The Ultimate Fortnite: Battle Royale Starter Guide

The Ultimate Fortnite: Battle Royale Starter Guide
Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman

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So you’ve downloaded Fortnite: Battle Royale, but you’re getting wrecked as soon as you hit the ground. How do you stay alive, stalk your enemies, and blast your way to the top? While we’ve already given you some solid starting advice, there’s always more to discover. Our Softonic Solutions community is a great place to ask and answer questions. Here’s what they recommend as the 10 best ways to go from cannon fodder to king of the battlefield.

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The Ultimate Fortnite: Battle Royale Starter Guide

1. Become a building beast

Anyone can run and shoot. If you want to improve your chances, you’ve got to be able to build on the fly. Check out this video from YouTuber Ninja. At the 12:29 mark, you’ll watch him create a ramp he runs up, and then a bridge he uses to cross a gap. Throughout the game, he builds and uses existing structures to conceal himself from the other players. You can’t hit what you can’t see. And watch how quickly he defends himself with buildings and uses ramps as shortcuts. If you can build like this, you’ll be a Fortnite force.

2. Follow these 13 tips

Our Solutions community loved these 13 Fortnite beginner tips from Gamespot. In case you’d like to save a few clicks, their tips are…

  • Pick your landing spot and avoid other players
  • The storm is your greatest enemy
  • Gather resources first
  • Practice building (especially under fire)
  • Gear up (with weapons and healing gear)
  • Keep quiet
  • Don’t fight unless you’re pretty sure you can win
  • Be careful in the open
  • Drink shield potions as soon as you find them
  • Watch for player buildings
  • Never trust cover
  • Be careful when looting defeated players
  • Use this time to learn

3. Know the game

Solutions voters highly recommended this guide from PCGamesN. We agree. Not only do they give you great general tips about the importance of wearing headphones and building structures during the final showdown, they also dig into more game detail. Do you know about Fortnite’s vending machines or supply llamas? The guide also breaks down the strengths of each weapon and details about the various landing zones on the island. (Hint: Don’t bother landing in the Wailing Woods or Tomato Town.)

4. The storm is your friend and foe

Yes, everyone’s gotta come in from the storm, but according to this beginner’s guide from, the storm has a few advantages. First, if you can position yourself to see the players racing in from the storm, they’re very easy to pick off. Second, ducking into the storm can be a useful tactic late in the game. Most players will stay away, but if you can heal quickly enough, you can hide within the storm and only duck back in to the safe zone to kill and duck back out again. It’s an advanced tactic, but one we’ve seen used to great effect.

5-10. Check out these video tutorials

It’s one thing to watch an incredible gamer destroying the competition. It’s another thing to read tips. But sometimes, the best way to learn is to watch great players while they explain their strategies. These five videos round out our experts’ favorite Fortnite beginner resources:

Have we missed your favorite Fortnite guide or video? Let us know over here at Softonic Solutions. And while you’re there, feel free to ask a question or help someone else with theirs. The expert community is ready to help!

Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who led's editorial team in 2018 and 2019. Before joining Softonic, he was the Head of Content for and a news producer for NBC, Fox, and CBS. He is an award-winning filmmaker and director of sketch and improv comedy, and a contributing writer for the Pitch comedy app.

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