UFO is one of the outstanding new features in Fortnite after its season 7 update. These are giant flying saucers that appear around the map, allowing the player to fly them. The cool thing about UFOs is that you can shoot lasers from them and even kidnap players (and other items) as you fly around. These new ships changed the way some players navigated each match due to their persistent presence.
In fact, some would argue that – with the right pilot – these UFOs are a bit too powerful. You will find that players prefer to stay in UFOs until the end of the game to avoid getting knocked out, which can be frustrating for other players. But don’t worry, as there are some things you can do to be more successful in defeating these UFOs. In this guide, we’ll look at tips on how to take down these new space crafts, where to find them, and how to survive if you’re testing it out yourself.
Before actually learning how to defeat (or survive in) a UFO, let’s first see where to find them. UFOs appear around the map in fixed locations and each match has 5 of them. As a result, almost every spawn location is busy right from the start of the match, so you’ll want to keep an eye on where your opponents (and teammates) are.
The full list of UFO locations can be seen above (thanks, Fortnite.gg). One spawns southwest of Steamy Stacks; another located to the southeast of the Corny Complex; one spawns south of Dirty Docks; another appeared to the west of the Weeping Woods; and the final point is on the island in the southeast corner of the map, near Catty Corner.
In our experience, the easiest to find is the last UFO, on the island to the southeast. The area is hardly ever busy, as it is usually located close to the outside of the area. So if you want to check things out, we recommend going this way.
Confronting UFOs while you’re walking can be an unpleasant task. This is because the disc’s laser is highly lethal and can easily outrun other players, especially if the pedestrian is unprepared. If you find yourself facing a UFO while walking, there are several things you can do to make your life easier. The most basic advice is to just shoot it. If the pilot is not good, you can end up knocking the car down by jumping and dodging its shots as you shoot.
But it’s a little deeper than that. For best results, we recommend using the Rail Gun to take down UFOs. This weapon deals a lot of damage and is relatively easy to use. You should aim for the pink center for maximum damage, although this can be tricky depending on your target distance. The UFO’s laser moves slowly, so you can dodge shots if you’re jumping around. If you hit the target, you can take down the UFO with the Rail Gun in just three shots, which is one of the best strategies.
Another good trick is to get on a UFO to take out the pilot. This can be done in a number of ways, but one of the most effective strategies is to grab a chicken and use it to fly to the top of the UFO. From here, you can actually just shoot into the cockpit to take out the player without actually having to destroy the saucer. From there, you can board the train and hit the road.
If you are being abducted – which tends to happen often – do not panic. All you have to do to negate this is attack the claws that are sucking you in. Make sure you start shooting it right away, and if you damage it enough, you’ll be released and you can glide down to safety.
If you are flying a UFO yourself, you may have a hard time figuring things out, especially if this is your first time flying. They’re not too hard to control, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, other players will be able to take you down easily. There are a few things to keep in mind when test driving a UFO. Aside from the basic controls like the acceleration feature and the ability to kidnap other players, the main thing you’ll need to focus on is firing the laser.
The lasers move very slowly, so you will need to guide your shots significantly. The biggest advice is to stay above your target people who are inside the UFO as they will have a hard time landing while you are there. This way you can easily land your shots – just make sure you pay attention to the crossbars underneath your ship. When trying to defend against other players walking, it’s important not to get too close, as this will keep you from getting caught.
It’s a trade-off because the further away you are from the target, the harder it is to fire your laser, but we recommend staying far enough away to avoid getting caught. Keep spamming your laser and find out the timing of its orbit, and you’ll understand it. Another trick you can use is to burn buildings. In essence, you can hold a flaming torch with the UFO and drag it to buildings. Then, drop it onto the structure, and it will burn to the ground, damaging any players inside.
The other point is that you can’t inflict fall damage on a player you kidnap. But you can kidnap them to move them to another location, making them easier to shoot. Or maybe move them to the top of a building or structure and then shoot from the bottom outwards so they take damage when they fall. There are several strategies you can use, so experiment and see what works!