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.

I’ve excluded battle pass reward skins from previous seasons, because Epic Games has said it won’t bring them back to the store (hence, no Black Knight). A bummer, but a reminder to hop on the latest trends while they're still kicking. 

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. 

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. 

Crackshot 

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.

Rex 

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.

Wukong 

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 tier100

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 I’m sure will pop up in the store at some point soon.