The building is one of the key features that sets Fortnite: Battle Royale apart from its closest competition. Our Fortnite guide is about how to build fast, smoothly and safely, it contains everything you need to know about fast base building on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Fortnite’s \spin on the Battle Royale genre is the ability to build on the go and use whatever you’ve created to survive.
The ability to build walls, ramps and complex structures within seconds allows to hide quickly from enemy fire or gain a height advantage over their opponents. Here’s a basic building guide for Fortnite, along with some advanced moves and some general tips.
Before you can build something, you will need to collect some materials. You can also buy different things from the Fortnite item shop. Thankfully, pretty much anything you see in Fortnite Battle Royale can be mined for building blocks using the pickaxe you get at the beginning of each game. Try cutting down trees or sheds for lumber, which is the fastest to build but breaks easily. You can also extract bricks from buildings and metal from cars scattered across the map, both of which are more durable materials but slower to build.
One important thing to keep in mind is that mining materials (and building forts) are very noisy and can reveal their location. once you’re ready to build, launch the mode with the click of a button (Circle on PS4, B on Xbox One, and the G key on PC / Mac).
From this menu. While in construction mode, you can still jump and move with the normal controls. You can also build any trap you find (Square on PS4, X on Xbox One, T on Mac / PC), or press and hold the Build Mode button again to edit its structure if you want to add something like a door.
If you’re playing with a mouse and keyboard, you can speed up the build process even more by using the key combination to bind certain keys to specific frame types so you don’t have to step through the options.
Once you have a basic idea of how to build, it’s time to start building strong. In this section, we will cover what is commonly known as “panic building.” Basically, if someone starts shooting at you, this is the kind of structure you can quickly erect to protect yourself.
The first thing you’ll want to do is build four walls around you so the enemy can’t target you directly. To do this, start by starting the build mode, select the wall, and press the build button repeatedly while rotating. Once done, you may want to build a ramp so you can get a height advantage over your enemy. Pedal to the ramp and point it at your feet. Then jump up while at the same time pressing confirm to land on the new structure. Now you can shoot your opponent from higher up and you still have walls on all sides to protect you.
try to build a rectangular box around you (it should be the size of two square boxes placed side by side. Then place two ramps in the box facing each other so that they meet and form a triangle. This gives you even more room to move within your protected area.
The easiest option is to climb and build a tower. Begin by building the basic box ramp detailed in the last section. To top it off, add a platform on top of the box, jumping up as you build it to land on top.
From there, all you need to do is a process, adding the second floor of walls and another ramp and platform. Keep doing the same until you reach the height you want. At that point, you can build some kind of platform and prepare to attack enemies.
For an even more advanced structure, try building a strong funnel instead. This basically means creating an elevated structure with ramps pointing outward from all sides to create a funnel-shaped platform. This is a great defence tactic, as you can either hide in the centre of the funnel or shoot your enemies from any direction by climbing up the sides of the funnel.
If you have someone on top of you and they’re in a structure you built, try setting a trap and editing it under them. You can sometimes catch players by surprise and they will fall into the trap for an easy kill.
Hand Cannon Down a Structure
The Hand Cannon is now very effective against structures. You can knock down a wooden structure with a single shot, or you can take out a piece of brick/metal that you just placed. Use it to knock down flimsy structures or to quickly knock down a wall and do some damage. It can switch very quickly from its hand barrel to the shotgun so this is very effective for taking people out in close range fights.
Some General Tips and Tricks
Finally, here are some other things to keep in mind now that you have a general mastery of building in Fortnite.
- First of all, don’t bother building more advanced structures early in the game. You will most likely have to relocate anyway as the map shrinks, so you will end up wasting time and resources.
- Once you’re ready to build a serious fort, it’s also important to make the base out of a more durable material like brick or metal. Otherwise, your opponents could bring down the entire structure.
- If you want to destroy someone else’s fort, all you have to do is shoot them. Aim for the base, and once it’s destroyed, the entire structure will collapse. The minigun is particularly good for this, and you can find that Fortnite weapon in chests and supply drops in fortnite.
- You can also use your building skills for other purposes besides making a fort. The ramp is particularly useful for climbing high structures and mountains in the game. You can even flip the ramp around and use it to carefully climb cliffs.