If you are still searching for your first win in Fortnite: Battle Royale, or maybe just trying to up your game to the next level, here are the best tips and tricks to outplan, outwit and outshoot your opponents.
If you're reading this, chances are you've heard of, and likely played or watched someone play, Fortnite: Battle Royale. The game has quickly risen to the top of the pile not only in the genre, but of games generally, with an estimated 40 million American's having given the game a go.
If you're new, or even if you're not, getting that elusive win can seem like a perilous challenge, and a frustrating one. However, once you get into the swing of things, and put some of these tips to use, you'll be racking up W's in no time.
Fortnite differs from other battle royale games in a number of ways, but mainly it is the ability to build, the fast paced action and the creativity offered by the weapons. Becoming proficient with all the tools at your disposal is a big key to success.
Without a doubt, the first thing you will need to become familiar with, is the building tactics. Like no other battle royale game, Fortnite puts an emphasis on destructible cover, with just about everything, from huge apartment buildings to small chalets, being entirely destructible.
So, you will need to think fast, and build faster. If you hear shots coming your way, your first instinct should be to instantly build cover all around you. Trying to leg it to the nearest tree may work occasionally, but more often than not, you'll be dead before you make it. A quick 4x4 walled fort, with a ramp to the top is a basic start, and a very effective one. Be mindful of your material count, and don't be wasteful, but building will need to be second nature if you hope to win games. When reacting to a gunfight, use wood first, as it builds fastest and this can withstand the most initial damage.
For building more permanent bases, use steel or brick, which will provide more fortification.
Focus On The Circle
This tip is no different to other battle royale games, but it is crucial in Fortnite to be mindful of the storm circle, and plan ahead. Use your map whenever you get a moment of downtime, and make sure you have enough time to make it to the next safe zone. Each quadrant of the map will take you around 45 seconds to cross, so pay attention to how much time you will need if you are out by two or three quadrants.
The speed of the storm, as well as the damage it will do, are also significant. The storm will move faster the closer it is to the circle, meaning the early circles move considerably faster than the in the later stages. However, storms in the late game will increase in damage, with the most lethal doing 7 damage a second, compared to 1 in the early circles.
Once you exit the circle, don't be naive and think there isn't anyone behind you. People will often lurk in the circles until the very last opportunity, and aim to surprise you from behind.
Gunfights and Weapons
It's easy to think that camping it out and playing passively will be your best chance at winning a game, especially when playing solo. However, if you don't get in gunfights, you'll never get any practice of them, meaning when you inevitably come head to head with an opponent, your lack of experience will show.
While you might not get many wins at first, try landing at popular locations such as Tilted Towers, which will give you plenty opportunities to get into a lot of engagements. At first, you will likely fail, but this practice at building and fighting will be invaluable in the long term. Another useful tip is to aim for the high ground, either by getting high on buildings, or building ramps above opponents.
When in a gunfight, try not to move while shooting. If you are coming from other FPS games this can be a hard habit to get out of, but stand still when putting bullets down range, and crouching will also help keep your bullets on target. The optimum load out will contain a variety of weapon types, and ideally you will have a shotgun, a rifle (burst, AR, SCAR), a sniper and an explosive of some kind. Your fifth slot is best used for a healer, and shields are best.
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Aim for the low ground as you drop, which will allow you to dive for longer before your glider is released. Avoid high trees and buildings, instead aiming for low valleys.
Crouching is barely audible compared to sprinting, and making too much noise can give your opponents the advantage. Building is also loud, so avoid it when sneaking up on someone. Destroying buildings and items is also very loud, so avoid it if you think someone is nearby.
Don't Engage Unless Success is Certain
Winning Fortnite isn't about getting the most kills, it's about surviving. If you're aiming for the victory royale, don't engage if it's not necessary, or if it's an unfavorable gunfight. If you see two enemies fighting, be patient and allow them to fight between themselves, then you can sweep in like a vulture.
When playing as a duo or a squad, make sure you are all on the same page with callouts and locations, and use the compass to give effective coms. Instead of shouting "over there!", use a number and direction, e.g. "315 North West", this will allow your squad to hone in.
Using all these tips in combination will hopefully earn you your first win, or get you on a nice streak. At the very least, it will make you a better teammate when playing with friends.