Epic Games' Fortnite battle royale was ground-breaking upon release in 2018, swiftly becoming one of the most popular games in history. It revolutionized the battle royale genre and stormed the Twitch scene with popular streamers like Shroud and Ninja.
Despite its cartoony visuals and zany nature, Fortnite is a complex game that requires a certain degree of game sense, knowledge and experience, like knowing the best landing spots and which weapons can shred through the enemy.
If you want to score a Victory Royale in Fortnite, keep reading! We have some of the best tips and tricks for how to win Fortnite, solo or in a squad; we've got you covered!
If you're new to Fortnite or battle royale games in general, it is always best to leave the Battle Bus late and land somewhere quiet so you can get your bearings. This will give you time to gather good weapons, building materials and other utility items, rather than flying headfirst into some unnecessary fights you probably won't win.
Here are some of the new map locations and landing spots for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2, bringing several medieval and Japanese-themed points of interest.
What sets Fortnite apart from other battle royale games is the building aspect. Even while on the move, players can build their fortress and provide themselves with cover from enemy gunfire. Mastering the art of building and gathering materials can be the difference between winning and losing.
As soon as you land, whip out your pickaxe and start hammering to gain enough building materials for emergencies. You can mine practically any structure in Fortnite, with three materials available: Wood, Stone, and Metal. Wood is the weakest and most common material but is the fastest to build walls in a pinch. Metal is the strongest but takes the longest to build. Stone is a middle ground between the two.
The main two structures you should build are walls and ramps. Ramps are excellent, allowing you to secure the high ground and an advantage over the enemy. Walls provide perfect cover against enemy fire, allowing you to peek around corners. Using walls and a ramp, you can easily build a small box to hide in while you heal up.
You can practice building in Creative Mode to learn how to build a base as fast as possible. If you can't get to grips with building in Fortnite, you can always try the Zero Build modes.
The key to winning a Fortnite Victory Royale is having a balanced loadout with your weapons. We recommend you have a Shotgun or SMG for close-quarters combat, Assault Rifles for mid-range battles and a Sniper Rifle to take out enemies from afar. Weapons and items come in different rarities - grey being the most common and gold being Legendary status, which deal the most damage.
You should fill out the rest of your loadout with utility or recovery items like Med-Mist or Shields. You should always use a shield potion if you do not have any shields. It is always best to use Small Shield Potions first, as these restore 25 Shield to a maximum of 50. You can gain full Shields by then using a Shield Potion. The former is a common rarity, while the latter is considered rare.
The Shockwave Hammer is a great weapon introduced in Chapter 4: Season 1. Its Mythic Counterpart, the Ageless Champion's Shockwave Hammer, can be obtained by killing the boss at The Citadel.
The Shockwave Hammer has two main functions:
This may seem like a basic tip, but many players forget about the looming presence of the storm. It can be too easy to tunnel vision while looting and completely ignore the storm's existence. Always pay close attention to the current positioning of the storm and the storm's timer, and check your map to see where the next circle will be when picking your next location. The storm deals more damage towards the end of the game, so be careful!
The storm is also an excellent way to get easy kills, especially in solo Mode. You can set up a base near the edge of the storm and kill panicking enemies as they try to escape, especially as many players use stealth tactics to try and survive until the end.
It's time to learn from the best! A great way to get good at any PvP game is through visual learning and watching pro players on platforms like Twitch or YouTube. Doing this allows you to parrot any masterful techniques and skills you may not have learned otherwise.
You can check out their positioning, key bindings, and what weapons they pick up and implement them into your own gameplay. Learning from your mistakes is beneficial, but watching other players is also a great learning tool. We have a handy list of the best Fortnite players here.
Where many players fall flat is through their computer or console's graphical settings. You want to ensure your platform of choice is running smoothly with enough FPS to avoid stuttering.
Like all shooter games, aiming for the head is the best way to down an enemy fast. Make sure your sensitivity options are suitable for you. Ensure you also have all your weapons and Build Mode bound to easily accessible buttons or hotkeys. There's nothing worse than wanting to whip out a shotgun mid-fight and you end up pulling out your building plans instead!
The sound design in Fortnite is top tier, allowing players to hear if enemies are above, below, or nearby in a building. If you can, invest in a decent pair of headphones.
These will allow you to hear enemy footsteps with crystal clear clarity while blocking outside distractions and noises. Avoid all unnecessary movement when you hear enemy footsteps, and only engage in a fight if you know you will win to save precious bullets. Your compass at the top of your screen will also have flashing red dots indicating what direction noises are coming from.
Those were a few helpful tips and tricks to help you learn how to win Fortnite. Remember, practice makes perfect! You won't become godly at Fortnite overnight, so make sure you persevere, and you will soon have that Victory Royale crown in your hands in no time!
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Playing solo means you must be alert, ready to run or commit to a gunfight. Here are some simple tips to help you win Fortnite solo.
Playing in a group in Fortnite gives you a better chance of winning in popular locations on Fortnite, as you can communicate and coordinate your attacks. Sharing your Victory Royales with friends taste so much sweeter!
Many of the previous tips can apply to Fortnite's special Zero Build mode. However, it becomes more reliant on your mechanical gun and aiming skills, as opposed to your speedy building. You also want to avoid being caught out in open areas with nothing to hide behind.