If you have just arrived at Fortnite Battle Royale, you have at your fingertips the guide that we prepared for beginners, where you will find the best tips and techniques to get started in the popular Epic Games game.
On the other hand, if you have been playing for a while, you will surely want to know the tactics that more experienced players use to get the most out of the game. In that case, here is a new guide with the best Fortnite tricks, secrets, and strategies to keep improving.
Configure the controls
It is not that the default control scheme in Fortnite Battle Royale is bad, there are simply several of them and you have to find the one that best suits your style of play. Since building structures is still very important here, especially when there are very few players left and the storm is already in its final stages, but also to create good covers or ramps to attack aggressively, the ideal is to choose a control scheme that allows you to build quickly and easily.
That is to say: no need to use a button to go from left to right in the same construction menu to select one and then build, but rather each of these structures is assigned to a specific button on the controller. Thus, and with a couple of clicks, you will be creating walls, ceilings, and ramps at lightning speed.
If you have been playing with a specific scheme for a while, it is most likely that, when changing it for another, you will feel somewhat lost in the first games. It doesn’t matter, keep going until you get the hang of it and in no time you’ll be thankful. You also have at your disposal the Playground mode, where you can practice at your own pace and without anyone bothering you . Launch into an area full of players
Just the opposite of what we recommend to beginners: if you’ve already put a few hours into Fortnite, it’s time to jump from the bus to an area of the map where you know that more players are going to fall.
It may seem crazy, but if you already know the map, and especially the locations where the chests can appear, launching yourself into a crowded area will allow you to make your first kills within a few seconds or minutes of landing.
When you’re starting and you’re lost, falling into one of these high-density areas, such as Tilted Towers (or any that are very close to the route traced by the bus in each game), is not the best idea because experienced players will take shields and weapons in a few seconds and if they find you they will slaughter you. On the contrary, if you already know where to look, you can be the one who, as soon as you start the game, score a kill or two thanks to the beginners who have decided to take a risk. Or to other players who may simply have been less lucky.
Enter buildings through the roof
Here it is not necessary to be so polite as to enter houses and apartment blocks through the door: it is best to always enter through the roof. If you just jumped off the bus, you have it easy, you go planning to the building you want and start hitting the roof with your pickaxe to open a hole. In the upper area of the houses and blocks, there are usually always objects and ammunition. From there, if there are no noises on the lower floors, you can go down and loot rooms.
In the case of reaching a building at street level, the best tactic is still this. You can enter through the door, of course, but if there is an enemy on the upper floor, they will have an advantage. So the trick is to build a nice ramp next to the house and reach the roof and then go down from there.
Take the best weapons
When we talk about getting the best weapons, it does not only mean that you go for the highest rarity but also the ones that best suit your way of playing. In other words, if you can’t get by with weapons that fire one bullet at a time, like pistols, you’ll probably get more out of a rare (green) assault rifle than a blue (rare) pistol. The color scheme for weapons and items, as a reminder, is this:
- White: common objects
- Green: Uncommon Items
- Blue: rare items
- Purple: epic items
- Orange: legendary items
If you see an orange assault rifle, head for it, but if you come across a blue pistol and an orange rocket launcher, first think about your situation and which of the two suits you best at that moment. Of course, if you have an empty inventory, take everything and you will organize yourself later.
Carry two of the same weapons side by side
This point is somewhat related to the previous one. Really, why would you want two of the same weapon if they share the total ammo you’ve collected? Well, for a very simple reason: it is faster to change weapons than to reload.
In ranged engagements, this won’t affect you too much, but if you’re face to face with an enemy and you empty the magazine of your preferred weapon, it will take less time to switch to the one next to you than to reload. Of course, this works with any weapon without the need for them to be the same, the thing is that each one behaves differently and, if they are the same, when you change you will not notice any difference.
Look for shields as soon as possible
The weapons thing is very good, but if there is something as important as not going around unarmed, it is to go with shields. Check each house from top to bottom and each area in search of the elixirs that give you that extra protection. Your initial health bar is 100 points, and with a couple of elixirs from the big ones, you can gain 100 more points thanks to the shield.
If you ever have to choose to take a big elixir or a medkit, the first option should always be the elixir. If you keep your shields up, your health will not drop unless you get caught in the storm, as the storm affects health regardless of whether you have shields or not.
Improve your aim
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to aiming, especially when it comes to long-distance shooting: the bullets don’t go in a straight line like in other games, but the force of gravity curves their trajectory towards the ground. That is to say: when you want to make kills with a sniper rifle from many meters away, do not aim directly at the head or the area of the body you want to hit, but a little higher to correct the vertical deviation of the bullet.
On the other hand, and as is logical, the bullet impacts do more damage if you aim at the head of the enemies, although in close combat it can be difficult to hit. In any case, the game also has its help system for aiming. Do not hesitate to activate it, it can be of help to you on many occasions. And if you don’t like it, turn it off and you’ll have full control over where you’re aiming without the assistance of any kind.
You can also configure the sensitivity when aiming, both for vertical and horizontal movements. It is important that you put the values of X and Y to your liking to adjust them to the way you play. A sensitivity of 0.55 on both axes is probably sufficient for most, but ideally, you should experiment with different values until you find the combination that works best for you.
And remember, if you crouch you will move more slowly, but on the other hand, you will make less noise and improve your aim by gaining stability.
When throwing an enemy to the ground, watch out first before killing him
This cheat is especially valuable if you’re playing in squads or, to a lesser extent, duos mode. And it makes all the sense in the world: when you leave an injured enemy on the ground, chances are that his teammates will be nearby and will run to try to revive him. If you are obsessed with continuing to shoot at him to eliminate him and you are not careful, what can happen to you is that the rest catch up with you, thus outnumbering you, and end up eliminating you to immediately revive his partner.
The ideal in these cases is to stop paying attention to the player you have left injured and focus on what is around you. The one on the ground isn’t going to go anywhere, and if no one revives it’ll end up dying and you’ll take the kill, so keep an eye out to be prepared in case the rest of the enemy squad shows up.
You can hide if you are near a house and pay attention to the sounds to detect the footsteps of your companions or build a structure from which you have a good defensive position to counterattack, etc.
Don’t revive teammates in the open or without first making sure it’s safe
This tip is like the B-side of the previous one: when a teammate is badly wounded on the ground, the squad that shot them will most likely leave them alive to use as bait. They’ll wait for you or someone else on your team to come to revive them before they attack you, so there’s no point rushing to a teammate’s aid because you’ll probably all end up dead.
If it’s in a clear area, enemy players can see you coming from wherever they’re hiding. And if it is in a city or an area with buildings, it will be necessary to first make sure that there are no dangers around. The ideal, in any case, is to always protect the badly injured partner by creating a structure around him, preferably made of stone or metal. The wooden ones drop with a few enemy shots and you’ll be in the dust alongside your wounded teammate.
Use the storm to your advantage
One of the techniques most used by experienced players is precisely to use the storm to their advantage. The tactic is as follows: Staying close to the edge of the next storm closure will give you a chance to spot enemy players who have fallen behind a bit and are heading towards the new safe zone, if at all. There was someone left on the island. What’s more, if they come in the middle of a storm they will reach the edge with their health touched, so it will be easier to eliminate them.
If, on the other hand, no one comes, what you gain by being close to the edge is the certainty that no player is going to catch you from behind, so you can advance to the next edge and repeat the move.
Play with headphones
Epic Games has worked and continues to work hard on the sound design of Fortnite. This means that to get the most out of your tactics, the idea is to play with headphones.
This is so because there are a lot of sound clues about the presence of nearby enemies: you can hear perfectly differentiated footsteps on the lower or upper floors of a house, the sound of a hang glider passing over your head, the actual gunfights that may be closer or farther and in what direction, vehicles, cracks that open in the sky and through which enemies can come, the sound of a tree or a rock being destroyed, etc.
With headphones, it is much easier to know not only where a sound is coming from, but also if it is closer or further from your position than with the TV speakers, for example. And that gives you an important strategic advantage.
We hope that all these Fortnite tricks, strategies, and secrets have helped you to improve.