Fortnite is celebrating the original map with Chapter 4 Season 5 and veterans are naturally excited to recreate their favorite Season 1 memories. If you want to flex your in-game expertise and experience as well, check if your locker has any of these rarest Fortnite skins of all time.
The range of skins available in Fortnite is incomparable to any other battle royale title. In Chapter 4 Season 5, you can roam around the OG map as anime characters, global stars like J Balvin, fictional characters like Spider-Man and Darth Vader, and mostly anyone associated with pop culture.
Thanks to new skins becoming available every other week, some outfits fail to stand out among players. On the flip side, some are so special that the developers only release them for a temporary duration, instantly adding to their rarity.
Getting attention is fairly easy if you’re donning an OG skin, so let’s take a look at the rarest Fortnite skins of all time.
What is the rarest Fortnite skin of all time?
The Aerial Assault Trooper is the rarest skin in Fortnite as of 2023.
Although some may claim that exclusive skins are rarer, it is worth noting that Aerial Assault Trooper was only available during Chapter 1 Season 1. It’s a skin that only the most committed, long-term Fortnite players are likely to own.
The Renegade Raider is an equally rare skin that was also only available in the Chapter 1 Season 1 Battle Pass Shop at Lvl. 20. Many players put it above Aerial Assault Trooper in terms of rarity, but there is no method to prove it objectively.
What is the rarest Item Shop skin in Fortnite?
Reflex is rarer than the Stealth Reflex skin in Fortnite.
Reflex is the rarest Item Shop skin in Fortnite. It last appeared in March 2019 during Chapter 1 Season 6 and fans have been waiting for its return for over 1670 days.
Reflex is part of the Counterattack set that also includes Stealth Reflex from the Nvidia GeForce bundle. However, players must not confuse Reflex with Instinct which is the female version of the skin and appears in the shop way more regularly.
While Instinct has been in the Item Shop 29 times since its launch, Reflex only has two Item Shop appearances which explains its rarity.
Top 10 rarest skins in Fortnite history
From the Royale Bomber to the Renegade Rider, here are the top 10 rarest skins that you might only catch a glimpse of once in a blue moon in Fortnite in 2023.
10. The Paradigm
Paradigm is one of the core members of The Seven.
The Seven gained prominence among Fortnite players at the end of Chapter 3 as their Ultimate Showdown against the Imagined Order took place. The Paradigm, rumored to be a rogue agent, first appeared in the Item Shop in October 2019, and at the time, players didn’t understand her importance in the storyline.
Little did we know that The Paradigm won’t return to the Fortnite shop for over 1450+ days and to this day, players look forward to unlocking the skin. Epic Games advertised the Paradigm as a limited-time skin and it definitely seems like the case.
9. Royale Bomber
The Royale Bomber skin was first available as part of a PlayStation 4 x Fortnite bundle back in 2018.
Royale Bomber is the first promotional outfit to make this list of the rarest Fortnite skins. It was very ambitious of Epic Games to think that players would purchase a PlayStation 4, especially for an outfit as generic as Royale Bomber. However, the reluctance to buy the bundle only made the skin rarer.
We have now entered a new generation of console gaming with the arrival of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S. Hence, the Royale Bomber is a great way for Fortnite veterans to prove that they’ve played the game on a PS4.
The Officer Jim Hopper skin was also available with the Demogorgon skin as a part of a crossover event.
Yes, a terrifying monster from another dimension is one of the rarest skins to get in Fortnite. Back in Chapter 1 Season 9, Demogorgon was a part of the Stranger Things crossover event and was available for purchase in the Item Shop for 1200 V-Bucks.
To get Demogorgon, one had to spend real money or save up enough V-Bucks from previous Battle Passes, which is not an easy task. Even fans and collectors had a hard time getting Demogorgon as it was only in the Item Shop for a limited time and it has not returned since then.
All in all, be careful when you encounter someone wearing the Demogorgon skin because they’ve certainly spent a lot of money or V-Bucks to get it.
7. Honor Guard
Honor Guard was a phone-exclusive skin.
A skin that is now impossible to obtain because of its exclusiveness and cost is Honor Guard. It never showed up in the Item Shop and was an extra reward for anyone who bought the Honor View 20 worth $650 at the time.
Millions of players didn’t even get a fair shot at unlocking Honor Guard, making it one of the most exclusive rare skins. The offer was only valid in early 2019, and you can’t get it now.
6. Double Helix
Double Helix was included in the limited-edition Nintendo Switch x Fortnite bundle.
Another Fortnite skin that is expensive and rare is the Double Helix skin. You had to purchase a special Nintendo Switch console bundle to unlock it and unfortunately, Switch is one of the worst platforms to play Epic Games’ battle royale title.
The Double Helix bundle is no longer available officially, and third-party sellers demand over $1000 for it. Purchasing such bundles doesn’t even guarantee that the redeem code to get the skin will still be there.
5. Black Knight
Only longtime hardcore players will have the Black Knight skin.
Black Knight was a Tier 70 reward from the Fortnite Chapter 1 Season 2 Battle Pass which was the first Battle Pass ever. This might not seem to be as hard as reaching Lv. 350 for Golden Agent Peely, but the XP system has changed a lot in the past four years.
Also, Fortnite wasn’t as sweaty as it is now. Players didn’t make sky-scrapers within seconds as everyone was still adapting to the new building and editing mechanics. Accordingly, only a handful of players were capable enough to complete the XP challenges to get their hands on Black Knight.
Fun fact, Black Knight is just Agent Jonesy wearing intimidating armor.
4. Black Widow
The Snow Suit version of the skin was based on the costume from the Black Widow film.
The original Black Widow skin was first introduced in 2018 by Epic Games when Fortnite had a big crossover event with Marvel Avengers: Endgame. However, it has not been seen in the item store since May 2019.
The only time we got another Black Widow skin was her Snow Suit variant. It is still unclear why the original version has never made a comeback.
Fortnite began its support for Android devices with Samsung Galaxy phones.
Galaxy is another expensive exclusive Fortnite skin that is rare. It was a ‘free’ reward for players who purchased the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4. The promotional skin was available before Fortnite made it to Android devices which surely added to its rarity.
To unlock Galaxy, you had to physically play Fortnite and buy a high-end Samsung device which is something only the most passionate players could do. Interestingly, Epic Games had to remove Galaxy from many accounts because players stormed Samsung stores and got the skin by playing on devices that were for show.
2. Renegade Raider
Renegade Raider is an OG fan’s favorite skin.
The Renegade Raider skin may not look very impressive compared to newer skins, but it is very popular among Fortnite veterans. It was only sold in the Item Shop in Chapter 1 Season 1, and players had to reach Level 20 and pay 1,200 V-Bucks to buy it.
If you use this skin in a match, other players will know that you’ve been playing battle royale on the Island since the very start. That alone would usually make the Renegade Raider the most rare skin on this list, but there’s one even more elusive skin out there.
1. Aerial Assault Trooper
Aerial Assault Trooper from Season 1 remains the rarest skin in Fortnite.
The Aerial Assault Trooper skin is another one that came before the now-famous Battle Pass, and it was only sold in the Item Shop in Chapter 1 Season 1 for 1,200 V-Bucks after reaching Level 15.
While the level requirement for Aerial Assault Trooper was lower, most players chose to buy the Renegade Raider skin instead, and she’s become, overall, a much more well-known character.
Not many people have or remember the Aerial Assault Trooper skin, so it’s definitely the rarest Fortnite skin.
What is the most OG Fortnite skin ever?
Renegade Raider and Aerial Assault Trooper are not just the rarest, but also the most OG Fortnite skins ever. Anyone who owns them is a true OG as they’ve been playing the battle royale title since day one.
Apart from Renegade Raider and Aerial Assault Trooper, these OG skins were released during the early days of Chapter One and not a lot of players own them at the moment:
- Special Forces
Guild and Sandstorm are also OG Fortnite skins.
Why are Fortnite skins rare?
A Fortnite skin can become a rare asset due to any of the following reasons:
- Exclusivity – Some Fortnite skins are exclusively available to players who own a certain console, graphics card, or mobile device. This indirectly adds a lot to the skin’s price. Some of the outfits that fall under this category are Double Helix and Galaxy.
- In-game price – If a skin costs more than what the players think it should, the community ignores its presence in the Item Shop, and over the years, such skins don’t return to the shop and end up becoming rare. Special Forces is a great example.
- Time-limited events – Fortnite hosts several events and taking part in them grants free cosmetics to players. The free rewards from such events never usually return as a purchasable item, making them rare.
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