Upgrade benches may be a thing of the past in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5, but you can still upgrade your weapons. Instead of finding an upgrade bench, you will instead need to find some of the NPC characters that can now be found on the map.
Some of them, but not all, will have an option to upgrade your weapon. As long as you have an upgradable weapon in your hand, certain NPCs will give you the option to upgrade it. You won’t need upgrade materials anymore, and will instead need Gold.
Gold can be earned by playing the game, completing bounties for the NPCs, opening chests, finding secret stashes of gold that are hidden all over the map, or by picking it up from eliminated players.
Below, you can find the Gold cost for upgrading your weapon from one tier to the next. You also cannot skip tiers.
- Common to Uncommon – 25 Gold
- Uncommon to Rare – 50 Gold
- Rare to Epic – 145 Gold
- Epic to Legendary – 345 Gold
As we said earlier, you cannot upgrade weapons at all the characters, it is a service that only appears to be offered by some of them. So far, we can confirm that you can upgrade weapons at the following characters:
- Tomato Head
- Beef Boss
- The Reaper
The above map shows different NPC spawn locations where you can get your weapon upgraded. The blue arrows show random spawns, while the red arrows show fixed spawns. We would advise heading for the fixed spawns to guarantee being able to upgrade your weapon.
We will add more names to the list as we confirm them. If you need help finding the NPCs, we have of them and some potential spawn locations discovered for you.