How to get free skins in Fortnite

How to get free skins in Fortnite
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry

Last updated 

1st Feb 2024 13:10


Fortnite has become one of the best games to show off your personal style or the fandoms you belong to, but it can be costly to keep buying cosmetics - so you might be wondering if there are any free skins available.

Despite offering no competitive advantage, it's not hard to see why Fortnite's ever-growing collection of skins and outfits has become so enticing. Whether it's a crossover like Naruto or an original character like Jonesy, everyone has their favourites, but there's nothing better than getting a skin for free! 

Are there any free skins in Fortnite?

There are currently four free skins available in Fortnite and you can see details of them below:

Skin How to get it What it looks like
Jackie Reach Gold rank in Rocket Racing
Jackie skin in Fortnite
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Trailblazer Tai Complete all Trailblazer Tai Quests in LEGO Fortnite
Trailblazer Tai skin in Fortnite
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Explorer Emilie Connect your Epic Games and LEGO Insiders account
Explorer Emilie skin
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Subzero Cryptic Free on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation Plus members
Subzero Cryptic skin in Fortnite
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The quest you need to complete to unlock the Jackie skin is only available until March 26, 2024.

Epic has said the Trailblazer Tai skin will be available during the "launch window" of LEGO Fortnite, although no specific date has been provided.

The Subzero Cryptic skin is part of the Chilling Mystery Pack on the PlayStation Store. This pack is free for anyone with a PlayStation Plus subscription. It will likely be available until the end of Chapter 5: Season 1.

How to get the Emilie Explorer skin

You can unlock the free Emilie Explorer skin by connecting your Epic Games account and your LEGO Insider account. We've got a guide explaining how to do this in more detail right here.

Explorer Emilie skin in Fortnite
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How to get more free skins in Fortnite

While the skins listed above are the only ones you can claim for free right now, the game occasionally throws out more freebies for players to claim via other methods so it's always worth keeping an eye out.

The biggest chance to get free skins is the Winterfest event that happens every December. During last year's event, players could get the Sled Ready Guff and Arctic Adeline skins by opening free presents every day, so we're expecting something similar this year.

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Aside from the Winterfest event, Epic Games occasionally hosts limited-time tournaments in Fortnite to celebrate collaborations, where the top-performing players will get the skin or matching cosmetics for free. You'll need skill to get them, but it's always worth trying!

That's everything you need to know about free skins in Fortnite. While you're here, check out our roundup of the rarest skins of all time or the best landing spots to give yourself a headstart in your next match.

Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].

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