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Is There Free Skins in Fortnite?

No, there are currently no free skins available to claim in Fortnite as of March 2023. But with the right strategies, you can still build an awesome cosmetics collection without spending a dime of real money. This comprehensive guide by gaming expert Steven Erikson will teach you how to unlock skins for free in Fortnite.

An Overview of Ways to Get Free Skins

Before we dive deep, here‘s a quick overview of the possible ways to score free skins in Fortnite:

  • Complete in-game challenges and missions to earn V-Bucks
  • Watch for limited time free skin events like Winterfest
  • Try to find unused promo code skins
  • Unlock Save the World and earn V-Bucks through daily rewards
  • Get skins gifted or use Support-a-Creator codes from friends

The vast majority of skins must be bought with V-Bucks. But with the right dedication and grinding, you can unlock quite a few awesome looks without paying a dime.

Grinding V-Bucks from Quests, Alerts, and Storm Shields

Let‘s start with a deep dive into how to earn V-Bucks for free by playing Battle Royale:

Daily Quests

These are your first stop for getting fast free V-Bucks, as they refresh daily. Typical payouts are:

  • 50 V-Bucks for easier quests
  • 75-100 V-Bucks for more advanced daily challenges

Based on those numbers, you can expect to earn 325-500 V-Bucks per week just from daily quests. That‘s enough to buy an uncommon skin about once per month!

Limited Time Event and Season Quests

Leveling up your seasonal Battle Pass and completing event challenge lists will provide plenty of V-Buck rewards. For example, during Fortnitemares 2022 players could earn over 1,200 V-Bucks from the event quests alone.

Your exact earnings will vary based on the seasonal events and quests available at any given time. But these special challenges pay out handsomely in V-Bucks.

Mission Alerts

Periodically, daily Mission Alerts will include V-Buck rewards ranging from 25 to 150 V-Bucks. These missions rotate every day at the 24 hour reset time. You can find any available by looking for the orange Mission Alert label on the global map.

Prioritize completing any mission alerts offering V-Buck rewards. Over the course of a season, you can pocket several thousand V-Bucks this way.

Storm Shield Defense

Successfully defending your Storm Shield in Save the World will grant 100 V-Bucks after each defense, up to 10 times per zone. With 10 Storm Shield zones in total, that‘s up to 10,000 V-Bucks possible just from playing through the main quests.

However, unlocking the later Storm Shields requires quite heavy grinding, so expect it to take weeks or longer to reach the high value defenses.

Watch for Free Skin Events and Promos

Now let‘s discuss limited time events and promotions where Epic Games has handed out skins completely free of charge:


The annual Fortnite Winterfest events in December 2021 and 2022 gave away multiple free skins like Polar Peely, Lt. Evergreen, Wooly Warrior, and Krisabelle.

Based on the last two years, players can reasonably expect to score at least 2 or 3 free holiday themed skins by logging in and completing Winterfest Challenges when the event returns at the end of 2023.

Tournaments and Cups

Epic Games has rewarded some skins and cosmetics to participants in limited time Cups and tournaments. For example, the Batman Cup awarded the Dark Knight movie skins to top performers.

The Tart Tycoon skin was given to players who earned at least 8 points in the Tart Tycoon Cup. Keep an eye out for future events where free skins might be up for grabs if you can score enough points.

Creator and Celebrity Collaborations

On occasion, Epic partners with gaming celebrities and content creators to release skins based on the creator for free.

Past examples include the Ninja Fortnite skin given for watching Ninja on Mixer, and the custom skins for popular streamers like Loserfruit and Lachlan. Follow gaming news sources to be notified of any future creator collaborations.

Promo Code Skins

Over the years, Epic has handed out limited edition skins like Reflex and Neo Versa only through IRL promotions and promo codes given out at specific events or with hardware purchases.

For example, the rare Galaxy skin was only obtainable by purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Tab S4. These codes can still occasionally be found on auction sites like eBay for $100 or more.

Grind Save the World for V-Buck Riches

Originally released in 2017, Fortnite Save the World is a great way to amass V-Bucks by simply playing:

Daily Rewards

The daily login reward system awards 50-150 V-Bucks per day. After 28 days, the rewards cycle resets and you can continue collecting.

Over a year, daily logins can net 21,000 to 63,000 V-Bucks. Of course, you‘ll need to religiously login every day to maximize earnings.

One Time Quest Rewards

Completing Save the World daily challenges and quest lines rewards large V-Buck bonuses. In total, you can earn several thousand V-Bucks this way.

Prioritize completing new quests and challenges as they become available to grab the one-time payouts.

High Level Mission Alerts

Late game Save the World mission alerts at peak difficulty occasionally provide V-Buck rewards similar to Battle Royale missions.

Check for these high value alerts between gameplay quests and challenges.

Table: Estimated V-Buck Earnings in Save the World

Source Total Potential Earnings
Daily Rewards 21,000 – 63,000
One Time Quests ~5,000
Mission Alerts ~5,000

*Earnings require extensive grinding to achieve. Your real world results will vary based on play time.

Gifting Skins and Supporting Friends

While you can‘t directly send a skin to someone for free, you can help friends build their collection by:

  • Gifting Skins – Buy skins as gifts for friends using your own V-Bucks in the item shop.
  • Support-a-Creator – Add a friend‘s code to give them a commission from your purchases.
  • Reboot a Friend – Play matches together to earn cosmetic rewards.

So be on the lookout for ways to gift your squad new looks and help them earn V-Bucks from your support!

Avoiding "Free" V-Buck Scams

The vast majority of offers for free V-Bucks online are complete scams and should be avoided. Here are some common red flags:

  • Sites asking for account login info or passwords. Epic will NEVER ask for this.
  • Downloading suspicious third party apps that promise free currency.
  • Fake generator sites that collect personal data and spam you.
  • Links offering free V-Bucks from YouTube videos and social media.

Stick to the legitimate methods discussed above. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it almost always is. Don‘t give away your personal info or risk account security for the false promise of free V-Bucks.

Is the Effort Worth it?

Grinding out enough free V-Bucks requires major dedication – we‘re talking months for enough currency to buy a single skin. Before embarking down the path of free skins, consider if it may be better value to purchase a few of your favorites when they appear in the item shop.

That said, the feeling of satisfaction from unlocking skins completely free is hard to match for diehard Fortnite fans. With smart play and efficient grinding over time, a top notch cosmetics collection is still achievable without paying a dime.

Just stay patient, stick to legit methods, and keep chasing those Victory Royales. The free skins will come in time, my friend!

Let me know if you have any other questions on scoring the best looking skins for free in Fortnite. This is Steven Erikson, signing off for now. Catch you in the battle bus!