When it was first introduced in 2017, nobody quite knew what a juggernaut Fortnite would become. The online battle royale game never really waned in popularity, and there are still millions of people who play the game on a daily basis. That means there are also a lot of new players because the game is free, and these new players often make some huge mistakes. Here are the five mistakes you need to avoid if you want to level up in Fortnite.
When you’re playing in a squad with friends, it can be pretty easy to have an open line of communication. Whether you’re talking in a party chat on Xbox or PlayStation, or even a Discord group call, you’re probably going to be talking to the people you’re playing with as long as you know them. When you team up with strangers, however, things are going to be a lot more difficult.
First, there’s the issue of whether or not that person has a microphone. There’s only so much communication you can do if that person is only using emotes or setting waypoints. Secondly, some people might not have the best quality microphone. Lastly, there are a lot of players who are simply rude and would rather just troll you than try to get a victory royale. With that said, it’s probably best to stick with people you know.
One of the biggest gripes that people have against playing battle royale games like Fortnite is that they can be boring. There is a lot of downtime throughout a match as you’re waiting for an opportunity to strike. You also don’t want to reveal your position to too many people as there could be a dead-eye sniper waiting in the wings. Still, despite knowing the dangers that lurk out in the open, people tend to rush because they don’t want to wait.
This is how a majority of players end up getting downed and ultimately discouraged from playing again. Other first-person shooters like Call of Duty or Halo offer options that are more deathmatch instead of battle royale and would be a better fit for players who don’t want to spend most of the time waiting for safe movement. Battle royales simply aren’t meant for rushing.
Not Getting Resources
Newer Fortnite players always seem to run into an inventory management issue in their first few matches. There are so many glowing weapons that you can pick up that you may forget about everything else. When playing in building mode, it’s important to get resources like wood so that you don’t run out when trying to keep yourself safe. There’s also the issue of ammo, as guns can get depleted pretty quickly when you’re in a firefight.
Health is another major aspect of inventory management. You’ll want to keep both healing and shield potions on you at all times, especially ones that can heal your entire team. These are fairly common to find, but most people leave them on the ground or in a crate in lieu of yet another assault rifle that they found (without bullets).
You can go through all of the crates you want and you still might not find anything as good as something from a downed player. In a lot of cases, if you eliminate a player, they’re going to drop an epic or legendary weapon while also dropping plenty of healing and shield items. A lot of newer players will simply eliminate a player and move on to the next one without checking because they feel like the area is still dangerous.
Once you’ve made sure that the coast is clear, feel free to loot the downed player and see if there’s anything that you can use. Check all of the crates that you come across, too, as you never know what you’re going to get. While it won’t always be something you need, at least you’ll have peace of mind.
Not Paying Attention to the Storm
One thing that happens in just about every battle royale is that the playing area shrinks over time. That’s because if it didn’t, there’s a chance that the match would never end. Newer players tend to ignore the storm until it’s too late. This is true even from the start of a match, and people can end up dropping in a location that’s going to be affected by the storm within a couple of minutes.
A lot of players also wait until the very last second to start moving toward the shrunken play area when the storm is coming. Always think ahead of the storm and you’ll be the one defending the final play area rather than the one getting picked off by a legendary sniper rifle while trying to rush the area.