Changing default controls in Fortnite BR

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Bit confused on what button does what in Fortnite?

Unfortunately, there is no tutorial currently around for the Battle Royale mode in Fortnite. Or a training zone, which would be very helpful to practice building and weapons.

Although the game is still in early stages, maybe we will see something in the future.

July 2018 Update: A playground mode now exists where you can practice your building and aim with friends.

You’re pretty much thrown into Fortnites Battle Royale expecting to know how to play and what each button does. Fortnite definitely takes trial and error when it comes to learning controls, and finding out how to build quickly and efficiently is something that is going to take some time. Practice makes perfection.

If you are feeling lost, take a look at the control settings to find out what mechanics exist in Fortnite BR and what all the controls are. If you’re now a Fortnite PvE owner (which will be free in 2018), I highly recommend you practice there. Although you should note that the guns and aim works slightly different.

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Save the World allows complex building and practice

In Save The World, you have unlimited amounts of time, essentially unlimited materials and a whole open space to practice in. Controller schemes are pretty much the same between Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Check out some more Fortnite Battle Royale guides and content. Below, you can see our quick guide for changing and viewing controls, whilst further down, you can see detailed instructions with images.

Quick instructions for viewing & changing controls

Here is a quick guide for viewing and changing the default controls in Fortnite Battle Royale & Save the World. For a more complex guide, scroll down.

  1. In Fortnite, open the settings menu by selecting the cog icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. PC Players can head over to the ‘Input’ tab, where they can see the default bindings and controls. You can also choose to set your own custom bindings which I recommend.
  3. PS4 & Xbox One players should head over to the controller tab. In here, you can see the controller schemes. There are a few presets you can choose from which help you build faster.

Detailed guide for Fortnite Control Settings

Start by opening the settings menu. In the Fortnite Battle Royale client, click the 3 lines in the top right to open the menu drop-down. Then click the cog icon to open the settings area. Once inside, choose ‘Input’ at the top of the page.

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Click the cog to open the settings area

Here, you can configure your own settings. Each binding can be set with two keys, just to make it that bit easier.

I recommend you put the keys somewhere that’s super easy for you to use. Pyramid roof pieces sit on F4 by default which is pretty hard to reach when you need to. Walls and stairs aren’t any easier either.

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Click the Input tab to find all of the controls

I’ve set some important building objects such as stairs and walls to the side of my mouse, whilst floor pieces are pressing in the scroll wheel. That way, I have much quicker access to them in the heat of a fight and don’t have to worry about missing the F1-F4 keys.

Fortnite Battle Royale settings for Consoles

If you’re a console player, there are a few different presets you can use for either the PS4 or Xbox One controller. These are Combat Pro, Quick Builder and Standard. At the moment, you can’t create your own controller settings, and are pretty limited to what Epic sets.

Epic games recently introduced a controller scheme called ‘Builder Pro’. It’s better & easier for building structures, as each object now has their own button on the controller to be built pretty much instantly instead of having to scroll through pieces.

Unfortunately I’m not a Console player myself so don’t have too much information about console controls in Fortnite Battle Royale. PC Players can choose to play with a console controller too, and choose a controller scheme. It will not give aim assist however.

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Settings menu for if you use a controller

Combat pro seems to be the more popular choice out of all the presets available among players. Time will tell on whether Builder Pro will become much more used in the future.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. is there a way to move where the building pieces are on the menu, Like how the building is ‘Wall – Ceiling – Stairs – Roof’
    i want to make it like ‘ Wall – Stairs – Ceiling – Roof’. Is there a way to do it.
    Xbox console owner.

  2. Ay man I play Xbox one fortnite and
    If you look on the Xbox controller you see a b y and x my a and b changed and I don’t know how to put it back like b is now jump and a is back its so weird

  3. I have fortnite installed on my laptop and I receive the message “Please attach keyboard in order to change keyboard controls”.
    Any idea how I can solve this?

  4. What does “MW down” looks like, also can I change the emotes, like when I enter a game I press B to open the section of emotes. But I wanted to choose other emotes, they say MW down key. I dont know what does MW down key is, can anybody help me? PLEASE!!!!

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