Fortnite: Battle Royale’s map is huge. There are several places where players can land to find great loot and heated gunfights and several others where they can loot safely and find only one or another player at most.
Knowing where to drop at the start of a match is a key part of ensuring you’ll play Fortnite the way you want. The area you choose will help you to either get lots of early game kills and get that adrenaline rush in a non-stop environment or to play safely and passively while gearing up for those late-game fights and the Victory Royale.
These are the best drop areas for both playstyles in Fortnite: Battle Royale’s season eight.
If you think shooting games are boring if you’re not shooting, these are the places to drop for some early-game action.
An early bus drop
If you drop on any area that’s close to the beginning of the Battle Bus’ path, you’ll likely find many players with you, regardless of the location. This is what some players call a “hot drop,” and the goal is to be one of the first players to land on the island, get weapons quick, and try to eliminate opponents who are still looking for loot. Dropping off the bus early will ensure you get an exciting early game.
This is the most action-packed area in Fortnite since the game’s release, and it’ll continue to be for as long as it exists. No matter the bus path, no matter the game mode, half the players in the server will drop on Tilted Towers to take advantage of its several tall buildings full of loot. It’s a chaotic area in the early game, so get high ground, protect yourself, and get your early game eliminations. If you survive there, you most likely have one of the best loadouts in the match and are ready to take on any gunfight you want.
Retail is one of the oldest areas in Fortnite, and that’s probably one of the reasons why many players love to drop there. There are long stores on its east side and many houses on its west with enough loot for full squads to get a decent loadout in the early game. Of course, that’s why you should expect many other squads going there once you drop on Retail, so remember to farm some material and take down your opponents quickly.
Frosty has become a highly-contested area after The Baller was introduced in Fortnite. This vehicle has become extremely important for players’ mobility during matches, and Frosty has about eight areas where they can spawn. The research facilities and the hangars usually have lots of floor loot and a few chests, so players can leave the area geared up and protected by The Baller with ease.
Slow and steady
Players who like a calm early game and to have plenty of time to explore for loot can choose any of these areas. It’s likely that you’ll only see one or two other players in these areas at most after you drop, if you do.
A late bus drop
Since most players drop off the bus early, that means the bus almost empty at the end of its path. Dropping on any location near the very end of the bus path will almost guarantee you a safe and easy early game. Just beware because there’s always another player who might want to do the same.
You’ll be lonely at Lonely Lodge. Most players avoid that area since the big lodge in the center seems to be the only area with interesting loot in there, but the smaller lodges in the surroundings and the big watchtower to the south also have a few loot chests to help you to gear up. Use the many mushrooms spread around the area to easily get maximum shield before you leave.
Snobby used to be a popular landing spot in Fortnite’s first few seasons, but it’s lost popularity since the map expanded and included new named locations. You might take some time to loot the area effectively, but all five houses have backyards with floor loot and several floors with chests and ammo boxes. Keep an eye on the storm clock, though.
Lucky is one of the most underrated areas in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It has several buildings with up to four floors, a central area with four areas of floor loot and a chest in the center, and a castle to the northeast. It’s easy to drop and stay there for as long as you can without ever being contested while having all the guns and accessories you need for fights.
We will keep this story updated to reflect future map changes.