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Which Fortnite skin is the rarest?

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Some Fortnite skins have achieved a status as rare, but which ones are the rarest? Here is the answer to that question and more.

Fortnite Battle Royale is over five years into an epic journey. The game arrived in 2017 and swiftly captured players' attention with its unique gameplay and graphics. However, nothing drew more recognition than Fortnite's various outfits, commonly called "skins." There have been hundreds over the years, but some have been classified as the rarest Fortnite skins.
Some Fortnite skins are more common and frequently return to the item shop, whereas others have yet to and will never be available for purchase again. This topic begs the question; what Fortnite skin is the rarest? After some extensive research, we have the answer. 

The obvious answer: Renegade Raider

Image via Fortnite Fandom
Image via Fortnite Fandom
Renegade Raider is one of the original Fortnite skins that entered the item shop. According to Fortnite Fandom, Renegade Raider first went on sale on October 26, 2017, for 1,200 V-Bucks. The skin remained in the item shop for 49 days before seemingly vanishing forever. 
Renegade Raider left the original "Season Shop" on December 13, 2017, and never returned. The Aerial Assault Trooper followed a similar path. Those who played Fortnite in those days surely regret not parting ways with their money for these outfits. Still, alternate versions of Renegade Raider are available from time to time, such as the holiday-themed Gingerbread Raider, Halloween-themed Skeletara, and Blaze. 
In conclusion, Renegade Raider and Aerial Assault Trooper is the obvious answer due to their notoriety in the Fortnite scene. However, there are many other rare skins worth mentioning. 

The lesser-known and underrated rare Fortnite skins

While Renegade Raider and Aerial Assault Trooper are technically the rarest Fortnite skins, there are others. For this section, we want to highlight an outfit that, unlike Renegade Raider and Aerial Assault Trooper, could potentially return in the future. Also, we've included a few that may come back but are unlikely to return.

Special Forces

Special Forces Fortnite skin
Special Forces Fortnite skin
The Special Forces Fortnite skin first appeared in the Season 1 Item Shop on November 1, 2017. It has returned 32 times since the initial release but has yet to resurface since January 24, 2019. Of the rarest Fortnite skins, Special Forces is the likeliest to return despite its near three-year absence. The others on this list are unlikely to return based on issues beyond Epic Games' control.

Black Widow (original)

Only the diehard Fortnite fans remember that Black Widow was the first Marvel character to receive a nod in-game. On April 25, 2019, during Fortnite Season 8, the Marvel superhero appeared in the item shop ahead of Avengers: Endgame's worldwide release. Black Widow returned five times between April 25 and May 6 and vanished. It's unclear why this particular skin has yet to return.
Epic Games released another Black Widow skin on November 15, 2020, which drew inspiration from the character's standalone film. However, the original Black Widow remains in the vault for an undetermined time. 

Stranger Things collab

Fortnite and collaborations go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, the game's earlier days featured only a few unique crossovers. One of the earlier collaborations involved the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. The television show broke records for Netflix, prompting Epic Games to establish a partnership.
On July 5, 2019, the Fortnite x Stranger Things crossover became a reality to celebrate the third season's premiere. It featured the terrifying Demogorgon monster, Chief Hopper, and a weapon wrap. The set remained available in the Fortnite item shop for three days before returning on November 6, 2019. That is the last day the Stranger Things Fortnite skins have been in the item shop. 
Fortnite Fandom indicates that Netflix revoked video game licensing rights, which could mean the Stranger Things collection may never return. As a result, those who purchased any of these cosmetics currently possess some of the rarest Fortnite skins.

Travis Scott

A more notorious Fortnite skin may not exist than Travis Scott – the rap artist himself. In April 2020, Epic Games collaborated with Travis Scott for an in-game concert dubbed "Astronomical." The event was a massive hit, as were the cosmetic items that accompanied it. Many players who checked the item shop between April 22 and April 27 spent V-Bucks on the Travis Scott set. Those who missed out never had the chance again.
April 27, 2020, remains the last day the Travis Scott skin appeared in the Fortnite item shop, making it rare in a unique sense. It's unclear why the set never returned, but many believe various controversies surrounding the artist contributed to the ongoing situation. Travis Scott could return in the future, but it's not likely.
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Matthew "MJP" Pryor
Matthew "MJP" Pryor
Editor | Twitter @MJP_FN
Matt “MJP” Pryor began following esports in 2008 when Halo 3 was on top of the world. He is now a Fortnite fanatic who has watched the game’s casual and competitive development since the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Matt plays the game often while reporting on everything from skin collaborations to tournaments and everything in between.