To say that Fortnite is a major deal in the gaming industry today is a bit of an understatement. It’s now available across all platforms and, as reported by Forbes, regularly rakes in over $100 million every month. That’s a ton of money being pumped into a computer game which must beg the question: what’s the smartest approach to spend money in Fortnite?
Exactly how much is really a V-Buck? Before we talk about having the best value out of your V-Buck, we must first break up the benefit attached to the currency itself. The smallest amount you can purchase is 1,000 V-Bucks for $10, so that sets the base worth of a single V-Buck around one cent, even though you won’t find anything within the Fortnite Generator V Bucks for under 500 V-Bucks. That makes the base in-app purchase around $5. Obviously, Canadians and anyone living outside of the U.S. will end up paying more based on the currency exchange rate.
It’s worth noting the V-Bucks you purchase over a specific platform stick with that platform, in case you’ve bought 1,000 V-Bucks on Xbox One, you won’t see them in Fortnite Mobile and vice versa. However, once you’ve spent your V-Bucks on items you’ll be able to access them across all of the platforms you play. Also, because Epic Games didn’t launch Fortnite on the Google Play Store, you’ll need to authorize payment through another means and can’t use any Google Play credit towards your V-Bucks purchase.
What in case you buy together with your V-Bucks? To maintain Fortnite free-to-play, Epic Games have implemented Battle Pass seasons. Each season sees players completing objectives to position up through tiers and unlock in-game rewards as you go along. Players are given a free Battle Pass featuring its own dedicated objectives and rewards, but the premium Battle Pass, available for 950 V-Bucks, allows you to unlock as much as 100 in-game rewards through the season. In contrast, the free Battle Pass for Season 5 (the current season) is merely 16, and they’ve been spaced out over 62 tiers.
Epic Games says that you’ll unlock 25,000 V-Bucks amount of happy with reduced Battle Pass, but in case you’re curious what that will actually seem like, I’ll break everything down using Season 5 as an example. Right from the hop, if you’re capable of making it through 90% from the season tiers you’ll have the capacity to win back enough V-Bucks to pay for the expense of another season’s Battle Pass – very good motivation alone. You’ll will also get the hottest skins and has from the season in the form of outfits, harvesting tools, gliders, emote dance moves, along with other goodies.
But while we browse through the list you’ll notice that out of the 116 total rewards offered, most fall under the category I call “basically useless”; such as profile icons, in-game emoticons and tags, and xsbtln new graphics to stare at during loading screens – absolute filler. These represent roughly 50 in the tiers you’re given the job of completing together with your premium Battle Pass, so those cosmetic upgrades better be worth it.
If you’d prefer to pay a little bit more to prevent grinding with the Battle Pass tiers, you’re also capable of buy 10 tiers for 900 V-Bucks. Remember that your premium Battle Pass with your progress resets after each season, so you’ll want to purchase your Battle Pass earlier rather than later so that you have more time and energy to work the right path up from the tiers.