Building is the key to surviving to get that Victory Royale! Learn the importance of building, get tips and guides on gathering, material use, & structures to craft here!
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Craft Building to Survive
Building is a unique feature in Fortnite and provides many advantages from allowing you to access high places to throwing up a physical shield to block enemy fire. It can even save you from a fall, depending on the situation.
How to Get Building Materials
Pickaxe (harvesting tool)
Every player starts a game holding a harvesting tool (in this case, the default pickaxe). Use this on objects (trees, buildings, cars, etc.) and building materials will be added to your inventory. You can also pick up materials as loots that are naturally scatted on the map or dropped by enemy players after death.Check out Pickaxe Skin List!
Hit the Circle for More Materials
When harvesting materials, aim at the blue circle to get 2x or more materials per hit. Aiming at the blue circle also destroys it faster.Check out gathering materials!
Available Building Materials
Three type of materials are available in the game.
|Sources||Trees, wooden buildings and objects||Stones, brick buildings||Cars, steel beams, shipping containers|
The max amount of each material you can carry is 999.Check Out Choosing Best Building Materials
Know What You Can Build
Each unit you build requires 10pcs of material, regardless of which one you use to make it.
Wall - Use as Shield, Break Line of Sight
Useful as a physical shield against enemy fire and as a foundation for making high towers.
Floor - Break Your Fall, Set a Trap or Launcher
Floors are commonly used as a bridge or as a means to break your fall from a cliff. It can also be equipped with traps as well as the Launcher when you want to get to another area quickly.
Stairs - Get to Hard-to-Reach Places
Stairs are the most commonly used building unit as it's used to climb over obstacles, reach high ground, and in creating towers.
Roof - Create Your Own Cover
Roofs are useful to protect against attacks from above.
Edit - Make It Suit Your Needs
Customize your structures as the need arises but there are limits to how you can edit your structure. The panels will turn red if the edits you want are not allowed.
Save Fail Builds Using Edit
If you find yourself trapped inside your own structure or built a stair in the wrong direction, you don't need to destroy what you have built. Just edit!Check Out Editing Buildings Here
Practical Building Use
Using Stairs to Climb A Mountain
Build along the side of a mountain to get to the top.
Use Floors to Bridge Mountains
Save yourself the trouble of climbing back down by building a bridge.
Add Windows and Doors to Structures
Add a window to shoot out from or add a door for a quick escape.
Utilize & Build Roofs Over Structures
Aside from giving added protection from attacks from above, the pyramid-like structure is a strategic cover because of it's angular structure and can also be used as a vantage point when sniping enemies!
Building in Fortnite is fun, but keep these in mind to make the best of your structures.
Builds Can Be Destroyed And Repaired
Players can destroy your structure by attacking it. Damaged structures can also be repaired as long as you have enough materials to do so.Check out Weapon List!
There Must Be An Anchor
You can only build structures if they are solidly anchored. Similarly, it's possible to topple a full tower by destroying its foundation. This is also an effective strategy against enemy players running on a high structure.
Customize Keybinds for Faster Building
Whoever builds faster has a higher chances of surviving. Increase your chances by customizing keybinds for faster access to building keys.Check Out Recommended Keybinds