Jetpacks have been removed in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 and have received some welcome improvements.
Although you don’t get XP for finding Jetpacks, they are very useful for traversing the map, especially in no-build mode. You can now also aim down sights on your weapon while hovering, making it easier to kill from a longer distance.
Below you will learn how to get Jetpacks in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 and how to use Jetpacks.
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How to get jetpacks in Fortnite
To find a Jetpack in Fortnite, you can go to an IO Blimp or buy one from an NPC.
There are currently five IO airships located above:
- Command Cavern
- Rabbit Crossroads
- leaning towers
- Rocky Reels
- condo canyon
There was an airship above the Daily Bugle, but now it has crashed into the eastern ocean. You can visit it to open an IO chest and get some land loot, but it doesn’t contain a Jetpack.
You can land on an IO airship or use an elevator to access one from the ground. Once on the airship, go to its upper floor. There are four doors on the upper floor where you can find a Jetpack mounted on the wall next to each door, as long as other players haven’t taken them yet.
Once you’ve located a Jetpack, press and hold the button that appears when you approach it to pick it up. You will automatically equip the Jetpack, but it will take up an inventory slot.
Alternatively, you can purchase a Jetpack from The Scientist inside Synapse Station for 580 gold bars. He has five in his possession, but this counts down if other players also buy a Jetpack from him. The Synapse station is in the desert located in the southern area of the map.
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 security camera, protect data from Forecast Towers, and destroy weakened security walls or doors. There’s also a new Victory Umbrella! In the meantime, learn what the best weapons are, the current boosts, how to get XP quickly, how to use the best PC builds, and earn a crown of victory.
How to use jetpacks in Fortnite
After you’ve located one, it’s time to use that Jetpack to zip around it and gain an advantage in combat.
To use a Jetpack in Fortnite, jump and then hold the jump button while in the air. You will continue to float as long as the jump button is pressed. Your character will fall as soon as you let go, but you can press the jump button again while in the air to continue floating.
Keep an eye out for the twin bars on the back of the Jetpack. This tells you how much time is left until the Jetpack overheats and drops you to the ground. There is still fall damage with the Jetpack equipped, so make sure you are close to the ground or above water when the meter is running low.
As long as you have fuel in the Jetpack, the red bars will recharge quickly, similar to your speed meter, and you can continue flying around the map once it’s full again.
However, once the full gauge in the item bar runs out, the Jetpack will disappear. You can get another one by visiting an IO Blimp again, returning to The Scientist at Synapse Station, or looting from someone who had one equipped when they were eliminated.
New in this update, you can also aim down sights on your weapon without falling while using a Jetpack. There is no extra step to do this, just aim as usual and then you can accurately zoom in on your target while floating in the air.
Since you can’t see the overheat bars while aiming, listen for your Jetpack’s overheat beep to tell you when to return to the ground.
If you want to learn more about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, check out our guides on character locations, water communication relay locations, cow hunters, battle bus plan locations, and how to transmit data to a drone, including drone locations, explained.