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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass: Skins, Price, Free V-Bucks, And How It Works

With a new season in Fortnite: Battle Royale comes a new Battle Pass. Season 5 is officially live, and with it, we have the Season 5 Battle Pass. For those already familiar with past versions, the basics of how it works have not changed dramatically–you’ll play, complete challenges, rank up, and earn rewards. There are a variety of new skins available along with other cosmetic rewards, and we’ve also gotten a new category of item called “toys” that you can obtain and then play with during a match.

There are, however, some key differences with the Battle Pass to be aware of, some of which are good news for those who don’t want to pay for any V-Bucks but still want new things to do each week. Here’s everything you need to know about the Season 5 Battle Pass.

How Does The Battle Pass Work?

The Season 5 Battle Pass operates much as it did in the past. As you play, you level up your profile, which rewards you with Battle Stars. These Battle Stars in turn rank up your Battle Pass, thus unlocking a variety of rewards. These rewards are divided into two tiers: A small number obtainable by all players, and those that are reserved for Battle Pass owners. You don’t have to purchase the Battle Pass right away in order to avoid missing out; you can buy it mid-season and retroactively earn the premium rewards based on the tier that you’ve already reached.

However, there is is a benefit to grabbing the Battle Pass sooner rather than later. Among the premium rewards you’ll receive are XP bonuses, both for playing in general and those for playing in a party with friends. Because leveling up with XP translates into Battle Stars (thus ranking up your Battle Pass), it’s in your interest to grab the Battle Pass early and benefit from those bonuses. Purchasing the Battle Pass also gets you access to all challenges throughout the season (more on those in a moment), which are an easy way to earn Battle Stars and rank up further.

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How Much Does It Cost?

As in the past, the Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks, a premium currency obtained with real-world money. Buying the smallest available bundle (1,000 V-Bucks) costs $10, leaving you with 50 V-Bucks to begin saving toward purchasing a skin, cosmetic, or a future Battle Pass. There is no option to buy the Battle Pass directly with real-world money, as had been the plan at one point. That said, it is arguably an excellent value due to the way the Battle Pass rewards you with further V-Bucks (something we dive into further below).

Everyone Gets (Some) Challenges For Free

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