Who doesn’t want a dinosaur friend?
Raptors are the first breed of dinosaurs to appear in Fortnite.
Originally appearing in Season 6, raptors have returned to the island in Season 8, which is very fitting as see The Sideways, an alternative dimension, slowly encroaching upon our reality. Like wolves, you can still tame one of the coolest dinosaurs to have existed to fight alongside you in Fortnite.
(Who am I kidding? All dinosaurs are cool!)
Be careful though – raptors are dangerous creatures and, if you’re not prepared when you find a raptor, it will try to kill you.
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Raptors and raptor locations in Fortnite explained
Raptors are new additions to the wildlife found on the Fortnite island.
These dinosaurs can be found roaming around the island either by themselves or in small packs of two or three.
Be careful when approaching a raptor, however, as they can easily kill in three hits and their fast running speed makes escape difficult. Thankfully, like boars and wolves, you can tame raptors if you have the right equipment.
Raptors seem to prefer the more mountainous areas of the Fortnite map. We found, for example, one sole raptor in the hills directly west of Lazy Lake and a pack of raptors patrolling the feet of the mountains north of Retail Row.
Make sure you listen closely to the sounds around you when searching for a raptor. If one is close by you’ll be able to hear a chirping, clicking, sound which will indicate that at least one raptor is nearby. It’s like a softer version of the sounds the raptors make in the original Jurassic Park film.
Season 8 and The Sideways have arrived in Fortnite. You can now start collecting the Season 8 Battle Pass skins, investigate the map changes and obtain the new Victory Umbrella! Make a start on the Season 8 questlines, with the IO Heist and finding IO guards. You can also start collecting colour bottles for Tonna Fish and completing the new character collection.
How to tame a raptor in Fortnite
If you want to tame a raptor in Fortnite, you first need to craft a Hunter’s Cloak.
Once you’re wearing that cloak, you’ll be able to tame any Raptor you encounter by simply walking up to them and taming them once prompted.
Just remember – if you’re not wearing the Hunter’s Cloak, then the raptors will be less than friendly.
After taming a raptor, it will follow you about the map and will attack anyone you engage in combat.
Compared to wolves or boars, raptors are faster runners, which makes them the ideal companion for traversing the island. It may take a moment for them to follow you, but they will do so quickly and can swim across bodies of water as well.
Raptors will also destroy any walls which happen to get in their way and hunt down any nearby chickens, eating their remains, which is quite entertaining to watch.