How to identify bots in Fortnite

Stephanie Zucarelli
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Epic Games introduced bots in Fortnite to help matchmaking in low player count hours and also to give a hand to those who have just started playing the game. If you are tired of playing with bots in Fortnite, here’s how you can identify them during Chapter 5 Season 1.

Fortnite players will surely note some odd behavior from other users whenever entering the battle royale, especially if it’s their first time playing the game. This could be because they’re playing against bots, introduced for the first time during Chapter 2 Season 1.

Bots were made to balance matches and help low-skilled players gain XP, since they are perfect targets usually eliminated at the beginning. If you want to learn how to identify a bot in Fortnite, here are some tips for you.

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There are several ways to spot bots in Fortnite matches.

Are there bots in Fortnite?

Yes, Epic Games uses bots in Fortnite that mimic low-skilled human players. They can pick up weapons and items, as well as harvest materials. In team-based game modes, bots will only team with other bots.

However, there have been some reports of matchmaking with bots for those playing on mobile or Nintendo Switch, as Fortnite fills lobbies with them to compensate for the harder controls and low player counts on these platforms.

Bots still haven’t been found in Arena, Team Rumble, Creative, or Impostors matches.

Fortnite: How to identify bots

Fortnite bots can be identified by a series of typical behaviors that set them apart from human players. Here’s how you can identify Fortnite bots:

  • Bot Username: Their usernames are randomly generated, with others having two distinctive words followed by a number (I.E: HungryHamster10). However, remember that some human players can also use similar conventions for their accounts.
  • Bot behavior: Bots will frequently attack players at long range, and will never interact with Vending Machines, use Vehicles, build with Brick or Metal, fish, or use Special weapons. They will also search in Ammo Crates, but they won’t pick any ammo.
  • Random attacks: Bots usually start shooting at random objects or even in random directions instead of their target.
  • Bot movement: They’ll jump around aimlessly, wander in circles, and won’t crouch-walk to hide their footsteps.
  • Cosmetics: While bots will use specific seasonal cosmetics, they don’t apply Wraps on their weapons and can only perform Emotes on Spawn Island.

Fortnite: How to play without bots

Fortnite players can’t completely avoid bots in Battle Royale mode, but since they mimic low-skilled players, you’ll decrease the chance of encountering them as you increase your rank.

While it’s known for Epic Games to use bots in Fortnite to help players gain XP and skill level, you can join the Arena mode to avoid playing against bots.

And that’s how to identify bots in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1. If you want to know more about Epic Games battle royale, you can check our guides below:

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About The Author

Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].