While you might be familiar with the battle royale genre–games that stick one player (or a small team) on a map where they fight against others to be the last one standing–Fortnite: Battle Royale is a bit different. The game takes the basic premise of the genre and adds its own twist that changes everything: You can instantly construct stuff like walls and stairs, allowing you to build fortifications to protect yourself and create your own tactical advantages.
Fortnite drops you onto an island with 99 other players, and the last player (or team) left alive wins. Though it’s similar to games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, plenty of small differences make Fortnite into a very distinct experience. Knowing what to carry, when to shoot, and what to build are essential if you’re going to be the last person alive on the island.
You won’t find a tutorial in Fortnite Battle Royale, so when you drop onto its island, all you have are your wits and whatever you can find along the way. Here’s everything you need to know to get a strong start–and maybe survive long enough to find yourself a minigun.
And if you’re already a Fornite: Battle Royale veteran, check out our advanced tips guide, the six biggest mistakes that beginners make, and our guide covering all the things that we wish we knew before playing the game. You can also watch our video guide on how to build more effectively.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is available as a free download for PS4, Xbox One. It’s also available to play on iOS mobile phones. The mode supports up to 100 players competing to be the last person (or team) standing as they hunt other players and avoid being killed themselves. For the differences between Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, check out our in-depth feature discussing the two games and what sets them apart from one another. You can also check out details on the game’s latest weapon, as well as a rundown of the game’s current weekly challenges for Season 3.