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The Fortnite Essentials Cheat Sheet: Controls and Tips to Know

Megan Ellis 07-03-2020

Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the most popular games out there—with the free-to-play shooter available across PC, console, and even mobile platforms. But with a game this complex, it can be a bit intimidating to jump right in, especially when it has undergone a major overhaul.

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(Season 11 was the first season following the major reboot of the game: Fortnite Chapter 2. The season removed many of the established weapons in the game, introduced the fishing and swimming mechanics, and changed a few elements within the game. And now it has given way to season 12.)

If you’re a complete newbie to Fortnite or just want a refresher on the game’s controls and mechanics when a new season rolls around, our cheat sheet below can help you. It covers controls for the PC version of the game and for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles too. The cheat sheet also lists various mechanics and terms you should know about.

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The Fortnite Essentials Cheat Sheet

ItemDescription
Terms to Know
Battle PassIn-game pass bought with V-Bucks to unlock season rewards tree
SeasonA themed in-game series of missions and rewards usually lasting 10 weeks
Supply DropA crate of supplies attached to a balloon and dropped during the match
EliminationA player elimination where you delivered the final blow
AssistA player elimination where you helped but didn't deliver the final blow
SoloUnranked match for 1 player
DuosUnranked match for 2 players
SquadsUnranked match for up to 4 players
Team RumbleUnranked large team deathmatch mode
ArenaRanked match mode
LTMLimited-Time Mode
Victory RoyaleA match victory
Missions/ChallengesDaily or weekly objectives and achievements
Medal Punch CardDaily achievement tracker that awards bonus XP
Item ShopIn-game store for microtransactions
V-BucksIn-game currency
Save The WorldPvE paid mode of Fortnite
Fortnite CreativeFree building/experimental mode of Fortnite
PC/KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Movement/General Controls
WMove Up/Forward
AMove Left
SMove Down/Backward
DMove Right
SpacebarJump
Left ShiftSprint
Equal Sign/Num LockAuto Run
Left CtrlCrouch
Left ShiftToggle Sprint
MShow/Hide Map
TabShow/Hide Inventory
FCarry Downed Player
FDrop Downed Player
Left Mouse ButtonThrow/Yeet Downed Player
EscGame Menu
Combat
Left Mouse ButtonFire/Use Weapon
Right Mouse ButtonTarget/Aim
RReload
EUse/Interact with Item on Map
FToggle Harvesting Tool
1Equip Weapon 1
2Equip Weapon 2
3Equip Weapon 3
4Equip Weapon 4
5Equip Weapon 5
Building
ZEquip Wall
XEquip Floor
CEquip Stairs
VEquip Roof
YEquip Trap
F3Trap Picker
Left Mouse ButtonPlace Building
HRepair/Upgrade
RRotate Building
Right Mouse ButtonChange Building Material
GEdit Building
Left Mouse ButtonSelect Building Edit Squares
Right Mouse ButtonReset Building Edit
QToggle Build Mode/Toggle Quickbars
Communication
Middle Mouse ButtonPing/Place Marker
Not Bound (Player decides)Place Enemy Marker
TPush To Talk
F4Squad Communication Tab
EnterChat
BEmote
Vehicles
E/Hold EUse/Exit Vehicle
Left CtrlSwitch Seat
Left ShiftBoost Vehicle (Motorboat)
Fishing
Left Mouse ButtonCast Rod
Left Mouse ButtonReel In
PS4
 CONTROLS

Movement/General Controls
Left StickMove Up/Forward
Left StickMove Left
Left StickMove Down/Backward
Left StickMove Right
XJump
Click Down Left StickSprint
Double Click Down Left StickAuto Run
Click Down/Tap Right StickCrouch
Click Down Left StickToggle Sprint
Centre TouchpadShow/Hide Map
Up D-PadShow/Hide Inventory
Carry Downed Player
Drop Downed Player
RTThrow/Yeet Downed Player
Options ButtonGame Menu
Combat
RTFire/Use Weapon
LTTarget/Aim
Reload
Use/Interact with Item on Map
Toggle Harvesting Tool
Building
■ in Build ModeEquip Trap
■ in Build ModeTrap Picker
RTPlace Building
Click + Hold Right StickRepair/Upgrade
Click/Tap Right StickRotate Building
LTChange Building Material
Hold OEdit Building
RTSelect Building Edit Squares
Click/Tap Right StickReset Building Edit
OToggle Build Mode/Toggle Quickbars
Communication
Left D-PadPing/Place Marker
Double Tap Left D-PadPlace Enemy Marker
Right D-PadSquad Communication Tab
Down D-PadEmote
Vehicles
■ / Hold ■Use/Exit Vehicle
Click/Tap Right StickSwitch Seat
OBoost Vehicle (Motorboat)
Fishing
RTCast Rod
RTReel In
XBOX CONTROLS

Movement/General Controls
Left StickMove Up/Forward
Left StickMove Left
Left StickMove Down/Backward
Left StickMove Right
AJump
Click Down Left StickSprint
Double Click Down Left StickAuto Run
Click Down/Tap Right StickCrouch
Click Down Left StickToggle Sprint
View ButtonShow/Hide Map
Up D-PadShow/Hide Inventory
XCarry Downed Player
XDrop Downed Player
RTThrow/Yeet Downed Player
Menu ButtonGame Menu
Combat
RTFire/Use Weapon
LTTarget/Aim
XReload
XUse/Interact with Item on Map
YToggle Harvesting Tool
Building
B in Build ModeEquip Trap
B in Build ModeTrap Picker
RTPlace Building
Click + Hold Right StickRepair/Upgrade
Click/Tap Right StickRotate Building
LTChange Building Material
Hold BEdit Building
RTSelect Building Edit Squares
Click/Tap Right StickReset Building Edit
BToggle Build Mode/Toggle Quickbars
Communication
Left D-PadPing/Place Marker
Double Tap Left D-PadPlace Enemy Marker
Right D-PadSquad Communication Tab
Down D-PadEmote
Vehicles
X / Hold XUse/Exit Vehicle
Click/Tap Right StickSwitch Seat
BBoost Vehicle (Motorboat)
Fishing
RTCast Rod
RTReel In
Fortnite Items
Health SourcesBandages, Med Kit, Camp Fire, Chug Splash, Flopper Fist, Small Fry Fish, Apple
Shield SourcesSmall Shield Potion, Shield Potion, Chug Splash, Chug Jug, Slurpy Swamp Canisters, Slurpy Swamp Vat, Slurpy Swamp River, Slurp Fish, Mushrooms
Weapon and Loot SourcesSupply Llama, Ammo Crate, Fishing Spots, Chests
Strongest Building MaterialMetal
Weakest Building MaterialWood
Long Range WeaponsAssault Rifle, Burst Assault Rifle, Scoped Weapons
Medium Range WeaponsRocket Launcher, Assault Rifle, Burst Assault Rifle
Short Range WeaponsShotgun
Explosive WeaponsRocket Launcher, Grenades
Hiding SpotsDumpsters and haystacks
Best Stone SourcesLarge boulders
Best Metal SourcesTrucks and cars
Best Wood SourcesLarge trees and wooden pallets

Get Started in Fortnite Creative Mode

Now that you know the basics of Fortnite Battle Royale, you may want to dip your toes into other modes in the game. One such mode is Fortnite Creative, which lets you create unique maps and game modes using Fortnite assets. Find out everything you need to know about this free game mode in our beginner’s guide to Fortnite Creative Mode How to Get Started With Fortnite Creative: A Beginner's Guide Here's everything you need to know about Fortnite Creative, including what Fortnite Creative is and how to play Fortnite Creative. Read More .

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