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Fortnite: What the Weapon Colors Mean

Fortnite colors represent the rarity of that weapon

The weapons in Fortnite are glowing a different color (gray, green, blue, purple, orange, or gold). When you pick up a weapon and it goes into your inventory, the weapon icon will display the same color, distinguishing one from another.

The colors of Fortnite weapons symbolize “rarity”, which describes how rare and also how powerful each weapon is. A gray weapon is not as powerful as a green one, and so on.

Fortnite Weapon Color Rankings

There are 6 Fortnite Weapon colors. The list below ranks them from weakest to most powerful, with #6 being the most rare and powerful.

  1. Gray (common)
  2. Green (uncommon)
  3. Blue (rare)
  4. Purple (epic)
  5. Orange (legendary)
  6. Gold (mythic)

Gray is the weakest, Gold is the strongest (in theory). As of the Star Wars partnership events, a First Order Blaster rifle is one of the only Gold weapons in the game, and can be found by eliminating one of the bots in Stormtrooper uniforms. Gold weapons are special, and the core weapons present in the game do not have a gold ranking.

What determines the power of a Fortnite weapon?

There are a number of factors that determine how effective a weapon is. The different factors are DPS (damage per second), damage, fire rate, magazine size, and reload time. These statistics get better for each weapon as the weapons become more rare.

Statistics for Every Fortnite weapon, by color and type:

Below, you will see the stats for all of the main damage dealing weapons and equipment in the game of Fortnite, ranked with their respective colors and factors. We have excluded vaulted weapons and event related weapons (which are temporary) such as the lightsaber.

common, uncommon, and rare
epic and legendary

Can you change the color of a weapon?

You can change the color or rarity of a weapon.

To do so, you must “upgrade” the weapon, at specific places in the game. Upgrading typically requires different amounts of resources (wood, brick, and metal), and will then allow you to upgrade the weapon one level at a time. As you progress in rarity, weapons require more resources to be upgraded, while others are not able to be upgraded (Legendary and Mythic equipment cannot be upgraded, for example). It takes more resources to go from purple to orange than it does to go from grey to green, for instance.

For a more in-depth analysis of the different kind of weapons, I recommend this article.

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Top 4 Fortnite Mobile Tips for Beginner Players

Fortnite is a game unlike any other. As competitive as it is fun, Fortnite keeps players chasing the sacred Victory Royale – a first place win in a live online match against 100 other players.

The game is available on PC, Xbox, Playstation and Mobile. If you’ve decided to play on mobile, welcome! We are going to cover a few important points for a beginner who chooses to play Fortnite on a mobile device.

Disable Auto Fire

When you first download Fortnite Mobile from the app store, you have a choice between various aim and control styles. Auto fire is a setting that is usually “on” by default. Although it can be fun to use when you’re new, it’s a great idea to disable it, so that you’re the one controlling your weapon. Here’s why you should disable auto fire:

  1. “Auto fire” is a control setup that automatically shoots whenever your weapon is aimed at another player.
  2. By using auto fire, you have an unfair advantage because the setting makes the game easier.
  3. You will waste ammo because the game will fire for you whenever pointed at a player, even if they’re out of reach.
  4. It enables you to fire without actually tapping the fire button, so you have fewer actual controls. The game performs the critical act of firing shots for the gamer.
  5. Having an automation like this enabled during a live match will cause other players to become frustrated with you and you may even get reported.

Work Towards Becoming a 4-finger Player.

Playing Fortnite – or any first person shooter game – on a mobile device comes with unique control styles. Naturally, Fortnite mobile players tend to use their thumbs to aim, move, jump, fire, build, etc. But with the vast amount of buttons on the screen, it can be tough to perform all these different actions concurrently with just two thumbs.

The solution that has been popularized is to use your two index fingers in addition to your thumbs. To do so, you rest your mobile device on your pinky, ring, and middle fingers, while wrapping the thumb and index fingers of each hand around to the front of the screen, hence the name “4-finger”.

Given the awkward nature of the 4-finger technique, it has been termed “the claw” by some as well. Although the technique does take some getting used to, it can be extremely effective. The best mobile players tend to use this technique during gameplay.

By using the 4-finger claw for control, you should be able to better match your fingers to the position of the buttons on screen, giving you optimum speed and reach capabilities. This brings us to our next point…

Use the HUD Layout Tool to Customize your Button Layout

Fortnite mobile offers you the capability to move the action buttons around on your screen.

This customize-ability of the mobile control system goes hand-in-glove with your gradual progression towards becoming a 4-finger player. As you adapt to 4-finger, it’s important to shift and reposition your custom button layout to the setup that fits best with the natural flow of your hands on the screen during gameplay.

To see how to do this, see the post on the HUD Layout Tool.

Turn on Turbo Build

Turbo Build is a configuration in mobile that allows you to build quicker. It can easily be enabled by going to settings. Turbo build allows you to continue building the same piece when you hold down the build button.

After enabling turbo build, make sure to add the build shortcut tools to your HUD Layout, as described above. This allows for quicker access to build mode so that you can instantaneously build whatever block you want during heat of the moment combat fights.

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Fortnite Weapon Color Power Rankings and Analysis

Fortnite is a unique game for many reasons. As a player, understanding the purpose of each Fortnite weapon is crucial to help you choose which weapons to hold in your inventory.

Weapon Color Power rankings:

  • Gray (common)
  • Green (uncommon)
  • Blue (rare)
  • Purple (epic)
  • Orange (legendary)
  • Gold (mythic)

Types of Weapons

There are four categories of Fortnite weapons: Mid-range, Short-range, Long-range, and Explosives.

There are also some weapons that NEVER run out of ammo – like the beam gun (mythic level). As of this writing, the easiest way to get these beam guns is by elim’ing one of the bots (they are in Starwars Storm Trooper uniforms).

With the current Winterfest events going on as well as the Starwars partnership presence, the Fortnite weapons are likely to change as the game puts out new updates. so we will make sure to update accordingly. Here is a run-down of the weapons in Fortnite as of this writing.

Mid-Range

Arguably, the most common encounter in a Fortnite match is mid-range. While mid-range combat tends to happen more often in the game, fights usually begin in one of two ways. Once two opposing players encounter each other, a fight will occur as long as both players don’t run away from each other.

  1. if one player runs away and the other chases, this usually means the guy being chased is either low on health, doesn’t have resources, or knows he is overpowered by weapons. In my experience, most often the guy chasing will win the fight and get the elim.
  2. if both players approach each other for combat, we’ll then have either a mid-range shootout, OR we’ll see the players progress towards more of a short-range fight. The dynamics of mid versus short range fights are quite different

Although mid-range encounters are likely to end up being short-range battles, here are the available weapons for mid-range combat.

Burst Assault Rifle – each time you tap the fire button, this weapon shoots bursts of three shots at an opponent.

Assault Rifle – fires once with the tap of the button.

Sub Machine Gun – fires automatically for as long as the button is pressed. Seems to be less accurate then an assault rifle as the distance gets larger.

Short Range

As mentioned above, many short range fights begin as a mid-range encounter. As players naturally gravitate towards each other, they will switch from their mid-range weapons (such as assault rifles) to something like a shotgun or even lightsaber. Here’s a run down of the Fortnite short-range combat weapons available at players’ disposal.

Tactical Shotgun – this weapon is great because there is minimal time in between shots, compared with the tactical shotgun.

Pump Shotgun – as mentioned above, sometimes you have to take what you find. If it’s the first weapon you find, you’re picking it up!

Light Saber – extremely formidable and hard to defend against. We’re unsure how long these will remain in the game, but they’re here for now. Although lightsabers can be incredibly annoying, we’ve all gotten our fair share of elims with them, so they’re at least a little bit fun. But I’m still not 100% sure about the general consensus… do people like them or not? For close combat I mean you really can’t beat them. And each box has like 4 of them inside, so you can mark them for your squad.

Long Range

Sniper Rifle – the only true long-range weapon with a scope, the sniper rifle is valuable for at least one of your squadmates to hold on inventory.

*Some would categorize the assault rifle as a long range weapon, because it is effective a far distances. However, keep in mind there is no scope and you lose a bit of accuracy the further away you get.

Explosives

Explosives are valuable for a few reasons. For one, they deal a large amount of damage. Additionally, they deal damage to structures, which can be valuable when your opponent is building and you want to knock them out of the structure.

Rocket Launcher – long range and powerful. If someone use a rocket launcher on you, the only advantage you have is that you have a few seconds to see them coming and move out of the way before it hits.

Snowball Launcher – mid-range and deals splash damage over a hefty radius. This means that even if you have no aim accuracy, you should still be able to get a couple elims.

Grenades – these are really great for knocking down structures. the challenge with using them is that you can only carry 6 and they are difficult to aim.

Selecting your inventory:

Aside from your harvesting tool, you only have 5 open spaces for inventory, so choose wisely. Based on our descriptions above, here are our thoughts about about how to decide what to hold in inventory.

  1. First, you want to hold any kind of assault rifle, or a handgun. These are the most versatile weapons and can be used effectively at further mid-range distances, as well as close up short range if need be.
  2. Tactical shotgun, ideally a purple/gold shotgun of any kind. Given that tactical shotguns of purple/gold are so much more rare, its worthwhile holding a green or blue tactical if that’s all you find. You’ll need it for close range.
  3. (and 4) – either a Sniper rifle or rocket launcher should take third and fourth priority, consuming those slots if you’re lucky enough to find both. Rocket launchers are rarer than snipers, so if you don’t have a rocket launcher, its worth holding grenades or a snowball launcher in place. Having an explosive like this is extremely valuable to knock down build structures,
  4. see above #3
  5. Blue half-pot shield potions. Ultimately, you want to have some type of healing in your inventory at all times. Often, you’ll be able to find more and pick up what you need in a bind, but its crucial that you have something just in case you end up with close to no health. Blue shield potions are the best because they are the only ones that can put you back up to 200. But use your best judgement when deciding what makes sense. If you have to run from the storm, you’ll want to have at least 10 or more bandages just in case.

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10 Ways Fortnite is Unlike Any Other Game You Have Ever Played

As a Battle Royale style first person shooter, Fortnite has gained a dedicated community of gamers since its initial release in 2017. Its 2020 now, and the game is alive and well, loved by over 250 million players.

“No matter how old you get, you will always remember the video games you played when you were young”

-EspressoMonkey, Fortnite Mobile player

Here are the top ways Fortnite is different from any other game you can play today.

Structure Building

The process of acquiring resources by hacking at structures with the harvesting tool is crucial to winning. Being able to actually build a structure to protect yourself from other players is key.

There is not another mass market first person shooter game that incorporates building the way that Fortnite does. Building adds a level of complexity that gamers must learn to use to their advantage.

Some have compared the build-up capability to Minecraft, in that you can create whatever shape structure you want with general templated blocks. The Fortnite Creative mode takes this a step further, giving players a server with an empty ground on which to build.

Cartoonish Characters

Since the graphics are not designed to look or feel realistic and are cartoonish by design, the game contrasts games like Arma III, which is designed to resemble real-life combat as closely as possible.

With the cartoon-base design and artwork of the game, players experience a lighter, almost fun and party feel (avatars will even dance) rather than a serious or morbid feel that other games can portray.

The game hosts its fair share of components that add a level of silliness. At the start of each match, for example, players skydive out of a school bus suspended in the air by a hot air balloon.

10 ways fortnite is unlike any other game
the Fortnite battle bus

Minimal Violence

Although Fortnite is a first person shooter, the game is rated T for teen, and has little to no violence. Instead of blood and gore, players are removed from the game by a science fiction-like animation that looks like an alien abduction or something. This abstract method of eliminating a player from the game adds to the mystery and wonder of the game, but also keeps it PG.

This brings up another interesting fact: rather than calling them “kills”, the word “elimination” or simply “elim” is used when you take out another player.

Despite having a PG-rated violence level, the game still attracts players of all ages, old and young.

Camping out is not necessarily frowned upon.

In Fortnite, camping exists in the game almost by design. As you jump out of the bus and skydive down to the island for battle, your first order of business is finding a weapon. Here, players are forced to look in hiding spots — roofs of houses, basements, stairs, bushes, etc. — all the while making sure they are not caught by another player before finding their first weapon. Players are almost required to take time out of combat to stock up their inventory on resources, weapons, and ammo. Since looting is such a big part of the game, all the players camp for at least part of each match.

Social

Players aren’t necessarily just looking to experience the most action-packed video game when they log onto Fortnite. In fact, gameplay can be somewhat slow in the beginning depending on where you drop. It seems that one of the biggest attractions to the game is the social aspect.

Due to the time it takes to load and organize 100 players into a server, there is always a small break in between matches – just enough, usually, to run and grab a snack. During this small amount of downtime, players have the chance to connect with their friends in the game, squad up on teams, trash talk other players, etc. For this reason, Fortnite is also hugely popular for streamers.Gives streamers the chance to talk to their chat. In Fortnite, hard scoping is not necessarily frowned upon.

Dedicated, Youthful Player Base

According to the numbers, 53% of the players are between the ages of 10-25. With such a large number of young people that play the game, even if everyone were to stop playing the game tomorrow, Fortnite would remain in the memories of these players for many decades to come.

No matter how old you get, you will always remember the video games you played when you were young. Those of us who grew up playing Nintendo games like Super Smash Bro’s and Mario Kart will always have a nostalgic love for these games for the rest of our lives. The same can be said of people who play any video game today. For this reason, Fortnite will be especially loved for many years to come.

Unique Physics

Realistic or not, the physics of the game bring important considerations for players.

First, long-shots take gravity and leading into account. So, if a player over 100 yards away is running horizontal to you as you target with a sniper, you’ll need to aim slightly up and in front of them to land a shot.

Another example is build physics. You can build as large and complex a structure as you like as long as it is anchored to the ground at just a single point. To take down the entire structure, all that a player has to do is break the grounding links of the structure.

Strong Partnerships

In December 2019, Fortnite and Starwars formed a big partnership, hosting lightsabers as a weapon in the game, for example.

There are many other examples of Fortnite partnerships as well, such as recently hosting famous actor Keanu Reeves as a character in the game.

New Game Updates Often

Fortnite updates their game often. With each release, players get to experience a wide variety diverse weapons and features. No matter how small, each update changes the dynamics of the game in some way. This is good because it makes gameplay feel fresh and exciting while keeping gamers on their toes.

Some changes have been a hit and popular, while others have caused a backlash of criticism from the community. Some gamers blame the game for adding in too many updates, or “nerfing” certain weapons to make them less powerful.

Another update that really changed the game was the removal of transparent build edits. Whereas players used to be able to see through the wall while editing, the edits are now are greyed out, instead of transparent. Previously, keeping build edits transparent meant that players could see what was happening outside the structure while staying within the protection of its walls.

However you feel about the updates, one thing is for sure: updates and changes will be constant. Its clear that Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) is investing a lot in game improvements and additions with the ultimate goal of making the game more fun, and keeping the game profitable for them.

An Exciting Future

Just a few days ago, right after Christmas, there was a curious tweet from the Founder and CEO of Epic Games as it relates to the future of Fortnite:

Fortnite is a game. But please ask that question again in 12 months.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) December 26, 2019

Who’s to say what the game will look like a year from now other than the head of the game company.

Fortnite lovers will see dramatic changes and have a lot to look forward to over the next year. We look forward to sharing information and insights about these updates on MobileGameTalk for years to come. Happy Gaming!

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Why Fortnite Post-Game Analysis is a MUST for Mobile Players

In Fortnite Mobile, analyzing the elims you both deal AND take can be invaluable to developing your technique as a player.

Doing a Fortnite post-game analysis will not only show you what you did wrong during gameplay, but it can also be valuable to help you realize where your opportunities are to improve.

1. Discover Weak Points

You’ll notice your weak points. A common theme in the play by play analysis video is that he was SLOW to build up. Realizing this can give you ideas for how to improve your build speed and flow.

For example, you could take time to play Fortnite Creative and actually practice building.

Another idea to improve your build speed is by switching up your mobile button position using the HUD layout tool. One thing you can do is actually ADD an extra action button to the side of the screen opposite your look control. That way, by holding down build action, you can quickly look in a sweeping circle motion to build a surrounding enclosure.

2. Analyze Unfavorable FNM Situations

You’ll see what you did to put yourself in an unfavorable Fortnite situation. For example, staying in the same general area for too long will eventually allow other players to realize where you are located.

When your spot gets blown, its identified by more than a few players on the map. By doing so you put yourself at a BIG risk of being attacked by multiple players at one time. While this can be thrilling and makes for an exciting, action-packed game, keep in mind that other players will find you.

3. The small details

The small points are easy to forget to do in the heat of the moment during gameplay. For example:

  • Jumping while running
  • Re-loading during down time, before the action hits.
  • Not switching to a close range weapon like the tactical shotgun when necessary.
  • Not stocking up on resources given the chance
  • Forgetting to check the attics for weapons

4. What works

Remember what went well. Maybe you had a few mid-range AR scopes that just clicked?

Did pick a really good drop point on the map? Did you drop early or late?

Did you move to the new circle early? Doing so may have helped you loot additional buildings before the players further outside.

Ultimately, re-watching your Fortnite games can be really helpful if you want to get better. While it can be annoying to record your screen and have to find a way to store large files (delete them later), its definitely worth it.

The video below provides a short example of play by play post-game analysis, taken from a few clips of Fortnite Mobile gameplay.

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Fortnite Snowball Launcher is SO POWERFUL

The Fortnite Snowball Launcher is a legendary explosive weapon for the holiday event. It’s quite powerful within mid-range distances. The Snowball Launcher in Fortnite is difficult to defend against for a few reasons:

fortnite snowball launcher
Snowball Launcher is a
holiday event explosive
weapon.
  1. Splash Damage: Aside from just dealing a lot of damage, the weapon is considered an “explosive”, which means it has a large area of impact. If you are in range, this means it is very difficult to avoid getting taking the hit if someone uses it on you.
    • Even if a snowball does not land directly on you, it will still deal damage if you are located within its wide impact area.
  2. No Ammo: the Snowball launcher does not have ammo, but a simple refresh period of a few seconds before firing another shot. This means it can be used over and over.
  3. Strength: Because the Snowball Launcher is considered a “Legendary” weapon, it deals a significant amount of damage by design.
  4. The snowball launcher will destroy structures, making it difficult to continue building up.
  5. Range: Whereas the rocket launcher is more effective for long-range targets, the snowball launcher lobs the explosives over a mid-range distance, which is a quite common zone of attack during game play.

In the video below, we go through a live-game situation where we were eliminated by an opponent using the Snowball Launcher. We analyze the weapon’s uses and effects, and bring up a few strategic plays to defend against the weapon and avoid dying. either building up heavily or fleeing.

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How to Customize Button Layout on Fortnite Mobile with the HUD Layout Tool

The button layout has a tremendous impact on your victory or defeat as a Fortnite Mobile Player. Fortnite allows mobile players to customize the locations of each button (fire, jump, crouch, joystick, etc.) in Fortnite Mobile by using the HUD Layout Tool.

This post will cover everything you need to know to start customizing your controls with the HUD layout tool:

  • What is the HUD Layout Tool?
  • How do you access the HUD Layout Tool?
  • What is the best HUD Layout for Beginners?
  • What are some HUD Layout Tips?

“re-position Fortnite’s buttons on a mobile device however you want…”

What is the HUD Layout Tool in Fortnite?

The HUD Layout Tool is a feature built into the game of Fortnite. The ability to customize the button/control layout is unique to Fortnite Mobile.

  • You can use the HUD Layout tool to re-position Fortnite’s buttons on a mobile device however you want, placing the buttons anywhere on the screen and re-sizing them as needed.
  • Additionally, Fortnite Mobile gamers also have the option to attach a bluetooth controller to their device, if they are more accustomed to console style gaming. Shop bluetooth game controllers here.

The HUD layout tool allows mobile gamers to account for differences in device size and personal preferences. Since editing the button layout is possible at any time, gamers may find it valuable to tweak & revise the setup after each match when starting out. Ultimately, this will allow gamers to find the button layout that works best for their gameplay.

How to get to the HUD Layout Tool

Step 1:

To access the HUD Layout tool, click the hamburger menu icon in the top right corner of the screen at any time.

Step 2:

At the bottom of the menu list, select “HUD Layout Tool”. Tapping this brings up the interface to re-position the buttons.

Step 3:

Simply hold and drag buttons to move them around. Tap the arrow icon in the top right corner of the screen to show the button customization menu. It will tell you what the button is, let you resize them, and more.
Tap the 4 arrows in the top left to re-center the tool.

Step 4:

Dragging your finger on the screen will allow you to move the map around and reveal Extra Buttons available.

While it may seem a bit overwhelming with just how many Extra Buttons there are to choose from, you can actually ignore the majority of them for regular Battle Royale gameplay.

HUD Layout tool 2

What is the best HUD Layout?

Your HUD layout will depend a lot on your skill level and how long you have been playing Fortnite Mobile. Buttons should be in a place where you can access them fluidly and naturally during heat of the moment fights.

A Beginner’s HUD Layout Setup

If you are new to Fortnite Mobile, go with something simple. When I started playing, my first custom HUD had minimal buttons on screen, no quick access build buttons, and was designed to be used with just two thumbs.

Here is what my first HUD layout looked like, which may be suitable for other beginners as well. Again, this HUD is designed to be simple, for people playing with two thumbs as opposed to four fingers. Since then I’ve experimented with various setups optimized for building and aiming, but we’ll cover that in a future post.

HUD Layout Tool for beginners
HUD Layouts: the simpler, the better (especially for beginners)

The great thing about Fortnite Mobile is that every button is moveable and customizable. You can access the HUD Layout tool at any time to (tweak and change things slightly after each match) so your control setup is always evolving improving with you as you become a more experienced player and figure out what works best for you.

General HUD Layout Tips:

  1. You may want the Fire button near the thumb of your dominant hand.
  2. Look and Move: Move should be on the side of your non-dominant hand. Look should be on the side of your dominant hand.
  3. Map and Settings buttons: move these to the the furthest corner of the screen. While the map takes up a large amount of space on the screen, do you really need to view your minimap at all times? Perhaps it can be covered by your thumb, somewhere out of the way.
  4. Tools and Weapons inventory: there are a few spots you could put these, depending on your play style. If you play 4-Finger, you may want these to be near your non-dominant index finger. If you play with just your thumbs, keeping these at the bottom or top of the screen may be most convenient for reachability.
  5. Jump and Build should be simultaneously accessible while using the Fire button.
    • Having Jump and Build easily accessible allows you to manage all three of these attack and defense processes to give yourself an advantage.
    • When engaged in a close combat fight during a match, you’re going to be jumping a lot and building up for barricade protection. Although it can be tricky to coordinate all three of these processes, the best players master the ability to do so.
  6. Remove unnecessary buttons from your layout. You can drag them to the side so that they are out of the display window.
  7. Some devices allow you to have TWO fire buttons. If you have this option, consider placing a smaller fire button on the side of your non-dominant hand.
    • This would allow you to more easily access Fire when standing in one spot and aiming at opponents.
    • While using your dominant thumb to control Look, it may be more fluid to tap Fire with your non-dominant thumb or forefinger, in this situation.
  8. General Button Settings:
    • Turn on Tap Anywhere to Fire from the main control settings page. This is helpful in addition to having a dedicated fire button.
    • Turn on Turbo Build, and place build shortcut keys on screen for faster building.
  9. Re-size buttons: Although the HUD is great because we can customize it, the caveat is that the more buttons we have on screen, the harder it will be to see the actual gameplay. With each HUD, its important to have a balance between ease of view as well as clickability.
    • The buttons you use most often (Fire, Jump, or Scope for example) should be the largest buttons on your screen.
    • Other buttons, such as Reload, should be easily accessible on screen, but can be smaller so that you can see the actual game.

As a Fortnite Mobile gamer, you have the unique advantage of customizing your button layout. The best part is that you tweak and change the layout as often as you want – even after every match. Eventually, you’ll find a layout that works best for your specific style of game play.

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Fortnite Beginner Tips & Strategy

Here are a few tips for Fortnite beginners to keep from getting destroyed.

Drop in close to a building

  • Dropping in close to a building will allow you to more quickly find weapons and ammo. You’ll find chests of loot inside buildings. If possible, land close to a door, on a balcony, or on a roof and use your pickaxe to bust through.
    • when you land, act fast. Loot as quickly as possible – you never know when an opponent drops in right next to you! Its a race, oftentimes, to see who can get to the chests first.
    • keep an eye on others dropping in right next to you. They’re a threat that you’ll have to deal with. If you can’t get to a weapon before encountering them, use your mining weapon to deal some damage. If they get a weapon before you and you can’t find one, RUN!

Manage your inventory

  • You only have 5 slots, so choose wisely.
    • At the beginning, pick up the first weapon you find, even if just a pistol. You’ll be able to get early eliminations with a pistol usually.
    • You want to fill up your inventory as quickly as possible and constantly swap out for better weapons or weapons with more ammo.
    • Keep shield potions or a health kit in your inventory, you’ll be thankful you have it!
    • Consuming shield potions as soon as you pick them up until your shields are maxed out to free up inventory and build up your defense strategy.

Eliminating other players is the best way to get resources and weapons.

  • Acquiring Resources and Weapons: The best way to acquire more resources and better weapons is not by searching loot chests, but by getting elims and taking those players’ weapons. Think about it: each time you get an elim, get to loot a curated selection of weapons from that player searching multiple loot chests throughout the match. The same can be said for resources. When you elim another player, you get all the resources that they acquired, and can thus quite easily max out on resources by getting a couple elims.

Understand what the weapon colors mean

  • Power of Weapons: weapons that have colored hazes are the best – green, purple, blue, and gold. The colors correspond to the power. Grey is the weakest, gold is the most powerful. You’ll notice that two of the exact same type of weapon are not always equal in power. If you have two of the same weapon, look for a chance to swap out the weaker of the two for a better one.
    There are 4 categories of weapons:
    • Close quarters: tactical shotgun, submachine gun, and pistol are a couple options for close quarters. Tactical shotgun is probably one of the most powerful.
    • Mid range: Assault rifles. When engaged in a mid-range fight, players tend to gravitate closer together. You’ll want to be ready to quickly switch to something like a tactical shotgun if needed.
    • Long range: Snipers are not only extremely formidable, but also great to get a closer look at the action. The scope is extremely helpful when viewing buildings from afar before approaching.
    • Explosives: Grenades, rocket launchers, etc. Rocket launchers and grenades work well if someone is building up and you can’t access them. Also, if you’re in a building and not sure where someone is downstairs, I like to throw a grenade or two as an attack strategy.

Use your position on the map to your advantage

  • Positioning: knowing where you are on the map at all times.
    • Camping out can be helpful for short periods of time if you need to heal or apply a shield potion, but keep in mind that if you’re in the same spot too long, you put yourself at risk.
    • Don’t get caught outside the circle. Keep an eye on the map as well as the timer in the corner of the screen – make sure you’re ahead of the storm circle and get in early.
    • As the storm approaches, you need to move or your health will start to drop and you’ll eventually die.
    • As you go towards the middle, keep in mind you’re more likely to encounter other players, so be ready.
    • If you’re already inside as the storm is approaching, watch the perimeter as late players run to the middle – this is a great opportunity to pick people off and attack unexpectedly.
      • note: camping outside the storm circle and using a bandage launcher to stay alive is NOT a viable strategy!

Learn to build up

  • Practice building up: Building up is difficult, especially for beginners.
    • Practice building up when you’re not near combat areas. This can help you learn the flow of structure building and help you estimate what you can build with your given amounts of materials.
    • Go into creative mode to practice building up.
    • If you’re in the middle of the action, build up QUICKLY or else run. Again, building up is hard but it can be SUCH a valuable strategy especially as the circle gets smaller and smaller.
    • The people that build up really quickly and smoothly are the experienced players and it shows – it truly makes all the difference

Customize your button layout for better control

  • Mobile Controls: If you’re playing on mobile, you can manage the location of the buttons on the screen by tapping the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the screen, and selecting “HUD Layout Tool“. Having your buttons in a customized location can make all the difference.

Socialize

  • Be Social! Fortnite is unique because it has such a large and awesome community.In addition to Solo Battle Royale, play Duos! This will allow you to meet other people and talk to the other players. In duos, everyone tends to be friendly and adopts a general collaborative team mentality.
    • If you have extra shield potions or health kits / med packs, share them with your teammate.
    • This is a good opportunity to learn from experienced players in the Fortnite community and have others to play with in the future.
    • You can add people from Duos as a friend and then play with them again.

What I’ve shared above is the culmination of what I learned playing Fortnite for the last two weeks. I’m definitely still a noob but I hope this has been helpful.

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