'Fortnite' Self Refund Feature: How to Get Your V-Bucks Back (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The refund feature is returning on June 1.

Epic Games has disabled the Self Refund feature after discovering a bug. On Tuesday morning, MrPopoTFS wrote on the Fortnite subreddit, "they'll be disabling it until we create a fix and make some usability improvements to the system." The ability to refund any item you purchased with V-Bucks was added in patch v3.6 released on Tuesday morning, then quickly pulled by Epic Games.

How To Refund in Fortnite

When the refunds come back online, there are some caveats to the system. You'll only be able to refund the items for what you paid in V-bucks, meaning you can't earn more money by buying an item on sale and then refunding it at full price. You'll also only be able to get three refunds per account and only items that you purchased within the last 30 days, meaning you can't just try any skin you want and refund it after you're bored. Other free-to-play games, like League of Legends, offer a similar system which allows players to spend real money without feeling trapped.

Here's what you can get a refund on when the feature comes online again.

  • Emotes
  • Gliders
  • Harvesting Tools
  • Back Bling
  • Outfits (Skins)

Here are the items that you won't be able to refund and will permanently stay with your account.

  • Battle Pass
  • Battle Pass Tiers
  • Starter Pack
  • Founder's Pack
  • Founder's Pack Upgrades
  • Loot Llamas (Save the World)
  • Event and Weekly Items (Save the World)

In the end, this refund feature will put more money in Epic Games' pocket. Fans with limited incomes who really want to try Tomato Head but are afraid to spend their allowance will be a lot more open to the idea of just trying it on for a few games. I've certainly spent my fair share on free-to-play cosmetics and made purchases I wish I could have refunded. Hopefully, Epic fixes the bug and refunds go live sometime in the near future.