roll NPC located on the west side of the Yellow Steel Bridge. This bridge is located between Misty Meadow and Catty Corner. Players have likely visited this bridge numerous times in past seasons as it has been the focal point of many weekly challenges.

Players will want to make sure they have a weapon before going toe to toe with Riot. They might also want to stock up on some building materials. Hostile NPCs usually have a pretty deadly aim, and their weapons are Epic rarity or greater. As well, NPCs have more health than players do which can make them a little tougher to take down.

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Once Riot is eliminated the challenge will be complete. Players will be rewarded with a whopping 30k experience points which should get them one step closer to completing the Battle Pass or earning more season rewards.

Make sure to check out the full list of all of the Fortnite Season 7 weekly challenges. Players will want to complete them before the season’s end to ensure they grab up all of this season’s rewards.

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Fortnite: Where to collect parenting books from Holly Hatchery & Retail Row

Here are the exact locations of all eight parenting books at Holly Hatchery and Retail Row in Fortnite Season 7 Week 7.

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The Season 7 Week 7 Legendary challenges are here, and the last quest requires players to find Parenting Books at Holly Hatchery and Retail Row.

Every week during Season 7, a new set of Legendary challenges are released. Unlike weekly epic challenges, Legendary challenges have to be completed within 7 days. After which, the challenges disappear forever. Not only are Legendary Challenges great for XP, but this season they are integral to the storyline.

This week, Bush Ranger is requesting that players help them care and nurture for an alien parasite. This includes building them a home, finding eggs, and reading up on the latest parenting guides. While the invaders and their parasites are hostile, Bush Ranger is determined to care for these extraterrestrial creatures.

Parenting Book locations at Holly Hatchery & Retail Row

The final step in helping Bush Ranger become the best alien caretaker is finding them some required reading materials. Bush Ranger has asked players to collect parenting books from either Holly Hatchery or Retail Row.

Players only have to collect two books, but there are eight different locations to choose from. Four parenting books can be found at Holly Hatchery and four can be found at Retail Row. The maps below show the exact locations of all eight books, so players won’t have to spend long searching on their own.

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Holly Hatchery parenting book locations
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Retail Row parenting book locations

The parenting books are usually locating indoors next to a bookshelf. To make them easier to spot, they are also surrounded by a glowing blue aura. All a player needs to do to collect the books is approach them and press the action button.

Once collected, the challenge will be complete and players will earn 30k experience points. If a player completes all five weekly challenges, they will earn 165k experience points total. These challenges aren’t very hard making them a quick way to rack up a ton of XP.

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