Fortnite isn’t like any of the battle royales out there. Yes – it does have your standard shooting and the run-of-the-mill quest for survival until you’re the last one standing but there’s more to it than meets the eye. A huge portion of the game is dedicated to building. Those who are considered as the best of the best in the game are master builders that can get in and out of combat very quickly.
One of the facts you’ll eventually learn in Fornite is that the most accurate of players are often outplayed by those who can build structures very quickly. Building is one of the most vital skills to have in Fortnite but it’s also one of the toughest to master. Being able to build walls between you and your foes is never enough so here are some tips to become a better builder.
Before you even think about building, the very first thing you should do is begin stocking up on materials first. The good thing is that it’s very easy to it. All you need to do is swing your pickaxe at a structure or at a tree and the resources will come automatically. Since you can carry a ton of the materials with you, it’s never wrong to hoard as much as you can.
While it can be risky, it’s often best to land in areas that are abundant in structures. This will help you get as many materials as you can. Just make sure to steer clear of other players first when you swing your pickaxe as this can make enough noise to draw them towards your location.
Remember to look out for highlighted spots on structures and trees. Hitting these will give you double the materials as well so they’re worth the trouble. Most importantly, make sure you move as you swing your pickaxe. If you keep stable, you risk putting yourself in harms way.
A rookie mistake in Fortnite is forgetting that you don’t have to stand still while you build. Once you initiate the process of constructing something, you can move away as it will begin building itself then and there. A good technique when being chased by an enemy is to build a wall in front of you, step back a bit and then begin building a new wall again.
When you’re building a ramp, you can begin stepping on it the moment the structure is starting to form. You don’t have to wait for the structure to finish building before you step on ramps. That being said, walls that are being built can already provide protection for you as well.
Shift To Builder Pro Controls
Those playing on PC have it easier because there are a lot of key bindings to make building easier. Sadly, PC players are really at an advantage because of their control scheme. That doesn’t mean that console players have no chance at being pro builders of course. What’s great about Fortnite on consoles is that you can adjust your control scheme to fit your needs.
If you head to the settings, you can see an option called the Builder Pro within the menu. What this does is that it allows you to change between building and combat modes very easily. The Builder Pro control scheme will take some time to get used to but it’s going to be worth it once you’re able to get to master how this works.
Once you’ve mastered the art of gathering, it’s time to move on to the actual building. You shouldn’t aim for building complex structures just yet. Instead, go for small structures. The concept of “four walls and a roof” is always a good start. If you’re in a pinch, surrounding yourself with walls to recuperate for the meantime can be more than enough to save your life.
Before you move on to more complex structures, make sure that you’re already well acquainted with building. Make sure that you’ve already gotten the movements mastered is what we mean.
Building’s Just The Start
It’s easy to forget that building a wall or a ramp is just the basics of building. One of the most underutilized abilities in Fortnite is editing. Even when the structure is already made, you can still edit it to fit your needs. You can add a window for shooting or you can also cover up holes just in case you want to fortify your structure. Editing can help you fortify the structures you’ve built out of panic as you are running away from opponents.
If you’re planning on holding out until the last circle, then editing is going to be your best friend. You can adjust your structure to fit your needs. For instance, you can begin patching up walls while you set up a good perch to snipe opponents in.
These are some of the best building tips you need to know when playing Fortnite. Remember, being able to build is often better than having good aim in this battle royale. The faster and more accurate you are at building, the harder it will be for opponents to gain an advantage against you.