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Fortnite: A Beginner’s Guide

Fortnite has gained huge success in the recent years of esports. And not only in esports, as the in-game dancing moves have also taken over social media.

The game Fortnite has been released in three different genres: Survival, Battle Royale and Sandbox. Shortly after Save The World was released, Epic Games extended the same base game to a Battle Royale format.

The battle royale version of the game was developed simply to compete with games such as PUBG, also known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The popularity shot through the roof and Fortnite established a solid position at the top of the industry.

Since its launch, the game won many awards throughout 2018-2019.

These included Best Multiplayer game, Fan-Favorite game, and Best Ongoing game.

One key reason for its popularity has been Fortnite’s cross-platform compatibility. This means a gamer using an Android phone might be playing against someone using PS4, Nintendo, or other devices.
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Later, the game was adopted by several celebrities, musicians, and athletes. Most notably Antoine Griezmann has been spotted doing Fortnite celebrations on several occasions.


Fortnite Battle Royale objective and rules

In the Battle Royale version, the most popular one, you are dropped from the sky. More specifically from the Battle Bus, with just your bare knuckles and a pickaxe.

You must survive against a hundred other players by building shelters and finding guns and ammunition. Be the last man standing and eventually kill all the enemies. Beware as they come in many shapes and forms: singles, duos as well as squads. You can also team up with your friend(s) to make a squad of your own. That will make the gaming experience more interactive and social.

The map has countless resources, materials, and guns scattered around. The main spots even have landmark names, such as Dusty Depot or Tomato Town. The scattered guns are categorized from frequently found grey ones to scarcer, golden ones. The rarer your gun is, usually the more damage it does.

Another key objective for survival is to build a proper shelter. You can use your pickaxe to collect wood, stone, or metal and reuse them to build different types of shelters. Especially wood is a quick and easy way to build your own skyscraper or a hideout.

The last step towards succeeding is shooting. Learn the guns and learn how to shoot them. Don’t just dump the clip and hope for a kill. Keep it to one shot at a time and aim steadily. As the game progresses, the map’s safe zone decreases in size and damages players left outside of it. This forces the surviving players into much tighter spaces to eventually encounter battles.


Fortnite wood building


Headphones are another tiny addition that makes a big difference for your survival. You will be able to place your enemy on your left, right, or behind only by hearing.

Fortnite Victory Royale

This will extend your chances of being the last man standing, thus winning the prestigious Victory Royale.

There are various strategies and game plans to win the Victory Royale. By mixing the correct amount of offense and defense will get you further.

Location is also an important part of long-term planning. You can go for a central location that is far away from the Storm and the diminishing safe zone borders.

However, that is where the majority of players tend to go, and where you will also find faster action.

The edges of the safe zone are considered very low-key but require frequent maintenance. Most importantly, you need to keep yourself updated about the Storm not to get damaged. Around the borders, you will also find easier targets during stormy times as people panic run towards safer areas.


Fortnite Storm


Just like in a poker tournament’s final table, the end of the round usually makes people much more careful and defensive. Once the final 10 have been reached, everyone knows at the back of their head, this could be it. As you should throughout the entire game around, in the end, you need to ration your health points. Make sure you consume only an amount you can absorb. Don’t use a Regular shield if a Mini shield will do the trick. Using your brain will give you an extra advantage. Memorize the locations of more precious chests and head there faster during later game rounds. Keep your guns arranged and organized always the same way to reach a point where you find them habitually.

Keep an eye on better guns and switch when coming across a rarer gun than you have in your arsenal. Avoid going out in the open unless it is part of your plan. This will certainly attract your enemy while you are at the most vulnerable. Instead, crouch and try to sneak behind bushes, trees, and walls to keep a low profile. Build frequent covers for unexpected situations when a quick hide-out is needed. Keep noise to the minimum so you are not an easy target, and you will eventually hear your enemies better. Lastly, it is important to cover your tracks whenever possible. Close any doors you open unless it is specifically for trapping your enemies to fulfill your strategy.

In the end, you must have enough shelters to rotate and switch around. Having enough ammo will guarantee you will not go down without a fight.

Release dates

Fortnite: Save the World: July 2017.

Fortnite Battle Royale: September 2017.

Fortnite Creative: December 2018.

Available platforms

Windows, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One Series X|S, Nintendo Switch & Nintendo Switch Lite, iOS & Android.

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