Fortnite is a massively popular multiplayer game from Epic Games, and it’s seen success especially through its free-to-play Battle Royale mode in which players compete against one another. Fortnite skins are sought after by many players, so let’s talk about what skins are and what makes them so popular, as well as everything you need to know about getting free Fortnite skins.
What are Fortnite skins?
In Fortnite, every player creates a character to play as in the game. This character is their avatar and can be customized. “Skins” are cosmetic items that change the appearance of your character. These are primarily outfits that your character will wear. Instead of going with the default appearance, therefore, you can equip a skin to give your character a more distinctive look. There is a wide variety of skins available, which means that characters can have quite a range of appearances.
Skins have no effect on gameplay. It is merely a cosmetic effect that changes your character’s appearance. However, players want special skins to make their characters look more distinctive, which is why skins are so highly desired.
What skins are free in Fortnite?
Although Fortnite is a free-to-play game, you won’t be able to get all the skins you want for free. If you could, it wouldn’t be the profitable money-making machine for Epic Games that it has become despite its free nature.
So when you start playing, all you’ll have are the “default” Fortnite skins. When you play a match, your character will be given a default look. There is some variation, but in general you don’t get to customize your character for free right away. The idea is that you’ll purchase the in-game currency known as V-Bucks to buy Fortnite skins, but that’s not the only way you can get new outfits and options for your character.
How do you get more free skins in Fortnite?
There are a few different ways you can get new Fortnite skins, and yes while the model is primarily designed to get players to spend money for them, a little patience will go a long way toward getting you new skins for free using the following methods.
Battle Pass Skins
Technically the Battle Pass skins aren’t free, because you need to purchase the Fortnite Battle Pass through the use of V-Bucks. V-Bucks are an in-game currency that cost real money, although they were permanently discounted earlier this year to 20% off the previous price. However, once you purchase the Battle Pass, it allows you to keep getting more free skins after that.
You see, as you complete Levels or Tiers of the Battle Pass, you will be rewarded with both skins and V-Bucks. Many skins and other cosmetics are rewarded to you for playing through the Battle Pass. And don’t forget about those V-Bucks! You can use the V-Bucks you earn to buy even more skins, or you can use them to buy the next Battle Pass season. In other words, if you save the V-Bucks up and spend them on the next Battle Pass, you can keep playing and earning new free Battle Pass skins without spending any real money beyond the initial Battle Pass purchase. You’ll be able to get more rare skins the longer you play, too.
It’s also worth mentioning that V-Bucks are also given as rewards for playing the Save the World mode. You can get them by logging in, completing daily rewards, and more. However, unlike Battle Royale, Save the World is a paid game, so you won’t be able to play it for free.
Don’t worry, there are other ways to get Fortnite skins without paying anything at all. One of these is to get gift skins. Players can send one another in-game gifts, which means if someone else has a skin, they could give it to you. Of course, this means you’ll need to find someone who wants to give you a skin as a gift.
Some Twitch streamers will give away gifts as promotions connected to their channel. For example, they might host a competition in which the prizes are skins. Following Fortnite streamers might help you find new opportunities to get these free skins.
Finally, Epic Games sometimes gives away free Fortnite skins as part of promotional events and other special occasions. For example, there are promotional skins linked to different console bundles, subscription services (such as PlayStation Plus), etc. In other words, these are free skins with exclusivity, since they’re restricted to specific platforms or services.
Other free promotional skins become available due to special events. Winterfest, for example, was a holiday event that took place in December 2019 and rewarded players with skins and other presents as a part of the holiday events. There are also free tournaments with skins as rewards for achieving a certain amount of progress, such as the #FreeFortnite Cup in August 2020 that awarded the Tart Tycoon skin to anyone who earned at least 10 points.
Promotional events like this might not happen all the time, but if you’re an avid Fortnite player, you can stay alert for news about upcoming free skin opportunities.
Should I trust a “Free Skin” Generator I found online?
No, any sort of free skin generator is probably a scam intended to either steal information from you, lead you to download something questionable, or send you through pages of ads with no benefit to you. Stay away from supposed free skin generators no matter how promising they sound.
What are the free skins in Chapter 2, Season 4?
Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 has a Marvel theme, so there are many Marvel-themed skins available to you if you have the Chapter 2, Season 4 Battle Pass. The following free skins are available as you progress through the Battle Pass tiers:
- Tier 1 – Thor
- Tier 22 – She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
- Tier 38 – Groot
- Tier 53 – Storm
- Tier 67 – Doctor Doom
- Tier 80 – Mystique
- Tier 93 – Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- “Secret” skin – Wolverine