Fortnite Winterfest 2023: Release Date, Quests & Ship it! Express

Fortnite Winterfest 2023 is packed with quests for players to complete, new mecahnics to master, and a tonne of presents to deliver.

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Fortnite Winterfest 2023 is a Christmas event that gives all players a round of gifts, some new mechanics to master for a few weeks, and changes the look of the game everyone loves for just long enough to make them feel festive. We’ve covered everything there is to know about.

Players love Fortnite Winterfest more than any other event because it’s positively packed with free cosmetics for them to pick up. Winterfest 2023 is no exception, with no less than 15 free gifts that were leaked ahead of the event’s start, and many more set to be released throughout its duration. There’s so much more to Fortnite Winterfest 2023 though, and we’ve explained everything that players need to know below.

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When Does Fortnite Winterfest 2023 Start?

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Fortnite Winterfest 2023 started on December 14 2023, and will end at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT/2 PM GMT on January 2, 2023. The event was shadow-dropped on December 14, 2023, with no prior notice from Epic Games.

However, the launch wasn’t without its issues. The Ship it! Express limited-time game mode, which, is a core part of Fortnite Winterfest 2023, wasn’t live at the time it needed to be. We tried to find it but couldn’t see it anywhere. It looks like Epic Games either forgot to set it to go live or is waiting to do so. Regardless, free gifts and quests are live and useable now the event is live.

All Fortnite Winterfest 2023 Quests & How to Complete Them

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In the table below, we’ve outlined every Fortnite Winterfest 2023 quest that we know of, how to complete them, and what players will earn as a reward. This information was leaked ahead of time by iFireMonkey on Twitter, which is why we’re able to show most of the quests before the event has even started.

Note that this table doesn’t include any of the daily quests and rewards players might be given during Winterfest 2023. We will add these as they appear once the event is live.

Fortnite Winterfest 2023 QuestHow to Complete ItRewards
Step 1: Collect an item inside a present thrown by Sgt. Winter.
Step 2: Deliver three packages to their rightful destinations.
Step 3: Deploy a beacon at Krampus’ present stash.
Step 4: Emote with Holiday Boxy Sgt. Winter.
Step 1: Find Sgt. Winter flying around the map and collect a present he throws. Then loot the present.
Step 2: TBA
Step 3: TBA
Step 4: Players must find Holiday Boxy or Sgt. Winter and emote with them.
15,000 XP
per step
Step 1: Destroy three hacked Ship it! Express drones at hot spots.
Step 2: Investigate three stolen present stashes.
Step 3: Place three festive snow creatures.
Step 4: Help eliminate Krampus to save Winterfest.
Step 1: Visit a golden Hot Spot and shoot down the hacked drones in that POI.
Step 2: TBA
Step 3: TBA
Step 4: Players must help defeat and eliminate Krampus.
15,000 XP
per step
Step 1: Visit a Ship it! Express location.
Step 2: Use a Sneaky Snowmando prop disguise near Krampus.
Step 3: Visit Crackshot’s cabin when the loot island appears.
Step 4: Talk to Holiday Boxy about the stolen boxes.
Step 1: Players need to find and visit one of these locations.
Step 2: Players must get a Sneaky Snowmando prop disguise, visit Krampus, and use it near them.
Step 3: Once the loot island appears toward the end of a battle royale match, players must zipline up to it and head into Crackshot’s cabin.
Step 4: Players must find Holiday Boxy and discuss the stolen boxes with her by interacting with her and choosing the correct dialogue.
15,000 XP
per step
Land from the Battle Bus at Winterburg and finish in the top 20 players. Players must jump from the Battle Bus and land at Winterburg. Then, they need to make it to the last 20 players alive. 15,000 XP
Travel 50 meters while sliding with icy feet. Players need to locate a frozen river or some ice and run around on it until they’ve clocked up 50 meters traveling.15,000 XP
Travel 200 meters in the air using the Icy Grappler. Players must find the Icy Grappler in a match, then use it as much as possible to travel a total distance of 200 meters. This can be completed across multiple matches. 15,000 XP
Talk to three characters to receive free items. Players need to track down and speak to three NPCs on the map to get free gifts from them. 15,000 XP
Assist in searching five Winterfest Present containers across the map. Players need to keep an eye out for Winterfest Present containers in each match and search a total of five across multiple matches. 15,000 XP
Consume Snowy Floppers or hide in Sneaky Snowmandos. Players need to perform a combination of three actions of either eating Snowy Floppers or hiding in Sneaky Snowmandos across multiple matches. 15,000 XP
Emote on a dance floor. Players must find a dance floor and use an emoticon on it. 15,000 XP
Light off a firework. Players must find a firework and set it off. 15,000 XP
Step 1: Hit three opponents with snowballs from the Snowball Launcher.
Step 2: Hit a total of seven opponents with snowballs from the Snowball Launcher.
Step 3: Hit a total of 15 opponents with snowballs from the Snowball Launcher.
Step 4: TBA
Step 1: Players need to find a Snowball Launcher and hit three players with it.
Step 2: Players need to find a Snowball Launcher and hit players using it for a total of seven across multiple matches.
Step 3: Players need to find a Snowball Launcher and hit players using it for a total of 15 across multiple matches.
Step 4: TBA
15,000 XP
per step
Step 1: Land in a snowy region in two different matches.
Step 2: Land in a snowy region in four different matches.
Step 3: Land in a snowy region in six different matches.
Step 4: Land in a snowy region in eight different matches.
Step 1: Players must thank the bus driver and then jump out of the Battle Bus to land in a snowy POI twice across two matches.
Step 2: Players must do the same as with the first stage, but now for a total of four snowy POIs over four matches.
Step 3: Players must do the same as with the first stage, but now for a total of six snowy POIs over four matches.
Step 4: Players must do the same as with the first stage, but now for a total of eight snowy POIs over four matches.
15,000 XP
per step
Step 1: Deal 250 damage to opponents in snowy regions.
Step 2: Deal 700 damage to opponents in snowy regions.
Step 3: Deal 1,500 damage to opponents in snowy regions.
Step 4: Deal 2,500 damage to opponents in snowy regions.
Step 1: Players must be in a snowy region dealing damage to enemy players for a total of 250 damage. This can be completed over multiple matches.
Step 2: Players must do as they did with the first stage but push their total damage dealt in snowy locations up to 700 damage.
Step 3: Players must do as they did with the first stage but push their total damage dealt in snowy locations up to 1,500 damage.
Step 4: Players must do as they did with the first stage but push their total damage dealt in snowy locations up to 2,500 damage.
15,000 XP
per step
Complete 19 Winterfest questsPlayers must complete a total of ten Fortnite Winterfest 2023 quests. Snowglobe Smasher Pickaxe
Complete the Ship it! Express Snapshot
Step 1: Visit a Ship it! Express location
Step 1: Players must find and visit a Ship it! Express location in Fortnite during Winterfest 2023.15,000 XP
per step
Damage enemy players with thrown items in the Ship it! Express LTMPlayers must play the Ship it! Express limited time game mode and damage enemies for total of 300 damage. 15,000 XP

What are Ship it! Express Locations in Fortnite Winterfest 2023?

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Now that Fortnite Winterfest 2023 is live, we know that Ship it! Express locations are points on the map for players to visit as part of quests. While they don’t provide much of a gameplay advantage, they’re good for XP and will help give players something to do in the early stages of battle royale matches.

We’ll update this section of the article as soon as we learn more.