Ranking Every Season of Fortnite
Chapter 2: Season 8 - Cubed was not as memorable as some of the other seasons, despite featuring interesting concepts and introducing new locations s...
Chapter 2: Season 8 - Cubed was not as memorable as some of the other seasons, despite featuring interesting concepts and introducing new locations such as Corny Crops and The Convergence.
Season X - Out of Time did not provide sufficient new content, as it had few cosmetics and overwhelming gameplay changes, despite the epic black hole climax and the return of beloved locations.
Chapter 2: Season 1 - A New World was underwhelming, with minimal updates and additions, leaving fans disappointed after the epic conclusion of the previous chapter.
However, the addition of boats and fishing was a noteworthy and enjoyable feature.
Fortnite was already a distinctive experience when it initially launched in July 2017. It revitalized the classic battle royale genre, bringing it to the forefront of gaming and inspiring many other games to follow suit. One key factor that has contributed to the game's longevity and freshness is the introduction of seasons.
Each season offers players the opportunity to unlock exclusive items through a battle pass, experience various limited-time game modes, and witness significant map changes that can greatly influence gameplay. Thus far, there have been 17 seasons, each leaving a substantial impact on the game. However, it's worth noting that some seasons have been more memorable than others.
Updated on September 26, 2023, by Ashely Claudino: Today marks the sixth anniversary of Fortnite's Battle Royale game mode. Over the past six years, both Epic Games and Fortnite players have experienced an exciting journey. Fans have had the chance to explore numerous season themes and witness countless game updates. Since the last update of this article, many season themes have come and gone, and it is now time to incorporate them into this ranked list. The list has been updated to include all the seasons released between Chapter 2 Season 7 and Chapter 4 Season 4.
25 Chapter 2: Season 8 - Cubed
Period: September 13, 2021 - December 4, 2021
Days Lasted: 82
Theme: Cube Corruption
New Locations: Corny Crops and The Convergence
Chapter 2 Season 8 marked the final season of the second chapter of Fortnite. It featured intriguing concepts like The Mothership and introduced notable characters like Fabio Sparklemane and Carnage through its Battle Pass. However, in comparison to more thrilling or nostalgia-inducing seasons, it can be regarded as somewhat forgettable.
24 Chapter 4: Season 3 - WILDS
Period: June 9, 2023 - August 25, 2023
Days Lasted: 76
New Locations: Rumble Ruins, Creeky Compound, Shady Stilts.
Fortnite WILDS introduced several intriguing concepts, but it didn't manage to captivate players as much as it had the potential to. It was released following the conclusion of the action-packed MEGA Season, which set high expectations for fans. While it did introduce the jungle biome and the unique gameplay mechanic of mud, it fell short of some fans' expectations. However, it did bring enjoyable temples filled with loot, offering exciting exploration opportunities.
23 Season X - Out of Time
Period: August 1, 2019 - October 13, 2019
Days Lasted: 74
New Locations: Dusty Depot, Gotham City, Greasy Grove, Moisty Palms, Pandora, Retail Row, Starry Suburbs, The Cube, The Meteor, and Tilted Town.
While the black hole climax was unquestionably epic and the reintroduction of beloved locations was a welcome addition, Season X of Fortnite fell short in terms of providing substantial new content to maintain a sense of freshness in the game. The battle pass lacked a significant number of new cosmetics, with players having to settle for upgraded skins from Season 9. The gameplay changes themselves were not necessarily negative, but the sheer quantity of them may have been overwhelming for some players.
22 Chapter 2: Season 1 - A New World
Period: October 15, 2019 - February, 2020
Days Lasted: 128
Theme: New Beginnings
New Locations: Craggy Cliffs, Dirty Docks, Frenzy Farm, Holly Hedges, Lazy Lake, Misty Meadows, Steamy Stacks, Slurpy Swamp, Sweaty Sands, and Weeping Woods.
After a few days of downtime, Fortnite made a comeback with a fresh new map and its longest season ever. Unfortunately, similar to Season X, the first season of Chapter 2 was somewhat disappointing, lacking significant updates throughout its duration. The inclusion of boats, fishing, and the harpoon was appreciated by some, but many fans were hoping for more following the grand finale of Chapter 1.
21 Chapter 2: Season 6 - Primal
Period: March 16, 2021 - June 8, 2021
Days Lasted: 84
New Locations: Bat Shack, Boney Burbs, Colossal Crops, Guardian of the Bay, Guardian of the Fields, Guardian of the Lake, Guardian of the Mountains, Guardian of the Sea, Guardian of the Woods, Isla Nublada, Primal Pond, and The Spire.
It appears that a significant amount of effort and attention was put into designing the new skins for Chapter 2: Season 6. However, it seems that not enough consideration was given to the gameplay adjustments. There were some improvements towards the end of the season, and the Zero Crisis storyline concluded in a satisfying manner. Nevertheless, considering that combat plays a crucial role in the game's success, many players were anticipating more significant enhancements, especially in regards to the weapons.
20 Chapter 3: Season 4 - Paradise
Period: September 18, 2022 - December 3, 2022
Days Lasted: 76
New Locations: Cloudy Condos, Flutter Barn, Chromejam Junction, Chrome Crossroads, Grim Gables, Fort Jonesy, Reality Tree, Herald's Sanctum, Lustrous Lagoon, Shimmering Shrine, Shiny Sound.
During Chapter 3 Season 4, a peculiar substance known as Chrome invaded the tranquil Paradise Island. Players had the ability to coat themselves in Chrome, granting increased movement speed, access to fast-paced Chrome weapons, and the opportunity to confront the formidable Herald within a formidable Chrome fortress.
The storyline may not have been as intricate during this season, but the gameplay was highly enjoyable, particularly during the Fortnitemares event. DJ Lyka's fantastic performance at the Reality Tree and the ability for players to transform into wolves added an extra layer of fun to the experience.
19 Chapter 2: Season 2 - Top Secret
Period: February 20, 2020 - June 17, 2020
Days Lasted: 118
Theme: Secret Agents
New Locations: The Agency, The Grotto, The Rig, The Shark, and The Yacht.
Often referred to as Season 12, Chapter 2: Season 2 brought significant changes when it was launched in early 2020. The introduction of a spy-themed battle pass delighted players with fantastic new points of interest that quickly became fan favorites, thanks to the impressive loot they contained. The inclusion of Deadpool as a secret skin was also a fantastic addition, further highlighting the incredible crossovers Fortnite has had with other renowned franchises.
18 Season 9 - The Future Is Yours
Period: May 9, 2019 - July 31, 2019
Days Lasted: 84
New Locations: Mega Mall, Neo Tilted, and Pressure Plant.
Season 9 of Fortnite had its fair share of highs and lows, but credit should be given to Epic Games for the ambitious changes they introduced during the season. Neo-Tilted emerged as the popular landing spot, featuring futuristic skyscrapers and air currents that allowed players to swiftly traverse the city. The decision to replace the pump shotgun with the combat shotgun initially sparked controversy, but players eventually recognized its effectiveness as a formidable weapon.
17 Chapter 2: Season 3 - Splashdown!
Period: June 17, 2020 - August 6, 2020
Days Lasted: 70
New Locations: Catty Corner, Coral Castle, Rickety Rig, The Authority, and The Fortilla.
After a relatively slow start to Chapter 2, its third season made a significant impact on players when it finally launched in June 2020. The Aquaman Challenges provided enjoyable content, and the battle pass included a great variety of cosmetic rewards. While the replacement of the pump-action shotgun with the charge shotgun sparked some controversy, the season was generally well-received by the player community.
16 Chapter 3: Season 2 - Resistance
Period: March 20, 22 - June 4, 2022
Days Lasted: 76
Theme: Imagined Order vs. The Seven
New Locations: The Fortress, Command Cavern, Synapse Station, Daily Rubble, and The Collider.
Chapter 3 Season 2 focused on the conflict between the IO and The Seven, resulting in a lore-rich experience and significant destruction on the Battle Royale island. For players who appreciate Fortnite's backstory, it was undoubtedly one of the most intriguing seasons. Additionally, for those who enjoy Fortnite collaboration skins, the season featured characters such as Doctor Strange and The Prowler, offering an exciting crossover element.
15 Chapter 3: Season 1 - Flipped
Period: December 5, 2021 - March 19, 2022
Days Lasted: 104
Theme: Island flip
New Locations: Condo Canyon, Chonker's Speedway, Covert Cavern, Sleepy Sound, Camp Cuddle, Rocky Reels, Logjam Luberyard, The Joneses, Sanctuary, Coney Crossroad, The Daily Bugle.
After the live event in Chapter 2 Season 8, the Fortnite island underwent a complete flip, paving the way for the Flipped season, which marked the beginning of Chapter 3. This season was filled with excitement and chaos, offering players a brand new map following the two-year duration of Chapter 2. Additionally, it introduced some of the most memorable Battle Pass skins, including Spider-Man and The Foundation.
14 Season 6 - Darkness Rises
Period: September 27, 2018 - December 5, 2018
Days Lasted: 70
New Locations: Corn Fields, Corrupted Areas, Floating Island, and Haunted Castle.
Fortnite took on a slightly spookier tone with the arrival of Season 6. Given its timing around Halloween, the developers made intentional efforts to create a darker and more ominous atmosphere on the map, which pleasantly surprised many players. This season introduced zombies to the battle royale mode, initially seen as a fun addition. However, some players felt that the presence of zombies significantly disrupted end game situations, leading to mixed opinions about their inclusion.
13 Chapter 2: Season 7 - Invasion
Period: June 8, 2021 - September 12, 2021
Days Lasted: 96
New Locations: Believer Beach, Cargo Craft, Corny Complex, Dampy Dish, Deep Woods Dish, Defiant Dish, Destined Dish, Dinky Dish, Discovery Dish, Dockside Dish, Food Fighter, Steamy Spaceship, and The Aftermath.
The alien invasion theme that dominates the seventeenth season of Fortnite is exceptionally well-crafted and evidently leading up to another epic event. The gameplay changes were not overly intrusive, and the alien-themed cosmetics were all visually impressive. The inclusion of the Rick Sanchez skin also felt fitting considering the theme.
12 Chapter 3: Season 3 - Vibin'
Period: June 5, 2022 - September 17
Days Lasted: 104
Theme: Summer Fun
New Locations: Reality Falls, Rave Cave, Lazy Lagoon, Neo Butter Barn, Sleepy Shrubs, and Shuffled Shrines.
Following the tumultuous nature of Chapter 3 Season 2, the denizens of the Battle Royale island opted to embrace a more tranquil approach in Chapter 3 Season 3, indulging in the planting of Reality Saplings. This season is centered around creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Reminiscent of Chapter 1 Season 5, it embodies the essence of summer, boasting numerous delightful water-based landmarks. Additionally, Fortnite hosted the No Sweat Summer event during this period.
11 Season 7 - You Better Watch Out
Period: December 6, 2018 - February 27, 2019
Days Lasted: 84
New Locations: Frosty Flights, Happy Hamlet, Polar Peak, and The Block.
The winter-themed Season 7 of Fortnite brought several notable improvements that revitalized the game at a time when some felt it was becoming monotonous. The introduction of planes completely transformed the way players navigated the map, enhancing the pace of matches with their swift and effortless traversal. The addition of winter-themed areas was a novel feature for Fortnite, and the battle pass offered an array of impressive skins, including the highly popular upgradable Lynx, which quickly became a favorite amongst fans.
10 Season 5 - Worlds Collide
Period: July 12, 2018 - September 26, 2018
Days Lasted: 77
Theme: Spacetime Rifts
New Locations: Lazy Links, Paradise Palms, Tomato Temple, and Viking Village.
Despite some initial disappointment among gamers regarding the battle pass skins, Season 5 of Fortnite proved to be an exhilarating experience due to its map updates and the introduction of new weapons. The theme of the battle pass revolved around rifts in time and space, enabling Epic Games to create captivating locations like Viking Mountain. The inclusion of various weapons and items, including the Rift-to-Go, Heavy Sniper, Double Barrel Shotgun, and many others, ensured that this season offered something for every player to enjoy.
9 Season 1
Period: October 25, 2017 - December 13, 2017
Days Lasted: 50
Theme: Battle Royale
New Locations: Anarchy Acres, Dusty Depot, Fatal Fields, Flush Factory, Greasy Grove, Lonely Lodge, Loot Lake, Moisty Mire, Pleasant Park, Retail Row, Tomato Town, and Wailing Woods.
While the majority of Fortnite's current player base may not have firsthand experience of the game's earliest days, Season 1 established the foundation for what would eventually become one of the most popular games in history. The gameplay during that time felt distinctively different, as everyone was new to the game, resulting in a lesser emphasis on building compared to the prevalent building mechanics seen today.
Fortnite has demonstrated remarkable proficiency in enhancing the building mechanics since Season 1, implementing updates that enable builds to pass through trees and introducing the builder-pro option specifically tailored for players using controllers.
8 Season 8 - X Marks the Spot
Period: February 28, 2019 - May 8, 2019
Days Lasted: 70
Theme: Pirate Adventure
New Locations: Lazy Lagoon, Sunny Steps, and Volcano.
Season 7 whisked players away to a snowy realm, while Season 8 transported them to a vibrant pirate's haven adorned with lush palm trees. The battle pass introduced noteworthy and well-received new skins, including the iconic Peely skin, which remains a beloved choice among numerous Fortnite players even today. Additionally, Season 8 featured the introduction of a thrilling limited-time mode called "The Floor is Lava," widely regarded as one of the finest limited modes ever released in Fortnite's history.
7 Chapter 2: Season 5 - Zero Point
Period: December 2, 2020 - March 15, 2021
Days Lasted: 103
Theme: Bounty Hunting
New Locations: Butter Barn, Colossal Coliseum, Dusty Depot, Flushed Building, Hunter's Haven, Kit's Cantina, Salty Towers, Stealthy Stronghold, The Durrr Burger, The Pizza Pit, The Zero Point, and Viking Vessel.
Not everyone was thrilled about experiencing another season with a superhero theme, prompting Epic to make some changes for the fifteenth season of the game. The introduction of bounty hunter elements provided a refreshing shift in dynamics, and the new skins introduced were notably impressive, particularly the Star Wars cosmetics. The return of the "The Floor is Lava" game mode was a pleasant surprise, although it was marred by an oversight that allowed players to exploit the system using jetpacks, detracting from the overall experience.
6 Chapter 3: Season 2 - MEGA
Period: March 10, 2023 - June 8, 2023
Days Lasted: 90
New Locations: Mega City, Kenjutsu Crossing, Knotty Nets, and Steamy Springs.
The MEGA Season introduced a fresh array of named locations in Fortnite, prominently featuring the remarkable Mega City. Its dual nature attracted fans with diverse play styles. For those seeking intense and fast-paced combat, Mega City provided an exhilarating experience with its grind rails and high-speed vehicles. On the other hand, those who preferred serene environments could venture to the Japan-inspired points of interest, where they could unwind in soothing hot springs and explore tranquil dojos.