Our Fortnite building tips and tricks guide will walk you through the most important aspects of building and improving your skill. Building is one of the most important and skill intensive parts of the game, so focusing heavily on this will allow you to win more fights and games the better you get at it!
Fortnite Beginner Building Tips
Re-Bind Your Keys
If you want to start building better and faster you'll want to change your keys as soon as possible. If you have a mouse with extra buttons like the Logitech G502 for example, it's best to use at least a couple of these for your building. It's much faster to hit the buttons to switch between your ramp and wall for example on the mouse rather than having to juggle different keys. However, if you don't have this kind of mouse then using your keyboard is fine too.
Some examples for keyboard switches are Z, X, and C for your wall, floor, and ramp. Q and F are also options if you are looking for close by keys. You'll also want to bind your pyramid key to something relatively within reach. While you won't be using it as often as the other keys, it has started to see more popularity lately as a way to reinforce your floors.
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Enable Turbo Building
If you go into settings > game, you can enable turbo building. The difference between normal building and turbo building is that you can press and hold your build key and it will automatically place your next structure. Normal building requires you to press your build key whenever you are looking to place something. This is just much faster and allows you to spin around to place a bunch of walls or just hold down the key while you are ramping up to continue placing ramps.
Understand the Benefits of Each Resource Type
When you build any piece of structure it takes a certain amount of time to complete. Each potential resource type (wood, brick, metal), has a specific amount of hp making each one better in some situations.
Starts with the highest hp when first created, this means it's best for fights. It requires multiple shots with a shotgun to break when first added due to the higher starting hit points. If you are trying to quickly block people from shooting you then always use wood. Wood is also the most used material because it's so readily available.
A good secondary material to use if you've run out of wood. Has a lower starting hp, but a higher final hp so works well for building ramps up to higher areas or as a sturdier structure to build a fort with. Brick is fairly easy to harvest because you can grab it from boulders that are scattered across the map. You'll also find a fair amount of these boulders in mining areas.
The lowest starting hp when placed, so it makes one of the worst options for trying to quickly defend yourself. However, it has the highest hp when complete so it's the best for creating a structure you plan to stay in for a more extended period of time. The problem with metal is that it's hard to come by in terms of harvesting. Previously, you could only really harvest metal from cars, but now with the meteor that hit the island you can harvest it from the small pieces that are scattered near the various craters on the map.
Always Be Harvesting Materials
One thing people get lazy about is harvesting materials. You want to have at least 600 wood in most cases because fights against competent players can go for a long time and you will quickly run out of resources. This is more of an extreme when you really get deep into building, but whenever you are rotating from an area to get into a circle, it's a good idea to be harvesting.
For wood, trees are obviously the best, but you can also harvest wooden palettes that are frequently in areas that don't have trees. Another underrated thing to harvest now is fences, they were recently buffed to give more wood, so they can be a nice boost if you are struggling.
Brick can be easily harvest by hacking away at the boulders that are across the map. You can find mine areas that have a lot of boulders, don't overlook these in the early game because you will need at least enough resources to put up a ramp or two.
Metal can now be harvested by smacking meteor fragments, but it's still not very efficient. Metal is nice to have, but you are generally always better off hacking trees and boulders.
Always Ramp or Wall When Being Shot
If you are just starting out, always immediately try to build a ramp or a wall once you start taking shots. You want to get in the habit of building once the action starts going because in 90% of cases it is your best move. Ramp is better if the player doesn't have a huge height advantage over you, and a wall is better if they do.
Learn to Build the Ramp Box
The first thing you want to get down quickly is something I call the ramp box. All it really takes to make one of these is four walls and a ramp. You are surrounding yourself with walls to protect yourself from harm on any side. You then have a ramp on the interior of these four walls so you can peak out and take shots at anyone who is exposed. You'll want to work on building this as quickly as possible because it is the easiest way to protect yourself while staying somewhat offensive.
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Ramp and Wall Towards Enemies
If you are pushing up towards an enemy you will want to quickly alternate between ramps and walls under the ramps. This gives you the ability to push without being knocked down as easily. If you are just ramping, they can just shoot one portion out and knock you down. Also, be sure this is a double-wide ramp when possible, this gives you even more ability to avoid being shot down.
Immediately Edit if You Over Build Someone
If you out-build someone then you should immediately look down, hit the edit key and remove part of the structure. You can then switch to your shotgun or close ranged weapon and shoot at them while they are trying to escape. This is a common situation when you get better at building, so you will want to get as fast as possible at this.
Got Out-Built? Floor Below and Double Ramp Up
If you get out built when you were ramping up, immediately put a floor below you and ramp upwards. If you have the resources you'll want to double ramp up. This means putting a ramp below you and a ramp above you to protect yourself from shots. You'll then want to quickly turn around and start trying to build above your opponent again.
Use the Power of the Pyramid
If you are running at someone aggressively or you are above someone that might be trying to shoot you down then you will want to add pyramids to your floors. This gives you double protection against someone trying to shoot you down and should give you enough time to get where you need to go.
Block Off Your Opponent's Advances
If you are above your opponent you will want to take shots at them when possible, but also block off their advances. Put a floor right on top of their ramp so they can't push up, then build on it or edit it so you can sneak a shot in. Most of the time you are just popping them whenever they are exposed, and once they try to get above you block them!
If you have someone above you and they are on a structure you built, try placing a trap and editing it out from under them. You can sometimes catch players by surprise and they will fall into the trap for an easy kill.
If All Else Fails, Knock Down the Structure
If you are just getting consistently out-built by someone, try to edit down or just go to the bottom of the structure. If you can play this right, you can get to the ground and shoot out the supports and knock the whole fort down. You might be able to get the elimination or do some heavy damage. This will even out the playing field and allow you to have a chance to get back into the fight.