Fortnite: Chapter 2 (or Fortnite 2 if you want to get right to the point has been a bit of a revelation since it launched, re-energising a game many have played to death over the last two years with a new map, new mechanics, and all kinds of different ways to play. One of the most intriguing additions, however, has to be bots, which are AI controlled “players” designed to pad out lobbies and help lesser players acclimate better.
Depending on your level of skill, you may seldom run into a bot in Fortnite: Chapter 2 or they may take up a large part of your lobby — the latter likely if you seldom play or are just playing for the first time.
The introduction of bots makes sense due to the addition of skill-based matchmaking, which made finding a lobby take longer as the game searches for fairer opponents. As well as that, bots level the playing field so that new players don’t get jaded by coming up against experienced players, meaning that Epic no longer have to resort to introducing overpowered weapons and items, such as the mech.
With that being said, how do you know when you’re up against an AI bot in Fortnite: Chapter 2? Here are all of the telltale signs that you’re sweating against lines of code in Fortnite.
How To Find Fortnite: Chapter 2 AI Bots
– Bots will always have some form of skin on; they don’t seem to take the form of defaults. – They will only ever build one wall, and then usually run away from it. This seems to happen regardless of whether or not they are being attacked. – Bots will hesitate to shoot, and also often use the wrong range of weapon to attack you with. – Random emotes are a thing they will do, hilariously when they are under attack. – Bots seem to just constantly want to break one of your walls and then do nothing afterwards. – On a similar note, they will randomly start attacking walls and objects with their pickaxes, even if they are out in the open in a busy POI. – Bots very rarely (if ever) try to protect themselves, so you can usually shoot them unopposed. – Their names are usually a combination of two words in title case (e.g. CheesyFeet) followed by a number, so CheesyFeet86. They can have no numbers sometimes, though. – In team modes, bots don’t seem to have been programmed to pick up downed teammates. – They have little awareness of their surroundings, such as going into a river stream and doing nothing to go against the current. – Bots may randomly start using a Medkit for no discernible reason.
Epic have previously mentioned that bots in Fortnite should be seen as a work-in-progress, so they may change pretty significantly throughout the season and beyond. That makes sense — there must be a tonne of programming that goes into these bots that’s hard to perfect considering how many moving parts there are in a single match of Fortnite.
Fortnite: Chapter is available now for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS and Android for free.