There are two types of rarity, Item Rarity (Many cosmetics also align with this) and Series Rarity. Series rarity only applies to cosmetics and to no items.
- 1 Save the World Rarity
- 2 Battle Royale Rarity
- 3 Cosmetic Rarity
- 4 Tips
Save the World Rarity
Common is the lowest rarity in Save the World and applies to the most basic of Schematics. As a whole, only non-event and very basic schematics have this rarity. Many resources also have this rarity, such as Nuts 'n' Bolts or any of the building materials.
Uncommon is the second lowest rarity in Save the World and applies to many Schematics. There are also many resources that can be found in the world which have this rarity applied to them, such as Ammo Types or Adhesive Resin.
Rare is the third lowest rarity in Save the World and applies to many Schematics. Some items in the world such as Rotating Gizmo are of this rarity too.
Epic is the third highest rarity in Save the World and applies to many schematics. Some items such as Obsidian Ore or Sunbeam Crystal are of this rarity.
Legendary is the second highest (but for many schematics) the best rarity in Save the World. Some items such as Quest Specific pickups are of this rarity.
Mythic is the highest rarity in Save the World and is exclusive to a few heroes and survivors, as well as the Storm King set of weapons.
Battle Royale Rarity
Common Rarity is the lowest rarity in Battle Royale. It applies to things like materials, ammo, low tier weaponry, and foraged items. Gear of this rarity is usually the weakest of its category.
Common Rarity is the second lowest rarity in Battle Royale. It applies to some healing items, many weapons and traps. Gear of this rarity is fairly weak, but still more effective than common.
Rare Rarity is the third lowest rarity in Battle Royale. It applies to some healing items and the highest quality weapons before they often change viewmodel.
Epic Rarity is the third highest rarity in Battle Royale. It applies to many unique items, and is usually the point where a weapon model will be 'upgraded' (e.g. The Assault Rifle changes model from the 'M16' to the 'Scar').
Legendary Rarity is the second highest rarity in Battle Royale. It is the highest rarity for many of the items in the game, and also the best for non unique items. Items that must be obtained in unique scenarios, or there are very few per match are usually the tier above.
Mythic Rarity is the highest rarity in Battle Royale. It is exclusive to Unique Items, rewards for killing bosses, or loot with a unique function and purpose.
Common Cosmetics cannot be purchased and no common items have ever been offered in the item shop. The only way to obtain a common item is by getting a Victory Royale (in any season but C2:S4) to get that season's Umbrella or purchasing the Founder's Edition of Fortnite, to receive the Founder's Glider and Founder's Umbrella. The only other common rarity cosmetics are the Glider, Default Pickaxe and Dance Moves.
Rare Cosmetics are the second cheapest items in the item shop. They can take the form of any cosmetic.
Epic Cosmetics are the second most expensive items in the item shop. They can take the form of any cosmetic except for Loading Screens, Contrails and Lobby Music
Legendary Cosmetics are the most expensive items in the item shop, except for some other series items. They only take the form of Gliders, Skins, Backbling, Emotes and Sprays.
There are currently no mythic cosmetics.
Transcendent is the cosmetic rarity assigned to developer assets. There is no legitimate way to obtain something from this rarity.
Marvel Series is the rarity assigned to marvel related cosmetics. The cosmetics in this set are registered trademarks of Marvel, and include skins of notorious Marvel properties such as the Avengers, or The Guardians of the Galaxy.
DC Series is the rarity assigned to DC cosmetics. The cosmetics in this set are registered trademarks of DC Comics, and include skins of notorious DC properties such as Batman and Aquaman.
Frozen Series is the rarity assigned to cosmetics relating to the Overseer, Renegade Flame and Lava Legends Pack. The skins in this series are 'Lava' variants of existing skins such as Blaze being a Lava version of Renegade Raider. Oddly, this set has one Loading Screen from the Season 9 Battlepass: Molten Legends.
Frozen Series is the rarity assigned to cosmetics relating to the various Shadow sets. These are 'Shadow' versions of existing skins, such as Mecha Team Shadow being a shadow version of Mecha Team Leader
Star Wars Series
The Star Wars Series is the rarity assigned to cosmetics relating to the original and new trilogy Star Wars sets. They contain cosmetics which are registered trademarks of Star Wars, and include skins of notorious Star Wars characters such as Imperial Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren
Slurp Series is the rarity assigned to cosmetics relating to the Slurp Squad, Blue Crew and Slurp Legends sets. Some cosmetics in this series are unique, but the ones in the Slurp Legends pack are slurp versions of existing skins, such as Slurp Jonesy.
- STW: Generally it's better to use the higher rarity of an item as it'll have more bonus skills available. However, higher rarity items will take longer to craft and generally require more crafting components to make.
- BR: In Chapter 2: Season 1, most weapons range from Common to Legendary. In Chapter 2: Season 2 however, more Mythic weapons were introduced.
- BR: It is possible to change the rarity of your gun (if any) by using materials on an Upgrade Bench.
- Cosmetics: Rarity does not matter and does not give any competitive advantage although some skins allow you to blend in with the environment.