Anybody who’s played Fortnite Battle Royale knows that there’s more than one way to play. Beyond the standard Solo mode, which pits you against up to 100 opponents in a massive map, there’s Squads, Duos, and 50 v 50. Figuring out which mode best suits your play style can take some trial and error… or you could skip a few steps and check out this handy guide to get a sense of what each mode has to offer.
Solo is the classic Fortnite experience. As soon as your parachute closes, you’re fending for yourself against hordes of other players. Finding weapons, gathering supplies, building forts – all of it is on you. This might seem like a lot of responsibility, and it is, but it also offers some distinct advantages. The biggest advantage is that you have nobody to worry about but yourself. You’re in charge of making all the decisions, whether it be what weapons to keep or discard or where to go next. You don’t have to be concerned about the needs of the team, which makes this mode well suited to players with more of a lone wolf approach. This advantage can also be a downside, though. If you ever find yourself in a tight spot with an enemy opening fire on you and your shields down to zero, you might start wishing that you had some backup.
Pros: Total control over how you play
Cons: No second chances, no team to back you up
Squads is a mode that pits teams of 4 players against each other. It’s a distinctly different experience than playing solo. Now, instead of just thinking about your own needs, you have to think about the needs of your teammates. Though it might be tempting, you can’t just fly solo here. Squads that stick together win together, and you want to make sure you’re doing things as a unit if you want to achieve Victory Royale. Players that have a mic and communicate have a leg up here. The other advantages are also pretty sweet: you can share supplies or weapons that you don’t have room for with your team and revive your downed squadmates. When push comes to shove, it can be nice to know you’ve got a team to watch your back.
Pros: Large team to support you, more capacity to stockpile weapons or supplies, can be revived if downed
Cons: Must work with team to win, less autonomy, can be difficult if playing with random players
Duos is a mode for the co-op fans out there. Rather than the larger four-person teams in Squad mode, Duos features teams of two. While having a squad of four can be great, things can get dicey if you’re playing with a bunch of random players or if you can’t find four friends who want to join you on the battlefield. Duos offer all the same team play features as Squad mode but on a smaller scale. If you’ve got a friend you like to play Fortnite with, this is the perfect way to team up with your buddy and wreak some havoc. It’s also easier to make decisions, such as deciding where to hole up or if you should build a fort, when it’s just the two of you.
Pros: Can be easier to work as a smaller team, can be revived if down
Cons: Difficult to coordinate if not on mic/communicating with teammate
50 v 50 is exactly what the name implies. Players are divided into teams of 50 and pitted against each other. Communication here isn’t as essential as with Squads or Duos, and 50 v 50 does allow for a certain amount of autonomy. Overall, this mode feels more like a round of Call of Duty or Battlefield with no respawns. Larger teams mean a larger scale, and that can lead to some pretty intense firefights and some absolutely massive forts if teams decide to hunker down. If you’re into action that’s a little more fast-paced, this mode might be for you. It blends the best elements of solo and team play to make for a totally original Fortnite experience.
Pros: More autonomy, larger scale action
Cons: More players against you, can be easier to get ambushed/downed
No matter what style suits you best, there’s a Fornite mode for everyone. With this guide on your side, you don’t need to try each one to figure out which fits your playstyle. You can just hop right in and start shooting.