Athena was name of the Fortnite: Battle Royale map that was used in the entirety of Chapter 1. It was held together by the Zero Point, a powerful orb of energy that was used to maintain the island. Many forces had seeked to destroy the Zero Point, which, in result, would destroy the map itself. This included The Seven, The Cube, The Devourer, and more. The Zero Point was contained in a structure called The Vault, which was directly underneath a location called Loot Lake. The Vault had also contained items that had been removed from the outside world, thrown into the Vault. During The Unvaulting, players had managed to take a look into the Vault and could “unvault” a single weapon.
Unfortunately, because everyone was distracted from the Vault, an opportunity was given for another character, known as The Prisoner, to Strike the island. The Prisoner managed to destroy two locations and awaken The Devourer from it’s ancient slumber beneath Polar Peak.
Singularity was known as the protector of the Vault. Due to the Devourer now being on the loose, she was forced to leave The Vault and take over the Pressure Plant. From there, she created the Mecha, which was going to be used to defend the island from the Devourer. After weeks of preparation, the Singularity’s Mecha was ready. In the event known as The Final Showdown, The Mecha and the Devourer fought. Eventually, the Mecha had won, but the Zero Point was now out of it’s shell, exposed to the outside.
- Athena is named after the mythological Athena, who is the Greek Goddess of wisdom, war, weaving, and crafts and is also the favourite daughter of Zeus.
- Four locations from this map returned in the Chapter 2 map, Apollo, they are: Pleasant Park, Retail Row, Risky Reels and Salty Springs.
- There are also many locations similar to locations from this map, such as Lazy Lake (Loot Lake, Tilted Towers), Frenzy Farm (Anarchy Acres, Fatal Fields), Misty Meadows (Happy Hamlet), Compact Cars (Junk Junction), Weeping Woods (Lonely Lodge, Wailing Woods), Sweaty Sands (Paradise Palms) and Slurpy Swamp (Flush Factory, Moisty Mire).
- In the Chapter 2 map, Apollo, the central island's outline is a scaled down version of Athena.
Locations in Athena
|Anarchy Acres||Anarchy Acres was a small farm located in the north of the Athena island. It was around from Season 1 until Season 5 when it was replaced by Lazy Links. Frenzy Farm from the Apollo map could be considered a spiritual successor to Anarchy Acres.|
|Dusty Depot (Partially Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Dusty Depot was a set of three warehouses filled with crates. This location first appeared in Season 1 and was eventually replaced in Season 4 by Dusty Divot. The location returned in Season X, once again taking the place of Dusty Divot, before being removed again when the Athena map was retired after Season X. The red warehouse and part of the blue one reappeared in Chapter 2: Season 5 as the red one was named "Dusted Depot".|
|Dusty Divot||Dusty Divot was a large meteor crater taking the place of Dusty Depot from Season 4 to Season 9. It had a research center in the middle which was eventually abandoned as nature began to take over the crater. Eventually the ruined remains of the red and grey warehouses from the original Dusty Depot location were converted into the Dusty Diner.|
|Fatal Fields||Fatal Fields was a small farm in the south of the Athena map. It was very similar to Anarchy Acres but had a different layout. It was added in Season 1 and survived all the way until the map was retired after Season X. This location remained almost completely unchanged during its existence.|
|Flush Factory (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Flush Factory was a factory that produced and sold toilets. The location was added in Season 1 and was removed in Season 7 when the iceberg collided with the part of the island where the factory was located and was replaced by Happy Hamlet. Despite being removed the top of the factory could be seen poking out of the snow until the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X. Flush Factory returned as an unnamed POI in Chapter 2: Season 5. Apollo's Slurpy Swamp could be considered a spiritual successor to Flush Factory.|
|Frosty Flights||Frosty Flights was an air-base added along with the snow biome in Season 7 after the iceberg collided with the island. It was a hub for the X-4 Stormwing and later the Baller, many could be found there. It was removed when the Athena map was retired after Season X.|
|Gotham City||Gotham City was a version of Tilted Towers themed around DC Comic's Batman. It was added half-way through Season X, replacing Tilted Town which had previously replaced Neo Tilted earlier in the season. It was removed when the Athena map was sucked into a blackhole at the end of Season X. This area allowed players to redeploy their gliders at any time.|
|Greasy Grove (Partially Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Greasy Grove was a small town notable for its Durr Burger restaurant. It was added in Season 1 and remained largely unchanged until Season 7. From Season 7 until part way through Season X the location was practically removed, becoming submerged under a frozen lake after the iceberg collided with the island. It returned in Season X with the Durr Burger restaurant now replaced with a Tacos restaurant, during this time players would randomly perform the Taco Time emote and would be unable to attack. It was removed after The End event at the end of Season X. The Durr Burger restaurant reappeared, merged with Logjam Woodworks in Chapter 2: Season 5.|
|Happy Hamlet||Happy Hamlet was a European styled town located in the snow biome. It was added in Season 7 and remained until the Athena map was retired after Season X. The Misty Meadows location from Chapter 2 appears to be its spiritual successor.|
|Haunted Hills||Haunted Hills was an abandoned church and cemetery. A castle was added above Haunted Hills in Season 6, it gradually became more ruined in the preceding seasons. Haunted Hills was added in Season 2 and remained until the Athena map was retired after Season X.|
|Junk Junction||Junk Junction was a small junk yard in the north-west corner of the map. It was added in Season 2 and remained on the map until the end of Chapter 1 and remained almost completely unchanged throughout its existence. A metal llama stood on the hill behind it. Apollo's Compact Cars appears to have been inspired by Junk Junction.|
|Lazy Lagoon||Lazy Lagoon was a pirate themed location added in Season 8, replacing Lazy Links. It consisted of a pirate ship and small caribbean styled port town set on a tropical lagoon. It was removed when the Athena map was retired after the end of Season X. While Lazy Lagoon did not make it to Chapter 2, Apollo's Lazy Lake continues the chain of "Lazy" locations that started in Season 5 when Lazy Links replaced Anarchy Acres.|
|Lazy Links||Lazy Links was an expansive golf course and country club. It was added in Season 5, replacing Anarchy Acres and was removed in Season 8 when it was replaced by Lazy Lagoon.|
|Lonely Lodge||Lonely Lodge was a log cabin lodge in a small forest on the edge of the map. It also had a tall wooden tower. It was added in Season 1 and remained almost completely unchanged until it was removed when the Athena map was retired following Season X. Apollo's Weeping Woods could be a spiritual successor to Lonely Lodge, and Wailing Woods.|
|Loot Lake||Loot Lake was a large and mostly empty lake with a small house on an island in the centre. It existed from the start of Season 1 until the Athena map was retired after Season X, it remained largely unchanged until Season 6 onwards where it became the center for numerous Live Events, including The End event which saw the end of the Athena map.|
|Lucky Landing||Lucky Landing was a Chinese/Japanese themed location added for Chinese New Year during Season 3. Despite only being added for this event the location became a permanent feature of the Athena map, remaining until it was retired at the end of Season X.|
|Mega Mall||Mega Mall was a futuristic mall complex and town that replaced Retail Row in Season 9 after it was destroyed by the Volcano. It contained many small stores and restaurants including an Uncle Pete's Pizza Pit and a Flush Factory outlet store. It was replaced once again by Retail Row in the middle of Season X.|
|Moisty Mire||Moisty Mire was a large swamp with a few huts in the south-east corner of the map. It was notable for its Prison POI and was converted into a movie-set during Season 4. It was replaced by Paradise Palms in Season 5 when the desert biome was introduced.|
|Moisty Palms||Moisty Palms was a mashup of Moisty Mire and Paradise Palms. It was added during Season X when a Rift Beacon brought back parts of Moisty Mire on top of Paradise Palms. The Prison also returned. Players could turn into random props by crouching within this location. It was removed at the end of Season X when the Athena map was sucked into the black hole.|
|Neo Tilted||Neo Tilted was a futuristic version of Tilted Towers that was added in Season 9 after the original POI was destroyed by the Volcano. It was notable for containing a huge Durr Burger restaurant, a new version of the No Sweat Insurance building and a hotel based on the John Wick franchise. It was replaced by Tilted Town during Season X.|
|Paradise Palms||Paradise Palms was a desert oasis city that replaced Moisty Mire in Season 5 when the desert biome was added. It was removed during Season X when the Rift Beacon replaced it with Moisty Palms. Apollo's Sweaty Sands appears to be a spiritual successor to Paradise Palms.|
|Pleasant Park (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Pleasant Park was a suburban town known for its sports field and other green spaces and its large amount of loot. It was added in Season 1 and remained almost completely unchanged aside from the purpose of its field, until the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X. Along with Salty Springs, Retail Row and Risky Reels, Pleasant Park was one of the few areas that survived the black hole and re-appeared on the Chapter 2 Apollo map. During Chapter 2: Season 3 its appearance was altered as it became a floating town during the flood. It was eventually taken over by Doctor Doom in Chapter 2: Season 4 and renamed to Doom's Domain, but was returned to it's normal name and appearance in Chapter 2: Season 5.|
|Polar Peak||Polar Peak was a castle on top of the iceberg, it became a POI after colliding with the island in Season 7. It was hit and damaged by the Volcano at the end of Season 8 and throughout Season 9 the ice gradually melted. Eventually the castle was carried away on the back of the Devourer after the creature broke free and was ultimately destroyed by the Mecha during the battle that ended Season 9. The remaining parts of the location were removed when the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X. It was the highest point on the Athena map while it existed.|
|Pressure Plant||Pressure Plant was a factory that replaced the Volcano in Season 9 after it was destroyed during its eruption. It evolved over time, being built up and eventually used to construct the Mecha. It remained unchanged during Season X and was removed along with the rest of the Athena map during The End event.|
|Retail Row (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Retail Row is a town with a shopping district. It was introduced in Season 1 and remained largely unchanged, save for a few stores being altered, until it was destroyed by the Volcano at the end of Season 8. During Season 9 it was replaced by Mega Mall but it was brought back by a Rift Beacon in Season X where husks began to spawn. Along with Pleasant Park, Risky Reels and Salty Springs, Retail Row survived the black hole and returned on Chapter 2's Apollo map.|
|Risky Reels (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Risky Reels is a drive in cinema that was introduced in Season 4. It originally featured a crater and its screen had a hole in it from the impact of a meteor, it was cleaned up by the end of Season 5 and was then removed in Season 7 when it was crushed and replaced by The Block. A miniature version of the location appeared in Sunny Steps, a location which eventually replaced The Block after it moved to the Motel, during Season X. Risky Reels was brought back with a slightly altered design on the Apollo map and has remained mostly unchanged, despite being flooded at the start of Chapter 2: Season 3. In Chapter 2: Season 4 it was partially flooded by Upstate New York's River and in Chapter 2: Season 5 it became covered in sand.|
|Salty Springs (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Salty Springs was just a typical neighborhood with a Gas Station nearby. This location existed from the start of Season 1 until Chapter 2: Season 4. Along with Pleasant Park, Retail Row and Risky Reels, Salty Springs was one of the few areas that re-appeared on the new Chapter 2 Apollo map. It remained largely unchanged despite being flooded during Chapter 2: Season 3, though its gas station was expanded for the addition of Cars. In Chapter 2: Season 5 it was replaced with Salty Towers, a merged location consisting of both Salty Springs and Tilted Towers.|
|Shifty Shafts||Shifty Shafts was a small mining area near Tilted Towers that was first added in Season 2. It remained largely unchanged throughout its history but from Season 7 onwards it was covered in snow after the iceberg collided with the island. It was removed when the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X.|
|Snobby Shores||Snobby Shores was a neighborhood of five houses on the cliffs at the edge of the map. It was added in Season 2 and remained largely unchanged until Season 5 when a Viking Village was added to the top of the nearby mountain. The location was covered in snow briefly during Season 7 and during Season 8 the Viking Village began taking over Snobby Shores, converting its houses into viking style buildings. The location was removed when the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X.|
|Starry Suburbs||Starry Suburbs was a small town that was originally added as an unnamed ruin in Season 2. This ruin was removed in Season 4 when the Soccer Stadium was added and did not return after the stadium was removed. Near the end of Season X a Rift Beacon restored this location but it was no longer a ruin and was named Starry Suburbs. It was removed during The End event when the Athena island was sucked into a black hole at the end of Season X. Lasting only around 3 weeks this is the shortest lived location in all of Fortnite history.|
|Sunny Steps||Sunny Steps was an Aztec themed area added with the jungle in Season 7. It did not change during the three seasons it existed and was removed when the Athena map was retired at the end of Season X.|
|The Block||The Block was a named location added to the map in Season 7, replacing Risky Reels. Here custom locations created by the community in creative mode were featured each week. In Season 8 it was moved to the location of the Motel, which was removed in the process. It did not return in Chapter 2 after Season X ended.|
|Tilted Towers (Partially Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Tilted Towers was a popular city location located near Loot Lake. It was added in Season 2 and featured many tall towers and chests for players to loot. The location did not change much during its existence, with most changes occurring to one building which was constantly destroyed by various events before being rebuilt. It was removed at the end of Season 8 after being destroyed by the Volcano. It was replaced by Neo Tilted in Season 9. On August 5th, 2019, short after the release of Season X, a beacon appeared above Neo Tilted and on August 6th, Neo Tilted became Tilted Town. On September 19th, 2019, a beacon appeared above Tilted Town and on September 21st, Tilted Town was turned into a Batman-like version of Tilted Towers based on Gotham City. Tilted Towers made a return on the Apollo map after being merged with Apollo's Salty Springs in Chapter 2: Season 5.|
|Tilted Town||Tilted Town was a Wild West version of Tilted Towers and appears to be the city in its early days when the clock tower was still under construction. It replaced Neo Tilted during Season X when a Rift Beacon altered the area. When players entered Tilted Town they would put on a Calamity or Deadfire coat and would be unable to build.|
|Tomato Temple||Tomato Temple was a temple dedicated to Tomatohead, the owner and mascot of Uncle Pete's Pizza Pit. It replaced Tomato Town in Season 5 and featured a large stone temple and an underground area, along with one of the houses from Tomato Town. In Season 8 the location was reduced to just the temple itself after the Volcano was added nearby. It was removed when the Athena map was sucked into a black hole at the end of Season X.|
|Tomato Town (Reintroduced in Apollo.)||Tomato Town was a small town known for it's Pizza Restaurant topped with a spinning tomato head. It also had a gas station and a nearby house and tunnel. It was on the map from the start of Season 1 and remained largely unchanged except for the disappearance of the tomato head during Season 4. It was removed during Season 5 when the tomato head returned and the location was converted into Tomato Temple. Tomato Town made a return to the Apollo map in Chapter 2: Season 5 as an unnamed location next to the Orchard.|
|Wailing Woods||Wailing Woods was a large wooded area in the north-east corner of the Athena map. It was added at the start of Season 1 and featured a hedge maze and hut in the centre. It remained unchanged for the first three seasons but began to change from Season 4 onwards. Season 4 saw the addition of a mysterious bunker than was never opened, in Season 5 the cube rolled through and left a rune in the centre of the woods, in Season 6 the location saw the addition of four log cabins and the hedge maze was altered with a secret but accessible bunker placed underneath and towards the end of Season 7 the woods seemed to be dying with the grass and leaves turning brown and smoke rising up from the ground. The location was removed in Season 8 when the Volcano was added in its place. Apollo's Weeping Woods appears to be Wailing Woods and Lonely Lodge's spiritual successor.|
Transition to Chapter 2
After The End event, the Athena map was destroyed (sucked into the black hole) and replaced by the Apollo Map. Apollo is the map that is used in Chapter 2, it features the return of some of Athena's locations, especially after Chapter 2: Season 5.