Fortnite is no stranger to exclusive, limited-time skins. Typically, Epic Games will give the community a specific amount of time to unlock or purchase certain outfits or emotes — whether they be offered through partnerships with other companies or seasonal events, or simply for sale from the item shop. One of the most sought-after was the iKONIK skin, which was based on singer Jung Chanwoo/Chan from K-pop group iKON.
This skin and emote set was previously only obtainable by purchasing certain Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e smartphones in 2019 through a partnership with Samsung. You had to have pre-ordered one of select phones and downloaded the mobile version of Fortnite on the device to “purchase” the skin for $0 from the item shop. Now, in 2021, players are still wondering if this iKONIK skin is still obtainable, or if it’ll make a return to the item shop.
In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you’ll need to know about the iKONIK skin in Fortnite.
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The short answer is no, you cannot unlock the iKONIK skin in Fortnite anymore. As of September, 2019, the offer expired and was replaced by a different exclusive skin. Sometimes, Epic Games offers an additional way to unlock certain skins after the initial launch, but considering the iKONIK set was part of an exclusive partnership, it’s very unlikely it will return. At the very least, if it does come back, you shouldn’t expect to be able to purchase it from the item shop like you normally would.
If anything, it could reappear through another exclusive Samsung event — just like when it first debuted, but don’t count on being able to buy it outright. This might come as a disappointment to many fans, as the iKONIK skin is one of the most sought-after outfits in the entire game. Certain YouTubers have made videos claiming the skin could return, but there has been no official confirmation from Epic Games about this.
Fortnite is currently in its fifth season, as part of chapter 2. This particular season is based on The Mandalorian, and features major map changes, new NPCs to interact with, and a ton of skins and cosmetics to unlock (one of which is a Baby Yoda Back Bling). Limited-time skins such as Master Chief from Halo, Predator, Kratos from God of War, and Daryl Dixon and Michonne from The Walking Dead have all made an appearance.
Season 5 of Fortnite is expected to run until mid March 2021, when we’ll see the debut of season 6. This will presumably come with new map changes, additional skins, quests, and a lot more to enjoy.
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