Fortnite Squad Roles

Fortnite squads are typically made up of several people with different play styles.

Sometimes, you get two top-10 pros on your team and don’t really need to worry about who is doing what. The other 99.9%, you are playing with some of your friends who probably don’t stream video games as their full-time job.

From our hundreds of hours of gameplay, we found our team is usually made up of 2-4 of the following roles. We listed them according to our typical movement order around the map, but depending on our team composition there will often be a couple roles running in parallel.

Point Man

Typical Loadout

  • Pump
  • Pump / Tactical Shotgun / LMG / SMG
  • Assault Rifle
  • Grenades / Rocket Launcher
  • Shields

I’m the general of the squad. The enforcer. I lead us into the fray with my superior shotgun proficiency and close-quarter battle experience. I’m a quick builder, probably the best on the team. You can usually find me with a stock of mini shields or slurp juice to maximize my availability for battles. Epic has taken my double pump away and then added it back but I remain as deadly as ever.

Explosives Expert

Typical Loadout

  • Pump
  • Tactical Shotgun / LMG / SMG
  • Assault Rifle
  • Grenade Launcher / Grenades / Clingers
  • Shields

I’m The Point’s right-hand man. While he bests me in shotgun skills, I make up for it with a great knack for lobbing and shooting explosives to reduce enemy forts to rubble. I’m great at disrupting enemy revive attempts. If all else fails, or if The Point goes down, do not underestimate my gunplay. Or better yet, DO underestimate my gunplay…

The Flanker

Typical Loadout

  • Shotgun of choice
  • Assault Rifle
  • Slienced Pistol
  • Grenades / Clingers / Sniper
  • Shields

If you ask me, I’m the most vital part of the squad. A good flank can change the squad’s fortune from an otherwise dire scenario to catching an enemy team off guard. I may not have the best shot or the quickest building skills, but I understand positioning like no other. Loop around the hill to get a clean headshot on an unfriendly sniper? Done. Build up and drop clingers into an enemy port-a-fort? You’re welcome. Oh, and don’t worry about me, I know flanks are situational. My flanking frequency isn’t excessive because I like to stay alive.

Support Specialist

Typical Loadout

  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Assault Rifle
  • Hunting Rifle
  • Health Kits
  • Chug Jug

“Group up, I’ve got a campfire!” Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping the entire squad alive. What I lack in offensive prowess, I make up for in durability. Providing healing items or putting my neck out for a revive will keep the squad size at 4, as it should be. I try to position myself behind the front two so I can have fewer contested shots. I’m great at quickly looting items then distributing items so everyone gets what they need.

The Sniper

Typical Loadout

  • Tactical Shotgun
  • Burst Rifle
  • Bolt Sniper
  • Mini Shields
  • Health Kits

Some people call themselves the leader. I prefer commander-in-chief. Most decisions run through me (if I haven’t already made the executive decision). I am the eyes of the team, directing from the back position. My callout mastery is only second to my bolt-action accuracy. As soon as I down an enemy, I coordinate the rest of the squad to pour in for the kill. If we ever get flanked, I’m a good enough shot and builder to keep myself alive until reinforcements arrive.

Do you and your squad have similar roles? What else are we missing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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