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Fortnite: Battle Royale - Keybind and Keyboard Controls

A helpful resource for mastering your keyboard, right at your fingertips.

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Our Fortnite: Battle Royale keybind and keyboard controls guide covers the controls for the game, and includes the best keybinding tips to optimise your playstyle.

We've all been there, that feeling of sheer bewilderment upon loading up a freshly installed game and having absolutely no idea what half of the controls actually accomplish. It's only natural considering that keyboards are quite complex devices compared traditional controllers. You've got the option to create shortcuts, rebind keys and more. Controllers simply don't offer this much customisation, but they're also far easier to get your head around. To help you out, we wanted to create an easy to follow resource that you could learn all Fortnite's controls from, as well as sample some tips on what keys you may want to rebind to better suit your playstyle.

Fortnite: Battle Royale's a unique blend of survival, shooter and builder (with the latter taking precendence). This means that there are more than a few controls to master when it comes to playing the game competitively. You'll need to balance shooting enemies with creating defensive structures on the fly to taking care of your health, armour, ammo count and more. Once you've got to grips with the fundamentals, rebinding certain keys to create your own control scheme and ingraining this into your muscle memory can be the key to elevating your game to the next level.

In the sections just below we've put together a handy guide that'll take you through the entire control scheme for PC players, before outlining some useful keybinds to help speed up those all-important processes. It's worth taking a look at our guide to quick building on top of this as well!

Editor's Note: It's worth quickly mentioning that the rebind schemes we've put together towards the bottom of this page are by no means definitive. See them as useful templates which you can modify to better suit your playstyle.

Default PC Controls

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - WASD
  • Cursor Mode - Left Alt/Right Alt
  • Jump - Space Bar
  • Fire - Left Mouse Button
  • Aim Down Sight (ADS) - Right Mouse Button
  • Reload - R
  • Use - E
  • Trap Equip/Picker - T
  • Building Edit - G
  • Repair/Upgrade - F
  • Rotate Building - R
  • Sprint - Left Shift
  • Change Building Material - Right Mouse Button
  • Reset Building Edit - Right Mouse Button
  • Weapon Slots - 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Ability Slots - 5, 6, 7
  • Gadget Slots - 8, 9
  • Building Slots - F1, F2, F3, F4
  • Trap Slot - F5
  • Switch Quickbar - Q
  • Slot Up - Mouse Wheel Down
  • Slot Down - Mouse Wheel Down
  • Chat - Enter
  • Quick Chat Message - B
  • Place a Note - N
  • Spot Target - Middle Mouse Button
  • Selected Building Type - V
  • Toggle Map - M
  • Toggle Inventory - I
  • Skip Cutscene - Space Bar
  • Resurrect - Left Mouse Button
  • Respawn - Right Mouse Button
  • Crouch - Left Ctrl
  • Push To Talk - Y

For a complete list of controls for every platform, make sure you check out our controls for PC, PS4 and Xbox One guide too!

PC Keybinding Tips

Here's how to rebind your keys and which controls you may want to consider rebinding.

How to rebind

  • When you’re at the main menu, click the three strips in the top right corner.
  • Select the cog, then click on the ‘Input’ tab.
  • Now select whatever key you want to rebind by clicking on it, then press the key that you want it bound to.

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Rebind Tips

Building Options

Building quickly under pressure is absolutely essential, and we’re not huge fans of all the building options that have been bound to the function keys by default. Instead, we’ve found it’s much better to rebind the most commonly-used ones to keys that are far closer to your fingertips.

For walls, ramps and flat platforms we’ve found these rebind options to be the best so far:

  • Building option 1 (wall): Q or E
  • Building option 2 (platforms): F or V
  • Building option 3 (ramp): F or V

As an alternative, you could try this setup for building options:

  • Building option 1 (wall): Z
  • Building option 2 (platforms): X
  • Building option 3 (ramp): C

The only issue we've had with this setup is the positioning of Z, X, and C just below your main movement keys. It can be physically difficult to press them while on the move as you'll have one set of fingers pressing WASD at the same time.

If you can get used to it though, this set of keybinds can be particularly effective as it's nice and straightforward to remember.

Finally, you can bind various building options to your mouse side buttons:

  • Building option 1 (wall): Thumb Mouse Button 4
  • Building option 2 (platforms): Thumb Mouse Button 2 or other key of your choosing.
  • Building option 3 (ramp): Thumb Mouse Button 3

Using your mouse thumb buttons can be a little odd at first, but keep practicing and you'll get used to it. If you can master this, it's easily the fastest way to build as your fingers won't have to leave the comfort of your mouse at all!

Pickaxe

For those of you who’ve got a mouse with side buttons, binding one of them to quick-swap to your pickaxe is immensely helpful. It just means that you won't have to press 1 everytime, which saves time and does away with the risk of fumbling your key presses.

Otherwise, depending on how stiff the click is, you could rebind it to your middle mouse button for an even quicker way to whip out your pickaxe.

If you're after some essential building tips, head over to our base building design tips and ideas page as it's a must for improving your game!

What do the pros use?

Sometimes it's nice to know what setup some of the very best players use (courtesy of prosettings.net) so you can take inspiration, or at least be safe in the knowledge that building fast is entirely possible with their bindings.

Here's a couple of pro-player templates:

Ninja

  • Jump - Space Bar
  • Sprint - Left Shift
  • Crouch - C
  • Reload - R
  • Use - E
  • Harvesting Tool - 1
  • Weapon Slot 1 - 2
  • Weapon Slot 2 - 3
  • Weapon Slot 3 - 4
  • Weapon Slot 4 - Z
  • Weapon Slot 5 - X
  • Building Slot 1 (Wall) - Thumb Mouse Button 4
  • Building Slot 2 (Floor) - Q or Scroll Side Click Left (Logitech G502 Feature)
  • Building Slot 3 (Stairs) -Thumb Mouse Button 5
  • Building Slot 4 (Roof) -Left Shift or Scroll Side Click Right (Logitech G502 Feature)
  • Trap - 5

TSM Myth

  • Use V
  • Jump - Space Bar
  • Crouch - Left Ctrl
  • Repair/Upgrade - Left Alt
  • Harvesting Tool - Left Shift
  • Weapon Slot 1 - 1
  • Weapon Slot 2 - 2
  • Weapon Slot 3 - 3
  • Weapon Slot 4 - Mouse Wheel Up
  • Weapon Slot 5 - Mouse Wheel Down
  • Building Slot 1 (Wall) - Q
  • Building Slot 2 (Floor) -Thumb Mouse Button 5
  • Building Slot 3 (Ramp) - C
  • Building Slot 4 (Roof) - E
  • Trap Slot - F5

Comment on this article

  • wallywally #1 4 months ago
    I had no clue what have of those keys did, but thanks for sharing this. Hopefully, it will help me next time!
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