Vending Machines let you trade materials for items.
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Fortnite updates continue to rapidly roll out, and one of this year's additions to Battle Royale came in the form of Vending Machines. If you're able to find one, you can trade in building materials you've gathered in exchange for a variety of items, which vary from machine to machine. You'll often find these in the same spots, but they are not fixtures. With Season 4's Week 5 challenges tasking you to use one once again, we've detailed the common locations and where to find them, as well as exactly how they function and what prices are like.
You'll find Vending Machines all around the map--typically indoors, if our experience is any indication, though we've also found one that was outdoors. Each one has three items for sale and will gradually rotate through them. You can wait for it to change to the item you want to purchase, or you can hit the machine with your pickaxe to make it jump to the next of the three.
Vending Machines are each randomly assigned a rarity level at the start of a match, as the patch notes explain. They then sell items at that specific rarity--one for each material type (wood, stone, and metal). You'll need a specific amount of that material to buy the corresponding item, though you're free to buy as many items as you wish, provided you can afford it. That may put a renewed emphasis on collecting materials with the pickaxe, even for players who don't care about building. Here's how much items will cost at each rarity:
- Common (white) items -- 100 materials
- Uncommon (green) items -- 200 materials
- Rare (blue) -- 300 materials
- Epic (purple) -- 400 materials
- Legendary (gold) -- 500 materials
In terms of finding the Vending Machines, they're scattered all across the map, but they don't always appear in the same spots. You can see what it's like to interact with some in the video above, and we've also compiled the map you see above, which combines the discoveries of Reddit user clizzythegod with those we've found ourselves. As you'd expect, you'll most easily find Vending Machines in high-density areas like Pleasant Park, Tilted Towers, Salty Springs, and Retail Row, but there are others in unnamed parts of the map.