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How to get better at Fortnite: 7 tips to score a Victory Royale

Published: 11/Jan/2021 17:08

by Daniel Megarry

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Whether you’re just getting started in Fortnite, or you simply want to level up your skills, we’ve got all the tips you need to become a pro at Epic Games’ battle royale in no time.

Fortnite might seem like one of the most accessible competitive online games available right now, but don’t be fooled by its fun, cartoonish visuals – this game is deceptively difficult, and winning takes plenty of skill.

It’s not just about having the best weapons. You’ll need to learn how to build in order to keep your defenses up, figure out the best landing spots and locations to get a head start, and find the best settings for your play style.

Below you’ll find seven essential tips to help you master Fortnite and score that elusive Victory Royale.

1. Find the best landing spots

Fortnite Battle Bus
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Leaving the Battle Bus at the right moment can give you an advantage.

If you’re still finding your feet in Fortnite, it’s advisable to leave the Battle Bus later than everyone else and land somewhere quiet. This will give you extra time to gather decent weapons, stock up on ammo, and farm materials, rather than flying headfirst into a battle that you might not win.

Whenever you decide to leave the Battle Bus, you’ll probably want to land near a Point of Interest as they have more weapons and ammo than desolate areas. Choose one far away from the Battle Bus’ flight path and there will be fewer people there. Avoid popular locations like Salty Towers and Hunter’s Haven.

We’ve also got a list of the landing spots with the most chests and exotic weapons if that’s what you’re after.

2. Learn how to build

Building takes practice but it’s an essential part of Fortnite.

One of the most unique aspects of Fortnite that sets it apart from other battle royale games is building. It might seem intimidating or even a waste of time at first, but mastering the art of building could be the difference between losing and that all-important Victory Royale.

You’ll need to farm materials early on in the game so you’ve got a handy stock built up for battles later on, and you can do this by attacking almost any structure or item in the game with your pickaxe. There are three types of material: Wood, Stone, and Metal. Wood is weaker but builds faster, while Metal is stronger but builds slower. Stone is a good average.

Building ramps can get you to high places – which is useful if you’re caught between the storm and a mountain – while walls can defend you and your teammates from enemy fire. A basic tip is to build a cube around yourself, which is especially handy when healing or reviving teammates at a Reboot Van.

A good time to practice building is while you’re waiting for a match to start, or early in a match when there are no enemies around.

3. Keep a good range of weapons in your loadout

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Having a good loadout of weapons will lead you to that Victory Royale.

As soon as you land on The Island, the first thing you should be doing is looking for weapons. You’ll need at least one to defend yourself, but why stop there? You should keep searching chests to find the most powerful weapons as you progress through the match.

A balanced loadout will ensure you can handle any situation. We’d recommend an assault rifle to handle medium-distance opponents, a shotgun to damage enemies at close range, a sniper to take out faraway targets, an explosive like grenades, and a healing item like a Medkit.

Our personal favorite weapons available in Season 5 are the Tactical Shotgun, the Heavy Assault Rifle, and the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. You can also purchase unique Exotic weapons from various NPCs to beef up your arsenal.

4. Upgrade your weapons

Fortnite gold bars
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You’ll need to spend Gold Bars to upgrade weapons, but it’s worth it.

Once you’ve played a few matches and figured out the weapon (or weapons) you feel most comfortable using, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of upgrading them when you get the chance. This will make them more powerful and should help you take down opponents.

You can do this by talking to NPCs at different Points of Interest. Not every NPC offers this service, but quite a few of them do, and it’s worth finding them. You’ll need Gold Bars to pay for upgrades – you can get them by searching safes and tills, destroying washing machines, and eliminating opponents.

Some weapons will change when upgraded to Epic or Legendary status. A good example is the Assault Rifle, which becomes a powerful FN SCAR (Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle) when maxed out.

5. Listen out for footsteps

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An opponent’s footsteps can quickly give away their location.

When you’re in the heat of a match, it’s easy to forget some of the simple things you can do to gain an advantage over your opponents. The sound design in Fortnite is great; an opponent’s footsteps can let you know when they’re nearby, and even reveal if they’re above or below you in a building.

If you really want to take advantage of sounds in Fortnite, we’d recommend you play with headphones. This way you’ll be able to shut out distractions and hear the game in greater clarity, which could give you the edge you need.

6. Change the sensitivity settings on your controller

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Changing the controller settings can make things easier.

While the standard settings on Fortnite are usually a good starting point for most players, you might find that altering them can help you become better at the game. After all, everyone’s playstyle is different.

One of the biggest changes you can make is the sensitivity of your controller. This will help steady your movement when aiming and get those all-important headshots, which deal more damage than regular body shots.

You can access the settings in Fortnite by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner of the game while you’re playing or waiting in the lobby. You can alter the sensitivity levels here, but it’s also worth looking over the other settings, too. There might be a simple change that can be a big help.

7. Learn from your mistakes

Tilted Towers, now blended with Salty Springs, was spotted in the Fortnite Season 5 battle pass trailer.
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Watching replays is a great way of figuring out what you’re doing wrong in Fortnite.

One of the most important things you can do in Fortnite is to learn. Your first few games will no doubt be full of mistakes, as you’ll land in areas full of enemies and get eliminated straight away, or accidentally build structures when you try to shoot an opponent (yes, we’re speaking from experience here).

The best way to learn is to watch back replays, which can be found by scrolling across to the ‘Career’ section when you’re in the lobby. Here, you’ll find recordings of your most recent matches, which you can study to figure out why you lost, and what you can do better next time.

Ultimately, getting good at Fortnite comes down to practice, practice, and more practice. But by following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to securing those Victory Royales.

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Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

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Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.