Fortnite map guide: Best places to land, find chests and get started in season 5

Where to land on the Fortnite map hasn't actually changed that much with the arrival of Fortnite season 5. For the most part, the best Fortnite map locations aren't that affected by the Fortnite map changes we've seen - new areas like Lazy Links, Paradise Palms or the Viking mountain aren't that great to start on. There's  a shortage of chests and some of them aren't well positioned to escape. 

There are some new Easter Island heads though. There are four of them on the map so far and they always have two or three chests around them - not to be sniffed at in solo, and maybe duos, although not much help for squads. 

Remember: the recommendations you're about to see are only the best places to land sometimes. It all depends where the bus is heading and what direction it approaches the map from. I'll explain all this in more detail next. Bare minimum you need an assault rifle, some bandages and some shield to start well, so here are the best Fortnite map locations to help you on your way. 

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. 

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 Tilted Towers. You also notice 50 players 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 there own, or gas stations by the road away from built up areas like Retail Row or Tomato Town. 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 look all around you and see what the skies look like. If it’s full of people all heading to the same region 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. 

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. Snobby Shores, Flush Factory, Lucky Landing and Greasy Grove are good examples here. If they’re one of the first locations the buses reaches, 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 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. 

The motel can be a bit of a risk because it is usually a great place to grab chests and is (ironically) a popular off the beaten track choice. However, its placing between Lazy Links and Pleasant Park, and a few other big places, mean people often head to those instead. Check around you as you glide in and if no one’s near it’ll give you more than enough to get started.

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 top, and one halfway down. 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. The houses near Risky Reels 

If no one’s nearby, Risky Reels can be a great place to scoop up chests. But, because of that there usually is someone nearby. A better option would be the several houses scattered around the drive in. There are four almost identical paired houses that guarantee you two to three chests minimum. Three of the houses have basements that nearly always have chests, and if you pick the one nearest the river and covered bridge there’s a trailer that also usually has a chest. 

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 between Shifty Shafts and Greasy Grove

Both Shifty Shafts and Greasy Grove are rich pickings for chests but because of that rarely a good choice if you want to avoid other players in those frantic first moments. In rare occasions when they’re at the end of a run it can be worth the risk but a safer option are the houses between the two. With the attention more focused on the named locations it’s possible to get these buildings to yourself. 

6. Between Shifty Shafts and Flush Factory

This is another location that works well because most people end up going to the bigger areas nearby. Head in between these two places though and you’ll find a little area with a few houses, a Taco place and a hard to miss wooden chair. You’ll find at least three chests between the house and barn, and one on the chair. There’s also a ruined house, directly to the west that usually has a chest as well.

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. Wailing Wood maze centre

This probably not the greatest choice but it’ll do in a pinch. There are usually two chests in the maze and one in the centre building. It only really works if no one else is around - the cover it provides gives you time to grab stuff but only if you’re alone. If anyone else is there then it’s a race that can end badly. 

9. The abandoned houses east of Salty Springs

In the hills south of Salty Springs and near Paradise Palms you’ll find several run down old houses and a watch tower, each of which has at least one chest to get you started (and usually more). It’s elevated location also give you a sightline advantage when you leave. 

10. One of the four new Easter Island Heads

There are four new Easter Island heads that have appeared on the island after all the rifts. While most people are overlooking them, there's actually always 2-3 chests around each one making them a great  starting point. 

If you can spot them from the air that is. Aim for one of these map grids to find one: 

  • I5 - near Lonely Lodge
  • F5 - between Dusty Divot and Loot Lake
  • C2 - near Junk Junction
  • E8 - near the bridge by Shifty Shafts

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 Tilted Towers, or Pleasant Park, because if the fighting doesn’t finish you in the first 30 seconds, healing up can use up what 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. Risky Reels 

It’s always a bit of a surprise just how much there is in Risky Reels. More than enough to set your squad up. If everyone grabs a side they should find a chest or two each, then meet in the middle to check and swap supplies.

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. Just be wary of any teams coming out of the nearby Junk Junction to the north. 

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. Buildings near Flush Factory 

North east of Flush Factory is a depot area with a dance floor that should be good for a least one chest per person, more if anyone can catch the one on the chimney as they glide in. It’s a good starter for a squad and, if more than one team tries to fight it out at Flush Factory itself you might be well placed to pick off the survivors and steal their gear 

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