Fortnite map changes and what's new on the island

Fortnite map changes
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The biggest Fortnite map changes are usually introduced with the transition to a new season, though there will always be smaller adjustments made on a regular basis as the landscape is shaped by the lore and continuing storyline. With the arrival of Season 4, the main theme shaping the changes is the impact Chrome is having, with several locations already being converted to the metallic substance. Elsewhere, the residents of Fortnite have clearly identified this imminent threat, and are attempting to rise above the island with balloons to escape the Chrome as it spreads. If you're looking to catch up on the recent island updates, then here are the biggest Fortnite map changes.

Fortnite map overview

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As you can see from the full Fortnite map above, there have been a number of changes initiated recently. The area of green growth to the southwest is drying out to turn an orange color, and you can clearly see the metallic areas where Chrome is already spreading. There are currently 16 named locations marked on the map as follows, with new or renamed POIs shown in bold:

  • Chonker's Speedway
  • Cloudy Condos
  • Coney Crossroads
  • Fort Jonesy
  • Greasy Grove
  • Herald's Sanctum
  • LogJam Junction
  • Lustrous Lagoon
  • Rave Cave
  • Reality Tree
  • Rocky Reels
  • Shifty Shafts
  • Shimmering Shrine
  • Sleepy Sound
  • Synapse Station
  • Tilted Towers

Reality Tree

Fortnite map changes

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The Reality Falls area has now been renamed for the Reality Tree itself, though it has now lost its power and become a barren husk of its former self. As a result, the whole biome to the southwest has gone from lush green vegetation to arid orange, though there are still plenty of Fortnite giant mushrooms in the area.

Rave Cave

Fortnite map changes

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Rave Cave itself remains fairly unchanged, though it has now been augmented by the arrival of The Flairship hovering above it on the north side. This repurposed IO Airship can be accessed by riding ziplines up to it, and the inside is just as colorful as the external surfaces.

Herald's Sanctum

Fortnite map changes

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Herald's Sanctum is the epitome of the fresh Chrome theme, full of metallic items and surfaces – plus the nearby whirlwind will imbue you with Chrome powers if you get sucked up into it. Watch out for the Herald NPC patrolling this location, as they are a powerful foe and will conjure up Chrome wolves to attack you if you engage in combat.

Shimmering Shrine

Fortnite map changes

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Shimmering Shrine shows that the effect of the Chrome is already spreading across the island, and although it's not as pronounced here there are still plenty of Chrome trees to chop down. Time will tell how much further this will travel, but expect this area to be a barometer for the Chrome expansion.

Fort Jonesy

Fortnite map changes

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It looks like The Joneses have got their act together and constructed a more coherent base of operations, with Fort Jonesy being raised up on pillars and connected by walkways – be wary of giving up the height advantage if you walk around on the ground in this location.

Cloudy Condos

Fortnite map changes

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Several locations have seen the threat of the incoming Chrome and started taking to the skies to escape it, but Cloudy Condos is the most advanced in this respect. There's now a whole neighborhood suspended by balloons here, and the multi-story buildings on top add even more verticality to any fights here.

Lustrous Lagoon

Fortnite map changes

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Finally, Lustrous Lagoon is starting to see a Chrome incursion, so Blackheart has taken his ship The Driftwood airborne in an attempt to escape it. It looks like that happened just in time, as the number of Chrome trees around the bay below suggest it is likely to be overrun soon.

Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has almost 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.