Fortnite Season 5 brought a lot of different changes but the new map updates are certainly the biggest. A new desert biome was introduced, two new named locations were added, and a variety of smaller changes were implemented.
For more on Season 5, check out the 5.0 Patch Notes and our tips page for the Week 1 Challenges. Coming straight out of Season 4, the map will look a bit different. Here is a full image of the new and updated map as of the 5.0 patch:
The big Fortnite 5.1 Anniversary Update celebrates Fortnite’s one-year birthday with several notable map changes:
To go along with the special Birthday Challenges, ten giant cakes can be found scattered about the map. Each one is surrounded with smaller slices of cake that give +5 Health and +5 Shield per slice when consumed!
Here are the locations of all ten cakes:
- Retail Row – In the center of the parking lot in the retail section.
- Fatal Fields – At the center of the farm.
- Paradise Palms – North of town where the grass meets the sand.
- Lonely Lodge – West of the area on a small hill.
- Flush Factory – In front of the toilet statue in the parking lot.
- Greasy Grove – North side of town, near the basketball court.
- Pleasant Park – East of town in the grass, past the gas station.
- Lazy Links – South end of the golf course, along the path.
- On a small hill north of Wailing Woods and south of Risky Reels.
- Loot Lake – Near the top of the waterfall south of the lake.
Bundles of balloons can be found in random areas tied down to wooden posts, buildings, and more. They don’t do anything but you can still pop them! The Battle Bus features a birthday redesign and supply drops are neatly wrapped.
Risky Reels Restored
Risky Reels was added at the start of Season 4 and thus it was never seen before it was hit with one of the meteorites. As of this update, Risky Reels is back to normal with the ground and paths restored and cars lined up ready to watch. Oddly, the giant wall for the screen still hasn’t been repaired. Maybe in the next update?
The ATK vehicles have been a blast since they were released at the start of Season 5 and Epic is encouraging its use with newly added ramps on the map. These ramps are situated on hills so that you can try gain as much air as possible as you ride off and go flying!
Clay Pigeon Shooting Machines
Clay pigeon shooting machines have been spotted in different areas of the map. Activate the little machine and let the clay pigeon fly – shoot it out of the sky to add points to the scoreboard. A rubber duck will occasionally fly out too! Rumor has it these will be part of the Season 5 Week 3 Challenges.
So far these have been spotted on the northern side of Loot Lake, at the house west of Pleasant Park, east of Lazy Links, at the giant wooden chair south of Shifty Shafts, and near the gas station in the desert area of the map.
Rebuilding Dusty Depot?
A few new trucks have been spotted near Dusty Divot, specifically a truck with several wood pallets, two port-o-potties, a dumpster, and metal railings. Some fans believe this could be the start of a project to restore Dusty Divot back into Dusty Depot, or at least rebuild the broken and missing hangars.
Rescue Mission Tribute
Players familiar with last week’s failed rescue attempt remember it all too well. After discovering an enemy player who had fallen down to the bottom of a cliff, streamer Muselk devised ways to get the poor opponent out. Once he discovered the player was below the build limit on the map, Muselk drove an ATK off the side of the cliff in an attempt to give the enemy the bouncy roof of the vehicle. Although it was heartfelt, the golf cart ended up hurling the opponent into the ocean. You can watch the entire clip here.
To honor this noble (and hilarious) rescue attempt, Epic added a tombstone for Chappadoodle, the player that met his early demise in the entire ordeal. Epic also added a single set of bouncy tires to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again. More on this special addition here.
What was once the swampy and empty lands of the southeastern corner of the map is now a bustling desert landscape with tall mountains, roads, and plenty of structures.
The old racetrack has gotten a big update with actual pavement that works perfect with the new All Terrain Kart.
The road that ends near Lucky Landing has a nice little gas station worth checking out.
Before the gas station is an old ghost town set higher up on a hill.
Sadly, the addition of this cool new area means Mosity Mire is no more. The prison also got the boot, but that poor area was already suffering after the meteor that struck it.
This lavish area set in the center of the desert biome will likely become a new hotspot despite its distance from the center of the map. There’s a large apartment building with a nearby pool while the rest of the town is filled with homes and a gas station.
The duplicate farm known as Anarchy Acres is gone and in its place is the new Lazy Links. This golf resort features several buildings, golf courses, tennis courts, and even a parking lot.
Last season, Dusty Divot continued to see nature start to reclaim the giant crater and with the start of Season 5, we see it come to completion. The entire crater is now filled with giant trees and the buildings within have been abandoned. There are even a few ponds of water.
The big mountain northwest of Greasy Grove and southeast of Snobby Shores got a big update this time around. Instead of the single house at the top, the entire top of the mountain has been transformed into a vikings village. There a log cabins, snow on the ground and in the air, there’s a ship, and there’s even a giant waterfall.
The large soccer stadium north of Pleasant Park that was added just a few weeks ago has suddenly been removed. What’s in it’s place? Well, nothing. It’s just a lot of grass, some trees, and a Moai statue.
Moai statues have been spotted in different parts of the map. The first in the area where the soccer stadium used to be, north of Pleasant Park. The second is between Loot Lake and Dusty Divot.
A third can be found west of Salty Springs on top of a hill. You can normally find two chests at each of these statues. A fourth sits on the hill west of Lonely Lodge.
Two more statues have been found. One is on the hill north of Greasy Grove and the other is to the west and across the river from Lucky Landing.
Another strange disappearance. The giant brick fox that could be found on the east side of Wailing Woods near the coast has suddenly disappeared. Nothing was put in its place, just an empty space. On a related note, the metal crab over at Moisty Mire was also removed, but that entire zone was revamped.
From the top of the burger joint to the real-world California desert, the Durr Burger has been where no other burger has ever gone. Now it rests at the top of a hill east of Pleasant Park and west of Loot Lake.
Head over to the hills east of Risky Reels to find the NOMS sign, an object that swept away by a rift late last season. The sign originates from Retail Row where it hung above the grocery store. Check behind the sign for a chance to see a chest!
The Tomatohead at the top of the pizza place in Tomato Town was sucked into a rift last season. Since then it has not made an appearance, in-game or in the real world. If you go up to the roof of the pizza shop, you’ll find a sign that shows just how real the pain of losing him is.