Fortnite Vault Keys And Vaults Explained: Where To Find Keys And How To Open Vaults

If you’ve ever come across vaults in Fortnite, you’ve probably noticed that in the past you and some friends have been asked to stand still and be scanned to access the goodies inside. Well, all of that has changed with the introduction of keys in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4, which must now be collected before safes can be opened. The vaults are stacked with much better loot this time, but they will require some searching on your part. Here’s how to get vault keys in Fortnite and of course how to use them.

Where to find keys in Fortnite?

Fortnite keys are found as random loot, which can be good or bad. That means you don’t have to go to specific locations and fight for those coveted keys, but it also means there’s no surefire way to find them in any given round. We found our first key as floor loot near the suddenly desolate reality tree. In any case, whenever you find a random key, you’re in phase two: you need to know what to do with it.

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Fortnite safes and how to use keys

Once you find a key, your map will update with multiple lock icons across the island. These represent the locations of the vaults. You can go to any of them, but keep in mind the number of keys you need. A lock icon with a keyhole means you only need a single keybut some vaults require more than that and are marked as such on your map.

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The number of keys you are holding at any given time is listed on the right side of the game’s UI next to your inventory. Oddly enough, at the moment it seems like using a key puts it back into your inventory afterwards, meaning you could theoretically run from vault to vault opening multiple of them with the same key or keys. It’s unclear if this is intentional or part of the season start bug patched soon, but we’ll update as soon as we know more.

You cannot see vault locations until you have a key in your inventory.
You cannot see vault locations until you have a key in your inventory.


Either way, the vaults that require multiple keys to unlock have even better loot than the single key vaults, but even those single key vaults are packed with great stuff. We’ve found three rare chests, a ton of ammo, kegs of Slurp Juice, and more in each of them that we’ve opened so far, so these vaults are significantly better than last season’s vaults, which tended to give out a handful of them rare loot rather than the legendary stuff they’re handing out now.

To learn more about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4, don’t miss the new weapons and new map changes.

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