A Complete Guide To Sniping in Fortnite Battle Royale – How To Hit a Headshot Every Time

Calum Patterson

One of the most difficult yet rewarding weapons to use in Fortnite Battle Royale is the sniper rifle, and becoming proficient with it is key for any top Fortnite player.

With the recent announcement of Epic Games’ pledge of $100,000,000 (yes, $100 Million) to fund battle royale esports prize pools, you may be considering putting a little more time into improving your game.

And if you are not already, it is time to become an expert with a sniper rifle in hand, as if you can master the art of the long distance elimination, you will immediately become a much improved and more versatile player.

Of course, the short range engagements are of equal importance, so be sure to check out our tips and guide to always winning your shotgun battles.

Today’s lesson comes courtesy of reddit user u/MistedLol, who has gone to great lengths to provide a detailed breakdown of how to always hit a headshot with your sniper in Fortnite Battle Royale – no matter the distance.

Guide To Sniping in Fortnite Battle Royale

Scoped weapons in Fortnite have 8 lines (4 big and small ones) in the sight, but you only need to use 3 lines because of how the bullet drop works.

>How to hit headshot no matter what distance:

0-50 meters = Crosshair straight to the head

75 meters = Aim first line on the neck

100-300 meters and up= Aim third line on the hips

>How to handle enemies behind a cover?:

100m: aim first line on the eyes/upper head

150m: aim second line on the chest or 1,5 lines on the head

200m: aim second line on the neck

250m: aim second line on the eyes

If you don’t know how to tell distance, you can do it with the scope. Start by aiming the middle of the crosshair just on top of your target’s head and see how many lines fit inside the player model:

0-50 meters = 8 lines

75 meters = 6,5 lines

100 meters = 4,5 lines

150 meters = 3 lines

200 meters = 2,5 lines

250 meters = 2 lines

Obviously when dealing with a moving target this all becomes a lot more complex, and you will need to practice continually hitting moving targets to get used to the speed, distance and time equation.

Example on target aiming:

Credit: u/MistedLol

How to tell distance from walls:

All of this will require lots of practice and familiarising yourself with the how the sniper performs, and adjusting when using the semi-automatic sniper compared to the bolt action.

There is also the Hunting Rifle, which is unscoped, but performs similarly to the snipers, meaning if you aren’t fortunate enough to find a sniper to practice with, you can always settle for the Hunting Rifle.

About The Author

Calum is Dexerto's Managing Editor, based in Scotland. Joining Dexerto in 2017, Calum has years of experience covering esports, gaming and online entertainment, and now leads the team to deliver the best coverage in these areas. An expert on all things Twitch and gaming influencers, he's also an expert in popular shooters like Apex Legends, CS2 and Call of Duty. You can contact Calum at calum.patterson@dexerto.com.