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All battle, no building!

Players now have a recharging overshield for added defense as they fight to be the last one standing.

— In-Game Description

Zero Build is a secondary game mode in Fortnite: Battle Royale that can be played in Solo, Duos, Trios, or Squads. In this mode, building is disabled, but the Overshield mechanic is enabled.

Currently Active Playlists

Zero Build is currently available in Solo, Duos, Trios, and Squads.

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Zero Build follows the basic rule-set of Battle Royale:

The mode also contains more Shockwave Grenades, Vehicle Mod: Cow Catchers and Rift-To-Gos with them spawning at a higher chance than normal playlists.


No Building

Players are unable to build in Zero Build and must make use of natural cover. Building is completely disabled, and harvesting materials as well as finding them as pickups are disabled also.


Zero Build features a recharging Overshield to keep players in the game. This overshield charges as soon as the player jumps out the bus. Overshield act as the first defense, before Shield and Health take damage. If an overshield is damaged or destroyed, it recharges after a period of time.

Utile Tactics

Because there is no building, Shockwave Grenades, Rift-To-Gos, and Cow Catchers have an increased drop rate in Zero Build to help the player in battle.

Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but man am I bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • Try not to stay out in the open, as the absence of building can get you eliminated quickly.
  • Utilize movement efficiently; Sprint in open areas, mantle over cover, and slide down stairs and hills to avoid enemy fire as much as possible.
  • Use vehicles to get around the island safely.
  • In case you are caught in the open, carry mobility items such as Shockwave Grenades or Rift-To-Gos to get you out of trouble.
  • Carry Vehicle Mod: Cow Catchers to make your own cover in case you are caught in the open.
  • Make sure to carry longer-ranged weapons with you alongside close-range weapons so you aren't defenseless against enemies with marksman or sniper rifles at long range, or submachine guns and shotguns at close range.


  • Upon the release of Chapter 3: Season 2, Building was removed from standard playlists, and the Rebuilding Quests were released to bring it back. Once Zero Build was released on March 29th, standard playlists still didn't return until April 2nd.
  • Zero Build was actually leaked as early as Season X, but was believed to be scrapped until Epic updated the mode to allow bots in Chapter 3, before finally being introduced for Chapter 3: Season 2.