Fortnite is one of the most popular video games of this generation – perhaps of all time. While a lot of this is thanks to the engaging gameplay, developer Epic Games has done a great job consistently updating Fortnite with content. From new weapons to world-changing events, there’s always something happening in this battle royale title. The most frequent additions come in the form of cosmetic skins, gliders, emotes, and pickaxes.
On a constant rotation, these skin span numerous themes and designs, lending needed personality into Fortnite. However, not ever skin is created equal and some of these outfits are exceedingly rare. Here are the rarest skins in Fortnite at the time of writing this.
It may seem odd to start this list with a skin that just came back to the Item Shop, but this release hasn’t stunted its rarity. Originally released back during Season 2, Red Knight quickly became infamous for being exceedingly rare. Costing 2,000 V-Bucks, only a select few players owned this skin until its recent re-release.
However, if you didn’t buy the Red Knight skin when it returned to the item shop then you were out of luck. While more people now own this skin, it’s still one that has a significant rarity attached to it.
Blue Team Leader (PS4 Exclusive)
Blue Team Leader is a skin that’s rare due to it requiring users to own the PlayStation version of Fortnite. Now, this skin is obtainable on PC, but you need to link your Epic Games account to PlayStation Plus. This means any Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PC users that down own this other system cannot obtain the Blue Team Leader outfit.
That’s a pretty hefty portion of the player base given how popular Fortnite is. Since this – along with other PlayStation Plus skins – are tied to a system we doubt that you will ever be able to purchase these from the item shop.
Despite being recently released, Power Chord has only shown up in the Item Shop once. This punk rocker cost 2,000 V-Bucks and came with an awesome electric guitar you can wear on your back. While other popular skins like the Leviathan have been available numerous times, Epic has yet to give players another opportunity to purchase Power Chord.
We cannot say for sure if this item will make a return, but if you have this skin make sure to use it once and awhile. Power Chord is one of those outfits that doesn’t get enough love from the Fortnite community.
Power Chord has been released one more time since this article was originally published. Despite being heavily requested, the amount of Power Chords we see is still quite low. She hasn’t been in the item shop since her re-release, so she is still one of the rarer non-holiday Legendary skins out there.
The Reaper (aka John Wick) was rewarded to players who reached Tier 100 of Battle Pass season 3. One of the most popular and iconic skins in the game, The Reaper was quite difficult to obtain given it required a lot of grinding. Since it was only available during Season 3, there is no way to re-obtain this skin.
If Epic does decide to let players purchase it from the item shop it won’t be for a very long time. So grab your dual pistols, put on this fine suit, and embrace your inner Baba Yaga.
Merry Marauder / Ginger Gunner
These Gingerbread people skins are rare simply due to them being tied to a holiday. This is a fairly common theme among Fortnite skins since Epic doesn’t release any of these outfits unless it’s a specific time of the year. While this does make these outfits rare, we do expect to see them again when Christmas time rolls around. However, if you do have this skin then take pride in knowing it’s going to hold its rarity even when the holiday season returns.
Double Helix (Nintendo Switch Exclusive)
Another console exclusive skin, the Double Helix is only available for those who purchase the Nintendo Switch Fortnite Bundle. This makes Double Helix quite rare since it’s not only tied to a specific console but also a bundle. It doesn’t matter if you own a Switch or just bought one if it’s not the Fortnite bundle you will not unlock Double Helix.
Thankfully, you can just wear the Archetype skin which is a green and black version of Double Helix. For those who buy the bundle, you will also receive Fortnite, 1,000 V-Bucks, Pinpoint Pickaxe, Telemetry Back Bling, and Rotor Glider.
Costing 1,200 V-bucks, the Recon Expert is one of the rarest skins in Fortnite. Even though this skin was only available during Season 1, its rarity is due to the visual appearance of the outfit itself. Since the Recon Expert is quite bland and lacks any real flair we imagine the purchase rate for this skin is quite low. Because of this, the Recon Expert became a rare outfit and it’s doubtful to ever show up again.
Ghoul Trooper /Skull Trooper (Purple Variant Only)
Another set of holiday locked skins, the Ghoul Trooper and Skull Trooper were only available during October and November last year. Despite only costing 1,500 V-Bucks, the Ghoul Trooper became exceedingly rare among the Fortnite player base. A large reason for this is the skin when the skin was purchasable, as Fortnite’s popularity hadn’t skyrocketed yet.
There were fewer people playing the game, meaning there is a much smaller amount of people who own the Ghoul Trooper. Like other holiday skins, we expect these outfits to return when Halloween rolls around.
Skull Trooper has officially returned to the item shop, but with a catch. While players can freely buy the skin only users who bought this outfit last year will obtain the Purple Glow style. This still makes the purple variant of the skin the rarest version of Skull Trooper.
Royale Bomber (PS4 Exclusive)
If you use Twitter at all then you’ve probably witnessed a bunch of people spamming Fortnite’s account about this skin. The Royale Bomber is a PlayStation exclusive skin that comes with either a special PS4 console or controller bundle. Both of these are exceedingly rare and will cost you a fair amount of money if you want to add this skin to your collection.
This makes the Royale Bomber quite rare, especially since it’s only available to one console. While the controller bundle does make obtaining it a little easier, you’ll have a hard time actually finding this for sale at the retail price.
Speaking of spending a lot of money just for one skin. If you want the Galaxy skin then you’ll need to own or purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4. These are the only products that you can actually obtain the skin on, which makes Galaxy exceedingly rare.
You also couldn’t just log onto a Galaxy 9 device in a store since there was a mini-quest attached to unlocking the Galaxy skin. Out of all the skins, this is by far the most expensive one since it requires you to buy a phone to even own it. Unless you’re a serious collector or fan of Android devices, we don’t recommend dropping hundreds of dollars for a single skin.
Aerial Assault Trooper
Perhaps one of the rarest skins in all of Fortnite, the Aerial Assault Trooper outfit was only available during the Season 1 Battle Pass. Not only would users need to fork over 1,200 V-Bucks, but they’d need to reach level 15 during the season. Yet, what propelled this skin’s exclusivity is the time it released. Season 1 was a long time ago and Fortnite was nowhere close to the gaming powerhouse it is now.
This means there is a very, very limited number of players who own this skin. Yet, despite its rarity, the skin itself is fairly bland and most likely doesn’t see any play by those who own it. If you do own this outfit then you might want to dust it off sometime and wear it in a few matches.
Eon (Xbox One Exclusive)
The Eon skin is a very expensive skin, as it relies on players to actually purchase a special Xbox One S to even own it. This outfit is tied to a bundle, so it’s exceedingly rare and currently costs $299. Since the skin has yet to be released in the item shop, you won’t see a lot of Eons running around the island.
If you do get the bundle it will also come with the Fortnite, 2,000 V-Bucks, Resonator Pickaxe, and Aurora Glider. For those who don’t own Eon, just use the Criterion skin since it’s a reskin version of this outfit.
Like The Reaper skin, Black Knight is tied to reaching a significantly high rank during a season – specifically Season 2. Unlocked at Rank 70 via the Battle Pass, the Black Knight remains the rarest skin of the medieval series. While many did hit level 70, the recent re-release of the Red Knight has made owning the black variant far more exclusive. Since Fortnite was still growing, this high-tier reward is not as common as Omega or The Reaper. There’s also a slimmer chance it will ever appear in the item shop since this was directly tied to a Battle Pass.
Here is what many players consider to be the rarest skin in all of Fortnite. Released way back in Season 1, the Renegade Raider required players to reach level 20 and pay 1,200 V-Bucks to unlock it. This made obtaining it tricky since users would need to fork over real-world money for the outfit along with spend time leveling up.
It doesn’t help that the Renegade Raider skin isn’t great looking, so many chose to hang onto their money. All of this culminated into a perfect storm that made this outfit so exceedingly rare. Epic Games has never sold it before nor do we doubt they ever will. If you own this skin consider yourself lucky because only a handful of people can say they have it.