Apollo Island has changed again, now infested with Cubes and Sideways Anomalies.
Both new and veteran Fortnite players need to be on top of their game, as Season changes are always a chaotic time.
This guide serves to give basic tips for newcomers while working its way up to more high-level plays.
This page is constantly set to update, so keep checking back for the latest on surviving on the Island!
This one is pretty simple to understand.
Every weapon can be found in various colors, with the color showing how rare the weapon is and roughly how good it is.
After all, a rocket launcher will do more damage than a pistol, and an assault rifle will have a higher rate of fire than a crossbow.
The rarities reflect this, but a Rare Tactical Shotgun will also do slightly more damage than a Common Tactical Shotgun, so bear this list in mind while looting.
- Grey: Common
- Green: Uncommon
- Blue: Rare
- Purple: Epic
- Orange: Legendary
- Gold: Mythic
There are also Exotic Weapons that where can be purchased from certain NPCs for Gold Bars.
These weapons generally have some sort of special ability attached to them, such as the Shadow Tracker, which is a silenced pistol that also tags an opponent for easy tracking.
Keep your eyes peeled for those orange and golden guns, but knowing where to find them always trumps hoping to stumble upon them.
That's where the next set of tips come in.
Best Landing Spots
While the best spots to land can change drastically with Fortnite updates, there are a few spots in Chapter 2, Season 8 that provide a great chance of finding good loot.
An everlasting party is happening on Apollo Island as people gather on the beach to welcome the Aliens.
The boardwalk, sands, and shops at Believer Beach are packed full of chests and ground loot.
There are always a few vehicles to snag here as well, making rotating out of Believer Beach to Retail Row or Holly Hedges a breeze.
From the northwest to the northeast, Steamy Stacks is a location with loot aplenty and its fair share of chests to boot from the northwest to the northeast.
Players can also harvest plenty of metal materials here, allowing them to build those all-important structures in the late game.
However, Steamy Stacks comes into its own when Loopers need to make a quick getaway.
Perhaps another team of excellent players is hanging around, or someone has already looted everything in sight.
In that case, it is easy to head over to the power lines to zip aw or snag a Saucer and fly to just about anywhere on the Island.
The factory may be gone, but plenty of loot remains.
There are also a few IO Guards around who will generally drop some good stuff to snag.
Sludgy also offers easy rotation up the west coast of the Island or east to Flush, Hydro, and Misty.
Alien Crash Sites
Alien Crash Sites are new to Chapter 2, Season 8, and are found where Abductors came crashing down to the Island.
The land around them has been corrupted by Cubes, yet is filled with Treasure Chests and Ammo Crates.
They tend to be a bit crowded, but there is a lot of loot to be gained by landing at one of these spots.
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How To Level Up Fast
Leveling up allows players to unlock new items from the Battle Pass, whether from the free or paid track.
Each level a player gains will earn them 5 Battle Stars to spend on the Battle Pass pages.
Medals are new for Season 7 and reset daily.
So, every day that players complete the set challenges there, they will get some lovely boosts to their experience.
The challenges involve discovering named locations and getting kills, all pretty standard stuff.
Simply play every day to make the most out of these.
Punch Cards are back in Fortnite, and they are replacing weekly Epic and Legendary Quests that have been used as the primary source of XP for several Seasons now.
Daily Punch Cards
Each day players will get a new set of three challenges as part of their Daily Punch Card.
Each of these is worth 17,000 XP, and generally, the challenges consist of completing three NPC challenges, and X amount of other types of challenges.
Weekly Punch Cards
Weekly Punch Cards reset at 10 a.m. EST every Wednesday, and consist of three challenges worth 65,000 XP each.
The challenges are pulled at random from the following pool:
- Completely a Daily Punchcard (1) - 65,000 XP
- Play Matches with Friends (5) - 65,000 XP
- Survive Storm Phases with Friends (25) - 65,000 XP
- Place Top 10 with Friends (5) - 65,000 XP
- Spend Bars (500) - 65,000 XP
NPC Punch Cards
Every NPC on Apollo Island has its own Punch Card with five different Quests.
Players will earn XP the first time they complete each of these Quests and will earn bonus XP for completing a character's card.
After that, challenges only reward Gold Bars.
Open EVERYTHING, Forage EVERYTHING
Fortnite players get XP whenever they open a Chest, Ammo Box, Freezer, Fishing Barrel, Supply Drop, or Produce Crate.
They also earn a small amount for every forageable item picked up, such as Apples, Cabbages, Mushrooms, and more.
These items may seem like they give an inconsequential amount of XP, but it all adds up during a match.
It is possible to earn several thousand XP during a match just from not skipping Ammo Crates and forageable items.
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How To Win
This one sounds pretty easy but is more difficult than many think.
Simply be the last player standing out of the hundred that jumps from the Battle Bus, and you'll achieve that glorious Victory Royale.
Get to know all the weapons, their fire rate, how long they take to reload, what the bullet drop is like.
This information is like gold against players who are not as familiar with their equipment.
Learn To Build
Building in Fortnite is as important as firing a weapon.
Learning to build separates the wheat from the chaff, and most builders have a huge advantage over those who never learn to build well.
LEARN TO BUILD
Seriously, this is important.
Other players will know how to build, so players need to know how to do so.
Keep An Eye On The Circle
Always know where the circle is and when it's coming.
The storm can chip away at a player's health, especially later in the game, so it's important to never get caught in it.
Players should always know where they are and how far away the Storm Circle is.
Learn From The Best
Watching pro players and learning from them is a great way to improve gameplay.
While it may be hard to stomach some streamers, there are certainly a ton out there that players can learn a thing or two from.
YouTube is also a great place to watch videos with extra tips and tricks on how to get better at the game.
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Know Your Enemy And Assume The Worst
The thing about the internet is, everyone has it.
Everyone who is playing Fortnite, at least.
These tips will be read by plenty of players who will use them to attempt to up their game.
The best way to combat this is:
Never take anything for granted.
Check the corners of any room or building entered.
Check the bushes of a new area for campers, too.
Make sure nobody is hiding and trying to undermine a Fortnite legitimate win.
After an elimination, do not go for their loot immediately.
Chances are, a sniper will have been watching that firefight and waiting for the best opportunity to reveal themself.
Wait a little bit before beginning looting, at least until the coast is clear.
In the same vein, never rashly run into built-up areas or Leroy Jenkins away from your team.
Be a Team
Teamwork makes the dream work.
At least in a team battle, that is.
Keep in touch with teammates, ideally by voice chat.
Teammates should keep each other informed of needs, enemy locations, and opportunities that arise during a match.
Make sure teammates are not left behind to flounder in the storm and know where the nearest Reboot Van is.