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How to upgrade a village in Lego Fortnite

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Lego Fortnite Village Square with a cabin Image: Epic Games via Polygon
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Lego Fortnite is less about building a base and more about building a village. You’re not just building a single outpost for yourself. Instead, you’re building a (or several) villages complete with villagers. And then you’ll upgrade and expand your village to advance in Lego Fortnite.

Our Lego Fortnite Village guide will explain how to build a village, how to increase your village rating, and how to upgrade your village — and why you should. We’ve also included a list of all Lego Fortnite village upgrades and their requirements based on the biome your village is in.


How to build a village in Lego Fortnite

Starting a village in Lego Fortnite just means building a Village Square. Playing through the tutorial, it won’t unlock until you’ve built (at least) a campfire and simple shack.

The Village Square requires 10 wood and 10 granite to build.

Lego Fortnite placing a Village Square Image: Epic Games via Polygon

With the Village Square built, you’ll assign a color and symbol to your village’s map icon. You cannot, however, rename the village.

Once that’s in place, you’ll start getting rewards and unlocking new mechanics based on your village’s level. And to improve your level (and upgrade your village), we need to talk about village rating.


How to improve your village rating in Lego Fortnite

Your village rating is basically a measure of how much building you’ve done and what kind of stuff you’ve built. Think of it like a comfort rating.

Lego Fortnite Village Square glowing Image: Epic Games via Polygon

The more you build and the more different stuff (everything from walls to new workbenches to decorations count) you build, the more your village rating will increase. When it has increased enough to level up your village, the Village Square will glow gold. And that means you’re ready to upgrade your village.

You can also track your village rating with the progress bar in the top right of your HUD.


How to upgrade your village in Lego Fortnite

Lego Fortnite Upgrade Village menu Image: Epic Games via Polygon

Once you’ve improved your village rating enough to progress to the next level, head to the Village Square. In its menu, switch over to the Upgrade Village tab and you’ll see the requirements for the next level, along with the benefits you’ll get from unlocking that level.

From there, all that’s left is to gather the stuff and hit the button. The only catch is that each biome has different requirements for upgrading your village.

For Grasslands biome villages, you’ll need:

Lego Fortnite Grasslands village upgrades and requirements

Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
1 - Friendly Visitors: Friendly explorers will visit the village, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village
2 15 wood, 15 granite Foragers for Hire: Villagers can be asked to forage nearby resources, refine wood, or refine stone, Parts Galore!: Unlock 5 new rewards to build and decorate with!
3 10 planks, 20 granite For Me?: Villagers will occasionally gift items, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
4 10 knotroot, 15 planks, 25 granite Get Cooking: Villagers can be asked to cook, extract seeds, or tend dirt plots, Brancing Out: Villagers assigned to woodcutting will produce more wood types, Parts Galore!: Unock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
5 15 knotroot, 20 planks, 15 marble Must-See Destination: Rarer explorers will visit this village, Well Rested: Villagers gain bonus health and defense, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
6 20 knotroot, 20 granite slabs Refined Production: Villagers can be asked to smelt metal, refine textiles, and collect gems, Ready to Rock: Villagers assigned to stonecutting will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
7 20 knotroot rods, 20 marble slabs Gifts Galore: Villagers can gift unique recipes, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
8 30 marble slabs, 10 rough amber Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
9 15 flexwood rods, 15 obsidian, 10 cut amber Go Forth and Forage: NPCs in this village can forage resources from other biomes, woodcutters will also produce more wood types, and stonecutters will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
10 15 flexwood rods, 30 obsidian slabs, 20 cut amber Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!

For Dry Valley (desert) biome villages, you’ll need:

Lego Fortnite Dry Valley village upgrades and requirements

Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
1 - Friendly Visitors: Friendly explorers will visit the village, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village
2 15 wood, 15 granite Foragers for Hire: Villagers can be asked to forage nearby resources, refine wood, or refine stone, Parts Galore!: Unlock 5 new rewards to build and decorate with!
3 10 planks, 20 granite For Me?: Villagers will occasionally gift items, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
4 10 knotroot, 15 planks, 25 granite Get Cooking: Villagers can be asked to cook, extract seeds, or tend dirt plots, Brancing Out: Villagers assigned to woodcutting will produce more wood types, Parts Galore!: Unock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
5 15 knotroot, 20 planks, 15 marble Must-See Destination: Rarer explorers will visit this village, Well Rested: Villagers gain bonus health and defense, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
6 20 knotroot, 20 granite slabs Refined Production: Villagers can be asked to smelt metal, refine textiles, and collect gems, Ready to Rock: Villagers assigned to stonecutting will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
7 20 knotroot rods, 20 marble slabs Gifts Galore: Villagers can gift unique recipes, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
8 30 marble slabs, 10 rough amber Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
9 15 flexwood rods, 15 obsidian, 10 cut amber Go Forth and Forage: NPCs in this village can forage resources from other biomes, woodcutters will also produce more wood types, and stonecutters will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
10 15 flexwood rods, 30 obsidian slabs, 20 cut amber Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!

For Frostlands (snow) biome villages, you’ll need:

Lego Fortnite Frostlands village upgrades and requirements

Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
Level Requirements Upgrade Level Rewards
1 - Friendly Visitors: Friendly explorers will visit the village, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village
2 25 wood, 30 granite Foragers for Hire: Villagers can be asked to forage nearby resources, refine wood, or refine stone, Parts Galore!: Unlock 5 new rewards to build and decorate with!
3 15 knotroot, 15 planks, 20 marble For Me?: Villagers will occasionally gift items, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
4 20 knotroot rods, 25 marble slabs Get Cooking: Villagers can be asked to cook, extract seeds, or tend dirt plots, Brancing Out: Villagers assigned to woodcutting will produce more wood types, Parts Galore!: Unock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
5 25 flexwood rods, 30 marble slabs Must-See Destination: Rarer explorers will visit this village, Well Rested: Villagers gain bonus health and defense, Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
6 20 obsidian slabs, 10 copper bars Refined Production: Villagers can be asked to smelt metal, refine textiles, and collect gems, Ready to Rock: Villagers assigned to stonecutting will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 3 new rewards to build and decorate with!
7 20 frostpine, 15 copper bars Gifts Galore: Villagers can gift unique recipes, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
8 25 frostpine rods, 20 malachite, 15 iron bars Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
9 25 malachite slabs, 20 iron bars, 20 rough sapphires Go Forth and Forage: NPCs in this village can forage resources from other biomes, woodcutters will also produce more wood types, and stonecutters will produce more stone types, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!
10 30 malachite slabs, 25 iron bars, 30 cut sapphires Growing Village: An additional villager can live at this village, Parts Galore!: Unlock 2 new rewards to build and decorate with!

Usually, the upgrade requires materials that you haven’t used (much) yet. It’s a way to get you to explore in order to find things like planks, marble, knotroot, flexwood, or amber.


What you get for upgrading a village in Lego Fortnite

Upgrading your village to new levels gives you upgrade level rewards. These are new features for your village like the ability to add new villagers (Growing Village), hire villagers for jobs (Foragers for Hire), or attract rarer visitors (Must-See Destination). You can see the upgrade level rewards when you visit the Village Square’s Village Hub tab.

More importantly, upgrading your village unlocks new build recipes.


Looking for more on Lego Fortnite? Check out our Lego Fortnite beginners guide. We also have guides on how to play multiplayer with your buddies and how to find caves, and a list of the best seeds in Lego Fortnite.

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