Fortnite for Beginners: What Should You Learn First?

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Hey everyone! Over the last few months I’ve been coaching beginner-level fortnite players. I’ve learned a lot about the common mistakes that beginners make, so in this video I’d like to share my best tips for anyone who is just now starting to play the game. First off, I have to say that today is the best moment to start learning the game. Everyone likes to talk about the skill gap and keeping up with the meta, but the truth is that Fortnite isn’t getting any harder.

The best of the best players haven’t improved that much in the last year. If you started playing Fortnite 3 years ago, it was hard to keep up. Back then we were learning new things all the time – each day you would hear about the new Tfue classic, mongraal classic, side jumps, triple edits, piece control – it was a lot to keep up with but today there’s not much left to discover. That means that as someone starting today, you have all the tools you need to catch up to experienced players, and start enjoying the game at a more competitive, and rewarding level.

The hardest part of learning fortnite is knowing where to start.

90s and side jumps are fun, but they don’t win fights. Almost all fights are finished inside a box – so your best first step is to learn to get comfortable there. A good box consists of four walls, two floors, and two cones. All it takes is 80 materials, but most beginners end up burning through a lot more. If you try to box up after being shot, you might notice that sometimes your walls don’t place close enough around you.

From the edge of this tile space, notice how I have to aim straight down to place a wall at my feet. When you play fortnite you’re always running up and down hills or swimming in rivers, so you have no idea where your walls will place around you. The only way to guarantee efficiency is to aim straight down and spin every time you box up. And you do have to aim straight down – 90 degrees towards the floor- if you aim even 5 degrees up from the floor, you might mis-place a wall and get shot because of it. So practice – once you can consistently build a box with just 8 builds, you’re ready to learn how to fight from inside your box.

Before you get started with different edits, you should set up an instant reset or scroll wheel reset for edits. On mouse and keyboard, all you need to do is choose a secondary binding for the controls building edit, and reset building edit.

I use mouse wheel down, so to reset an edit, I scroll one notch to start the edit, and a second notch to reset the edit selection and confirm. If you play on controller, you can use emulation software like antimicro to remap one of your controller button inputs to a keyboard output and achieve that same instant reset effect. Now back to the box.

From inside you have a bunch of options to edit and shoot opponents. Most of these options rely on the very strong right-hand peek rule which exists because of Fortnite’s third-person camera perspective. If you position yourself well enough peeking from the right side of cover, you can shoot a player without them seeing you at all. This right hand peek rule allows you to win fights without taking any damage. In creative mode, practice shooting target dummies from different right hand peeks inside your box.

Edit a middle or right window, strafe, shoot, then duck back to the left.

While practicing peeks from inside a box, you should learn the two unique edit mechanics : Blueprint edits, and edit-selection resets. Beginners always learn these tricks way too late. They make life so much easier moving forward – so please learn these: this is the most important part of the video – don’t skip. Notice how as I confirm this edit and shoot the player, I can’t reset the edit until I aim at the wall, but if I try to place a wall – pulling out the blueprint for the wall building, now I’m able to aim at any empty space and reset the edit.

This lets you be way more efficient with your crosshair movement. If you practice, you’ll be able to confirm your edit, shoot, and reset your edit without ever moving your crosshair off of your opponent. This blueprint edit also allows you to reset walls that you can’t see because of your position on top or underneath a ramp. Blueprint editing also improves your reach. With a weapon or pickaxe equipped, you can’t edit a wall more than one tile distance away.

With blueprint edits, you can safely edit a wall, while hiding behind another wall.

Practice this early, and you will become a monster in close-range fights. The second edit mechanic that beginners always miss is selection resets. It’s a super simple concept. By using your edit reset binding, you can change one edit into another without resetting an edit completely.

This makes your editing much faster, especially if you play on higher than 20 ping, and it a peanut-butter jump-shot Once you feel comfortable editing and peeking from inside a box, you need to practice against real players.

The best way to do that is by choosing the creative “play” option to join a lobby full of players. Many of them will be complete noobs who don’t build at all. That’s what you want – real players who will let you get good practice playing from inside a box, working on your right hand peeks, your blueprint edits, and your edit selection resets. The last step for you beginners is to subscribe to the channel and turn on post notifications, because next week, I’m going to show you what to practice next.

We’re gonna learn the basics of climbing, tunneling, and piece control.

If you’re interested in private 1-on-1 coaching, you can contact me through our discord channel, or through email – both included in the video description. Or if you have a simple question, feel free to ask during my live-streams at twitch.tv/billy_bicep. Thank you all so much for using code billy-bicep in the item shop.

Have fun this practicing this stuff! Make sure you practice hard so you can get ready for the new drills in the next video!.

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