The Best Fortnite Building Tips For New Players
The building mechanic in Fortnite is exclusive to the game and is the reason why Fortnite blew up in popularity in the first place.
In all the years that Fortnite has been out, the game has undergone major changes in its Meta. New weapons and items have been added, taking Fortnite to a new dynamic every few seasons.
But amongst all this, the Building aspect of the game has remained the same. Fortnite started with the option to allow the players to build Four platforms; Wall, Floor, Stairs, and Roof. And to this day, these are the same structures that you can build in the game.
An additional building slot for Traps is also available in Fortnite, but this doesn’t work like the normal builds. To be able to place a trap, you need to find one first and equip it to your traps slot.
Unlike normal builds, traps in Fortnite have changed over the years. New ones have been added in, and older ones have been nerfed. But enough of the introduction, let’s talk about how you can improve your building skills in Fortnite.
Set Custom Keybinds For Building
If you are new to Fortnite and are exploring the game’s building mechanics for the first time, then there is a high chance you might be making a crucial mistake!
If you look at some Fortnite streamers or even your friends who have a bit of experience playing Fortnite, you may be wondering how these players build so quickly. Because no matter how hard you try, it is certainly not possible with the keybinds you use.
This is because, on PC, the default building keybinds that Fortnite gives you are extremely useless!
The keybinds for builds are set as F1, F2, F3, and F4 by default on your keyboard. This causes you to build slowly as these buttons aren’t easily reachable by your natural hand position.
This is why the first thing you should do when you start Fortnite is to rebind your building keys. These keys should be easily accessible by your hand and ideally close to the WASD keys.
Here are the keybinds of some professional Fortnite players:
- Wall: Mouse Button 4
- Floor: Q
- Stairs: Mouse Button 5
- Roof: Left Shift
- Trap: 5
- Wall: Q
- Floor: Mouse Button 4
- Stairs: Mouse Button 5
- Roof: Left Shift
- Trap: T
Custom Edit Reset Bind
In Fortnite, it helps in many situations if you can reset an edit immediately. This is why this is a custom keybind that many players use to quickly reset their edits in the middle of a build fight.
- Go to Menu > Settings.
- Click on the Keyboard Controls tab (third from the right side)
- Scroll down till you see the “Building” heading.
- Find the Building Edit key and bind your Mouse Wheel Up or Mouse Wheel Down to it.
- Find the Reset Building Edit and bind the same scroll wheel direction to it.
Now, if you go near an editable structure and scroll your mouse wheel, any edits on the structure will be reset quickly.
Know Your Materials
Fortnite Battle Royale has a total of three material types that can be used to build structures; Wood, Stone, and Metal.
It is the most commonly used and easily available building material that can be easily gathered by chopping down trees. Wood Structures build fast but have the lowest HP, meaning they’ll break easily if shot a few times.
Bricks are a bit rarer than Wood. They have more HP and hence can absorb more bullets before they break. Bricks can be farmed by destroying rocks that are found all over the island.
It is the strongest and rarest of all building materials in Fortnite. Metal is very difficult to farm since metal structures, and cars only give you a tiny amount. Metal requires to be shot many times before it breaks.
A drawback of using Metal as a building material is that metal structures take longer to build and are very weak in the first few seconds of being placed.
Learn To Do 90s
Doing 90s in Fortnite allows you to easily gain the height advantage over your opponents.
It is common knowledge that having a height advantage over your opponents significantly increases your chances of winning in Fortnite. This is why it is important that you learn this mechanic as early as you can to bring you closer to that sweet Victory Royale.
Performing 90s involves placing a wall in front of you, then turning 90 degrees to the left or right and placing another wall. Then place a stair right next to it, like shown above.
A good place to practice your 90s would be in a custom creative island. Here is the code to a custom creative map for practicing 90s: 1196-0747-9990.
The Ramp, Floor, Wall Push
If you want to move closer to an enemy while playing Fortnite, a good way is to create some sort of structure between you and your enemy while you scale up to him. This will allow you to avoid any bullets your opponent shoots at you.
The Ramp (or Stairs) is usually a good choice as it allows you to keep moving forward and gives you the height advantage over your enemies. But the issue with just using the Ramp is that it can be easily destroyed using a few bullets. And if the base of your structure is destroyed, all the ramps will be instantly broken, and you will die to fall damage.
This is where the Ramp, Floor, and Wall push come into play. It involves pushing a player with the Ramp as you normally would. But at the same time, build a Wall and Floor in front of the Ramp.
The Wall will guard your structure from front attacks, and the Floor will guard it against attacks from the bottom.
The Ramp, Floor, Wall push will allow you to comfortably push enemies, but it’ll consume more materials. So you should make sure you are well farmed up. If you want to practice it, you should go into your own creative island and practice it freely.
Quick Edit And Reset To Bait Enemy Shot
This last trick is to help you if you find yourself in a 1v1 build fight and either you or your enemy is inside a box.
First of all, if you are ever in a situation where you and your opponent have a wall between them, you need to make sure it is your wall, and you can edit it. If not, break the existing wall using your pickaxe and place your wall. You need to be quick in placing the wall since your opponent will try and beat you to it.
If your opponent isn’t that skilled in Fortnite, you can just edit a window in your wall, shoot him, and reset the wall using the reset keybinds we mentioned earlier.
But suppose that your enemy is a skilled player. If you edit a window in your wall, he can predict this and shoot you before you can shoot him. Here’s what you can do to counter this:
Edit a window into your wall, then as soon as you confirm the edit, quickly reset the wall with your mouse wheel. What will happen is that your opponent will try to shoot you through the window. But if you reset the wall quick enough, he will shoot and break the wall itself, allowing you to shoot him.