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Fortnite UFOs locations - where to find them and how to damage Saucers piloted by opponents

Fortnite UFOs locations
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Fortnite UFOs are the fastest way to travel around the island, but you'll also need to use them in an increasing number of quests such as dealing damage to Saucers piloted by opponents. There isn't an endless supply of Fortnite Saucers flying around in each match, but if you know where to look then there's a good chance to either get your hands on one or deal damage to someone else that's already airborne. Despite reductions to their HP and the height they can fly up to, they're still quite overpowered when going up against other players, so they can be a real asset in a Fortnite match if you commandeer one. Here's everything you need to know about where to find Fortnite UFOs locations, and how to travel in them once you've climbed aboard.

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Fortnite UFOs locations

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There are two main ways to find Fortnite UFOs locations, and the first is to look at your map where you should see three of the named locations are purple and flickering in and out of focus. These are randomised for each match, and indicate that if you head to that location you'll see three spacecraft hovering in the sky above it.

Unfortunately you can't just glide down directly on top of Fortnite UFOs and hijack them, unless you quickly manage to hit the prompt to stand on one of the passenger platforms on top, as otherwise you'll glitch through them to potentially lose some or all of your health, which is a bad start to a match. Instead you need to shoot them down from the ground, so pick one and target your fire on it while avoiding any Energy Cannon fire coming your way until it's forced to land. Either deal with one of the Fortnite Trespassers NPCs who emerges from the craft or avoid them, then approach the ship and press the usual button to enter the vehicle.

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The second method to find Fortnite UFOs locations is to hijack one that has already landed, so you don't have to engage in combat with a Trespasser to take control. Initially you could find these Fortnite Saucers locations by following a trail of blue smoke rising from the ground to reach the landing site, then dealing with any Fortnite IO Guards patrolling the area to protect the ship. That's no longer the case and all of the landed Fortnite UFOs are currently unguarded, though without the smoke as guidance you'll need to refer to the map above.

The original trio of landing sites are Food Fighter at The Durrr Burger to the southeast of Holly Hedges, Cargo Craft on the south side of Dirty Docks, and Steamy Spaceship in the southwest parking lot of Steamy Stacks. There are also bonus Fortnite UFOs locations at Lonely Lander, which is on the Camp Cod island to the southeast corner of the map, Stealthy Saucer under Green Steel Bridge southeast of Corny Complex, and inside the main central barn at Corny Complex that have always been unguarded. Take your pick from any of these locations now and you'll be piloting a Fortnite UFO in no time.

How to fly Fortnite UFOs

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Once you've entered one of the Fortnite UFOs, the controls are fairly similar to the previous Choppas in that you use the triggers to ascend and descend, and without pressing either you'll hover in your current position. In the bottom right corner you'll see the icons for the three different powers you can use in Fortnite UFOs, starting with the tractor beam that can be used to lift objects and players from beneath you. Then you have the Energy Cannon, which does large amounts of destruction to scenery but only 30 damage to opponents you hit, followed by boost which briefly propels you forward at speed, and can be used three times in quick succession before it needs to recharge.

On the right of the screen you'll also see the Fortnite UFOs battery charge level, which gradually depletes while flying and more so when using powers. A low battery warning will be displayed, then once you reach the battery empty stage you'll glide back down to earth. Don't worry though, because whenever you land and exit the vehicle then wait a few seconds, the battery will automatically start refilling again. Finally, the gauge in the bottom left shows you how many 'lives' the ship has left, as once its health has been completely depleted it'll crash land, kick out any occupants and be inaccessible for a few seconds while regenerating, then return to action with one fewer respawn available.

Fortnite UFOs locations

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Although the Fortnite UFOs Energy Cannon only deals 30 damage to opponents, it will also blast them through the air like a Shockwave Grenade. As this weapon has a rapid fire speed, it can prove deadly once you reach the endgame as you can easily shoot down your opponents defences while trying to launch them into the Storm. This may get patched in the future, but for now if you can get to the later Storm phases with a well charged ship then a continuous salvo of Energy Cannon blasts should see you through to a Victory Royale.

How to abduct an opponent with a Saucer tractor beam in Fortnite

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For one of the Week 4 quests, you need to abduct an opponent with a Saucer tractor beam in Fortnite. That's easier said than done if you've never tried before though, so let us help. We mentioned above that you can lift players and objects using the tractor beam, but it's a little more involved than that.

Once you're flying a UFO and you've got a player in your sights, you need to fly directly over them and tap the aforementioned tractor beam button when the targeting function locks onto them. This will narrow your tractor beam and they'll be sucked up into it, allowing you to fly higher in the sky then either drop them down to island at high velocity (though they won't take damage from this), or fling them into the distance. Doing this should complete the challenge to abduct an opponent with a Saucer tractor beam.

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