Tips and Tricks: Fortnite - Tunneling

May 19, 2019
Tips and Tricks: Fortnite - Tunneling

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I consider tunneling a mandatory technique to know when it comes to competitive Fortnite. If somebody asked me what they should learn first in order to start playing competitively, I would suggest tunneling. Even if you don’t hit every shot, you will be able to get placement points by tunneling well.

Basic Tunneling

Before we get to more creative tunneling techniques, we have to learn the basic ones. These are extremely important since, without them, your chances of winning a competitive match are very slim. You want to be able to move in any direction while fully protecting yourself from all sides. Competitive Fortnite is very unique, which makes sense since Fortnite is a unique game. Since everyone can build to defend themselves, in theory, everyone could survive by blocking shots as long as they have materials. This is the reason why in professional games there are 70 or more players alive in the end game. It becomes very chaotic since everybody is trying to get kills but nobody is dying. This is why you want to learn how to tunnel without making mistakes.

Let’s start by just trying to tunnel forward. This requires you to let go of your turbo build so that you don’t place walls in front of yourself.

You can also tunnel forward by placing walls in front of you if you need protection from your front as well. This is required if you need to move towards the next circle, but there are people trying to hold you in the storm. This technique is also much harder to perform since you need to quickly edit the wall in front of you while still tunneling forward.

Learning how to tunnel forward is good, but a lot of the times you will need to move to the left, right, or diagonally. In my opinion, these patterns are much easier to learn but they are just as crucial as tunneling forwards.

Conserving Mats While Tunneling

One of my favorite ways to save mats while tunneling, and staying perfectly safe, is by using a ramp on one of your sides instead of a ceiling and a wall. This helps you save 10 mats per block. That doesn’t sound like a lot by think of it this way: If you move 10 blocks forward, you will save 100 materials which translates to 10 extra builds. You do that two or three times and you will save just enough mats to help you win the game. You can choose to place ramps on either left or the right side, whichever you choose is fine. This technique is also good because even if people shoot at you, you can still place a wall on the side of your stair or a ceiling and a roof above them. As long as you react fast enough, you will always be perfectly safe.

My less favorite way to save mats on tunneling but still a useful one is by placing one floor less when tunneling to either of your sides. The reason why I don’t like this way of tunneling is because there is a higher chance of getting broken down since the structure is weaker, plus there is a chance of someone climbing up behind you through the hole you left behind. Still, if I absolutely need to save mats, I would use this technique.

You can slim down your tunnel even more and place one less wall. I don’t recommend using this technique, nor have I seen anyone else using it. This is because your whole structure is being held by only one building piece. It’s going to be extremely easy for anyone to break it down, plus you’re exposed a lot more which is not a good thing. Don’t use this variation unless you’re absolutely sure you’re going to get focused and you have a Glider Redeploy or a Shadow Bomb.

Tunneling Up

A scenario where the elevation of the terrain forces you to move upwards when you’re trying to get to the next circle is very common. This is why you’ll want to have something like this up in your sleeve or otherwise you’ll end up getting eliminated on that rotation. This technique is very situational, and you won’t be using it too often, but it can still be very useful when you get the opportunity to use it. It’s very simple but difficult to do. You just need to block both of your sides while double ramping up. Keep in mind that doing this burns through your mats very fast, 70 per floor to be exact.

Of course, you can protect only one of your sides as well, but do this only when you’re absolutely sure that there’s nobody on the side you choose to leave exposed.

If you decide to learn only the basic tunneling techniques, you should have little to no problems rotating in the end game, and they will surely help you improve your win ratio. The other techniques are not necessary, but people that know how to use them will definitely have an advantage in some specific scenarios. Thank you for reading, and as always, if you have any questions you can leave them down in the comments and I will answer them asap!