Fortnite Augments: What are they and how to activate them

Fortnite Augments being activated
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Fortnite Augments can make a huge difference to your odds of success in the battle royale, as some of the boosts, items, and special abilities they provide can prove game-changing and give you a massive advantage over your opponents. There is a large element of luck involved in deciding which augments you get to choose from as the selection is randomized, though you can at least reroll to swap in some new options if you're not inspired by the initial offering. The overall pool of augments has been cut down from 30+ to just 17 for the start of the current season, but there's bound to be more added in over the coming months. To find out more, here's a breakdown for all of the augments in Fortnite and an explanation of how to activate them.

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Some of these Fortnite Augments are incredibly useful, for example letting you travel around in vehicles without consuming fuel or increasing the rate at which you'll find recovery items. There are even ones you'll unlock as you continue your Fortnite progress that will show you the locations of nearby chests when you enter a new area, or spawn extra loot when you emerge from hiding places, giving you a tactical advantage over your opponents. If you want to know more about how this system works, then we've got the lowdown on all of the available Fortnite Augments and how to activate them.

How to activate augments in Fortnite

Fortnite Augments and how to activate them

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Your first choice of Fortnite Augments will appear around two and a half minutes into a match, then a new pair will be added every further two and a half minutes until all four slots are available. This is represented by a 'Ready!' notification at the side of the screen, at which point you can press right on the d-pad to open the menu and activate augments in Fortnite. There's no longer a short countdown before this appears, but you can open your inventory then switch to the Augments tab to see how long is left until your next choice is available.

For each of the four available slots you'll be presented with two Fortnite Augments to choose between, from the selection you've unlocked so far. You can also reroll by following the prompt at the bottom to get two new choices – this is free the first time in a match, but subsequent rerolls will cost you 100 bars each. To activate augments in Fortnite, simply highlight the one you want to use then press the right trigger to select it and start reaping the benefits.

What Fortnite Augments are available

One of the Fortnite Augments menu screens

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You begin with a selection of Fortnite Augments available, and more are added to your collection as you play matches and activate your existing perks. Here are all 17 of the augment options, including those you'll unlock as you play, along with details of the buffs they provide if selected. Some of the augments will provide you with the Fortnite Siphon effect when triggered, which you can read about at the link provided.

Fortnite Augments: Combat

  1. Light Fingers
    Weapons using light ammo reload faster.

  2. Dignified Finish *new*
    Eliminations refresh a Kinetic Blade dash cooldown.

  3. Shotgun Recycle *new*
    Shotguns have a chance not to consume ammo.

  4. Sniper Surplus
    Sniper Rifles gain 1 extra ammo in their magazine.

  5. Medium Ammo Amp *new*
    Medium ammo weapons have increased magazine size.

Fortnite Augments: Game Changer

  1. Aerialist
    Gain the ability to deploy your glider.

  2. Chug Gunner
    Receive a Chug Cannon.

Fortnite Augments: Mobility & Scouting

  1. Treasure Hunter *new* (duplicated in Looting)
    Nearby chests are marked the first time you enter a named Point of Interest.

  2. More Parkour
    Your energy regenerates briefly after mantling or hurdling.

  3. Supercharged
    Vehicles you're inside have increased health and only consume fuel while boosting.

  4. Bloodhound
    Enemies hit by your marksman rifle shots are marked for a brief duration.

Fortnite Augments: Looting

  1. Slap Surplus *new*
    You find an additional Slap Juice in every treasure chest you open.

  2. Munitions Slide *new*
    Gain medium ammo while sliding.

  3. Treasure Hunter *new* (duplicated in Mobility & Scouting)
    Nearby chests are marked the first time you enter a named Point of Interest.

  4. Dumpster Diving *new*
    Spawn loot nearby when leaving Hiding Places. Can occur once per Hiding Place.

  5. Jelly Angler
    Receive a Fishing Rod. You can use it to fish anywhere, but you can only fish up Jellyfish.

  6. Keymaster
    Grants two Keys for opening Holo-Chests.

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