Do Villager Tools Break in LEGO Fortnite?

Because having them punch granite just wasn't productive.

by J.R. Waugh , Gordon Bicker
There is a player in LEGO Fortnite running while the sun hits their back. Buildings surround the player.
Image: Attack of the Fanboy

LEGO Fortnite has plenty of moments where you will notice villager tools in use and you may wonder if they will break at all.

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I know this can put a dampener on any situation if you think there’s a chance of losing some support from your fellow villagers in LEGO Fortnite.

Can Villager Tools Break in LEGO Fortnite?

Yes, villager tools will break just like yours. A small bubble will appear next to them with a broken tool symbol and a red exclamation mark. The broken pickaxe symbol in LEGO Fortnite is shown below, so when you see this, it will be clear that the tool is broken.

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The only reason it happens less commonly than it does for your equipment is that villagers use tools at a slower pace, meaning fewer swings against a given target.

While this can be frustrating, it adds a dynamic of team management to your survival playthroughs, and you’ll want to keep track of your villager’s equipment. If it’s been a while, consider crafting a secondary tool of your choice in case they need one. Keeping a check on tool durability for restoring will always be extremely important, so I recommend constantly having a backup plan.

How to Give Villagers New Tools in LEGO Fortnite

You can give villagers new tools by going up to them, hitting ‘X’ or ‘Square’ or ‘Y’ to speak to them, and selecting the ‘Take this!’ dialogue option. Doing so will prompt you to give an item of its corresponding type from your inventory. This includes basic tools like:

  • Pickaxe
  • Forest Axe
  • Shortsword
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I have noticed that doing this carefully can benefit you and allow them to help you more efficiently in gathering and combat. They can even carry multiple items. But if their gear ever breaks, they’ll fight like a true champ when you need to be defended from mobs like skeletons that emerge at night. Giving your villager tools will help, such as in finding helpful resources like shells from rollers in LEGO Fortnite, so always be mindful of that when making new gear.

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Now that you know Villager Tools do break in the game, you can keep a close lookout for any broken pickaxe symbol in LEGO Fortnite or other tool breaks.

- This article was updated on January 12th, 2024

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.