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Can you play Fortnite solo?

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In July 2017 the free game Fortnite entered the gaming world. We love to play it with friends, either in the same room or online. But, like me, many play it solo as well.

How to play Fortnite solo?

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No need for two players | Fortnite is great for solo players

As a player, you can opt solo from the lobby and play alone.

So yes you can play Fortnite solo, and it’s a great way to play it. I’ve been playing Fortnite for years and I still do solo games. I choose either solo or duos. Both are fun.

Players can also opt for duos mode where the player is teamed up with a random player or players can opt for squads, where players are randomly teamed up with a total of 4 players.

Are you not yet sure which device to play Fortnite on? Read more on devices »

Now if you are someone who is new to Fortnite and needs help surviving the competitive game the following tips are great for beginners.

5 Fortnite beginner tips for solo players

1. You can’t take the things you pick up on Spawn Island with you

When you spawn into Spawn Island you’ll see guns, ammo, and building materials scattered around just waiting to be grabbed. And you can grab them – but they won’t come with you into the Fortnite map.

Treat Spawn Island as a practice area for how to play Fortnite, although you’ll probably only be there for a minute at most while the game fills up with 100 players. You can shoot anyone in the vicinity but the guns won’t do any damage.

Learn how to install Fortnite on Android right here.

2. Wait as long as possible to drop off the Battle Bus

The Battle Bus’ horn will honk as soon as you’re able to drop from it onto the map below, but resist the urge to join the crowd of players who leap from it ASAP. Instead wait until there are about 3 seconds to go before the Battle Bus reaches the end of its flight path, and then leap out.

map of the Fornite island season 10
map of Fortnite season 10 | Jump from the battle bus!

You’ll have little to no players to compete with for landing spots which means there’s a smaller chance of getting gunned in the face in your first two minutes.

Aim towards a house or structure when you’re gliding as there’s a high chance of a chest being inside it, or at the very least some basic loot.

Just hit the roof with your pickaxe to get in.

3. Drink small shield potions before glugging a large one

Around the map, you’ll find both small and large blue bottles which give you 25 armor and 50 armor.

Once you have 50 or higher shields you can’t consume any more small bottles, so make sure to drink them first so you don’t have them burning up a slot in your inventory. Y

You can chug large shield potions no matter the level your shield is at.

4. Assault rifles or SMGs are good beginner weapons

As a general rule, stick to assault rifles or SMGs when you’re first figuring out how to play Fortnite. Sniper rifles are useless under 75 meters, so although you’ll want to keep one handy do not use it in close-quarters combat unless you absolutely have to.

5. Pay attention to the rarity scale

Grey guns are the most common, with green, blue, purple, and gold being the ascending order of rarity. Gold guns like the RPG and SCAR assault rifle are incredibly powerful, so don’t pass them up if you see them lying around.

Bring up your inventory and if you hover over the guns you’ll be able to see how much damage they do if you’re having trouble deciding which to keep.

More topics for beginners you’ll find in our beginner’s guide or check out 4 tips to improve your skills right away.