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Fortnite (iOS) Beginner’s Guide: 12 Tips, Cheats & Strategies to Master the Game

Less than a year after the its entry into the PC gaming world, Fortnite has quickly made its way to the top, beating out even PUBG in terms of highest number of players. Epic Games, however, is just getting started. Now, that they have conquered the PC platform, they are moving on to bigger and better things. They have recently released the game on iOS devices, and the game developers are promising an Android version too in the coming months. Fortnite is one of the most successful battle royale games today. In this game, you are thrown into an arena that consists of 100 combatants. You need to be the last man standing in order to win. Unlike other battle royale games, however, you also have the ability to build your own fort, allowing you to gain the upper hand. Its arrival in the mobile world will surely trigger a worldwide storm and you will certainly need our Fortnite tips, tricks and cheats in order to prepare for what is to come!

1. Swipe Items On The Go

Time is of the essence when you are playing Fortnite. You cannot afford to sit around while you figure out which loot will be useful and which ones you don’t need. Since you won’t know when your opponents will pop up, you need to loot as fast as you can, preferably while you are moving. When you are still starting out, you could try just picking up anything you find then sort the items once you are in a safe area. As you mature as a player, you will be able to quickly discern the loot that you need from the ones that will just weigh you down.

The first thing you want to get your hands on as soon as you land is a weapon. It does not matter which weapon you find, just grab the first one you see. You might encounter an enemy right away and there is a good chance that he will be as poorly equipped as you are. That means any weapon can potentially give you the upper hand. Of course, once you are through the initial rush, you should start looking for a shield or healing item. As you continue with your looting, try to find weapons that have colored hazes. Again, pick up the first weapon you find. Don’t go around empty handed in hopes of finding a colored weapon later on.

2. Drop Far From The Action

Remember, you are playing a survival game. No matter how many kills you get, it won’t matter if you end up dead. That is why you should try to avoid confrontations, especially in the early parts of the game. However, dropping near looting areas would almost guarantee an encounter. This is especially true for the areas near the path of the Battle Bus. You would increase your chances of survival if you choose to drop farther away from the bus and find another place to loot.

If you are wondering how you can do this, without the other players beating you to the punch, you can try a long drop. To do this, let your glider float towards the far side of the map, instead of forcing it to dive downwards. Letting the glider run its course will allow you to reach farther. This advice is best for novices who have not mastered combat yet. Once you have mastered the gameplay, you are free to drop wherever you wish.

3. Land On Rooftops

You may be wondering why it is necessary to do this when you will be looting the entire house anyway. The game is notorious for hiding chests underneath the roof tiles which you can break using your pickaxe. You want to be first on the roof as much as possible, so you can get your hands on the chest before anyone else. You will know if there is a chest when you hear a shimmering sound, so there’s no need to rip apart the building if you don’t hear anything. Once you are done with the roof, you can work your way down to the ground floor. When you move on to the next building, you can still start from the roof down. Just build a ramp to make your way to the roof then repeat the process.

4. Keep On Moving

One of the most frustrating things in Fortnite is how easy it is for you to die just because you stopped for a second. There are snipers waiting in every corner. That tends to be the case in a game that allows players to build their own forts. You will find that a lot of people will tend to keep building higher in order to gain a better vantage point, then just wait for hapless passersby to come along.

In order to counter this, you must keep moving as much as you can. Even if you are healing or reloading, you need to keep walking back and forth or side to side. When you are shooting at someone, make sure you jump a lot. Doing this will make you a difficult target to hit. Keep this in mind because you won’t always be able to check your surroundings. Even while in the middle of a skirmish, opportunists could be waiting nearby to finish off the wounded. It is not a foolproof way to dodge bullets, but you will at least give your shooters a hard time.

5. Run From Cover To Cover

Even if you jump around a lot, running in an open field is still dangerous. It gives your opponents a clear shot, and it is only a matter of time before they can predict your jumps. As much as you can, try to run from cover to cover. Before running off, survey your surroundings and plan your route ahead of time. This will allow you to head straight for the next tree, building, or cliff without having to look around.

Don’t forget to watch your health as you run. There are two bars at the bottom of your screen. The green bar is your health and it will start at 100. The blue bar is your shield, and you will start the game without any. You want to gain a shield because it will soak the damage that would otherwise deplete your health. Keep in mind that the shield is useless against falling and staying in the storm. In order to gain a shield, you must pick up shield potions or slurp juices. You can replenish the shield as long as you can find these items.

6. Master The Building Mechanics

There are two parts to building in Fortnite. The first part is gathering materials. This involves using your pickaxe on trees for wood, cars and scraps for metal, and boulders for stone. Since you want to save time, choose to harvest from larger objects in order to get more resources quickly. You need to gather a lot of materials before the enemies spot you hacking at a tree.

The second part of building is the actual construction. Construction is fairly quick in the game, so it all comes down to your strategy. As the game progresses, you will notice that other players are building higher fortresses. The reason for this is that high ground will always give you an advantage. The fortress will also protect you from enemy fire, so long as you know how to duck. On top of that, you will be able to reach more places which becomes crucial later on.

One thing you should learn as soon as possible is the ability to build on the fly. A lot of high-lever players know that building can be used for offense and defense, not just camping. If someone is shooting at you, you can quickly build a wall in order to block the bullets until you can locate the shooter. You need to be able to calmly go through the building process while moving around to keep the enemies from hitting you while your wall is under construction. You can also quickly build a ramp and a platform in order to get a better vantage point in the middle of battle. It takes a while before these things become second nature, so try to practice a lot until you master them.

When you reach the late stages of the game, you will need to be able to build a fort. Don’t build one early because you might need to leave it if you end up outside the safe area. In the late stages, the safe zone will be so small that there will be nowhere else for you to hide. This is when having a fortress will come in handy. Try to build the base with durable materials such as brick or metal. If your base is destroyed, the rest of your fort will come crashing down. Keep this in mind when trying to attack an enemy fort. If you can destroy their fort’s base, there won’t be a need to climb up to get to them.

7. Manage Your Inventory Slots

The game gives you five slots in your inventory. These can contain weapons, healing items, bandages, shield potions, and so on. Unfortunately, these five slots can be very limiting since there are so many different types of loot available. While it may be tempting to pick up all the high-level weapons you can find, you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage if you do so. Make sure you always have a balanced mix of item types to ensure your survival. Remember to arrange your items in a particular order. This will make it easier for you to pull out what you need even in the heat of battle.

Try to have just two types of weapons. Stick to your favorites if you are given a chance, but make sure you have one weapon for long range combat, and another for short range. As the game progresses, the battle arena will become smaller, increasing the chances of short range encounters no matter how hard you try to avoid them.

8. Give Yourself Time To Run

The safe area is indicated by a white circle. It will get smaller over time. If you get caught outside the safe area, your health will gradually drop even if you have a shield. As the safe area gets smaller, the damage you receive from being caught outside will increase. Soon, you will barely be able to survive outside without constantly using health items. This is why you should stay inside the safe area as much as you can.

Fortnite is kind enough to provide a timer that tells you when the circle will start moving in. Just make sure you pay attention to that timer and give yourself plenty of time to make a run for it. Another option is to try to stay in the middle of the circle as much as you can, allowing you to pick off any opponents who are running away from the storm.

9. Fight Or Flight?

When opponents fire their guns nearby, you will be able to hear it. You have several options. You can stay hidden, you can fight, or you can run away. There are different factors to consider when making your decision. If you stay hidden, are you confident that you won’t be found? Do you have enough firepower to defend yourself in case you are found? On the other hand, if you want to fight, make sure you know how many opponents are waiting for you. Just because only one person is shooting does not mean there won’t be others camping nearby. Check the situation before you head in with guns blazing. Finally, if you decide to run away, you have to decide if you won’t get caught while doing so. The last thing you want is to get shot from behind while running from your enemies. It will put you at an immediate disadvantage, so practice caution when trying to escape.

10. Mind The Doors

Doors play a bigger role in the game than you may think. Think about it, if you are about to enter a building and see that the door is open, will you still go in? Of course, you would probably consider it a waste of time to loot a place since someone has already been there. You might also think that whoever opened that door might still be waiting inside to ambush you. With these things in mind, there are a few options for you when it comes to dealing with doors.

When you enter a building, you could close the door behind you. This would make other players think that it has not been looted. This would give you the element of surprise if in case you decide to camp in that building. Leaving the door closed even after you exit the building would help waste the time of your opponents. On the flip side, leaving the door open could help ward off other players from the place you are looting.

11. Movement And Detection

One thing that is missing in this game is going prone. Don’t bother trying to hide by hugging the ground, it won’t work. You can, however, still crouch. What is even better is that you can sprint while crouching. This will help you move faster while minimizing the chances of being detected. You can also sprint while standing up, but that will leave a trail of dust that will allow enemies to figure out where you are. If you need to jump higher to get to a roof, try to look for a pile of tires.

Jumping on them will allow you to bounce high enough to reach most roofs. Finally, be careful when you decide to shoot at an opponent who has not seen you. Bullets leave a trail in Fortnite. That means you will be revealing your location if you shoot carelessly.

12. Invite Your Friends

There is more than one mode available to play in Fortnite. If you are struggling too much in solo mode, you can try playing with a team. You can invite other players in the game, or you can bring your own friends along. One good thing about playing in a squad is that you don’t immediately die if you get knocked down. Your comrades will have a few seconds to revive you. Of course, the same is true for your opponents. Make sure you finish off any opponents you knock down before their friends can aid them.

If you want to play in squad mode but haven’t made a lot of friends yet, don’t worry. You can just select the auto-fill option of the game and it will team you up with other players who are missing squad members. Make sure you communicate well with your teammates and share your loot in order to succeed.

Are you ready for the ultimate battle royale experience? Just remember all of the Fortnite cheats, tips and tricks listed above if you want to be the last man standing! If you know any other hints for the game, please let us know below in the comment area!