Fortnite often crosses over with other highly popular franchises and pop culture properties for marketing purposes and to potentially attract new fans. Fortnite also generally tries to keep things family friendly to ensure that the game is accessible to the broadest audience possible.
God of War and its protagonist Kratos is... one of these things. Nonetheless, the famously successful and infamously violent PlayStation exclusive staple bled over into Fortnite, and you can now acquire a Kratos skin in-game, with additional bonuses available if you are playing on PlayStation 5.
Who is Kratos?
Kratos is the protagonist of the long-running God of War franchise, the PlayStation's premier exclusive action series featuring many elements of Greek Mythology, and as of the latest game, Norse Mythology too. Considering the games mostly consist of Kratos outright murdering every element of mythology he meets, this is an odd choice for Fortnite. One may have said the same thing about professional assassin John Wick getting a skin, but John Wick didn't decapitate a god and use their severed head as a flashlight - and that's among the tamer things Kratos does.
That said, he does make a valiant attempt to leave his life of violence behind by the time of the last game in the series, where he is old and a dad, so it makes sense that Epic chose that depiction for his skin in Fortnite. Old habits die hard as he decapitates yet another god, but this time around the god was stuck in a tree and asked him to do it, so it's totally okay, guys! Adding said severed head as Back Bling to equip while wearing the Kratos skin sure is... a choice.
Unlocking the Kratos Skin in Fortnite
Kratos is - for the first time ever! - available on all platforms, not just PlayStation! He isn't tied to any kind of in-game quest or promotion or other requirement. You simply need to purchase the Kratos Bundle in the in-game item shop for 2,200 V-Bucks. This bundle includes the base Kratos skin, the Leviathan Pickaxe based on his weapon from 2018's God of War, Mimir Back Bling which is the aforementioned severed head and a glider. For the lower cost of 1500 V-Bucks, you can get just the Skin and the Mimir Back Bling.
It seems a bit reductive to hand out the appearance of such a well-accomplished héros in exchange for the herculean feat of whipping our your credit card, but at least fans don't have to jump through too many hoops to unlock the skin.
Unlocking the PS5 Exclusive Style for the Kratos Skin
That said, unlocking his special gold-armored version (see the featured image at the top of this article) is much more difficult to pull off. The requirement for this is to own the Kratos skin above and also play a match of Fortnite on a PlayStation 5. While, once again, the bar of entry is payment, getting a PS5 is notoriously difficult due to low supply, high demand and an army of scalper bots snatching every machine at MSRP they can only so people can flip them on eBay at insane markups. This pretty much makes the golden style for the Kratos Skin a temporary, honorary member of our Rarest Fortnite Skins lineup, at least until Sony manages to get the damn console on shelves again.