Epic isn’t one to let a competitor’s good idea go to waste. Dubbed ‘Reboot Vans’, these function almost identically to Apex Legends Respawn Beacons. Therefore, this introduces the ability for eliminated teammates to rejoin the game, altering the dynamic of Fortnite squad and duo play into the foreseeable future.
For those unfamiliar with Apex Legends’ Respawn Beacon system, it’s quite simple in Fortnite. When a teammate is eliminated (i.e. not downed), a ‘Reboot Card’ will fall to the floor with the rest of their loot.
Fortnite Reboot Card
This card will stay on the ground for 90 seconds and you need interact (short cast time) with the card before this window expires. You’ll be able to see this countdown as a waymarker and on your squad list as a bar counting down. If you don’t interact with the card before then, that player will be permanently ineligible for respawning. The card does not take up an inventory slot.
If you do interact with the card before then, anyone from your squad will be able to interact with any available Reboot Van (which also glow indicating there presence more clearly). After a hefty cast time, your eliminated team member will teleport down onto the top of the Reboot Van and it will shut down. This means that each Reboot Van can only be used once per game by any team. However, you can use the same Van to respawn multiple teammates at once.
Below is a picture of all the Reboot Vans we could find circled in red.
Fortnite Reboot Van Locations Map
As you can see, there are quite a few Reboot Vans (we counted 20 in total) littered throughout the map, giving squads a fair few reasonable options to respawn eliminated teammates. They’re also always located at or very close to a named location on the map, which simplifies looking for them significantly.
Dusty Divot Reboot Van
This is the most centrally located Reboot Van on the Fortnite map. Near the two damage Dusty Divot sheds will be a Reboot Van parked on the drive leading into the southernmost shed on its eastern side. G5 on the main map’s grid.
Fatal Fields Reboot Van
The northernmost building of Fatal Fields is a large animal barn. You’ll find a Reboot Van parked on the road just south of it near the fields. G8 on the main map’s grid.
Frosty Flights Reboot Van
At the end of the Frosty Flights runaway lies a Reboot Van. B8 on the main map’s grid.
Happy Hamlet Reboot Van
There is a central road that runs east-west through Happy Hamlet. The Reboot Van will be on this road near the town centre. D9 on the main map’s grid.
Haunted Hills Reboot Van
This Reboot Van sits in plain sight, dead centre of the Haunted Hills cemetery. B2 on the main map’s grid.
Junk Junction Reboot Van
The road that leads into Junk Junction has a Reboot Van sitting right outside the entrance. B2 on the main map’s grid.
Lazy Lagoon Reboot Van
On the western coast of Lazy Lagoon (near the pirate camp), there will be a Reboot Van parked in plain sight on the coast. F3 on the main map’s grid.
Loot Lake Reboot Van
On the western side of Loot Lake are two piers, the northernmost pier has a Reboot Van at the end of it. D4 on the main map’s grid.
Lonely Lodge Reboot Van
There is a small parking lot on the western edge of Lonely Lodge, off the edge of the main roading running into it. You’ll find the Reboot Van in that lot. I5 on the main map’s grid.
Lucky Landing Reboot Van
The main road that leads into Lucky Landing approaches from the northwest. You’ll find the Reboot Van on this road in the northernmost corner of Lucky landing. F10 on the main map’s grid.
Paradise Palms Reboot Van
The main road running north-south through Paradise Palms has a Reboot Van parked dead centre on it, in front of the hotel. I8 on the main map’s grid.
Pleasant Park Reboot Van
The southern side of the central park has a Reboot Van parked on it, just near the soccer field. C3 on the main map’s grid.
Polar Peak Reboot Van
On top of the polar peak, near the central structure is a Reboot Van sitting in plain view. C8 on the main map’s grid.
Retail Row Reboot Van
In the main parking lot of Retail Row is a Reboot Van. H6 on the main map’s grid.
Salty Springs Reboot Van
Dead centre of Salty Springs near the overturned red pickup truck. F7 on the main map’s grid.
Shifty Shafts Reboot Van
There is a road running north-south through Shifty Shafts, right outside of the main entrance is a Reboot Van parked on this road. D7 on the main map’s grid.
Snobby Shores Reboot Van
The main road that leads into Snobby Shores from the east (Tilted Towers side) has a Reboot Van parked on it just as you enter the passed the security booths. A5 on the main map’s grid.
Sunny Steps Reboot Van
One of the more oddly placed Reboot Vans. Just southwest of Sunny Steps is a large incline as you approach the volcano. A Reboot Van will be perched atop a hill overlooking Sunny Steps. On the intersection of H3 and I3 on the main map’s grid.
The Block Reboot Van
A main road travels east-west right past The Block’s forward facing entrance. The Reboot Van is parked directly outside of that. D2 on the main map’s grid.
Tilted Towers Reboot Van
The final Reboot Van is of course located in one of the most popular areas in the game, Tilted Towers. You’ll find the Reboot Van near the northeasternmost building of Tilted Towers. It will be on the main road, ear the car garage. D5 on the main map’s grid.
All-in-all, that’s a lot of locations to take in and unlike Apex Legends, these Reboot Vans are not marked on the main map like Respawn Beacons are. They are also a little bit more difficult to spot than their competitors. However, they are placed with a very consistent logic. That is, they tend to be always on roads (especially ‘main roads’) and near or in a named location.
Ultimately, this is shaping up to be a very positive addition to squad and duo play, as Respawn Beacons were lauded as one of the better battle royale innovations introduced by Apex Legends.