Fortnite: Chapter Two - Tips & Tricks for Mobile07 Nov 2019 5
Battle royale sensation Fortnite has has been on mobile for a while now, and it has completely conquered both iOS and Android. The fact that this is the same game, pretty much feature-for-feature but on a phone, is mind-boggling.
Whether you’re a victory royale veteran, or someone discovering Fortnite for the first time, playing on mobile is quite the unique experience. The smaller screen, reduced visuals and bespoke touch controls totally change the way you must play what is essentially a third-person shooter, and one that can get pretty intense. With the recent release of Fortnite: Chapter 2, there's a whole new map to learn as well.
If only someone could provide you with some essential Fortnite: Chapter 2 tips & tricks to help you to stay competitive on your mobile...
Fortnite: Chapter 2 Mobile Controls
Fortnite Chapter 2 Tips
- Limit your long-distance fighting
- Always Carry Explosives
- Be Aggressive
- Don't be afraid to build
- Learn the New Map
- Moving Will Be Awkward At First
- Play with sound where possible
Limit your long-distance fighting
This partly comes down to the current Fortnite meta across all platforms, but more so on mobile you shouldn’t really look to be fighting at range. Even on PC/console it isn’t ideal with the power of shotguns, poor accuracy of auto rifles, and the ease of movement.
Playing on another platform you probably have at least 18 inches of screen to look at, with all those high-quality pixels allowing you to spot every bit of movement. On mobile that real-estate could shrink to something like 4 inches with an iPhone SE. That movement becomes much more difficult to spot, meaning keeping track of opponents at a distance is near impossible. The touch controls also make it much harder to hit long distance shots without a scope.
This doesn’t mean you should avoid them like the plague. Instead, prioritise SMGs, assault rifles, explosives, and shotguns over precision death dealers - especially when you are just landing. If you do want to use a rifle, make sure to crouch and use the aim zoom to improve your accuracy. For those determined to fight at long range, the Burst Assault Rifle is quite potent. While it takes some time for the weapon bloom to diminish, this gun is perfect for picking foes off at long range. Just make sure to not standstill in the open when using it, otherwise, you'll be an easy target.
Always Carry Explosives
There are a lot of things that go boom in Fortnite and they are quite deadly on mobile. While console players can swiftly react to a grenade being thrown, mobile users are a little slower to act. Use this to your advantage and reign fiery death upon your opponents. With Rocket Launchers now dropping in uncommon and rare tiers, finding something to take down a structure is easier than ever.
Given how easy it is to aim and lob grenades at foes, this is a great way to start an engagement. Unless they are very fast at building, there's a good chance you'll have time to swap to a weapon and kill them. Since Fortnite: Chapter 2 drastically decreased the weapon pool, you'll need to be more vigilant about finding explosives. These remain extremely potent on mobile since movement is not a huge factor. Remember to use these explosives when someone is hiding in a structure. It's perfect for disorientating them and securing kills on weakened foes.
If you want to survive longer than a minute, you’ll need to start getting into firefights with other players. Typically, Fortnite’s building and plethora of ranged weapons allows users to stay back and pick off foes. However, since aiming on a mobile device is tricky the best option is force enemies to fight on your terms. Get in players faces when the bullets start flying and make them panic as you shoot them.
Moving is not nearly as fluid, so you can fluster your foes by destroying their cover and pressuring them with a hail of bullets. Weapons like Rocket Launchers, SMGs, shotguns, and even basic grenades are fantastic for forcing opponents out of position. Try to use the environment to break line of sight with your foes, especially if you can get the drop on them. Since rotating the camera can be a bit awkward, it’s not as common for someone to check behind them. Use this to your advantage and strike when they don’t have time to react.
Since players are still learning the new map, it's easy to set up traps and catch people by surprise. Jumping out of dumpsters and blasting foes is a cheeky way to get a kill, but don't always rely on it. As time passes, more users will become familiar with this new hiding mechanic. Alternatively, hiding around tight corners is always wise, since playing on a phone makes it tougher to quickly turn and shoot.
Don't be afraid to build
Building is key to success in Fortnite allowing you to travel across terrain quickly, get the drop on opponents and keep you safe when caught out. The touch controls on the mobile version are a little trickier than other versions since you have to move your hand away moving and/or shooting to select your building type, once you get some practice it becomes easier. We also have a dedicated tips guide on building in Fortnite, if you want to really dig deep into it.
We have seen so many people on iOS only servers not build anything when they really should, and it almost always results in an early death. Assembling cover can be tricky at first, so accept that you may die in the early hours while learning the new control scheme. If you’re coming over from PC or console don’t expect to quickly assemble the elaborate structures. Swapping between materials and parts takes more time, so focus on constructing simple pieces of cover.
The basic three walls and a single ramp will offer decent protection and simultaneously give you a height advantage. Traps are also quite potent since navigating your character can be a bit awkward and it’s easy to accidentally stumble into one. At the time of writing this, only the basic trap is available. Try setting this spike trap along ceilings over doorways or areas with heavy foot traffic. Never put them on the ground, as they are far easier to see and destroy. Always set them in an area where your foe cannot see them until it's too late.
Learn the New Fornite: Chapter 2 Map
For the first time ever, Fortnite has received a brand new map. This island is broken up by a series of rivers and features a mixture of new and familiar locations. When you first drop the entire island will be greyed out, with all the areas boasting a "???" over them. These sections will begin to fill in with color and names as you visit different areas. Unlocking all these areas should be your first priority, especially if you plan on completing challenges.
Since you can swim now, don't be afraid to use the rivers as a quick way to reach other locations. It's better to save your resources for when you get into a fight or need to climb over some terrain. There are a number of new locations, but if you like getting into the action right away consider dropping at Retail Row, Salty Springs, Pleasant Park, or Frenzy Farm. Inversely, Sunny Shore, Holly Hedges, and Misty Meadow typically don't see a ton of players dropping there.
There are a lot more open fields and grasslands in this new map, so be prepared to always throw a wall or two up if you come under fire. Do your best to avoid just sprinting out in the open, as there are plenty of mountains and hills you can use as artificial cover. Finally, be aware that the boats are quite tricky to drive on phones so only rely on them when absolutely necessary.
Moving Will Be Awkward At First
As mentioned above, real estate on your screen is at a premium on mobile, as those big ol’ thumbs will take up a lot of room. The positioning of your digits usually means you won’t miss too much, but there is always a chance some loot or even an enemy, manages to go undetected thanks to being covered up. There’s also a chance that you’ll accidentally tap the jump or crouch button. Because of this, it’s absolutely vital that you keep your right thumb in the lower corner of the screen. You can still tap the screen and quickly access your weapons without the risk of hitting another icon.
Remember, double tapping the virtual joystick used to move around will keep your character running forward until you take back control. This frees up screen space to use for scouting the area, and you can still move around by changing your camera angle to turn. Of course, once a fight breaks out you’ll need to take back control right away: strafing, jumping and climbing all needs extra precision that simple running doesn’t.
There may be visual clues, but still play with sound where possible
The most obvious new addition to the mobile version is visual indicators for footsteps, gunshots and chests, as well a direction indicator. It’s a wonderfully clear and obvious addition to the UI, and boy is it useful. Being able to know exactly the direction footsteps are coming from allows you to instantly target whoever is around the corner. It also allows you to plant those traps in places you know they will be.
That doesn’t mean sound isn’t useful though. It can help identify what specific weapon or weapon class is being shot, and other subtler clues that a simple UI tweak can’t provide. Planes are also very loud, so having the sound on can alert you when one is nearby. Obviously don’t be that person with sound coming out of the speakers in public, but in private/with headphones having sound will give an edge.
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