Fortnite’s map is no stranger to change, with its many locations altering or even disappearing altogether over the course of each season. And now, Fortnite Season 8 has begun, injecting some long-overdue change into the north-eastern quadrant of the Fortnite island.
Our Fortnite map and locations guide collates all our formidable knowledge on the Fortnite map. We’ll tell you not only all the best locations and where to find the best loot, but also how to go about deciding where to land on a match-by-match basis.
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Fortnite map locations guide (V8.00)
There’s a dizzying array of different locations on the Fortnite map, ranging from named locations such as Lazy Lagoon or Pleasant Park to unnamed gems like the “Tracks” area above Paradise Palms. But in order to decide where to land in Fortnite, you need to know what you’re looking for. We’ll take you through the key criteria for deciding the best place to land in Fortnite, then go through lots of different areas across the map and see how they rank against one another.
There are a great many factors that determine where the best place to land on the Fortnite map might be. But we’ve condensed it all down into six key criteria:
- Loot – How many treasure chests are there in this place? Are you likely to find good gear and loot here?
- Materials – How much opportunity is there for harvesting materials for building? Are you likely to walk out of this place with 1500 materials, or 150?
- Popularity – How many players land here? How much of a fight are you looking for?
- Size – How many players can this place accommodate? How compact or spread out is all the loot?
- Position – Is the location central, or on the coast? How likely are you to be pushed by the Storm? Are there Rifts nearby to help?
- Rotations – What other nearby locations can you rotate to after you’re done here?
Some of these criteria go hand-in-hand with one another. For example, if a location scores high on loot and position, then it’s likely to also score high on popularity. But there are occasional exceptions, as we shall see.
In the below table you can find every named (and many unnamed) locations across the entire Fortnite map. We’ve ranked each location based on the above six criteria, with a score for each one (the higher the better). The scores are all subjective, except for loot, where we’ve simply counted the number of possible chest spawns in that location.
Check out our findings (you can use the arrows in the headers to sort by different criteria), and once you’re finished we’ve written a little on some standout locations further below.
|Location||Loot (no. of chests)||Materials||Popularity||Size||Position||Rotations|
|"Lonely Mountain" (E8)||03||02||06||01||08||08|
|"Tilted Warehouses" (C5)||06||03||02||03||06||05|
|"Frozen Lake" (C7)||09||01||02||07||05||03|
|"Villain's Lair" (B4)||10||04||04||04||04||05|
|"Viking Mountain" (B6)||11||04||07||05||05||08|
Now let’s take a look at 12 locations of interest and how they rank against one another in terms of best loot, materials, popularity, and more.
Lazy Lagoon is already set to be the most popular new location in Season 8. Characterful, packed with loot (and a good 10-12 chest locations on the pirate ship alone), and the main source of Season 8’s new Pirate Cannons, you can expect a great many players to drop here, at least in the first few weeks of the season.
So far it seems your best chance of survival is to land on the ship itself and immediately drop below deck, where you’ll find loot enough for a good early game at least, after which you can make your escape using any of the ship’s ten thousand cannons.
Sunny Steps is likely to receive much more attention than it perhaps deserves over the next few weeks, simply because it is new. In reality, it is a small space dominated by three pyramid buildings which each contain surprisingly little loot (at least in terms of chest locations). The ease with which you can use the roofs of these structures is its main selling point, but you’re unlikely to kit out more than a couple of players properly here over the course of a match.
Tilted Towers is still by far the most popular and hotly contested location on the entire map. With a staggering 35 possible chest locations, each individual tower provides enough loot across its multiple floors to kit out multiple players at once. Particularly popular are the Castle Building (with the battlement-style roof), the Clock Tower, and the large rectangular Brick House in the town’s centre.
Your best bet when landing Tilted is to land on a rooftop weapon, break down into your building for safety, kill anyone left in your building, heal up if you need to, and then gradually move from building to building, looting up and spying through windows for other players to take down. It’s not uncommon for winners of Tilted to leave the place with ten or more kills in the first few minutes of a match.
I kinda see what all the fuss is about with Paradise Palms, but at the same time I kinda don’t. It’s clearly modelled after Tilted Towers, with its multi-storey buildings and open roads compacted into a relatively small space; but with just two-thirds the number of chest spawns as Tilted, it shouldn’t be as popular as it is.
But it is. And because it’s so popular, it’s bloody dangerous to land there. When I do land there, I tend to hit the south-eastern-most houses first, because people tend to focus on the large skyscraper on the west side, and that’s where most of the fighting tends to take place. If I get decent gear there, I’ll head through the rest of Paradise Palms and try to win it all for myself; if not, there are plenty of rifts to the north and south with which to expedite your escape.
Frosty Flights always sees a fair amount of attention at the beginning of each match. A large airbase built against the side of a giant cliff, there’s a smattering of smaller towers and loot areas but the location is dominated by the two hangers and a large central facility, which usually contains more than enough loot for a solo or duo – albeit not many materials at all.
But of course the real reason for the area’s popularity is that it is by far the most reliable location for finding X-4 Stormwing planes. This is also what bumped up Frosty’s “position” and “rotations” rankings a few points, because once you’re done with the area, you can always just hop into a Stormwing and go where you please.
If the major hot-spots such as Tilted Towers and Paradise Palms are a little much for you, a nice alternative is to land in Retail Row, which provides enough cover, loot, and rotation options for a safer but still action-packed early game. The chest locations of Retail Row are all clustered around the edges of the town, so the path most players will take while looting is to circumnavigate the outside, moving quickly from house to house, or shop to shop, spending as little time as possible looting and keeping an eye out for like-minded players.
I used to land on the western-most house, and then move south and then east across Retail; but nowadays I prefer to land on the eastern side, where the competition is less immediately fierce and the opportunities for looting are still plenty. Just remember that Retail is also an extremely popular second or third location to rotate towards.
Loot Lake has seen a great deal of change over the past season or two, but it seems to have settled down for now. With a wide expanse of tricky terrain to traverse and escape from with your health intact, the amount of loot scattered about the lake combines with its central location to provide a popular landing spot for a good half a dozen or more players each match. You’ll usually be able to get your hands on five or six chests, admittedly, but the open space and irritating terrain makes it a real danger zone.
A more closed-off start is provided if you land at the two factories on the west edge of the lake; but only a small number of chests spawn here, which means you’re gambling as to whether you get decent weaponry off the bat.
Pleasant Park offers some of the most chaotic and death-filled early games outside of Tilted Towers. Eight houses and one shop surrounding a flat, open expanse in its centre, the general aim of landing at Pleasant is to beat everyone else to your chosen house roof, loot everything you can, and then hop from one house to the next with your head on a swivel for nearby players.
Each house contains at least one chest, though I find by far the best houses to land on for loot and a few moments of safety are the south-west houses overlooking the football pitch. From there, I can head in a clockwise route through each of the other houses, usually meeting three or four other players on the way. If you survive into the mid-game after landing here, you’ll hopefully have a nearby rift to the east which you can use if pushed by the Storm.
Salty Springs is a very central and popular drop spot, particularly the larger of the two west houses, which holds up to four chests across three storeys, and usually sees the most action early on, with a number of surrounding high ground opportunities (including the colossal peak to the north, which holds the possibility of three chests and an overlook of Salty and Dusty together), and nearby apples for recovering after your fights.
Salty is not only a popular spot to land at but also one which sees near-constant movement throughout the game thanks to its location on the map. It also offers a great many different rotation options after a successful early-game.
Dusty Divot gives you one of the strongest early games possible if everything goes well. There’s plenty of loot in the form of up to 11 chests throughout the crater, and a tonne of cover provided by the trees and the crater itself. But the true power of Dusty is that it’s a phenomenal area for gathering materials. A duo left uncontested in Dusty can easily rack up full wood and full metal by chopping the trees and fences surrounding the compound.
Of course, it’s also a very central, valuable location, which means you’re very lucky if you find yourself alone when dropping in Dusty, no matter the flight path of the Battle Bus.
Probably containing enough loot for a duo but little more than that, Lazy Links is nearly always hotly contested by more players than it can reasonably accommodate. So prepare for a fight if you decide to land here. Nearly everyone lands on the main house roof, and attempts to beat one another to the nearest gun. This is great if you’re the winner, but I prefer to land on one of the smaller buildings on the west side, where I can usually find at least a chest and/or a gun uncontested.
The area surrounding Lazy Links is very flat and large with few nearby areas in sight, so rotating away from Lazy Links is a bit of an arduous and potentially dangerous process.
So-named for its resemblance to Las Mudas from the Westworld TV series, Westworld is a useful alternative to Paradise Palms for those who prefer to stay on the outskirts rather than dropping right into the action. Westworld is in fact staggeringly good for chests, with 17 chest spawn locations compacted into a tiny, easy to traverse area, which makes it better for loot than most named locations. For this reason it’s one of the more popular unnamed locations across the map, but still not nearly as much as it should be, because apparently most players don’t realise quite how loot-rich this area is.
One of my favourite places to land for solos or duos, Tracks is avoided by many because of its large surface area and apparent absence of loot. But the truth is it’s a contender for the most underrated location on the entire map.
Land at any of the three houses (I prefer the furthest east, as it limits the directions from which enemies can approach) and you’ll generally find at least enough loot to clear out the one or two other players that might also have dropped here; and after that, not only do you have up to ten uncontested chests to loot, but you can spend some time breaking tires in Tracks for an incredible amount of metal that can often see you through to the very end of a match. Not to mention, you can just head onto the hill to the west once you’re done, and nearly always find a Rift so you can reach the next Safe Zone with ease.
Lonely Mountain is the large peak just north-west of Fatal Fields, and it’s often far more popular than it has any right to be. It provides enough loot for a single player, and some decent high ground from which to assess your next move, but if the Battle Bus passes nearby Lonely Mountain you’re almost always going to see a good 4-5 players all jostling for control over this fairly insignificant area. Mind you, it’s great in the late-game if the circle closes around Lonely Mountain and you’re the first one up there.
Overall, The key to quickly learning how to play Fortnite well is to create a routine for yourself by landing somewhere repeatedly and learning everything about it. That’s all we’ve got for now, but keep your eyes peeled for further updates and more focused pages on individual locations as time goes on. For now, why don’t you let us know your favourite, familiar spots to land across the Fortnite map, and what it is about them that keeps you coming back!