There are thousands upon thousands of cosmetic items in Fortnite Battle Royale, some considered a lot more rare than the rest, and we’ve compiled lists for the top five skins, gliders, pickaxes, and emotes.
The rarity of Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetics is difficult to determine because there’s no absolutely perfect way that it can be calculated or measured.
Most people tend to look at how long it’s been since a particular skin, glider, emote, or pickaxe had last appeared in the Item Shop, and use that to determine their rarity relative to others.
While this approach does work for cosmetics sold in the Shop, it cannot be used to calculate the rarity of Battle Pass cosmetics, as some are naturally rare because they were available during the early period of Fortnite when there were not nearly as many people playing.
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There are also numerous items that are rare because they were sold in bundles early on, such as the early Starter Packs, the PlayStation 4 exclusive bundle, and the first Twitch Prime set, which not a lot of players got around to buying.
Rarest Outfits and Skins
As far as outfits and skins from the Item Shop go, the rarest one is still the Recon Expert, which hasn’t been in the shop for over a whopping 650 days.
That’s followed by the Ghoul Trooper (634 days), Codename E.L.F (570 days), and Midnight Ops (303 days).
An honorable mention goes to the Renegade Raider, (Season 1 Season Store), Black Knight (Season 2 Battle Pass), Blue Team Leader (PS Bundle), and the Double Helix (Switch Bundle), simply because not many players have access to those skins.
The rarest glider to have ever appeared in the Item Shop continues to be the Raptor, which hasn’t been seen in the Shop for over 388 days.
That’s followed by Fighter Kite (322), Royale Dragon (317), Oktoberfeast (298), and Crypt Cruiser (296).
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Similar to the oufit skins, a special mention has to be made for the glider that came with the Blue Team Leader PS exclusive set.
The pickaxe that has not been seen in the Item Shop the longest is currently the Piledriver, which hasn’t appeared in the Shop for 367 days.
That is followed by the Throttle (325 days), Spiky (307 days), Axcordion (298 days), and Carver (296 days).
The Dark Shard is no longer in the top-five because was finally returned to the Item Shop on August 7 after not having been featured for 299 days.
Last but not least, emotes. For a long time, the rarest emote was the Flapper, which was finally put back in the Shop after 400 days.
Second and third on the list are Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down, both of which have not been seen in the Shop for over 364 days. Rounding off the top five are Go! Go! Go! (329 days) and Fist Pump (323 days).
Two emotes recently dropped out of the top five – Confused and Rock Paper Scissors, both of which hadn’t been featured in the Shop for over 340 days before they were brought back.
Of course, most of these cosmetic items are always liable to instantly losing their rarity if they ever get added back into the Item Shop. That’s why it’s probably never a good idea to invest or overspend for cosmetics that are considered “rare.”
That said, now that you know which cosmetic items in the popular battle royale title are considered to be the more rare, go and check your account and see how many, if any, you have in your inventory!
Last updated on September 4 at 8:00 PM EST.