100% Unofficial Fortnite Essential Guide

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Enter the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the all-action, free-to-play, gaming phenomenon! Whether you’re a total noob or an experienced player, the 100% Unofficial Fortnite Essential Guide will teach you everything you need to know, from gameplay basics and must-know building techniques to advanced tips and tricks.

The vibrant graphics and in-depth instruction of this comprehensive guide bring the world of Fortnite to vivid life. Gain a competitive edge with these techniques, tips and tricks, maps, building instructions, weapon specifications, and more.

Ready for your first game? First, choose which gaming platform suits you best and whether to go into battle alone, team up with a partner, or join a squad. Familiarize yourself with the controls, then get the key information you’ll need to jump right into battle. Pick the right drop zone to nail your landing strategy using a map of the game’s mysterious island with details on each named location, including where to find loot and advice on tricky-to-navigate areas.

After an overview of game screen essentials to navigate and keep an eye on your friends and foes, you’ll find a detailed guide to looting. You’ll learn how to harvest materials for building, taking cover, and gain battle-winning vantage points and the strengths and weaknesses of each type. Find where and how to loot weapons, ammo, traps, and healing consumables for maintaining your survival.

Become an all-knowing weapons expert with the advice on choosing and using weapons, including a guide to available pistols, sub-machine guns, light machine guns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, grenades, and launchers.

To master the game, you’ll need to learn how to build. Here, you’ll learn how to build all types of walls, ramps, floors, and roofs, plus advanced tips for developing your building skills. An overview of movement fundamentals provides tips on how to lurk, creep, check your surroundings, and avoid being shot. Finally, put everything you’ve learned together with a review of combat strategies and scenarios.

At the back, a list of vital dos and don’ts provides an overview of the key takeaways, and a safety tips page provides guidance for parents and younger fans.

So fire up your PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, or iOS device, lock ‘n’ load and prepare for battle…

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Enter the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale

Hello, and Welcome to this totally unofficial, essential guide to playing Fortnite, the game that has literally taken the world—and millions of players—by storm. Everyone from rappers and athletes to movie stars and pro-gamers are totally into Fortnite’s ‘Battle Royale’ mode. And here’s why: it’s all about the Action! In each game, 100 players jump out of a flying ‘Battle Bus’ and glide down onto a mysterious island. The last person standing is the winner, claiming a hard-earned ‘Victory Royale’!

If you’re a Noob playing for the first time, or if you just want to improve your Fortnite skills, everything you need to know can be found here. Chock-full of hints and tips, this book is packed with useful advice, based on hours of gameplay and the lessons learned from making Tons of mistakes! We’ll teach you how to use your tools, weapons and equipment to survive and—most importantly—how to Win and claim your own Victory Royal’s.

Good luck—see you out there on the battlefield

The 100% Unofficial Fortnite Essential Guide Team.

Did You Know?

It’s easy to team up with a friend for a game of Fortnite, even if they use a different type of platform—a computer, console, or mobile device—than you. Using the Party Finder option on the main menu, you can ‘cross-play’ by searching for your Epic Friends on other devices. To do this, you must have an Epic Games account!

The Technical Stuff. Which Platform?

Computer (Desktop & Laptop) • PC: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit • Apple Mac: macOS Sierra and above

Consoles • Xbox One • PlayStation 4 • Xbox One X • PlayStation 4 Pro • Nintendo Switch

Mobile • iPhone: iOS 11 • iPad mini 4/Air 2 and above • Android

In Battle Royale, you select between three main gameplay modes. Check them all out, as they focus on different gameplay aspects and offer varying levels of difficulty

solo fortnite mode

solo fortnite mode

Duo fortnite mode

Duo fortnite mode

squad fortnite mode

squad fortnite mode


In Solo mode, you’ll single-handedly take on 99 foes, all of whom are out to eliminate you and win. To survive, you’ll need to loot, build and take out your enemies before they get you in their crosshairs!


Fancy teaming up with a partner? In Duos mode, you can join forces with a pal and work together to eliminate the opposition. Plus, a partner can also revive you if you’re wounded.


If you want to be part of a large team, choose Squads mode. You can split into sub-teams to take control of different areas, or stay together in one unit. This is probably Fortnite’s most popular mode.


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