The Harvesting Tool, or Pickaxe as it’s commonly referred to, is one of the earliest cosmetic items in Fortnite. Since the battle royale’s 2017 release, there have been hundreds of Pickaxe skins made available to purchase or earn. Some come from the way of a season’s Battle Pass, and others are bought from the Item Shop or through various bundles. With so many skins released, there are bound to be some that stand out from the rest. Today, we’ll be listing what we believe to be the 10 best Pickaxe skins in Fortnite as of May 2020.
Best Fortnite Pickaxe skins
Throwing it back to one of the very first Pickaxe skins to start off our list, Reaper is a classic. Originally released on Halloween of 2017, Reaper was instantly a fan-favorite thanks to its simplistic design and pleasing harvesting sound. For a while, it was considered an extremely rare skin in Fortnite due to Epic Games not re-releasing it in the Item Shop. However, that changed when the developers made Reaper and the elusive Ghost Trooper skins available again.
Trusty No. 2
Another throwback Pickaxe, Trusty No. 2, could also be considered one of the rarest Pickaxe skins in Fortnite. The pencil Harvesting Tool was released with the Chapter 1 – Season 3 Battle Pass as Tier 79. Back in Season 3, this was a hard tier to get to since there weren’t as many ways to earn Battle Pass XP. You simply had to grind Fortnite for hours and hours or purchase tiers until you reached Tier 79. However, it was well worth it since Trusty No. 2 is a great minimalist Pickaxe.
Another Halloween-themed skin, Skull Sickle, was released nearly one year after Reaper was. This particular skin has three selectable styles in Fortnite, but we went with the original blue. Skull Sickle looks great, no matter what style you select, and also sounds great. You’re going to be swinging your Pickaxe a lot in Fortnite, so if it makes a weird or annoying sound, it diminishes the overall quality of that skin.
Permafrost was available through the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass. However, unlike Trusty No. 2, you didn’t have to just reach a certain tier to unlock it. Instead, you had to complete 4 or 5 challenges for the Tier 100 skin, Ragnarok. Doing so rewarded you with the Pickaxe, which looks fantastic. It matches a plethora of old and new skins, and the pieces of ice flickering off the top just add a little flare to already great skin.
One of the most iconic skins in Fortnite has to make our list. Bitemark was released in 2018 along with the rest of the Dino Guard set. The skins became an instant favorite among the community and have since sparked many third-party adaptations. Companies like POP! and McFarlane Toys have designed collectibles after the skins, which only speak to how great the skins are.
A menacing, yet simple, Pickaxe skin, the Crimson Scythe easily makes our list. Released in 2019, the Crimson Scythe could be acquired by purchasing the Inferno’s Challenge Pack from the Item Shop. A clean design, this Pickaxe matches a ton of outfits in Fortnite and provides a quick and pleasing sound when swung.
Another early Fortnite skin, AC/DC, is instantly recognized by long-time players due to its rarity and overall likeability. The sparks at the top of the Pickaxe mixed with the electrifying sound make it one of the best Pickaxe skins in the game. AC/DC is also one of rarest Pickaxes, as it was only available through the Chapter 1- Season 2 Battle Pass at Tier 63.
An extremely clean design, Resonator makes our list simply because of its unique color scheme. There aren’t a ton of lime green Pickaxes in Fortnite, which makes Resonator one of the only options if you’re trying to match a Pickaxe with a green outfit. Released as a part of the Xbox One S Bundle, Resonator is also quite rare, making it a great choice if you want to show off in a match.
Epic Games simply designed better skins during the early days of Fortnite. Candy Axe was released around Christmas time in 2017, and it still holds up today as one of the game’s top Pickaxe skins. The blinking holiday lights mixed with the candy cane offer visual appeal when running around the map. Candy Axe also was the inspiration for the coveted “Minty Axe” that many Fortnite players tried to earn last year. However, we like the original version a little better.
Our pick for the best Fortnite Pickaxe skin is Moonrise. Maybe it’s the ominous pink glow or the jagged edges, but many players are drawn to this skin. Since it released in 2018, it’s been a mainstay on many player’s outfits, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it sound great, but it also makes a menacing noise when swung, which only adds to the allure of Moonrise.