Fortnite Operation Snowdown Event Is Here: Challenges, Skins, More
It is that time of year again in which players from around the world in Fortnite battle royale can enjoy a new limited-time holiday event. The new event is here this year and is the Fortnite Operation Snowdown event, which is Epic Games’ new take on the winter holiday extravaganza.
Fortnite Operation Snowdown Event Seemingly Replaces Winterfest 2020
For those waiting patiently for the Fortnite Winterfest event, it looks like it is not coming back this year. Even though last year’s event was one of the greatest holiday events in Fortnite history, it doesn’t look to be returning this year.
Instead, the Fortnite Operation Snowdown event is its replacement this year. This new holiday event looks to be the winter festival that we look forward to this time of year. This particular iteration of the event isn’t just different in name but in the actual contents of it, too.
No longer do we have the creepy event centered around that nasty Crackshot character — at least, he’s terrifying to me — and it is focusing on a brand new character. Epic Games is likely switching things up to make sure that players don’t get too bored. The event isn’t super predictable anymore.
With the switch to Operation Snowdown, there is a new holly jolly character at the forefront of the festivities this winter season. It is none other than the new character Snowmando, the right-hand snowman of the Crackshot character from past years.
To be clear, he has no relation to Mando from The Mandalorian, even if the names do sound pretty similar. But we do have a lot of interesting new and returning content that is here this winter. Here’s everything you need to know about the Fortnite Operation Snowdown event.
Fortnite Operation Snowdown Start and End Dates
First and foremost, you need to know when the Fortnite Operation Snowdown event will be live and how long it will remain. Like the Winterfest events before it, this year’s holiday festival will only take place for a couple of weeks.
You will only have a short time to jump in there, check out the game modes, enjoy the holiday vibes on the island map in Season 5, and complete all of the challenges for their respective rewards. That said, it is live right now as you read this, so you can start enjoying it now.
It will only be live for a little over two weeks, so that is a fair bit of time, but it can fly by, so don’t miss out. It is live right now and will stick around in the battle royale game until Jan. 5, when it will come to an end.
Until then, you can check out the game modes offered, do the challenges, and check out the new and returning items. With many players off from school and work during this time, there is no better time to jump in and check out what this event has to offer.
Operation Snowdown Modes, Returning Items
One of the most significant parts of the entire Fortnite Operation Snowdown event is the fact that there are some new and returning game modes to play for a limited time only. Several game modes will be offered during this time, but Epic Games is doing something different this time.
Instead of the usual schedule where one event will focus on for a couple of days, then the next one will show up, and so on until the end of the event, several game modes are available all at once. To help with the vast selection, which one you get will be randomized.
You will want to queue up for the special holiday limited-time events through the Snowdown Shuffle playlist. This new playlist will be available in the battle royale lobby and will randomly choose one of the several available game modes to put you into for each match.
You might have Air Royale in one match, Shockwave in the next, and so on. You aren’t always guaranteed to get your favorites. But it does, thankfully, mean that you can play your favorite modes for a longer time.
This time around, one of the returning game modes is Air Royale, which sees players take to the skies to battle it out until one pilot remains. This particular limited-time event coincides with the return of an exceptional and somewhat controversial vehicle in the game.
For the duration of the Fortnite Operation Snowdown event, the Stormwing airplane is back in Fortnite for players to check out. It was controversial during its original season. I, for one, am glad to see it come back, even if it is just for a couple of weeks.
It makes sense to bring back the Stormwing vehicle since it debuted in the wintery Season 7 a few years ago. Air Royale is the place to show off your pilot skills on the Chapter 2 island with planes on there for the first time, but that’s not all.
There is also the Pickaxe Frenzy game mode that has arrived in limited time mode form for the first time. Then the other featured mode that Epic Games has detailed is the new Shockwave game mode. This one is especially interesting since it features a much stronger storm than usual in battle royale.
Players are encouraged to try and send their opponents into the super-powerful storm and take them out as it continues to close until there is nothing left but the storm covering the entire island. It sounds like a very competitive and challenging mode that will be part of the Snowdown Shuffle playlist.
Other than just the Stormwing planes returning, there is also the return of the Sneaky Snowmen items in the form of the Snowmandos in this event, the Chiller Grenades, and unique Snowmando-wrapped presents.
Operation Snowdown Challenges
As always, with any significant limited-time event in the game, there are some challenges that you can do in Fortnite Operation Snowdown. These challenges are significant since the rewards are rather impressive and will let you get some excellent holiday items.
Here are all of the leaked challenges, or quests, this season, that we know of that will come out for the winter event and be available through the end of it on Jan. 5:
- Complete nine Operation Snowdown quests
- Complete 12 Operation Showdown quests
- Visit five different Snowmando outposts on the map
- Search five treasure chests at the Snowmando outposts
- Dance at five different holiday trees
- Place in the top 10 three different times with friends in the squads game mode only
- Destroy five nutcracker statues
- Travel 5000 meters in the Stormwing plane
- Deal 250 damage at the Snowmando outposts
- Shoot down 10 enemy structures with the Stormwing plane
- Use the Chiller Launcher weapon to give ice feet to opponents 10 different times
- Collect 100 gold bars
- Catch a snowy flopper fish
- Revive a player in three different matches
- Hide inside of a Sneaky Snowmando in three different matches
- Play five duo or squads matches with your friends
- Deal 100 damage with the lever-action rifle
- Stoke two campfires
As you can see, many challenges are available as part of this event. They will likely take you a while to do some of them. Keep in mind that these challenges are not all out now. Many of them will release as the weeks go on during this event.
Since these do come from leaks, there are chances that they will not all appear or that they could have slightly different objectives (more or less damage, etc.) when they do release.
There are a lot of different quests that you can do. They vary significantly from each other. Some have to do with winter-themed stuff, like using the Stormwing airplanes or the Sneaky Snowmandos. Others can be done in any match type and are pretty standard stuff, like reviving a player in matches.
Overall, most quests are self-explanatory and may include content you already do, like stoking campfires and playing with in-game friends online. Regardless, there are harder ones out there. Keep in mind that we will put out a full guide to the event challenges soon.
Free Rewards and the Item Shop
What is excellent about this Operation Snowdown event is the free stuff you can get from it. There is so much that you can get from gliders to pickaxes to even entire skins. Every single challenge in the event will grant you some cosmetic items as well as experience.
We are now approaching the middle section of the current fifth season of battle royale in Fortnite Chapter 2. There is a lot more to go from here. As players worldwide work towards reaching tier 100 before the season ends, experience from these quests will be invaluable.
To complete the first quest to visit the five different Snowmando outposts, you will get 10,000 experience in total. It is the experience for most of the quests, but some harder or longer ones will give you more XP than usual.
The same can be said for the holiday trees challenge. The treasure chests one, the Stormwing plane traveling one, the snowy flopper, Sneaky Snowmando, campfire, dealing damage ones, and destroying enemy structures.
The remaining challenges will grant you even more experience with 20,000 XP each. These “harder” quests include shooting down enemy structures with an airplane, placing in the top 10, and more. Beyond that, every single quest in the game will also grant you some cosmetic items.
There are loading screens, sprays, weapon wraps, a glider, pickaxe, and so much more in this event. There are many quality items that you can get that will appeal to a wide range of players. But the most important ones that you can get are two free skins.
Yes, you read that right. You can get two free skins through this event without buying them from the item shop. If you complete nine quests, you will get the special Snowmando skin for your locker. And if you can do 12, you will get the Frost Squad outfit.
Additionally, the Sing-Along holiday emote is back in the item shop until Jan. 5 and will be free. Those who purchased it before will get V-Bucks returned to them. Beyond that, several event skins will be sold, like a candy cane man, gingerbread girl, lights show guy, creepier but also a better-looking version of the Crackshot holiday host, and much more.