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Fortnite Building Tips

What makes Fortnite one of the most unique battle royale experiences out there has always been the fun building mechanic on top of a solid 3rd person shooter experience. Some players may find themselves asking, “Is there still building in Fortnite” after some exciting no-building events dropped, but building is here to stay in Fortnite. Players both new to shooters and laser aimed shooter veterans can easily get caught up on the building mechanic and lose gunfights to players that are more experienced builders. If you want to improve your building in Fortnite check out these Fortnite building tips from SCUF.

Controller Settings

One of the first and most important pieces of improving your building is making sure your settings are tweaked for success. First and most importantly, you’re going to want to alter your shooting and building sensitivities to be different. If you’re used to playing Warzone or Apex you might play on a lower sensitivity for higher accuracy but that won’t do for quick building in Fortnite. Keep your aim sensitivity wherever you like it, but make sure you really dial up your build sensitivity. You need to be able to very quickly reposition your cursor to build with the flick of a thumb. This effect is made even more potent when paired with the builder pro layout.

These two changes combo exceptionally well with a SCUF controller. Remappable paddles will help you quickly place walls and ramps while your thumbs remain firmly on the sticks, allowing you to pull off build speeds that most only expect from highly experienced mouse and keyboard players. Pair this with SCUF’s short domed thumbstick as your right thumbstick and you’ll be capable of building faster than anyone could imagine on a controller.

All of your other settings will be dependent on how you like to play. We highly recommend playing around with your setting in the playground game mode to find the settings that feel the fastest in your hands. While you’re there be sure to practice up on your building techniques so the hand movements to build become second nature.

The Ramp Push

One of the oldest and most classic building techniques in Fortnite is known as the ramp push. This might be thought of as a relatively basic building move in competitive Fortnite in the more recent seasons but it still remains a staple for many players and there’s really no point in trying to master more advanced building techniques until you have mastered the ramp push.

The technique is based around quickly building a ramp with protection from the front angle to engage an opponent. The key here is practice as you need to be able to drop down your buildings quickly and smoothly while maintaining forward and upward momentum. The basic ramp push works like this:

Build a ramp directly in front of you - place a wall directly in front of that ramp - place a floor just in front of the top of the ramp - repeat.

This basic ramp push provides solid cover and stability for your build while being quite fast to place down for a practiced builder. An added layer of protection can be added for a skilled builder that knows their building will be under heavy fire by including a second ramp below each ramp you place, providing additional padding from enemy fire that might come from below.

Side walls can also be added for protection from flanking opponents and are key when in a fierce 1v1 build battle. These basic ramp push variants should all be practiced thoroughly so that when you get into a gunfight you can drop these builds in the blink of an eye when needed.

While more advanced than the basic ramp push, the ninety is an essential build technique that allows you to climb vertically quickly and safely while under fire. This structure ends up being significantly more secure than the basic ramp push and with some practice will have you quickly elevate your character while maintaining strong cover from enemy fire to get those ideal shooting angles down on your opponent as they slowly try to build up and catch you.

The Ninety

The technique for the ninety is a lot more involved than the basic ramp push so be sure you practice this in the playground gamemode so you can reliably pull it off without slowing your character’s movement down. The technique starts by placing a ramp with a wall in front and above, then depending on what direction you want to move, two stacked walls are placed to the left or right of your ramp, as you reach the top of the ramp - but before you make contact with the wall - jump and place a floor and another ramp as you face the walls you just placed and continue moving forward.

From here you can build into any of the ramp push variants or drop another ninety to scale straight up vertically very quickly. Changing up the direction you turn or swapping between ramp pushes and ninety techniques as you build up can completely throw your opponent off and have them make fatal mistakes as they attempt to build up to you, leaving you the time you need to pop a few shots off at them from above.

With some fine tuning of your controller settings and some time practicing you can be building like the pros and dropping opponents in build battles before they can even register what has happened to them. If you’re looking to see some visual examples of these build techniques check out the video above or check below for a full transcription of the video.


“So guys today I'm gonna be facing the music and opening up about the fact that your boy isn't the best builder in the world. There's comments that come up all the time saying Ali is trash at building. Ali-A is a slow builder. I've always played fortnight on the lower sensitivity than most people for the accuracy side of things coming from a Call Duty background - like most Pro players in Call of Duty build weirdly low sensitivity to get every single bullet on target - so I transitioned into fortnight with a lower sensitivity, some good gun skill, and obviously having to learn the basics of building like a lot of other people did as well. But back before you could split your building sensitivity and your shooting sensitivity, I still kept my sensitivity fairly low and as a result I always look like a pretty slow builder - which I can't lie I definitely was. I'll show you some clips in the background here of me doing probably some not great building. When they introduced the ability to obviously split your building sensitivity I think everyone became instantly a lot better. I was thinking the other day - I was like, you know what, if you want to become good at something you do have to practice it and I've never sat in a playground mode or hung out with friends and just sat there 1v1ing or practicing anything and really if you want to get better that's what you need to do. You need to put time, effort, and practice. So today I am going to be learning a few building techniques and more advanced building techniques and if you guys don't know you can learn along with me, and if you do know them or if you know any others you can share them down below - we all learn together. Even taking those techniques and even I'm gonna like 1v1 randoms and playground mode and see if I get any better through learning these techniques or just try out techniques in the public game and try and go for a win. I'm not sure but first off we're gonna try and eliminate the whole Ali A's trash appearing or needs to improve upon that image and get better in today's video so if you're excited for this and excited to learn a thing or two potentially give it a thumbs up and I'm definitely excited. So I’m going to jump straight into it with some techniques I'm sure most of you do know and then tell you what I'm gonna be working on today. Everyone knows the basic ramp push obviously developed into having a bit of protection on either side and now typically a lot of players if not most players can now go ahead and push like this and actually have a reinforced building as they go up. I think I may have accidentally given and I've accidentally given - yeah I’ve given it extra support. I was gonna say then it progressed even more - as you can put together floors underneath it as well it's it's basically lotta bashing fun bashing. It's really not that hard one to get the technique down and as a result you get the sort of nice line going along the bottom as well to make your pushes really really good. Now I wouldn't say that it's too hard to learn definitely make you choices built in your brain when it is in playground mode so when you go in a public game its really helpful - but that's not what we're focusing on today. We’ll be focusing on a term called the ninety which you may have heard some youtuber streamers talk about and definitely the pro players can do it with ease but it's a really important part of how they play the game. Especially how they built. For those of you guys that are wondering this is my sensitivity six I got a one point five times for the building sensitivity and then from actual controls I'm on builder pro. I haven't done any custom tweaking as of yet I'm looking to do potentially to improve my editing at some point and these are the other options I've got on as well for you guys that want to pause it and take a look at those but the ninety just for those guys that don’t know - is essentially one of the best ways to gain vertical hight and be reinforced really quickly in an engagement and you never stop sprinting during the process. So the idea is, you go up and as you're going up you spin all the way around and jump your way up as you feel to go really really high whilst continuing to move quickly. So it starts off with one of these with a ramp you then go ahead and there's many versions of it - and I think I'm throwing myself in the deep end here a little but - be placed out a wall in front ruin top room to the side a wall down a floor below to reinforce and then a ramp and then you can continue your ramp rush and continue going upwards or the really advanced part of this when you get it really really quickly really down is the ability to build up - build a 90 really really quickly and then continue that 90 again like this to a point where you have just gone vertically up whilst building this structure now showed you guys when you slowly just flows. To guys that don't know how to do it or what it is but the idea is if you do it perfectly your character never stops sprinting during the process. The idea is as you go up you're going to push yourself to one side start building, put this down characters not gonna stop, jump and then you're gonna continue that movement but if you do it perfect your character never stops - you essentially are sprinting vertically upwards and that's why this 90 building technique is so important especially for the great place. So I want to try and nail it my end goal or at least where I'd like to get to it is to be able to pull off maybe a double 90 so going up twice without stopping with my character continually sprinting and try and apply that into a real situation so your boy isn't quite as bad as building is a lot of you say.” - Ali-A