Fortnite Starter Pack, the Fortnite Checkered Past Pack is the best deal you can get in the game

Fortnite Starter Pack Checkered Past
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A fresh Fortnite Starter Pack has arrived on the scene to join the new season in the battle royale, continuing the long-running tradition of providing an excellent value for money option so players can top up their game accounts with V-Bucks. Whether you're looking for some extra virtual coinage to invest in the Battle Pass so you can earn additional rewards, or you have your eyes on a particularly popular emote that you'd like to add to your repertoire, it always helps to keep a balance of V-Bucks available in your wallet so you can grab those in-game purchases without having to commit any of your real world money.

As expected, Epic has revealed the latest Fortnite Starter Pack for Chapter 3 Season 4 over every format including mobile (where available), so all players can enjoy the benefits of the deal. This Fortnite Checkered Past Pack will set you back just $3.99/£3.19 and includes the Veronika outfit, Good Ol' Pete back bling, Thudthumper harvesting tool, Checks and Scratches wrap, and most importantly 600 V-Bucks to spend on microtransactions in Fortnite. You can check out what these items look like below.

Fortnite Starter Pack - The Fortnite Checkered Past Pack

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Even if you don't plan on equipping these new cosmetic items, this still represents a great value deal for in-game currency alone. There's no set date for how long this Fortnite Starter Pack will be available – the previous bundles were usually on the store for length of their corresponding seasons – but it will be removed eventually, so if you're considering a purchase then don't wait too long before you commit.

I wasn't just guessing with that V-Bucks efficiency talk – here's how the math stacks up for each individual V-Bucks purchase Fortnite offers, taking into account total V-Bucks including "bonuses" for buying in bulk, and rounding to the nearest whole number:

  • 13,500 V-Bucks for $79.99 is 169 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 5,000 V-Bucks for $31.99 is 156 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 2,800 V-Bucks for $19.99 is 140 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 1,000 V-Bucks for $7.99 is 125 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 600 V-Bucks for $3.99 is 150 V-Bucks per dollar

The ratios work out similarly for GBP and other currencies. As you can see, the Fortnite Checkered Past Pack gives you the most V-Buck buying power of any option under the 5,000 purchase – which is quite an investment in in-game currency, since you could also use that same amount of cash to buy a whole new game. Or perhaps just an irresponsible amount of pie, if you prefer.

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The Fortnite Checkered Past Pack, on the other hand, is nestled comfortably in "impulse buy" territory even without the Veronika outfit plus matching Good Ol' Pete back bling, Thudthumper harvesting tool, and Checks and Scratches wrap.

Do note that the Fortnite Checkered Past Pack can only be purchased once for each account, so it isn't an endless wellspring of in-game currency. And if you'd also like to buy the Battle Pass without grinding for the free Fortnite V-Bucks you occasionally earn, you'll still need to buy extra on top to reach the 950 V-Bucks asking price; in other words, if you're starting with this Fortnite Starter Pack, it won't actually save you any money on the Battle Pass. You can always use those extra V-Bucks to pick up more customisation items though, or put them towards buying the next Battle Pass when Fortnite Season 5 lands in December.

Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack

Fortnite Starter Pack PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack

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Don't forget, if you're a PS5 or PS4 player and PS+ subscriber then you can also grab the latest Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack (opens in new tab), which is free and includes the exclusive Follow the Butterfly emote, Snow Sailer glider, and Snowball Flight Contrail. Hey, it's always nice to get a little bonus, right?

Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has almost 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.