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How to use the boat in Fortnite Chapter 2

by Matt Porter

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Fortnite Chapter 2's new map is covered with water, so learning how to use the new boats is crucial as you'll want to get around the island quickly and nab precious loot.

If you’re struggling to get to grips with the new, nautical mode of transportation, or you’re having a tough time finding them, here’s everything you need to know about boats in Fortnite Chapter 2.

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Mastering the boat can give you an advantage in Fortnite Chapter 2.


Where to find boats in Fortnite Chapter 2

Boats are dotted across the map and can be found moored along the river’s edge as you wander across the island. Some named locations do have more than one boat though, so it's worth seeking them out to get a better chance of nabbing one.

We've marked locations with multiple boats on the map below.

All Fortnite locations with multiple boats.

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How to drive Fortnite’s boat — The basics

With the inclusion of the boat in Fortnite, Epic Games have tried to make it as easy as possible to hop in and start zooming across the water as quickly as possible.

You can jump into the boat’s driver seat by pressing ‘E’ on your keyboard, or ‘Square’ or ‘X’ on PlayStation or Xbox controllers respectively.

W/A/S/D or the left analog stick steers and lets you move forward and backward, while holding E/Square/X enables you to jump out of the boat.

A fresh boat has 800 Health Points, but you’ll take some damage every time you crash into an obstacle or get shot by opponents. They seat four people, so are perfect for making full team rotations with your squad, or heading off to a new location in search of loot.

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Epic Games
The boat had can hold up to four players, so your whole squad can hop in.


How to use the boat’s boosters

If you’re looking for a little more speed, the developers have got you covered by attaching two massive boosters to either side of the vehicle.

These rockets launch you forward for a short period and have a cooldown time so you can’t continuously spam them by pressing shift on your keyboard or pushing down on your left thumbstick.

The boat features a loading bar just to the right of the driver which fills up to show you when your rockets can be fired, but another easy way to know is by watching the boosters themselves, as they will drop to the bottom of the vehicle when they are not ready, and rise up and turn purple to alert you that they can be used.

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Epic Games
The boats have a boost meter to let you know when your thrusters are ready.

You can even use the rockets to drive the boat along the ground by thrusting out of the water and on to dry land – but be careful, as every second you spend dragging the bottom of your vehicle along the grass will cost you one health point to the boat, meaning it will become gradually easier to destroy over time.

How to use the boat’s weapons

Not only does the boat have thrusters, but it also packs a punch, with a missile launcher built into the front which launches a rocket at targets.

The launcher has a cooldown of three seconds, with each projectile dealing 35 damage points to opponents or structures. While there is no visual trigger to alert you that you can fire the weapon again, the launcher makes an audible click when it’s loaded the next explosive, so listen out for that noise as you prepare to fire.

Your mouse or right thumbstick is used to move the crosshairs to provide the ability to aim, while left-clicking or pressing the right trigger on PC or console respectively fires the missile.

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Epic Games
The boats fire missiles which deal 35 damage.

Mastering the boat is going to be an important string in your bow if you hope to pick up Victory Royales in Chapter 2, as it’s currently the only vehicle available in the game.

With so many rotation options, and the added bonus of weaponry to fire at unsuspecting enemies, expect the boat to become a major factor through this season and beyond.