Fortnite Battle Royale : was released late last year as spin-off mode of Epic’s otherwise PVE co-op sandbox Fortnite. Pretty much the moment it hit launch it stormed its way up the Twitch charts, and from time to time it’s even been known to overtake its very obvious inspiration Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in terms of player popularity. In very simple terms it’s proved itself to be a very big deal, in very short order.
Assuming you’ve played at least a few matches of PUBG, then you should find it a pretty simple affair to acclimatise to Battle Royale. With that said there are some critical differences between the two that even the most battle-weary survivalist would do well to be aware of.
Not only are some of the core mechanics very different, you also need to become a master craftsman who can knock up defensive forts in no time whatsoever – a particularly crucial element of gameplay when the bold one hundred have been whittled down to the remaining ten or so. There’s also a handful of devious traps to make use of – and some of them are capable of giving the enemy a very nasty shock indeed.
This is the most important thing you can do to improve your skills in Fortnite, and it also happens to be the thing most beginners avoid. In a game where surviving is the goal, being aggressive may seem counterintuitive. However, the key to survival is knowing how to best a your enemies in a fight. The more fights you get into, the more practice you get. The more practice you get, the more lethal you become. When you hear shots fired, go towards them. When you see an enemy moving nearby, engage with them. When you see a bush, don’t hide in it! Be aggressive, seek fights, and become a more efficient combatant.
Master the Healing System
Health is the green bar at the very bottom middle of the screen. Players start the match with max health of 100. Your shield is the blue bar directly above the health bar, and players initially start at zero. The only way to acquire a shield is to loot shield potions or slurp juices from around the map. When you take damage from an enemy, shields are expended before health is affected. However, shields do not protect against fall damage or storm damage, so pay close attention to your health bar.
It’s important to remember that players do NOT gain back health over time. Instead, you must find one of four items that can help you gain back your health or acquire a shield, and understanding how all of them work is extremely useful. First, there are bandages. Each bandage will return 15 health, but heal you to above 75 health. In order to get over 75, you’ll need a medkit or a slurp juice. A medkit will always take you back to 100 HP, no matter how low your health may be, and a slurp juice is rather unique in that it grants both shields and health. When a Slurp Juice is used, players will gain one health and one shield point per second for 25 seconds. Finally are the shield potions, which instantly grant 50 shield but do not affect your health. Take the time to understand and master this system so you can heal efficiently and effectively.
Know Your Arsenal and Prepare For All Scenarios
In Fortnite Battle Royale mode, weapon tiers are clearly divided using 5 colors. From weakest to strongest, those colors are: gray, green, blue, purple, and orange/gold. Repeat that to yourself. Get it in your head – it’s important. Throughout each match, focus on seeking higher-tiered weapons. Each enemy you kill and each chest you loot will present an opportunity to swap a weaker gun for a stronger one. Use the color-coding to identify which is weaker and which is stronger. Once you’ve got that figured out, focus on keeping a variety of weapons on hand. In other words, you want short range and long range weapons, as well as some explosives, on hand at all times so you are geared up for any kind of fight you may find yourself in.
Consistent Weapon Slotting
This tip can be insanely helpful, especially when a fight breaks out but you’re not ready. You want to keep the order of your inventory consistent, so you can pull out the item you want without hesitation. For example, I manage my inventory from left to right with closest range weapons to the left, longer range weapons to the right, and with healing items being last. This way, I can pull out whatever I may need in a fight without looking down to find it in my inventory.