Sons of the Forest: How To Find GPS Locators

Can't find where your companion is? Use this handy gadget never to lose them again.

Sons Of The Forest is the sequel to The Forest. It is a survival horror Co-op game just like its predecessor. You are stranded on an island inhabited by cannibals. So, you must always be aware of your location and the location of your companions. That is why the game has an item named “GPS Locators“. Here we will talk about everything you need to know about GPS Locators in Sons of the Forest.

Key Takeaways
  • Sons of the Forest has an item named GPS Locators that are used to ping areas and companions.
  • There are a total of 3 GPS Locators, all of which can be found on the Northwest side of the map.
  • The first one is located in the sea where you need to swim to find it and get the Pistol as well.
  • The second one is hidden underground, and you need to dig it out.
  • The third one is attached to a dead body hanging from the cliff that you need to cut down. 
  • You can use the GPS Locators by giving them to companions or placing them on sticks to ping an area.

GPS Locators Locations

GPS Locators are devices that players can use to ping a certain area. You need these items especially because they are extremely useful. They can be placed in a certain area with a certain item that you require. You can actually give them to your companions as well. By doing this, you can always monitor their location and help them accordingly. 

However, all of these GPS Locators are scattered across the island of Sons of the Forest. Fortunately, all of them are in the Northwest region of the map. They are even easier to find because they are already active. Meaning you can see their location on your GPS at all times. You just need to follow the location pinged on the map. They are purple markers on the GPS. 

There are 3 GPS Locators in total and all of them are in 3 different areas. All 3 require a certain tactic to acquire them. You can find them in any order you want.

Locator 1

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Location of GPS Locator 1

The first locator that can be easily found is in the sea. You need to go to the northwest of the map and then follow the small purple icon in the middle of the map. Swim to this location as fast as you can. You can find a boat stranded here. In addition, you can see a dead body in this boat. You can find the GPS Locator on the dead body itself.

However, that is not the only item on the boat. You can actually find a pistol on the boat as well. If you have recruited Virginia, you can give this to her as well. You can now protect yourself better from the cannibals. One thing you also need to be careful about while swimming. Because you can encounter sharks on your way to the boat as well. 

Locator 2 

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Location of GPS Locator 2

The second GPS Locator can be found a bit northeast of the first one. If you see the GPS, you will see the marker somewhere on the far north of the map. You just need to reach the place with the marker. However, if you go to the marker, you will not be able to find the GPS Locator. You will see the marker still there but will be unable to find the GPS Locator itself. In this case, the GPS Locator is actually underground.

Before You Start: To retrieve this GPS Locator, you need a shovel. So, if you don’t have a shovel on, you must get one first.

Once you have found the shovel dig this area, and you will find another dead body. Just like the first one, the second GPS Locator is also attached to a dead body. 

Locator 3

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Location of GPS Locator 3

For the third and final GPS Locator, you need to head southeast. You will get near the mountains now. Here while exploring, you will be able to find another dead body. Like the previous two, this one also has a GPS Locator on it. However, this one is hung down from a cliff. You will need to cut off the dead body from the cliff to be able to retrieve this GPS Locator.

Make your way up the cliff, and you will be able to see a rock. This rock is attached to a rope. The rope is what is hanging the dead body. Use your axe to cut down the rope. Once you have cut down this rope, the body will just fall down to the location you were at before. Make your way back to collect the final GPS Locator. 

How To Ping Using GPS Locators In Sons Of The Forest?

As mentioned earlier, GPS Locators can be used in many ways. The first and most common thing you can do is give the GPS Locator to one of your companions. This will always show you their locations. Now even if you ever want to get to them, you just need to follow the purple markers, and you will find them. If you need help, all you need to do is make your way to the companion, and that’s it.

There is another way to use GPS Locators. You can actually ping any area you want to. For example, if you are in need of a specific item, all you need to do is ping that area. In addition, you can ping areas with cannibals in them. So, if you don’t have weapons at a certain time and need to deal with the cannibals, just ping the area and come back later. 

You need to keep one thing in mind before pinging an area. You can’t just place or drop your GPS Locators in the area. In fact, you need to use a stick to be able to use GPS Locators.

Important: You need to equip a stick and then put it on the ground. Once you have done this, you need to equip the GPS Locator. You will now see that it has a circle on the stick. Place the GPS Locator on the stick and now the area will be pinged. 


That is all you need to know about GPS Locators in Sons of the Forest. They are some of the items that players should try to get the first thing in the game. As mentioned above, they are extremely useful, so you should get them as fast as you can. Pinging important areas in a survival game is a must, so it is always important to get the ability to do so first in these games. 

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