There is no doubt that Fortnite is the greatest phenomenon of battle royales. The game added to the genre the construction and material farm mechanics that are crucial to the gameplay. Still, like any shooting game, aiming and shooting skills remain the most important aspect of the game.
Thinking about the players who need to upgrade their skills, here are 6 ways to improve your Fortnite aim!
1. Know Fortnite’s shooting mechanics
Fortnite’s shooting mechanics are a bit different from what we are used to seeing in other games like PUBG, Counter Strike, CoD, etc. Therefore, it is not always possible to transfer skills from other games, which can catch many players off guard.
The first step is to understand that not all weapons in the game obey the same rules. That’s because in Fortnite there are two types of weapon mechanics: hitscan and projectile base . Hitscan is how all the weapons in the game work, except snipers and explosives. Through this mechanics the shots have no travel or fall time, hitting opponents immediately after shooting, regardless of distance, as long as the shot is accurate, of course.
Snipers and explosives are projectile based weapons. It means that when you click, a projectile will come out of your weapon and travel to the target. So, whenever you use this type of weapon, you need to take into account the distance and speed of the projectile to hit the shots, as they will take time to reach the target and lose height. It is in this context that you need to shoot a little ahead of your target, waiting for it to move and meet the shot.
Therefore, do not confuse the two mechanics. Even at super long range, if you are using an assault rifle, for example, never take travel time and bullet drop into account.
2. Understand what is bloom
Bloom is another Fortnite mechanic that sets itself apart from other shooter games. It is the opening of your aim when you make many shots in a row. It is similar to Counter Strike’s recoil, but the difference is that in Fortnite the shots spread completely randomly within the target area. So there is no way to master gun spray, so fighting revolves around controlling and minimizing the size of the sights.
The smaller the scope, the smaller the area the shots can reach and the higher their accuracy. Squatting, standing still and firing slowly gives your shots as much precision as possible, while running and fast firing has the opposite effect. Some ways to deal with bloom are:
Control your firing rate : At medium and long range, avoid holding the mouse button to the maximum. The best way to play these situations is to take controlled single shots as quickly as possible. There is an ideal middle ground between shooting fast and accurately that you only get by clicking for each shot. Only then will you find the right pace.
First Shot Accuracy : Whenever possible, try to start fighting while you are stationary. That’s because, stopped, the first shot always has 100% accuracy, so take the advantage and only then start the move.
Firing rate> Accuracy : At close range, you should be much less concerned with accuracy than with SHOOTING. Remember that when your opponent is close, many shots will still connect even if your aim is large. So this is the right time to hold the button.
Some weapons such as crosshair assault rifle and thermal crosshair assault rifle are not affected by crosshair bloom.
3. Use movement to adjust your aim
You don’t have to aim with the mouse always. In various situations during combat your aim is at the right time and you only need to take one or two steps sideways to adjust the aim. This tip is especially useful when you are aiming downwards (when you have high ground).
Thus, the goal is to keep the mouse still and try to mirror the opponent’s movements to maintain the correct aim. This way you eliminate a very important factor which is the sensitivity of the mouse.
4. Align your shots before leaving cover
When you incorporate movement into your crosshair adjustment you unlock the option to align shots before you leave coverage. Thus, the ideal way to use cover is to identify the opponent’s position> align the aim> peek and shoot> hide. Of course there is always a chance that your opponent has repositioned himself, but the more aligned the aim is, the less adjustment is required.
5. Be aware of targeting positioning
Finally something that can be brought from other games. Aim positioning is a concept present in any FPS. According to him, you should always keep in mind the points on the screen where your opponents may appear, and leave the aim there.
The targeting position is slightly more neglected in Fortnite due to the construction mechanics that force players to aim at various points on the screen. Be aware of this and always keep your aim aimed at a possible point of risk. Keeping an eye out for the sounds is crucial to aid in aiming positioning.
The best way to improve targeting positioning is to record your matches and watch them. You will notice how many times you are not even building anything and your aim is aimed at useless points on the screen.
6. Train tracking and flicks in playground mode
Tracking consists of “tracking” the target, firing as it moves. Tracking is present in basically every match in the game, as most weapons work with hitscan mechanics (see # 1 above). Playing with low sensitivity helps A LOT when aiming at moving targets.
Flicks or flick shots are the famous “mouse drag”. That’s when you reposition your aim extremely fast to connect shots at opponents that were away from your target positioning. Flicks are often needed in frantic close combat when players are jumping, running and building as fast as possible.
To train both techniques there is a fun method that can be done in Playground Mode. Use two jumping jumps apart and position an object to fall on top of one so that it bounces from side to side. The method is not as effective as you would like, but it helps a lot, especially with tracking and to find the optimal sensitivity.