The Best Fortnite Skins So Far
Since its release in July 2017, there have been all kinds of Fortnite skins. From athletes, movie stars, and singers to video game icons and made-up characters, players have had the chance to unlock or purchase over 1,000 skins. As we approach the start of the sixth year of Fortnite, it's getting hard to keep up with all the releases. Even more important may be answering the question, what are the best Fortnite skins so far?
As we look at the future of Fortnite, we can only imagine that Epic is going to add in more skins and partner with more celebrities. Even outside of celebrities, we've already seen Epic partner with Xbox to bring in Master Chief, PlayStation to bring in Kratos, and Marvel to bring in Spider-Man, just to name a few.
With millions of monthly players, Fortnite isn't going anywhere. But, before we look towards its future, let's take a look at it's past and recap some of the best Fortnite skins of all time.
Meowscles is an already awesome workout warrior cat created by Fortnite fan artistRexSadio. After acquiring the character from Rex, Epic has since reimagined him into a Golden Age cartoon character a la Steamboat Willy. The distinctive black-and-white cartoonish look pops off the screen whenever you see him flexing in the pre-match lobby, and he even includes his own built-in emote with an original Fortnite hip hop song.
We first met Jules in Chapter 2 Season 3 and we've since learned she is Midas' daughter, so pretty quickly she was pulled into the lore spotlight. That's where she belongs too, since she looks so stylish. With her entire midsection and arms covered in tattoos, plus already a few alternate styles thanks to her battle pass and subsequent reimaginings, Jules is a fan favorite you're almost guaranteed to see at least once in every lobby of 100 players.
The God of War hero is one of the biggest video game crossovers to date in Fortnite, and he was soon followed by the likes of Lara Croft, Master Chief, and even a Rocket League Battle-Car by way of an emote. But we give Kratos the edge on this list because his in-game model looks so incredible. Despite the usually softer features of Fortnite characters, Kratos retains all of his vitriol and power. Now we're just wondering if we'll get an OG Kratos someday, including his nu-metal beard in all its 2004 glory.
Relaxed Fit Jonesy
Formerly called "Dad Bod Jonesy," some players fairly liken this snapshot of Agent Jones to Thor when he's gone off the deep end in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but really it seems both Fortnite and Marvel were channeling Jeff Bridges' beloved role as The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Jonesy's sweater, beer belly, and holstered French fries really tie it all together and signal Relaxed Fit Jonesy is ready for everything, so long as it can be done from the seat of his couch.
It should be innately less cool to have a skin tied to a smartphone brand than, say, a superhero, but credit where it's due: The (Samsung) Galaxy Grappler is among the most standout skins ever made in Fortnite. Using a layering technique, Galaxy Grappler's look includes a vibrant telescopic style that virtually no other skin in Fortnite shares. Only the earlier iterations of the Galaxy skins and DC's Raven enjoy a similar style, and in neither case is it as distinctive as it is here.
Speaking of distinctive, what's more eye-catching than a six-foot stuffed monkey doll? Monks is made in the image of a classic stuffie you'd see in the toy aisles, except this time just happens to wield a submachine gun and a few firefly jars to burn down a town or two. Complete with their banana back bling, Monks' greatest attribute is how unfit for the Fortnite world they seem at first glance, and sometimes that's what we love the most.
In Chapter 2 Season 7, we finally got to meet the leader of the Imagined Order, Doctor Slone. While we're still unsure whether we can trust the IO boss, she is a go-to in our locker presets because of her varied but always cool customization options. Let her hair flow or put it in a headband, don the aviators or leave them off, and put her in her street clothes or the full IO militia garb. Whatever you choose, Slone is one of our favorite battle pass characters from Chapter 2, and not for nothing, her stealth glider is pretty handy too.
Mancake is, as his name suggests, a man... made out of pancakes. But he's more than just a starchy breakfast. He's also a gunslinger, and once resided in the beloved Butter Barn in Chapter 2 Season 5 (#BringBackButterBarn). Mancake's mix of AM mealtime and high-noon dueling is one of the foremost examples of Fortnite's incredible willingness to try anything once. We're glad they tried with Mancake. Now we await his waffling wife.
When Epic introduced customizable, original superheroes in the Boundless set, players loved them, and while you can't go wrong with any of the diverse group, we especially love Backlash. From head to toe, each hero can be given a totally unique identity including color scheme, hair or mask style, glowing eyes, and even an insignia for their chest--we'll let you decide if it means "hope" or something else. If you're not into the Marvel and DC heroes all over the game, you create your own origin story with a hero from the Boundless set.
Daryl and Michonne
Fortnite has a storied history with massive properties like Stars Wars and the NFL, but one of this author's personal favorites is The Walking Dead crossover from 2020. TV series legends Daryl and Michonne each come equipped with alternate styles that pay homage to the series' illustrious history, and they make really great fits each October especially, when Fortnitemares tends to come around. But these zombie killers are just as cool-looking when they're dispatching loopers.
One of the rarer skins in the game, Magnus was introduced in Chapter 1 Season 5 and doesn't pop up in the shop very often. Of course, you could argue video games--and even this list--have had their fill of Norse heroes already, but Magnus, or his female counterpart Huntress, provide that particular Fortnite flair to the frozen tundra. If you like the look of these heroes, be sure to grab them when you see them in the Item Shop, or else you'll likely be waiting a while to get another chance.
At the time of writing this, Travis Scott has never been re-sold outside of his initial window during his Summer 2020 in-game concert, The Astronomical Tour. That's why no matter what you see the Fortnite team post on social media, a percentage of comments are just players begging for his return. While Travis Scott has never been re-sold, other pop icons like Ariana Grande have been in and out of the game a few times. It remains to be seen if Travis Scott will ever make a second appearance for those who missed out the first time.
Spider-Man and MJ
Spider-Man and MJ welcomed fans into Fortnite Chapter 3 in the best way possible. Not only did we get a few variations of Tom Holland's Spider-Man suit, but we also got a skin for Zendaya's MJ. Adding these skins into the game continued a partnership between Epic and Marvel, and welcomed in Spider-Man: No Way Home to theaters, which brought in nearly $2 billion in box offices, behind Marvel's Avengers: Endgame.
Leading up to the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy, Epic announced that The King himself was heading to Fortnite. During Chapter 2 Season 7, the Lebron James skin was released alongside The King's Back Bling, the Lion pickaxe, the Wingspan glider, a special celebration called The Silencer, and of course, a Tune Squad alternate skin. This is not the first time the NBA has teamed up with Fortnite, and it probably won't be the last.
Peely is one of the most dearly loved Fortnite skins, making his first appearance during Season 8. He was created when Jonesy went into a rift with a banana, and ever since then, we've got a variety of different Peely's through the years. Some of my personal favorites are Smoothie Peely and Agent Peely, but there has been plenty of great ones as you can see in the image above. If we are lucky, we will get even more as the game continues to evolve.
Midas was the Level 100 Battle Bass reward in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2. Not only did he have a variety of skin variations, including a solid gold skin, but he was based on a Greek myth. If you're not up to speed with your mythology, Midas was the King of Phrygia, and everything he touched turned to gold. The cool part was that this was replicated in the game, and when you were wearing the skin, whatever weapon you touched turned to gold for the rest of the match.
Master Chief himself first made an appearance in Fortnite in December 2020, not long after God of War's Kratos was available as an in-game skin. With Epic partnering with PlayStation to bring Kratos to the game, it's no surprise that it later partnered with Xbox to bring in one of its most iconic characters. Master Chief has been in and out of the game a few times over the years, typically lining up with the marketing for the highly anticipated Halo Infinite, which released in November 2021.
Marshmello came to Fortnite in Season 7--and retroactively was the first skin in the Icon Series--and features a regular skin as well as a Toasted Marshmello variant. In addition to the skin, Epic also hosted an in-game Marshmello concert, which had over 10.7 million attendees. This concert is currently the third-largest in-game event in Fortnite history, sitting behind the Travis Scott concert (12.3 million) and the Galactus event (15.3 million).