Vending Machines work somewhat differently than the others, however they allow gamers to exchange in additional materials for weapons. And as we could glean from Epic’s announcement, an Epic (the tier, not the programmer) weapon will set you back a whopping 500 materials, which is enough to make a serious difference for a player that is nimble enough with building system to throw 50 walls and staircases. But where are they? Is there a useful map?
Over on Twitter, Epic struggles players to find all of them, and would not you know: they have done so! Fortnite Intel has assembled a map of known places, even though it’s evolving and we might have an update as more can be found. There’s no lack to start with, however — there are lots on the current map, with a couple more inclined to arrive as people find them, as it looks like Epic desires this to be a broadly available item. Here is where you should head to try out the new feature:
I like how Epic is building out sport features instead of just adding more weapons: the arsenal is currently fairly crowded, and even more so with the recent addition of high profile Guided Missiles and Heavy Shotguns. And since Epic has just moved two weapons to the vault since the game started, that means things have really only expanded in the last few months. The Vending Machines are a handy solution to that problem: not just do this not further swell the weapon ranks, they provide players who aren’t racking up 5 kills a game a opportunity to receive their hands on a fancy piece of gear they could only have lucked into otherwise.
I intend to make heavy use of those items when I encounter them: I will build at a pinch, but there’s no way that I’m going to burn 500 stuff before getting killed — I’m just not that quickly. Higher level players may want to hang onto all of the wood that they can harvest for building elaborate forts, but I would rather get my hands in a volatile to take them down.