Skull Trooper, Fortnite's Popular Skin, Hits The Item Shop Alongside New Challenges

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Update: Epic has recognized that there was some confusion surrounding Fortnite's new Back Bling challenges. In a post on Reddit, it explained that some changes will be forthcoming in the 6.10 update launching next week, adding, "The goal with the Ghost Portal challenges was to provide you with a way to earn a cool Back Bling through your normal play."

In the meantime, a Skull Trooper event has kicked off that makes the new cosmetic easier to get. From now until Sunday, October 14, at 8:59 PM PT / 11:59 PM ET (4:59 AM BST), you'll be able to earn the Back Bling by playing in 20 matches. However, you'll need to own or buy the Skull Trooper outfit on the item shop to qualify for this event. If you go this route, the challenges will complete automatically and award you the Back Bling next week, presumably once the patch arrives. The original story follows.

Alongside Fortnite's 6.02 update, developer Epic Games has dropped in a few new cosmetics to the game's shop, and some accompanying challenges that will unlock a special Back Bling. On the skin side, it's a popular returning outfit that comes just in time for Halloween season.

The in-game shop now has the Skull Trooper (Male) and Skull Ranger (Female) skins. The former is 1500 V-Bucks, while the latter is 1200 V-Bucks. The Skull Trooper is a returning skin, except this time it can be customized to have a white or green. Those that already had the Skull Trooper skin can also pick a purple look. The Skull Ranger, meanwhile, is completely new.

On top of those to there's the Skull Sickle Harvesting Tool, which will set you back 1200 V-Bucks, and the Crypt Cruiser Epic Glider for 1200 V-Bucks. However, if you want that Ghost Portal Back Bling you'll have to do five challenges. In the tweet below you can see a character outfitted with all the new goodies. Notice that the new Back Bling emits ghostly apparitions of other skins, which is pretty cool.

Although the challenges for the Back Bling are going to be quite a time investment, you'll also get some experience points and Battle Stars along the way. You can see the challenges, as well as the new cosmetics, below. These are separate from the standard Week 3 challenges, which include one that has you complete timed trials.

Skull Trooper Challenges

  • Complete 7 Daily Challenges (7)
  • Play Matches (50)
  • Play matches with at least one elimination (14)
  • Search 10 chests in a single match (10)
  • Deal damage to opponents in a single match (1000)

These won't be the only new challenges for the week, as the usual weekly set is expected to arrive tomorrow, October 11. While we'll have to wait until then to see exactly what players will need to do to get their hands on the Battle Stars, leaks have provided some indication of what the challenges may be.

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Fortnite Update 6.02, meanwhile, adds a new Limited-Time Mode called Disco Domination to the game. In this, players travel to dance floors around the map and then, as you can probably guess, dance. This raises a disco ball over the dance floor, which, when it reaches the top, indicates a floor has been captured. In turn a progress bar appears and the first team to reach 100 percent capture stat on this bar wins. You can find out more about Disco Domination, as well as the new Quad Launcher weapon, in the Fortnite 6.02 patch notes.

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