How To Play Fortnite: 10 Pro Tips For Absolute Beginners

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Fortnite is undoubtedly one of the most popular Battle Royale games of all time. It is developed by Epic Games and released back in 2017. The game is available for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch. You can also play the Battle Royale mode on Android & iOS devices.

Currently, there are three different modes in the game. The first one is ‘Save the World’ campaign. It gives you an authentic PvE experience, with up to four players together cooperating towards the main objective on different missions. 

The second one is ‘Fortnite Creative’ Mode. Players can create unique game modes such as racecourses, battle arenas, prop-hunt, platforming challenges and more. Featured creations are also playable by other players in the ‘Creative Hub’. Currently, these game modes are not accessible on Android and iOS versions of the game.

And finally, the most popular mode is ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’. This is the game mode that attracted 125 million players in less than a year, made Epic Games millions of dollars per month, and overshadowed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in a glimpse.

If you want to experience Fortnite first-hand, Battle Royale mode is the way to go for you. As there are millions of players worldwide already playing the game, it can be quite challenging to win or get the ‘Victory Royale’. That’s why we have compiled a series of tips for beginners to help you familiarize yourself with the game, so continue reading this article to learn how to play Fortnite.

Your Objective

Similar to other Battle Royale games, your main objective is to scavenge as many weapons and utilities as possible, kill your enemies and be the last player or squad left alive in a match. This can be quite challenging since each match includes 99 other players following the same objective. Playing a four-player squad match or 50v50 team mode can help the situation, but you will have to properly cooperate with your teammates to secure the ‘Victory Royale’.

Getting Started

Before skydiving from the bus and getting into action immediately, there are a couple of things you have to check and tweak according to the instructions below.

  • Check Fortnite’s System Requirements

Epic Games have optimized the game properly to make it run on low-end PCs and portable devices such as Android and iOS. If you are planning to play Fortnite, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements to play the game. 

PC and Mac:

Minimum System Requirements Recommended System Requirements
Intel Core i3 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5 2.8Ghz or greater
4GB RAM 8GB RAM or greater
Intel HD 4000 NVIDIA GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 supported Graphics Card
30GB Hard Disk Drive Space 30GB Hard Disk Drive Space
Windows 7/8/10 64-bit Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Note: The minimum requirements target 720p at 30 frames per second, and the recommended system requirements target 1080p at 30-40 frames per second at low-medium settings.

iPhone and iPad:

The following models of Apple iPhone devices support Fortnite: SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max. If you have an iPad, you need one of the following models: mini 4, Air 2, 2017, or Pro. You can download the game from the App Store or click here.

Fortnite on iPhone X

Android:

Epic Games made Fortnite available to play on Android a couple of months ago. Check out the list of compatible Android devices before getting too excited, as it requires a high-end smartphone with a flagship-grade chipset for a smooth and lag-free experience.

Also, note that Fortnite is not available on the Google Play Store. You have to download it from the developer’s website. Make sure you download the apk file from the official website, as there are malicious versions of the game all over the place. If you are facing any issues, take a look at our guide on how to download and install Fortnite on Android Phone.

Fortnite on Android

Note that there are no requirements to play Fortnite on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. You don’t need a PS Plus subscription to play Fortnite on PlayStation 4. But Xbox One players do require an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to play the game.

  • Adjust Graphics Quality

Adjust the graphics quality according to your device capabilities. On Android, try to keep the settings to medium or high while maintaining a stable FPS. If you experience lag or FPS drops, play on low preset. You don’t have to worry about it on iOS as the game is optimized enough to run smoothly on compatible Apple devices. The same goes for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

On the other hand, if you are playing on PC, we recommend you to change your settings for high framerates, according to this list below:

Option Recommended Setting
Window Mode Windowed Fullscreen
Display Resolution Native Monitor Resolution
Frame Rate Limit Unlimited
View Distance Epic
Shadows Off
Anti-Aliasing Off
Textures Low / Medium
Effects Low / Medium
Post Processing Low
Vsync Off
Motion Blur Off
Show FPS Off / On

Disabling Shadows will help you see enemies hiding under trees or other places with shadows. Maxing out View Distance will help you see enemies from a greater distance. Keeping down Post Processing, Texture Quality, Effects will increase your FPS and provide a smoother gameplay experience.

To change the graphics settings, go to the lobby, click on the three-lined sandwich icon in the upper right corner of the screen, and click on the cogwheel icon to head over to the Settings page. You can also adjust your controls and keybinds from here.

10 Pro Tips For Absolute Beginners

Always follow these basic tips when playing a solo, duo, or squad match in Fortnite:

1. Spawn Island

When you start a match, you will spawn into an island where you will see guns, ammo, and building materials everywhere. It’s basically a practice area for you, although you will have less than a minute at most while other players join. Don’t waste your time hitting other players with your pickaxe, utilize it to practice quick-building and familiarize yourself with different guns.

2. Battle Bus

Unlike the plane in the PUBG, Fortnite takes a more cartoonish approach and puts players in a bus named ‘Battle Bus’. The Battle Bus will signal players when to jump, with a honk. Mark your destination on the map, try to stay on the bus till the majority of the players jump down, and go a little further from everyone. This way you will encounter few or no players.

3. Loot

Take your time to collect guns, ammo, medicine, and building materials. If you land above a building, use your pickaxe to get in. You will hear a sound in some places, which indicates that there’s a chest somewhere around. Follow the sound, find the chest and open it. You can expect rare and legendary drops from a chest.

4. Shield Potions and Medicines

As soon as you land, try to find and consume a shield potion. At the start of the game, your health bar (Green) will be full while your shield bar (Blue) needs to be filled. Around the map, you will find both small and large shield potions, which fills your shield bar to 25 and 50 shield points respectively.

If you have 50 or higher shield points, you can’t consume small shield potions, so make sure you drink them first before drinking the large ones.

Also, make sure you collect enough bandages and medkits to avoid getting eliminated. There are special items such as Slurp Juice and Chug Jug, which you can consume for a complete health and shield recovery. 

5. Weapons and Ammo

Try to stick to SMGs or assault rifles when you’re playing Fortnite for the first time. The game utilizes bullet drop so sniper rifles are harder to use. If you want to dominate in close quarters combat, shotguns are your best chance. Shotguns do a ton of damage and are good for one-tap kills, so keep one in your inventory all the time.

There are different colors to represent the rarity of weapons. Grey ones are the most common, followed by green, blue, purple and gold in the ascending order. Gold weapons like a SCAR assault rifle and Rocket Launcher are very powerful and do a lot of damage. Suppose you have a green shotgun and you find the same shotgun, but in blue color. Pick up the blue one as it has higher damage stats compared to the green one.

You will also find grenades that can be useful for destroying enemy covers, especially when you aim for the lowest part of the building structure. The whole build will be destroyed once you successfully destroy the lowest part. There are poison gas grenades that you can throw inside buildings to lure out your enemies outside, as it slowly depletes the health. Boogie bombs will make your enemies dance for a short amount of time, and make it easier for you to kill them.

On the ammo side of things, there are no restrictions on inventory space. You can collect as much ammo as you want.

6. Building Materials and Construction

Fortnite’s construction system is what makes the game different from other Battle Royale games. Most of the environment is salvageable, and players can hack down everything from trees to houses to vehicles with the pickaxe.

There are three different materials: Wood, Brick, and metal. In building mode, you have five options to choose from, including a wall, square floor, pyramid, stairs, and a campfire or enemy traps. Metal is the strongest material, which is followed by brick and wood. You can keep up to 999 amount of every material in your inventory.

Learning quick-building is necessary to advance far into a match. If there’s a chest, weapon or health pack on the first floor of a house, you can build ramps to access it without entering the house. If you are under fire, you can immediately build a 2×2 shelter to protect yourself from getting shot. If you have a sniper, you can build a watch post and spot enemies from greater distances.

However, anything you or the enemies construct is destructible. So be careful when another player throws a grenade or fires a rocket towards your base.

7. The Storm

Just like PUBG, the play zone on the map will get smaller and smaller at set intervals in Fortnite. Since the play zone barrier moves quickly, make sure you get to the next play zone in time. Otherwise, you will have to deal with continuous damage. There are vehicles that you can use to go faster, but it makes a lot of sounds which will be picked up by enemies near you.

8. Sound Cues

Make sure to wear a decent pair of headphones. It will help you hear the sound of enemy footsteps and gunshots coming from a specific direction. Knowing which direction your enemies are coming from helps you to prepare for the action.

If you don’t want to give out your position to your enemies, you can move while crouching, which helps you move more quietly compared to running.

9. Teamwork

It gets easier when you play with your friends or other players in a squad match. You should always use a microphone to communicate with your teammates. You and your teammates can divide tasks and give enemy callouts to each other. Your basic objective is to stick together with your team. Lone-wolfing won’t help the situation.

10. Map Knowledge

 Fortnite’s Playground mode lets you and your friends join a server with no enemies. With each season refreshes, Fortnite adds new landmarks on the map. From Sunny Steps to the ancient Viking Outpost and everywhere in between, you can visit and explore anywhere you want without the fear of enemy encounters. All possible chests and vehicles spawn in the playground map, which gives you a great opportunity to increase your map knowledge.

Conclusion

Fortnite introduces new items and weapons now and then, but the core mechanics and concept stays the same. Although we can’t guarantee that these tips will help you get a ‘Victory Royale’, following them will certainly improve your chances.

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