At long last, one of the world’s most popular games, Fortnite, has made its way to Android. While the game is very much a beta and has some unfortunate performance issues, it’s hopefully only a matter of time before these issues are addressed. In the meantime, we’ve put together a list tips and trips so you’ll be winning matches in no time!
In case you have been under a rock for the past year, Fortnite launched first for PC, Xbox One and PS4 in July 2017 as a free-to-play survival shooter. In September, developer Epic Games released a new mode for the game, Fortnite: Battle Royale, where 100 players parachute in a map and then try to shoot each other, with the one player left standing declared as the winner. It’s this mode of the game that has become insanely popular, with over 125 million players worldwide. It’s also this version of the game that’s now available for Android. For now its only available on a number of Samsung devices, but more Android phones will be added in the coming weeks.
Choosing a shooting mode
When you start the game for the first time, Fortnite will offer you several different shooting modes. As all of the game’s controls are virtual buttons, you will want to find the best option for your play style.
As with many other shooting games, Fortnite offers players the option to either fire their weapon using on-screen buttons or by just tapping on any free open space. But what Epic Games recommends is an auto firing mode. With this enabled, the character’s gun will go off anytime an enemy character is within range and in the player’s crosshairs.
But if you already made a choice and find that you aren’t a fan of how the selected shooting option works, you can always go back and change it.
To do this, tap on the menu icon located in the top right corner of Fortnite’s home screen. Next, select the HUD Layout Tool option and not the Settings button.
Here is where you can change the location of the various on-screen controls, but more on that later. The next step is to tap on the arrow in the top right corner. And finally, choose Change Fire Mode. It’s here that you can select Auto Fire, Tap Anywhere, Dedicated Button, or use a custom combination of the three.
Change the button layout
As hinted at earlier, Fortnite allows players to change their in-game button layout. On PC and console, this means remapping physical buttons, but on the mobile game, users can literally move almost all of the different shooting, building, and moving buttons around the screen.
To access this customization feature, start by tapping on the menu icon located at the top right corner on Fortnite’s home screen. Next, select HUD Layout Tool.
The resulting screen shows your current game layout. Except for the button for moving your character around, you can tap and drag each item anywhere you like. Additionally, you can move the blueprint down and find optional buttons that can be added to the layout.
When you’re done, save all of your changes by tapping on the arrow icon in the top right corner and select Exit.
The best part about having this customization is that you can experiment with various button positions. If you find yourself reaching too far to get your character to jump, you can relocate the button. Over time, you will find what works best for you and find ways to help you win matches.
Turn off auto pick up of weapons
On Fortnite for mobile, the game is automatically set up to pick up almost any item the character walks over without the player having to do anything. While this may seem convenient at first, it can get annoying over time. Instead of strategically adding guns and items to your inventory, you might get stuck with a plethora of gray guns (more on weapon classes below).
You can turn auto pick up of weapons off by tapping on the menu icon located in the top right corner of the game’s home screen and then selecting the gear icon. Now that you’re in the settings menu, choose the gear icon at the top of the screen and then scroll down to the bottom of the list. Here you can toggle off Auto Pick up Weapons.
While you’re in this menu, we also recommend you turn off the option that automatically opens doors. While this setting might save you time while entering a building, it can also become an inconvenience. Instead of hiding from an enemy inside of a room, the game might automatically open a door and signal them to your location.
Utilize the sound indicator
Fortnite is a game that strongly uses sound to help players locate crates, identify nearby enemies, and more. As players on mobile can’t always play with headphones plugged in, Epic Games includes an on-screen sound indicator to help users navigate the virtual world.
When the character is near anything that makes noise, the indicator will appear somewhere around the player. For stationary items like chests, the indicator will rotate around the character as they move. This will help you identify where the item is located.
The sound indicator will appear when an enemy is walking or running nearby, when there’s gunfire, or when there is a chest. Each of these indicators features a different icon so that users know what is happening around them.
One of Fortnite’s unique characteristics that makes it stand out compared to other battle royale games is the ability to build structures. In addition to helping players take the high ground, building simple walls and ramps allows characters to take cover from enemy gunfire.
But at the beginning of every match, players start with nothing. To remedy this, players have to use their harvesting tool to collect wood, brick, and metal.
But just remember, when chopping down a tree or breaking down a car, your player will be making a decent amount of noise. This might alert enemies of your presence so just be careful when and where you farm resources.
Build with a reason
As mentioned, building is a crucial aspect of Fortnite. Structures provide users to take the high-ground and adds protection from enemies. But if there is one mistake new players make, it’s their choice to try and build something instead of focusing on taking out the enemy.
Additionally, as mentioned in our Fortnite review, building is much more difficult on smartphones than it is on PC and consoles. With this in mind, players can choose to forego building and focus on the rest of the game, or we recommend they use the game’s Playground mode to practice placing various types of structures.
Maintain your health and shield
Unlike games where the user’s health slowly regenerates over time, Fortnite requires players to find bandages and shield potions to keep themselves fully protected.
To do this, players will need to search buildings and open chests. Below is a list of the different healing and shield items and how they benefit the gamer.
- Bandages — Gain 15 health up to 75 health
- Med kit — Gain 100 health
- Small shield potion — 25 shield each up to 50 shield
- Shield potion — Gain 50 shield
- Slurp juice — Gain 50 health or shield. The amount will be split if health is not at 100 percent
- Chug jug — Gain 100 health and 100 shield
Additionally, there are small items throughout the map that will provide minimal amounts of health and shield. Items such as apples will give players 5 HP and blue mushrooms will give users 5 shields each.
Collect a variety of weapons
As the primary goal in Fortnite is to be the last alive, players should strive to collect a wide variety of weapons that can be used in different situations. While you might start out with just a pistol, the ideal loadout would include a shotgun, an assault rifle, a sniper rifle, and maybe a grenade or two.
Players should also understand the different classes of weapons. Based on the item’s color and rarity, users can expect better performance and damage to enemy players. The different classes are listed below:
- Gray – Common
- Green – Uncommon
- Blue – Rare
- Purple – Epic
- Orange – Legendary
One of the easiest and quickest ways to die in Fortnite is by standing still. While you might not see an enemy player, they might have their crosshairs on you. By standing in one place for too long, they have an easier shot at taking you out.
We also recommend that players occasionally change their direction while running between cities. While snipers have an easier job taking out enemies while they’re standing still, it can still be pretty easy to judge a shot when players are running at a constant speed. By changing things up and even jumping periodically, you are less likely to unknowingly get killed.
Knock down enemy structures
While keeping the high ground can be the key to winning in Fortnite, sometimes your enemy will have already beat you to it. Instead of trying to outbuild them, you can try knocking them down.
In Fortnite, when players fall from a certain height, they can take a significant amount of damage. So when enemies have built a structure that is more than three walls high, a smart strategy would be to knock it down.
If you’re in your own building, equipt an automatic rifle and take aim at the bottom pieces of an enemy’s structure. While this might use up a good number of your available bullets, it will knock down the entire building above ground level. Just remember that you will need to destroy each piece of the building that is anchored to the ground.
Additionally, if you’re already next to the building, you can knock down buildings by using the harvesting tool. Just make sure to be quick about it so that the enemy doesn’t figure out what you’re doing.
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