If you are just starting out in Fortnite it might be difficult at first to know where to land. This guide of the best landing spots to target should clear up any confusion and hopefully get you closer to a victory!
Where is Everyone Landing?
With the new addition of Lazy Links and Paradise Palms, these have become quite popular as landing spots. Paradise Palms in particular, if you are looking for a lot of action then this is the place to land. Lazy Links is pretty popular as well, but it depends on where the bus starts. Tilted Towers is still a hot spot, so nothing has changed there. Pleasant Park and Retail Row, which were former popular destinations, have lessened in popularity and can be nice for good loot and a couple of fights.
Where You Shouldn't Land
Wailing Woods, Lonely Lodge, Haunted Hills, Flush Factory, Loot Lake, and Tomato Town are probably some of the worst landing spots in the game. Now, this doesn't mean you can't get looted out and get a win if you land at these spots, but for various reasons they are poor locations. I'll go into more detail...
Wailing Woods: Awkward spot to land, with not a ton of loot to speak of unless you really run around the entire forest area going for lesser known chests. Most action centers around the hedge maze in the center, but this is a slow area and can take a while to loot fully. You do have access to a lot of mushrooms for extra shield and trees for harvesting, but overall it's just not worth it.
Lonely Lodge: Another area that is just kind of awkward with chests scattered around. It's slightly better these days because you can transition over to the superhero mansion that is south of it, but if you get a bad circle you are going to be having to run for a long time. This is one of the common weaknesses to areas that are on the edges of the map.
Haunted Hills: Decent if you are solo, but overall it doesn't have enough loot to support a duo or a squad. Can be kind of a pain to run around and collect all of the chests, and is particularly weak if the circle is bad because you don't have a great way to travel quickly.
Flush Factory: Super isolated part of the map that requires a lot of trekking around to grab up all of the chests and loot. This area has a pretty bad rotation to get to any area that actually might have people. It has a couple of unnamed areas that are along the path up towards the center of the map, but they could already be looted or you might not have time to loot them.
Loot Lake: Has a few areas that can be looted, but having to cross or go around the lake takes forever. Either you are making the slow trudge through it, wasting resources to go across it, or you are slowly running around it. There are just far better options then heading here for any reason.
Tomato Town: Super limited loot in the town itself, and if anyone else goes here you might find yourself without a gun or without much loot. It does have the underpass and a brick house near it for additional loot, but largely this area is only somewhat viable for solos.
Fortnite Best Locations
What you are mostly looking for when you land is a spot that has good loot and doesn't have a ton of people. You would generally prefer a few enemies floating around so you can kill them and round up their supplies, but you don't want so much that you are fighting to grab a revolver and getting rushed by multiple people with shotguns. I'm breaking up the section into more populated and less populated areas. It is really personal preference on how you like to play the game, but if you really want to improve I recommend seeking action so you can get better at building and combat under fire.
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More Populated Areas
These are the better areas to drop to if you are looking for action and good loot. I only recommend these areas if you are experienced with the game and you have all of the basics down well, such as building, looting quickly, and have a good handle on the weapons.
A lot of people land here and there's a good reason for it... It has a ton of loot! There's loot everywhere, and the buildings are huge so each floor has the potential to have something good on it. The problem is that because a lot of people land here so you'll have to watch out for people from just about every angle. Your best bet it to scope out a roof with a gun and quickly make sure you can grab it before anyone else. If you are able to grab something quickly, look for someone to quickly kill to make sure they can't grab a gun themselves or use a potion that you could be drinking. Don't stay on any roof for too long, because you could easily get shot from many different spots. You'll also find corner buildings your best bet, this limits the areas you can get shot at from.
Another thing to be careful of is people shooting at you from the surrounding mountains. The southern mountain that overlooks the towers is notorious for stragglers that will come from Greasy Grove looking to pick off people.
This is a new addition to the map in the Season 5 update. It's in the new desert biome that use to be Moisty Mire. I actually really like this place, but it's extremely popular right now so be ready to fight immediately. There's a ton of houses with lots of chests in the area. You will also be able to find the new ATKs (golf carts) scattered around, plus the new rifts that launch you into the air so you can glide spawn here in the north west corner of the town.
Not as big of a fan of this area, if you head for the main parts of the clubhouse it is easy to land without a weapon. The main clubhouse is pretty sparse in terms of loot, I've often come out of there with barely a gun, running from empty room to empty room. One trick I learned was you should float around scouting the sand traps. These often have weapons, so you can grab a gun or two and then head into the main area. You also can potentially grab one of those new golf carts and bail out if you feel under looted. Hotel is a good spot to hit afterwards if you are in need of heavier artillery.
Once the most popular area to land is now much less frequented with the addition of the extremely popular Tilted Towers. This popularity swing might start to wane in the future, but Retail is an extremely good spot to land with really good loot all around. It also allows you to rotate to Salty Springs or Dusty Divot and pick off some of the people that decided to land there.
Retail has two different distinct areas: houses & black tops (grocery store area). I find that houses are generally pretty reliable for loot, but can get awkward with a lot of players landing there. "Lebron's House" (house with the basketball court) is a hot spot and has potential for chests in the attics of the house and garage, but can also spawn a chest in the dog house. The busted house to the west of LeBron's is one of my favorite spots because the chest almost always spawns in the roof, and you can fall down one of the holes in the attic to another area with a chest.
The black top area is pretty good as well, you can go right for the water tower and pick up the chest allowing you to potentially shoot people who drop in the open. The roof on black top area on the east has a good potential for gun spawns so consider diving on one of those. The other black top area with the supermarket has a truck in the back that commonly has a chest, but right behind that in the garage area there can be a chest spawn right above the garage door.
Fatal Fields is a strong semi-populated spot to land, it has a couple extra side locations that usually have chests and can offer ways to gather loot without hitting the main hubs. There's a chest that often spawns in a small cave that the river/stream leads into, there's a small patch of woods on either side that can have some loot/chests, there's a larger cave/mining area that has loot, and you can also check the quarry that can have a chest.
Tips for Fatal Fields
- There's two large gray/silver tubes (silos) at the farm, if you break these they will sometimes have a chest or loot underneath them.
- If you see a bunch of people landing at the major points head to the sides or flanks. There's actually quite a bit of loot in the smaller areas and you can wait out some of the fighting and take advantage of weakened foes.
- Check all the small sheds, they can have chests and ammo boxes pretty often.
- If there's hay bales in the form of a square there can be loot in the middle of them!
Less Populated Areas
If you're looking for good spots that have loot but less people dropping then these are good areas.
Tons of loot to be found at Snobby Shores, just look at all those chests! While this can be vacant at times, more often than not you'll see a person or two so be careful when looting here.
South East of Salty Springs
This is a good safe area to land. Each of the three circled chests represent a broken house. The houses can have pretty strong loot in them, and they all each can spawn a chest. Once you're done here, you can make your way to Salty Springs or Fatal Fields and attempt to clean up whoever is left after the carnage.
A surprisingly strong loot spot if you are looking to land with a bit of action. With the new additions to the map, this area is a lot less popular. Once you loot up the main portion, you can head east to a couple lootable houses, then west to some more, and south towards Tomato Town to a couple more houses! Lots of loot to be picked up, and you might even get a fight or two.
Lucky Landing is a pretty quiet spot these days, but it has a lot of loot that can be quickly grabbed. The only problem with this spot is potentially having a northern circle and requiring a lot of running. I would only hit here if the bus is convenient, I wouldn't make any long glides just to land here.
Let us know in the comments where you like to land and we might add some of your options to the list!