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Fortnite Alien Nanites - where are they and what do they do

Fortnite Alien Nanites locations
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Knowing where to find Fortnite Alien Nanites will help you deploy Alien Nanites anywhere other than Holly Hatchery, which is the oddly specific reason as part of the Fortnite Week 6 quests that we assume you're looking for them. These are a fairly new item that lets you deploy the low-gravity environment you find inside the Fortnite Mothership anywhere on the map - just throw this consumable to create a pocket of bouncy reduced G chaos to help you and hinder your opponents (hopefully). They also have some crafting uses, making them a handy pick up if you know where to look.

But, because these are still a fairly new item in Fortnite, you might need a little help finding them when you need to locate them on cue. So if you're looking for Fortnite Alien Nanites then here's everything you need to know about them.

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Fortnite Alien Nanites locations

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As the Fortnite Alien Nanites function as both an item and a crafting material, you can find them as random floor loot or from opening chests. However, you're more likely to discover them in extraterrestrial locations such as on top of Fortnite Abductors, or aboard the Mothership in the section where you collect your rewards. You should be able to easily spot Fortnite Alien Nanites when they're available, as they appear as a brightly colored and pulsating cube.

What do Fortnite Alien Nanites do?

Fortnite Alien Nanites biome

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As we briefly touched on above, Fortnite Alien Nanites have two main functions. The first is as a throwable item held in your inventory, working in much the same way as a Firefly Jar, but instead of setting fire to the area you throw it into it will instead generate an Alien Biome over a large area for a short period of time. Inside this biome gravity will be reduced, allowing you to jump higher and further without taking fall damage, which could give you a tactical advantage to quickly reach the higher ground. You can find one of these Alien Biomes already in place at Holly Hatchery.

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The other use for Fortnite Alien Nanites is as a crafting material, joining the existing Nuts and Bolts. By using Fortnite crafting to combine the Nanites with certain base weapons, you can produce upgraded alien weapons such as the Pulse Rifle, Kymera Ray Gun, Rail Gun, and the brand new Bad News pistol. Handily, you only need one unit of Fortnite Alien Nanites to craft each weapon, so it's worth hanging on to them to significantly upgrade your arsenal.

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