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Fortnite Battle Royale: 10 Essential Phrases

Author: Limarc Ambalina
18-Mar-2018

Category: Guide

Like any game with a mass online community, there are bound to be a wide array of slang terms that catch on. Sometimes these terms last a day or two, and some become crucial to communication between team members. Here is your one stop shop for all the terms you need to know when playing Fortnite: Battle Royale!

Fortnite Battle Royale: 10 Essential Phrases

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a game best played with communication. While playing solo can be fun, the essence of Fortnite is within its team mechanics whether that be building bases, sharing loot, calling out enemy locations, or taking down enemies together. When playing with others, communication is of utmost importance. Usually the teams that communicate best are the ones around in the endgame. There are a few basic terms that everyone should know that might not be so obvious when starting out the game. Here are ten of them:

10. Bush Campers 

What are bush campers in Fortnite?
While to the seasoned player this sounds too obvious to be on this list, beginners might not be so sure.

Fortnite Battle Royale: 10 Essential PhrasesBush campers or bush camping refers to players who take cover and crouch  within a bush. While the bush provides no defense whatsoever, it does provide camouflage and it's quite difficult to notice players crouching in a bush from even a medium distance.

9. Knock(ed) 

What does knocked mean in Fortnite?
Knocking an opponent means to knock an opponent down without fully eliminating them. Telling your teammates that you've knocked an opponent lets your team know that he wasn't eliminated instantly so his teammates are likely still close-by. 

Fortnite Battle Royale: 10 Essential Phrases

Furthermore, letting your teammates know how many players from an enemy squad have been knocked, tells whether or not to rush a shorthanded team. 

8. Launch(ing)

What is a launch in Fortnite?
Launching refers to players using a launch pad. Telling your teammates that an opponent has launched tells them to look up at the sky for diving opponents. Some players may simply say "I have a launch", meaning they have a launch pad.

Fortnite Battle Royale: 10 Essential Phrases

Also players with a launch pad can use it to dive in to the next bubble if it's too far away, or towards enemies you want to rush. Letting your teammates know you have a launch pad can help decide your strategy.  

7. Mats

What are mats in Fortnite?
Mats is a slang term for materials, which obviously refers to wood, brick, and metal in the game. Teammates might ask you to share mats or "how are you on mats?" which refers to your wood, brick(stone), and metal levels. 

6. Minis

What are minis in Fortnite?
A "mini" can refer to mini shields or miniguns, but more commonly refers to mini shields. Players can only use 2 mini shields to generate a maximum of 50% of their shield gauge. 
Therefore sharing minis among teammates is very common. Letting your teammates know you have a "mini" for them will tell them to approach you to get the shield potion. 

5. One-shot

What does one-shot mean in Fortnite?
One important phrase to remember is "one-shot". 


Saying an opponent is one shot, for ex: the guy by the tree is one-shot, means that the opponent is one shot away from being knocked down. This is important so your teammates can know whether or not to rush an opponent. 

4. Shield Pop

What does shield pop mean in Fortnite?
Calling out a "shield pop" means that you have destroyed an opponents shield either partially or fully. This not only tells teammates how weak an opponent is, but also how good their weapons and inventory might be. When  you shoot an opponents shield and notice it was full to begin with, they likely have some good guns as well. 

3. Storm Troopers 

What are storm troopers in Fortnite?
No, this unfortunately has nothing to do with Star Wars. "Storm Troopers" refers to opponents who are within the storm or come out of the storm. 


This is a derogatory term, as it generally means players are hiding in the storm and are too scared to face players head-on. 

2. The Bubble

What is the bubble in Fortnite?
The Bubble refers to the storm in the game or the force field which determines the playing area. Players may tell their teammates to start "moving toward the bubble", or "let's build in the last/final bubble". 


The final bubble refers to the last bubble created before the playing area disappears entirely. 

1. Heals

What are heals in Fortnite?
When a teammate asks "do you have any heals?" they're asking if you have any healing items at all, which generally refers to health points and not shields. Therefore, heals refer to bandages, med-kits, chug-jugs and even campfires or slurp potions. Sharing heals with your teammates can help ensure a victory royale!

That's it for our terms/slang guide for Fortnite: Battle Royale. Is there a major term we missed? Please let us know in the comments below.

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