Fortnite Chapter 2: The New Meta

In this article, Coach Dody gives an overview of the new meta in Fortnite Chapter 2

Fortnite Chapter 2 is so much more than just a new map with a few different items. The entire meta has shifted across the board. In many ways, it has the simple feel of the early seasons of Fortnite.

But Chapter 2 has had its fair share of controversy as well: from the black hole that stopped people from playing the game for over a day to the complete lack of mobility and the removal of patch notes.

In this article, I’m going to give you an overview of the main ways in which Fortnite has changed and how I’ve decided to focus my time as a player.

Check out our expert Fortnite coaches or the Fortnite Champions Course to go deeper!

1. Shotguns

Tactical shotguns were a clear favorite to start Chapter 2 but their headshot damage was recently nerfed making the pump and tac shotguns much closer to even.

This makes the shotgun game overall not especially strong unless you have one of purple or gold rarity.

With that in mind, SMGs are quite powerful and are essential to every player’s loadout.

2. Fishing

If you play Fortnite at all, by now you know fishing can be an amazing strategy. Not only can you get 50 health or shield within 1.5 seconds but you can also find these fish in a short period of time with either a fishing rod or harpoon.

If you want to win Fortnite games you should probably fish early and often in every possible match.

You also get ammo, materials, and other guns from fishing so consider prioritizing this strategy early in the game.

3. Boxfighting

One of the major areas of the current skill gap in Fortnite is boxfighting. This is not a new concept but still many average and newer players are deficient at it.

Fighting out of your own box or fighting into someone else’s box is not just one skill. It is a mix of player tracking, editing, game sense, wall taking, wall defending, SMG spamming, timing your shotgun shots and more.

Creative mode box fights are a great way to work on this but you need to identify strategies to work on first to get the best bang for your buck.

Personally, the main things I am working on in terms of boxfighting are the subtle fakes and timing of defending and attacking walls after boxing up and obviously working to keep my edit game on point. 

There are so many half stair, wall window, roof edits and more that one can practice. Once again, pick a few you want to practice and work on them in creative and zone wars before jumping into games.

4. Mobility

Perhaps the biggest change with the new chapter has to do with mobility in Fortnite. In short, most of the mobility options were basically removed.

Boats can be useful when absolutely necessary, but they often give away your location and make it easy for other players to target you.

Natural cover and using good angles to rotate during fights is currently more important than ever.

Also, the ability to build through an opponent’s shots is also a major part of the current skill gap. Materials are significantly easier to get and they also are needed more since you have to tunnel and build so much to rotate with the lack of mobility.


There are countless areas for Fortnite players to practice and focus in Chapter 2.

The base skills of shooting, building, boxfighting, and basic rotation are more important than ever with less secondary items and virtually no mobility. Whether you love it or hate it, the new meta of Fortnite Chapter 2 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

If you’re interested in going more in-depth on some of these skills, then consider booking a personal 1 to 1 coaching session.

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