How to get free skins in Fortnite (January 2024)

Joseph Pascoulis
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Fortnite is a free-to-play game but players can spend endlessly on the Battle Pass and skins in the Item Shop. Only a handful of skins in the battle royale title can be obtained for free, so here’s everything to know about the free Fortnite skins in January 2024.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 is here with a bunch of new content including the LEGO and Racing modes, which offer even more ways to play aside from battle royale. From the Battle Pass to the Item Shop, there are several ways to obtain your favorite skins but you are required to pay in V-Bucks.

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There are limited ways to get free V-bucks in Fortnite and even fewer ways to get a free skin directly. Every few months, the developers release some limited-time events and quests that grant free cosmetics to players and they unsurprisingly end up becoming some of the rarest skins ever.

If you don’t want to miss out on these priceless cosmetics, here’s everything to know about the free Fortnite skins in January 2024.

Current free skins in Fortnite

As of January 2024, there are five free skins for players to obtain in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1. Here’s a breakdown of all five and how you can obtain them for free.

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Free SkinHow to claim
Redcap outfitSign up and complete the Refer A Friend program
Explorer Emilie outfitCreate a LEGO insiders account and link it to your Fortnite account
Trailblazer Tai outfitComplete the four LEGO Fortnite Quests titled “Trailblazer Tai”
Jackie outfitReach Gold rank in Rocket Racing
Subzero Cryptic outfitObtain a PlayStation Plus subscription and you will find it on the PS Store

How to get free skins in Fortnite

While free skins are uncommon, there are a few methods to obtain them in Fortnite:

  1. Event Challenges: During special events, completing challenges can reward you with free skins. Keep an eye out for themed tournaments and event-specific tasks.
  2. Exclusive Tournaments: Epic Games occasionally hosts tournaments featuring crossover characters and streamer-related ICON Series skins. The highest-ranking players in these tournaments can earn the skin for free.
  3. Giveaways: Rarely, Epic Games may release a code for a free Fortnite skin, but this doesn’t happen often and you should be wary of searching online for free codes, as you could get scammed.
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Fortnite players can often get free skins through promotions and events.

Expired free skins in Fortnite

Here are some previously available free skins in Fortnite that have now expired:

SkinHow to claimExpiry date
Frost SquadComplete Operation Snowdown challengesJanuary 5, 2021
SnowmandoComplete Operation Snowdown challengesJanuary 5, 2021
The FlashRank high in The Flash CupFebruary 10, 2021
WebsterRank high in the Spring Breakout CupApril 2, 2021
AloyRank high in the Aloy CupApril 14, 2021
Beast BoyRank high in the Teen Titans CupMay 12, 2021
Ruby ShadowsLog in with the Epic Games LauncherJune 17, 2021
Wonder WomanRank high in the Wonder Woman CupAugust 18, 2021
BlizabelleLog in with the Epic Games LauncherJanuary 6, 2022
KrisabelleOpen a Winterfest 2021 presentJanuary 6, 2022
Polar PeelyOpen a Winterfest 2021 presentJanuary 6, 2022
Rainbow RacerComplete the Refer A Friend challengesJanuary 10, 2022
Bruno MarsRank high in the Silk Sonic CupFebruary 7, 2022
Naomi OsakaRank high in the Naomi Osaka CupMarch 2, 2022
SulturaBe a member of PS Plus on PS4 or PS5March 14, 2022
Chloe KimRank high in the Chloe Kim CupMarch 24, 2022
ChicaRank high in the Chica cupMay 5, 2022
Major MancakeComplete all of the Fortnite x Fall Guys Crown Clash ChallengesJuly 11, 2022
Blizzard Bomber skinBe a member of PlayStation Plus and download it for free from the PS StoreSeptember 21, 2022
Arctic Adeline skinOpen the Winterfest 2022 PresentsJanuary 3, 2023
Sled Ready Guff skinOpen the Winterfest 2022 PresentsJanuary 3, 2023
Xander skinSign up for the Refer A Friend scheme and complete all of the tasksFebruary 19, 2023
Gold Blooded Ace skinEarn 48,000 Infamy Points during the Most Wanted eventFebruary 28, 2023
Jun-Hwan skinClaim the PlayStation Plus-exclusive Blue Phoenix PackMarch 21, 2023
Clone TrooperComplete Find The Force Quests and earn enough Galactic Reputation pointsMay 23, 2023
Underworld DesdemonaColdest Circles QuestJune 15, 2023
Vivi Chroma skinPlayStation Plus True Colors PackSeptember 1, 2023
Runway RacerComplete Runway Racer Goals in the Quests tabJanuary 1, 2024
Holiday Boxy skinWinterfest 2023January 2, 2024
Winterfest BushrangerWinterfest 2023January 2, 2024

Fortnite Crew subscription

While not technically free, subscribing to Fortnite Crew offers a variety of monthly rewards, including a new skin and matching cosmetics. By subscribing for $11.99 (or £9.99) per month, players gain access to exclusive content and the Battle Pass, which unlocks numerous skins as you collect XP.

As new free Fortnite skins may become available in the future, it’s essential to stay updated. We’ll keep this guide regularly updated with the latest information on free skins in Fortnite, so be sure to check back for any new opportunities.

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For now, check out some of our other Fortnite guides:

All Fortnite Weekly Quests | How to land at Hot Spots in Fortnite | What does Siphon mean in Fortnite? | What are account levels in Fortnite? | Best Fortnite keybinds and settings for mouse & keyboard | Best Fortnite controller settings

About The Author

After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. Joseph enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category, specifically Apex Legends. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]