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Does crouching increase your accuracy in Fortnite? Explained

Does crouching increase your accuracy in Fortnite? Yes, it does. While most players won’t notice the subtle difference, it’s still there. However, how much crouching helps depends on the type of weapon used.

Crouching while using a Cobra DMR or Sniper grants no accuracy bonuses. Since the weapons have scopes, their mechanics are completely different. However, with certain weapons like shotguns or ARs, there is a visible difference in the size of the reticle when crouching.

Standing EvoChrome Shotgun Reticle Size:

Normal Crosshair (Image via Epic Games/Fortnite)
Normal Crosshair (Image via Epic Games/Fortnite)

EvoChrome Shotgun reticle size while crouching:

Crouch crosshairs (Image via Epic Games/Fortnite)
Crouch crosshairs (Image via Epic Games/Fortnite)

This is useful when taking out long-range targets with AR, or trying to lock fire on a medium-range enemy while using an SMG. The same is true even for other weapons like shotguns and pistols. Another benefit is that the crosshair bloom has more room to grow before shots spread too far.

Comparing the spread of the bloom when shooting while standing or crouching, bullets take longer to spread. Pros use this tactic to gain an advantage in combat. This technique greatly increases accuracy when combined with a burst fire mode or single tap.

Given how small the difference is, most players won’t otherwise be able to see the subtleties. However, crouching has more benefits than just reducing crosshair bloom in Fortnite.

Crouching in Fortnite makes players smaller targets

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Aside from improving accuracy and giving players more room to work with to manage crosshair blooms, crouching is also useful from a tactical standpoint. In combat, most players stand upright while shooting. This makes them a larger target with more surface area to shoot at, increasing the likelihood of damage being dealt to them.

Crouching allows players to turn into smaller targets, making it harder for opponents to shoot them. They can also hide behind low walls and objects to stay out of sight. This is very useful when the enemy is spraying the area with a hail of bullets.

In addition, crouching can also help players enter stealth mode. They can quietly maneuver around opponents without being heard and, if lucky, without being seen. For players who want to play passively, the crouch mechanic becomes the true MVP in Fortnite. However, there is also a downside.

Squatting is an impulse killer

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It’s no secret that crouching drastically reduces speed in Fortnite. When crouching and advancing, players move at a snail’s pace. When executed in open terrain, they become vulnerable to enemy fire, especially snipers. Although they can shift into an upright pose and sprint to avoid the fire, by then the damage is already done.

Finally, if you’re playing in a squad, players who are crouched and shooting from a corner are likely to be left behind during rotations. In most cases, they lack the momentum needed to join the rotation due to their static posture. In most scenarios, they are then singled out and eliminated by opponents.


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Although there are some negative aspects associated with squatting, the positive aspects far outweigh it. With a little practice and combat awareness, players can minimize the negative side effects and use the mechanic wisely.

Over time, it becomes a staple of any playstyle, allowing players to adapt to situations on the fly. While learning this simple mechanic in Fortnite will take time, it’s definitely worth the effort.

Edited by Siddharth Satish

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