Tips On How To Build In Fortnite: Battle Royale

by Ollie Green, Gaming Columnist

Published in Gaming on 28th March, 2018

Fortnite has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world, out surpassing the previous Battle Royale king, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.

There are many reasons why Fortnite is doing better than other Battle Royale games, with one reason being its incredible building system.

In Fortnite, you're able to collect resources and use them to quickly build your way out of dangerous situations against other players.

Trying to use the Fortnite building system to your advantage can be tricky, though. There are lots of buttons to press, and you must be able to use the building tools quickly.

In this blog, we take a look at the best tips for learning how to become a master builder in Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Learn (Or Adjust) The Required Button Inputs

The hardest part of learning how to build in Fortnite is mastering the controls. There are many inputs you have to learn how to master quickly.

If you use a controller, you'll be using the triggers and bumpers to switch between the different material types and building types. If you use a keyboard and mouse you'll use the F keys or mouse wheel.

It's easier to use the building controls on a controller. Alternatively, you could bind the keyboard controls to some keys that are easier to reach, like B, N, T, and Y.

Once you understand the controls, you will need to be able to switch between the different building options as quickly as possible.

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If you switch in and out of the building menu, you will notice that the highlighted building piece and materials are saved. To save time with building, always leave your selection highlighted on the ramp.

Ramps can be placed in front of you and used to hide behind and they can also be used to climb above players. Having the building tools already highlighted on the ramp option each time will mean you always have a quick option available for building cover to hide behind.

If you don't remember to leave the building menu with the ramp highlighted, the next time you go to build, you will end up with whichever building piece you last used, which could have been anything from a wall, to a floor piece.

If you're in the middle of a fight, a floor piece will do nothing to protect you and if you find yourself selecting this first, you'll have to quickly fumble with the controls until you have the right building piece selected. This is why it's always good to remember to switch to the ramp before leaving the building menu.

Understanding The Physics

In Fortnite, the physics for building isn't like real life, but it's not quite like Minecraft, either. You can continue to build into the sky so long as you have at least one building piece connecting it to the pieces below it.

If you make a massive ramp, for example, and a player shoots out one of the ramp pieces, all of the pieces above it will collapse because there's no longer anything to connect it to the ground.

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For this reason, you must be very careful about how high you build. If the building collapses under you and you're very high up, you will fall down to the ground and die.

In most combat situations, you should only really build 1-2 ramps high. Only build higher if you can surround it with walls and more support.

By doing this, players will have to shoot through more materials before they are able to knock your building down. By that point, you will have enough time to respond to their attacks or rebuild to provide more support to your building.

Build Above Everybody Else

In slight contrast to the point made above, if you engage in close quarter fights, you will always have the advantage if you build higher than others. This is because the camera angle is positioned in a way that makes it easy to look down on players but it's impossible to look up at them and remain in cover.

Most players will build a ramp into the air above your head and then jump down behind you to shotgun you. To combat this, simply build a ramp that's higher than theirs - you'll then be able to do the same. fortnite building physics

As long as you always build within 1 - 2 ramps away from the closest building, you shouldn't have to worry about taking fall damage, either.

If, for example, a player builds a 3 piece ramp to get a higher position, you could build a 5 piece ramp over theirs and if your ramp gets destroyed, you can fall onto the enemy ramp and you won't take any fall damage.

Always Collect Enough Materials

Using the build tools in Fortnite is like accessing a lifeline - you can stop bullets from hitting you by placing ramps, or place down walls to give you time to get your downed teammate back into the fight.

The fun stops when you run out of building materials, so you will need to make sure you're collecting enough wood, stone, and metal as you play through the game. Thankfully, almost every item in Fortnite can be broken down and materials can be collected from them.

As an example, trees, benches, house roofs, and furniture give wood, house walls and rocks give stone, and cars, lamp posts, and kitchen appliances give you metal.

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You can collect materials faster by aiming your pickaxe at the small blue circle each time you hit the object you're hitting.

You can only collect materials with your pickaxe, too, so whilst you can destroy everything with your weapons, you won't get any material for doing so.

Metal is the best building material - it will take the most damage before being destroyed. Stone sits in the middle, and wood is the worst. On the flip side, wood is the easiest to collect in abundance, whilst metal and stone take longer.

A good strategy is to collect as much wood as possible within the first few minutes of the game and then slowly collect stone and metal as the play area starts to get smaller.


Thanks for reading our overview on how to build in Fortnite. We hope these tips will prove to be useful.

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