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What are Alien Nanites in Fortnite?

"Our radio picked up reports that these 'Alien Nanites' alien-ify whatever they touch—wonder how they handle a Sniper Rifle?"
"Our radio picked up reports that these 'Alien Nanites' alien-ify whatever they touch—wonder how they handle a Sniper Rifle?" / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

What are Alien Nanites in Fortnite?

As described in Epic Games' July 6 hotfix notes for V17.10 of Fortnite, the battle island's Alien invaders have brought a new aspect from their own home—Alien Nanites. Here's the breakdown of what the brand-new Alien Nanites are in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7.

In addition to affecting the island's physics, the arrival of Alien Nanites has changed how crafting works even more.

As shown by Kanga on YouTube, Alien Nanites are a new common item that, unfortunately, are pretty rare to find at the moment despite being available in floor loot, chests, on top of Abductors and in the Mothership.

What are Alien Nanites in Fortnite?

For those who manage to have an Alien Nanite in hand, however, they are a new utility/crafting item that can be valuable for a wide variety of purposes.

As the latest Alien invention to be discovered, Alien Nanites can be thrown to recreate the atmosphere of their home planet. Throwing one down creates a large low-gravity cube that players can exit and enter for about 30 seconds.

The physics in an Alien Nanite's unleashed zone is as thick as the anti-gravity zone in the Holly Hatchery POI, so players will practically start swimming when they try to jump in it. To descend faster inside the biome, players should crouch. Additionally, players won’t suffer fall damage if they jump out of one from a high altitude.

In crafting, Alien Nanites can be used to turn regular weapons into their extraterrestrial counterparts:

  • Rare+ Assault Rifle -> Pulse Rifle
  • Rare+ Submachine Gun -> Kymera Ray Gun
  • Rare+ Sniper -> Rail Gun

For more on Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7, feel free to check out our coverage of the leaked Fortnite anime crossover.