Clever Fortnite trick lets players build and take cover faster after gliding

Albert Petrosyan

Fortnite Battle Royale users have found a neat new trick that allows them to build and take cover faster after gliding down to the ground. 

Apart from the initial glide down at the start of every match, there are several other situations that require the use of the glider, such as when jumping from X-4 Stormwing planes, using Rifts, or launching off Launch Pads. 

Gliding down can be risky, especially in late game situations, because gliders make a lot of noise and nearby enemy players can get alerted and start attacking even before the gliding player has reached the ground, putting them at an extreme disadvantage. 

In order to better combat this disadvantage, Reddit user ‘CharizardFactory’ has discovered that there is a way for players to build faster as soon as they do land so that they can protect themselves for enemy fire. 

With gliders making so much noise, gliding down into hot zones can leave players exposed to enemy fire as soon as they land.

Just prior to doing the action that will ultimately lead to gliding down (jumping from a plane, jumping on a Launch Pad, etc…) a player must pull out their building interface and press and hold the button to initiate a wall build.

It’s essential that this be done prior to actually launching because it won’t work if one tries to pull out their builds while already in the air. 

Once that is done and the player is already in the air and gliding down, they must continue to hold the button down until they land, at which point the building mechanism will register again and a wall will instantaneously build in front of the player as soon as the glider goes away.

Here is a video demonstrating how to do this trick and the difference it can make in building speeds, courtesy of Reddit user ‘ImSpeedyGonzalez.’ 

As the video above shows, this method is a 240 millisecond faster way to initiate building after a glide-down rather than trying to build a wall normally as soon as the player lands. 

That may not seem like much of an improvement, it is better than nothing, and most seasoned Fortnite players will tell you that certain situations can come down to split-second differences. 

Besides, there is no reason not to start using this since it’s simple enough to do and only requires that Turbo Building be enabled, which most players have on anyway. 

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