The who, what, when, where, why and how of the Galaxy Scout skin bundle.
Patch v13.30 unleashed an abundance of brand new skins and cosmetics into the Fortnite universe. Of those cosmetics, the Galaxy Scout skin was the talk of the community. The original Galaxy outfit is considered one of the rarest and most exclusive skins to this day. Now, Fortnite players will have an opportunity to own a female variant of the famed Galaxy skin.
Shortly after the update dropped, it was leaked that the Galaxy Scout skin would be tied to a Samsung sponsored tournament. Details began to emerge on a Galaxy Cup; a Fortnite tournament held exclusively for Android players.
This news led to mayhem in the Fortnite community as players scrambled to uncover further details. How do we enter the Galaxy Cup? Who is eligible? What are the dates and times? Will the Galaxy Scout be available in the Item Shop or is it a one-time exclusive?
These questions and more have plagued the Fortnite player base. In an effort to clear things up, we at GGRecon have gathered all the pertinent details on the Galaxy Cup and this exciting new skin.
How to Participate in the Fortnite Galaxy Cup
The Galaxy Cup competition is open to all Android players, as long as they are using a Fortnite-supported device. Additionally, all competitors will need to have Two-Factor Authentication enabled.
This is a welcome change in comparison to the OG Galaxy skin. The original Galaxy skin was gifted only to those on newer models of Samsung Galaxy devices. This time, all Android devices capable of running Fortnite are eligible.
The Galaxy Scout skin/outfit will be awarded to The Galaxy Cup’s top performers. The Star Scout Wrap will be awarded to anyone that participates in a minimum of five games, regardless of performance. The top performers will be determined daily by region and based on the following metrics:
- Europe: Top 10,000
- NA-East: Top 7,500
- NA-West: Top 2,500
- Latin America: Top 2,500
- Asia: Top 1,250
- Middle East: Top 1,250
- Oceania: Top 1,250
There will be two separate sessions; one on the 25th of July and one on the 26th. Each session will last for three hours. This means players will have multiple opportunities to win the Galaxy Scout skin.
Fortnite Galaxy Cup Scoring System
Participants will be awarded points based on the scoring system below:
Victory Royale: 10 points
2nd - 5th: 7 points
6th - 15th: 5 points
16th - 25th: 3 points
Each Elimination: 1 point
Each Match Played: 1 point
Galaxy Cup competitors will be allowed a maximum of 10 matches per session.
Dates and Times of the Fortnite Galaxy Cup
The Galaxy Cup will run from July 25 to July 26. Competitors will need to clear their schedule for the three-hour sessions. European players will compete from 6pm - 9pm BST. NA-East’s sessions will be held from 5pm - 8pm EST.
If you’re participating in another region or just want more details, open up Fortnite and head to the Compete tab. Players on eligible Android devices will see the Galaxy Cup tournament available in the tab. This tab will have all the information needed, including a countdown timer for your specific region.
Strategies for Winning the Fortnite Galaxy Cup
Winning the Galaxy Cup and the Galaxy Scout skin will come down largely to player skill. Players that just aren’t very good at the base game will have a hard time racking up points. However, there are a few simple strategies aspiring competitors can follow for a better chance at success. Take notes if you intend on walking away from the weekend with a brand-new Galaxy Scout outfit.
The first and most important step is to pair a controller with your Android device. It’s possible to use an Xbox controller, PS4 controller and many other types of controllers on an Android phone or tablet.
This alone will put you miles ahead of your competition. Even a talented mobile player will have a hard time keeping up with someone on a controller. Most competitors will be playing with their fingers. You’ll have a whole controller in your arsenal.
This may sound unfair — and it is. But, it is not illegal. Fortnite actually promotes this kind of accessibility. Epic Games wants anyone anywhere to be able to play Fortnite. Allowing various types of input methods is part of that. Use this to your advantage and your chances of claiming a free Galaxy Scout skin skyrocket.
As for in-game strategies, consider playing for placement points. Ending a match in 15th place with zero eliminations is worth the same amount of points as a 26th place finish with five eliminations. If you’re not confident in your fighting ability, just play it slow and avoid confrontation. One bad game could ruin your chances of winning the tournament. Placement points are a much safer bet compared to hot-dropping and hunting for eliminations. This is especially true in regions like Europe where the top 10,000 players win.
Other Methods of Obtaining the Fortnite Galaxy Scout Skin
The Galaxy Cup itself is rather exclusive, but the Galaxy Scout skin and its accessories are not. Players not interested in competing in the tournament, along with those on other platforms like iOS, Xbox and PS4, will all be able to unlock the new Galaxy set in due time.
According to Epic Games themselves, The Galaxy Cup is just an opportunity to earn this set for free and before anyone else. The Galaxy Scout and her accessories will be available in the Item Shop at a later date.
According to leaks, this later date isn’t far into the future either. Prominent Fortnite dataminer, HYPEX, found that the Galaxy Scout Bundle will appear in the Item Shop on July 31, just five days after the conclusion of the Galaxy Cup. The Galaxy Scout’s limited exclusivity will be short-lived.
How Much Will the Galaxy Scout Bundle Cost?
At this time, there are no official details around what the Galaxy Scout Bundle will cost. The Galaxy Scout skin has been leaked as Legendary rarity, with her pickaxe being Epic and the Glider and Wrap both Rare. Based on Fortnite’s cosmetic pricing history, Legendary skins go for 2,000 V-Bucks, Epic pickaxes for 800, and Rare gliders and wraps for 500. All together, the Galaxy Scout Bundle would have a value of 3,800 V-Bucks. Tack on the typical discount given to bundles and a final price of 3,000 V-Bucks seems like a fair estimate.
If you made it this far, you’re in great shape. You now know everything you need to know about obtaining this iconic skin. For those competing in the Galaxy Cup, we wish you the best of luck. The rest of you, have solace knowing that the Galaxy Scout will be available to the general public not long after the tournament. Everyone who wants the Galaxy Scout can get it, it may just cost you a few of those precious V-Bucks.
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