Fortnite Battle Royale is the completely free 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat.The last one standing wins.
|Platform||Xbox One, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Android|
|Release||September 26, 2017|
Battle Royale is a stand-alone, free-to-play, 100-player PvP game which was released on September 26, 2017. It comes standard whenever Fortnite is downloaded.
Battle Royale features in-app purchases for cosmetic items. These items offer no gameplay advantage.
How to play
Battle Royale utilizes the same core mechanics as Save the World:
- Harvest Materials by breaking things with your pickaxe.
- Scavenge for weapons and items of varying rarities in treasure chests, ammo boxes, and supply drops;.
- Build to defend yourself, move around the map, and attack your opponents.
- Survive the storm.
However, in Battle Royale your opponents are not the Husks of Save the World, but other players. 100 players in total enter a matchmaking queue in one of several game modes (Solo, Duos, Squads, Playground, and/or 1 or more Limited time modes). The arena of play is not a Region but an island with numerous static locations. Players leap out of the Battle Bus as it travels across the map at a random trajectory and choose their own starting point. However, instead of the storm being an anomaly on the map that spawns enemies, it is an ever-encroaching mist that encircles the map, doing damage to unfortunate players when it touches them. The last player or group standing is awarded a Victory Royale.
For a beginner's walkthrough of Battle Royale from start to finish, see Battle Royale Basics.
Battle Royale Locations
- Castle (POI)
- Durrr Burger
- Dusty Divot
- Fatal Fields
- Floating Island
- Greasy Grove
- Haunted Hills
- Junk Junction
- Lazy Links
- Leaky Lake
- Lonely Lodge
- Lucky Landing
- Paradise Palms
- Pleasant Park
- Retail Row
- Risky Reels
- Salty Springs
- Shifty Shafts
- Snobby Shores
- Tilted Towers
- Tomato Temple
- Wailing Woods
Battle Royale Weapons
When starting out, all players spawn with a Pickaxe. In a pinch the Pickaxe can be used in combat, but its short range and low damage (only 10 per hit) make it ineffective for most encounters with other players. It is best suited for breaking objects to obtain Materials. In order to obtain other weapons that are better suited towards combat, players must find them in treasure chests, supply drops, on the ground in the world, or by killing other players.
Battle Royale shares some weapon types with Save the World, though some Battle Royale versions look different and have different stats from their Save the World counterparts.
For a list of all weapons available in Battle Royale, see Battle Royale Weapons.
Along with Weapons, there are many items to pick up and use in Battle Royale. Some of these provide health regeneration or bonus shields, while others perform a variety of functions related to building. For more information about the items in Battle Royale, see Battle Royale Items
Building is a core mechanic of Battle Royale and functions in the same manner as building in Save the World. Knowing how, when, and where to build are vital when competing for a Victory Royale. For tips and strategies about building, see Battle Royale Guides
Gameplay in Battle Royale is marked by seasons. At the beginning of each season, players are given a blank slate and the possibility of earning in-game cosmetic items, called skins, for achieving certain goals and gaining experience. This functionality is extended through the purchase of a Battle Pass, which offers a much greater pool of goals and cosmetic rewards. Weekly challenges provide a welcome twist to gameplay as players orient themselves en masse toward achieving the challenges. For more information about this feature, see Battle Pass.
Limited Time Modes
Limited Time Modes, or LTMs, are events in Battle Royale featuring modifications to the rules set and mechanics, such as a limited loot pool or even 50 vs. 50 combat. LTMs usually last about a week and are available as an option in the Queue menu in the Lobby when featured.
Epic Games publishes updates regularly, usually weekly on Tuesday at 4am ET (0800 GMT) . Patch notes are supplied for each patch.
Battle Royale Dev Updates
Battle Royale Dev Updates are short YouTube videos published by Epic Games as a way of communicating with the community beyond the scope of published Patch Notes.
State of Development
Epic Games has released multiple statements concerning development milestones and goals. They provide insight into where the game is headed.
- Latest State of Development: Battle Royale State of Development v5
- Battle Royale Menu Theme for Seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6?
- Battle Royale Menu Theme for Seasons 1 and 2?