When it comes to building in Fortnite Battle Royale, PC players undoubtedly have the upper hand. Console players have a bit of a barrier to building quickly, but there are a few tricks to help bridge that gap.
Use the Combat Pro Controller Layout
The default controls make building a lot more difficult than it needs to be, forcing you to cycle through the four pieces with Triangle (or Y, on Xbox). Switch your default controller layout to Combat Pro to be able to cycle left with L1 and right with R1. It may take a bit to get use to, but it’s well worth it to be able to outbuild many opponents by default.
Turn on Turbo Building
One of the most important additions to season three is the ability to Turbo Build! Turbo Build should be on by default but you can toggle this on or off at anytime in your settings. With turbo build, you’ll be able to continuously place down walls or ramps by holding R2, letting you cross bodies of water or climb steep hills with ease.
Turn on Auto material change
Another addition to season three is the ability to automatically have your materials change when you run out of your chosen type. So if you’re frantically building with wood in the middle of a firefight and run out, you’ll continue building with a material you do have as if nothing ever happened. Just keep in mind it takes longer to build with brick and metal.
Modify your Pyramid Piece
There used to be crazy lag when switching between building pieces, and though this has been addressed, there’s still that annoying floor piece separating the walls from the stairs. To cut down that short delay, you can modify your pyramid piece into a ramp, letting you switch quickly between wall and ramp with L1 and R1. To do this, bring up the editor for the Pyramid by holding circle on PS4, or B on Xbox. Select the two squares away from you and confirm. You have to do this every match, but you can edit while waiting at the prison – the changes will carry over into the actual game!
Increase Your Sensitivity
The faster you can turn, the faster you can build impressive structures. To do so, just increase your sensitivity. This will also help in close-range combat when using spread weapons like shot guns, but it will negatively affect your accuracy at long range. Essentially, too much sensitivity will decrease your range, since you won’t be able to aim with hairpin accuracy, so test out these setting before fully committing to them. Being able to build fast means nothing when you can’t land a hit.
Practice Your Basic Builds
Lastly, practice really does make perfect. If you develop the muscle memory for it, building your basic defensive forts will be second nature, even while under heavy fire. Your most basic build is a box with a ramp or stairs, so practice this structure and build on your skills from there. If all else fails, you can always use the Port-a-Fort, but don’t rely on it too much. The insta-Fort-grenade is of epic rarity.