The Big Book of Fortnite: The Deluxe Unofficial Guide to Battle Royale

The Big Book of Fortnite: The Deluxe Unofficial Guide to Battle Royale

by Triumph Books


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Fortnite: Battle Royale has taken the world by storm, combining the high-octane action of traditional shooters with the creative construction elements of sandbox games like Minecraft. With 50 million players and counting, competition is fierce, and strategy is essential. Once you jump from the Battle Bus onto the island below, there can be only one goal: survival. The Big Book of Fortnite has all the tips and tricks you need to master the melee, whether you’re playing on a console, PC, or your phone. Illustrated with dozens of full-color screenshots, find essential information on big-picture offensive and defensive tactics, best practices for building, and indispensable combat techniques. Learn all about uncovering loot, optimizing weapons use, exploring map locations, establishing fortresses, and completing challenges—in solo, duo, or squad mode. This comprehensive guide is fully up to date and even includes features on top Twitch streamers and the many celebrities who are Fortnite superfans. The battle is on! Make sure you’re the last player standing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629376400
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 133,491
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Triumph Books is a leader in quality and innovation in sports publishing and also publishes pop culture and current events books. They are based in Chicago.

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Getting Started

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world right now, and it's easy to see why you would want to give it a try. For many people getting started is as simple as downloading the game, creating an account and giving the game a try, but for others it might mean buying a new computer or game console first. If you're interested in getting started with the game, we'll take the time to break down each of the steps you'll need to follow. Don't worry, it's not difficult to start playing Fortnite, and with our help you could be testing out the game today!

Choosing Your Platform for Fortnite

When it comes to running Fortnite well, there are a few different system options you have to work with. You can play on a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, a PC or MAC computer or a newer Apple phone or tablet. Each option offers real benefits, but players should pick from options they already have, or choose a system that makes the most sense for them.

Playing on a Console

For console players you can pick up the game and run it smoothly on either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. The game will run perfectly fine on the standard Xbox One, but the Xbox One X will do a good job as well. PlayStation gamers can enjoy smooth gameplay on a standard PS4, or they can go with the upgraded PlayStation 4 Pro with good results.

Playing on Computer

For computer players whether on a PC or Mac system, it's important that you have a modern device that meets all the necessary system requirements. Your system should ideally meet the recommended requirements outlined below, but if you have a computer that meets the minimum requirements you should have no trouble running the game, though you'll have to keep the graphics settings lower as you play.

The Minimum Requirements

* Graphics Card – Intel HD 4000

* CPU – Core i3 2.4 Ghz

* RAM – 4 GB

Recommended Requirements

* Graphics Card – AMD Radeon 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660

* CPU – Core i5 2.8 Ghz

* RAM – 8 GB

Playing on Mobile

While playing Fortnite on a tablet or phone will take some getting used to, it can be a fun way to enjoy the popular game while away from home. In order to enjoy this fast-paced shooter on mobile you need to have a modern iOS device like the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8 or X if you want to play on phone. If you would rather game on a tablet you can use an iPad Mini 4 or an iPad Air 2 as long as it's the 2017 or Pro versions. The mobile device you use needs to have iOS 11 or newer and older devices like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and older simply won't work.

Signing up and Creating an Account

Now that you have the system you want to play on, you'll need an active Epic Games account to use for Fortnite. To create an account simply visit and select the "Get Fortnite" button. Once you do that you'll be taken to the following form where you can easily make your new account.

When creating an account for console you can speed up the creation process by using your PlayStation or Xbox account information as your account sign-on. To do this click on the Xbox or PlayStation account buttons above the form. You can also use your Google or Facebook account to quickly create an Epic Games account. If you don't want to use an existing account, skip the buttons up top and fill out all the form fields below. Check that you've read and agree to the terms of service and then click "Create Account" and you'll have your new Epic Games account to play on.

With your new account created you can now download the game to your PC, mobile device, or console and start playing. Just make sure you write down your account information so you can link your account when you're ready to play.

Choosing a Game Mode

The moment that you load up Fortnite: Battle Royale, you'll have to choose from one of the available game modes. There are a few standard modes that are always present, and unique limited time game modes like the famous 50 versus 50 deathmatch. We're just covering the standard modes in this guide to keep things simple and friendly to new players.


It's you against the world in Solo mode. You'll be all out there on your own trying to survive against 99 other players all with the same goal in mind. It's up to you to outsmart them, outshoot them and claw your way to the top of the heap in this ultimate survival challenge! Solo is perfect for those times when nobody on your friends list is on, or when you feel like going it alone and not sticking around with any other players.


Group up with one of your friends and go head to head against 49 other teams of 2 to try to take first place. This is the perfect game mode for a gamer with a single friend ready to play. Stick close to your partner because they're all you have to rely on!


Group up in teams of 4 and try to be the last remaining team out of the 25 involved in the action. In this mode teamwork and communication are key, and it's vital that you stick together with the other players in your group. If you have three other friends you want to play with, this is the perfect option for you!

To Fill or Not to Fill

With Duos and Squads you'll have an option that says Fill or Don't Fill. This is an important selection that needs some consideration. If you have the maximum number of players in your group for the chosen game mode you won't have to worry about the option, but when you're queued for Duos on your own, or Squads with less than four, you have to decide if you want to keep your small group or if you want to fill it with strangers. You can go up against other pairs on your own, or other squads with less than a full group of 4 by choosing "Don't Fill". If you don't mind grouping with strangers and you want a full group and the best chances for victory, choose "Fill".

Testing out the Limited Game Modes

The creators of Fortnite release a range of limited game modes that are available for a short period of time. These modes include things like 50 versus 50, Sniper Shootout, the Infinity Gauntlet, High Explosives and more. In these special game types you'll have access to different weapons, different win conditions and a whole new game essentially. They're fun to play while they last, but eventually they'll be removed for something else. That's why it's best to practice in the normal game modes if you want to get better, because mastering a limited time game type won't help you win anymore once it's removed.

Playing Your First Round

So you have your account setup, you've loaded up the game and you've chosen a game type to try out. Now it's time to play through your first round of Fortnite! If you're anything like me you're probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness while waiting for that loading screen, but don't worry, I'll walk you through your first round of the game.

From the moment you select Play the game will begin to load and you'll be taken to the lobby. In the lobby you can run around, pick up weapons to practice with or materials to craft with while you wait for all 100 players to show up for the match. Once they arrive you'll be taken to the Battle Bus to get ready to start the match.

Choose a Starting Spot

Once aboard the bus you can load up the game's map and pick out your starting location. There's a special marker tool, letting you set a waypoint on the map. Set your starting location, or just jump out randomly and see how it goes.

The bus will fly from one side of the map to the other, and you are free to jump out at any point. It's best to avoid jumping at the beginning or the end of the path, because more players will get off at those two points than any other. Once you jump, aim your character down as steeply as possible so you'll fall as fast as you can to your final destination.

Looting and Gathering

Now that you're down on the ground it's time to get looting as fast as possible. Search surrounding houses, trucks, shipping containers, camps and more for prized loot that will help you survive. You want to grab a gun as soon as possible, and equip it to fight off any early attackers. Once you have your first gun you should begin looking for shield potions, more powerful weapons and additional tools like grenades or med packs to help you stay alive.

During this early looting phase you also need to be gathering materials, or you'll be in trouble when your enemies are building up ramps and walls and you're stuck out in the open. Equip your pickaxe and gather materials from houses, trees, cars, pallets or most other items throughout the world to build up a stockpile of wood, brick and metal.

Moving and Fighting

Once you've looted up some open up your map to see where the eye of the storm is. You must avoid the pink sections of the map and remain in the circle at all times. Follow the white line on your minimap to remain in the circle and keep moving each time the storm is closing in to avoid taking serious storm damage.

As you move around the world look around for other players. Try to spot them before they spot you, and stay out of the open as much as possible. Try and equip a shotgun or pistol for close quarters fighting whenever you are inside a building, and go with something like an SMG, assault rifle or sniper rifle when outside moving around. If you see an enemy, sneak up on them as close as you can and then open fire on them! Don't be discouraged if you get taken out, this is all part of the learning process and you'll get better over time.

Trying to Win

In order to win your match you need to reach the center of the map and you need to take out any remaining players. Keep following the storm circle as you play and try to pick a high location or to hide within buildings whenever you can to help give you an edge over your opponents. It's highly unlikely that you'll win your first match ever in Fortnite, but it's not a bad idea. Survive as long as you can and do your best to get a kill and you'll be well on your way to success in this hit online shooter!

Adjusting Graphics Settings (For PC and MAC Players)

Whether you're playing Fortnite on a high powered gaming machine, or you're using a PC that's just barely over the minimum system requirements, there are some optimizations that you can make to ensure that the game runs smoother. The smoother your gameplay, the easier it is to land headshots, to outbuild your opponents and to come out on top with a sweet victory. If you want a smoother gaming experience make the recommended changes to your in-game settings and you should notice a nice improvement.

Getting to the Settings

[check] Load up Fortnite: Battle Royale and select the "Settings" menu by selecting the three lines button at the top right of the screen.

[check] Change "Window Mode" to "Fullscreen" if it isn't already.

[check] Switch "Frame Rate" to "Unlimited".

[check] Set "3D Resolution" to "100%".

[check] Switch the "View Distance" to "Medium".

[check] Turn Shadows and Anti-Aliasing off.

[check] Change the "Textures" setting to "Medium".

[check] Change "Effects" to the "Low" setting level.

[check] Switch "Post Processing" to "Low".

[check] Shut off "Vsync" and "Motion Blur" and "Show Grass".

By making all of these simple changes you will help your game perform more smoothly and increase your chances of winning.


Understanding the Basics

There is quite a bit to learn before you'll be having success in Fortnite. First, you'll have to come to grips with the different controls. From there you need to learn about starting locations and where you want to drop down when you're getting used to the game. Once you master those two things you'll want to move on to learning about weapons and what their rarities mean and how to best use the different types that you find on the ground. We'll also cover consumables and what you should be picking up and using throughout a match. Finally, we'll focus in on building effective structures to keep you alive, and leveling up and improving your character. All this takes time to learn, but it's worth the effort because it will make you more comfortable in Fortnite, and you'll be happy that you're beginning to improve in the game.

Learning the Controls

Getting the hang of the basic Fortnite controls is an important first step before you begin playing the game. Learn how to manipulate the world a bit and you'll be much more comfortable when you get into the game itself.


MOVING: Run around the screen using the WASD keys on your keyboard. Jump with the spacebar, and crouch using the Left Ctrl key.

Toggle sprint on and off by holding Shift down. And look around by moving the mouse around.

FIGHTING: Pick items up using E, and quickly toggle from one to the next using 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the different inventory slots. You can also swap through inventory slots using the mouse scroll wheel.

Aim your weapon using the mouse, look down the sights with the right mouse click and fire with a left mouse click.

Reload your weapon with R.

MANAGING YOUR INVENTORY: Open the inventory with the I key. Move objects between slots by left mouse clicking, holding and dragging from one slot to another.

BASIC BUILDING: Select building pieces using the F1 through F4 keys on the keyboard and lay down the piece with a left click on your mouse. Grab traps by pressing the F5 key and lay them down with a mouse left click.

Edit items using the G key and then toggle the edit squares on and off with left clicks from your mouse. Accept the edits with the G key.

Xbox One

MOVING: Use the left analog stick to move your character around the screen. Press the stick down to make your character sprint around the map.

Use the A button to jump up and down and press down the right analog stick to crouch down and to stand back up again.

FIGHTING: Start battle with picking up weapons and consumables. Use the X button to pick up weapons and other items off the ground. You can easily switch between weapons by pressing down the RB and LB buttons to go between your five item slots.

The right analog stick is your tool for aiming. Use it to lock onto targets and then press RT to fire weapons when you have them equipped. Zoom in and aim more accurately at your enemies using LT before firing to get a better shot.

MANAGING YOUR INVENTORY: If you don't like the order that your items are in, you can open up your inventory by pressing the UP button on the D-pad of your controller. Once open you can easily swap items by pressing A on the item and pressing A on the slot you want to move it to.

BASIC BUILDING: To harvest items in Fortnite press Y to get your pickaxe out and press RT to strike material sources in front of you.

Press B to switch over to builder mode. When that's open you can swap between materials with RB and LB. Place items with RT and edit them by holding down B after they are already down.

Fortnite will automatically switch between materials when you run out of one, but you can manually switch materials with LT.

When you are finished building press B again to switch back to combat mode.

PlayStation 4

MOVING: Use the left Analog stick to run around and press it down to make your character sprint. Jump with the X button and crouch by pressing L1. You can stand back up from a crouch by pressing L1 again as well.

FIGHTING: Pick items and consumables up out in the world with the Square button. Easily switch between your inventory slots using the Triangle button. Press it to move forward from one weapon to the next.

When you see an enemy use the right stick to aim at them and L2 to aim down the sights of your gun. Fire with R2 and reload with Square.

MANAGE YOUR INVENTORY: Use the PS4 track pad to open the inventory and to quickly move items through the different inventory slots using the analog stick and X.

BASIC BUILDING: Hold Triangle to get your pickaxe out and press R2 to swing and gather materials.

Swap from one building piece to the next by repeatedly tapping Triangle. Lay down the piece by pressing R2.

Rotate a building piece with R1 and select a trap by tapping Square. Hold Circle on a laid building piece to edit it and press Circle to confirm the change.

Choosing a Starting Location

Whether you are new to Fortnite or a seasoned pro, choosing a starting location is one of the most important decisions that you'll make early on in the game. It determines how much loot you have access to, how many materials you can gather and whether or not you're going to have to fight for your life early on. Choose too busy of a location and you'll have plenty of loot to pick up and make use of, but you'll be attacked within minutes of landing. Choose an area that's too deserted and you'll be safe to gather materials and start stockpiling weapons, but you won't have very much loot to gather. It's important to decide on a play style that you want to go with early on, and then pick a starting location that matches that play style. You can also choose a starting location based on the skills that you want to learn in the game.

Balanced Starting Locations

These starting locations balance threat level with loot to offer the best of both worlds. They aren't extremely dangerous to land at, and there is plenty of loot to get you started in a new round of the game. Choose one of these for a balanced approach to the match.


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Table of Contents

Getting Started,
Understanding the Basics,
The Complete Weapons Guide,
The Advanced Building Guide,
Enhancing Your Character with Premium Items,
All About the Battle Pass,
Fortnite Pros,

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