Survival is key in Fortnite, and one small decision can make the difference between early death and a Victory Royale. Heading to the wrong area at the wrong time can lead to defeat if you aren’t careful. Likewise, knowing where to land can start your match off on the right foot, potentially leading to a win. This isn’t always the case, but the early portion of a match can be one of the factors that carry you to success. The thing is — you can’t just land in the same spots over and over again, as Fortnite evolves substantially from season to season.
With that in mind, here is an updated list of the best places to land in Fortnite for chapter 3, season 1.
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To help with deciding where to start out each match, we’ll detail the best places to land in Fortnite right now, at the time of chapter 3, season 1. This season features major changes to the beloved Fortnite map, literally flipping it on its head — hence the name Chapter 3 Flipped. It’s filled with snow, plenty of new points of interest (POIs), and a brand new meta. The map itself has changed substantially, with callbacks to previous versions of Fortnite. With that in mind, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the new locations during this season.
The points of interest change up the game considerably, including the best places to land. Picking where to land is difficult, as a number of factors come into play. When deciding on the best locations at this time, we took into account the amount of loot, how many players tend to land there, its physical location, and general popularity, along with the likelihood of decent spawns.
Whether you are someone who likes to fight all the time or just hide away until most of the players are already gone, we have a starting location for you so that you can start out on the right foot in each match.
First up, let’s touch on a safe landing spot that works well for newcomers and veterans. Just east of The Joneses, towards the water, is a spot called Tow-Away Beach. Here, you’ll find two houses with a huge offering of loot. You’ll also find coolers around these houses, which contain health items and they have a 100% drop rate, which is nice. Then, make your way onto the beach itself and you’ll find five possible chest spawns, all buried under the sand. It’s unlikely that all five will spawn in your match, but even if you come across two or three, it’s worth it. Make sure you farm brick and wood as you make your way around this area. Then, head south and hit the dock area before making your way inward towards The Joneses. Use a nearby ATV to get around faster.
This is a safer drop, perfect for newcomers or players who want to take it easy. The spot you should aim for is the gas station northeast of Rocky Reels. It’s best to land on the roof of the pump area since there’s typically a weapon there. Then, jump down and visit both the large trucks, where you’ll likely find a chest in each, and then make your way inside the gas station. Inside, you’ll find a slew of loot and chests, especially in the duct area of the building. Be thorough, and you’ll find food boxes with fruit and peppers, along with other healing items. There’s also metal in this area, which of course is worth grabbing. From here, head to the small building to the west and you’ll find Slurp Barrels, along with more loot. You can use a nearby car to rotate out of this spot and head to zone.
This spot is fantastic because it’s close enough to a main POI to have lots of high-end loot, but is on the outskirts, meaning you’re less likely to run into other players. It’s found on the east side of Chonker’s Speedway in an area called Seven Outpost IV. You can start by landing on the large rock formation in this hub and heading into the small building at the top. Then, make your way around this area collecting chests and opening coolers, which contain chug splashes. From here, rotate counterclockwise through the middle of Chonker’s Speedway and collect items from coolers and chests, while destroying items for metal resources. Metal is difficult to find, but this area is a fantastic spot for it. If you’re a confident player, you can charge right into the heart of Chonker’s Speedway, but otherwise, stick to the outer edges.
Next up is the Butter Barn building which is found to the northwest of Chonker’s Speedway. This landing spot is particularly effective for getting stocked up on health, shields, and peppers. It’s also an excellent source of wood, so be sure to destroy whatever is in your path to collect resources. The other great thing about this building is the Mancake NPC, who sells different items and has challenges that reward you with Epic weapons. In the basement area, you’ll find Slurp Barrels, metal, and even more food items. From there, head to the gas station across the street to farm more resources and Slurp Barrels, which give you shields and health. After you’re finished looting, you can grab a nearby car or ATV to make your way into zone.
This is one of the very best drop spots in terms of the loot you can get, but it’s also a highly contested area, so you should be prepared to fight if you land here. There’s a lot you can do here, but the main idea is to loot as much as possible without attacking the guards…yet. The thing about Vaults is that you have to have another player with you to open them — or, you can down a guard and carry them to the door sensor to open it. To do so, you’ll want to isolate a guard and make sure they’re far away from other NPCs so they don’t attack you. Once it’s safe, down them and carry them to the Vault door downstairs and it will open. From here, take out the guard so the other NPCs don’t see him, and enter the Vault. You’ll find some of the best loot in the game here, from Epic weapons, to shields, and more. After you’ve gathered everything you want, you can use the portapotty to escape and get to safety.
To the south of Logjam Lumberyard is Crackshot’s Cabin, found just across the small lake. On the bottom floor of the cabin are three chests with decent loot, with another two upstairs. Then, to the west is a small house with a Llama which always spawns there. Do your best to shoot it as much as possible so you can reap the rewards while also gathering resources like wood. From here, make your way north to a gas station to the west of Logjam Lumberyard and you’ll find even more chests. Some of them are in the ducts, so make sure you’re thorough as you search for loot. You can also gather a significant amount of metal here, so you should be stacked on resources by the time the next zone appears.
The last drop spot we’d like to cover is vastly different from the rest. This is because it’s a boat that spawns at random locations each match. When you first jump from the Battle Bus, look around and see if you can see the boat on the outskirts of the map. Sometimes it’s hard to spot and other times you’ll see it immediately. If it’s too far out of the way, it might be best to visit a different location, but if you can make it to the boat unscathed, you’ll be in good shape for the rest of the match. While here, make sure you loot all the chests, including the Seven Chests, which give you even better loot. The boat has plenty of metal and wood, along with Slurp Barrels. Pretty much everything you’ll need can be found here. The main thing to be aware of is that you don’t stay here too long, as the storm could catch you off guard. Since the boat spawns in random locations, it’s sometimes hard to plan a route back to the center of zone, so just take note of where you are and hope there’s a vehicle nearby.
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