Season nine of the video game Fortnite has arrived. After the volcano erupted and the vault opened for the first time, the map changed in several ways. While it's nothing very drastic like season seven, there are quite a few things to consider, such as a trip to the future. In addition, many of the locations you already know now have a cyberpunk aesthetic.
There are a total of three new locations, which are different versions of previous locations. There are also a lot of small changes around the map, such as the addition of celestial platforms, changes to Polar Peak, and more. Let's see what you should keep in mind for this season.
Guide to the season 9 map: Neo Tilted
Perhaps the biggest aggregate of season nine is the return of Tilted Towers. When the volcano erupted in the previous season, it destroyed both this location and Retail Row.
Now that we are in the “future,” it seems that not only Tilted Towers has been rebuilt, but that it comes with a new look. Now it is called Neo Tilted, and it carries a futuristic aesthetic. It even includes buildings that are still “under construction”, so it seems that things have not changed much in the future.
Guide to the season 9 map: Mega Mall
Retail Row also recovered from volcanic destruction, and instead of having a city, it is now a giant commercial center.
There are some houses and buildings around, but most of the place is now part of the mall, in addition to a large parking area. There are several floors to explore, including a roof with air ducts that will throw you into the air if you need to get somewhere quickly.
Among the new stores, we can find Pizza Pit, competitor of the beloved chain of Durr Burger. And, in our time around the area, we saw many chests waiting to be discovered.
Guide to the season 9 map: Pressure Plant
The third and last new location in season nine is the Pressure Plant area. It is located where the volcano alone is previously, and is now in use to produce energy.
Still, you will still find lava south of the place, so you'll have to move carefully near the area. It is more than anything a great explorable structure, and you will also find quite a few hidden chests. Not being a very popular place at the moment, we recommend that you go here during games to find weapons that give you an advantage.
Guide to the season 9 map: celestial platforms
The celestial platforms came to the map of Fortnite. If you were following season eight, they are quite similar to pirate camps, which can still be found. There are a total of seven to discover, which are usually seen by Dusty Divot, Paradise Palms and Polar Peak.
Fortunately, even if you can't land them from the battle bus, you can use the slipstream pillars around to give you a ride up. They are also the star of our most recent guide for the first week of challenges, so there you can see the seven locations in detail.
Guide to the season 9 map: Slipstreams
The slipstreams are a new way of moving through the island, similar to the volcano's vents or the zip lines of the last two seasons. But here they will be in a fairly large place on the map.
The first one is a wind circle around the center of the map. Cover central areas and, if you jump inside, it will make you fly across the map. It is a great way to approach specific places before the circle closes.
Both Neo Tilted and Mega Mall have their own slipstreams, which are also connected to the big circle in the middle. This will make transportation much faster and more natural, but be careful, as you will find yourself vulnerable on travel.
The rest of the slipstreams were mentioned in our guide of celestial platforms, so be sure to read it to know them thoroughly. It is worth mentioning that vehicles can also enter, so use this in your favor.
Guide to the season 9 map: minor changes
There are several minor changes to the map to find. One of the most prominent is a huge crack in the ice wall, which contains a large part of Polar Peak. As summer approaches, it is likely that we will see it fully warm during the season.
Junk Junction didn't change much, but there is a part of the old Tilted Towers there if you feel nostalgic. There is also a mansion near Paradise Palms that is quite similar to that of the movieJohn wick, which is undoubtedly a reference to the skin similar to the protagonist inFortnite.
Look Lake is back almost completely. The vault still exists in the center, but the buildings are returned to the west side, all with a more futuristic aesthetic. The building near Salty Springs and Fatal Fields had a change here and there, but is still unfinished.
Another aggregate near the hot springs of Sunny Steps and Lazy Lagoon is a wooden fish. It is very likely that this will be used in some future challenge, so keep an eye on it. Finally, there are several Fortbytes that you can find on the map. There seems to be a total of 100, and although some are linked to challenges, it seems that some skin or special reward is revealed for finding them all before the end of the season.