Fortnite: Surviving Battle Royale – A Beginner’s Guide

Travis Mccrackin  /   May 1

Fortnite: Surviving Battle Royale – A Beginner’s Guide

If you haven’t heard of Fortnite: Battle Royale by now then you’re obviously from some strange alternate reality in which it simply does not exist, and you should get back there post haste before you upset the balance of the multiverse. For everyone one else, we understand whatever lame excuse you choose to give as to why you have yet to play the greatest game of all time and have put together this basic guide to help you avoid making the same mistakes we suffered through.



Drop In


So, you’re flying on an airbus over an island of varying geographies dotted with settlements and buildings. Once given the green light, you’ll have 30 seconds to jump on your own terms before being forcibly ejected. You’ll notice the bulk of your fellows jump off at about the same time. If you’re new, and you want to survive, land anywhere but there.

I’ve been playing since season one, have my victory umbrellas from each season, have won several solo matches, but you will not catch me diving into Tilted Towers. My advice would be to pick a spot that’s out of the way, where you can get your bearings before wading into the fray.



Gear Up


First thing you do when you hit the ground is find a gun, any gun. Get armed as quickly as possible. That pickaxe you landed with isn’t gonna cut it. Don’t be picky when it comes to gathering weapons at first either, anything is better than nothing and you can always drop it later. As a beginner, I’d recommend carrying an assault rifle. They are the most versatile weapons Fortnite has to offer. Other than that figure out what works best for you. This is largely trial and error, and there is a learning curve.

Many guides recommend the shotgun and sniper rifle combo, but that doesn’t work for me, so just find your groove. There’s no wrong answer. If it works it works. You’ll have 5 slots you can fill and you’ll have to balance health/shield items and weaponry between them. Choose carefully, and pick up all the ammo and resources you can. They’ll come in handy later.


Keep Ahead of The Storm


Since you’re playing with up to 99 other players in a single match on such a large map, the makers of Fortnite had to implement a feature that would push the players to a central location. Enter the storm. The great equalizer. As more and more players are eliminated during a match, the eye of the storm (the safety zone) gets smaller. This forces any campers to abandon their hideouts and run for cover.

The storm also does more and more damage to those caught in it as the eye grows smaller. Always make it your goal to stay inside the eye. Nothing is worth an extended hike through a storm that’s slowly draining away your health. You may not survive.

Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite: Battle Royale Gameplay

Combat & Building


What sets Fortnite apart from most other games is the ability to almost instantly alter your environment using materials picked up throughout the world by using them to build yourself some shelter from the bullets whizzing around you. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

First, let’s talk about combat. If you want to win, avoid it. Is it fun to drop into Tilted Towers and scramble to find a decent weapon before everyone else around you does? Yes. Is that a winning strategy?  Nope. It’s much smarter to fight only when you have to, letting the other players deal with one another until only a few of you are left.

Which brings us back around to building. Excepting the odd ramp here and there, building is best left to the end of the round. The reasons behind this are 1) Player made buildings stick out like a sore thumb, and 2) Resources aren’t the easiest things to come by when you’re in the middle of a build off with the last couple of players left. Not a good time to run out of material. So, avoid superfluous building and unnecessary combat if you want to become a Fortnite Champion.

Hopefully, you now have some idea of what to expect as you delve into Fortnite: Battle Royale. The slates are being wiped clean as season 3 draws to a close and who knows what season 4 may bring? From all of us here at Launch Pad Gaming: Good luck, happy hunting, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!


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