Fortnite V-Bucks are the hot new currency everyone's talking about, but they can't be used in the real world unfortunately. V-Bucks are used exclusively on the Fortnite store, which has in-game cosmetics like skins and emotes for use in Fortnite battle royale.
The main way to obtain some Fortnite V-Bucks is by simply adding your card details to the game and purchasing them, but if you're strictly free-to-play then that's not possible. There are in fact a few ways to earn free Fortnite V-Bucks and it will take you much longer than buying them outright, but if there's a skin you've had your eyes on for a while then follow these methods to earn yourself some free Fortnite V-Bucks.
Getting paid for progression
The most straightforward way to unlock free Fortnite V-Bucks for free is to level up with both experience points and battle stars through completing daily and Fortnite Battle Pass Challenges. As you level up you’ll reach new tiers in the battle pass system (both the free and paid version) and a handful of tiers will give you 100 V-Bucks each time to spend in the Fortnite store.
Levelling up comes best from playing aggressively and getting kills, surviving longer and getting an experience bonus, and completing various challenges like getting kills with a certain weapon. All these accomplishments will give you experience points that level you up and battle stars that help you reach new battle pass tiers. It pays to play more and that’s exactly what Epic wants you to do.
V-Bucks through Fortnite: Save the World
Fortnite’s original and less popular horde mode offers daily login bonuses, daily challenges, and rewards for Storm Shield Defense missions. They are quick and easy ways to get a small amount of currency each day, although you’ll need to actually purchase the mode.
Save The World is currently priced at $40/£35, but it goes on sale frequently if you have a little patience. You can earn thousands of V-Bucks by simply playing the game each day and completing the missions, but if you don't like the core gameplay then it can be a drag because it's vastly different to the battle royale mode.
Steer clear of V-Buck scams
Now that Fortnite is a global sensation, many dishonest players are trying to take advantage of players that are looking to buy some new in-game gear. There are dozens of unofficial sites, YouTube videos, and posts on social media that promise free V-Bucks. Every single one of these are fake.
Whatever happens do not provide account, personal, or credit card info to any site or person even if they say they are from Epic Games (they will never request personal information for something like this). Be extra cautious around any offer like that since no legitimate way to earn free V-Bucks outside the game or through glitches exists.
Earning V-Bucks naturally is a tough ask since you’ll need to play for dozens of hours before you’re able to afford a 1,500 V-Buck item. Don’t get discouraged if you see that as a big roadblock ahead of you, earning that flashy glider will feel far better than throwing down $10 for it will.
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