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What are the red and blue lines on the Fortnite map?

Resistance or IO?

The red and blue lines on the Fortnite map are a new addition with the arrival of Chapter 3 Season 2.

The new season centres around a war between two factions - the Resistance and IO - and has introduced a number of changes, including the temporary removal of building and an increased focus on vaulting and movement.

The red and blue lines, in short, give you an idea of where the Resistance and IO are located on the map - and it's worth knowing the differences if you want to find specific vehicles or weapons, especially as these lines might change as the season progresses.

If you're looking for more help with this season, we have explainers on the Cloaked IO Build Jammer location and the new Victory Umbrella.

What are the red and blue lines on the Fortnite map?

Newly added to the Fortnite map in Chapter 3 Season 2 are red and blue lines, which circle certain regions and named locations.

These indicate Resistance or IO controlled areas, meaning you'll find faction-specific enemies, vehicles and weapons within each region. This is particularly important when factoring in faction-specific objectives.

The red lines are IO-controlled areas, and the blue lines are Resistance-controlled areas.

At each location you'll find the following:

  • Red lines (IO) - IO Blimps, IO Titan Tanks, IO Guards, Siege Cannons
  • Blue lines (Resistance) - Armored Battle Bus, Sentry Guards, Turrets, weapons including the Combat SMG and Striker Burst Rifle

The blue (Resistance) areas are arguably 'friendlier' zones to explore, though the red (IO) regions have some powerful tools - including the IO Titan Tank, with a powerful cannon and a huge amount of health, and blimps which you can zip up and claim loot inside.

The sight of blimps will quickly tell you you are in IO territory.

Chapter 3 Season 2 has arrived! New additions include the Prowler skin, along with the return of jetpacks and Choppas. Star Wars have returned to Fortnite! There are Star Wars skins and challenges to enjoy, along with lightsabers appearing across the island. As we enter Season 2's final month, it's a good idea to know how to get XP fast in Fortnite. You can also complete Resistance challenges, including collecting signal jammers and finding an energy fluctuation. Don't forget about the Seasonal challenges, which include planting saplings and call an Air Strike on a tank. Meanwhile Victory Crowns and the character collection have returned, along with a new Victory Umbrella to earn.


You can expect the zones to shift as the season progresses - meaning your favourite areas could become more hostile or friendlier as time goes on!

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