Fortnite 3rd Birthday Event and Challenges Guide

by in Fortnite | Sep, 25th 2020

Epic Games is getting ready for a massive celebration in Fortnite battle royale and you are invited to all of the festivities. It is that time of year once again where we celebrate everything Fortnite and its birthday. The Fortnite 3rd Birthday event is almost here and there is a lot happening with it.

Fortnite 3rd Birthday Event Dates

The Fortnite 3rd Birthday event is in celebration of the anniversary of when Fortnite launched, specifically, the battle royale portion that has grown to become one of the most popular games in the world. Fortnite is just now getting to the midst of the toddler phase and is growing up so fast.

Originally launching in 2017 in early access, this year marks the third anniversary of that date and all of the insane changes, seasons, map changes, storm circles, matches, events, and more that have happened since then.

Like the past couple of birthday events, this one will make the battle royale island have a birthday party theme and come with some challenges, items, and more for players to check out. The party will all begin very soon but it will only stick around for a limited time in battle royale.

The Fortnite 3rd Birthday event date is set for this Saturday, September 26, 2020, which happens to be tomorrow if you are reading this when we publish this post. We don’t know the end date for the event yet but expect it to stick around for at least a week, if not two weeks. Here’s everything that you need to know about the event.

Fortnite Birthday Event Map and Other Changes

As with any major birthday event in Fortnite, there are going to be some major changes to the map and the game in general to celebrate. When you hop into the battle royale matches during this time, Epic Games will make sure that you know without a doubt that it is the game’s birthday.

You can fully expect the battle bus to look a whole lot different than usual, sporting a festive design that screams birthday party. There will also likely be some returning birthday music that will play either at the very beginning of the matches, in the lobby while you wait, or in both spots.

Beyond those general changes, there are additions to the battle royale season 4 island as well. One of the best seasons of the year will only get better for a short period of time as you’ll be able to see some festive decorations all around the island.

We expect to see balloons, party decorations, and more scattered around the battle royale island at various spots. Some of the named locations and towns will likely dress up for the occasion with gift boxes and other items. And then there are the massive main event birthday cakes that will be a focal point of the event as you’ll see in the challenges.

What’s Inside the Gift Boxes?

Before we get into the challenges, though, the gift boxes will be returning this year and they are birthday presents that contain weapons and gear inside of them like chests. If you find these around the island, you can open

them up to get weapons and gear up for the fight.

According to the leaks that we have seen in the past, the gift boxes will be fully loaded this year with some of the very best gear in the entire battle royale game. There are both weapons and consumable items that you will be able to get, both of which are quite impressive.

On the weapon side of things, almost every single weapon that appears in the gift box will be a legendary outside of one. You will even be able to get the rocket launcher once again during this Fortnite 3rd Birthday event and you’ll find it in these gift boxes.

Here is the full pending list of the weapons that you will be able to find inside of the gift boxes. The chances of any one of these weapons spawning for you inside of the gift box is exactly the same across the board. No matter the rarity of the weapon, they each have a 9.09% chance of appearing.

  • Epic light machine gun
  • Legendary combat shotgun
  • Charge shotgun
  • Revolver
  • Tactical SMG
  • Scoped assault rifle
  • Rocket launcher
  • Pump shotgun
  • Assault rifle
  • Burst assault rifle
  • Bolt-action sniper rifle

Outside of those weapons, there are also four consumable items that you are likely to find inside of the gift boxes. Here are the four of them and their respective spawn rates, which do differ from item to item unlike the weapons.

  • Uncommon med kit: 25% chance of spawning
  • Small shield potion: 32.5% chance
  • Shield potion: 32.5% chance
  • Epic bandage bazooka: 10% chance

No matter what, if you want to gear up during the birthday event, the gift boxes are going to be your friend.

Fortnite 3rd Birthday Event Challenges List

Of course, a new limited time event in Fortnite wouldn’t be complete without some missions to complete and rewards to go along with them. The Fortnite 3rd Birthday event doesn’t have a lot of challenges but the rewards that you get with them are all unique and interesting.

Here is the full list of the Fortnite 3rd Birthday event challenges that you will find during the festive time:

  • Play 10 matches
  • Dance in front of 10 different birthday cakes
  • Outlast 500 opponents
  • Gain 50 health or shield from birthday cakes

As you can see, there are only four challenges during the birthday event, which is nearly half of the number of missions that we get during the weekly seasonal challenges. Though there are only four challenges, these will keep you busy as some of them will require a whole lot of matches to do.

But it will all be worth it in the end as these missions will grant the player some awesome rewards that you will not be able to get anywhere else outside of this event. So we are going to dive right in and give you tips and tricks for how to complete all of the challenges during this event.

How to Dance in Front of Different Birthday Cakes

The first challenge of the four is an easy one but a really long one. That is the general set up of these birthday challenges as none of them are exceptionally hard to do or even require you to have teammates but they will require you to spend a good bit of time playing matches.

The first mission that you need to do is play 10 matches in total and that is it. Once you have played 10 matches, you are good to go and you will get the reward from this mission. Of course, 10 matches is a lot and can take up quite a bit of time, especially if you are good at Fortnite battle royale.

That said, we don’t recommend just going in and letting yourself die quickly over and over unless you just really want the reward that badly. This is because there are some other challenges later down the list that can be done simultaneously with this one and you will benefit from that.

But what you can do, and we recommend it, is get a group of your friends together and set up a time to do 10 matches together. This will allow all of you to get this challenge done together and have some fun with your pals at the same time, which can certainly make the whole process feel faster.

The second mission that you need to do during the Fortnite birthday event is to dance in front of 10 different birthday cakes. This is one that we have seen in the past for the birthday event, so you might be familiar with it already if you have done past events like this one.

All around the season 4 battle royale island, you will find these massive birthday cakes. They will typically be in the middle of a town or named location so they aren’t too hard to spot. All you need to do is stand right in front of them and do your favorite dance emote and you are good to go.

The problem with this mission, like the first one, is that you have to do 10 birthday cakes, which can take a while. Fortunately, you don’t have to do all of them in one match but they do all have to be different cakes. We expect much more than 10 so you should have plenty of choices so long as you keep up with which ones you’ve already done.

How to Gain Health or Shields From Birthday Cake

The third mission that you have to do is more like the first one in that it is less related to the birthday event and more just random battle royale stuff. You need to outlast 500 opponents in battle royale. In this case, Team Rumble is not going to be an option even though we love that mode for missions usually.

Instead, you will need to play normal battle royale matches and this challenge happens to pair nicely with the first one. You already have to do 10 matches, so why not try to do both of these at the same time? 500 opponents is a lot considering you can only have up to 99 opponents in a single match.

But if you already have to do 10 matches anyway, outlasting 500 opponents shouldn’t be too hard when you add it all up. That just means that you have to outlive 50 players, or half the match, of every match that you do. That isn’t too bad at all and can be done rather easily.

In fact, you could easily do this mission in about half that time if you are great at hiding in quiet places and avoiding other players. But the 50 is easy enough as they are often out of the game by the time the first circle has closed in. To ensure you don’t die early, get a group, protect each other, and stay away from popular areas that everyone goes to like The Authority.

The fourth and final mission that you need to do is to gain 50 health or shields from the birthday cakes. This strange task will require you to find some birthday cake and eat them. We imagine that the massive birthday cakes will either have slices around them or interacting with it will heal you.

In the end, 50 health or shields is not a whole lot so it shouldn’t be too hard to get this amount from the birthday cakes. While you are trying to dance in front of the cakes, be sure to keep an eye for ways to get your health and shields up so you can complete this mission, too.

Fortnite 3rd Birthday Event Rewards

For every single one of the challenges that you do, you will get a special birthday-themed reward. These are unique ones and not the standard experience rewards that we get from the weekly challenges like this week’s fifth batch of season 4 missions.

Instead, you will get things like weapon wraps, music, and so on. And more importantly, if you are able to complete all four tasks, you will get yet another reward for your efforts so it is worth doing all of them even if you aren’t a huge fan of certain ones.

Better yet, you will even get a free reward just for doing the event. It looks like there will be a take the cake emote that will be given out to players, likely just for logging in while the event is happening online.


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