Fortnite Characters locations in Season 3 of Chapter 5

Peabody, one of the Fortnite Characters in Season 2 of Chapter 5
Peabody (Image credit: Epic Games)

The line up of Fortnite characters has received a complete makeover for the start of a new season, meaning there are a lot of new faces to meet including Peabody and the wise Peelosopher Bananocrates. There are also some familiar Fortnite NPCs returning, so you can say hello to Artemis, Cerberus, Oscar, and more as you continue your travels around the island. While this initial group may have been cut down significantly for the launch of Fortnite Season 3, you can be sure that it will gradually expand again over the course of the coming months. Finding any of these characters will provide you with useful items and hard-to-find weapons, as well as offering other services that will give you a competitive edge over your rivals, so it's always good to track them down and take advantage of their offers when you're near.

Watch out for the Scout, Heavy, Supply, and Medic Specialists who are denoted by a specific icon and can be hired during matches, as they each offer a unique set of skills and can be issued with Fortnite commands to deploy them strategically, gaining you a tactical advantage. Scouts can mark targets and snipe them from distance, Heavies are immune to fire and throw explosives, Supplies keep you topped up with ammo, while Medics provide healing and even revival where possible. It's likely that future quests will require particular characters to complete them, so it pays to know their locations in advance to quickly track down and meet them when it counts.

Although characters are no longer responsible for handing out Fortnite quests, it still pays to know their locations as they'll give you useful items for free when you meet, as well as selling services such as healing your injuries, or fighting alongside you as your personal bodyguard. If you want to benefit from their abilities, then you'll need to know where to find these 12 different NPCs.

Fortnite characters accept payment in the form of Fortnite gold bars, which you can spend with them on weapons, items, and useful services. Because the world of Fortnite is so large you might not stumble upon them by accident, so follow my guide to all of the Fortnite characters locations and you'll be meeting up with these elusive NPCs in no time.

Fortnite Characters locations in Season 3 of Chapter 5

(click on image for full size version) (Image credit: Epic Games)

There are currently 12 official Fortnite characters, and you can keep track of the ones you've met so far by visiting the Characters tab on the Quests screen in-game – which is also accessible through the Collections option at the top of the Quests tab in the lobby. They currently only spawn in one specific location each, which makes them easier to find, so I've marked all of the Fortnite characters locations I've encountered on the map. Bear in mind that if another player has hired or eliminated them, that will remove the character from their location.

You'll know when you're close to one as you'll see a speech bubble icon on your map, as well as on your screen above their head which you can see through walls – this is replaced with a specific Hire icon for characters you can recruit to fight by your side. Interact with them and the first time you meet you'll add them to your Collection, with a confirmation appearing on screen. This list shows where all of the Fortnite characters can be discovered:

  • 1) Artemis - Mount Olympus
  • 2) Brite Raider - Dock south of Megalo Depot (southeast of Brutal Beachhead)
  • 3) Centurion - Piney Lane (north of Lavish Lair)
  • 4) Ceberus - Grim Gate
  • 5) Hope - east side of Sandy Steppes
  • 6) Rust - Sandy Strip (west of Sandy Steppes)
  • 7) Oscar - Classy Courts
  • 8) Peabody - Pea Bois HQ (northwest of Redline Rig)
  • 9) Peelosopher Bananocrates - Restored Reels
  • 10) Ruckus - Lil Dirty Dock (southwest of Brawler's Battleground)

  • 11) Triage Trooper - Rescue Station (northeast of Reckless Railways)
  • 12) Vengeance Jones - The Wreckmill (southwest of Nitrodrome)

  • Bosses (defeat to get Fortnite Medallions):
  • A) Megalo Don - Brutal Beachhead
  • B) Ringmaster Scarr - Nitrodrome
  • C) The Machinist - Redline Rig

What do Fortnite Characters do

Rust, one of the Fortnite Characters in Season 2 of Chapter 5

Rust (Image credit: Epic Games)

When you find one of the Fortnite characters and interact with them, you'll be given a variety of options to choose from, either taking on a task for them or buying something from them. Possible choices include the following, though not all are currently available:

  • Duel - Defeat the character in combat to collect their weapon
  • Healing - Recover your health
  • Hire - Recruit the character to fight alongside you
  • Prop Disguise - Turns you into a prop until you use an item or take damage
  • Rift - Opens a rift to teleport you into the sky so you can glide
  • Storm Circle Hint - Shows where the next Storm phase will form on your map
  • Tip Bus Driver - Post a tip to the Battle Bus driver in the feed
  • Upgrade - Upgrade your equipped weapon
  • Weapon - Purchase a weapon (including Exotics) from the character

Which Fortnite Characters do what

Hope, one of the Fortnite Characters in Season 2 of Chapter 5

Hope (Image credit: Epic Games)

If you're looking for a particular service from one of the Fortnite characters, then these are the folks you should be seeking out.

Duel

  • Cerberus
  • Oscar

Healing

  • Peelosopher Bananocrates

Hire

  • Artemis - Scout Specialist
  • Centurion - Supply Specialist
  • Ruckus - Heavy Specialist
  • Triage Trooper - Medic Specialist

Once you've hired one of them, you can give a hired Specialist Character a command in Fortnite by holding left on the d-pad then selecting an option.

Vengeance Jones, one of the Fortnite Characters in Season 2 of Chapter 5

Vengeance Jones (Image credit: Epic Games)

Prop Disguise

  • (currently not available)

Rift

  • (currently not available)

Storm Circle Hint

  • (currently not available)

Peabody, one of the Fortnite Characters in Season 2 of Chapter 5

Peabody (Image credit: Epic Games)

Tip Bus Driver

  • (currently not available)

Upgrade

  • (currently not available)

Weapon

  • Artemis - Harbinger SMG (Epic)
  • Brite Raider - Boom Bolt (Epic)
  • Brite Raider - Repair Torch (Rare)
  • Centurion - Hammer Pump Shotgun (Epic)
  • Cerberus - Cerberus' Gatekeeper Shotgun (Mythic) [defeat in a duel]
  • Hope - Shockwave Grenade x2 (Epic)
  • Hope - Tactical Assault Rifle (Epic)
  • The Machinist - The Machinist's Combat Assault Rifle (Mythic) [defeat in combat]
  • Megalo Don - Megalo Don's Combat Shotgun (Mythic) [defeat in combat]
  • Megalo Don - Megalo Don's Nitro Fists (Mythic) [defeat in combat] 
  • Oscar - Oscar's Frenzy Auto Shotgun (Mythic) [defeat in a duel]
  • Peabody - Hammer Pump Shotgun (Epic)
  • Peabody - Nitro Splash (Rare)
  • Peabody - Repair Torch (Rare)
  • Peelosopher Bananocrates - Shield Bubble Jr. x2 (Uncommon)
  • Ringmaster Scarr - Ringmaster's Boom Bolt (Mythic) [defeat in combat]
  • Ruckus - Boom Bolt (Epic)
  • Rust - Combat Shotgun (Epic)
  • Rust - Nuka-Cola (Epic)
  • Triage Trooper - Harbinger SMG (Epic)
  • Vengeance Jones - Shield Bubble Jr. x2 (Uncommon)
  • Vengeance Jones - Thunder Burst SMG (Epic)

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Iain Wilson
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