The Unwritten Rules of Fortnite Explained

Millions of gamers have dropped into Fortnite over the years, and its community has developed some unwritten rules to ensure a fun experience.
BY Whitney Meers PUBLISHED Jul 02, 2023

Few games have captivated the video game industry over its long history like Fortnite. Epic Games' survival game turned battle royale has maintained a strong player base since it took off in 2017, and it shows no signs of slowing down after over five years of consistent content drops and gameplay adjustments. With Chapter 4 Season 3 of Fortnite well underway, the game is almost unrecognizable from its humble beginnings, but the essence of the game's origins prevails to create something just about any gamer can jump into and enjoy.

Fortnite's community is one of the largest in gaming, even as its concurrent players have ebbed and flowed over time. Its accessibility and approachable skill ceiling make it easy for almost every kind of gamer to get lost in a few matches once in a while, whether it's with friends or solo. With that sense of community and competition, however, comes a few unwritten rules that ensure everyone can enjoy themselves. Unwritten rules are commonplace in competitive multiplayer games, especially shooters, and those in Fortnite add to the game's character and attempt to bring some sense of order to the frantic battle royale.

Don't Hoard Weapons In Fortnite

Throughout its many updates, Fortnite has introduced various unique weapons. Not all of these weapons are created equally, however, as some fall into higher rarities than others. While having multiple weapons of a high rarity can make any player feel unstoppable, it's often frowned upon to do so when playing in a team. If a player finds themselves in possession of a few Epic or even Legendary weapons, it's typically best to share one or more of them with other squad mates. That way the whole team can be stronger, instead of everyone relying on one player to effectively utilize some of Fortnite's best weapons.

Leave Farmable Materials At 50 HP

Part of what makes Fortnite so distinct from other battle royale titles is its building mechanics. To leverage these features, players have to farm wood, brick, or iron from various sources on the map, and how players go about doing that has created its own unwritten rule. For many longtime Fortnite fans, it's common practice to leave any farmable materials at 50 HP before destroying them completely.

There are a few reasons behind this, with the most prominent being it ensures players still have some form of cover to hide behind if they suddenly encounter enemy players. Some support taking the extra second to just farm materials completely, but it's nonetheless an unwritten rule that has left its mark on the game.

The Sillier The Skin And Emote, The Better

Fortnite put itself on the map with its cartoony take on the battle royale formula, but it cemented its place in the industry with its frequent pop-culture crossovers. Just about every major IP from Star Wars to Dragon Ball has crossed over with Fortnite in some capacity, creating some entertaining opportunities to see iconic characters perform various emotes. It's motivated many players to come up with the silliest combinations possible, whether it's Transformers' Optimus Prime hitting the griddy or Halo's Master Chief grooving like he's in a Rick Astley music video. It's outrageous, sure, but it's something the community finds great joy in.

Fortnite is still a titan of the industry when many thought it would be just another fad a few years ago. Epic Games has unwaveringly supported the game ever since it first took off, and it shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever. While some of the Fortnite community may have moved on over the years, the game's unwritten rules have anchored the experience for those who stick with it consistently. As Fortnite continues to evolve with each new update, its community is sure to respond in kind with new and updated rules that ensure anyone can enjoy a round from the moment they jump off the Battle Bus.

Fortnite is available on Mobile, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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