The best Fortnite skins

If you’re going to get a Victory Royale you should look good while you do it. Fortnite has a long list of outfits on offer, but the fact that its store rotates a small stock every couple of days makes it hard to keep track of which ones look best and what's worth buying. So, here’s a list of the ten snazziest skins that V-Bucks can buy, which should help you decide what to save up for.

Keep in mind that the price listed below each skin is only the last listed price. As the skins pile on (ew) we'll probably see some go on sale in the near future. 


Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

If you’ve ever wanted to live out your fantasy of being a gun-toting power ranger, the criterion skin is your best bet. There may be other skins like it but this one is a lot less bulky and has a fantastic sleek finish. All of the official images of it put it in the air, making us wish we could fly.


Price: 1,500 V-Bucks ($15)

We love the scoundrel for a few reasons, but the biggest one is it’s resemblance to The Incredible’s early-movie villain Bomb Voyage. It’s not the origin of the design but wearing it almost forces you to pick up any explosive you come by, making those clinger, grenade, and remote explosive challenges that much easier. Now we just need the thick, stereotypical french accent and the fantasy is complete.


Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

Whether it be how awesome Thor looks in Infinity War, the fantastic Banner Saga Trilogy, or even the latest God of War, Vikings and Norse mythology are all the rage right now. Magnus works a bit better than the Ragnarok skin due to how profound it is and how much it sticks out. A magical sequence of events that signal the end of the world fits into Fortnite’s world more than a regular old viking. Magnus also works well with the new season 5 glider, Conquest, and back bling, Rearguard.


Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

Leviathan is on every one of these lists because it’s a great skin, and one of Fortnite's firsts. It's wacky with an undertone of evil supervillain. We wouldn’t be surprised if that mansion with the secret lair outside Lonely Lodge belongs to this fella. Pair it with the Venturion Cape, making for the ultimate evil fashion combo. 

Black Knight

Price: Tier 70 of the Season 2 Battle Pass

Sometimes you just need to look badass, and the Black Knight, outside the Monty Python jokes, is the perfect skin for that. It’s slick, dark, and menacing—everything you need when hopping around Tomato Temple. It’s one of the rarer skins too since it could only be earned through the season 2 battle pass.

Masked Fury

Price: 1,200 V-Bucks ($12)

If pure melee attacks ever come to Fortnite then this will be the skin to use. Nothing leads up to a beatdown better than strutting around like a real-life luchador. They are some of the most stylish wrestlers out there, with fancy, complex patterns on their bodysuits and some lovely masks to complete their striking image. 

Sky Stalker

Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

There is nothing that pairs better with the stink bomb than the Sky Stalker skin, a mixture of a harrowing World War 2 memory and the cartoonish style of Team Fortress 2’s pyro. It works on so many levels that it’s hard not to mumble incoherent chatter through the microphone all match as if you were wearing the mask in real life. It doesn’t actually protect you from gas though.

Chomp Sr.

Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

Sharks are one of the most frightening things that can come at you, and now they don’t even need to be in water. The Chomp Sr. skin is silly for all the right reasons, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb anywhere on the map except for Loot Lake, but why wouldn’t you want to be seen with one shark on your head and one on your harpoon?


Price: 2,000 V-Bucks ($20)

Fate is a mixture of Elektra and Black Widow, fitting perfectly into the the superhero and villains theme that surrounded season 4. It’s the perfect skin to tote when you’re planning on ruining 99 other players' days by taking the victory royale. It has the Battle Shroud back bling that works as a cape of sorts, but works equally as well with the Destabilizer back bling.

Dark Voyager 

Price: Season 3 Battle Pass entry, 950 V-Bucks ($10), reach Battle Pass tier 70

The prettiest of the Season 3 outfits. It’s Apollo 13 meets Tron: a black astronaut suit with electric orange lines running up the front and plenty of variations in texture. I love that grey padding on your character’s sides, as well as the fact that nobody can see your face in the black reflective helmet when you get close with a pump-action shotgun. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular skins in the game right now.

Battle Hound 

Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20)

The fearsome gold head with wild eyes is the best thing about this outfit (I always think it looks more like a bird than a dog, but there you go). However, the rest of it looks stylish, too: you get some tats, chainmail, intricately decorated armour and a cape, with some fur boots rounding off the set. Leering at enemies with those green eyes as you round a corner is bound to give them the heebie-jeebies. 


Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20) 

This nut-cracking doll looms over every other player, bearing its teeth—that extra set of gnashers where its chin should be is a stroke of genius, and makes it even creeper. You’ll be easier to spot because of the extra height, but thankfully the giant hat doesn’t count in your character’s hit box. 

The skin may not ever return to the item shop given that it was part of a limited-time event in December and January, but the odd event-specific skin has found its way back to the store, so don’t lose hope just yet.


Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20) 

I just love this one, largely because of how makeshift it looks. Epic could’ve gone all out with a scaly, scary dinosaur skin with big red eyes and razor-sharp ridges on its back, but instead opted for something that looks like it was stitched together by the parents of a 10-year-old that’s desperate to impress their friends at a dress-up party. It’s fantastic.

Love Ranger 

Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20)

Those wings, eh? I really like the contrast between the stony torso of this virtual cupid and its bright maroon trousers. The detail makes it pop, with a swirly pattern on its chest and a big gold loop holding its sash in place. I can’t work out why one of the gloves is bigger than the other, but I’m always a fan of asymmetry. It was a Valentine’s Day skin, but it’s rotated back into the store before, so no doubt it will again.

Ghoul and Skull Troopers 

Price: Ghoul - 1500 V-Bucks ($15), Skull - 1200 V-Bucks ($12)

I’ve grouped these together because they were both special Halloween skins, and both very simple to boot: one was a bit of face paint and ripped clothes, the other a skeleton suit. But there was something about that simplicity that just worked. Plus, they now feel like rare, prestige pieces because they haven’t appeared on the store in a long time. You probably won’t get a chance to grab either one until at least October when the pumpkins come out, but keep your eyes peeled just in case.


Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20)

This is a cartoony version of Sun Wukong, a monkey king from Chinese mythology, and Epic did a great job making him feel over-the-top while still capturing his animal side. You’ll find plenty of bling all over this outfit, and the giant gold shoulder pads wouldn’t look out of place on a World of Warcraft dwarf. Some skins have one centrepiece item that stands out, but Wukong looks consistently excellent from head to toe. Great beard, too.

Ginger Gunner 

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Price: 1500 V-Bucks ($15) 

Fortnite’s silly humour is perhaps best captured by the fact that a gingerbread woman with blue icing eyebrows and a gaping grin can blow you up with a rocket launcher. Again, I love the asymmetry, and I’m especially curious about how one of her legs ended up so much shorter than the other. The Merry Marauder—the male version of this skin—is another good look, but his frowny face isn’t quite as ludicrous. 

The Reaper 

Price: Season 3 Battle Pass entry, 950 V-Bucks ($10), reach Battle Pass tier 100

This is definitely, absolutely not a copycat of John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ badass hitman. No sir-ee. Sure, the understated suit is similarly stylish, the pair obviously went to the same barber, and they share a surname (Epic calls this guy Jason Wick), but that’s just pure coincidence. 

Anyway, it’s nice to see a more understated outfit among all the colour. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult one to earn: it’s the final reward on the Season 3 battle pass. If you want it, you’ll have sink a LOT of time into the game and reach Tier 100. Happy fragging. 

Cuddle Team Leader 

Price: 2000 V-Bucks ($20)

This pink bear almost looks cute. Almost. But the eyes are slightly too far apart, it’s got a giant scar across its face, and it’s coming straight at you with a SCAR aimed at your face. She just wants a hug, surely? I’ve never really paid attention to the big back bow tied around her back, but that’s a neat detail too. This is another of the Valentine’s Day set, and one that pops up in the store quite often.