Fortnite Festival Arrows Explained: How to Play Triangle Notes

Here's how to play the arrows and triangles correctly in Fortnite Festival.

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Higher difficulties in Fortnite Festival add more notes and increase the speed of those notes. Aside from the normal bars you’d expect from games like Guitar Hero and Rockband, other shapes appear. Here’s what the arrows and triangles mean on the track.

What do the Arrows and Triangles in Fortnite Festival Mean?

The arrows and triangles in Fortnite Festival are called Pull-Offs. In guitar theory, this means putting your finger on a string, plucking a note, and then pulling your finger off the string to sound the same note a second time. It’s similar here with your keyboard keys or controller buttons.

These notes appear on medium difficulty and above for guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. They often show up between the regular bar notes. While I could call these multiple things for drums and vocals (neither of those instruments have what are traditionally called Pull-Offs), the action to hit them correctly and score points in Fortnite Festival is the same.

How to Play Them Notes Correctly

There are two ways to hit these notes:

  • Press the key/button for the note, hold it, and release it on the arrow/triangle.
  • Press the key/button for the same note in succession, hitting the triangular notes as you would the barred notes.

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Tips for Hitting Arrow and Triangle Notes

Both of these methods take quite a bit of practice to do, requiring both timing and precision. In my experience, both ways have their advantages, and which you choose depends on the song you’re playing and that song’s difficulty. Lastly, pay attention to song’s complexity level for the instrument you’ve chosen. You can see these as a set of white bars at the bottom of a song’s card when choosing it.

I find that pressing the keys twice in quick succession works best under the following conditions:

  • Medium difficulty.
  • Slower songs.
  • Less complex songs.
  • Songs with fewer notes spaced out.

Pressing the key/button and releasing it when the track moves over the triangle is best for:

  • Hard difficulty and above.
  • Faster songs.
  • More complex songs.
  • Songs with more notes close together.

I don’t have lightning-fast reflexes — though you may — so I tend to use the Pull-Off method on songs like Take My Breath by the Weeknd and Mr. Brightside by The Killers, both of which have plenty of arrows and triangles. For me, the Pull-Off trick feels more natural and keeps me from striking keys too many times and lowering my multiplier. If you’re using a controller, use this button mapping to elevate your game.

However, do not use the hold and release method for Dirty Little Secret by All-American Rejects. The guitarists are playing down-strokes in the verses, and the best way to ace this song is to press all of the notes without holding/releasing anything. Believe me: the audio and your actions will sync up nicely if you mimic the real-life guitar playing.

Either way you choose to play, that’s what the arrows and triangles mean in Fortnite Festival. As I said: practice makes perfect. I suggest starting on medium difficulty and playing something like OG (Future Remix) on bass, which provides a good introduction to the mechanic. For more, head over to our Fortnite guides page, where we have tips for this, the LEGO crossover, and the battle royale’s new season.

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Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.