How to activate an augment in Fortnite

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The new Fortnite season has added plenty of features, including a way to activate an augment in Fortnite for exclusive performance buffs. These tweaks act like the equivalent of Call of Duty perks, changing your stats for certain weapons slightly, or giving you a boost when it comes to traversal.

In this Fortnite guide we'll explain everything you need to know augments. That includes how they work, what exactly they are, and a full list of all the augments now available in Chapter 4 Season 1.

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How do I activate an augment in Fortnite?

Fortunately, it's very easy to activate augments in Fortnite. As you'll see once you first drop into this rebooted battle royale island, augments are set on a timer and appear passively as you play. Therefore, the longer you survive the more augments you'll be able to stack at once.

As you play through a match, you'll see a small timer to the right of the screen, counting down from ten. Once it finishes, hit right on the D-pad to bring up the augmentation menu.

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On this you'll see a choice of two augments, as well as a reroll option if you're willing to spend some gold bars. Pick the one you want free of charge, hold down the right trigger, and it'll be active for the rest of the match.

Augments keep on rolling in the longer you're alive, with a maximum of four active at once during a match. They can hugely boost your build and make you much more efficient in combat, so it's worth activating them as soon as you can.

The RoboCop skin activating an augment in Fortnite.

What do augments do in Fortnite?

In Fortnite, augments most closely resemble the perk system in Call of Duty games. They're passive effects that can change any manner of stats, ranging from the ways you can regain health to certain weapons no longer using ammo.

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Some are more useful than others, hence why the reroll mechanic can be handy if you have gold bars to spare and want to ensure you get the best possible augments. The first reroll in a match comes free, but subsequent ones will cost you.

Full Fortnite augments list

See the table below for a full list of augments, ranked alphabetically:

Augment name Effect
AerialistGlider can redeploy for the rest of the match for any fall, ensuring you don't die from fall damage
BloodhoundWhen using marksman rifles or bows, your hits mark the enemy for a short period of time
Bow SpecialistBow reload and draw time reduced, arrows replenish passively
Bush WarriorWhen sat in bushes you can fully restore health and up to 50 shield
Chug GunnerGrants you a Chug Cannon
Demolition MunitionsEnvironmental objects you destroy can drop explosives
First AssaultWhen using an AR, the first bullet of each magazine has increased damage
ForecastLets you see the next storm circle early
Jelly AnglerGives you a fishing rod that always yields jellyfish
Light FingersWeapons using light ammo will reload more quickly
Mechanical ArcherGrants you Mechanical Explosive Bow and Mechanical Shockwave Bow
More ParkourAfter hurdling or mantling, your energy bar replenishes
Party TimePassively gives you balloons
Pistol AmpPistol magazine size increased
Rifle RecycleGrants a chance for rifles using medium ammunition to not consume ammo when fired
Rushing ReloadWhen sprinting, any equipped shotgun will automatically reload
Soaring SprintsHigher jump when sprinting
Splash MedicAny container across the map has an increased chance of containing Chug Splash
Storm MarkAs soon as a new circle appears, the map temporarily pings nearby enemies
SuperchargedVehicles don't use fuel and have increased HP
Tactical ArmoryGives you a rare Tactical AR and Combat Shotgun
Tricked OutGrants any cars you enter Chonkers and Cow Catcher effects

That's it for our look at how Fortnite augments work! For even more on the new season, read up on how to get Geralt, how to get Deku, and all the map and POI changes in Chapter 4 Season 1.