If you are looking for Fortnite's Rarest Skins then we've got all the rarest outfits, back bling, pickaxes, emotes, gliders, and items in this post. We're including the top 50 rarest skin based on how long ago they've been seen in the item shop. This isn't a perfect methodology, but it's as close to a scientific-method as we can get for this kind of list.
Rare skins in Fortnite has been a controversial subject. Players that have them don't want them to return because they want the reward of being around in the beginning of the game (OGs). Newer players obviously want to get a chance to grab all the skins they like.
Epic has made an interesting compromise for the Skull Trooper skin. This was a very rare skin and hadn't been in the shop for a year. When they brought it back, they gave OG owners of the skin a style that will not be available for people who buy the skin new. This is a nice way to reward older players, while not keeping popular skins away from people who just got into the game.
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What is the rarest Fortnite skin in 2020?
The rarest skin in Fortnite is probably Aerial Assault Trooper! Why do I think that? Well, because it's just not that great of a skin. While most people would put Renegade Raider at the #1 spot, but if you played back when it came out, you most likely picked it up. It's just an overall better skin, so it's way less likely that people bought Aerial Assault Trooper because it's a pretty bland outfit.
The fact of the matter is that we have no idea which skin is the rarest. There's no official way to tell! Epic would have to release the numbers or just outright tell us what skin is least owned across all accounts. It's unlikely that this will ever happen.
What is the rarest item shop skin?
To me it's Hacivat. It isn't a well-liked skin, they don't really fit any particular type of skin that I see people buy very often. It's only been in the shop a few times, and it hasn't been back in a very long time.
What are the top 5 rarest skins in Fortnite?
This is very tough, so I'm going to try to compile a list out of all the skins by age and how hard they were to get at the time. Here's the top 5 rarest skins in my opinion:
I think the first four are pretty obvious, these are really old skins when the game had just really come out. Fortnite wasn't a smash hit straight out of the gate, and it did take some time to really get going. So, I think those early battle pass skins are pretty rare. Double Helix is on the list because I'm not convinced people bought a Nintendo Switch to get a Fortnite skin. You likely already had a Switch, and I don't think a skin was going to encourage you to get one. When it comes to promotional skins, it's very hard to know how popular they are.
What are the rarest item shop skins?
The way we're determining the list of the rarest item shop skins is by looking at the skins that haven't been seen in the longest period of time. However, we're leaving out skins that were exclusive to special events or promotional material. It wouldn't be fair to include them since most of them were supposed to be in the shop only one time! The following list represents the five outfits that have been missing from the item shop longer than any other outfit.
Most of these skins haven't been in the shop for over 900 days, and we're currently not sure when they'll make it back. The Reflex skin made it to the shop for Fresh's streamer bundle during 2021, but it has not been in the shop by itself in quite some time.
Rarest Fortnite Skins & Cosmetics
These are skins you CANNOT get anymore. They won't be back again unless Epic changes their policy completely. I'm only including the skins from the very first season of Fortnite because we know for sure these are rare. Trying to determine whether or not certain Battle Pass Seasons are rare is impossible. These skins were available for purchase if you got your Season level to a certain point. You could then purchase them with V-Bucks.
Rarest Fortnite Item Shop Cosmetics
Now, these skins are ones you might actually have a chance to get. These are being determined automatically based on the last time they were seen in the item shop. Do NOT ask if a certain skin is rare, there's no way to tell in any real practical sense. Do let me know if one of the dates is wrong on the list so I can correct it!
I've also removed Rogue Agent, because him being in the Item Shop seemed like a mistake.
- 6/1/20: Excluding World Warrior skin due to it reportedly not returning to the shop.
- 3/7/21: Excluding Reflex skin due to it reportedly not returning to the shop.
- 3/8/21: Excluding The Paradigm skin due to it reportedly not returning to the shop.
Related: See the full list of the Best Skins in Fortnite Battle Royale.
We're no longer including Holiday Skins, since they all seem to return to the Item Shop around their respective holiday.
Top 50 Rarest Skins
Rarest Back Blings
Be sure to check out all of the back blings in the game in our Fortnite Back Bling Gallery!
Be sure to check out all of the emotes in the game in our Fortnite Emotes Gallery!
Be sure to check out all of the gliders in the game in our Fortnite Gliders Gallery!
Be sure to check out all of the pickaxes in the game in our Fortnite Pickaxe Gallery!
Be sure to check out all of the wraps in the game in our Fortnite Wraps Gallery!
Be sure to check out all of the music in the game in our Fortnite Music Gallery!