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Fortnite For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Fortnite For Dummies

By Bill Loguidice

Fortnite is a complex game with incredible depth, which carries over to its control options. Whether you’re sporting a keyboard and mouse, a gamepad, or a mobile device, mastering one of the default control schemes on your favorite Fortnite platform can help you get the most out of your Fortnite gameplay.

Fortnite Keyboard and Mouse Controls

Fortnite lets you use a keyboard and mouse on a PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One in Input mode. Input control categories are broken into Movement, Combat, Building, Communication, Emote, Misc, Vehicles, and Creative.

Fortnite Xbox One
Game mode selection on Xbox One.

Movement

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Move forward W Up
Move left A Left
Move backward S Down
Move right D Right
Jump Spacebar Not assigned
Sprint Left Shift Not assigned
Auto run Equals Num Lock
Crouch Left Ctrl Not assigned

Combat

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Fire None Left mouse button
Target None Right mouse button
Reload R Not assigned
Use E Not assigned
Harvesting tool F Not assigned
Weapon slot 1 1 Not assigned
Weapon slot 2 2 Not assigned
Weapon slot 3 3 Not assigned
Weapon slot 4 4 Not assigned
Weapon slot 5 5 Not assigned

Building

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Crouch while building Left Ctrl Not assigned
Wall Z Thumb mouse button 2
Floor X Not assigned
Stairs C Thumb mouse button
Roof V Not assigned
Trap V Not assigned
Place building Not assigned Left mouse button
Repair/upgrade H Not assigned
Rotate building R Not assigned
Change building material None Right mouse button
Crouch while editing Left Ctrl Not assigned
Select building edit Not assigned Left mouse button
Reset building edit Not assigned Right mouse button

Communication

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Ping/place marker Not assigned Middle mouse button
Place enemy marker Not assigned Not assigned
Push to talk T Not assigned
Squad comms F4 Not assigned
Chat Enter Not assigned

Emote

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Emote B Not assigned
Locker emote slot 1 Not assigned Not assigned
Locker emote slot 2 Not assigned Not assigned
Locker emote slot 3 Not assigned Not assigned
Locker emote slot 4 Not assigned Not assigned
Locker emote slot 5 Not assigned Not assigned
Locker emote slot 6 Not assigned Not assigned
Repeat last emote Not assigned Not assigned

Misc

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Building edit G Not assigned
Toggle harvesting tool L Not assigned
Trap equip/picker F3 Not assigned
Switch Quickbar Q Not assigned
Slot up Mouse wheel down Not assigned
Slot down Mouse wheel up Not assigned
Previous picker wheel Mouse wheel down Not assigned
Next picker wheel Mouse wheel up Not assigned
Cursor mode Left Alt/Right Alt Not assigned
Toggle map M Not assigned
Toggle inventory Tab/I Not assigned

Vehicles

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Vehicle exit E Not assigned
Vehicle change seat Left Ctrl Not assigned
Vehicle honk horn Not assigned Right mouse button
Vehicle pitch forward S Down
Vehicle pitch backward W Up
Shopping cart — Push (tap)/coast (hold) Space bar Not assigned
Pirate cannon — Fire Not assigned Left mouse button
Pirate cannon — Fire (2) Not assigned Not assigned
Pirate cannon — Push (tap)/coast (hold) Space bar Not assigned
Pirate cannon — Push (tap)/coast (hold) (2) Space bar Not assigned
All terrain kart (ATK) powerslide Space bar Not assigned
Quadcrasher boost Space bar Not assigned
Driftboard boost Left Shift Not assigned
Driftboard use/exit E Not assigned
Baller boost Space bar Not assigned
Baller shoot/contract grapple Not assigned Left mouse button
Baller extend grapple Not assigned Right mouse button
Biplane boost Space bar Not assigned
Biplane shoot Left mouse button Not assigned
Biplane roll right C Not assigned
Biplane roll left Z Not assigned
Biplane roll invert X Not assigned
Biplane start engine W/Space bar Not assigned
Biplane stop engine Left Shift Not assigned
Biplane free look Not assigned Right mouse button

Creative

Action Keyboard Key Mouse Action
Creative pick up/exit Not assigned Right mouse button
Creative copy Not assigned Left mouse button
Creative delete X Not assigned
Creative prop copy Not assigned Left mouse button
Creative prop toggle drop G Not assigned
Creative prop rotate clockwise R Not assigned
Creative prop rotate counterclockwise E Not assigned
Creative prop rotation axis (tap)/reset (hold) Tab Not assigned
Creative prop push F Not assigned
Creative prop pull C Not assigned
Creative prop exit Escape Right mouse button
Creative prop grid Snap V Not assigned
Creative building copy Not assigned Left mouse button
Creative building rotate clockwise R Not assigned
Creative building rotate counterclockwise Z Not assigned
Creative building mirror M Not assigned
Creative building exit Escape Right mouse button
Creative building grid snap V Not assigned
Creative fly up Left Shift Not assigned
Creative fly down Left Ctrl Not assigned
Creative island panel support creator Q Not assigned
Creative island panel start game E Not assigned

Fortnite Control Fundamentals

A basic sequence of Fortnite controls apply to your Fortnite gameplay regardless of how you’re controlling the game. Let’s review these core Fortnite gameplay mechanics:

  • Movement: You need to walk or sprint, jump, and crouch. You’ll also need to separately move the camera to look around.
  • Combat: To fight, aim your weapon and then fire, or look down the sights and aim, then fire. Although reloading your weapon is automatic, manual reloads are recommended when you’re low on ammo so you’re at full strength quicker. Always look for ways to save time in-game. Seconds count!
  • Inventory: You need to pick items up and then toggle between the items in your six inventory slots to use them. You can also reorder items in your inventory, moving them between the different slots.
  • Building: Harvest items by hitting them with your pickaxe. When ready to build, manually switch to Build mode. From there, you can swap materials, place items, and then edit them. When you run out of a material, the game automatically switches to the next one, or you can switch manually. When finished building, be sure to switch back to Combat mode. Because building is critical for both good offensive and defensive battle strategies, the faster you can switch between Build and Combat modes, the more effective fighter you’ll be!

Fortnite Gamepad Controls

Gamepads, or game controllers, work on every platform that Fortnite is on, including iOS and Android. For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, gamepad controls are designed around their standard controller layouts. PC and Macintosh users can choose between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 layouts, depending upon which controller type they use with their systems. Most MFi controllers for iOS devices and Android-compatible Bluetooth controllers tend to use the Xbox One controller’s layout.

There are five different controller configurations, each designed to optimize the layout for a particular play style: Old School, Quick Builder, Combat Pro, Builder Pro, and Custom, as well as specific combat controls and build controls for each. Builder Pro is what Fortnite defaults to, and it has proven to be the most popular configuration.

Builder Pro for Combat Controls for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch
Action Xbox One PlayStation 4 Nintendo Switch
Aim down sights Left trigger L2 ZL
Previous weapon Left bumper L1 L
Move Left stick Left stick Left stick
Sprint/auto-sprint (double-click) Left stick click Left stick click Left stick click
Inventory (management, etc.) Directional pad up Directional button up Directional button up
Emote Directional pad down Directional button down Directional button down
Place marker Directional pad left Direction button left Directional button left
Squad comms Directional pad right Directional button right Directional button right
Game menu (friends, etc.) Menu button SHARE button Plus button
Toggle map View button Touch pad button Minus button
Attack/confirm Right trigger R2 ZR
Next weapon Right bumper R1 R
Toggle harvesting tool Y button Triangle button X
Reload/interact (tap/hold) X button Square button Y button
Toggle Build mode/edit building piece (hold) B button Circle button A button
Jump A button X Button B button
Look Right stick Right stick Right stick
Crouch (tap)/repair (hold) Right stick click Right stick click Rick stick click
Builder Pro for Build Controls for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch
Action Xbox One PlayStation 4 Nintendo Switch
Stair piece (tap select/tap place) Left trigger L2 ZL
Roof piece (tap select/tap place) Left bumper L1 L
Move Left stick Left stick Left stick
Sprint/auto-sprint (double-click) Left stick click Left stick click Left stick click
Inventory (management, etc.) Directional pad up Directional button up Directional button up
Emote Directional pad down Directional button down Directional button down
Change building material/trap Directional pad left Direction button left Directional button left
Squad comms Directional pad right Directional button right Directional button right
Game menu (friends, etc.) Menu button SHARE button Plus button
Toggle map View button Touch pad button Minus button
Wall piece (tap select/tap place) Right trigger R2 ZR
Floor piece (tap select/tap place) Right bumper R1 R
Toggle harvesting tool Y button Triangle button X
Trap (tap select/ tap place)/interact (tap/hold) X button Square button Y button
Toggle Build mode/edit building piece (hold) B button Circle button A button
Jump A button X button B button
Look Right stick Right stick Right stick
Rotate building piece (tap)/repair (hold)/change trap/reset building edit (Edit mode) Right stick click Right stick click Right stick click