If you have been playing a bit of Fortnite Battle Royale lately and are looking to step up your game then this post should help give you some more intermediate and advanced tactics that can help you improve!
Just starting out? Check out our Fortnite Battle Royale Beginner Guide and Tips post!
Intermediate & Advanced Tips for Fortnite
Some of this you might already know, but I hope these tips can help improve your Fortnite game!
Re-Bind Your Keys
Probably something you’ve already done, but you need to have very quick access to your building keys as well as being able to switch your guns quickly. Some players re-bind their pickaxe key so they don’t accidentally pull it out in a fight and bind 1 to their first gun and change the rest down the line. Ninja (well-known great player/streamer) rebinds his building keys to his mouse. He uses a G502 Logitech mouse (I also use it, it’s really good) that has extra buttons on it that can be bound to letters on your keyboard (in-game his build keys say U, O, and L but these are all bound to his mouse).
All the good players you see on Twitch aren’t wearing headphones as a fashion statement. You can better hear footsteps and where shots are coming from with a pair of headphones. These don’t have to be super high quality, even the earbuds that came with your phone are better than nothing. Be sure to have the volume fairly loud so you can better hear footsteps more reliably.
Pick Designated Spots for Your Weapons
To reduce the things you have to think about when you are in a fight you should try and place your guns always in the same spot. For example, I always slot an AR in the first weapon slot, shotgun in the second, ranged/explode-y gun in the third and fourth spots, and grenades/healing/shields in the last two. The last three can vary based on what I have, but I ALWAYS put my AR in the first slot and my shotgun in my second. This makes it very reliable for me when in a fight to quickly switch to the correct guns for the situation without having to think about it.
How I do it might not work for you, so feel free to change it up to suit your needs! Also, I wouldn’t do this in the middle of a fight but if you get a spare second while looting or you are healing/drinking (it won’t cancel your shield/bandage, you can even move stuff into the place of whatever you are consuming) then these are the times to do it.
Curious why some players seem to be getting lower than you are and landing before you out of the bus? They are aiming as straight down as possible and heading for the lowest points on the map. You pull your glider out at a certain height based on what’s below you, so you’ll want to look for the lowest point on the map and head directly for it. Once you pull your glider out you can better assess where you can land. This takes a bit of practice to get a sense of when you need to exit the bus and how far you’ll be able to reach.
Always Gather Resources/Don’t Break Trees
As you run from destination to destination be sure you are hacking away at trees and wooden palettes (these generally have a pretty good supply of wood and can be found in buildings and other various areas). I recommend continuing to do this until you have at least 500+ wood. As you advance against better players you’ll be surprised how often you are running low on wood and other resources.
If you really want to be advanced then don’t break the trees you are gathering from. Why? Because this allows people from a distance to see where you are! When a tree is destroyed the animation of its destruction is pretty easily spotted and noticeable. So if you really want to be crafty then hack down the tree to the last hit and move on without breaking it.
Other Resource Tips
- Gather up enough resources for a ramp or two in the early game because this gives you a big advantage over people who have limited loot and no resources. You often will automatically win a fight in the first few minutes just by being able to build a ramp or two.
- I don’t usually try to harvest brick or metal, you will often gather it from looting areas and the players you slay on your way to victory.
Use the 3rd Person View to Your Advantage
If you are in a building or behind a wall against an up-close opponent you should hug up to the wall and look around the corner/door via the third person view. This allows you to find your opponent and have an advantage over them. Once you’ve got them located you just need to sidestep out enough to fire and then quickly sidestep back while your shotgun reloads (usually this is a shotgun battle).
Watch Ninja play this exactly as I talked about. He hears someone in the building and continually checks each floor by hugging the wall next to the door. Once he finds the enemy, he uses the advantage to finish them with one shot.
Equip Your Pickaxe When Looting
This seems a bit weird, but when going through a pile of loot you should equip your pickaxe so nothing you pickup will swap out what you are currently carrying. You don’t want to accidentally pick up some bandages and drop your weapon and then get into a fight while bumbling around trying to re-grab your weapon. This method completes stacks of all stackable items without swapping out anything like bandages, medkits, shield potions, etc.
Always be Moving
Probably one of the things I’m shocked by the most is how often people just stop moving. Unless you know you are without a doubt protected from every side then you should virtually never stop moving. If you are drinking a potion or using a medkit you can shimmy side to side making it harder for someone to come along and snipe you in the face. Never be just sitting in a fort peaking your head out and looking at nothing because this is a one way ticket to eating a bolt-action sniper shot and listening to music in the lobby.
Shoot Supply Crates
Supply crates hold a lot of good loot and you can keep track of them by shooting at it once. When you do an HP bar will show up that is easily seen through walls or mountains. This also makes it easier to know if the crate has been popped giving you a chance to take out anyone nearby. If you have a surplus of ammo you can even just shoot it down if you know you are safe to do so.
If you’ve made it this far in Fortnite Battle Royale then you know how important building can be. A way to increase your abilities in this area is to learn when it’s best to use what kind of material and how to edit your buildings.
Wood is always the best way to block incoming shots at a moments notice. It starts with more HP and can block a shot without breaking from shotguns. Brick is good for building a large ramp or a fort and can substitute for wood if you don’t have it. Metal should be reserved for ramp building or a more permanent fort that you plan on staying in.
- Starting HP: 100 for Wood, 90 for Brick, 80 for Metal
- Max HP: 200 for Wood, 300 for Brick, 400 for Metal
Protect Your Ramps
If you are fighting someone and trying to ramp above them then you can protect your ramps better by building a wall right in front of them. You don’t need to build the wall first, you can build it through the ramp which gives you a chance to continue to build upwards. This can also help you in general fights, keep building a wall in front of your ramp so you don’t fall down.
Trying to build a tall ramp? Make it double or triple wide so you don’t immediately have someone break the single base ramp and drop you from the sky! If you have a wider ramp it requires your enemies to destroy all of the ramps in a row to knock down the entire ramp. If someone doesn’t realize this be sure to shoot out one of the ramp pieces behind them so they fall to their demise!
Something you might not even attempt early on is editing you or your teammates floors, ramps, and walls. Each one of these objects is made up of 6 squares (3×3 grid) that can be edited by using your designated edit key (check your binds, G is default on PC). Once you click on some of these squares in the edit mode and confirm it will make a window, a door, or shorten a ramp, etc based on what you removed. This can get pretty intense as you will see from the graphic below, but you will generally just want to know how to make a door as you will find yourself wanting to get out of a box quickly, and making a half ramp can help get you out from under a ramp you might have accidentally built above yourself.
Check out this is great reference guide below. I take no credit for creating it, it was made by Abyssal Heaven on Reddit. You can click the graphics below to enlarge.
Edit a Wall for Vision
This tactic isn’t always going to be useful, but if you are hiding behind a wall you or your teammate built, you can go into Edit mode as mentioned above and the wall becomes transparent allowing you to gain vision that you wouldn’t normally have. This is especially good with a metal wall that is much harder to see through. This makes it so you don’t have to peak out your head which is especially good when facing down a sniper that you haven’t spotted yet.
This is a perfect example of the usefulness of this trick. Sypher’s enemy has no idea that he’s right behind the wall so starts to potion/heal thinking it to be safe. This allows Sypher to edit the wall to see them, make the triangle wall, and kill the person before they even realize what’s going on.
Control the High Ground
Obi-Wan Kenobi tried to teach Anakin Skywalker that the high ground was extremely important and he is absolutely right! You have a huge advantage by holding the high ground over your enemy and can land easier headshots while only peaking part of your body and not allowing them to get an easy shot. So when you enter a fight with someone you should be building above them immediately, holding your advantage, and eventually finish your enemy from above. If they try to build a ramp next to your fort/walls remember that you can build a quick floor over their ramp and deny them access.
Watch this battle of two very good players in Myth and Sypher battling it out for the high ground. They both continue to battle it out for height supremacy with Sypher finally able to get the upper-hand. He uses this advantage to take out enough structure and drops Myth to his doom.
A bit of a controversial subject in the community, but running two of the same gun that have a long reload or shot delay can be absolutely deadly.
This is the most popular and controversial but double pump shotgun is extremely powerful and allows you to fire one, quick switch, and then fire the next one almost immediately. The pump is very powerful in a close quarters fight and being able to lob shot after shot up to 10 times is overwhelming for most players.
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
A less used version of the double gun strategy, but being able to pop off back to back sniper shots without having to reload will give you a big advantage in a long range fight.
Fire Rockets into Bases
Now that heading seems obvious, but it’s not exactly the point. What you want to do when you are firing rockets at a structure is not just fire them at the bottom of the base. You want to try and slide the rocket into the interior of where they are sitting. This can be accomplished by either building up high and shooting down into the base. This will not only do damage to the player, but can also destroy multiple pieces of the structure. Another way to accomplish this is to fire a rocket at the wall they are sitting behind and knock the wall out with a gun. This can take some precise timing, but you are hoping to break the wall right as the rocket arrives so they can’t put up a wall to block it.
Block Rockets with a Wall
Most people seem to panic when they have rockets flying at them and I don’t really blame them. However, all you need to do is throw up a single wall in-front of the rocket and you will be fully protected. Grenades are much harder to deal with as they can bounce behind you or explode awkwardly and catch you when you don’t expect it.
Expect players to attempt the above tip by knocking out your walls with other guns, so be sure to add a ramp or be prepared with an additional wall if you are taking heavy fire.
Non-Gun Related Items
Some of these items at first glance can be looked at as joke or weak items, but they can be utilized to their full ability by a crafty player.
This was made more for squads to heal themselves, but this is a good item for getting yourself healed to 100 HP if you only have bandages or are out of healing items. You can also place this and build a ramp over it and slowly heal while engaging if necessary.
Being able to ride the storm and get out of danger in a pinch is very useful. You can also use this to flank around large structures and potentially land in them without your opponent knowing.
To get further be sure to immediately deploy your glider, but if you are getting shot and want to drop quickly you can put away your glider and it will drop you down quite quickly.
Want to counter a pesky double shotgun or give yourself an easy kill then the Boogie Bomb can be a big help. The length of time a player will dance isn’t very long, but it should be long enough for you to shotgun them in the face.
If someone is chasing you through a building then throwing down a quick trap can divert the person or kill an inexperienced player. You can also just place traps on a ceiling in front of a door that can catch people off-guard and lead to easy kills. Try to remember where you lay the traps, because you might want to go back and collect the loot of the unlucky person who got skewered.