The ultimate part of the fencing competition is the Bonus Round, based on the results of the Fencing Ranking Round. The points achieved by the pentathletes in the Ranking Round are carried over to the Bonus Round.
The first bonus round bout is the pentathlete ranked last against the pentathlete one position above. The winner of the bout remains on the piste and the referee calls the next pentathlete ranked one position above. The Fencing Bonus Round continues until all pentathletes have fenced. Each victory in the bonus round corresponds to 1 point.
Specialized equipment needed includes FIE approved mesh mask, protective clothing, bodywire to attach to scoring machine and either French or pistol style epée grip.