'Fortnite' Weapon Upgrade Guide - Upgrade Bench Locations & More

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a brand-new feature called weapon upgrades. In short, it allows players to spend small amounts of materials to increase the loot tier of a weapon in their inventory. Using Weapon Upgrade Benches, it's possible to secure high-tier loot without relying purely on random luck. In this guide, we'll tell you how to upgrade weapons and where to find Upgrade Benches.

The Basics of Weapon Upgrades

As many Fortnite fans will likely know, the popular Battle Royale features five basic tiers of loot.

  • Common (Gray)
  • Uncommon (Green)
  • Rare (Blue)
  • Epic (Purple)
  • Legendary (Orange)

Each of these tiers offers weapons with slightly improved stats from the previous level. Using a Weapon Upgrade Bench, it's possible to upgrade a Common Shotgun, for example, all the way to Legendary provided you've harvested enough mats to do so. Here are the costs associated with advancing each tier.

  • Common to Uncommon: 50 of each material
  • Uncommon to Rare: 150 of each material
  • Rare to Epic: 250 of each material
  • Epic to Legendary: 350 of each material

While it's still technically possible to find a high-tier weapon by random chance, upgrades offer a path to guarantee them if a player chooses.

Weapon Upgrade Bench Locations

In order to upgrade a weapon in Fortnite, players must find a Weapon Upgrade Bench. These benches look like this. There are well over a dozen Weapon Upgrade Bench locations scattered across the Battle Royale map. Here are just a few spots to look out for.

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'Fortnite' Chapter 2 introduces Weapon Upgrade Benches. This guide reveals how to use them. 'Fortnite' is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile. Epic Games

A Bench at the Ego Comm Tower

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A Weapon Upgrade Bench at the Comm Tower Epic Games

A Bench at Hydro 16

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A Weapon Upgrade Bench at Hydro 16 Epic Games

A Bench at Lazy Lake

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A Weapon Upgrade Bench at Lazy Lake Epic Games

A Bench at Frenzy Farm

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A Weapon Upgrade Bench at Frenzy Farm Epic Games

Those who want a more holistic look at several possible Weapon Upgrade Bench locations can use the map below. That's all you need to know about weapon upgrades and Weapon Upgrade Benches in Fortnite Chapter 2.

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Here are several Weapon Upgrade Bench locations on the Battle Royale map Epic Games

Of course, as those who've experienced Fortnite Chapter 2 will know, there's far more to the new season than just weapon upgrades. The old Battle Royale map has been totally replaced, squad mechanics allow players to carry teammates and motorboats fill the aquatic landscape. In short, there's a lot about Fortnite Chapter 2 that will feel new even to longtime fans.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

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