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What does K/D mean in Fortnite and how can you change it?


A good K/D requires some hard work (pic: Epic Games)

For many Fortnite players their K/D number is the most braggable part of the game but what does it mean and how can you improve it?

You get a lot of stats in video games but the most important one when it comes to online shooters is your kill/death ratio, usually shortened to K/D.

The concept of K/D isn’t unique to Fortnite and has a very straightforward meaning, in that it shows how many times you die compared to how many times you kill someone else.

The ratio is calculated by dividing the number of players you kill by the number of times you’re killed, which is rarely a whole number and can be a negative amount.

In Fortnite every kill matters (pic: Epic Games)

So, for example, if you have a K/D number of 1 that means that every time you get a kill you also die once yourself. However, if you have a K/D of, say, 5 then that means you’re much more dangerous and are, on average, getting 5 kills for every one go.

The higher the K/D the more skilled a player you are, although since the number is calculated as an average it will take a while before you get one that’s truly representative of your skill.

Your K/D can change every time you play and can easily go into the negative, meaning that you’re being killed more than you’re killing anyone else.

That being so, a K/D of 1 is actually fairly average and either means you’re brand new at playing the game or are consistently breaking even. Anything above 2 is considered good and a K/D in double digits means you’re dealing with a real pro.

How do you check your K/D ratio in Fortnite?

Although the K/D stat is arguably less important in Fortnite than it is in other more realistic shooters it’s still something a lot of people take very seriously.
Checking it in Fortnite is very easy, as all you have to do is follow the three steps below:

1. Select the Career section from the main menu.
2. Select the Profile option.
3. Check all your stats, including K/D, under Match Types.

As well as an overall K/D you’ll find you also have different stats for each of the different game modes, so if you play one much more than others that’s probably the only one you want to be bragging about.

This player is clearly one to be wary of

An alternative method for checking your K/D is to use the Fortnite Tracker website here.

All you need to do is enter your Epic ID and you’ll be able to see not only your K/D but also a whole bunch of other stats, including your win percentage and average match time.

You can also browse the stats of other players, which is a good way to see what kind of numbers a really skilled Fortnite player is posting.

As you can see, the only way to improve your K/D is to get better at the game but if you spend a lot of time just messing around, and not playing properly, it’s worth setting up a separate account for that.

That way you can make sure you have a serious K/D ratio for when you’re playing properly and another one you don’t care about for when you’re not playing for real.

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