Regardless of whether you’ve actually played Fortnite yet, you have definitely heard of it. Every news site out there is writing about it regardless if they are a gaming site or not. It’s the game that’s racking millions of players, millions of dollars and millions of hours played each and every month. You can’t go much of anywhere without hearing or seeing something Fortnite related. It’s available on PC, XBox One, PlayStation 4 and even the Nintendo Switch. And let’s not forget that it’s also available for mobile users who are currently using an iOS device, and it’s coming to Android users any day this month. It’s literally everywhere.
With that said, and with as many players that are playing it, including myself, who plays the game 8+ hours every day, I figured it would be a great idea to give you some useful information in the form of tips and tricks on how to get yourself closer to a Victory Royale, which is where you survive the entire lobby and win the game by out dueling everyone else.
Know How To Start
Once you get into a lobby, you’ll be on the Battle Bus, which takes you on a path across the map. This is totally random with each match you play but the important thing here is to pick out where you’re wanting to head as early as possible. The more populated the place, the chances are the more the people that will go there. The closer something is to the path of the bus also means it’s more likely people will go there.
I suggest when you’re new to the game, try to go as far out to the outskirts as possible to give yourself a better chance of landing alone until you get more familiar with the game and are able to fight your way out of certain situations.
Keep a good eye on everyone else as they jump out of the bus to get a slight idea of where they might be heading. Once you jump from the bus yourself, look all around you while you dive and glide in the air to the location you feel you want to go. If you see someone is going to land in the same general vicinity as you, think about bailing and heading somewhere slightly different.
This is also a good strategy in the fact that it will help you loot for gear and building resources. Building is a very important part of this game but we’ll talk more about that a bit later. For now, let’s focus on landing somewhere safe and getting some gear, both weapons and health related items like shields, bandages and med kits.
Nail The Landing
When falling out of the bus, you may have seen some other opponents pulling out their gliders later than you. How? It all comes down to how high you are above land. For example, your glider will open a lot higher over a mountain than it would over a lake. So, choosing your path and approximating where your glider is going to open will get you ahead of your opponents to claim that well deserved chest. Falling over a low area will allow you to open your ‘chute as late as possible, then if you swerve over to a hill or building you can land quicker and sprint off on foot.
This actually takes a bit of practice, especially when trying to get to far away places on the map. You just have to practice and learn how far and how quick to dive, then when to pull up and deploy the glider for a bit. Once you’ve got a few games under your belt, you’ll be nailing the exact spots you want to land each and every game with total ease.
Know Your Loot, Especially Weapons
There are loot chests within Fortnite and those chests make a magical sound when you get within a certain distance to them. Chests mean loot, simple as that. Not always the best loot, but you get loot. You are always guaranteed to get a weapon of some sort and ammo. You can also get items to heal with such as shield potions, bandages and other things.
What’s important here is that you know your gear and which colored weapons are better than others. Always remember, everyone has their own play style and weapons that they prefer to play with, weapons they don’t mind playing with and weapons they would like to not play with if at all possible. You’ll eventually get to that point but until you do, try each and every weapon and find out what works best for you. For now, the list of weapons in order of least powerful to most powerful based on color only. The list below goes from lowest to highest.
- Common: Gray
- Uncommon: Green
- Rare: Blue
- Epic: Purple
- Legendary: Gold
Basically how this works is, if you have the same weapon in a gray color and a gold color, the gold version is going to be much more powerful and obviously the more preferred weapon to play with. Just because you get a gold weapon doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the best weapon for you. There are people who would much rather play with a Green(Uncommon) Assault Rifle over a Blue(Rare) Burst Assault Rifle. Again, try them all as you get them and see what works best for you.
The image below hasn’t been updated recently to reflect some weapons that are now available in Common and not available in an Epic version but it will give you an idea of what each weapon is and where it falls on the rarity list.
Always Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
While you’re running across the map to get to the next circle or just to the next place to try and loot, be aware of your surroundings at all time. Look in all directions at all times as much as you possibly can. Look around all corners, on top of all buildings, in every little cubbyhole that you see. People will be and probably are lurking, camping, or whatever else and just waiting on someone like you who isn’t paying attention so they can attack you before you attack them.
A few things that can alert you to someone being in the area is open doors, broken in roofs or sides of a building, ramps, walls, boxes that have been built possibly while a couple of people were fighting. If you see a pile of loot on the ground out in the open that just seems out of place, that often means people were fighting and very well could still be within the area.
Listen for audio cues such as someone switching weapons or someone running/walking around as you can and will hear their footsteps within a certain distance. One major thing to note here is that while playing the game, wearing a set of headphones or earbuds help you hear all of the in-game sounds much louder and clearer. That doesn’t mean you’re going to hear everything, as people can be sneaky in Fortnite, but it certainly helps in a big way.
While you’re running from place to place, also pay attention to the trees out in the distance. When you see them suddenly disappear, that usually means there’s an enemy there who is chopping down those trees to get building resources. This also goes for houses, or buildings of any kind, as you can often see the little explosions that walls give off when they break from a short distance.
Remember To Cover Your Tracks
Fortnite requires you to go to a lot of different places to stay out of the deadly storm that can and will kill you. While you’re doing all of your looting for gear and consumable health items, it’s very important to remember to try and cover your tracks as much as possible.
If you go into a town or something and you open a door to get into a room or a house, try your best to close it behind you. Open doors are a huge sign that someone is either there currently or has been at some point. Just like torn down walls, broken roofs or whatever. While you can’t necessarily repair a broken in roof or a torn down wall, you can always close a door that leads into a building or house.
Closed doors often lure the enemy to them thinking that nobody is there or has been there, and they might rush into a door to get out of fire from another enemy and you could knock them down or even eliminate them if you have placed a trap on a ceiling just inside the door. Small things like this you’ll get used to and learn how to do as you progress through the game.
Stay In Cover As Much As Possible
Avoid running across open areas as much as possible until you get a bit more comfortable with your skills in the game. You are much more likely to be spotted while out on flat, open land than you are while between hills/mountains or in a wooded section of the map. This doesn’t mean you won’t be spotted or heard there as well, but chances are better that you won’t be seen if you are in a bit of cover.
There are bushes all over the map and those can certainly be your friend to give you some cover. But also beware, a lot of players aren’t going to fall for the enemy hiding in the bush trick and will often pick axe a bush as they walk by it or shoot at it from a distance to make sure nobody is trying to play incognito.
If you do need to run across the open fields of the Fortnite map, never run in a continuous exact straight line. Zig-zag around, constantly jump and again, always be looking in all directions as much and as best as you can, but don’t slow yourself down too much that you don’t make it to the next safe circle area away from the deadly storm.
Take The Upper Ground As Much As Possible
Being on higher ground almost always gives you an immediate upper hand on the enemy. While I certainly don’t recommend you find a rooftop and just camp there, being on a rooftop can indeed give you an advantage over someone who is below you on the ground in any location. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll win the fight, as that depends on many different things, but someone on lower ground has a much more difficult time of defeating an enemy on higher ground than they do on level playing field or someone below them.
Build To Save And Protect Your Life, And Other Things
Probably the most important aspect of Fortnite is the ability to build to protect yourself but also to get to various places on the map as well as just getting to certain loot. Building is what can and often will save your life when you’re fighting someone. Again, not a guarantee that you’ll survive a battle just because you build, but your chances of survival if you don’t build are very, very slim.
What I tell everyone that is new to the game is to load into a lobby, pick a place as far out on the outskirts as you possibly can, collect some building materials and practice your building. The most useful thing to learn to build is a box that’s 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 with a stair case in the middle. That gives you a bit of protection on all 4 sides, and allows you to peek up over the walls to scope out the surroundings and to do some shooting if at all possible.
Once you master the 1 x 1 box with a stair, then practice a bit more by moving up a level and building a second story on top of that. Then keep going as you get comfortable. Just remember, anything 3 stories or higher, be careful if you jump out and straight down to the ground, as you can and will take damage, and that damage can easily eliminate you from the game if you don’t have enough health to take that damage.
Another important part of building is the fact that you can edit your own stuff that you build. Meaning, you can edit a door into a wall to quickly escape your box if you need to or you can edit a floor to drop down a level in your box to get a bit more protection. You can also edit a window into a wall so you can see out to try and get a snipe or a shot in on someone. But be careful, as that window can easily be used against you to where you are the one who gets shot.
You can also place traps on your own build as well as bounce pads, campfires and even a launch pad to get yourself out of a sticky situation in a quick hurry. It all takes practice and learning what is what and when and when not to use certain things.
The Storm Can Be Your Friend As Much As It Can Be Your Enemy
Don’t fear the storm shrinking too much early on in the game as it gives you plenty of time to get to the next safe circle. But that doesn’t mean wait until the last minute to start heading to the next circle, as many things might get in your way and slow you down and cause you to get stuck in the storm which will due damage to your health.
With that said, you can use the storm to your advantage. Especially when the safe circle is getting smaller and the player count decreases. Try your best to stay as close to the edge of the circle as possible as this gives you a bit of protection from certain angles where you are less likely to be attacked. If your back is right up against the storm, then the chances of someone coming behind you are less likely, though it can and will still happen at times.
Another good thing to note is that you can also use the storm to your advantage when you see someone taking the advice above. If they have their backs against the storm, engaging them and keeping them at bay can often lead them into the storm itself. Even if only for a second or two, they take a loss to their health and this only benefits you as it weakens them and makes it easier for you to get a couple shots in and kill them.
If you can push them back enough and keep them in the storm long enough, you can even eliminate them as they will get lost in the storm and be sent back to the lobby.
Remember to watch where the Eye of the Storm is and how long is left on the clock until the next Storm Eye Shrinking phase, then plan your route ahead and make sure you leave yourself enough time to reach safety; there’s nothing worse than being well equipped and on a good run, then dying in the Storm because you couldn’t outrun it.
Spectate And Learn
Once you do get eliminated, assuming you don’t get that Victory Royale I’m trying to help you get, it’s important that you remain in spectator mode until you advance further in your game play. You can and you will learn a lot of good stuff from players that you spectate.
When you watch the person that killed you and the people they kill or the person that kills them, you learn how others do various things within the game and it should help you learn from the mistakes you made to get yourself killed.
Watch how they build, how the hide in cover, how they engage others and once engaged what they do during that engagement. Then pay attention to how they kill the next person or how the other enemy killed them and see if you can possibly replicate that in your next encounter to advance you one person closer to that win.
Crouch Whenever Possible, But Not All The Time
When you’re just about anywhere on the map within the game, it’s likely that you aren’t alone so one thing you should try to do is to be as sneaky as possible. Crouching is the one thing that quickly helps you be as stealthy as possible as it almost completely hides the sounds of your footsteps.
While you are crouching, you can hear most everything around you, such as when someone is switching between weapons, using their pick ax to farm for materials or even if they are trying to use bandages, shields or a med kit.
You can even crouch while you’re making your away across the map to the next location, but remember, crouching slows you down quite a bit so you won’t get somewhere as quick as you would if you’re walking normally or sprinting.
Consumables are things like small potions/shields, large potions/shields, slurp juice, chug jug, bandages, med kits, apples and mushrooms. All of these things can be found in loot chests, floor loot or supply drops with the exception of apples and mushrooms.
It is almost a necessary to have some of these things in one or two of your inventory slots if at all possible. These are the things that keep your health stocked up as well as your shield fully stocked. Without either your shield or your health, you’re dead and can’t play the game. So having these are a must especially for later in the game.
One thing to note is that in Fortnite, the better a consumable is, the longer it will take for you to consume it and gain the health or shield, or both, that it gives you. That’s definitely something to think about if you’re in a heated battle and need some shield. Taking a small shield will take about 2 – 3 seconds to consume, where a large shield will take a bit longer and working your way up to the chug jug that takes all of 15 seconds to fully consume.
Below is a list of consumable items that will restore your shield, health or both and how much they give you.
- Small Shield Potion: +25 shield. Maximum of two at a time used for a maximum of 50 shield total shield. Takes two seconds to consume.
- Large Shield Potion: +50 shield. Maximum of two at a time used for a maximum of 100 shield total shield. Takes five seconds to consume.
- Med Kit: Restores health to full 100. Takes ten seconds to consume.
- Bandages: +15 health. Maximum of five used at a time for a maximum of 75 total health. Takes four seconds to consume.
- Slurp Juice: +1 health and +1 shield per second for 25 seconds. Maximum of four can be used for 100 total shield. Takes two seconds to consume.
- Chug Jug: Restores health and shield to full 100. Takes fifteen seconds to consume.
- Apples: +5 health. Maximum of twenty can be used for a maximum of 100 total health. Takes one second to consume. Can only be found on the ground.
- Mushrooms: +5 shield. Maximum of twenty can be used for a maximum of 100 total shield. Takes one second to consume. Can only be found on the ground.
Dead Players Loot Can Be A Trap
As you’re walking around the map, you’ll often see a pile of loot laying on the ground which often means someone had a fight and of course someone lost that battle. While this might be a great way to grab some loot and upgrade your weapons or grab some much needed consumables, you have to be aware that this could be a trap.
There are a lot of players that will leave a pile of loot and then camp somewhere nearby in a bush, in a house or a box that they have built and wait for someone to arrive to grab said loot, and then get a free shot or two in on that person before they themselves get attacked. This is definitely a great way to grab the upper hand on someone, but at the same time it’s a great way for someone to grab the upper hand on you.
This all goes back to knowing your surroundings before you go and do something risky. If you really need or want the loot that you see from someone who died, build a box around the loot, pick up what you need and bail as quickly as possible if the coast is clear.
Daily And Weekly Challenges
Challenges are the backbone to every Fortnite match. They give you a bit of structure to the way you play, edging you ever closer to that coveted Fortnite Tier 100 Challenge, but also alerting you to areas that are going to be busy. Make sure to check out the challenges you’ve still got to tick off before you head into every match, so you know where you want to aim for, but also places to avoid that might be full of other players trying to complete the same or similar challenge(s).
Challenges certainly give you experience as stated above, but also they help you improve your game. When it comes to certain challenges like pistol eliminations or sniper eliminations or whatever. If these are weapons you normally don’t play with or are new to playing with, they can help you focus on that challenge and learn to use the weapon better making your game all around better in the long run.
Reorder Your Inventory
Having your inventory set up the way you enjoy and play with best is important. Having your guns in the right place so you know exactly how many clicks it takes to switch over to it from another weapon or consumable is important especially when in the heat of battle.
You can easily reorder your inventory and set it up exactly how you want it at any time. It only takes a couple of seconds and I can’t stress enough how important this is to learn early on in the game and to keep up with throughout each and every map.
For me personally, I like to have my main weapon in the first slot on the left. Such as my assault rifle, burst assault rifle or suppressed SMG if I haven’t found anything better. Then in the second, and even some times in the 3rd slot as well, I’ll have a shotgun. Then in the 3rd or 4th slot I’ll have a sniper rifle or hunting rifle. Then in the 4th and 5th slots are my consumables, such as small shields, bandages and med kits.
That’s just how I like my setup and what works best for me. That might not be the ideal set up for you so I suggest you take the time to get a feel what’s best for your game and your play style.
Look For Loot Llama’s
Loot Llama’s can be found randomly throughout each match. There are a total of 3 Llama’s per match and they spawn in 100% randomly. They can be on top of buildings, on the sides of a hill or a mountain, in a tree or most anywhere else. Getting one of these Llama’s will grant you 200 of each building material(wood, brick and steel) and will give you various other things like launchpads, traps, bounce pads, shield potions as well as each type of ammo except for rockets.
They are a quick and easy way to increase your loot and materials, but like most anything else in the game can certainly be a trap with players just waiting on someone to arrive and to try and get a quick and easy kill.
Supply drops are hot air balloons that fall from the sky, randomly. These are similar to chests, in the fact they give you weapons, consumables and ammo. They often contain the best weapons in the game such as gold scars, gold rocket launchers or grenade launchers. As with Llama’s, these can certainly be a trap, even more so than Llama’s as everyone in the match will hear when the supply drop is arriving and can see them in the sky.
I highly recommend that until you get better at the game, especially at building and defending yourself, that you try your best to ignore supply drops and don’t go for them. With that said, they can ultimately make you a bit better at the game, so the choice fully lies on you and what you do when a supply drop is on the ground nearby.
Prepare For The Endgame
If you make it to the endgame, and are up against just a handful of players in a small area, blow up as much of the potential cover as you can. These final stand-offs tend to be a waiting game, where hidden players bait each other into exposing themselves, so don’t give them the option. If you’re lucky enough to obtain a Slurp Juice, save it as this item is most effective when you are about to engage in battle. If you see an enemy before they see you be sure to knock back your Slurp Juice, as this will regenerate both your armor and health for a short period of time, giving you a strong advantage over your opponent.
Destroying opponents’ bases and stairways is a great way to force them out into the open or cause them to run in fear. When destroying a base, start from the ground up – if you destroy the base of a building the rest will collapse, causing an avalanche of materials and hopefully some broken legs. Your prey will then be out in the open, ready for you to pick off.
Be careful when peeking over the top of your build to shoot at another player. Others will be doing the same thing especially to try and get a quick snipe in on you which is most often quite deadly. Getting sniped will usually knock you for all of your shield and a good portion of your life, if not completely eliminate you.
For me personally, I don’t like to snipe when the circle gets to a certain size as it can be dangerous and quite pointless. To me, I’d rather be firing a full auto weapon to get the enemy on the move and out in the open as much as possible. For some people, that’s not how they like to play so I encourage you to try both ways to see what works for you. Always remember, each game itself and can and will be different in many ways, so what works once might not work the next time.
This list above is just a very basic beginning to the game and things you can do and learn to achieve a Victory Royale within Fortnite. There are many other things and so many of those things can only be learned while within the game itself and experiencing different things.
If you find something that works for you and wish to share with others, leave it in the comments and I will look at updating this list with new things that can be useful and helpful to others. Remember, Fortnite is available most anywhere that video games can be played and if you are specifically a PS4 or XBox One player, you can add me as I’m always looking for new friends to hang out with and to play the game with. PSN: CliffWade and my GamerTag: CliffordWade.