It's possible that you've never encountered Fortnite Gatherers, or the Fortnite Gorgers that spawn these small but aggressive drones, as they're rare NPCs that only appear in limited locations around the island. It's very useful to know where they can be found though, as for the Fortnite Week 4 challenges you have to destroy 20 Gatherers and deal 10,000 damage with a Fortnite Gatherer's remains, the Fortnite Week 5 challenges task you with destroying a Fortnite Gorger itself, and you can progress through the Fortnite XP Xtravaganza Week 3 challenges by eliminating Gatherers and Gorgers.
You don't have to leave this to chance, as there's a method for tracking down these drones in Fortnite, so follow our guidance and we'll show you how to find the Fortnite Gatherers locations (where you'll also find Fornite Gorgers), and explain how to deal damage with a Gatherer's remains.
Fortnite Gatherers locations
The Fortnite Gatherers locations are random for each match, and to find it you'll first need to track down a Fortnite Gorger. This is revealed by a long beam of red light as it spawns down to the island, but this doesn't normally appear until there's a little over 2 minutes left on the countdown timer to the first Storm circle shrinking. Your best bet is to start gliding as soon as you leave the battle bus, then stay hovering in the sky and looking around until you spot a red beam to zero in on. When you see it, set a waypoint if that will help you keep track of where you need to go.
On the map above we've marked five possible Fortnite Gorgers locations, so bear those in mind when you're keeping an eye out for that red beam. If you missed it or were busy doing other things at the start of the match, you can always try visiting the marked locations to see if a Gorger landed there.
How to destroy Gatherers in Fortnite
Once you know where a Fortnite Gorger is, land nearby and grab some weapons before approaching the flying robot. When you get close, you'll see that it's spawning smaller drones, and these are the Fortnite Gatherers that you need to destroy. Keep moving around and damaging the Gatherers, which don't take many hits to go down, while avoiding the powerful blasts fired by the Gorger. Make sure you don't eliminate the Gorger itself if you're going for this particular challenge, so you get a steady supply of Gatherers available until you destroy 20 of them in total.
How to deal damage with a Gatherer's remains in Fortnite
Every time you destroy one of these drones, the Fortnite Gatherer's remains fall to the floor and spark for a few seconds before exploding. If you can get to them during that time and follow the Pickup prompt, you'll grab those remains and use them as a weapon. This fires an unlimited supply of energy beams, which you can then use to work towards dealing the 10,000 damage with a Gatherer's remains for that challenge.
Holding down the trigger will release a charged shot, and although this does more damage it also destroys the Fortnite Gatherer's remains in the process, so it's best to avoid doing this. Damage to Gorgers, Gatherers, Stark Robots, or any other NPCs counts towards this challenge as well as attacking opponents, and if you squad up with other players then the damage you deal with Gatherer's remains will be pooled between you, helping you reach that large total.
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