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Fortnite crafting guide - Fortnite crafting recipes and items explained

Fortnite crafting
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Fortnite crafting allows you to take what weapons you have and make them into something better - or at least, that used to be the case. As of Chapter 3 Season 1, crafting in Fortnite appears to have been removed altogether, preventing players from enhancing their arsenal with materials found in the world. Doesn't mean you can't still build towers at each other, but when it comes to weapons, what you find is what you get in Fortnite

Still, just in case certain elements are brought back, we've kept the previous mechanics documented below. Whether you want to just see how things were, or are preparing for future updates and additions to the crafting system, we've got the previous chapter's info on how to craft in Fortnite below.

How to get the Fortnite crafting items Nuts and Bolts and Cube Monster Parts

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It used to be that to get started with crafting items in Fortnite, you first needed to find the required crafting ingredients to upgrade your weapon. In Season 8 there were two crafting ingredients available, with Nuts and Bolts that could be found as floor loot or collected by searching the red toolboxes found in mechanical places such as garages, and Cube Monster Parts that could be found as drops after defeating monsters in the Fortnite Sideways.

How to craft items in Fortnite

Fortnite Crafting

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Once you had the necessary crafting ingredients, you then needed to know how to craft items in Fortnite. If you pulled up your inventory screen (pressing up on the d-pad as default) you'd see a separate Fortnite crafting tab you could move over to – any weapons in your inventory that could be crafted would have a small hammer icon next to them, and when highlighted you'd be shown your crafting options along with the ingredients required. If you had everything you needed, you simply followed the Craft prompt and you'd hammer out the new item.

What are the Fortnite crafting recipes

Fortnite crafting recipes

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Now you know how the process worked, we should explain that you needed crafting recipes in order to create your weapon of choice. These could be seen through the crafting section of your inventory, but would only be displayed when you were already holding the base weapon and had highlighted it. If you wanted to plan in advance for the weapon you'd have liked to construct, then these were the Fortnite crafting recipes:

Sideways Weapons recipes in Fortnite

  • Sideways Rifle (Uncommon) + 15 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Rifle (Rare)
  • Sideways Rifle (Rare) + 20 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Rifle (Epic)
  • Sideways Rifle (Epic) + 25 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Rifle (Legendary)
  • Sideways Rifle (Legendary) + 50 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Rifle (Mythic)

  • Sideways Minigun (Uncommon) + 15 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Minigun (Rare)
  • Sideways Minigun (Rare) + 20 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Minigun (Epic)
  • Sideways Minigun (Epic) + 25 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Minigun (Legendary)
  • Sideways Minigun (Legendary) + 50 x Cube Monster Parts = Sideways Minigun (Mythic)

Regular Weapons recipes in Fortnite

  • Assault Rifle (Rare or above) + 1 x Nuts and Bolts = Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle (Rare or above) + 1 x Nuts and Bolts = Suppressed Assault Rifle

  • Pump Shotgun + 1 x Nuts and Bolts = Charge Shotgun
  • Lever Action Shotgun + 1 x Nuts and Bolts = Charge Shotgun

  • Submachine Gun + 1 x Nuts and Bolts = Rapid Fire SMG

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Joel Franey
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Joel Franey is a writer, journalist, podcaster and raconteur with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. As a result he chooses to spend most of his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should probably add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.