Fortnite's map is an amorphous, monstrous thing. It barely resembles its original form, with huge makeovers hitting every corner with each passing season. Keeping up can be difficult, but Fortnite's map is easy to navigate as long as you familiarize yourself with all the new hot spots for loot. Fortnite Season 9's map changes aren't a total reinvention, but they do reinvigorate some older POIs in surprising ways.
Season 9 brought about a number of changes to Fortnite's map. Classic locations like Tilted Towers and Retail Row have been destroyed by the volcano and replaced with new, futuristic points of interest.
Below, we take you through what's changed on Fortnite's map this week and detail all the new POIs that arrived with Season 9.
New and improved locations in Fortnite Season 8
Everyone's favorite hectic landing spot has gotten a serious upgrade. Tilted Towers is now Neo Tilted, a Bladerunner-esque futuristic spin on the large POI. Neo Tilted's building layout is basically the same as Tilted Towers, but the aesthetic is entirely new. It features things like holographic billboards, spotlights, and slipstreams to propel you around the area.
Neo Tilted feels familiar thanks to its similar layout of buildings and structures, but completely new due to its visual design. This is guaranteed to continue to be a popular landing spot in every game of Fortnite.
The cozy town and strip mall at Retail Row has been upgraded to a large mega mall for Season 9. The mall itself is full of loot, and the outside parking lot area makes for a real dangerous place to try to engage anyone due to its open nature. You won't find many discounted shopping deals at this Mega Mall, but conflict and loot surely will be available daily. The nearby houses on the western end of the POI also remain.
Mega Mall, like the rest of the map, also features multiple massive Slipstream vents, so movement in Season 9 will be very interesting and different from seasons before it.
The volcano has been put to good use in Season 9, as a sort of power plant has popped up along the southern side of the mountain. The source of Tilted Towers' destruction might be the source of Neo Tilted's power. You can land here and head inside to find a decent amount of loot spawns inside the volcano.
Also new this season is a number of Sky Platforms that can be found hovering around the map. These are great for completing certain Battle Pass challenges, sure, but landing here is a pretty cool way to grab some early game loot and then use one of the Slipstreams to fly off and find a new spot to wreak havoc.
Basic tips and the best landing spots
We’ll jump into specific locations soon, but first, here’s five tips to think about on your descent, no matter where you’re aiming. And if you’re after tips for the game more generally, here’s a good list.
1. Catch people unaware as they leave major locations
If ten people land on a town, then one person will make it out alive with all the best loot. One advantage to dropping away from those locations is that you can gear up and then swing back around, catching those victors unaware when they think everyone is dead. If you can get a clean shot at somebody without them knowing where you are then you’ll have the upper hand, no matter how good their weapons are. And if you kill them, the spoils are all yours.
2. Drop late if you want peace and quiet
Most players will impatiently drop earlier in the Battle Bus’s journey because they don’t fancy waiting around. Use that knowledge to your advantage. If you’re after action, drop early. If you want a slow and steady game, leave it late.
3. Go the distance
The further the drop location you’ve picked is away from the path of the bus, the less resistance you’ll meet when you land. So, if the bus is hanging left on the map, the named locations on the right will be less busy. Pull your parachute early to travel further (the map is small enough that you can reach pretty much any location).
4. If you’re playing solo, head for more secluded spots
If you’re alone, you can get away with heading for smaller drop spots. A chest or two will give you enough gear to get your started, but trying to spread that across a duo or a four-man squad is difficult. So, if you’re playing with friends, aim for larger locations than you’re used to.
5. Keep your eyes on the sky
This is the most important thing to remember when you drop. You need to be aware of both where you’re aiming and where other players are dropping around you. Turn around in the air and look for parachutes, making a mental note of where others have landed. The more information you have, the better shape you’ll be in for the ensuing fight.
Without further ado, here are a few drop locations that will set you up nicely for a Victory Royale. We'll be sure to add more as we spend time with Season 8.
Salty Springs and Pleasant Park
These old faithful locations haven't changed much in the year-plus that Battle Royale has been around, and that's saying a lot. Two of the original thirteen named POI's have stuck around through thick and thin and they're still popular landing spots due to their early engagements and amount of loot.
They're interesting now more than ever, though, because of their age. Players might not think of landing here as much anymore when faced with an all new biome and crazy POI's like Tilted Towers. See if you can fly under the radar here. Their centralized locations will allow you to rotate just about anywhere on the map.
The new and improved Loot Lake is a godsend compared to the desolate pond it used to be. After Kevin the Cube terraformed the lake and changed its landscape entirely, it is now filled with chests and floor loot spawns. Plus, if you land here, you're pretty much in the middle of the map and can rotate fast to wherever you have to head next.
The abandoned town southwest of Paradise Palms
For an unnamed location, this might be the most consistently loot-dense areas in all of Fortnite. Paradise Palms pulls most of the try-hards, leaving this town fairly empty. Hit the western edge first and check the second story of each house for ground loot and chests. Work your way through the town, keeping an ear out for footsteps, and you'll likely find six or so chests by the time you need to rotate out of there.
Depending on the storm circle you get, rotating naturally along the road cutting through the desert area is a good plan. You'll have some nice views into Paradise Palms, and with all that loot from earlier, cleaning up the leftover players is usually a cinch. If the storm circle is further away than you thought, look around for a rift or golf cart and get the hell out of there.