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How to earn and spend gold bars in Fortnite

Gold rush!

Gold bars are a form of currency in Fortnite, which allow you to purchase items, bonuses, contracts and more.

Throughout every Fortnite match, you'll be able to earn gold bars by completing a variety of tasks, such as bounties. Once you've built up a small gold bar stockpile, you'll be able to spend them on services that will give you an advantage over other players!

Below you'll discover both how to earn and spend gold bars in Fortnite.

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How to earn gold bars in Fortnite

There are many ways to earn gold bars in Fortnite, with the most lucrative being seeking out Vaults at Shattered Slabs and Mega City. You'll need to defeat the bosses found in these areas, grab the vault keycard they drop and then open the vault. To speed up gold bar harvesting while in the vault, use the Kinetic Blade's dash attack to break stacks quickly.

You can also take on Bounties to earn gold bars. You'll be rewarded with gold bars once you've killed your target, or a smaller amount if someone else kills them.

Eliminated players will also drop gold bars.

Cash registers and safes can be found around the map, these will reward you with gold bars upon being opened. Petrol stations are the best places to check, and, at the time of writing, there's plenty in the shops and buildings found in Mega City.

Another way is by opening chests that may, randomly, contain a certain number of gold bars.

Every now and then, additional ways to earn gold bars are added. For example, Gold Chicken Eggs are added around Easter events, which grant gold when you interact with them. The Most Wanted event that ran in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 awarded you gold bars for hunting down other players with high Heat levels.

Finally, Capture Points and caches can be claimed, causing them to drop an assortment of loot and gold bars. Try the Capture Point at Loot Island. There's a vault there too.

It's important to note that, unlike every other resource in Fortnite, your gold bar stash will carry over from match to match. You can check exactly how many gold bars you currently have by looking at the map screen, or the HUD in the bottom right of the screen.

This means you can easily build up a stockpile as you play, without having to worry about spending them all in the final storm circle. It also means that you won't lose any of your gold bars when you die!

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What can you spend gold bars on in Fortnite?

Once you've collected a good amount of gold bars in Fortnite, you're going to want to spend them and there are many ways to do so.

Here are the main ways you can spend your gold bars to gain an edge in battle:

  • Vending machines
  • Starting a Bounty
  • Re-rolling Augments
  • Upgrade stations
  • Hiring NPCs, or purchasing items from them

Remember - as long as you don't spend them, your gold bars will carry over into every match, so don't feel like you have to spend them. Note that gold bars do not currently carry over between seasons and chapters. So spend everything you've got before a season ends!

Good luck earning gold bars in Fortnite!

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