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Health is a Gameplay Mechanic in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in the Pre-Season. Health is a fundamental part of Battle Royale, as it dictates the survivability of the player, in how much damage they can take from specific sources.


The HP meters in Chapter 1

The HP meters from Chapter 2: Season 1 to Chapter 3: Season 1

The HP meters as of Chapter 3: Season 2

HP is a combined value of both your Health levels, and your Shield Levels for each player in a match. Health is positively affected from Healing Items, and negatively affected from damaging items, such as weapons or The Storm. Players start with 100 Health and 0 Shield in standard Battle Royale playlists. In Creative, the maximum Health and Shield can be adjusted.


Health is the term used to refer to the Green bar attributed to each player. Health determines whether a player can be eliminated / knocked, as when it reaches 0, the player will be knocked (in Squad based modes, in Solos they will simply be eliminated). Health is taken away from the player after their Shield and or Overshield level reaches 0. Some items and damage will bypass this rule, such as The Storm or Fall Damage.

Vehicle Health

When riding a vehicle, a separate Health bar appears for the vehicle above the shield bar. When it reaches 0, the vehicle is destroyed.


Shield is the term used to refer to the Blue health bar attributed to each player. Shield is used to protect the player's health value, and to increase the player's health in general and to absorb more damage before being knocked. Shield will be taken away first unless an Overshield is present. If the player reaches 0 Health but still has shield, they will retain the shield when knocked, but only once revived. When knocked, the player will not have shield protection.


Overshield is a mechanic which gives the player 50 extra Shield on top of their existing 200 HP threshold. Overshield is a separate measure, regenerating over time and not contributing to any healing items which cap at a certain amount of shield. Players will take damage to overshield first, and it will regenerate slowly after several seconds of not taking damage. It is also not given to the player on immediate spawn, instead generating several seconds after leaving the Battle Bus as well as several seconds after being rebooted or revived. It is only present in Zero Build playlists.

Down but not out (Knocked)

Down but not out is the term used to refer to players who have had all of their health removed. The player will briefly become invincible, but afterwards be vulnerable to attacks. The player will lose 2 Health per second when knocked, and their Health bar will be red. This Health can be restored to prolong death indefinitely via different means. When the player loses all their Health in this state, they will be eliminated and drop a Reboot Card (if the mode allows rebooting). If the player is knocked when they still have shield, upon being revived, the Shield will remain, but the player does not receive the protection when knocked. Players can revive a knocked player, by interacting with them for 10 seconds. In Trios or Squads, having multiple teammates interact a downed player will speed up the revive. On revival, the player will return to 30 Health.

Increasing HP

HP (Hit Points) can be increased in various ways, both Health and Shield. Items that increase health can be found at the Healing Items page. Items which can heal both Health and Shield are known as Effective Health items. Some items such as the Infinity Blade increase the total HP pool, rather than filling it back to full.

Dealing Damage

When dealing damage to an enemy, the damage points that have been dealt appear above the enemy. They can be different colors depending if the damage reduces Health or Shield. The tags do not appear when receiving damage from an enemy, but a blue (for Shield Damage) or red (for Health Damage) arc appears indicating the direction of where the damage was received.

Damage Tags
Image Color Source
White Damage Tag - Fortnite.png White Health Damage.
Blue Damage Tag - Fortnite.png Blue Shield, Overshield, or Critical Hit Damage to player with Overshield or Shield.
Yellow Damage Tag - Fortnite.png Yellow Critical Hit Damage.
Brown Damage Tag - Fortnite.png Orange Vehicle Damage.
Purple Cube/Sideways Monster Damage.
Flaming Fire Damage (To Health only).

Items that Affect Health Values

As a general rule, all weapons will lower a player's HP when they are attacked by an opponent. On top of this all listed Healing Items impact HP.

Below are a list of sources that will lower a Player's Health without impacting their Shield Values however. As well as the listed items, The Storm, Fall Damage, Lava Alien Parasites and Glyph Master Raz's Magic also ignore Shield.

Name Icon Rarity
Fire Damage
Flare Gun
Flare Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Firefly Jar
Firefly Jar - Item - Fortnite.png
Doctor Doom's Mystical Bomb
Doctor Doom's Mystical Bomb - Superpower - Fortnite.png
Cozy Campfire
Cozy Campfire - Trap - Fortnite.png


Gas Can
Gas Can - Item - Fortnite.png
Propane Tank
Propane Tank - Item - Fortnite.png
Dragon's Breath Shotgun
Dragon's Breath Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Dragon's Breath Sniper Rifle
Dragon's Breath Sniper Rifle - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Fire Trap
Fire Trap - Trap - Fortnite.png
Bottle Rockets
Bottle Rockets - Item - Fortnite.png
Primal Flame Bow
Primal Flame Bow - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Storm Damage
Storm Flip
Storm Flip - Throwable - Fortnite.png
Poison Damage
Poison Dart Trap
Poison Dart Trap - Trap - Fortnite.png
Stink Bomb
Stink Bomb - Item - Fortnite.png
Stink Flopper
Stink Fish - Fortnite.png
Primal Stink Bow
Primal Stink Bow - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Poison Fiend
Poison Fiend (C2S8) - Creatures - Fortnite.png



  • Update v1.6: Added Health and Shield mechanic with Battle Royale.

Season 1


  • Players will not take Shield damage when knocked.

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Updated Health and Shield meter, now located in the bottom left of the HUD.
  • Update v11.30: Health and Shield meter makes a shaking effect when the player receives damage.

Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: Changed the font for the numerical value of Health and Shield.

Chapter 3: Season 1

  • Update v19.00:
    • Revive time is now increased by 100% per allies which interact on the knocked player.
    • Knocked player's movement speed increased.
    • Knocked players can now interact with containers, pick up items, drop items, and arrange their inventory whilst knocked.

Chapter 3: Season 2

  • Update v20.00:
    • Updated the Health and Shield meter, returning to a straight bar instead of slanted similar to Chapter 1.
    • Added Overshield in Zero Build playlists.


  • Aside from the Stink Bomb and Poison Dart Trap, all other items that prioritize Health damage, can also damage teammates in one way or another
    • For the Fire items, it must be as a result of the fire spread.
  • In Chapter 3: Season 2, a milestone grants progress for gaining Health when a player uses any Shield increasing item, going against all previously stated naming conventions in game.