Fortnite Battle Royale has taken the world by storm. When an in-game dance move breaks into popular culture or a superstar rapper like Drake is on board with your game, you know it’s the game everyone is playing. However, just because Fortnite Battle Royale is popular, that doesn’t make it easy to play.

Being the best at Fortnite Battle Royale is no easy feat, and there’s no sure-fire way to obtain a Victory Royale every time. However, while we can’t guarantee you’ll finish in the top ten every time you play, our guide to playing Fortnite Battle Royale should help you out-survive your peers more often than not.

So, here’s everything you need to know about besting your besties at Fortnite Battle Royale.

Fortnite Battle Royale tips for beginners:

1. Avoid busy areas

You can maximise your chances of survival in Fortnite Battle Royale by staying out of busy spots on the map until you’re absolutely forced to enter them. Landing in Dusty Divot or any of the central zones on the flight path can reap rewards, but you also stand a much greater chance of dying within the first minute or two.

2. Land on building roofs

Unless you’re sure a building is empty, going in through the roof is normally the safer option. You stand less chance of being shot as you make your way upstairs or through doors, and there’s often a chest hiding in the roof, giving you a much better chance of landing a great weapon.

3. Never run in a straight line

Sometimes you’ll have no choice but to break cover and make a run for it to get in the circle. But don’t make it easy for snipers by running in a straight line. Keep changing direction, even if only slightly, and jump lots. That will make it harder for a sniper to line up a shot in your direction of travel.

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4. Keep the in-game volume up

If you’re listening to music or playing with the volume down, you’re losing half your clues. You won’t be able to hear the faint jingle of a nearby treasure chest or the footsteps of an enemy creeping around upstairs. Ideally, you want to plug in a pair of headphones and have no other distractions if you want to make the most of your Fortnite Battle Royale skills.

5. Play mind games with doors

The general advice in games such as Battle Royale is to shut doors behind you so that other players can’t see you’re there. But that comes with its own risks. If the door is closed, it encourages other players to enter as there might be weapons, chests and ammo lying around, potentially leading to a gunfight. If they see the door’s open, especially in the early part of the game when everyone’s hunting for stuff, they might decide to leave it and find easier pickings. It’s about playing mind games. What do you want the other player to do? Walk in and set off your trap or leave you alone?

6. Crouch when sniping

Crouching not only gives your opponent less of you to shoot at, it also helps to steady your aim. This really helps if you’re trying to shoot someone from distance.

7. Don’t panic when shot

The best players don’t turn into headless chickens when they’re shot. Unless a sniper’s hit you square in the head, the first bullet isn’t normally fatal. Don’t stand frozen to the spot – build some cover, work out where the fire’s coming from and retaliate. Or hide. Running around a corner, disappearing over a cliff edge or ducking behind an object is often the safest option.

8. Let other players slug it out

If you can see two other players in a gun battle, it’s usually best to take cover, wait patiently and let them slug it out. Chances are they’ll hurt one another in the process, leaving the victor weaker. And as soon as the gun battle’s over, the winner will normally go and feast on whatever the loser dropped, giving you the perfect opportunity to strike while their guard is down and collect two lots of goodies. Sweet.

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