Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a new fishing mechanic to Fortnite. There has been some confusion as to how this works, so we’re here to explain it to you with our Fortnite fishing guide!

Fishing in Fortnite is fantastic. You can get loot and powerful healing items that will last you for the duration of the match if you know how to do it correctly.

The best part of the new Fortnite fishing mechanic is that you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. Epic isn’t making us fish, but they have incentivized fishing as a way to obtain powerful loot.

Fishing isn’t too confusing once you get the hang of it. You can find fishing rods anywhere you land from floor loot and chests. If you’re near a dock and are in need of one, there are barrels of fishing rods nearby.

The biggest question people have about fishing in Fortnite is where to go. You can fish anywhere where there’s water but should be on the lookout for a fishing hole. You can identify these by the jumping fish and bubbly circles in the water.

Regular water will only net you the Small Fry. A fishing hole will grant you access to better fish and rare weapons.

Now, onto the loot. You can get rare or better items from the fishing holes, along with Floppers and Slupfish.

All of the fish in Fortnite are better than their healing equivalent. Carrying six Small Fry fish is better than carrying 15 bandages in most cases. Four Floppers are almost always better than carrying three Medkits and three Slurpfish are often better than three big shields.

The biggest benefit of the fish is that they only take one second to consume. This dwarfs the consume-time for all of the other healing items currently in Fortnite – with the only exception being Mini Shields in some cases.

So, there you have it: a better understanding of how fishing works in Fortnite. You don’t have to fish, but it’s a great way to get some free healing items and weapons if you’re in need of an upgrade.

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