The arrival of Darth Vader in Fortnite gives you the opportunity to duel him and loot his own red Lightsaber if you beat him. This elegant weapon for a more civilized age is both fun to use and very powerful in the right hands, but getting your hands on it is no easy feat given that Darth Vader is, unsurprisingly, very strong in Fortnite! If you want to complete the Sith Lord look, make sure you unlock the Darth Vader skin, and various other Star Wars Empire-themed items that are available on the final page of the Fortnite Season 3 battle pass. Here’s what you need to know about Fortnite Darth Vader, including where to find him and how to defeat him to get Star Wars weapons.
How to find Fortnite Darth Vader
Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers appear in one location at the start of every Fortnite match and remain there unless they are killed. When the Battle Bus starts flying over the Fortnite map, look around for Darth Vader’s white Lambda-class Shuttle as it flies in and follow where it goes. It’s not difficult to miss and will quickly land at an Imperial Docking Bay somewhere on the island, leaving you to dive to it from the bus. If you don't quite make it and need to reach it on foot, look out for the blue beam of light rising from the docking bay that marks where Vader has landed. Be aware that you will not find Darth Vader in any competitive Fortnite modes.
While Imperial Stormtroopers have terrible aim in the films, that doesn’t mean you should arrive at whichever Imperial site Vader is at without expecting a fight. We highly recommend that you land at a nearby POI or Landmark to scavenge a bit of loot – a solid gun and some shields at the very least – before moving on to tackle Vader.
How to beat Fortnite Darth Vader
Pair Fortnite Grapple Gloves with Vader's Lightsaber to quickly get in close and attack your foes.
Now that you’ve armed up and are ready to take on the Sith Lord, approach the Imperial Docking Bay where Vader’s shuttle is, and you’ll be quickly spotted by Vader and his Stormtroopers. To defeat Darth Vader, you just need to shoot him a lot. He has a shield that must be broken first and then you can start wearing down his health. Explosions are difficult for Darth to block, so grenades can be a useful weapon in this fight.
Be aware that, while he can move with surprising bursts of speed and his Lightsaber attacks are fast and brutal in some cases. You’ll want to stay out of his Lightsaber’s melee range but watch out for his saber-throw and Force attacks - a bit of cover can block those. He can also block a lot of your shots with ease, so make sure you don’t waste too much ammo. However, he’ll be sure to fall after absorbing enough bullets.
How to get Darth Vader's Lightsaber and Star Wars weapons in Fortnite
Once you've defeated Darth Vader, he'll turn into the useful shower of loot, which includes his iconic red Lightsaber. Pick it up and you can become a master of evil as it goes right into your regular inventory slots for use in the heat of battle. Switch to this Fortnite melee weapon when close to your foes to perform some acrobatic Lightsaber strikes and cut them down. Just like Vader, you can also throw the Lightsaber for ranged damage and block to reduce the damage you take.
While Vader is tough, his Lightsaber is totally worth it, but you can get another decent Star Wars weapon from his Stormtrooper guards. Knock all of them down and they’ll be eliminated, leaving behind a bit of loot and their Mythic E-11 Blasters. You'll also find this blaster, as well as other useful loot, in Imperial crates scattered around Vader's landing site. The E-11 is a good close-to-medium range weapon that’s especially useful for its infinite ammo, so it's well worth picking one up alongside Darth Vader’s Lightsaber.
Do note that both of these Star Wars weapons can also be looted from defeated players that had them in their inventory, so you don't even have to fight Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper to get their weapons!
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