Battle Royale

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Fortnite Battle Royale

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.
Genre Battle Royale
Developer Epic Games
Publisher Epic Games, WB Games (retail bundles)

Windows PC, macOS, PS4,

Xbox One, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Android
Release September 26, 2017
Version 12.3
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Fortnite Battle Royale is a player-versus-player Battle Royale game for up to 100 players, allowing one to play alone, in a duo, or in a squad (usually consisting of three or four players). Weaponless players airdrop from a "Battle Bus" that crosses the game's map. Fortnite was released on September 26, 2017.

Battle Royale features in-app purchases for cosmetic items. These items offer no in game advantages.

How to play[edit | edit source]

There are multiple ways to play, the modes consist of, Solos, Duos, Squads, Playground, Creative, and 1 or more Limited time modes. There is also Arena for people who want to play competitively. Players leap out of the Battle Bus as it travels across the map at a random trajectory and choose a place to land. However, instead of the storm being an anomaly on the map that spawns enemies, it is an ever-encroaching storm that encircles the map, doing damage to players when it touches them. The last player or group standing is awarded a Victory Royale.

For a beginner's walk through of Battle Royale from start to finish, see Battle Royale Basics.

Battle Royale Locations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle Royale Map
Map of Battle Royale Island
Map of the Battle Royale island, with the locations unnamed.
Map of the Battle Royale island, when it was snowed over for Christmas 2019.

Battle Royale Weapons[edit | edit source]

Main article: 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 20 per hit) making 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. There is more than one type of gun, each having different ranges, damage, and rarities.

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.

Items[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle Royale Items
All Battle Royale and Creative Items

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. Some Vehicles are also in the game. For more information about the items in Battle Royale, see Battle Royale Items.

Building[edit | edit source]

Main article: Building

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. Unlike Save the World, structures cannot be upgraded using materials. For tips and strategies about building, see Battle Royale Guides

Battle Pass[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle Pass

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 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[edit | edit source]

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.

Development Notes[edit | edit source]

Patch History[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Epic Games has released multiple statements concerning development milestones and goals. They provide insight into where the game is headed.

Music/Sounds[edit | edit source]

- Menu Theme for Chapter 1: Season 3 and beyond.

- Menu Theme for Chapter 1: Seasons 1 and 2 (later added as a Battle Pass Reward in Chapter 1: Season X)