How to Snipe & Get Headshots in Fortnite Battle Royale
The map of Fortnite Battle Royale is a dangerous place thanks to the many different weapons at the disposal of you and the other 99 players trying to kill you and be the last one standing. While many of the weapons can be easy to get to grips with, the sniper is one that can take a bit more practice. Learning to snipe and get headshots doesn’t just require you to have a generally good aim. You’ll need to take into account various different factors before pulling the trigger. Here’s what you need to know to snipe and get headshots in Fortnite Battle Royale.
The most important thing to take into account when you’re trying to snipe in Fortnite Battle Royale is bullet drop. Despite snipers packing some serious punch, the bullets will still drop over time. As such, if you’re lining up a snipe from distance, you’ll want to aim a little bit over the head of your target. It can take some time to get used to how far above their head you want to aim, though, so take a few games to just get to grips with the bullet drop and use the markers on your sight to help calculate it.
Problem is, because a well-aimed snipe is so devastating in Fortnite Battle Royale, players seldom stand still long enough for you to line up your shot, factor in bullet drop, and press the trigger. Don’t waste your shots if your target is on the move. Take your time, aim ahead of them in the direction they’re running, and look at how fast they’re moving. Remember, your bullet is going to take some time to travel through the air, too, so move it a little further along to make up for this. It sounds odd, but you’ll often just know when you’ve got everything lined up for a perfect snipe headshot, so don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
If you do miss, don’t fall into the trap of spamming shots, as this can give away your position. Keep an eye on your target, but try and stay out of sight if possible. With a bit of luck, they won’t spot you, and you can get back to work lining up your next shot.
Keep in mind also the sniper that you’re using. A bolt action sniper rifle will require you to come out of looking down your scope to reload, and it only has an ammo capacity of a single bullet. The semi-automatic, however, has a clip of several bullets and is capable of firing at a much more rapid rate as a result, but doesn’t pack as much of a punch as the bolt action. A bolt action will allow you to eliminate an enemy with 150 health (and shield) or less with a snipe headshot, whereas the semi-automatic comes in a little bit lower, so if you’re wanting to finish off an enemy in one, the bolt action is what you want. Looking for something more forgiving of a hit-and-miss aim (literally)? The semi automatic’s faster fire rate means you can quickly adjust and fire off another round before your target has chance to respond, though it may not deal as much damage.
That’s all you need to know to snipe and get headshots easily in Fortnite Battle Royale. Keep practicing, and eventually it’ll just click! For more on Fortnite, be sure to check out our ever-expanding wiki.