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|LMB||Swing (melee), fire (ranged)|
|RMB||Heavy attack (melee), target/focus (ranged)|
|R||Reload, hold to craft ammo|
|Q||Switch between combat mode and build mode|
|E||Use/interact with object|
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Building is one of the main gameplay elements of Fortnite. It consists of building, upgrading, and repairing basic structures such as walls, floors, stairs, and roofs, as well as placement of traps, to create a functional defensive Fort. Creating structures requires basic building Materials, which are Wood, Stone, and Metal. These resources can be obtained through harvesting, found in reward packs, or from Expeditions.
The Constructor class is specialized in this field, having abilities that facilitates building and maintaining a better fort.
Basics[edit | edit source]
Building is done by using the build menu, accessible at any time by any Class during missions by pressing Q or one of the F keys from F1 to F5. Within the Build menu, a holographic image of the structure to be built will be projected in front of your Character to indicate where it will be placed. You can switch the materials by using Right Click, and you can also modify the shape of the desired structure by pressing G.
When a new structure is placed or an existing one is modified, it starts out with about half of its full health and take a few seconds to fully form. This means that you cannot easily block off enemies by placing walls, as newly placed structures do not instantly form with full health.
Every basic structure of any shape costs 10 Wood, Stone, or Metal to build. Build time is based on HP per second, so wood builds the quickest since it has the fewest HP while metal builds the slowest since it has the most HP. Build cost, structure HP and build speed can be improved with skills, squad bonuses, and by playing certain Constructors.
If you run out of materials while building, you’ll now automatically switch to the next material with available resources. This can be turned off with the “Auto Material Change” option in the Game Settings menu. 
Editing Buildings[edit | edit source]
Available Shapes[edit | edit source]
|Outer Corner Roof||Wood|
|Inner Corner Roof||Wood|
Repairing[edit | edit source]
Structures that have taken damage from Enemies can be Repaired at any time by pressing F. Repairing structures consume resources depending on the structure's type (e.g. Wooden walls can be repaired using Wood). As with building and modifying, the process of repairing a structure takes a few seconds to complete. The more damage a structure has taken the more it costs to repair, up to the actual build cost.
If a structure takes enough damage to be destroyed, it cannot be repaired, and must be rebuilt from scratch, requiring more resources.
Upgrading[edit | edit source]
Upgrading can be done after unlocking the Building Upgrade Skill Tree nodes. You can upgrade structures by pressing F when they are at full health, consuming extra resources in the process. Upgraded structures have significantly higher Health, which means it can withstand more damage before being destroyed.
Traps[edit | edit source]
Traps are various items which can be placed on floors, walls, or ceilings to provide more defense or some utility to the fort. These include damaging traps, Healing pads, etc. Placing traps can be done by pressing T or F5.
Related articles[edit | edit source]
Media[edit | edit source]
|Tutorial Build||Tutorial Editing||Tutorial BuildForts|
This building segment is from the Fortnite Live show.