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How to beat the IO Tanks in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2

If you thought the sound of Spider-Man’s Web Slingers thwipping web fluid all across the Fortnite Battle Royal map in Chapter 3, Season 1 inspired heart–pounding fear in its opponents, something even more terrifying has rolled onto the scene in Season 2: The IO Titan Tank.

As I mentioned in my Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 First Impressions, the IO Titan Tanks are downright beastly to come up against, particularly in anything less than Squads. They tout a beefy 2500 HP, can bulldoze pretty much anything, including buildings, cars, impediments and even players from its path and naturally, can dish out damage that’s dumb destructive thanks to its primary cannon (which can also employ a thermal scope to seek out players hiding in foliage and buildings) and a mounted machine gun seat.

Luckily, although the IO Titan Tanks are a daunting threat, there are ways to deal with them. The following are some of the best ways to beat the IO Titan Tanks in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2.

Shoot the hatch in the front

There is a gold-colored hatch on the front of the IO Titan Tanks; shooting it will expose the player piloting the tank beneath it. As a wise man (Rumble from Transformers: The Animated Movie actually) once said, “First we crack the shell. Then we crack the nuts inside.”

Hop onto the tank and hijack it

The IO Titan Tanks have four “seats” overall; the aforementioned pilot hatch from the last entry, which is inside the tank and controls the steering, primary turret and thermal scope; the machine gunner’s seat in the front; and then two seats in the back for passengers which can fire their own weapons at enemies. Naturally, in Squads, this strategy won’t work because every seat on the tank will likely be occupied; if you’re playing in Duos or Solo, there will definitely be a seat open in the back. Try to approach the tank from the back, hop in and then shoot up the enemy player in the machine gunner’s seat. If you’re in Solo, you can actually hop in the machine gunner seat and turn the tank’s own machine gun on itself and crack open the pilot hatch that way.

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Plant remote explosives; watch tank go boom

Pretty cool that Remote Explosives (formerly known as C-4 explosives) just so happened to return to Fortnite at the exact same time that the IO Tanks showed up, huh? I wonder what would happen if you planted Remote Explosives on a tank and then detonated them? (Hint: The explosives do significantly more damage to vehicles, including tanks.)

Unfortunately, you can’t power slide underneath the tanks and plant a single explosive like our boy Maximilian did in the Season 2 trailer, though.

Shoot the treads

Just like you can shoot out a car’s tires, tank’s treads can be focus fired to severely hinder the vehicle’s speed.


If you’re having trouble visualizing any of the tips in this article on how to beat the IO Tanks in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2, refer to this handy Visual Guide courtesy of The Foundation (AKA, JTNeagle on Reddit):

Did our guide help you beat the IO Tanks in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2? Do you know a better way to deal with them? Let us know in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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