The evolution continues in Fortnite, and a widespread flood across the island has changed the landscape of the battle royale once again. Having all of that open water around has reshaped gameplay, with the risk of sharks emerging from the depths to attack proving to be a constant threat – unless you can tame one and use it to travel around, of course. We've compiled this useful Fortnite guide to bring together the wide range of resources we've created for the game, so you can master the essentials as well as upping your skills. From weekly challenges to new vehicles and fresh gameplay mechanics, we have all of your Fortnite needs covered right here.
Fortnite review: "Continued to adapt and fight to be one of the best battle royale games"
Score: Four stars
Our Fortnite review charts its rise to being one of the most popular games in the world, which is still managing to draw in over 10 million concurrent players for its live events despite increased competition from the likes of PUBG and Apex Legends. The gunplay may not be the most inspired, and the barrier to entry for new players is getting increasingly high, but if you're looking for a slick and constantly evolving battle royale experience that's so popular it's influencing modern culture, then Fortnite is the place to be.
Fortnite Battle Royale guides
If you're looking for help with Fortnite then you've come to the right place. We've spent hundreds of hours exploring the island, experimenting with various tactics, and solving challenges to bring you a definitive selection of guides, covering all the information you'll need to fight your way to a Victory Royale.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3
We've now arrived in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 and there's big changes afoot, thanks to large parts of the island being flooded. We've got details of all the most significant updates, as well as information on what is still to come.
Fortnite Patch Notes
The game is updating on a regular basis, so if you want to keep up on the latest developments you should follow our Fortnite patch notes guide and always be aware of what's new and what will be coming next.
Is Fortnite down?
If you're having trouble loading the game or connecting to a match, then you may be asking is Fortnite down? We've got all the information on how to check, so you can find out exactly when things will be up and running again.
If you're new to Fortnite Battle Royale then you may be looking for some pointers to get started, or if you're a more experienced player then perhaps you'd like to top up your existing knowledge. Either way, we've got advice on how to play Fortnite to get you started along with a set of Fortnite tips for all the things you should know before playing.
We saw the Fortnite map change completely for Chapter 2, giving us a new layout, new points of interest, and a whole lot of area to explore from the Kevin-powered energy production of Steamy Stacks to the beachfront resort that is Sweaty Sands. Season 3 switched things up again, flooding the island and adding new locations such as The Authority, The Fortilla, and Catty Corner, providing new gameplay arenas to learn.
As well as the main points of interest, which are Named Locations on the map, there are also lots of Fortnite landmarks dotted around the place. These pop up as a notification at the top of the screen when you arrive, and so far we've flagged about 50 of them in our guide. If you're specifically looking for Fortnite SHADOW safe houses then we have a separate guide on them too.
The previous Missions are gone and Fortnite challenges are back, with them returning to a more familiar format for Season 3. From the battle pass screen in the menu you can access the Map Challenges to see what tasks are currently available, including the Fortnite Aquaman challenges and Fortnite Build-a-brella challenges in addition to the ongoing weekly assignments.
New for Chapter 2, you can now earn Fortnite Achievements by completing various feats within the game. These are contained within Fortnite itself, so aren't quite as exciting as your regular Trophies or Achievements sadly, though with 50+ of them to tick off there's plenty to keep you busy if you want to complete the set.
Fortnite new and unvaulted weapons
The weapons available in Fortnite Chapter 2 has seen the pool of available guns and items pared down significantly, so don't expect to find any boogie bombs or chug jugs around the island. We've got details of all the Fortnite new and unvaulted weapons you can still pick up in the game.
Fortnite Henchmen and Spy Bases
Fortnite Henchmen and Agents are NPC characters you'll find at Spy Bases and SHADOW safe houses around the island, and by visiting one of the Fortnite phone booths you can disguise yourself as a Henchman to safely move among them. There are Fortnite secret passages around these areas to quickly move in and out, and if you manage to steal a keycard from the Boss of the base then the contents of the Fortnite vaults are yours.
Fortnite weapon upgrade benches
A new addition to Chapter 2, the Fortnite weapon upgrade benches let you use materials to upgrade your chosen weapon to the next rarity level, or sidegrade certain assault rifles between regular and heavy variants. We've found 24 of them so far, and have all their locations in our guide.
With so much water around the island now, it makes sense to introduce a vehicle that can navigate it efficiently. That's where the Fortnite motorboats come in, as not only can they whizz around on water but thanks to their rocket boost they can also travel over land, plus they can fire missiles!
Fortnite helicopters, or Choppas to recognise their in-game name, are vehicles added during Season 2 which allow players to take to the skies for the first time since planes were patched out. Look out for them on helipads at Spy Bases and around SHADOW safe houses.
Players are looking out for Fortnite cars to drive, after they featured significantly in the Season 3 opening cinematic. You can't motor around the island just yet, but we've gathered all the information we know about them so far.
Another new feature in Chapter 2 is the Fortnite Hideouts, which allow you to duck out of sight of your opponents – as long as they don't spot your hiding spot and destroy it! So far you can hide in haystacks, dumpsters, and portable toilets, and we've got details on how they work.
Fortnite Foraged Items
If you're looking for a quick way to boost your Health or Shield, then consuming some Fortnite Foraged Items could be just the ticket. There are apples, mushrooms, and coconuts to eat, and if it's apples specifically you want then pay a visit to the Fortnite Orchard.
If you're looking for a quick boost, then Fortnite campfires can help you when your health is low. We've got all the locations where you can light them up, then keep them stoked with wood for a longer benefit.
Fortnite Reboot Van Locations
If you're playing in one of Fortnite's team modes such as Duos or Squads, then elimination does not necessarily mean you're completely out of the game any more. If a teammate grabs the Reboot Card you drop when you're down and out before it disappears, they can take it to one of the Fortnite Reboot Vans found in all named locations and use it to respawn you back into the action - we've got all of their locations in our guide, though the process will alert every other player in the vicinity so be ready for a fight.
Fortnite Mythic Goldfish
You can now go fishing in Fortnite, with Small Fry, Flopper, and Slurpfish all available to catch if you hit the right spots in the water. We know that a rare Fortnite mythic goldfish also exists as it's linked to several achievements in the game, however details of how to get it are currently thin on the ground so keep an eye out for updates.
Fortnite Gas Pump Locations
A new environmental item added this chapter, you can shoot the Fortnite gas pumps to make them explode, damaging any opponents who are nearby. There are various gas stations around the map, and we've got all of their locations.
Fortnite Llama Locations
If you're lucky enough to spot a llama piñata during a match then make a beeline to grab it, as they're super rare and contain lots of useful items and resources. For more information on these elusive llamas and what they contain, visit our Fortnite Llamas locations guide.
Fortnite Creative Codes
With the introduction of Creative Mode, players have been able to construct all sorts of ingenious custom maps - from miniature recreations of the entire island, to adventures filled with puzzles and even a mini golf course! We've been following developments in this area to bring you our selection of the best Fortnite Creative Codes every month.
Fortnite 2FA Two-Factor Authentication
It's a sad fact of life on the internet that there will always be bad people trying to steal your information, and Fortnite is not immune from this. If you want to keep your Epic account (and your V-Bucks) safe then make sure you enable Fortnite 2FA – turning on Two-Factor Authentication will also reward you with the epic Boogie Down emote, so it's a win-win situation.
How to enable cross platform Fortnite matches
It was introduced a while ago, but if you're wondering how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches, then we can help. Did you know it's possible to play with absolutely anyone else on Fortnite, no matter what platform they're on? Xbox can play with PS4, PC can play with iPhone, and everything in-between. Our guide explains how you can make that happen.
How to link Fortnite and Twitch accounts
If you want to earn special items for your locker by watching certain streamed events then you'll need to know how to link Fortnite and Twitch accounts, and we've got all the information on what you need to do.
How to level up fast in Fortnite
If you want to keep unlocking rewards from the Battle Pass, then knowing how to level up fast in Fortnite will help you get the required XP quicker.
How many people play Fortnite?
It's one of life's biggest mysteries, but we've actually got an answer to how many people play Fortnite. You'll have to read the full article to find out, but spoiler: there's a lot of them.
How to get free Fortnite V-Bucks
Everyone wants to know how to get free Fortnite V-Bucks, as the in-game currency will unlock new emotes, outfits, wraps, and more. If you're looking for a route to some cheap V-Bucks as well, then the latest Fortnite Starter Pack offers the best value for money.
Games like Fortnite
Perhaps after all of that you're starting to feel a bit of Fortnite fatigue, and are looking for a different challenge? If that's case, we've picked out a selection of games like Fortnite you could try instead.
Fortnite Save the World guide
With all the hype surrounding Fortnite Battle Royale, it's easy to forget that there's a whole other PvE game available in Fortnite Save The World. Although Epic have repeatedly stated that this mode will become free to play at some point, for the time being you'll have to invest in a Founder's Pack if you want early access. For those playing right now, here's some help for fighting off the zombie hordes.
Fortnite Save The World Tips
Fortnite Save the World features a whole host of layered menus, systems, and meta-game content, which aren't fully explained by the in-game tutorials and can seem overwhelming, so we've broken things down to make it more manageable. If you're playing the PvE mode then you should check out our Fortnite Save the World tips for hints on how to survive, thrive, and win.