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How to get cord in Lego Fortnite

You can craft it with vines or find it

an image of a lego fortnite character standing in front of some chord Image: Epic Games via Polygon
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Cord is a resource in Lego Fortnite that you’ll need to collect to make items like the recurve crossbow and grappler. Cord is harder to find pre-made, but super easy to make yourself — once you have the proper crafting tools.

Our Lego Fortnite guide will explain how to get cord and what you’ll use it for.

How to get cord in Lego Fortnite

In my experience, I opened a few chests while exploring caves that contained cord. However, it’s easier to just go and make it. To do that, though, you’ll need to make a spinning wheel.

How to make a spinning wheel in Lego Fortnite

To make cord, you will need to make a spinning wheel first. To unlock the spinning wheel blueprint, you will need to upgrade your village to level three. To make one you will need 8 planks, 5 wooden rods, 5 wood, and 5 wolf claws. (If you need additional help in making the spinning wheel, check out our comprehensive progression guide that will walk you through all the earlier parts of the game if you need to learn how to make planks or rods.)

an image of a lego fortnite character standing in front of a spinning wheel Image: Epic Games via Polygon

Once you make the spinning wheel, you just need to go and get vines. The easiest way to get a lot of vines really quickly is to go and slash bushes. I just ran around and cut bushes with my shortsword in the grasslands biome. It only took me ten or so minutes to gather dozens of vines. and I gathered dozens of vines within ten or so minutes.

an image of a lego fortnite character standing in front of a cow, vines, and wood
Bushes leave wood and vines behind after you cut them.
Image: Epic Games via Polygon

Once you have plenty of vines, go to the spinning wheel you made. You can now make cord. You will need 5 vines for each cord you make.

What you’ll use cord for in Lego Fortnite

Cord is a pretty useful resource needed for several items. To start off, you can use cord to make the common recurve crossbow, the grappler, and the knight shield. You also need cord to create a resource called drawstring, which is used to make the uncommon and rare versions of the recurve crossbow. If you want to be a sharpshooter, you’ll definitely need plenty of cord.

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, how to find caves, and how to build a successful village. And if you’re looking for places to go, see our list of the best seeds in Lego Fortnite.

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