Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map – all locations and biomes

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Looking for details on the Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map? Saying that the battle royale map has gone through some changes over the years would be an understatement. Long gone is the map that existed when Epic Games launched the title back in 2017.

We’ll go over what you can expect from the Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map, including all the new places of interest, or POIs, to keep a lookout for. Once you know the battleground, make sure you’re clued in on all of the Fortnite weapons in Chapter 5 Season 1, to help you come out on top, along with the Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 battle pass.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map: An un-annotated overhead view of the new Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map.
Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map: An un-annotated overhead view of the new Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map locations

There’s plenty of new stuff to explore on this season’s map, with the changed design elements revolving around the frozen areas that sit at the heart of Chapter 5 Season 1.

The updated map continues the trend of multiple biomes. You’ll find grasslands, deserts, forests, and yes, a frozen tundra. Players will need to be versatile and adaptive if they want to succeed. Here are all the POIs that’ll be worth checking out on the new map:

  • Classy Courts – While you get some loot here, you can also meet NPCs like Contract Giller.
  • Fencing Fields – Look out for a mythic item among its incredible selection of loot.
  • Grand Glacier – If a cozy hotel with picturesque views sounds like your thing, consider dropping by. There’s some solid loot in there too.
  • Hazy Hillside – Isn’t great for loot so stick to other locations.
  • Lavish Lair – Watch out for Oscar and his minions. Defeating him will give you his keycard, letting you access the vault beneath the mansion. Here, you’ll get some weapons and the option to use a Weapon Mod Bench.
  • Pleasant Piazza – The star of this location is the network of tunnels that you can use to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies.
  • Rebel’s Roost – The underground sections here are a goldmine for weapon cases with upgraded guns.
  • Reckless Railways – You can catch the train here or beat the boss Valeria. Get her keycard and open the vault in the southernmost building in the area for a Weapon Mod Bench and an array of gear.
  • Ritzy Riviera – Look for a vault here that you can open for some fine loot. Expect players to pick other landing spots, though.
  • Ruined Reels – This place has a good amount of loot, like a secret weapon case hidden away underground. But it can get crowded so be ready for a fight.
  • Snooty Steppes – It’s another good place for loot, but be wary of the Peter Griffin NPC boss in this location. Beating him will net you a Society Medallion.

A giant mansion and a curved peak mountain are some of the new highlights in the game.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 introduces a new curved peak mountain. Image from Epic Games.
Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 introduces a new curved peak mountain. Image from Epic Games.

Why explore the Fortnite map in Chapter 5 Season 1

There are plenty of advantages to exploring far and wide on the Fortnite map. There’s a lot to explore after all.

First is the new map changes. Moving through new areas, you can find new prime loot spots, favorable terrain, and even additional mechanics. Chapter 5 Season 1 brings FlowBerries to the game, consumables that restore the shields of you and nearby teammates. You also gain low-gravity jumping, letting you cancel out fall damage like a Hop Flopper fish.

A second advantage to exploration is the experience. We’re not just talking about becoming better at the game through learning all about the layout either – though that’s obviously useful. Whenever you discover new POIs for the first time, you’ll receive a small amount of XP, helping you to level up faster. And NPCs return in Chapter 5 Season 1 as bosses that drop Society Medallions. Here are all the new NPCs in Fortnite:

  • Oscar
  • Nisha
  • Montague
  • Valeria
  • Peter Griffin

Third is story progression. With many missions to pick up from various NPCs across the map, exploration is the fastest way to encounter new faces. NPCs like Volpez, Bryne, and Trace offered you quests worth completing in earlier seasons. Match Quests are another new addition that let you achieve bonus goals for additional XP.

Being aware of the latest locations and items on the Fortnite map can prove useful

Use this knowledge to your advantage and get to these items before your enemies to catch them off-guard.

What are Fortnite hot spots and how to find them in Chapter 5 Season 1

You might have heard the term “hot spots” about POIs on the Fortnite map before. Put simply, a hot spot is a one-game-long area with higher chances for rare loot. For each match, two POIs on the map will have their name text in yellow – this indicates that they’re hot spots. The spots will change every match.

At a hot spot, you’ll be able to find drones flying around. Shoot them down, and they’ll drop rare and valuable loot, allowing you to get ahead in the game early. Be careful though – hot spots live up to their namesake, and you’ll likely have to fight off other players to collect the goodies.

That’s everything you’ll need to know about the new Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 map, including its layout, POIs, and what to expect when you glide in. Be sure to keep up to date with the latest like the Fortnite augments, or even the Fortnite red and blue llamas, so you’re prepared for whatever the season throws at you.

Fortnite map FAQs

Does the map in Fortnite change every chapter?

Yes, expect new biomes and features with major updates.

How to traverse the map quickly in Fortnite?

Use vehicles to move around fast.

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Fortnite

  • Release Date: September 26, 2017
    • - 01 January 2018 (iOS, iOS)
    • - 25 July 2017 (Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4)
    • - 12 June 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Platform(s): Android, iOS, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, Massively Multiplayer, Shooter
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