5 Ways to Improve Your Fortnite Skills
It's no secret that Fortnite is currently the most popular game in the world. As a free-to-play, multiplayer experience, Fortnite has managed to grab the attention of gamers unlike anything before. The constant competitive nature has players always looking for an edge over their opponent, and luckily, I'm here to provide you with some tips. While these tips aren't surefire paths to victory, they will definitely get you closer to your first “Victory Royale”. In no specific order, here are five ways to improve your Fortnite play.
1. Get Used to Gunfights
If there's one issue I consistently see with new players, it's their hesitation when engaging on enemy players. I understand the reasoning; you've spent so many minutes collecting guns and loot, why not just wait it out instead of fighting? Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, you're going to have to start shooting. Not many Fortnite matches are won off camping alone (although it is possible), so you're going to have to get used to how shooting works and feels. If you're new to the game, I recommend dropping into zones like Tilted Towers, Retail Row, or Pleasant Park. Pick up the nearest gun you find, and let loose. You might not last very long in these player-heavy drop zones, but at the very least, you'll earn some much needed practice.
2. Fine Tune Your Building Game
When first starting out, nearly everyone overlooks the building mechanics. Building walls, ramps, and structures might seem like an optional step, but it's one you'll need to have perfected if you want to survive. Low-skill Fortnite players often underestimate the power of high ground, and the amount of ammo it takes to knock down structures. Use this to your advantage. If you're uncomfortable with building quickly, start off by placing blocking walls during firefights, ramping up and over opponents, or building small huts to heal in. If there's one aspect of Fortnite that takes a lot of practice, it's building. When you get the hang of it, you'll be thankful you invested the time.
A mixture of long range, short range, and some explosives as well.
3. Find a Favorite Weapon, and then Another
Once you've gotten comfortable with the way guns work, decide on your favorite type. Personally, I like burst assault rifles and tactical shotguns, but that load out won't work for everyone. Find a gun that fits your personal play style, practice with it, and try and locate it every match. More importantly, you should find a few other weapons that you like, and focus on grabbing those too. As Fortnite is an ever-changing game, there's no way of knowing if your favorite weapon will be around forever. This is why it's important to not put all of your time and effort into mastering one weapon, as it might get changed over time. I recommend a mixture of long range, short range, and some explosives as well.
Important to have some protection on hand.
4. Always Carry a Shield Potion and Health
Inventory space is a precious commodity in Fortnite, but no item is more deserving of that space than shield potions. When you initially drop into your zone of choice and finding a weapon, you should focus on building your shields up to 100%. Small shield potions can raise your shield up to 50%, rising in 25% increments with each drink. Large shield potions grant you 50% instantly, which is handy to have in times of need. Other potions refill health and shields at the same time, but I prefer to have a large shield potion and med-kit on hand instead. It's important to have a good variety of guns, but it's more important to have some protection on hand. Having 500 bullets is great in a firefight, but that ammo won't heal you, so make sure to have some items that will.
5. Have Fun
This might seem like a no-brainer, but hear me out. We live in an era where being good at Fortnite can not only make you popular, but make you rich. Look no further than popular Fortnite streamer “Ninja”, who appeared on national news outlets purely because of the money he makes streaming the game. With the promise of big bucks and popularity on the line, many people approach Fortnite as an incredibly serious sport. In my opinion, there's nothing inherently wrong about that, but it's going to make you worse at the game. Don't be afraid to let loose, go for some crazy plays, and generally have a good time while playing. Often times, when you overthink something or pay too much attention to the minutia, you'll end up making simple mistakes. Personally, my best Fortnite matches have been the ones where I relaxed and simply played how I wanted, and that usually resulted in me winning the day. It's easy to get wrapped up in “what gun is the best” and “what’s the best building pattern”, but when all is said and done, you might be surprised at how well you play when you are just trying to have fun.
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