How to Play Fortnite: Guides, Collectibles, and More

Learn how to survive in Epic Games' action-building game, Fortnite.


Mixing fast-paced action with addictive base-building mechanics, Fortnite by Epic Games asks players to forage for supplies and complete missions while slaying (or avoiding) husks, undead enemies roaming the land. Consider this guide your ticket to all Fortnite walkthroughs, strategies, and more.

Below, you'll find a treasure trove of strategies you can use to excel in any match. Further down, check out our guides to increasing your power level, choosing a hero class, and more.

Fortnite Strategies and Tips

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for treasure chests out in the wilderness. You'll know when one is close by when you hear a high, tinkling sound effect. Treasure chests contain experience points, schematics to unlock and upgrade weapons, and supplies for building.
  • Unlock heroes by completing quests and earning Llama packs. You can redeem Llama packs from the game's main menu.
  • Daily Quests offer special objectives only good for a limited time. Complete them to earn even greater rewards.
  • Action is one half of Fortnite, building bases is the other. Look for blueprints while out exploring and doing quests in order to build new structures.
  • Finding a blueprint is only one step toward building a new structure. You may also need certain supplies to get the job done. Attempting to build a structure without the proper supplies will cause the game to tell you what you're missing, which is a good way to find out what you should be looking for while out scavenging.
  • Fortnite's building system offers room for you to customize your structures. While building a wall, approach it and press the appropriate key or button to remove two blocks. That opening becomes a door.
  • Running low on supplies? Look for quests that offer lots of materials as rewards.

Fortnite Season 5 guides

When does Fortnite Season 5 start?
When Season 4 ends, Season 5 will begin, and we've got the details on what time Fortnite servers go down and when players might expect to get back in the game.

How to level up fast in Fortnite Season 5
Learn the best way to level up quickly in Season 5 of Fortnite: Battle Royale.

All floating lightning bolt locations in Fortnite Season 5
Learn where to find all the floating lightning bolts in Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5.

All basketball hoop locations in Fortnite Season 5
Where are all the basketball hoops in Fortnite? We break down the location of each court players need to find to complete the Season 5 week 2 challenge.

All birthday cake locations in Fortnite Season 5
Gamers can earn all-new rewards by finding the location of birthday cakes spread across the Fortnite map and then dancing in front of them.

All clay pigeon locations in Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Battle Pass week 3 challenges have arrived, tasking players with taking out clay pigeons at five different skeet shooting locations.

All fire ring locations in Fortnite Season 5
Learn where to find all the rings of fire for the Week 4 Challenge in Fortnite.

Basic and beginner Fortnite guides

Getting Started in Fortnite: A Beginner's Guide
Don't take a fortnight to get started in Fortnite. Learn the basics in our beginner's guide.

What is the best hero class in Fortnite?
Learn the ins and outs of Fortnite's four hero classes.

How to Unlock Hero Classes
Find out how to grow your roster of constructors, ninjas, soldiers, and outlanders in Fortnite.

How to increase Power Level in Fortnite
Our guide will help you understand what Fortnite's power level entails and how to increase it.

How to get more V-Bucks
Load up on cosmetic items by securing a hefty load of Fortnite V-Bucks.

How to use the Fortnite replay tool
Fortnite players can use the new Replay Mode system to turn their most soaring victories and crushing defeats into succinct gameplay clips.

What is the Fortnite Playground LTM?
Learn everything you need to know about Fortnite’s limited-time event, Playground Mode.

Fortnite beta on Android: how to download and device compatibility
Users with compatible Android devices can download the Fortnite on Android closed beta test right now. Here's how the process works.

Fortnite secret Battle Star Week 6 challenge - Search where the Stone Heads are looking
The latest Fortnite Week 6 challenge tasks players with Searching where the Stone Heads are looking in order to locate the secret Battle Star. Here's where to find it.

Fortnite troubleshooting and error guides

Stuck in Fortnite queue, can't join party
Trying to get into Fornite only to be stuck in a queue? We break down a few potential solutions.

Is Fortnite cross play on Nintendo Switch?
Does the latest Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite support cross platform play with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and mobile? We answer the burning question.

Fortnite guides for prior seasons

What's the deal with the Fortnite meteor?
Breaking down what you need to know about the meteor that's appeared over Tilted Towers in Fortnite.

New map landmarks and hidden locations in Fortnite Season 4
Learn about the new locations, buildings, and other landmarks spread across the Fortnite Season 4 map.

To stay on top of the absolute latest coverage concerning Epic Games' hit battle royale title, be sure to stop by Shacknews' ">Fortnite home page, which contains all of our latest news, must-read features, and more.

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