How-to Get Better at Fortnite (2020 Update)

Looking to get better at Fortnite? This quick guide details some necessary steps you will need to take on your road to mastering the game.

If you are looking for How-to Improve and Get Better at Fortnite, then this guide will run you through some of the basic strategies you will need to employ to get better quickly. While you can't get to an elite skill level right away, you can accelerate your early learning by using some of the methods described below.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Pretty simple really, but all the best players you see have put hours upon hours into the various games they are good at. You will have some that can pick up any game and be naturally good, but to become a master at a game you have to put in the time. Players like Ninja & Tfue have likely put in 1,000+ hours into the game each. Ninja was a pro Halo player and played in many competitive events. You might not ever be as good as them, but the first step towards getting there is putting in the time.

Head into the Playground mode and work on your building. Set aside 20 - 30 minutes a day to only focus on practicing your technique. The more you work on it, the better you will do when you get into a real game situation.

Pick Keybinds & Stick With Them

Find a set of keybinds that you think will work for you and don't change them! Having muscle memory on exactly what you need to press in every situation is extremely important when getting better at a game. If you change your binds a lot, you will never build up that practice and you will be slower than you could be. Here's a look at some of the Best Fortnite Keybinds that some of the pro players are using. This tip also goes for your sensitivity. When you are putting in the hours, don't be constantly adjusting things. Just get used to whatever feels good to you and stick with it. You will notice that a lot of pros have different settings, one solution isn't going to be the best for everyone.

Don't Try to Win!

WE PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!!! Well, if you want to get better at the game in the early stages then going for wins is the worst way to increase your skill. Winning a game usually requires you to go to less populated areas, take less fights, generally camp areas and get yourself into the top 5. From there you can continue to camp and hope for a 1v1 situation that allows you to have a chance to win. This will double or triple the time you need to play to get better. This leads me into my next point...

Land in Semi-Populated Areas

I've walked this one back a bit. You probably won't get better by taking a ton of fights too quickly. If you don't even have time to grab more than a single weapon before getting eliminated then you aren't really learning anything. You'll want to head to some semi-populated areas. Have enough time to grab a weapon or two and maybe some shields. You generally want to avoid areas on the map that are far away from the bus path, or are on the extreme edges of the map. These areas rarely have people at them unless a battle pass challenge requires them to be there. The key to getting better is taking on fights, but not being so overwhelmed that you just get destroyed instantly.

Avoid areas that are brand new to the map. These always have a lot of people landing at them, and are quite crazy in the early game.

Build, Build, Build

While aim is certainly important in this game, building is even more important. Just about every time you get shot at you should be putting up a wall or throwing up a ramp. If you are pushing against someone you should be building ramps to block any shots coming at you. Once you get close you should be trying to build yourself above your opponent. If you are healing up after a fight you should wall yourself in to protect yourself. Just about every gunfight situation you get into calls for building.

Editing is another key component to getting good, once you've mastered your ability to build proficiently, you will need to master editing. The good news for players now-a-days, is that there are specific maps made for practicing these skills. Head to our curated list of the best warm up courses for some practice options!

Check out our Building Tips and Tricks Guide to learn more about this key skill in the game!

Gather Resources Constantly

Since you are building so much, you'll want to be gathering resources constantly. You are rotating or moving towards an area then what a great time for you to gather some wood and brick! You'll be amazed how quickly you are cycling through resources when you are engaging in battles. Make sure you are never in a position where you run out of resources and can't build because you'll be naked without the ability to wall up!

Review Your Play

When you get killed, don't get angry about it and use an excuse to justify why it happened. Look at it objectively and ask yourself: "What did I do wrong? What could I have done to win the fight?". Figure out how to better approach your next fight when you get in a similar situation and learn from your mistakes. The worst thing you can do is chalk every death up to a bug in the game or that your opponent got lucky. Analyze it and improve your game!

Take a Break

If you are playing constantly and you feel yourself start to play poorly or are getting to angry at the game, then it's a good idea to step back and take a break. This can be as little as 20 minutes, or as long as a few days to a week. Clear your mind and then head back into the game and you should start to feel things clicking again. Always remember that this is a game at the end of the day, and you should be having fun!

I hope these quick tips help you get better at the game. If you are looking for more detailed help, check out our Fortnite Beginner Guide & for more advanced players check out our Fornite Tips and Tricks Guide!

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About the Author

Shaun aka Evident is a lifelong gamer and creator of websites. He mostly focuses on shooters, but has been known to dabble in the occasional card game as well. You can find him binge watching TV shows in his downtime.

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  1. Wow this was VERY helpful , since i read this ive gotten so much better!i used to never get wins but now i get 12 kill wins and stuff like that thankyou for your help!

    1. Glad to hear it!

  2. it helped me a lot. now im betteer at the game

  3. thanks for help

  4. Your tips are great – if your stuck in season x that is. The game has changed and is now so much more competitive and aggressive. While you are right about not landing far away from the bus, you want to be hot dropping if you want to get better at the game. Salty Springs and Lazy Lake are great locations for this. Also, your sense should definitely be turned right up and you want to grind at being able to double edit. PC or possibly Xbox are best if you want to improve your gameplay. Once you have practiced in Creative you should be moving into solo/duo gameplay before progressing to Arena mode. An amateur to semi-pro player should at least try and make it to contender league. Anyone wanting to get real good at the game should try and make it to arena division 10 – which is champions league. At this point most games are pretty much like the fortnite World Cup. Good luck gamers!

  5. I love these tips ❤️

  6. Thx for the tips man i really thank you for these awesome tips!

  7. thanks for the tips man

  8. Idk, I really want to get good at the game but I don’t like going into creative to practice. My aim is terrible and I have know idea about my sens either. I just get so discouraged whenever I die and its almost like every death is there to remind me how bad I am. It also doesn’t help that I have a low self-esteem either.I just can’t seem to have fun in this game when I am just so bad at it.

  9. I totally agree, especially the practice one. But I think watching people on youtube or family members/friends are a great way to learn because it’s through another person.

  10. This really helped my gamemplay improve

    1. I totally agree

  11. I’m lost on how to find the sensitivity for me I keep trying but idk

  12. Hi! I am going to switch to PC soon, so I need to be better and I SUCK!!

  13. thank youfor hlping me be good at fortnite

  14. Learning to strafe (walk sideways or at an angle and shoot) is a good tip for any shooting or pvp game.
    Refrain from backpedaling and shooting, strafe and shoot instead.

  15. Good tips. Especially the “not raging and blaming others for losses, learn from them instead”

  16. if you have been playing since season 2 and your bad now how can you get better my secitivety is high i turned it up i know how to build 90s and this is in chapter 2 season 1 what can i do to get better then that on (XBOX ONE)

    1. i think you might be better off turning your sensitivity down instead of up

  17. Great suggestions, thank you.

  18. this is great advice its also really inspiring. M actually a season one player with lots of ogs so when i lose to a default i kinda get mad but im gonna yous this advice and get better

  19. Hey I always get killed and want to get better and all my friends just call me trash and I need some tips and tricks

    1. You’re Friends Are Trying To Hurt Your Feelings And Get You To A Point To Where It Hurts But Don’t Worry I’ll be Your Friend And I’ll Support You No Matter What Happens

    2. We have a tips guide here: https://progameguides.com/fortnite/fortnite-guides/fortnite-tips-guide/

      One tip I’d give you is to find new friends. They don’t sound like they are very nice.

      1. I know this was made a while ago, but I am not sure what to do next. I’m getting good fortnite but I’m doing all squads should I try solo’s?

        1. Solos is likely a better idea if you’re looking to get better. You should also make sure you are practicing your building in Creative mode for at least 15 – 30 minutes a day.

  20. Evident, please help me !!!
    I was wondering what average statistics you should have to be considered a rookie, an inexperienced, a veteran, an expert etc.
    For example, I have seen that the best players win around 30% of their games.
    I consider myself a casual player, in fact my type of games are mostly RPG (Witcher, Fallout, FF, Pokemon, Divinity Sin)
    What percentage of victories do you think Fortnite casual players have?
    In my case, I won only 4% of my games, I have been in the top 10 for 35% and in top 25 for 64%. I have played a total of 765 games.
    Now, in Team Rumble I kill about 23 enemies per game (average that I calculated myself).
    Independently if I am a good player or bad, do you know more or less the average statistics of a casual player? Do you know of a website where statistics are checked?

    1. I don’t really know much about the statistics, but you sound like you’re a pretty good player.

      1. Ok, I was lucky with this season. I suck with the Pump Shotgun and building, but since they vaulted the shotgun an release the new Combat Shotgun, is now my favorite weapon, is by far, more easy tu use (feels a lot like the Super Shreded in STW) now I only suck and building.
        Also I play BR mostly on Mobile (I hate use keyboard to play games, so I have a huge disadvantage on PC)

  21. Hey im good at building but how can i hit my headshots with a shotgun

    1. Just have to practice, there’s no real shortcut.

  22. I’m no amazing fortnite player, but whenever I do very poorly it’s typically because I’ve played too much, so sometimes it helps to take a 10-20 minute break and take your mind off of fortnite.

    1. Good tip!

  23. Hey im a really good builder and in creative im really good but when it comes to public matches I don’t apply my skills in the game can you help me with this along with gun skill?

    1. There’s a few options you can do for improving your aim. First, you can do one on ones in Playground. That gives you specific practice in the scenarios you are struggling with. You can download a free game on steam called Aimtastic. It has a bunch of different aim practice games that you can do. You can also put your exact sensitivity from Fortnite into it. Third, is you can try using some aim maps. I have a list of those right here: https://progameguides.com/fortnite/fortnite-features/fortnite-aim-course-codes-list/

      If you’re a good builder already, then you’re on your way to being a good player. Building is the hardest part of the game!

  24. I have a problem like every game i just got 6 or 7 or more kills but I cant get wins.I play since season 4 and have maybe only 30 wins.

    1. I play since season 4 and have 4 wins lol

  25. do you recomened builder or combat pro

    1. I’m pretty sure most people are just customizing the controls now. You might want to see how a few of the pro controller players are doing it. Here’s Aydan’s settings: https://bestfortnitesettings.com/aydan-fortnite-settings/

  26. I can get the kills and make it to top ten even if I land in populated areas. And I would say I’m decent at building, but I just can’t seem to win. I make it to like top 10 or top 3 and I die. Mostly to people worse than me. I can’t seem to figure out what I’m missing

    1. It’s probably nerves and you are playing differently at the end of the game. Best way to fix this is really just trying to remain calm and getting to the end a lot. If you are confident in your other skills, you actually might want to just start landing in low population areas and try to get to the end of the game more and get used to it. Once you get through the nerves, you should start winning more.

  27. It works now i am a god at fortnite

  28. i’ve been playing since season 2 and i have 15 wins and i ahve 0.45k/d can u help me

    1. You’d have to tell me what you struggle with specifically. Are you doing dedicated practice with your building in Playground? While playing quite a bit will help, you have to practice the specific parts of what you are bad at to improve.

  29. Thank you sooo much this work so good.

  30. thx this was a pretty good guide line and actually helped me get my first win(after learning a lot). But I think you should update it since its called leaky lake instead of luck lake. anyway that was really helpful!

    1. Thanks, I’ve updated it a bit!