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Beginner Tutorial - Building Practice Drills

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Beginners can practice building in Fortnite with this building drill article. Learn the Wall/Stair combination technique, get off cliffs safely, double stairs craft patterns and editing options!!

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Here are some things that you need to prepare just before you start pratice.

Why should I build?

When you're aiming to survive, building is more important than eliminating other players because they can't kill you if they can't hit you.

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Recommended Keybinding

Make sure that your keybinding is optimal for both quick construction and weapon switching. This will be different from player to player and also dependent on the hardware you have.

Beginner keybind recommendation

Recommended for basic keyboard and 3-button mouse combination

Action Key Binding
Weapon Slot 1 Z
Weapon Slot 2 X
Weapon Slot 3 C
Weapon Slot 4 V
Build Wall 1
Build Floor 2
Build Stairs 3
Build Roof 4
Open Inventory Tab
Jump Spacebar
Crouch Left CTRL
Use E
Read More On Recommended Keybinds

Best Game Mode for Practice

Playgrounds is best for building practice since you can stay in the game for up to 1 hour. Unfortunately, this is not always available so your best choices among the regular game modes would be Squads > Duos > Solo.

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Stock up on Materials

Gather a large amount of Wood, Stone, and Metal prior to pratice. Aside from getting a feel of how quickly these can be gathered, you will also get an idea of how much time it takes each material to get built once you start building practice.

More About Gathering Building Materials

Lesson 1: Defend Against an Ambush

Ever gotten eliminated because of an ambush? This quick build functions both as a shield and vantage point. It provides 2x protection since enemies will need to destroy both the wall and stairs to get to you.

How to make the Wall/Stairs shield

1. Build a wall

Put up a wall. Make sure that it is on flat ground otherwise, part of the wall will be underground.

2. Build a stair

Build the stair against the wall so that you can use it as a vantage point.

Lesson 2: A Safer Way to Descend

While it seems more thrilling to Rambo your way off a cliff, there's no guarantee that you'd actually survive. Stairs and floors can be useful to break your fall so that you can hit the ground running.

Tips on Breaking a Fall

1. Look down

This will ensure that you actually build in the direction you're going.

2. Descend close to the cliff wall

You will need to anchor your floor or stair on the cliff when you build so it's best to stay as close to it as possible.

3. Build at intervals

Pace your builds so that you actually stop your fall momentum. Keep in mind that not all areas of the cliff can be built on and you may still suffer damage in case you have fallen beyond a height where you can safely land.

Lesson 3: Fix Building Mistakes

Sometimes we make mistakes when building. It could be as simple as building stairs in the wrong direction or accidentally trapping yourself inside your structure. In most cases, there's no need to breakout your pickaxe and waste materials -- just edit!

More About Editing Buildings

Lesson 4: Stop Falling From Stairs

Don't you just hate it when this happens? With a single flight of stairs, you're only as secure as the base of your structure.

Two stairs are better than one

While this may seem like a waste of building materials, this build actually has several advantages:

  • Functions as a shield.
  • Buys you time to rush up an enemy position.
  • Structure remains secure even if several of the panels are destroyed.

The build is also simple to do - build stairs on each side as you make your way up and walk in the middle.

Check Out Building Guide - Dual Stairs Here

Sturdier variation

You can even make your double stairs build even harder to destroy by incorporating the Wall / Stair Combo from Lesson 1!

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