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How to Crouch in Fortnite

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New or returning Fortnite players might not know how to crouch, which can be a big problem. Some challenges require players to crouch in order to complete them, but it also has a tactical advantage.

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    Why is Crouching Important in Fortnite?

    Fortnite character crouching while building a wooden platform.

    Crouching is important in Fortnite because challenges often ask players to complete a task while crouched. Challenges provide experience, and experience is needed to level up and redeem rewards from the Battle Pass.

    Crouching also lowers the volume of footsteps, meaning enemies will have a tougher time locating you. However, it doesn’t get rid of the footsteps indicator that appears when players enable the “Visualize Sound Effects” HUD option. Pros and long-time players usually apply this setting, but most people won’t.

    Another tactical advantage to crouching in Fortnite is the ability to dodge enemy fire. You are vulnerable for a few seconds while using healing items, and moving will cancel the action. Crouching doesn’t cancel the action. So, lots of players take advantage of this by spamming the crouch button while using medkits and Slurp Juice to avoid receiving a headshot.

    How to Crouch in Fortnite

    The button you need to press crouch in Fortnite differs depending on what you’re playing on.

    How to Crouch on PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch

    The Switch Lite console, and PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and Switch Pro controllers on a white background. Text reads: Press R3 to Crouch.

    To crouch in Fortnite on the Switch, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles, you need to press R3 on the right joystick. This toggles crouch, so there is no reason to continue holding the button down. To stop crouching, press R3 again.

    If playing on the “Old School” or “Quick Builder” controller configurations, you need to press L1 on PlayStation and Xbox, and L on Switch to crouch instead of R3.

    How to Crouch on PC

    A picture of a virtual keyboard with the left ctrl key circled. Text reads: Press Left Ctrl to Crouch.

    By default, to crouch in Fortnite on PC, you need to press the Left Ctrl key. Although, it’s highly recommended to change the key binding because Left Ctrl is an awkward position if using WASD to move.

    Just like on consoles, crouch is toggled, so there is no need to continue pressing the button once activated. To stop crouching, press Left Ctrl again.

    How to Change the Crouch Button in Fortnite

    Fortnite's controller options tab, with the custom controls and crouch input select highlighted.

    While on the main title screen, open the Menu and Social tab by:

    • Pressing the + button on Switch.
    • Pressing Esc on PC.
    • Pressing the Options button on PlayStation.
    • Pressing the Menu button on Xbox.

    Once opened, choose the “Settings” option on the right-hand side of the screen. If playing with a mouse and keyboard, tab to the arrows symbol. If playing with a controller, tab to the controller symbol. From here, you can choose from multiple pre-set controller configurations, or, you can create your own custom controls.

    To manually change the crouch button in Fortnite, select “Custom” from the options on the left-hand side and find the current crouch input. Select it, and then choose the button you would like to use to activate crouch instead.