Countless outfits have been added to Fortnite since the battle royale first launched, so we’re taking a moment to look back at the best Fortnite skins ever released as of 2023.
One of the most exciting parts of Fortnite, aside from those tense showdowns near the end of a match, is the addition of new skins and cosmetics in the game. Some of these can be purchased, while others are unlocked by completing challenges and earning XP.
They may not grant you any competitive advantage (unless you were previously using the notorious pay-to-win superhero skin), but getting a hold of the coolest skins in Fortnite definitely gives you bragging rights among friends and other players.
Besides, what’s the point in celebrating those hard-earned Victory Royale wins if you haven’t got a sweet skin to show off, right?
From epic crossover skins like Marvel’s Scarlet Witch and Halo’s Master Chief to originals like the banana-human hybrid Peely and even Agent Jonesy himself, everyone has their favorite skin they just keep going back to.
We’ve scoured the Fortnite history books to put together a list of 20 of the best skins that have graced the game since it debuted in 2017. Some of these will return to the item shop at some point, so keep an eye out.
Are there any Marvel superheroes more beloved than Deadpool right now? Until the hit 2016 movie, he was resigned to being a favorite of comic book readers, but now that he’s found mainstream success the whole world has fallen for the wise-cracking ‘merc with a mouth’.
When he was introduced as a challenge reward in Chapter 2: Season 2, players went crazy for it, and we can see why; as one of the few Marvel characters who would actually use an assault rifle or a rocket launcher in his own movies and comics, he’s the perfect crossover skin.
Of all the recent original Fortnite skins, Lexa has become the most popular. She’s regularly referred to as the ‘anime girl’ of the franchise thanks to her unique cel-shaded anime-style design, pink hair, and wide-eyed look.
The best part about Lexa, though, is the unlockable built-in Hunter Protocol emote that ‘sets mechafusion levels to maximum’ and lets players transform her appearance entirely, becoming a robotic hunter in the process.
Based on a concept from artist DahjaCat, the Joy skin is one of the most unique skins you can get in Fortnite, as it comes with a built-in emote that’s based on the hit Doja Cat and SZA song, Kiss Me More.
Emotes with popular songs usually cost quite a few V-Bucks, so to get one included with a skin is pretty cool. Even better, it’s a traversal emote, so you can rollerskate around while grooving to the track.
After months of speculation, Marvel fans finally got the Fortnite skin of their dreams when Spider-Man debuted in the Chapter 3: Season 1 Battle Pass alongside a Web-Shooter item that allowed players to swing around the Island.
That’s not all, though, as a Spider-Man based on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was also released in the Item Shop just weeks later, giving players multiple options to become the iconic superhero.
Fortnite immortalized popular DJ Marshmello forever when they put on a concert hosted by the music icon. 10 million players tuned in, and he even got his own skin complete with unlockable cosmetics.
Aside from being an epic skin, Marshmello showed off what the future of live entertainment could look like, paving the way for rapper Travis Scott to host his own Fortnite crossover concert a year later.
Renegade Raider skin
Okay, so the design might not be anything special, but what makes Renegade Raider a standout is the fact that it was only ever available as a Battle Pass reward in Chapter 1: Season 1, making it arguably the rarest skin ever in the game.
Wearing this during a match makes it clear to other players that you’ve been making trips to The Island since the very beginning, and that alone means it deserves a special place on this list.
Spider-Man was an incredibly popular skin in Fortnite, so it was only a matter of time before more skins from the comics joined the roster. This happened in Chapter 3: Season 4, when Spider-Gwen was finally introduced as the Level 100 Battle Pass skin.
This version of Spider-Gwen (also known as Gwen Stacey or Spider-Woman) is based on the character from the animated movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Unlike some other crossover skins, the art style is recreated perfectly in Fortnite.
While Marvel superheroes tend to hog the spotlight in Fortnite, the excitement was ridiculously high for Superman’s arrival in Chapter 2: Season 7 – it was teased for weeks before finally being released as the season’s Secret Skin.
The Man of Steel has a built-in emote that lets him transform from Clark Kent to Superman mid-game – a feature that not many skins have – as well as an epic Shadow style that only the most dedicated players managed to unlock.
One of the most-hyped Fortnite skins of all time was Naruto, the beloved ninja from Konohagakure. After months of rumors and teasing, the anime icon finally arrived with matching cosmetics and a throwable Kunai weapon.
Even better, the whole of Team 7 – Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi – were available to purchase from the in-game shop. But there’s only room for one Naruto character on this list, so it has to be the main man himself.
Hailing from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, the Demogorgon might be the most terrifying skin we’ve ever seen in Fortnite. Imagine seeing this thing pop out of a dark corner during the night on The Island? We’d rather not.
The Demogorgon is one of those skins that you wouldn’t expect to translate well to the game, but in reality, it looks incredible. Special shoutout to fan-favorite character Chief Hopper, who also got his own skin in the game.
Ariana Grande skin
Following in the footsteps of other music icons like Marshmello and Travis Scott, pop superstar Ariana Grande joined the Fortnite multiverse in 2021 when she performed a virtual concert as part of the show-stopping Rift Tour event.
Fans could purchase a skin with multiple outfits and matching cosmetics based on the 7 Rings singer, and they’re some of the best designs we’ve seen in the game to this day. Ariana returned with even more outfit styles in a later update.
The Walking Dead’s Michonne is one of the most bad-ass characters in TV history, so seeing the zombie slayer bring her katana to The Island alongside Daryl Dixon actually made perfect sense, despite it being an unexpected crossover.
The best part about the Walking Dead skins was the fact that they were kept entirely under wraps until they were surprise announced at the 2020 Game Awards. Most skins leak well in advance, but these were a true shock.
Harley Quinn skin
Alongside all of the popular Marvel superhero skins sits the iconic DC villain Harley Quinn, who’s gained a legion of fans from both her comic book origins as well as her recent live-action appearances in the Suicide Squad movies.
It’s rare that you’ll play a round of Fortnite and not see a Harley Quinn somewhere on the battlefield, because she’s just so popular. It also helps that there are multiple outfit styles, so you can still stand out from the crowd.
It’s a ridiculous skin, we can all agree on that. But whether you love it or hate it, Peely has become a mascot for Fortnite, regularly becoming the butt of jokes and often popping up as hidden easter eggs in various locations with each map update.
You’ll likely be spotted from a mile away if you’re wearing Peely or one of the various goofy-looking spin-off skins like Agent Peely or P-1000, but we think that’s worth it to bring a bit of fun to The Island.
Snow Dancer skin
There are loads of Christmas-themed skins in Fortnite, with Epic Games usually releasing a few new designs each year. But our favorite so far is without a doubt Snowdancer, which was added to the item shop as part of the 2022 Winterfest celebrations.
Unlike other novelty Christmas skins, Snowdancer is stylish enough to be used all year round, with a high-fashion outfit and a sleek white and silver color scheme. Even better, it has an alternate style with inverted colors for when you want to switch things up.
Fortnite’s collaboration with Samsung produced a few exclusive skins, but none has been more in-demand than the epic Galaxy skin, which was only available for players who purchased a Galaxy Note 9 or a Galaxy Tab S4.
The hype surrounding the skin was so high that some players would visit Samsung stores to log in on one of the devices and try to claim it for themselves. Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting it anymore, as the skin was vaulted in early 2019.
The Joker skin
Not a fan of Marvel? No worries, as there are plenty of DC characters (although admittedly, not as many) you can get your hands on in Fortnite instead. The standout of the bunch is, of course, Batman’s archnemesis The Joker.
Obtaining this highly-desirable skin will cost you a pretty penny, as it can only be unlocked by purchasing The Last Laugh Bundle, which will set you back just under $30. It also comes with Poison Ivy and Midas Rex, though, which is nice.
Midas is one of Fortnite’s best-designed original characters, being simple yet highly desirable. You had to work hard to unlock the leader of the spies, too, as he was the Level 100 reward for Chapter 2: Season 2’s Battle Pass.
The skin has since received several variations like Shadow Midas and Midas Rex, and has become so popular that rumors of more Midas-themed skins coming to the game are always doing the rounds.
When Fortnite announced that the theme of Chapter 2: Season 4 would be Marvel superheroes, many players were wondering whether a Venom skin could appear in the game. It seemed unlikely, but it actually happened.
Of course, the skin is huge and it did cause some issues with visibility when aiming, but that wasn’t enough to put off players who were waiting for the iconic Spider-Man supervillain. It looks epic, that’s for sure.
The Superhero Skin is one of the most versatile in the game, giving players countless customization options to create the superhero of their dreams. As far as bang for your buck goes, this might be one of the best in the game.
It’s a controversial one, though, as the skin previously faced some backlash from players for being a “pay-to-win” skin: When turned all-black, it allowed players to remain hidden in the shadows, although it’s been fixed now.
That said, it’s definitely worth being on the list.
So, there you have it: Those are the best skins in Fortnite for 2023! Make sure you check out our roundup of the rarest Fortnite skins ever and find more guides below:
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