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Top 5 Merit Badges to Help You Win That Fortnite Victory Royale

Fortnite is the biggest videogame in the world right now.

The Battle Royale game for computers, consoles and iOS devices pits 100 players against each other to be the last player standing on an ever-shrinking map. There are forts to build, treasure boxes to open and storms to escape. It’s free to play, wildly challenging and lots of fun.

The game, while based mostly around combat, imparts lessons in critical thinking, teamwork and wilderness survival — all lessons learned in Scouting.

With that in mind, here are the Top 5 merit badges that would help you win that sweet Victory Royale.

(Fortnite: Battle Royale is rated “T” for “Teen” and contains cartoonish violence. Fortnite, like all videogames, should be used in moderation. Time spent crossing the streams or climbing the mountains in Fortnite is not an adequate substitute for time spent crossing real streams or climbing actual mountains. Parental discretion is advised.)

WEATHER MERIT BADGE

The Fortnite map is large, meaning a player conceivably could run around for the whole game without encountering anyone else.

That is, if not for the Storm. The storm harms anyone unlucky enough to be caught in its purplish path.

Every few minutes, the eye of the storm — the safe area — shrinks, forcing the players ever closer. Games usually end with three or four players confined to an area about the size of two football fields.

Reading the storm is essential to survival in Fortnite. The same is true in Scouting, as any Scout who earns the Weather merit badge will come to learn.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL MERIT BADGE

Let’s browse the requirements for this, my favorite merit badge from back when I was a Scout …

“Improvise a natural shelter.” Yes.

“Protect yourself from insects, reptiles, bears and other animals of the local region.” If people count as “other animals,” then sure.

“Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost.” Oh, I absolutely have felt panic while playing this game.

Yeah, the Wilderness Survival merit badge is basically a perfect fit for Fortnite. The game even has Cozy Campfire that gives you health by standing near it. Pretty much the same as a real campfire, as long as you don’t get too close.

FIRST AID MERIT BADGE

Fortniter, heal thyself. When you’re hurt in Fortnite, you simply find some bandages or a med kit and restore your health bar.

In the videogame world, it’s really that simple.

In real life, though, things get a little more complicated. Is the injury a sprain or a strain? A bruise or a broken bone?

Scouts who earn the Eagle-required First Aid merit badge learn how to recognize and treat these injuries and many more.

PIONEERING MERIT BADGE

The good Fortnite players (a group of which I’m not a member) say the game really comes down to who’s the best builder.

Players collect wood, brick and metal during the game and use those materials to build ramps, walls and towers. If you can build a structure that’s taller and sturdier and more complex than your opponent, you’re at an advantage.

And if you’ve got experience building things out of wood for the Pioneering merit badge, you’re at an even bigger advantage.

One reminder, though: “All pioneering projects constructed for this merit badge must comply with height standards as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting.”

So those seven-story-high wooden ramps are best left in the virtual world.

ORIENTEERING MERIT BADGE

Another thing you need to know about Fortnite is that it’s more fun when you play with friends.

There are three main modes: solo, duo and squad (teams of four). In duos and squads, players use their voice headsets to communicate with each other.

That makes two skills essential: a knowledge of basic compass directions and the ability to read a map.

For example: When your teammate says “meet me at the house at 45°,” he or she wants you to head northeast.

Good thing you’ve earned the Orienteering merit badge. You’ll be the best teammate ever.

WHAT’D I MISS

What other merit badges belong on this list?

Remember the rule: This is a Top 5 list, not a Top 6 or Top 7. If you add one, you must say which one you’d remove.

18 Comments on Top 5 Merit Badges to Help You Win That Fortnite Victory Royale

  1. 54% win how???

  2. Bobert bob // June 30, 2018 at 11:16 am // Reply

    Lol tru stuff

    And funny photoshopped character

  3. fortniteaddict21 // June 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm // Reply

    oh shoot i forgot to say remove weather because the storms map is permanently engraved in you characters mind.

  4. fortniteaddict21 // June 25, 2018 at 5:42 pm // Reply

    What about rifle shooting

  5. hahahAHAHAHAHA // June 24, 2018 at 9:48 pm // Reply

    This is literally the cringiest thing I have ever seen lmao.

  6. ibeatcuphead // June 22, 2018 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    fortnite is the worst game in the history of all games

  7. pksurfer626 // June 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    I agree with all of these merit badges. Plus I might get them.

  8. i am not allowed to play

  9. Wolfscout // June 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm // Reply

    Fortnite is one of my favorites!!!!

  10. quackerjack // May 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm // Reply

    this is kinda cringy no offence. Also getting those badges didnt help at all pretty much

  11. poopman92 // May 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm // Reply

    I once played fortnite before this was out and never got victory royal. But I did get 12th place.

  12. Nice! I love fortnite!

  13. EagleScout1216 // May 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm // Reply

    Yes definetly

  14. Cool 🦃🔫🔫🚀🚀🚘

  15. Kurtfaps_123 // May 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm // Reply

    No it won’t help.

  16. True…So true…

  17. won 15 matches in a row after earning this badges
    raised kdr from 0.11 to 10.54 and now have a 54% win rate
    recommend this article to beginners any beginners it helped me a lot

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