This page contains tips, tricks, and strategies for all that’s new in Fortnite Battle Royale’s latest Battle Pass update, Season 3 and version 3.0.0.
EditListen for the BOOM
The new Hand Cannon packs a powerful punch, but it also lets out an annoyingly loud shot. If you’re going to use it, be prepared to alert any nearby enemies. And hey, if you’re that enemy, use that noise to your advantage to locate other players.
EditPlan Your Route
The latest update allows players to view the bus entire bus path before the game even begins. Use your time in the lobby to place a marker where you want to go. Keep in mind that once you’re in the bus, the yellow highlighted path will be gone.
Building is a lot smoother now that a few small changes have been implemented. Turbo building allows you to hold down the action button and build continuously as run and turn the camera. Need to go up a mountain? Set up up a ramp and keep building without lifting a finger. Someone is attacking? Build like a madman to surround yourself with walls and ramps.
EditBuild Through Objects
Have you ever been stopped from building because some tiny object was in the way? Or maybe it was the giant tree? With the latest update this is no longer an issue. You can now build right through trees, poles, and other objects. Use these objects as some added protection and even a place to stay hidden.
Do take note that some of the smaller objects will destroy upon building, causing a bit of noise.
EditSelf-Induced Impulse Grenade
Your first thought with an Impulse Grenade is to use it on enemies, but that’s not their only use. Trying to outrun the storm but it’s catching up too quick? Throw one of those suckers in front of you and run past it as it detonates to propels yourself forward. Use it to get from rooftop to rooftop in Tilted Towers or get yourself out of a sticky situation.
But yes, totally use them on enemies too. Blast opponents off mountains and cliffs and send them to their death. You can even try knocking them back into the storm.
There really is no way around it. You can squat in some random house all you want, but eventually you’re going to have to take action. Get in the habit of fighting back or better, attacking first. Get yourself the upper hand and win the fight. Not only do you get practice for the real challenge when you get to the final few foes, but it’s also one less enemy or squad you have to worry about.
EditTake the Higher Ground
Have you noticed a pattern in the way you keep dying? Even when you build yourself some walls and a ramp to protect yourself? Chances are someone keeps building above you. Why not try the same? If you see at the same ground level at you, take your chance and build above them. This will let you drop into their fort, usually by surprise. The same rings true for houses. Instead of going through the front door, build up to the roof where you may be able to get that height advantage.
This also stays true for hills and mountains. While going up there and building a base will attract attention to your location, it does give you a better chance at targeting your building opponents. This is especially important in the final moments when enemies scramble to get to you or escape the storm.
Do you ever feel like some of your shots just never land a target? If you’re willing to take more of a risk, crouch and aim your weapon to not only improve its accuracy but give you a steady view at your moving target.
The best practice is simply to keep failing as you get closer and closer to victory, but there are a few ways to improve in smaller doses. Whenever you get the chance, try to find an object or some kind of point of interest and try to keep your crosshair on the point as you move and jump around. This could be street sign, a tire, a window, whatever. When you’re in the lobby, spend that time waiting aiming at moving players. Better to get some practice here than out in the battle royale!
EditTime Your Escape
We always seem to be trying to outrun the storm, aren’t we? There is a trick to help calculate how much time you’ll need to escape. Each quadrant or square of the map takes roughly 45 seconds to cross assuming you’re running in a straight line. For example, if you’re two quadrants away, give yourself at least a minute and a half to escape.
Have you noticed that sometimes you can outrun the storm and other times it speeds right past you? Take note of the location of the new circle in advance. The parts of the circle closest to the storm will move a lot slower since both circles converge at the same time. With that in mind, the further the storm is, the faster it will move.
EditPredict the Next Circle
As the storm is closing in, listen for the chime that indicates a supply drop is landing somewhere on the map. Finding where it lands can help you predict the general location of the next circle. The supply crate is set to land after the current storm closes in, meaning that it’s landing somewhere within the next circle. If you’re not heading towards that direction, you may want to change course early.
EditExit Inventory Quickly
Messing around with your inventory when a fight breaks out? Just move your character with WASD and you’ll immediately be taken back to the game.
Noise is a big indicator for enemies who find your location. If you feel like someone is nearby, try crouching and sprinting to minimize damage. Full on sprinting also leaves a dust trail behind that can be seen from a good distance. If you’re closing in on an unsuspecting victim, crouch and slowly move to really stay quiet.
EditLet Enemies Do the Work
See two teams fighting? Consider letting them take each other. One team will stand victorious but they’ll probably be weak. Strike after to get some easy kills.
Do take note that another team may be doing the same thing. Stay alert!
You can spend a lot of time harvesting materials at the start of the match, but there is another way to quickly stock up on wood, brick, and metal. Defeat other players and just pick up whatever they harvested. Sometimes it’s not much, other times you’ll have more than you can carry.
EditBlowing the Element of Surprise
While it’s important to gather materials from trees, stones, and trucks, do keep in mind that these disappearing objects can be seen by other players. This is especially true of the giant trees that vanish in an instant and leave a confetti of leaves tumbling down in the air. As you progress further on in the game, staying hidden is more important than ever and you may want to avoid harvesting all together.
EditLeave One Last Hit
If you’re worried about being spotted from a distance thanks to a disappearing tree or stone you just harvested, consider stopping before taking out that last chunk of the object’s health. This will allow you to get your resources without having the object disappear. Do keep note that it’s still noisy!
EditSmart Material Gathering
You can spend all your time leveling an entire house, but it may not be the best way to spend your time. Certain objects give you way more materials if you can find them.
For wood, stick to the trees. If you find one of those flat wooden crates, those give a lot of bonus wood.
For brick, the stones you see outside often give you 50 brick.
For metal, the cars and trucks are the way to go but they are also extremely noisy.
EditCustomize Your Controls
First off, avoid using the mouse wheel. When it comes down to a fight, every second counts and you don’t want to waste it cycling through your weapons and building options and making sure you get the right one. It’s a hard habit to break, so consider disabling the mouse scroll completely.
Use the default keys to use your weapons and to build. You can also set them to whatever key bindings you like. If your mouse has extra buttons like a side button or the middle click, utilize those too!
EditOrder Your Weapons and Items
Open up your inventory and move your weapons and items around in a way that suits your playstyle. A good rule of thumb is to have your short range weapons in the first two slots with longer ranged weapons in the third and fourth. Healing can go in the last spot. You’re more likely to need a short range weapon like a shotgun faster than you would something like an assault rifle or sniper.
EditFastest Way to Land
Your glider will auto deploy whenever it reaches a certain height from your current location and the ground. This means that someone auto deploying at the top of a mountain will start to glide much higher than someone auto deploying at the river in the valley. So, avoid going over hills, houses, trees, and other higher points that could cause your glider to auto deploy earlier.
So. Hop out of the bus, nose dive to the nearest low point, then auto deploy and glide over to your desired location. The spot you want to land at should be within 1-2 quadrants away.
Landing somewhere near the edge of the map? Dive down towards the ocean to auto deploy your glider relative to the water. This means you’ll deploy pretty close the actual ground.
EditCommunicate with Numbers
While it’s not essential, communication is an important aspect in working with your duo or squad. Shouting “people!” when you see enemies can only help so much. Use the numerical direction from the compass at the top of the HUD to pinpoint their location. At the very least, state the cardinal direction like north or southeast.
Did you know you can ride rockets?? It’s a very tough skill to learn but it can be done. Rockets are the slowest moving projectiles in the game. If you manage to jump and land on one as it moves past, you can ride it all the way to wherever it goes. Use this technique to get over a large valley or up to the top of a mountain. It’s hard, but super cool!
EditDoors as Steps
Sometimes you’re in a situation where materials are very precious or you want to minimize the amount of noise you make. If there’s an open door, jump on top of it and use it as a step to go up the the second or third floor. It’s also a nice place to get the drop on someone.