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A Newbie-Friendly Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide

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In our Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide, we’ll focus on teaching you the basics of how to use Fortnite’s vital mechanic to survive until the very end and hopefully, finally earn that coveted Royale Victory. 

Surviving until the very end in Fortnite: Battle Royale isn’t easy. As we’ve already taught you in our earlier guide, it’s not enough to be good at aiming. Though it helps to know how to frag a few heads here and there, you won’t win entire games, at least not consistently, just by shooting alone; you’ll need to make use of the game’s unique building mechanic to do that.

Below is our Fortnite Battle Royale building guide, where we’ll give you a few basic essential tips about building in Fortnite.

Take it from the Pros

First things first, before proceeding with our Fortnite Battle Royale building guide, we have to say that there’s no better way to learn than by watching someone who’s extremely good at it. Case in point, Myth. He is one of the best builders out there in Fortnite if not the best. His building prowess is exceptional even among pro players, which is saying a lot. Watching him use different structures to try and outwit his enemies to win a fight is a sight to behold.

Watch the video below and see for yourself:

Amazing, isn’t it? Now, I’m not saying you should be as good as Myth because that’s a very unrealistic goal. At least, right now. But, if you look past Myth’s obvious talent and skill, you’ll see that his building of choice is rather very simple.

With practice, you can pull off the same structures with decent speed, as impossible as that may sound right now.

Having said that, it’s time for our Fortnite Battle Royale building guide.

Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide

Tip #1 – Swing, swing, swing

Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide

You can pretty much destroy anything you can see and touch on the battle island. This includes abandoned cars, trees, rocks, and even the pre-made buildings found all throughout the map. Basically, as long as it’s not the ground you’re standing on, you should be swinging your pickaxe at it every chance you can get to gather precious materials.

Fortnite has three materials that you can gather and use: Wood, Stone, and Metal. Wood is the preferred material by most because they’re the fastest to build with. Next is stone, and finally, metal. Either of the three works just fine, though. What’s important is you have building materials available at any point in the game.

Just be careful about swinging your pickaxe anywhere. They’re very noisy and could easily give away your position. Before gathering, look around first and make sure that it’s safe. Otherwise, feel free to frag some heads first or run away.

Tip #2 – Creating Cover Fire

Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide

There are two types of cover fire that you can build on the fly in Fortnite: walls and ramps. The former is the simpler of the two; they’re literally a wall of wood, brick, or metal that you put in front or behind you whenever someone is shooting at you. As mentioned earlier, you should use wood since it builds the fastest. By default, these walls will be very plain, with no windows whatsoever. You can edit them by pressing “O” on your PS4 controller, then pressing the firing trigger to confirm and then the “edit” button once again to add them. You can do the same if you want to a door to your contraption.

Walls are very useful not only for protection but also to know where your opponent is coming from. Add the fact that bullets leave traces in the air and you should be able to pinpoint where the hostile fire is coming from.

On the other hand, ramps are a bit riskier to use. If used defensively, it’s best that you build one only when you know where the fire is coming from. If not, stick to walls. Once you’ve built one, you can crouch and slowly inch up on the ramp, using it as cover. The higher vantage point provided by the ramp makes it easier for you to outmanoeuvre your opponent/s.

This makes ramps extremely useful for sneak kills. You can set down two or three sets each to catch unwitting players off of their guard.

Tip #3 – Building to Travel and Loot

Who says you not only need to build when engaging enemy players? In Fortnite, the entire island is your enemy. If you happen to find yourself loitering too much outside of the storm, getting inside it won’t be easy, especially because of the island’s rather mountainous terrain and the lack of any vehicle other than your two legs. And while it’s only natural to start running like hell, keep in mind that you can actually build stairs and breaches in Fortnite.

You can ramps and flooring to cross the map and reach your destination in no time. You can also use buildings to get to hard to reach areas. As soon as you heard the “treasure chest” sound, get your pick axe out because you’re either going to have to break down the wall or build a flight of stairs to go up and get it.

Tip #4 – Don’t Rush

Fortnite Battle Royale Building Guide

Most players make the mistake of building too early in the game. Don’t do that. Sure, building quick covers and creating new paths to traverse in is great and all, but what happens if you end up building too much that you don’t have any left by the end of the game? The building mechanic becomes most useful when you build it only when necessary and when there are only a few of you left alive, you have no choice but to bunker up and create your very own “tower”.

If possible, resist the urge to build a fort until there are more than a dozen players left in the game. Just focus on fragging and gathering materials because you’re going to need lots and lots of them if you want to survive and win.

Tip # 5 – Building Your Own Fortress

When there are only a few players left and the Storm Shield has left you with very little room to hide or run around is the best time to start putting to good use the materials you’ve gathered so far. You can start by building a simple four-wall structure. Wood is good since it’s fast, but metal or stone are more durable.

To make the most out of your materials, you’ll have to work fast and build something compact. Ideally, you’ll also want to build something that gives you some form of elevation. A common go-to structure is the sniper’s nest, which, as is seen in the video below, is very effective especially during the end-game when there are only a few of you left.

Of course, you’re free to build any structure you like. You can even build a ten-story building provided you have the materials for it. Just keep in mind that the higher your building is, the more likely you’ll die if in case your fort is destroyed.

Tip # 6 – Know When Not to Build

Of course, you don’t always need to build structures. It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that player-built structures stand out. So, if there are only a few players left and you’re near cover already, try to make the most of your situation and just hole-up instead. You can build a wall or two to cover yourself, but more than that might just be too much.

This way, you can focus on scoping out the remaining players and hopefully, take some of their structures and even the players themselves down.

Final Thoughts

Unlike in other battle royale games where you just jump in the action and shoot your way out of it, Fortnite differs in that you can build structures to win games. This makes a huge difference in terms of how you should approach each match. Generally, it’ll take dozens if not hundreds of games, as well as a Fortnite Battle Royale building guide or two, for you to get the hang of this very unique mechanic, but once you do, you’ll be building circles around your opponents in no time.

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