Fortnite Players Really Aren't Happy About XP in Chapter 5, Season 3

Fortnite Players Really Aren't Happy About XP in Chapter 5, Season 3

Fortnite's new Wrecked Season is here and, although most players think it's great, there are some issues. The biggest problem that fans have with Wrecked so far is how slowly XP is earned, something that makes sense considering it's been nerfed. A Redditor revealed that the amount of XP you can earn in a week has been dramatically reduced compared to last season. Fortnite players really aren't happy about how long it takes to get XP and level up in Chapter 5, Season 3, especially with the Fallout Power Armour right in the middle of the Battle Pass.

After the somewhat disappointing Myths and Mortals Season, Fortnite has finally moved onto something new with Chapter 5, Season 3, also known as Wrecked. This post-apocalyptic, car-focused and nitro-fuelled season has been out for a few days now and, aside from some players being annoyed about how car-centric the gameplay is, seems to be a hit so far.

That being said, it wouldn't be the start of a new Fortnite season without a few teething issues, and there have been a few big ones that have cropped up already. The biggest of these is one that anyone who has played Wrecked over the past few days will surely understand—the obvious XP nerf that has made levelling up a lot slower.

Fortnite Chapter 5, Season 3's XP Gains Have Been Nerfed

Considering how much XP is chucked at you in the final weeks of a Fortnite event, it's natural to feel like it's slower when you first start up a season and don't have so many bonuses coming in. That's likely what a few players assumed was the case in Wrecked, but Redditor KvasirTheOld has pointed out that the amount of XP has actually been decreased in Chapter 5, Season 3.

"The overall XP has actually been nerfed. We get 49k less XP per week. This means XP has been NERFED!!!"

Over on the Fortnite Battle Royale subreddit, KvasirTheOld pointed out that, although the XP for weekly quests has been increased, the amount earned for daily bonuses and match quests has dropped significantly. You can now earn a total of 441,000 XP in a week, which is 49,000 less than the 490k that was previously possible.

XP Comparison

I've not played too much of the Wrecked season so far, but I was surprised to have only levelled up five times after around four hours of playing. That certainly feels slower than it usually does.

This means that, even if you complete all of the daily and weekly missions, you're still going to have a harder time getting to Level 100. Although this is only the case if you do everything in a week, it's going to be a big hit for hardcore Fortnite players and make earning the Battle Pass skins (including the Fallout Power Armour) a tougher time.

One fan even pointed out that the XP earned from doing Creator Islands has been decreased, meaning that it's not just Battle Royale that has been affected. XP will likely be easier to earn as the season goes on and Epic adds some bonuses but, for now, it's certainly feeling like more of a grind than it did before.

This Fortnite Nerf is Absolutely Crippling the Game

Leveling up is one of the most important aspects of Fortnite if you own the Battle Pass. You can unlock over a hundred rewards, but to do so, you need to play and gain levels. Unfortunately, this mundane task has been quite challenging over the past few weeks, and players are not too happy about it. Due to this, some of them decided to even stop playing the game.

With the Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 release date set for late May, some players don’t have enough time to complete the current Battle Pass. To unlock all the rewards, it is necessary to reach level 200, which can be quite tricky. However, all the basic rewards can be unlocked with level 100, including V-Bucks.

Fortnite Players Claim that the XP Nerf Ruined the Game

With the release of other game modes in Chapter 5, like LEGO Fortnite and Rocket Racing, Epic Games slightly changed the leveling system. Weekly quests now only grant 10,000 XP, which is less than in the previous chapters. Epic also nerfed a few more XP sources, which is why Reddit user no_quart3r_given made a post about it, claiming that they will quit Fortnite if XP doesn’t get buffed.

"This will be my last BP because of this. It must feel nice to just play at leisure without the pressure of finishing a battle pass," Cityfox17 responded. Effective-Interest28 pointed out that "not owning the Battle Pass makes it a lot easier to focus on fun over XP/Levels which you earn anyway just by playing."

"The extra rewards feel impossible to reach and because of this stupid XP nerf I don’t think I’ll be buying the next Battle Pass," jeewlien claims, pointing out how difficult it is to unlock Super Styles. Many other Fortnite players voiced the same opinion, hoping that Epic would do something about it.

On the other hand, this Fortnite XP nerf doesn’t affect casual players. "Do people actually play this game to have fun anymore, or is completing the battle pass the only reason they hop on," champagne_anyone asked. A few more users chimed in, saying that they play for fun, not for cosmetics. Others believe that Super Styles are not a big deal, since most players won’t use them anyway.

While some players complain that Fortnite is ruined because of the nerf, others haven’t even noticed it. However, it will be interesting to see if Epic will do something about this. With the season ending in approximately three weeks, we might see some changes with the next one.


The XP nerf in Fortnite's Chapter 5, Season 3 has stirred quite a bit of controversy among the player base. While some see it as a challenge, others feel it has dampened the fun. As the season progresses, it remains to be seen if Epic Games will address these concerns or if players will adapt to the new XP system.


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