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How to get free Fortnite V-Bucks and avoid scams

Free Fortnite V-Bucks
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Free Fortnite V-Bucks are the dream for many players, because why wouldn't you want to receive a nice bonus without having to pay for it? Of course, in reality there isn't much you can get for free in this life, so you need to be extra cautious while investigating the possibilities here. While it's true that there are legitimate methods for topping up your existing balance without having to spend more money, there's no magical 'get rich quick' scheme for receiving completely free Fortnite V-Bucks – though unscrupulous people will try and take advantage of players looking for this option.

Naturally it's tempting to look for free Fortnite V-Bucks, due to the sheer number of skins, emotes, and more you can unlock using them in Fortnite. Unfortunately, we've got some disappointing news for you, as any site that offers "free Fortnite V-Bucks" is a scam, so do not give them any of your account details or personal information. The fastest way to get Fortnite V-Bucks is still to spend real money on them via the in-game store, but all is not lost; you can still earn "free" V-Bucks in Fortnite, and we've got all of the details on how to do this below.

Get paid for Battle Pass progression

Free Fortnite V-Bucks Battle Pass

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The most straightforward way to unlock free Fortnite V-Bucks is to level up with experience points through completing Fortnite quests. As you level up you’ll reach new pages in the Battle Pass system and each of these has at least one 100 V-Bucks item available to claim – if you've purchased the Battle Pass then all of these will be accessible, though with the free version some of these rewards will be locked out.

Levelling up comes best from playing aggressively and getting kills, surviving longer, and getting an experience bonus. All of these accomplishments will give you experience points that level you up, so it pays to play more and that’s exactly what Epic wants you to do. You can find more tips for this in our separate guide on how to level up fast in Fortnite.

Play Fortnite: Save the World

Fortnite Save the World

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Fortnite’s original and less popular horde mode offers daily login bonuses, daily quests, 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 this mode first.

Save The World is currently priced at $15.99/£12.99 and is available by purchasing the Mecha-Pop Pack. You can earn thousands of Fortnite 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

Avoid Fortnite 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 Fortnite V-Bucks. Every single one of these are fake. 

Whatever happens do not provide account, personal, or credit card information to any site or person even if they say they are from Epic Games, as 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 Fortnite V-Bucks outside the game or through glitches exists. Make sure you have Fortnite 2FA turned on, so even if your password becomes compromised you can still protect your account.

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, as earning that flashy glider through playing the game will feel far better than throwing down $10 for it.

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Aron Garst

Aron writes for Upcomer covering the video games and eSports industries in-depth. He was previously a freelancer whose work appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and GamesRadar, among others. 

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