Fortnite Battle Royale: Are the Battle Pass weekly challenges too easy?

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We are nearly three weeks into the fifth season of Fortnite Battle Royale. While this season’s Battle Pass offers more rewards and more upgradable skins than the previous seasons, one thing continues to linger in the back of my mind. Are the weekly challenges too easy to complete?

I don’t know if it’s that I play the game too much or what, but I end up finishing the majority of my weekly challenges on the Thursday they come out or the day after. For example, I finished my week two challenges by Saturday.

To say I’ve been waiting anxiously for the next round of challenges to come out would be a gross understatement. The hardest challenge in this past week’s seven was to get two sniper eliminations simply because I tend to play duos and squads more than solos. So, actually killing someone with a snipe and not just knocking them down is difficult.

This got me thinking, are these challenges too easy on purpose or is it done by Epic Games to make players who don’t play the game a lot feel good about themselves? After doing some digging on the Reddit page and through Twitter, I was able to deduce that is a combination of the two.

If you are like me and want to earn every tier and every reward the Battle Pass has to offer, it’s nice to knockout these tasks in quick succession and feel pride in what you are doing despite not winning every game.

It’s hard to compare last season’s challenges with this season’s because Epic has changed the way in which they lay out the tasks for players. Owners of the Battle Pass, who choose to spend the $10 to get access to all the possible rewards the game has to offer have four additional challenges they must complete than those who elect to not spend the money.

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So, the first three challenges in each week are the ‘Free challenges’ which tend to be on the easier side. But looking more closely at the Battle Pass challenges, they aren’t difficult either. Searching chests in a named location? That can be knocked out in one game, at maximum three.

Following the treasure map for a quick tier up? You don’t have to look further than YouTube or Twitter in the first few hours the challenges are out to learn where to go. The same can be said of making the baskets in the five hoops across the map.

Although I may rag on the difficulty of these tasks laid out by the developers, I don’t have a ton of bright ideas as to how to make it harder for everyone.

Maybe eliminate the searching chests in a named location? These are always the most mundane of the weekly challenges and are usually in places that many players don’t frequent. I can say with the utmost certainty I haven’t landed at Loot Lake to start a game since Fortnite initially came out. It’s absurd.

I may be saying all these negative things about the challenges, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them, because I really do. It has changed everything about Fortnite Battle Royale for the better because it gives players who don’t win every game some level of accomplishment for what they are able to do in each game.

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I just wish these tasks were a little tougher and required more time to complete. The same can be said of the Birthday challenges as they are crazy easy for a two-week special event. But hey, this game is still in beta testing so it isn’t a complete game yet. Right?

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