When is Naruto skin coming to Fortnite? Release date & leaks - Dexerto

When is Naruto skin coming to Fortnite? Release date & leaks

Published: 29/Oct/2021 16:30

by Daniel Megarry


One of the biggest crossover rumors in Fortnite right now is that anime icon Naruto will be getting his own skin, and a number of leaks have hinted that it will be happening very soon!

During court proceedings between Epic Games and Apple, loads of potential high-profile collaborations with Fortnite were revealed. While some of them were scrapped, others have since come to fruition, like Lebron James and Ariana Grande.

Arguably one of the most exciting potential crossovers on the list was the legendary manga and anime series Naruto, suggesting that the beloved title character could be arriving on the Fortnite Island at some point in the future.


Below, you’ll find everything we know about the rumored Naruto collaboration in Fortnite, including a potential release date and all the leaks that have surfaced so far.


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Naruto could be the next icon to join Fortnite’s metaverse.

Naruto Fortnite skin release date

If everyone’s favorite anime ninja Naruto does appear in Fortnite, players can expect the skin to be released in Fortnite at some point in November, before Season 8 comes to an end on December 5, 2021.

This news comes from prominent leaker HYPEX, who shared in October that the Naruto skin would definitely arrive in the following month – and they seem pretty confident about it.

It was originally reported that Naruto would be released on September 13, 2021, as part of the Season 8 Battle Pass, but that turned out to be wrong. Naruto will likely appear in the Item Store as DLC instead.


Is a Naruto skin definitely coming to Fortnite?

Viz Media, TV TokyoCould the iconic ninja Naruto be coming to Fortnite? It seems likely.

While nothing has been confirmed by Epic Games, it certainly seems like Naruto will be coming to Fortnite soon. After details of the potential crossover emerged during court proceedings, Epic later sent out a survey hinting at Naruto’s arrival.

As well as more unusual franchises like Resident Evil and Family Guy, the survey asked if players would be interested in a Rick & Morty collaboration, which of course happened in Season 7. Naruto was also on that list, so it’s not impossible that he could be next.

The biggest teaser we’ve had so far, though, came after streamer Candywing shared details of their Q&A with Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, where Mustard apparently said that Naruto will be in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass.


This has since been corrected, with Candywing stating that Naruto will not be in the Battle Pass after all – but that doesn’t mean he won’t show up in the Item Store at a later stage in the season.

Of course, with so many iconic characters in the Naruto universe, it might not just be the main character who arrives in Fortnite. Some other obvious skin choices include Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Will Naruto be a boss fight in Fortnite?

According to leakers, Naruto won’t just be a skin that you can purchase in Fortnite – he’ll also appear as a boss fight on the map. Even more exciting, it seems like he will have an Explosive Kunai Mythic weapon.


A tweet shared by HYPEX featured stats for this Explosive Kunai, including a maximum throw range of 300 meters, and a cooldown of four seconds. The boss is currently referred to only as ‘HeadbandK’.

Naruto in Fortnite leaks

The latest leak that supports the rumor Naruto is coming to Fortnite arrived on October 16, when leaker HYPEX shared information about a new NPC with the codename ‘HeadbandK’ that was added in the v18.20 update.

There’s currently no other information about the mystery NPC available, but codenames do usually offer a hint about the character. Considering Naruto’s headband is one of his most iconic pieces of clothing, it could be him.


A bowl of ramen was also added to Creative Mode, which seems a little obscure to not be linked to something bigger. Naruto fans know the beloved ninja loves eating ramen, so this has caused even more hype for his arrival.

As pointed out by prominent Fortnite leaker Shiina on Twitter, an anonymous source who previously predicted both the Ariana Grande concert and the recent Suicide Squad skins has claimed that Epic have been able to get the rights to Naruto.

It’s also been reported by leakers that Epic have signed a deal with Shueisha, the Japanese publishing giant that produces Shonen Jump and part-owns western manga distributor Viz Media.

As well as offering more credibility to the rumored Naruto skin, if this deal turns out to be true, it could also open the door for crossovers with other manga/anime series like Dragon Ball, Demon Slayer, and more.

While we wait for more information on the Naruto collaboration, check out all the leaked upcoming skins in Fortnite right here.