There are a lot of items and weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale with more being added every few weeks. This can make it tough to keep clear which items to prioritize or even pick up at all. No two players are exactly the same, and every fight can be approached in different and unique ways. For the variety of play styles in Fortnite, here are some you might find yourself being keen to.
Well Balanced Build
You’ll find that the majority of high-skill players will run double shotguns, but if you’re trying to survive fights, you need to prioritize healing and DPS. With the recent shotgun nerf, Pump Shotguns are in a weird place. They often have inconsistent hit detection, and the shot delay leaves you vulnerable while readying it again. The Blue Tactical Shotgun is an all around perfect fit for high damage and quick shot pacing, and a sniper rifle can help get that initial health off with a quick bodyshot.
No Assault Rifle? You’re right! For anyone who’s used a Purple Tactical SMG, you know the thing has surprising range, but with this build, distance is something we won’t have much of. Say you get sniped at from 150m +, you don’t build a 1x1, you push. Ramp, jump, ramp, jump - push like your life depends on it. When they eventually build up trying to take the high ground, C4 them to pieces inflicting massive fall damage. Flustered, shatter their defensive building with your SMG - the gun shreds walls like a mini-gun with a smaller clip. Finally, tear them to pieces with the Double Heavy Shotguns.
With healing, any damage you sustain can be remedied by the two potions, and just clean up kills for any other heals they have. In Fortnite, you should always prioritize shields over health unless you anticipate taking storm damage during a run. This build keeps you mobile and ready to pursue more fights.
The Thermal AR is probably one of the most OP weapons in the game right now. It deals out more than 70 damage on a headshot, and allows you to see enemies hiding in structures or spot them easily out the open. It’s effectively a Semi-Auto Sniper with no bullet travel time, allowing you to engage opponents at max range. For the fast down on a stationary target, the Bolt-Action is preferred, removing the chance for them to build, but if they do, pick them off with the Scoped AR. The Tactical SMG is used as a backup when enemies push you and also for destroying walls and structures from medium range.
Never Saw Them Coming Trollolol
Listen, you have no idea how many players there STILL are running the Bush late game. It’s crazy. You’d think if people weren’t using it, Epic Games would have vaulted it, but they are out there. If YOU are one of them, and you guys swear by the Bush, do it right please. Burst Rifles are superior for getting that initial health off of someone from a distance. If you land two headshots, it can leave them super weak, especially with first-shot accuracy. Silenced Pistols will make it incredibly difficult for them to determine your location. When they finally give up and build themselves in a 1x1 base, smoke them out with a Stink Bomb. Please, don’t just sit in the bush. Kill someone with it and end up on Reddit at least.
That’s my take on things. Feel free obviously to mix things up with your own builds, but experiment and try to have a plan in place. If you’re playing with friends, remember to complement each other. One person carrying heals, another utility items, another being the sniper, etc. Just go with the flow. Oh, and if you’re curious what my ideal loadout is I’ll post it below. Catch you on the battlefield!