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6 Beginner Tips & Tricks to ‘Fortnite’

Cover art for Fortnite.

Fortnite is regarded as the biggest game on the internet, and it has drawn the attention of almost everyone. The colorful, zany adventure takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where strange, lightning-zapping storms have transformed 98% of humanity into zombie-like monsters called Husks. They’re animated skeletal creatures that run about wearing their discarded skins like a hoodie.

As a survivor of that disaster, you’re instantly dubbed a Commander by a few hovering science robots that want to put some humanity-rescuing resources at your disposal. With their guidance, you become a hero (chosen from a group of collectible guys and gals with differing skill sets) who is trying to make everything right.

The Circle Is All That Matters in Fortnite

One of the most important Fortnite tips is to always be aware of the circle, forever shrinking in size, always ready to swallow you. Every strategic decision should be made with your proximity relative to the eye of the storm in mind. Already in the circle, once the timer starts ticking down, pay attention to the way in which it is shrinking. If you are down on your luck and the safe zone is a trek away, getting there is your priority. If you spot another play, and you cannot defeat them sharpish, get past them. For heaven’s sake, don’t get into a protracted scrap. You might win some pride, but that is worth nothing when you are dead.

Drink Shield Potions Immediately (Most of The Time)

If you get this little pot of blue goodness, make sure you snaffle it up immediately. It will make a big difference to your Fortnite gameplay. The 50% shield buff lasts for the duration of the match, but since it is a shield buff, it will not protect you from certain damage types, like falling. What’s more, you can stack two, doubling your starting max health and giving you a serious advantage.

You can acquire shields with three different items: the regular shield potion, small shield potion, and slurp juice. Regular shield potions give 50 extra shield points, up to a maximum of 100. Small shield potions give 25, up to a maximum of 50. Slurp Juice, however, comes with a double bonus: it adds 25 shields and can also heal you for 25 health points. If you land in an area with other players, it is usually best to glug those potions straight away. However, if you are alone, try finding less potent shields before downing your regular shield potions. That way, you can get that sweet, sweet 200HP.

Only Engage When You Are Certain of Success

Unlike the vast majority of multiplayer shooters, the aim of Fortnite Battle Royale is to survive, not to get kills. This is arguably one of the most important Fortnite tips to remember: you could get 98 kills and still lose. Instead, you need to survive to the very end, and that means you need to assess carefully whether any engagement is necessary at all times.

Do Not Loot Bodies Straight Away

If you get a kill, it is hard not to zip over to your unfortunate victim’s corpse and loot the shower of items that have erupted from their body. Resist this temptation. Firefights attract lots of attention; you cannot guarantee that your murderous mano-a-mano has not piqued the attention of nearby players. You are at your most vulnerable when looting; you are presenting your opponent with an easy, static target to easily blow away. Resist the urge to immediately loot. Wait for others to take the juicy bait. Also, when looting, build around yourself while you swap out gear. This is even more important while healing or using shield potions: you never know who was watching your fight through a scope and just waiting to land an easy headshot.

Cover Is Destructible; Always Have A Plan B

This is a crucial distinction between Fortnite gameplay and PUBG’s: all cover in Fortnite is destructible. Do not trust it. Whenever you start to feel comfortable, and hubris starts to set in, make sure you have a contingency plan or a viable, easily-accessible escape route for when things inevitably go tits up. On the flip side, if you manage to track down a grenade or rocket launcher, they will be essential in leveling the carefully constructed fortresses and hiding spots housing the rivals around you. 

Here is a vital Fortnite tip:
If there is any trace of sound or movement, smoke them out.

Fortnite Weapons and Items

Fortnite’s weapons come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the trusty pistol to the barnstorming rocket launcher. But, unlike PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale weapons have a rarity scale, as detailed below:

  • Grey: Common
  • Green: Uncommon
  • Blue: Rare
  • Purple: Epic
  • Gold: Legendary

So, how do you find Fortnite weapons? They tend to be concentrated in built-up areas, but they are not the only places they can be found. Smaller buildings and areas will have loot. The best Fortnite weapons tend to be those with long-range – snipers and scoped assault rifles, mostly. Of course, it is best to have those as well as short-range shotguns to keep you covered in any situation, but you will find yourself further away from enemies on such a large map, more often than not.

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