Skull Trooper Is Live In The ‘Fortnite’ Item Shop, But Original Owners Get Something Special


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Skull TrooperCREDIT: EPIC GAMES

It’s been an entire year since Skull Trooper was last up for purchase in Fortnite: Battle Royale, and in that time some things have changed. Battle Royale has gone from an interesting left turn for Epic’s Fortnite: Save the World to a full-blown international phenomenon, earning billions for its developer and leading the charge on any number of cultural phenomena. And like the Red Knight before it, Epic has chosen to bring Skull Trooper back for all those millions of players that missed it the first time. It’s 1,500 V-bucks and available now.

Skull Trooper comes with its own set of challenges this time around, similar to the upgradeable Tomatohead and Clown Skins. They’re actually reasonably difficult, but completing them nets you the eery-looking “ghost portal” back bling, something we’ve known about for a little while but haven’t seen in action yet. Here’s that:

Skull TrooperCREDIT: EPIC GAMES

You can also select a green glow for all the white portions of the skin, but this is where things get sort of interesting. There’s always a backlash from the community when Epic decides to make one of these skins available for purchase: their popularity comes not from any intrinsic coolness but rather from their rarity: they were only available from when the game was much less popular, and so running around with Skull Trooper or Ghoul Trooper says to everyone you meet that you were there way back when.

That’s not true anymore, but Epic wisely chose to still give original owners a little piece of flair to show off their cred. Anyone who owned Skull Trooper before today can also select a purple glow, and there’s no way to unlock it going forward. So if you see someone with a purple Skull Trooper, know that they’ve almost definitely been here longer than you.

It’s always interesting to look at these older, highly-sought after skins. Skin design has come a long way since this time last year, and there’s really no comparing something relatively straightforward like Skull Trooper to a modern showcase piece like Ragnarok or Calamity. Still, it’s not so much about the visuals themselves, it’s about what they say about the player. And a purple Skull Trooper still manages to get that idea across.

I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games, technology and that whole gray area that happens when technology and consumers collide. Google.

 

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