Fortnite Battle Royale, a spin-off from the main game, pits 100 players against one another to crown one as the winner. In this Fortnite Battle Royale guide, we'll be walking you through the best Battle Royale weapons, as well as all the Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks you'll need to emerge as victorious. Plus get all the info on the best weapons in Fornite Battle Royale.
Although Fortnite Battle Royale is still in early access, it's just surpassed 40 million total downloads as of January 2018. We'll be updating this Fornite Battle Royale guide with all future changes and announcements from Epic for the game, including the recent reveal that there would be no new maps coming to the game, or vehicles. Elsewhere we've got all the details on Fortnite Season 3's Battle Pass.
Fortnite Battle Royale Beginner's Tips Guide
In this Fortnite Battle Royale tips guide, we'll be going over the very basics of the game, such as how the eye of the storm feature works, as well as getting to grips with the island map that the Battle Royale mode takes place on. If you're looking for the Fortnite Ice Cream Truck Locations, we've got those too. If you're new to the game, perhaps playing Fortnite Mobile, know that all these tips are for all versions of Fortnite Battle Royale.
The mobile version of Fortnite is now out in the wild for players to take on worldwide, not just in the US, Canada, and China where it initially launched. For all the tips and tricks you need on how to master the mobile version of Fortnite, head over to our Fortnite Mobile guide.
When the Battle Royale game begins, you'll find yourself in a waiting area, right up until all 100 players have loaded into the game. In this area, nothing matters at all, so feel free to scavenge around and test out any weapons you come across. You'll definitely want to give automatic weapons a try if you can find them, as there can be some pretty severe weapon recoil to deal with, as well as a randomised bullet spread with automatic weapons.
Once the Battle Royale game eventually begins, you'll be transported to the Battle Bus, and a timer will count down to when you can jump out. Bring up your map to tell which way the Battle Bus is headed, as the starting point of the bus itself will be randomised each game, so you'll have to always check manually on the map to see if the Bus is due to pass over any landmarks on the map. You'll need to choose when to jump out of the plane, and ideally aim to land nearby a building on the ground.
This is because the second that you eventually hit the ground, you'll want to immediately make it to your nearest building, as this is where you can find all the weapons and ammunition in Fortnite Battle Royale. You won't find any weapons or ammo just out in the wilds of the map, as it's instead all contained within houses and other buildings. Make sure any ammo you've picked up is loaded into your equipped weapons, and then scavenge your surroundings for any useful items you can pick up.
Also, you might have noticed that you start out the game with nothing but a pickaxe. You can use this pickaxe to destroy any item in the environment, including walls, trees, furniture, and other objects. You'll gain wood, metal, and stone resources based on the items you destroy with your pickaxe, and we'd advise you try and get your hands on a good amount of these material types immediately, as you never know when you'll have to build items to escape an encounter.
Fortnite Battle Royale Eye of the Storm
Otherwise, the only other mechanic you'll have to contend with in Fortnite Battle Royale is the Eye of the Storm. At the very beginning of the game, a minute timer counts down until a white circle is placed on the map. You always want to aim to be in this white circle, as anyone caught in the blue circle that closes in to the white circle will continually take damage. The white circle is called the Eye of the Storm, and as long as you're inside it, you'll be protected from the damage of the storm (the blue circle).
Fornite Battle Royale Tips and Tricks Guide - Fortnite Mobile Guide
You might be thinking that Fortnite Battle Royale sounds awfully similar to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, and you honestly wouldn't be wrong in assuming this. But nevertheless, we'll give you some Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks, in order to make sure you're one of the last players standing no matter what situation you find yourself in.
- The first things you should do as soon as you hit the ground are collect any weapons and ammo around you, and demolish anything you can for resources.
- You can always build your way out of any situation, as you can use stairs to scale hills and buildings, and walls to provide a barricade against incoming fire.
- Bare in mind that with a large staircase that someone has built, you can destroy the entire thing in one go by shooting the very bottom section, causing the rest of it to collapse.
- Keep in mind that there is fall damage, and if you shoot a staircase and cause a player to fall from a great height, you can instantly kill them.
- Always open treasure chests! They have a higher loot drop ratio than finding items scattered around the environment, so always make sure to crack them open if you stumble across them.
- If you see a blue flare on the ground, this indicates a loot box will be dropped their via air shortly. Plan around this, as you could claim the loot for yourself, or use it as bait to lure other players.
- The same goes for any loot that opposing players drop when killed. You could collect it for yourself, or you could leave it there and wait for other players to try and claim it.
- Always drink shield potions as soon as you have them. There's no point saving them for later, as you can free up a space in your inventory, as well as providing your with a nice boost to withstand powerful attacks from sniper rifles and other weapons.
- It's always worth tweaking your aiming sensitivity settings in Fortnite Battle Royale, particularly when weapon recoil is a key factor when firing automatic weapons.
Fortnite Battle Royale Best Weapons - Best Weapons for Fortnite Mobile
In a survival simulator like Fortnite Battle Royale, weapons are of paramount importance in order to make it to the final 10 players standing. As such, you need to always be on the lookout for the most powerful weapons and other items in the game, and there are some clever ways to tell which items you should prioritise over others.
For a start, the loot items in Fortnite Battle Royale are color coded, according to rarity. Plain/grey items are common, while the rest of the item colors from common to rare are green, purple, and gold. In other words, whenever you come across purple or gold items in Fortnite Battle Royale, you want to make way for them in your limited inventory.
Green, purple, and gold weapons will always have perks and other bonuses that the more common versions of the same weapons won't have. For example, a common assault rifle won't have a scope, and will be less accurate, while the green, purple, or gold varieties of the assault rifle will be more accurate, and will likely come with a scope.
Aside from this color coded rarity system, we've got some general advice to give on the Fortnite Battle Royale best weapons in general. Sniper rifles in the game are unmatched in power, as they can actually kill someone without a shield in a single hit in the upper half of the body. As you might imagine, shotguns are also one of the more powerful weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale, and they actually have some decent range on them, meaning you don't necessarily have to get up close to a player for the shotgun to inflict some serious damage.
Otherwise, weapons that inflict either area based damage or have a rapid rate of fire, tend to be the best to use in Fortnite Battle Royale. Weapons like the grenade launcher are great at destroying any cover that your opponents are using, while assault rifles are excellent weapons at both close and long range, especially if you happen to stumble across a rarer variety with increased accuracy.
The basic rule of Fortnite Battle Royale is always prioritise weapons based on rarity and damage, especially considering you've got a maximum of five inventory slots to use up. Always make sure to leave some room for healing items like bandages and health kits as well, as you don't want to be stuck in a firefight with no way to heal your wounds.
Fornite Battle Royale 50v50 - New Time Limited Game Mode
At The Game Awards 2017 a brand new limited time game mode, 50v50, was announced and released for Fortnite Battle Royale. As the name suggests, the new 50v50 mode puts a team of 50 players against another team of 50 players in the huge Fortnite Battle Royale map - instead of the usual every person for themselves gameplay style.
Unfortunately the 50v50 mode has now drawn to a close, ending back on December 17, 2017, but should it reappear in the game at all in the future, you can be sure to read all about it here.
Fortnite Sneaky Silencer Event Guide
The next limited-time event for Fortnite Battle Royale is the Sneaky Silencer event, which kicked off back on January 5 and ended on January 8. The event featured the silenced pistol seen just below, which you'll be able to find in chests, supply drops, or floor loot, in Epic or Rare varieties.
On top of the new silenced pistol, the Sneaky Silencer event will feature an increased number of bushes dotted around the map, which players have taken to hiding in to disguise themselves in the environment. Although we don't yet know what date the Sneaky Silencer event will end on, you might want to delve into it before Epic eventually closes it.
Fortnite Weekly Challenges
Each and every week, we'll be breaking down all the brand new Fortnite Weekly Challenges, available for Battle Pass owners to take on every Tuesday. We'll be walking you through how to complete the most complex challenges, from treasure hunts and the locations of hidden buildings like Gas Stations, all the way to taking out players with certain weapons like the Pickaxe.
Check out our complete guides list just below, for every Fortnite Weekly Challenge that we've covered so far:
- Fortnite Week 4 Challenges
- Fortnite Week 5 Challenges
- Fortnite Week 6 Challenges
- Fortnite Week 7 Challenges
- Fortnite Week 8 Challenges
Alternatively, you can head over to our Fortnite skins page, where we'll list out all the very best, most stylish outfits you can possibly purchase for your Battle Royale character, or our Fornite V Bucks guide, for info on how you can earn V Bucks as quickly as possible.
This might bring an end to our Fortnite beginner's tips and tricks guide, but make sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it each and every week, as soon as brand new weekly Challenges are available for the Battle Pass holders.