How To Get Free Fortnite Skins

How To Get Free Fortnite Skins

Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


7th Jun 2021 16:45

Cosmetics have become a major part of Fortnite: Battle Royale. In a third-person game like Fortnite, looks matter. Just like in real life, people want to stand out and show off their style.

Unfortunately, this kind of creativity is not possible without skins. Skins are the foundation of Fortnite cosmetics. Sure, there’s pickaxes, gliders, emotes, and backblings, but skins are the main outfit your in-game character wears.

Skins can be quite pricey. A single Legendary skin can run upwards of £16/$20. Not everyone’s in a position where they can spend money on these optional cosmetics. But thankfully, there are ways to acquire skins without spending any money. There are tons of methods to earn Fortnite skins entirely for free. 

Let’s go over all of the possible ways to obtain Fortnite skins without spending a single penny.

Free Fortnite Skins - Seasonal Events

Fortnite’s Seasonal Events are a great opportunity to acquire free cosmetics and skins. Fortnite typically holds a special event every holiday. Holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas all get their own limited-time events. These events usually offer the chance to complete unique challenges and the like in exchange for exclusive seasonal cosmetics.

For example, during Winterfest 2019, players could enter the Winterfest Lodge. Here, they could open a new present every day for 14 days leading up to Christmas. These presents included gliders, pickaxes, and of course, free skins. Participating players received the Wooly Warrior skin and the Lt. Evergreen skin completely for free. The gift of giving was in full swing during this generous holiday event.

Keep an eye out for future Seasonal Events to get your hands on some more of these limited-time free skins.

Free Fortnite Skins -Twitch Prime

Twitch Prime offers players a chance to claim free skins from time to time. Connecting an Amazon Prime account with Twitch and then linking it to your Epic Games account will allow you to claim all kinds of free cosmetics in a variety of different games, including Fortnite.

Havoc, Sub Commander, Trailblazer, and a bunch of additional cosmetics were all free rewards gifted to Fortnite players with a Twitch Prime account.

Almost everyone uses Amazon these days. If you have Amazon Prime, make sure to connect it with your Twitch and Fortnite account to earn all of the accompanying free cosmetics.

Free Fortnite Skins - Online Tournaments

Participating in online competitive Fortnite events is an awesome opportunity to win free skins. Fortnite hosts open tournaments daily that players can enter as a way to scratch their competitive itch and potentially win prizes. Rewards for these tournaments often include early access to new skins — for free.

Venom, Daredevil, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Galaxy Scout, and much more were all available for free through participation in these special tournaments. Players that placed within a certain threshold in the standings received these skins for free as a reward.

Sometimes you don't even need to be a very skilled player to win these free skins. For example, the #FreeFortnite Cup awarded winners with the Tart Tycoon skin for free. This Cup wasn’t judged purely on eliminations or placement. Players earned points just by walking around the island and eating Apples.

Finally, there’s been other events in the past where all players had to do to earn the free skin was to participate. Their final results were irrelevant.

These Fortnite Cups are a great opportunity to earn cosmetics for free — regardless of a players’ personal sweat level.

Free Fortnite Skins - Contests

Occasionally, Fortnite will hold open contests available to anyone in the community. The most famous of these contests was probably the #boogiedown Contest.

Players were asked to record themselves dancing and submit the video through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Dances were judged based on the criteria of fun, originality, and creativity. The ultimate winner of the event would have their dance turned into an in-game emote. This is how the legendary Orange Justice emote made it into the game.

However, there were additional rewards. The top 100 submissions all received the Funk Ops and Sparkle Specialist skins for free. 

These contests are somewhat rare, but they offer yet another opportunity for players to obtain in-game cosmetics for free. Who knows, a simple dance video could earn you a couple of free skins.

There’s no longer an excuse to be a no-skin. Fortnite offers a plethora of ways to earn skins entirely for free. Fortnite awards free skins through Seasonal Events, Twitch Prime, online tournaments, and contests. Be on the lookout for future events and promotions — you may just walk away with a free skin.


Images via Epic Games

Coleman Hamstead
About the author
Coleman Hamstead
Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.
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