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Fortnite challenge guide: Find the crashed plane’s black box

One of the easier challenges during Fortnite season 5 week 9 sends you on a quest to find a crashed plane’s black box. While the item isn’t as mysterious as it sounds, you might be stumped trying to find it. It’s a quick challenge we highly recommend doing since it grants a lot of XP for not much work. The location of the black box does not appear on the map, but luckily, we know where it is.

In this guide, we’ll show you where to find the item to complete this challenge, along with tips to make it as easy as possible. Here’s where to find the crashed plane’s black box in Fortnite.

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Where to find the crashed plane’s black box

In referencing the map above (thanks, Fortnite.gg), you’ll see the location of the black box. It’s found on the southeastern portion of Coral Castle in the upper left section of the map. The red circle represents the item’s location. Simply land here right away and you’ll find the black box next to a structure. Interact with it to complete the challenge.

During our attempt, there were no other players visiting the area, but your mileage may vary depending on when you go for the challenge. Certain times tend to be busier than others, though Coral Castle is typically not very busy, even with it being home to a weekly challenge. Either way, land here and approach the box, which sort of resembles a reel player. To complete the challenge, you need to interact with it by pressing Square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, or Y on Nintendo Switch. Once you do, you’ll complete the challenge and earn 20,000 XP for doing so.

We weren’t able to test this, but it’s possible you might not be able to interact with the box after someone else has touched it first. So if someone else beats you to it, you might need to retry — though, again, we weren’t able to verify this.

The main thing to know about this challenge is that you must complete the first two stages — for shaking down an IO guard and for discovering a hidden bunker — before you can pursue this one. During season 5, the challenges must be completed in order, depending on the NPC that provides them. Unlike other seasons that had all challenges available to complete right away each week, this season requires you to complete each stage in order before going to the next.

What this means is that you cannot complete multiple challenges within the same set during one match, as you must back out to the main menu before the next stage is available. This also means you can’t see all the challenges from within the game until they’re available to you.

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