I have created this guide to help parents or anyone who wants to understand how to get the most out of in-game purchases in Fortnite. To help ensure the best experience, value for money and prevent you from being caught out.
My young son who is the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch and like many young gamers if he is not playing Pokemon or Mario has become a big fan of the free-to-play game “Fortnite”.
I am a gamer, so I am excited to see him enjoying something I have enjoyed for years and was keen to get involved in playing Fortnite with him from my PC (Fortnite is cross-platform). I have started playing with him and it has provided really enjoyable parent-child bonding time.
However, something big has changed from when I was a young gamer playing on my Nintendo 64; microtransactions. Many games such as Fortnite profit by making their game free-to-play. Rather simply purchasing the game, gamers can purchase in-game cosmetics such as character skins, pickaxes, gliders, emojis, dance moves, loading backgrounds etc.
The plus side of this is that all these items are cosmetic only and does not give any player an unfair advantage, unlike some other free-to-play games that often end up becoming pay-to-win. So no matter if you pay or not, no one gets a competitive edge over anyone allowing the game to be enjoyable for everyone.
The problem for me as a parent is that my son has got hooked as a free-to-play player. Seeing other players and YouTubers with these shiny cosmetics and in-game items (which become almost a status symbol) and now wants them too, so he was suddenly pestering me for V-Bucks.
Since he is enjoying playing I decided to look into purchasing V-Bucks and this is where it gets a little complicated for parents who are not used to in-game currency.
What are V-Bucks?
V-Bucks is the name of the in-game currency for Fortnite that allow you to buy in-game cosmetics.
How much are V-Bucks worth?
The standard cost of V-Bucks is displayed in the table below.
V-bucks are now around 20% cheaper than listed below. Check out the news announcement
|V-Bucks||Price||V-Bucks per £|
|1000||$9.99 US/£7.99||100 V-Bucks = $1/£0.80|
|2500||$24.99 US/£19.99||100 V-Bucks = $1/£0.80|
|4000||$59.99 US/£31.99||100 V-Bucks = $1.49/£0.80|
|10000||$99.99 US/£79.99||100 V-Bucks = $1/£0.80|
Epic regularly do offers that give a bonus that will give more V-Bucks when spending larger amounts. See below for a recent example offer.
|V-Bucks||Price||V-Bucks per £|
|1000||$9.99 US/£7.99||100 V-Bucks = $1/£0.80|
|2800 (12% bonus)||$24.99 US/£19.99||100 V-Bucks = $0.89/£0.71|
|5000 (25% bonus)||$59.99 US/£31.99||100 V-Bucks = $1.20/£0.63|
|13500 (35% bonus)||$99.99 US/£79.99||100 V-Bucks = $0.74/£0.59|
How much do in-game items cost?
Like any store, individual in-game item costs vary depending on what you buy. This can range from cheaper items like pickaxes, weapon skins to more expensive items like player skins and bundles.
There are often deals, discounts and bundles available that rotate around regularly. If you want to see what is available today check out fnbr.com a website that lists the store items without having to log in to the game.
Fortnite Battle Pass
While individual in-game character skins can be expensive the most effective way to get value for money from V-Bucks is to purchase a Battle Pass.
The Battle Pass can be purchased in-game with V-Bucks. It costs 950 V-Bucks with new Battle Passes being released every season. The Battle Pass allows players to earn up to 1500 v-bucks as well as in-game items by playing the game and levelling up. This means that there is no reason not to get the battle pass if using v-bucks.
The cheapest way not to spend money on V-Bucks is to keep 950 V-Bucks aside for the next Battle Pass and spend the surplus v-buck on store items.
If done correctly you might only ever need to buy the Battle Pass once and still be able to save up for other store items.
Save The World
Save the World is the paid-for campaign of Fortnite separate from battle royal. When you buy this game mode you get daily rewards often for just logging in, these rewards can often be V-Bucks. So it is another way to get more value out of v-buck.
Sometimes in-game bundles can offer skins and V-Bucks for a price can be a great way to get more V-Bucks for your money.
How do I Get V-Bucks?
Can I get free V-Bucks?
There are many websites claiming easy ways to get free V-Bucks, but don’t be fooled the majority of these are scams. So if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Unless the giveaway etc is from a reputable site you should avoid.
The only way to get truly free V-Bucks as a free player is to play the game and you will occasionally be rewarded with V-Bucks (normally 100).
How do I buy V-Bucks?
There are several ways to get hold of V-Bucks, most involve you paying real money. Depending on the platform there are slightly different methods for converting your cash to V-Bucks.
You can purchase V-Bucks “addons” from the Microsoft store which is accessible online or via the Xbox console. Make sure you login with the account you want to redeem the v-bucks on. Microsoft Store
Gift Cards for the Xbox Store are available that can be purchased to go towards V-Bucks.
You can purchase V-Bucks “addons” from the Playstation store which is accessible online or via the Playstation Store. Make sure you login with the account you want to redeem the V-Bucks on. Playstation Store
Gift Cards for the Playstation Store are available that can be purchased to go towards V-Bucks.
You can purchase V-Bucks “addons” from the Nintendo eStore which is accessible online or via the Nintendo eStore. Make sure you login with the account you want to redeem the V-Bucks on. Nintendo e-Store
Gift Cards for the Nintendo eStore are available that can be purchased to go towards V-Bucks.
PC – Epic Store
For PC players can buy V-Bucks directly in-game. Epic Store
There are currently no gift cards available for the Epic store
Mobile – Android For Android players, you can purchase V-Bucks in-game where you will be redirected to the Android play store to complete a purchase. Like with any android in-game purchase you can use Play Store credit to buy V-Bucks. Play Store.
Gift Cards You can buy Play Store Gift cards that can be used to pay for V-Bucks.
Mobile – Apple Store For iPhone players, you can purchase V-Bucks in-game where you will be redirected to the Apple Store store to complete a purchase. Like with any iPhone in-game purchase you can use Apple Store credit to buy V-Bucks. App Store.
You can buy Apple Store Gift cards that can be used to pay for V-Bucks.
How can I gift V-Bucks to a Family Member or Friend?
If you want to gift V-Bucks to someone for a birthday/Christmas present you can do this indirectly by purchasing a gift card for Xbox Store, Playstation Store, Nintendo eShop, Play Store or Apple App Store. For the PC there are no options to buy a Fortnite gift card if you are not in the US, so cash may be the best option.
You can Buy Gift Cards from Amazon using the links below [affiliate].
- Xbox Store Gift Cards
- Playstation Store Gift Cards
- Nintendo eStore Gift Cards
Play Store Gift Cards Apple Store Gift Cards
My Son/Daughter purchased an Item accidentally can I get a refund?
You can claim a refund on up to 3 items for an account and the item has to have been purchased within 30 days. After that, you will no longer be able to get refunds.
I found this problematic as when purchased, V-Bucks are available in-game there is no mechanism to prevent your child from spending them. This meant my son quickly used up 2 of his refunds.
I have had to explain to him not to spend anything in the store without asking me first (so far this has worked). If you want to save V-Bucks for the next Battle Pass you will have to trust your child that they won’t be tempted to spend all the V-Bucks.
Fortnite can be an enjoyable game to play that has been great for my son and me to bond over. I hope this guide has highlighted some of the main considerations when your child starts pestering you for V-Bucks, to make sure you are clued up on all the tips, tricks and pitfalls of buying V-Bucks.
If you have any new tips or want me to add something I missed please let me know in the comments and I will update this post.