When you’re aim training for any game, it can be confusing to know where to start. This can be especially true for Fortnite, which has the added wrinkle of being a third-person shooter with several mixed combat scenarios that players will experience. The good news is plenty of resources are designed specifically around the combat in Fortnite. We will run through those options while also giving you some ideas of where to get started with aim training for Fortnite and warming up before your sessions.
Understanding the Purpose of Your Aim Training Routine
Similar to physical exercise and training, aim training is all about training your body to adapt to specific tasks. Training your muscles and building up recall and memory of the different aiming methods you’ll need to employ in Fortnite is how you stack the deck in your favor when you jump into a session.
Think about how often you’ll fire up Fortnite and feel rusty in your first match, which you and your friends will likely write off as a warm-up match. When you begin to work on training and building a warm-up regiment, you won’t need that warm-up match as a throwaway; you’ll go into your first match prepared for the movements and techniques that you’ll need in the common engagement scenarios you’ll face.
Fortnite Aim Training Routines
Raider’s Aim Training
Fortnite Creative has become an absolute treasure trove of practice and training maps, with raider464’s name becoming synonymous with Fortnite training maps. If you’re looking to train your mechanics, piece control, or aim, raider464 has a Creative entry explicitly designed for that purpose.
With Raider’s Aim Training specifically, the map offers various tasks for different purposes. We suggest you try each of them at least once, as you may find something particularly helpful, and you’ll probably learn something new along the way. It’s also important to sample the available options and see if any will be a good addition to your warm-up routine.
Aimlabs Fortnite Training Playlist
Using an aim training app such as Aimlabs may not immediately seem relevant for a third-person shooter, but Aimlabs has playlists and tasks that are designed for Fortnite players specifically, and there are plenty of other options that can still help you improve your game in Fortnite.
The Fortnite Training Playlist features six tasks created by the Aimlabs team that feature a third-person POV, with three tasks focused on ranged combat accuracy and the other three designed around shotgun combat up close. The first three will help you practice and warm up for your engagements at a distance, while the shotgun-oriented tasks will help you improve your box fight efficiency and accuracy.
A Selection of Aimlabs Tasks
If the Fortnite Training Playlist isn’t covering a skillset you’re looking to improve, we’ve put together six high-quality tasks that test essential aiming skills in Fortnite, three of which are part of Aimlabs’ ranked season, and the other three are community tasks from Revosect, an aiming group renowned for their benchmarks and aim coaching.
Bounceclick (Season 1):
This task will be a great way to work on your shotgun engagements against enemies who are jumping around evasively, while it will also help you adjust to your target changing elevation during build fights.
Glidertrack (Season 1):
Here is a task that will help with tracking airborne enemies who are using their gliders when they’re traveling toward the ground from high elevation. This one could come in handy in your warm-up routine before sessions.
Verticalswitch (Season 1):
This task is good for switching between multiple targets, especially when encountering an entire squad split up at various elevations due to builds or the map’s landscape.
rA Fortnite Boxfight:
With boxfighting being such a core part of the Fortnite gameplay loop, this task will be great for tracking enemies who are up close and personal in a confined space. This will also help with practicing your mirror strafing and aiming while you’re on the move, which are essential for close-quarters combat.
rA FN 360Click:
This task will help with hitting enemies who are retreating up or down build ramps in 360-degree designs.
rA Needletrack Fortnite:
If you’re looking to practice your smoothness when you’re tracking enemies at a distance moving between POIs, this task will be a perfect addition to your training and warm-up routine.
Making the Most of Your Warm-up Routine
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much warming up. The challenge you’ll face now is finding the right tasks and practice, played across the right amount of time, to dial yourself in without overdoing it.
A good starting point would be to employ a 30-minute warm-up routine. First, jump into Aimlabs for 10 to 15 minutes, splitting your time between Verticalswitch, rA Fortnite Boxfight, and rA Needletrack Fortnite. You can also use a different combination of daily tasks, depending on your focus on improving.
Next, switch to Fortnite and load up Raider’s Aim Training or the warmup map of your choice, and commit another 10 minutes there, selecting tasks that will complement your warm-up from Aimlabs. Finally, jump over to Raider’s Piece Control or Mechanics Training Map to wrap up the remainder of the 30 minutes you had allotted for your warm-up.
We suggest that you don’t practice against teammates or friends as a warm-up, as you can start to tailor your play around each other, which may not accurately reflect what you will run into on the server. This could build up bad habits or just prove unhelpful if your warm-up routine is capped off with you exploiting a friend’s specific weakness and leaning on that rather than your core mechanics.
Ending Your Sessions Productively
As you’re winding down your Fortnite session, take some time to reflect on what happened throughout the day. If you have replays, clips, or VODs, this would be a great time to skim through them and look at some of the fights you have lost. Was there anything that you could have done differently? Was it a decision you had made that lost the engagement, or was it a mechanics issue?
Reflecting on these scenarios at the end of the day is a great way to inform tomorrow’s practice and warm-up routine. If you find yourself coming up short with your mechanics, you’ll know exactly what you can work on heading into the next session, and you have a variety of resources that you can use to tailor your practice around it.
Suppose it was your decision-making that lost a few fights. In that case, you can either try to drill those scenarios for a few minutes, or you can lean on tasks that will simply warm up your mechanics and work on your mental gameplay in your games where you will already have the confidence of knowing that your mechanics are sharp.
Most importantly, keep the positive mindset that this is all about reaching goals and improving yourself and your gameplay. When you can identify those shortcomings, you’ll be able to see the improvements as soon as they happen because you already know what to look for. As your mechanics begin to sharpen, you can narrow down the training that you need the most, all of which work to make you a more complete player. Focus on the wins, not just the Victory Royales but on every improvement that you make day to day. You’ll see the benefits of your practice in no time.