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Fortnite Season 5 has brought some high-powered NPC enemies to the game. Here are their spawn locations so you can steer clear or look for a battle.

Marauders may have been the least popular additions in all of Fortnite Chapter 2 so far. Their random spawn locations and proclivity to appear at the worst times led players to despise the music associated with their arrival.

These Marauders were replaced with Gorgers in Season 4, and now with IO Guards in Season 5 – both of which are an improvement on their original form.

The IO Guards that litter the game now are a mixed bag. They’re tanky and don’t offer much useful loot, but they have set spawn locations around the map. If you want to avoid them, you can.

These Guards spawn in elevator-like terminals that appear to transport them from another dimension. We’re drawn to this conclusion by the fact that these structures don’t always include IO Guards. We’ve seen chests, structures, and Chapter 1 relics come out of these terminals – so they don’t always mean danger.

Since the IO Guards spawn in pre-determined locations, they’re a lot easier to track than Gorgers or Marauders were. Fortnite Data Miner, Mang0e, did just that. Here’s a map of all 20 potential IO Guard spawn locations.

Whether or not you want to fight the IO Guards is up to you. Most of the time, the Tac ARs and Mini Shields that they drop aren’t worth the ammo, materials, and healing items you’ll need to kill all of them.

At least you can plan your games around these IO Guards, unlike the deadly NPC gangs of past Fortnite seasons.

Image Credit: @Mang0e, u/ThatPumpkinHook