Like many other free-to-play games that wish to be fair for every player in terms of gameplay irrespective of whether they spend money or not – Fortnite’s only way of monetizing itself is through cosmetics that have no gameplay advantages of any kind. That’s why it’s important that the game consistently provides the players with many unique skins to choose from and that includes licensed promotions as well aside from the original content.
Fortnite has offered many unique skins and other items related to them over time, which even includes clever references to ongoing memes around the internet. Whatever you can think of, chances are that Fortnite will add the thing to the game at some point – since even Kratos from the God of War franchise found his way into the game.
Of course, there are more than one way to unlock every skin in Fortnite, and finding out how to do it can be a bit overwhelming for a new player. So, how do you get every Fortnite skin? Let’s dig deep into the topic as we’ve created a thorough guide to save your time. Let’s get started!
Fortnite Skins Explained
Before we get into the guide of how you can unlock skins in Fortnite, let’s take a moment to discuss how the skins work in Fortnite.
The very first thing to know here is that the skins, as briefly mentioned above, are entirely cosmetic. Even if it belongs to a character like Iron-Man or She-Hulk – your character will not become stronger or gain any superpowers. While the axe will look like other things, such as Thor’s Hammer or the Hulk’s fists, they will deal the same damage as a basic axe.
That’s not to say that the game does not add new powers at all, of course. But they are obtained through in-game objectives which everyone can get regardless of whether they purchased a skin or not, so even free players have the same chance at winning as anyone else.
Another very important thing to note here is that almost every single skin in Fortnite is timed, and some of them never come back after the original sale has passed. Whether it’s the store, through a challenge, a give-away, or something in the battle pass – it will go away every season and be replaced with more content.
While sometimes-popular items do return after they have been removed, there is no guarantee for it and there are many that never saw a return, usually due to licensing reasons.
Now that we have this out of the way, let’s get right back to the main point!
How to Unlock Fortnite Skins
Fortnite has a total of five different ways in which you can get skins. Here’s how they work:
1. Buying Skins from the Item Shop
The first method is, of course, simply buying whatever you see available on the Item Shop with V-Bucks. The skins, emotes, and other things such as the pick-axes are changed regularly and you will often miss items if you wait it out. So, if you see anything, make sure to buy it right away! But if you get lucky, sometimes they return on sale, bundled with everything that was released as a part of the skin.
2. Unlocking Skins in the Battle Pass
Every single season, the Battle Pass brings all-new skins that you can unlock by simply playing the game. While free users get a few benefits of leveling up through the Pass as well – the skins are always locked behind premium membership and you will need to buy it in order to gain access to the multiple unlockable goodies. Not only do you get the skins themselves, leveling up further unlocks more variations to them as well.
And having the paid Battle Pass boosts the speed at which you gain experience points too – so it’s not as difficult as it may sound.
3. Completing Challenges for Skins
Fortnite does offer free skins at times but they’re mostly locked behind challenges that you need to complete in order to earn them. For example, in the Christmas event last year, there was the Snowmando outfit that a free player can unlock without needing to pay anything or buying the Battle Pass.
However, it required a list of challenges to be completed and then you finally keep the skin for as long as you want. So, if you see one of these events pop up again, you should complete the challenges immediately to unlock it.
4. Redeeming from Giveaways
Lastly, we have the good old giveaway method. Sometimes, Fortnite gives skins and items for absolutely no cost or challenges required. Simply claim them by logging into the game or going to whatever spot it’s placed in. For example, in 2019’s Christmas there were free skins that you could claim at the Nutcracker’s shack by simply opening the gift boxes.
However, there are slightly more complicated methods too such as Twitch Prime offering free skins if you pair your game with it. It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for those as some of those services allow you to sign up for free, and you can cancel your subscription right after claiming the freebies.
Those are all the current official methods of getting every Fortnite skin! We hope that you found the guide helpful and we’re here to answer any questions that you might have. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out some of our other helpful guides too!