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How to earn free V-Bucks in Fortnite

How do you get free V-Bucks? Well, bucko, we have some bad news. It ain't easy. V-Bucks, Fortnite's imaginary currency that you can buy with real-world, hard-earned money, is the source of much frustration and hype. You can use to buy a whole lot of things in-game, including skins that make you look like a sentient banana, or maybe a roided-out fetus. You know, flair. What's equally frustrating is getting your hands on enough V-Bucks to actually buy a skin from Fortnite's item shop.

There's a few tried-and-true ways to get some free V-Bucks, but there's infinitely more ways that scammers will try to steal your money. Don't stick your neck out into the unknown corners of the internet without arming yourself with knowledge. We've gone ahead and detailed how to get free V-bucks in Fortnite so you don't take an L with your wallet.

Earning through leveling up

Most of Fortnite’s unlockables are tied to each season's battle pass, both the free and premium paid version. V-Bucks are a semi-common award that can be collected through leveling up and reaching higher tiers with both experience points, the games progression system. You can see what prize you earn at each battle pass tier by checking out that page on the home menu.

It used to be that Fortnite would offer you battle stars, which were basically free tier upgrades that help catapult you through the battle pass. For Fortnite Chapter 2, that was replaced with a new progression system that rewards you with experience points for fulfilling basic tasks in Fortnite, like lasting to a certain player count, harvesting X amount of materials, or getting X number of kills and other accomplishments. So don't feel like you have to play with the sensibilities of a spartan. You'll get rewarded just for engaging with Fortnite's many other distractions.

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Don't forget about Fortnite's mission challenges. Oftentimes, completing those lists will net you a few hundred or thousand XP. You can see a full rundown of each mission's reward by simply going to the mission card. Long story short, play enough Fortnite and you'll slowly be rewarded with the occasional free batch of V-bucks.

Getting bonuses from Fortnite: Save the World 

Fortnite’s original mode, Save the World, offers a number of daily challenges, as well as a daily login bonus that gives you V-Bucks just for checking into the game. While that can snag you some easy V-Bucks, the catch here is that you have to buy the game since the core Save the World part of Fortnite isn't free. It’s currently listed at $40 dollars on PC but is discounted often.

If you want to take this route and purchase the game, 50-60 V-Buck increments can be earned through daily challenges that include destroying objects like fire trucks and TVs, discovering construction sites and parking lots, killing different types of enemies, and completing Storm Shield Defense missions (some of the main quests in the game). Purchasing this mode in the game will net you more V-Bucks than buying them outright, but that initial price tag is fairly high. But put in the time and you'll earn hundreds of V-Bucks with daily log-ins. 

Avoiding Free V-Buck Scams 

A simple Google or YouTube search will net you dozens of results that claim to get you free V-Bucks, this has become such a widespread problem that Epic has addressed it themselves, advising players to avoid any claim of free V-Bucks. 

The solution is simple: never trust any link or video that claims to get you free V-Bucks that doesn't point to any official, Epic-verified source. They will most likely ask for account, credit card, or other personal information which could used to steal from you. Never give this info out to a person that claims to be able to give you free in-game currency because it’s almost guaranteed to be fake.

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It's also worth pointing out that engaging in some of these practices, like one YouTuber sharing an exploit that he managed by using the Chinese client of Fortnite, could result in your account getting banned. Epic clearly has no qualms about giving cheaters or scammers the boot, as we saw in the FaZe Jarvis incident. Even on a less serious note, these YouTubers who are trying to sucker 10-year-olds often end up spending a stupid amount of time trying to get their own exploits to work. That same YouTuber playing on Chinese Fortnite had a ping of 300 and had to remap all of his buttons in a foreign language. You could just, I don't know, go to your day job or mow a lawn and make enough money to buy V-Bucks legitimately rather than waste your day.

Those are all the main ways to unlock V-Bucks if you’re aiming to nab a new skin. It's important to point out that most skins that show up in the daily item shop slots cost around 1,000 to 1,500 V-Bucks, so the money you earn in-game will only be worth one or two of those over a big chunk of your time in-game. Don’t expect to clean the store out by just leveling up and completing challenges alone, it’s gonna take more than mowing the neighbors lawn to get that loot.