Useful Fortnite Save the World Squads Tips For New Player
As you play Fortnite and unlock loot chests and llamas, you’ll gradually amass a pool of survivors. Each survivor has their own set of stats and can band together to form Survivor Squads. These teams offer another way to improve your F.O.R.T statistics, allowing you more great health pools, increased damage, improved shields, and enhanced technology.
Your survivors can create eight different squads, although you’ll need to unlock the slots for these over your career gradually. Each different team improves a specific F.O.R.T stat. For example, the EMT Squad will enhance courage, for both yourself and your co-op team.
Survivors come in many flavors, and while all of them can be assigned to any squad, it’s best to find people who are best suited to the job. For example, doctors are ideal for the EMT squad and will provide a better bonus than a non-qualified survivor. The menus will flash green if you’re slotting a well-suited survivor into a team.
Defender Squads are built from Defenders. There are four Defender Squads, one for each Map Location. You choose defenders to include in a given location's squad, and then when you're defending your base in that location, you can summon those defenders with Defender Posts. Some different slots can be unlocked for each station, each matching a specific kind of combat, like melee, shotgun, sniper, and so on. Each defender has one randomly chosen bonus for every five levels he gains. These bonuses only apply only to the defender himself, not the team.
Defender Squads are made up of AI Defenders, who can be summoned into battle during your quests. Defenders come in five varieties and are designed to use specific weapons: snipers, shotguns, pistols, assault rifles, and melee. Consider the kind of support you want, and arrange the squad accordingly.
Currently, the most active defender seems to be a sniper with the obliterator. Look for max DMG rolls on your defender - since the sniper can be boxed in (will shoot through walls with a piercing sniper). Also if you don't use the weapon as a primary weapon yourself, I recommend evolving defender Fortnite weapons as obsidian, as you will inevitably have way more than shadows hard.
I have one set of defenders - including Val as the bruiser, and I slot them in the storm defense slots as needed when helping others or my bf out in his SSD. It's far cheaper to have one set of defenders than to have four full games plus three extras to carry with you throughout missions. I slot as I need them. I'm still in Canny Valley, so I have them max three stars at this time. Now, if you're an extreme whale, then by all means level 4 full sets. Don't let me stop you.
Equipping a Defender
You have two slots in your first out-of-mission menu for defenders – storm shield defenders and mission defenders. Your mission defenders are for use in any mission while storm shield defenders can only be used in your storm shield defenses.
To use a defender, you must have one slotted in one of those slots. If you are on a mission, you need at least one mission defender slotted to use one.
Using a Defender in the Field
When needed, you merely put down a defender pad that can be crafted from your trap menu. You then assign the defender to the pad, and you will need to give them a weapon and ammo.
Types of Defenders
There are four types of defenders, and each can only use a specific weapon type. The different types of defenders include:
Rifleman – Uses Assault Rifles
Gunslinger – Uses Pistols or Submachine Guns
Shotgunner – Uses Shotguns
Sniper – Uses Sniper Rifles
Bruiser– Uses Melee Weapons
Giving a Defender Weapons
You must drop a gun for the defender to pick up as well as the appropriate ammo for the weapon. The exception is Bruisers, who do not require ammunition but still need a melee weapon. Once you drop a Weapon and the ammunition that the Weapon uses, the defender will automatically run over and pick it up. Do remember that you have to be somewhat close to the defender, so I recommend dropping weapons and ammo on the defender pad.
How a Defender Works
Once a defender has something to fight with, and enemies come into their view, the defender will automatically attack. During this time, the ammo they expend is gone forever, and the gun they are using will lose durability.
If the defender gets attacked by husks, they will not die, but merely enter a revivable state once their life bar runs out. If propane tanks or other means destroy the defender pad, the defender will disappear. You can rebuild the pad and re-summon them. However, you will need to reequip them with the weapon and ammo that is automatically returned to your inventory.
Does Placing a Defender Prevent Other Players From Joining?
Let’s say you are doing a Retrieve the Data mission. The data is about to land, and no one else has joined, does placing a defender prevent other real people from entering your game if your privacy settings are set to Friends or Public?
No, it doesn’t.
If the game finds another player and you have three defenders down helping you, one defender will be despawned, and the player will take their place. When this despawn happens, the pad remains but cannot be used. The defender goes back into waiting, and all your Fortnite items they have are returned to you automatically.
In all honesty, unless you like playing solo, you shouldn’t have more than one or maybe two defenders leveled up. There is nothing wrong with using defenders, but the issue is that to level them, you use Hero XP. This means all that XP you sunk into your defenders is XP that you can’t drop into your heroes.
While you can use defenders that are not leveled, be aware that they will be significantly weaker than their leveled counterparts.
Just like your hero or your weapons, defenders will also come with perks. However, it is important to note that these perks only affect the defender and not the player characters. This is a shame because they get some super lovely perks.
As for what perks to prioritize, it varies by type of defender.
Best Gun-Wielding Defender Perks
Rate of Fire
The price of fire and reload speed, of course, means that your defender will eat bullets, but it does a lot to increase their overall DPS.
Best Melee-Wielding Defender Perks
Shield / Shield Regen
Health / Health Regen
Expedition Squads are teams that head out on missions to gather resources. Importantly, the people who make up these squads are hero characters, not survivors. Each task has a difficulty rating and a power requirement. Easier missions may be achieved by a single hero, while others may require you to send two or three. Heroes will be out of action for a while as they complete the task (often for more than an hour), but if they return successfully they will add a bounty of new materials to your stocks. Expedition missions also require vehicles, which are unlocked on the skill tree.
Expeditions are a great tool; however, in their current state, they need a bit of tweaking. The system was implemented just before EA release, so they need some work.
At PL 20, you will struggle with any air/boat mission (especially air). The small survivor missions don't reward you anything, so I would not worry about those. For your level focus on the small/medium supply caches as they will pay you with lots of crafting materials such as silver ore, nuts, and bolts, planks, etc. They are by far the most useful mission in the early stages. As you progress, you will start to accumulate higher level heroes and unlock more spots in the air/boat missions. This is when you can begin to attempt the large survivors/large supply caches which are rewarding, you can get blue/purple survivors and the supply caches give you a ton, I regularly get over 100 nuts and bolts and 10+ silver ore.
As a tip, although it may be tempting to retire an old hero for the XP to lvl up a new hero, I would advise not too. Hold on to those higher level heroes so you A. have a right mix of hero types to satisfy the bonuses of the expeditions (some will say "rare outlander" which will give you a higher chance of success if you slot a rare outlander) and B. will allow you to run expeditions whilst being allowed to use your main heroes still.
Anyway, at PL don't worry about survivors, you don't need those yet. Focus on supplies. Once you are around PL 35 with a right mix of higher level heroes you can start thinking about it. Some people who do not understand the value of expeditions will tell you not to unlock the extra slots in the skill/research tree that may be true for the early parts of the game, but it is immensely helpful later on.
Don't level heroes specifically for expeditions.
Wooden box rewards are for the most part not worth it.
Red boxes are worth it if you're hurting for farmable materials and have excess people.
Medium/Large survivor rewards are worth it if the difficulty isn't too high.
385 air expedition "don't do that" with a large survivor reward is good.
865 air expedition "Drago" with a medium survivor reward is complete garbage.
The most cost efficient expeditions are:
250 power land - medium survivors 16 hours
260 power water - medium survivors 16 hours
385 power air - Large survivors 20 hours.
Don't bother sending the 8-hour missions they're dogshit.
Looking at the Tactical Slot (less of them, so easier to list)
Shock Specialist for Shock pulse
Plasma Specialist for Plasma Grenades
Snow Stalker for Rucksack (More Grenades)
Special Force for Flash Bang
Rescue Trooper to save ammo