Fortnite gold bars and bounties explained: How to get gold bars and what they do

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Fortnite season 5 has introduced gold bars, a new currency that players can use to do some really cool stuff during matches. Thankfully, it's not something you pay real-world money for, but you will have to work for it. These bars are used with the new NPCs that Epic has added to the map, but it can be kind of confusing, especially if you don't play many other battle royale games.

So with that in mind, we've whipped up this guide to gold bars, and hopefully it'll make sense why they're one of season 5's most interesting changes.

What do gold bars do in Fortnite and how to get them

Gold bars are an in-game currency that can be used to upgrade weapons, outright purchase them, or hire NPCs found around the map as your bodyguards. You can purchase or upgrade weapons from NPCs.

The best part? Any gold you earn over the course of a match is persistent, meaning you can use any you saved up in future matches.

Thankfully, there's no way to purchase gold bars with real-world money. You have to earn them by completing bounties, completing short quests, picking them up from eliminated players, or finding it in furniture and in safes.

Bounties aren't the only way to get gold bars. NPCs and bounty boards will give you the option of selecting a short challenge to earn a smaller amount of gold bars. These include finding a certain number of weapons or foraging a certain number of items, like tomatoes or fries.

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What are bounties and how to complete them

If you've ever played a round of Call of Duty: Warzone, this will probably sound familiar. Bounties can be accessed via talking to NPCs or via bounty boards. If you accept the bounty, a random player will become your target, and you're responsible for eliminating them before someone else does.

A golden circle will appear in the approximate area that your bounty is located in, but you'll have to find their exact location through old fashioned hunting. You also only have five minutes to complete the bounty. If the bounty survives to the end of that timer, they get a gold bar reward instead.

Completing a bounty will earn you 70 gold bars, which is a considerable number for the amount of work you'll have to put in.

Squads who protect a teammate with a bounty on their head will also receive a gold bar reward.

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NPC and bounty board locations

Surprisingly, there are more NPCs littered around the map than you may think. Two reliable ones are Mancake in the Butter Barn on the south end of the desert, or Menace in the Colossal Coliseum.

You'll recognize NPCs by the chat box icon that appears in your mini map and above the NPC's head as you approach them.

It's worth noting that NPCs can apparently take the form of older Fortnite skins, so make sure you're not lighting them up with gunfire as soon as you see one.

You'll find NPCS in these other locations:

  • Razor Crest
  • Northwest of Holly Hedges
  • Catty Corner
  • Durr Burger food truck
  • Hunter's Haven
  • Dirty Docks
  • Shipwreck Cove
  • Misty Meadows
  • Pizza Pit
  • Camp Cod
  • Hydro 16
  • Craggy Cliffs
  • Flushed factory
  • Crashed Cargo
  • Steamy Stacks
  • Sweaty Sands
  • Fort Crumpet
  • The Orchard
  • Steel Farm east of ColiseumUnremarkable shack
  • Pristine Point
  • Hilltop House
  • Slurpy Swamp
  • Weeping Woods
  • North of Retail Row
  • Viking ship
  • Salty Towers
  • Pleasant Park
  • Lazy Lake
  • Lazy Lake island

That's that for gold bars and bounties. With time, it'll be really interesting to see how they change the meta of the game, if at all. Let us know what you think in the comments.

In the meantime, make sure to check out all our Fortnite season 5 guides and news. Did you see Kratos is coming to Fortnite? Here's how to finish all the Mandalorian challenges and get that slick Beskar armor.

Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop is a freelance writer specializing in all things Fortnite at PC Gamer. Master of Creative Codes and Fortnite's weekly missions, Joe's always ready with a scoop on Boba Fett or John Wick or whoever the hell is coming to Fortnite this week. It's with a mix of relief and disappointment that he hasn't yet become a Fortnite skin himself. There's always next season...