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Fortnite Alien Nanite locations explained: Where to find and how to deploy Alien Nanites


Each new Fortnite season brings new items, and in this guide we'll look into where to find and how to deploy Alien Nanites.

Deploying Alien Nanites will help you finish a Legendary quest in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7.

Appearing during Week 5, and following on getting orders from a payphone and interacting with a CB Radio, this task is far less straightforward in comparison.

Alien Nanites are rather elusive, for some reason, and it may take you a while to stumble upon them. That being said, this guide explains how they spawn, some possible spots that worked for us, as well as how to deploy Alien Nanites once you've looted one.

Completing this challenge will reward you with 30k XP, which will help you unlock Battle Stars for the Season 7 Battle Pass.

Note this particular challenge is no longer able to be completed. What's new? Chapter 4 Season 2 has arrived! New additions include the Grind Rails and Kinetic Blades, along with the new Battle Pass, character collection and Eren Jaeger skin. It's a good idea to know how to get XP fast in Fortnite.

Example of finding an Alien Nanite in Fortnite

Alien Nanite locations explained: Where to find and how to deploy Alien Nanites in Fortnite

Alien Nanites have two uses: they can turn specific guns into IO Weapons, working similarly to Nuts and Bolts, or can also be deployed to create a low gravity area. As such, an Alien Nanite is an item that has to be manually picked up.

Alien Nanite locations can be found:

  • Spawning on the ground
  • On top of Abductors
  • Inside the mothership

The latter two are related - with Abductors taking you to the mothership - but if you are looking for Alien Nanites for the Week 5 Legendary Challenge, they have been disabled - at least on its debut.

Thus, you have to search for them spawning on the ground. Though they are classed as a common item, they appear to be rare, and for many players - including ourselves - have proven to be difficult to find.

In our experience, we found only a few after taking part in several matches.

Our main recommendation is to play as normal, perhaps completing other challenges as your main focus, but keeping an eye out on items spawning on the ground to see if it appears. The video embedded at the top of this page provides an example of what they look like.

If you are really struggling, while there is no guarantee that they will be there, we have marked the locations of where we found some with a degree of reliability near Pleasant Park (which is where you can also find alien parasites) - but, again, it might be easier to play the game normally as they can appear anywhere.

Though they spawn at random, we found two Alien Nanites south and east of Pleasant Park - which may also work for you.

Alternatively, it might be worth waiting until Abductors return - assuming they will by the time the Week 5 Legendary Questline draws to a close.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 is here! To help you get started with this heist themed season, we have guides on how to alert a Securitry Camera, secure data from Forecast Towers and destroy weakened walls or security gates. There's also a new Victory Umbrella! Meanwhile, learn what the best weapons are, the current Augments, how to get XP fast, use the best PC settings and earn a Victory Crown.

After you get a hold of one, it's time to deploy it. For this, all you have to do is aim at any desired location and press the fire button to throw it.

This will create a field around the impacted area for a couple seconds, where you can float and do some quite peculiar jumps while inside. As soon as you deploy an Alien Nanite, the challenge will be over.

Now, it's time to take on the next challenge, which requires you to dance near Zyg and Choppy.

If you'd like to learn more about Fortnite Season 7, then check out our pages on the Battle Pass, alien artefacts, cosmic chests and IO Tech weapons.

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