Our Fortnite: Battle Royale map update guide contains everything you need to know about, the reworked map, Dusty Divot, Risky Reels, new chest locations and more.
Although Fortnite: Battle Royale only has one map when compared with PUBG, Epic Games still manages to keep things fresh by constantly altering its landscape or chucking in all new features.
We've had Biomes make a premier, Tilted Towers was introduced back in the day and existing areas were completely overhauled in a past patch. Now meteors have rained from the sky and struck certain locations, completely altering how they play.
This is a game with a map that's constantly evolving, so we've put together a guide that'll take you through any new changes that go live. For clarity, we've posted the update version in brackets by each section so you know which patch we're referring to. Otherwise, you'll find all the latest stuff at the top of the page with previous updates as you begin scrolling down.
Editor's UPDATE #3: The latest changes to the map are pretty huge. There are a couple of new locations and an existing area has also been altered too. We've put together a round-up of all the tweaks in the sections down below.
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New Map Update (V.4.0.0)
Towards the end of Season 3, Epic Games teased players with what looked to be a shining meteor looming over the map. It then took things further by adding flickering TV's displaying distress signals, warning everyone that something wasn't quite right. Before long, there was a full blown meteor shower striking the surface of the map!
When downtime for the start of Season 4 came to an end then, players who jumped into the game were met by some pretty significant map changes.
Here's an image of the revamped map:
Launch the game now and you'll discover that certain areas of Fortnite's map have been struck by huge meteors. Most notably, Dusty Depot is now a steaming crater called Dusty Divot. It's filled with Hop Rocks which are consumable fragments of the crash-landed meteor that give you a temporary zero-gravity effect. There's also a neat little research centre in the middle of the crater that's filled with ramparts and small tunnels to fight in.
Move towards the North Easternmost point of the map and you'll spot a brand new location called Risky Reels. It was once a lovely drive-thru theatre, but now it's got a gaping crater in the centre that's surrounded by burnt out cars.
While it's not an entirely new location, the Prison near Moisty Mire has also been struck by a meteor. Some of the buildings have been wiped out entirely, while others now have some pretty major gaps. This should make for a less linear space that confines players to tedious set corridors, and one that'll make for some more interesting, dynamic fights out in the open.
All Shrine Locations (V.2.5.0)
Introduced with patch V.2.5.0, Epic introduced Lunar New Year themed Shrines across the map which contain golden loot chests. They aren't marked on the map so you'll have to memorise where each one is located if you want to bag even more gear.
To help you out with this process, however, we've posted an image which shows all Shrine locations across the map. Credit goes to Redditor imkairu for creating it!
Here's what a Shrine looks like in-game. You'll always find a single golden chest inside one so make sure you seek them out before anyone else does!
For a complete breakdown of what's been introduced with the latest patch, make sure you check out our 2.5.0 Patch Notes page, along with our Crossbow guide for tips on how to master the newest addition to the armory.
Best Loot Locations (V.2.5.0)
Here's each location in the new map update and how much loot you're likely to find when you get there!
- Anarchy Acres - A collection of barns with a fair amount of loot to offer, just be wary of getting caught out in the open.
- Fatal Fields - A favourite of ours, this is another collection of barns with a whole lot of loot.
- Flush Factory - As the name suggests, it's a large factory that's not home to a great deal of loot. It's worth grabbing whatever's there and moving on quickly.
- Greasy Grove - This place is an absolute hive of activity, and for good reason too. It's home to a diner, gas station and a few other buildings that have the potential to grant some seriously good gear. Just be warned that you're going to have to fight your way out.
- Lonely Lodge - Often a quiet location, you're guaranteed at least one chest here. Many players tend to go for the nearby Retail Row instead, and that's where you can head to and clean up once you're done looting.
- Moisty Mire - All the way in the south-east is a boggy swamp that's home to a smattering of wooden cabins. There's a loot to be had here but moving through the murky waters will slow you down dramatically and make you prone to elimination.
- Pleasant Park - Before the first map update, this was easily the most populated area on the map. Land on a roof, smash your way in and get looting.
- Retail Row - Another populated area with a lot of buildings to rummage through. As per usual with these dense zones, grab a gun early and be prepared to fend off multiple enemies.
- Wailing Woods - As the name suggests this is a huge forest with small huts scattered around it. Great for getting building materials, not a great location for loot though.
- Dusty Depot - Right in the center of the map are three warehouses that have the potential to spawn one chest each. It's pretty popular with minimal loot though, so land here at your own risk.
- Salty Springs - You'll be guaranteed a lot of good gear here, but you might not make it out alive as it's so popular. There's a reason it's called Salty Springs.
- Tomato Town - Whenever we've landed in Tomato Town we've found a fair amount of good loot and it's well connected too. Once you're done here, you've got a few decent places to explore.
- Loot Lake - Reminds us a great deal of Moisty Mire. You'll bump into a chest or two here, but you'll be stuck in the center of a massive lake - a little bothersome.
New Map Comparison (V.2.2.0)
Here’s a side by side comparison of the old and new map. Click on the image itself to zoom in.
Old map on the left, new map on the right.
From the off, the map itself isn’t entirely lime green anymore. Instead it’s a nice mixture of green and brown hues, which further illustrate Epic’s desire to give every location a unique feel.
In the original map there were 10 unique points of interest but in the new map Epic have almost doubled this number! There are now 18 unique points of interest evenly spread across the map, and this should make for some even more exciting gunfights and fort-building opportunities.