Fortnite map changes - Dusty Divot, Risky Reels and other Fortnite Easter eggs and secrets explained

Compare changes big and small in Fortnite's map, including additions Dusty Divot and Risky Reels.

There have been a number of Fortnite map changes with the arrival of Fortnite Season 4.

The game has teased these changes over the past few months - with a comet looming overhead and the hint it will hit the map and take out Tilted Towers.

Some of these have come to pass (the comet did indeed hit the map, creating Dusty Divot) and others haven't (Tilted Towers is still there).

We've also seen lots of other changes, including a whole new area - Risky Reels - and some new Fortnite secrets and Easter eggs spring up on the map.

If you're just getting started with the game, by the way, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.

A close look at the new Fortnite map changes

With the arrival of a comet hitting the map, impacts big and small have been felt across the map. Here's what the map looks like now:

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Fortnite's new map

By comparison, here's what the old map looked like:

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Fortnite's old map

A bit different, isn't it? Broadly speaking, everything on the left side of the map - if you draw a line down the middle - has no major changes, though there are differences big and small throughout that are easy to overlook.

Primarily, you'll notice two new areas - Dusty Divot in the middle, and Risky Reels in the north-east. Dusty Depot - where the comet landed and created Dusty Divot - is gone. Let's discuss these first.

Dusty Divot and Risky Reels in Fortnite

The big changes are these two new additions to the map - Dusty Divot and Risky Reels.

Dusty Divot

The comet crash landing on Dusty Depot has seen the creation of Dusty Divot, a giant crater with a huge research base in the middle. Half of Dusty Depot still exists to the north, with the hangers suspended on the lip of the crater. There's still chests and loot, so continue to pay it a visit.

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A make-shift research base sits in the middle of the crater, with small white clinical rooms containing loot, and little cover from fire as you go from one to the next. It's surrounded by a fence, but you can easily get through from the south.

Also surrounding the research base are glowing blue rocks. These are Hop Rocks, which when consumed give you low gravity for a few minutes, allowing you to leap about higher than usual, and discount any fall damage.

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Risky Reels

Risky Reels is decidedly less exciting. It's essentially a square lot surrounded by a fence, with cars, lorries and a crater in the middle. There are buildings on the outskirts worth checking out for loot.

There's also a giant projector screen on the south side, that's partly destroyed. If you're paying a visit, it's well worth going here first to get the Fortnite letter that rests here.

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There is, however, a green screen on the north side (as well as in Moisty Mire's film set) which you can use to throw images onto with a little chroma key know-how.


Season 8 and The Sideways have arrived in Fortnite. You can now start collecting the Season 8 Battle Pass skins, using the Sideways weapons, partaking in Sideways encounters, investigate the map changes and obtain the new Victory Umbrella! Make a start on the Season 8 questlines, with the IO Heist and finding IO guards and mending locations for Baba Yaga. You can also start collecting colour bottles for Tonna Fish and completing the new character collection.


Other Fortnite map changes, Easter eggs and secrets explained

As well as two new areas, there are plenty of smaller changes too.

Moisty Mire film set

There's a film set within Moisty Mire, complete with a helicopter and other props. It's worth visiting for the Fortnite letter there alone.

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Craters

As well as the huge crater in the centre of the map, smaller ones are potted all over in the following locations, and are visible both on the map screen and from the Battle Bus if you look close enough:

  • East of Junk Junction
  • North-west of Snobby Shores
  • East of Fatal Fields
  • Compound north-west of Moisty Mire
  • West of the 'race track' north of Moisty Mire
  • Within Tilted Towers
  • And there's an actual meteor chunk in Loot Lake (near the Tomato Town treasure map destination)
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There's not a great deal you can do in these craters - it's mainly a cosmetic change - but they might act as useful reference points when exploring with team mates.

Hidden superhero and villain lairs

Hidden below ground, however, hides more secrets. There's a hidden lair on the mountain north-east of Snobby Shores, as shown in this video from Chaos:

There's another underneath a house in Salty Springs:

And one more at Lonely Lodge:

Dinosaur footprint

Finally, there's a giant footprint on the map west of Greasy Grove, suggesting a huge dinosaur stomped its way through a building. A clue of something to come, perhaps?

There's bound to be more out there that players have yet to uncover. If you see anything, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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