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Weapon Upgrading is a Gameplay Mechanic introduced to Fortnite: Battle Royale with Chapter 2: Season 1. It has had several reworks since its inclusion, with the most recent being Chapter 2: Season 7.

Weapon Upgrading was overhauled slightly from its Chapter 2: Season 5 version, changing the location and prices of Weapon Upgrades. Upgrading was completed by once again using Upgrade Benches, but using Bars instead of Materials. Players could seek out an Upgrade Bench, and pay a number of Bars to upgrade their weapon to a higher rarity. Weapons can be upgraded one tier at a time for increasingly higher numbers of bars, with an increased cost compared to earlier seasons. The only non-weapon item that can be upgraded is the Fishing Rod to a Pro Fishing Rod, on top of this, it is the only item which upgrades multiple rarities at once. Weapons cannot be sidegraded.

Note: The Common to Rare upgrade is exclusive to the Fishing Rod to Pro Fishing Rod upgrade. Weapons cannot be upgraded to Mythic or Exotic.

Original Rarity Upgraded Rarity Cost in Bars
Common Uncommon 200
Common Rare 300
Uncommon Rare 300
Rare Epic 400
Epic Legendary 500
Legendary Mythic 750

All weapons that were currently available could be upgraded. If a weapon has a variant which is higher rarity, but is vaulted, it cannot be upgraded further.

Crafting

Main Article: Crafting (Battle Royale)

In Chapter 2: Season 8, players could use Crafting to upgrade the Sideways Rifle, Sideways Minigun and Sideways Scythe in the same increments. It also allowed players to upgrade to Mythic versions of the weapons. Upgrading was completed using Cube Monster Parts.

In Chapter 2: Season 5 to and including Chapter 2: Season 6, upgrading was completed by talking to Characters in exchange for Bars. Chapter 2: Season 6 also had a Crafting Mechanic which could upgrade weapons. Depending on the Weapon, the available rarities of it, and also the amount of bars a player has, a player could upgrade their weapon to a higher rarity. Only some Characters offered this feature. Weapons can be upgraded one tier at a time for increasingly higher numbers of bars. The only non weapon item that can be upgraded is the Fishing Rod to a Pro Fishing Rod, on top of this, it is the only item which upgrades multiple rarities at once. Weapons could not be sidegraded.

Note: The Common to Rare upgrade is exclusive to the Fishing Rod to Pro Fishing Rod upgrade. Weapons cannot be upgraded to Mythic or Exotic.

Original Rarity Upgraded Rarity Cost in Bars
Common Uncommon 25
Common Rare 50
Uncommon Rare 50
Rare Epic 145
Epic Legendary 345

All weapons that were currently available could be upgraded. If a weapon has a variant which is higher rarity, but is vaulted, it could not be upgraded further.

Crafting

Main Article: Crafting (Battle Royale)

Crafting was a mechanic introduced in Chapter 2: Season 6. It used a new system of resources and items to upgrade weapons, to create new ones. Animal Bones as well as Mechanical Parts are used to upgrade Makeshift weaponry into Primal or Mechanical Weapons respectively (Mechanical weapons are standard weapons, such as the Assault Rifle or Revolver). Unlike weapon upgrading, it did not use Bars. Furthermore, Crafting would only create new weapons, and could not upgrade the current rarity of a weapon, as all crafting advances a weapon by a rarity, but creates a primal or makeshift weapon. Crafting was completed in the player inventory.

Players could still upgrade weapons using bars, alongside this system.

From Chapter 2: Season 1 to and including Chapter 2: Season 4, Upgrade Benches could be found in key locations across the Island, primarily in named POIs, but still often found in other areas across the map. Using an Upgrade bench allowed players to upgrade or sidegrade their weapon using materials. Not every weapon had a sidegrade function.

Upgrading

Note: The Common to Rare upgrade is exclusive to the Fishing Rod to Pro Fishing Rod upgrade.

The higher the rarity the more expensive the upgrade and the longer it took. Weapons could not be upgraded to Mythic.

Original Rarity Upgraded Rarity Cost of all resources
Common Uncommon 10 of each
Common Rare 100 of each
Uncommon Rare 100 of each
Rare Epic 150 of each
Epic Legendary 200 of each

The list of Upgradable Weapons were as follows. Although some weapon rarities go lower than stated, their lower rarities lacked the functionality to be upgraded.

Weapon Image Class Lowest Rarity Highest Rarity Notes
Assault Rifle Assault Rifle (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Common Legendary
Burst Assault Rifle Burst Assault Rifle - Assault Rifle - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Common Legendary
Heavy Assault Rifle Heavy Assault Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Common Legendary
Scoped Assault Rifle Scoped Assault Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Uncommon Legendary
Light Machine Gun Light Machine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Rare Epic
Stark Industries Energy Rifle Stark Industries Energy Rifle - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Rare Legendary
Suppressed Assault Rifle Suppressed Assault Rifles - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Rare Legendary
Pistol Pistol (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pistol Common Legendary
Revolver Revolver (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pistol Epic Legendary Although comes in Common to Rare, these rarities do not have the functionality to be upgraded.
Hand Cannon Hand Cannon - Weapon - Fortnite.png Pistol Epic Legendary
Tactical Shotgun Tactical Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shotgun Common Legendary
Pump Shotgun Pump Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shotgun Common Legendary
Combat Shotgun Combat Shotgun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shotgun Rare Legendary
Charge Shotgun Charge Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shotgun Common Legendary
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Sniper Rifle Common Legendary
Suppressed Sniper Rifle Suppressed Sniper Rifle - Weapon - Fortnite.png Sniper Rifle Epic Legendary
Hunting Rifle Hunting Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Sniper Rifle Uncommon Legendary
Submachine Gun Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Common Legendary
Compact SMG Compact SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Epic Legendary
Tactical SMG Tactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Common Legendary
Rapid Fire SMG Rapid Fire SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Common Legendary
Suppressed Submachine Gun Suppressed Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Common Rare
Rocket Launcher Rocket Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png Explosive Common Legendary Includes Pumpkin Launcher.
Fishing Rod / Pro Fishing Rod Pro Fishing Rod - Weapon - Fortnite.png Fishing Rod Common Rare Upgrades straight to Rare, also changes the item.

Sidegrading

Sidegrading a weapon of any kind always costs 20 of each material. All Detailed weapons are vice-versa.

Weapon Image Sidegraded to Image Class Notes Season(s)
Assault Rifle Assault Rifle (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Heavy Assault Rifle Heavy Assault Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Assault Rifle Chapter 2: Season 1, 2, and 3
Pump Shotgun Pump Shotgun (High Tier) (Old) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Charge Shotgun Charge Shotgun (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Shotgun Chapter 2: Season 4
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Hunting Rifle Hunting Rifle (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Sniper Rifle Chapter 2: Season 3
Submachine Gun Submachine Gun (High Level) - Weapon - Fortnite.png Rapid Fire SMG Rapid Fire SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Chapter 2: Season 3
Suppressed Submachine Gun Suppressed Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png Tactical SMG Tactical Submachine Gun - Weapon - Fortnite.png SMG Common to Rare only. Chapter 2: Season 4

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