Fortnite map guide: Best places to land, find chests and get started in Season 9

We've come to expect substantial changes to the Fortnite map as we move from one season to the next, and it's no surprise that Fortnite Season 9 has delivered on this. Although this update to Fortnite was not as radical as last season, where we had a volcano form and transform the whole northeast section of the island, there are still some big changes to note. Tilted Towers finally got the destruction so many players craved and was replaced with the futuristic Neo Tilted, Retail Row got a makeover to become the much larger Mega Mall, plus the power of the volcano was harnessed to create the new Pressure Plant location. There have also been some gameplay tweaks, with a Slip Stream system being installed to transport players around the island on a gust of air.

As always with big updates, the best places to land on the Fortnite map have changed for Season 9. Ultimately though, the decision on where you should head to first will depend on which direction the battle bus enters the map from and where it travels, but these are some of the best locations to land on the Fortnite map in Season 9.

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Fortnite map landing spots - general tips

Aim for low ground to fall faster

Okay, you can’t actually fall faster, but your glider will always open a set level above the ground. If you’re falling over a mountain or building it’ll open sooner than if you’re aiming for a flat patch. Wherever you want to land, always aim for the nearest low point on the map and then fly to your chosen location. That way your glider will pop as close to the ground as possible, minimising your landing time so you can get moving quicker. 

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Head for remote places to avoid a fight when you land

You might notice an explosion of people jumping the bus the first second they can, or clouds of gliders all converging on places like Neo Tilted. You'll also notice that often 50 players are dead before the first circle appears. If you want to live, avoid the crowds. Generally you need buildings if you want chests but look for houses on their own, or gas stations by the road away from built up areas like Mega Mall or Pleasant Park. A lot of people overlook these smaller locations, so you can have the run of the place if you’re lucky and grab all the gear you need undisturbed.  

Jump later to survive longer

If you can, wait until the last minute to jump. It all depends on where you are on the map and where you can get to, but as a rule the later you can leave it the less chance there is of running into any early competition. You should get more time to gear up and if you’re away from the action you’ll be safe while everyone else kills each other. Just keep an eye on the storm - if the circle appears on the other side of the map, get ready for a run. 

Look around as you parachute

When you jump you’ll have a few seconds gliding to the ground. You should have picked a location by this point, so aim for it and use the time to scan all around you and see what the skies look like. If it’s full of people all heading to the same region, then maybe make a hasty course change and land elsewhere. If just a single person is heading to the same roof as you are, you might want to have a rethink or at least be prepared to deal with them.

The battle bus’ route has an impact on landing choices

This is something you’re best just being aware of and getting a feel for. The direction you approach the map is random each time - some locations are great if they appear on the far side of the map as the bus flies, and death if they're near the start. It means that some places that we wouldn’t normally recommend could actually be a good choice. Lucky Landing and Paradise Palms are good examples here, as if they’re one of the first locations the buses reaches then stay well away. But if they come at the end they can be a gold mine - the people that would usually go there jumped when the bus first hit land so you can often find yourself alone.

The best Fortnite map locations for solo and duo games

If you’re playing solo or in duos all you really need is enough to get you started, so you don’t have to worry about any of the bigger areas or named regions. That way lies only the pain of death and a 50+ placing. Instead, target these smaller areas and you’re guaranteed a couple of chests. That should be enough to get you started, and you can grab the rest as you go.

1. Research huts north of the volcano

At the foot of the volcano to the north are a number of red huts, set up by the researchers also found in Dusty Divot. There's quite a few spread across this area of the jungle and since it's unnamed, you won't find many players there but you will find some substantial loot. Afterwards, you can go to Sunny Steps, Lazy Lagoon, or climb the volcano itself.

2. The watchtower near Lonely Lodge

This is definitely a better solo option if only because you can’t do much until you get down. However, there are usually two or three chests here - up to two at the very top, and one right below them. If you can land on the roof you should find plenty of gear, and with only the stairs for access it’s hard for anyone to get the jump on you. 

3. Pressure Plant

During Season 8, the inside of the volcano was a great location to grab a handful of chests, as nobody else would be foolish enough to dive straight into a volcano, right? This area may now have been converted into the new Pressure Plant location, but with its various towers and huts hiding away a decent amount of loot its still worth dropping in to scope it out while seasoned players stick to their familiar landing locations.

4. Snobby Shores

Snobby’s a risk, I’m not going to lie. But it can also be overlooked easily if it’s at the end of the bus flyover. This is definitely one where you want to be checking the skies as you land for trouble. The advantage of this location is that there are five houses, all in there own walled grounds, so if someone else is there you can grab a different house and have the time and protection to prepare before the trouble starts. If things look too hot as you come in then veer south where you’ll find two houses, one with a basement, that will give you at least three chests to rifle through. 

5. Houses next to Shifty Shafts

Shifty Shafts tends to be a popular location due to its proximity to Neo Tilted and the amount of chests there, but consider going for the houses to the side instead. You're likely to find a few chests there and it gives you some time to loot up before either heading in to Shifty Shafts, or fleeing over the hill towards the now frozen over Greasy Grove.

6. Between Shifty Shafts and Happy Hamlet

This location used to be the home of a huge wooden chair, but it's now been replaced with a sleigh. The loot is still plentiful though with two chest spawns inside the house, one in the barn and another one on top of the sleigh. Just to the west is another ruined house with a possible chest spawn, just be wary of any players that have landed at Polar Peak above you and have managed to obtain a sniper.

7. Ruined houses south of Haunted Hills

Haunted Hills on its own can be worth trying if you’re on your own or as a duo as it can often be empty. But not always: a safer bet are the houses to the south. There are two along the dirt track road, each with at least a couple of chests. 

8. Tomato Temple

Okay, Tomato Temple may not be called Tomato Temple on the map anymore, but it still exists in its original location at the western foot of the volcano. This is really only great for solo players because it's pretty small, but you can get some decent loot from here before pushing to Lazy Lagoon to fight any pirate wannabes nearby.

9. "Westworld", south of Paradise Palms

While "Westworld" isn't the proper name since it's unmarked on the map, it's been named that unofficially due to its strong resemblance to the western town in the popular TV series. If it's right at the start of the battle bus path then there will probably be a few people heading here but if luck is on your side and it's towards the end, you can often get this incredible location with over 20 chests all to yourself.

The best Fortnite map locations for squads

The tricky thing about picking a place for squads is getting enough gear for everyone. You really want to avoid places like Neo Tilted or Pleasant Park, because if the fighting doesn’t finish you in the first 30 seconds, healing up can use up the resources you nearly died to secure. Instead, head for somewhere less obvious but still with enough chests to get your team going. These are the best options: 

1. The Block 

The Block's actual environment changes frequently, but with the introduction of Fortnite gold chests in Season 8 that are exclusive to The Block, it makes it a fantastic place to land. Each construction on The Block tends to have a number of normal chests too, so race your teammates to the gold chest then explore the rest of the area for some decent loot.

2. Lucky Landing

The main area in Lucky Landing has plenty of chests between its numerous buildings. Especially if you include the small hill top building to the south and the small building and large pagoda to the north east. The best plan of attack is to send two into the main areas while at least one person checks the pagoda, and maybe another grabs the two hilltop buildings. 

3. Junk Junction

The trick with Junk Junction is to ignore the buildings and check all the crushed cars around the periphery of the yard. Most of the chests are there so pay attention as you glide in and you’ll be able to land on one. If not you’ll have to smash some things and build a ramp. Just make sure you don’t destroy anything with a chest on it. There’s also a depot to the north east than can have some gear. Only go for the big metal llama if you’re planning to land on it - there are a couple of chests, but it’s only worth grabbing them if you can hit the roof and work down. Otherwise you’ll have to waste time finding resources and building up. 

4. Haunted Hills

Haunted Hills often gets ignored because it doesn’t look like there’s much there. There’s actually quite a lot though if you’re lucky, with several chests liberally scattered through its various crypts and buildings. There’s also another couple of buildings to the south if you need more gear, along with the huge castle on the mountaintop right next to it. Watch out for any other teams that landed at Junk Junction though.

5. Snobby Shores

Five buildings for four people to ransack, what could go wrong? Apart from another team landing in the same place that is. Make sure you call out what house you’re going to take when you go in so you have one each, then all converge on the remaining property. Your options from here are then head south for another couple of places where you can top up, or head south east to the covered football stadium if you fancy starting trouble sooner rather than later. 

6. Happy Hamlet

Despite it being one of the newer locations added to Fortnite, Happy Hamlet tends to be dead when it comes to other players landing there. You'll find over 15 buildings each with at least one or two chests, and a lot of areas to take cover in and play stealthily. When you're done - if you still don't have enough loot - you can head west to find a plethora of smaller buildings and cottages dotted across the hilly tundra.

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