Fortnite Title Screen

How Does Fortnite Work – A Complete Guide

This is a complete guide about how Fortnite works. Here, you will know about its players, items, environment, game-play mechanism, and ranking system.

This guide will help you become good at playing this game and increase your winning chances as well.

Fortnite Basics

In case you are in a rush, here is a bird’s eye view on Fortnite for you. Do you know how many players play Fortnite? Well, that’s a very big number!

This game is the world’s most popular battle royale game, played by nearly 350 million people worldwide. You can play it on your mobile, your personal computer and even on your Xbox or PlayStation.

A battle royale game is a type of game where you need to survive by killing everyone you see in the game.

Fortnite is an online-based multiplayer game. Meaning that, if you have a computer and an internet connection, you can play it with your friends.

In this game, you are given a character model and a map. Your friends have character models too. The map has several locations where you and your friends can play.

Fortnite poster image
You and Your Friends Play in a Map

When the game starts, you and your friends, or in other words, your team, are on a big flying bus. The bus flies over the map. Your team chooses a location and fly there. There are 96 other players. The other players are your enemies. You have to kill them to survive, otherwise, they will kill you.

You get a variety of guns to kill enemies. These include pistols, shotguns, submachine guns (SMG), assault rifles (AR) and sniper rifles (SR) etc. You can also melee enemies to kill them.

Nearly everything in Fortnite is breakable. You can destroy objects as much as you wish. While this is a fun thing to do, it has significant importance in the gameplay as well – it helps you to get building materials.

Whenever you break objects like trees, stones, or walls, you get materials that you can use to build things. You get three types of materials – wood, stone, and metal. You can use these materials to make structures of many shapes and sizes. These structures come in handy when you are trying to climb up, go down or move from one location to another.

There is a circle of death that surrounds the whole map and constantly shrinks. It’s called the storm. You need to stay inside of the circle to avoid damage caused by the outer circle area. So, as long as you are in the circle, you are safe to go.

In short, these are the basics of Fortnite. And that’s it! You play, you kill, you win. If you win, your overall game ranking gets promoted. If you lose, your ranking decreases. You can now safely go and enjoy a couple of matches!

But if you are patient enough, then we can learn in-depth on the above topics. So that you will get a clear understanding of how Fortnite works. It will help you make wise decisions while playing and lead you to ultimate victory a.k.a the “Victory Royale”.

Fortnite Match Ending Scene
Ending Scene of Fortnite Match

About Fortnite

Fortnite is a battle royale game that is completely free to play. It’s an open-world third-person perspective (TPP) game. If you have played grand theft auto (GTA) games, then I am pretty sure that you know TPP very well! Sadly, it doesn’t have a first-person perspective (FPP) mode. Meaning that Call of duty (COD) players will not find their favorite mode in here.

But hey! TPP is fun as well. You might wanna give it a try!

A TPP game is a Third Person perspective game where you can see the character that you’re controlling.

Open-world video games are a type of video game where a player can roam freely through a virtual world and is given considerable freedom in choosing how or when to approach objectives.

You can add your real-life friends as friends in Fortnite. They will be added to your friend list. You can invite them to play together whenever they are online. To be honest, if we are speaking about the core concepts, then that will be all about Fortnite. It’s a player versus player (PvP) game that you can play with your family, friends, colleagues or anyone you like!

Fortnite Friend List
Friend List in Fortnite (To the Left)

How Does Fortnite Matchmaking Work

Fortnite offers you to play alone or with friends. If you play alone, that is called solo mode. But if you want to play with friends, then you can either play with two of your friends (trio mode), or three of your friends (squad mode).

In solo mode, you are a one-man army. In a solo match, there will be 100 individual players. When you hit start, 99 other players, who also chose to play solo, will be automatically matched with you. All 100 players along with you will be boarded onto a flying bus that goes across the map. You have to select your favorite spot on the map and make a jump for it. All the other players are your opponent and you have to kill them to win. If you kill the last guy on the map, then you are the winner.

However, in a trio or squad mode, players will be divided into teams. Just like in solo mode, all the players will be boarded onto a flying bus and sent to the map to fight. If you want to play in trio mode, you have to make a three-man team, including you. In squad mode, you have to make a four-man team. You can invite your friends to form a team. Alternatively, you can leave the team slots empty and the game will automatically choose teammates for you. It’s as simple as that! If your team wipes out all other teams in the game, then you will be the winner.

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You Can Play Alone or With Friends

That’s how matchmaking works in Fortnite. Recently, a new matchmaking system called skill-based matchmaking is introduced in the game. An in-depth analysis of how skill based matchmaking works in Fortnite and how matchmaking works, in general, is coming very soon!

Fortnite Season

Fortnite has seasons that last 10 weeks each. Each season comes with newer skins, emotes, outfits, improved gameplay, improved mechanisms, and numerous other changes. Great rewards (both free and paid) are given to participating players.

Seasons are part of the chapters. A chapter consists of ten seasons. Each chapter comes with changes in the storyline. The previous chapter of Fortnite was Chapter 1. It consisted of Season 1 to Season X. If you are interested, you can read the details of each season of both Chapters 1 and 2 on Wikipedia. Read more at Fortnite Battle Royale.

The current chapter of this game is Chapter 2, and the current season is Season 3 (as of 17.07.2020). So it’s Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Poster
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3

Fortnite Battle Pass

In each season, Fortnite offers a feature called the Premium Battle Pass. This feature allows the players to opt-in for a paid subscription that offers them to obtain exclusive skins and gifts. Once a player activates the Battle Pass, he can unlock the skins and gifts simply by playing and completing daily challenges and missions. Fortnite Battle Pass price is 950 V-Bucks (In-Game Currency) and it is a one-time investment. Battle pass in Fortnite enables a player to stand out from the crowd and make his gameplay look shiny and unique.

The Fortnite Battle Pass is a one-time investment in the sense that, if you buy Battle Pass during a season and complete all the challenges and missions, then you will receive 1500 V-Bucks. This amount of V-Bucks is more than enough to buy the next season Battle Pass and do some shopping in the built in-game shop as well.

So go ahead and buy a Battle Pass subscription today. It’s fun! Watch the video of the new Battle Pass of Chapter 2 Season 3 below.

Chapter 2 Season 3 Battle Pass

The Season 3 Battle Pass offers you awesome character skins like the Aquaman, the Kitten Warrior or Kit, Jules the Engineer, and many more! You can customize your glider and harvesting tool and give them exciting new looks and colors! Also, check out more about the new battle pass on the Epic Games website.

However, those who can not pay for the Battle Pass, or are not just ready yet to pay for it, they have the Free Battle Pass which offers some free skins, emotes (dance moves), some amount of V-Bucks and other rewards. However, you still need to complete in-game challenges and missions to get those rewards. You can click the Battle Pass menu in the game lobby to check what you can get in the Free Battle Pass and in the Premium Battle Pass.

Fortnite Map

In Fortnite, you will find a decent looking map that is continuously being updated to give you the ultimate enjoyment. Fortnite map is an island that has many beautiful and stunning locations. In battle royale mode, when you start the game, you fly over this island on a flying bus and jump to your favorite location.

Speaking about location, there are bigger places with names and smaller unnamed places scattered around the map. Bigger places often have more loots, but they are also overcrowded with players. Smaller remote locations like shacks, small houses are sweet spots for those who like a safe start.

Loots are available in all locations. You need loot to kill and survive and be the last man standing. You collect loots while moving across locations around the map. You can find guns, ammo, heal items, grenades in those locations. You can also grab a fishing rod to catch fishes. Fishes replenish your health when you are hurt in a fight.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Map
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Map

The brand new Fortnite map has become the center of attraction of all Fortnite lovers. Majority area of the new map is submerged in the water. Since the new season features Aquaman, so this change to the map is expected. There are sharks in the water that attack anybody around them. There are big whirlpools that project you above. You can use the speed boats to quickly move from one location to another on the island.

Fortnite Items

When playing a battle royale match Fortnite, you need various items to survive the battleground. These items are guns, bullets, throwables (grenades), healing items in general. You can get the items inside the chests. These chests are located at different spots all around the map. These spots can be houses, big fortresses, docks and other types of buildings.

Although chances of getting a chest inside a house are greater than getting it outside in the environment, items are also available on the floors of the houses and buildings. Items can also be collected from dead players and dead NPCs. All the items that you collect during the gameplay, are called loots. The collection of loots is a vital part of the gameplay.

Guns are the most important loot than the others. You get various types of guns in Fortnite. Types of these guns are pistols, shotguns, SMGs, assault rifles, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, etc. There are subcategories of gun types like scoped pistols, suppressed pistols, full-auto assault rifles, burst assault rifles, hunting sniper rifles, bolt action sniper rifles, suppressed sniper rifles and many more.

The Flare gun is also available in Fortnite which has multiple uses and abilities. Other types of guns include harpoon guns, hybrid guns (Drum Gun), etc. There is also an option available to upgrade your guns during gameplay. Different levels of upgraded guns are different in color in the inventory. Multiple colors indicate different levels of upgraded guns, the orange color being the highest level of upgrade.

Besides guns, throwables also help you greatly in the in-game fight. Throwables allows you to attack players while completely remaining in cover. When thrown, they explode and cause area damage or effect. Different types of throwables include grenades, clingers (sticky grenades), remote explosives, and many more. Throwables in Fortnite is not just for causing damage to opponents, but for strategic movements as well.

The healing items are an essential part of Fortnite gameplay. They restore your health. In Fortnite, you have two health bars. One is blue colored and the other is green colored. The blue bar is your shield bar. And the green bar is your main health bar. Different items replenish different bars. Some replenish both. For example, bandages, medkits, and apples restore your health bar, while mini shield potions, shield potions, and mushrooms only restore your shield. Slurp mushrooms restore both.

You can catch fishes by using fishing rods. Fishes are available in the fish locations. Fishes are consumable and restore your health bar. But slurp fishes restore both.

You can see a complete list of Fortnite items at Available Items List (Battle Royale)

Building In Fortnite

Probably the most interesting part of playing Fortnite is building. You can build almost anything with the given building units. Units are of four types – wall, floor, stair, and roof. You can build them individually or, you can combine them to build complex structures. You can also set traps inside your structures to cause health damage to your enemies.

Fortnite Building Units
Unit Types – Wall, Floor, Stair, Roof | Courtesy -> Eurogamer

You will, however, need building materials to create building units. Building materials are of three types – Wood, Stone, and Metal. You can make all four types of units with any single material type. Structures created with stone are stronger than structures created with wood. Similarly, metal structures are stronger than stone structures. Building materials are obtained by destroying structures with your harvesting tool. You get a harvesting tool pre-equipped when you are in the game. You can destroy trees, stones, walls, lampposts, and other structures with it to collect building materials. You can also find some amount of building materials in the loot chests.

Fortnite Building Materials
Building Materials – Wood, Stone, Metal | Courtesy -> Kr4m

The building is the most unique feature that makes the difference between Fortnite and other battle royale games. In Fortnite battles, build fight often decides who is going to win and who is not. The structures you create in Fortnite give you cover from enemy fire. They give you angles that allow you to sneakily attack your enemies. If you are good at building complex structures, you can often trick your enemies to make wrong moves. Besides, your building skills help you to maintain a higher ground than your enemies, which is very important in Fortnite.

And that’s it for this post! More detailed writings about Fortnite features will be posted very soon. If you like this post, write your thoughts in the comments. See you in the next post. Till then, keep playing, keep improving. Best of luck!

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