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How to get copper in Lego Fortnite

You’ll find copper in desert caves

Lego Fortnite character in front of some copper deposits in a Dry Valley cave Image: Epic Games via Polygon
Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Copper is a resource you’ll have to find in Lego Fortnite if you want to level up your village or make better weapons and tools. Finding it is going to take a bit of prep work, though, as it is only found in one biome.

Our Lego Fortnite guide will explain how to get copper and what you’ll use it for.

How to get copper in Lego Fortnite

Copper is only found in “dry valley” caves — so you’ll need to find a desert biome first and then you’ll need to find a cave. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you start getting hot and seeing cactuses (cacti?) everywhere. (Those are good for gathering flexwood.)

Once you’re there, you’ll just have to wander until you find a cave. However, caves in the desert biome are extremely hot, so you’ll have to prepare in order to survive:

  • Make a cool-headed charm (3 silk thread, 3 sand shells, 1 marble) at an upgraded crafting bench
  • Make some Snowberry Shakes (2 snowberries, 1 milk) — cows drop milk when you pet them — at a juicer (8 planks, 8 marble slabs from a stone breaker, and 5 knotroot rods).

Inside the cave, look for green- and copper-colored (obviously) lumpy deposits — those are your copper. You’ll need a rare pickaxe (3 flexwood rods and 3 sand claws) or better to mine them.

These caves are the same places you’ll find obsidian, rubies, and brightcores.

What you’ll use copper for in Lego Fortnite

Copper is an important resource for the midgame and it’s your first metal. Before you can do much with it, though, you’ll have to build a metal smelter (3 blast cores from rollers in desert caves, 15 brightcore, and 35 obsidian slabs from a stone breaker).

You’ll use copper (and copper bars) to craft the rare longsword, epic forest axe, rare shovel, and epic knight shield. You’ll also need it to upgrade your crafting bench to epic.

Looking for more on Lego Fortnite? Check out our Lego Fortnite beginners guide. We also have guides on how to play multiplayer with your buddies, how to find caves, and how to build a successful village. And if you’re looking for places to go, see our list of the best seeds in Lego Fortnite.

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