We're getting firmly stuck into Fortnite Season 8, and the pirate theme is now in full swing - with plenty of Fortnite buried treasure to be discovered by following treasure maps, and Fortnite cannons to fire cannonballs or players themselves across the battlefield. To go along with the desert island vibe of the latest map updates, Epic have also released a new Fortnite Starter Pack across all formats, including mobile so everyone can benefit. This tropical bundle costs just $4.99/£3.99 and contains a rare Laguna outfit, a rare Pineapple Strummer back bling, a rare Pineapple wrap (the first time a wrap has featured in a Starter Pack), and most importantly 600 V-Bucks to spend on Fortnite's microtransactions. You can see what they look like here:
Even if you don't plan on equipping these new cosmetic items, this still represents a great value deal for the in game currency alone. There's no set date for how long this Fortnite Starter Pack will be available - the previous Cobalt bundle was on the store for around 10 weeks - but it will eventually be removed, so if you're considering a purchase then don't wait too long.
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I wasn't just guessing with that V-Bucks efficiency talk - here's how the math stacks up for each individual V-Bucks purchase Fortnite offers, taking into account total V-Bucks including "bonuses" for buying in bulk, and rounding to the nearest whole number:
- 13,500 V-Bucks for $99.99 is 135 V-Bucks per dollar
- 7,500 V-Bucks for $59.99 is 125 V-Bucks per dollar
- 2,800 V-Bucks for $24.99 is 112 V-Bucks per dollar
- 1,000 V-Bucks for $9.99 is 100 V-Bucks per dollar
- 600 V-Bucks for $4.99 is 120 V-Bucks per dollar
The ratios work out similarly for GBP and other currencies. As you can see, the Fortnite Laguna Pack gives you the most V-Buck buying power of any option under the 7,500 purchase - which is quite an investment in in-game currency, since you could also use that same amount of cash to buy a new AAA console game. Or perhaps just an irresponsible amount of pie, if you prefer.
The Fortnite Laguna Pack, on the other hand, is nestled comfortably in "impulse buy" territory even without the tropical Laguna outfit plus matching Pineapple Strummer back bling and Pineapple wrap. You can skydive into battle like a true islander if you suit up in it.
Do note that the Fortnite Laguna Pack can only be purchased once for each account, so it isn't an endless wellspring of in-game currency. And if you'd also like to buy the Fortnite Battle Pass without grinding for the free V-Bucks you occasionally earn, you'll still need to buy extra on top to reach the 950 V-Bucks asking price; in other words, if you're starting with this Starter Pack, it won't actually save you any money on the Battle Pass - which is still totally worth it. You can always use those extra V-Bucks to pick up more customisation items though, or put them toward your purchase of the next Battle Pass when Fortnite Season 9 rolls around in May.
Don't forget, if you're a PS4 player and PS+ subscriber then you can still grab the Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack, which is free and includes the exclusive Prodigy outfit, Tabulator back bling, and 2D 'Pizza' emoticon. Hey, it's always nice to get a little bonus, right?
Looking for more ways to top up your virtual wallet? Then here's how to get free Fortnite V-Bucks.