Is Free Fire pay to win? Here's the Truth!


Garena Free Fire is one of the most popular games in the gaming market.

It has a large number of players, which keep on increasing! 

When a player plays the game, numerous questions come to the player's mind. 

One of the most common questions that comes to the Free Fire players' minds is whether the game is a pay-to-win game. 

So, is Free Fire a pay-to-win game? 

The answer is both yes and no. 

Free Fire does offer some paid items such as powerful gun skins, and characters that give an advantage to the player. In that sense, it is a pay-to-win game.

However, players who do not want to spend real money on the game can also obtain most of the gun skins and characters through numerous events that are frequently introduced by the game.

The paid items in Free Fire generally provide very little advantage to the player. At times, such items do not give any significant advantage to the players.

Thus, in general, Free Fire is NOT a pay-to-win game. 

In this article, I've answered this question in more detail. 

I've also answered another related question that is quite common among the Free Fire players. 

So, without any further ado, let's get into it! 

Is Free Fire really pay-to-win? 

According to Wikipedia, a pay-to-win game is a game that offers certain items that can be purchased by the players with real money to gain a large advantage over the players who do not want to spend real money on the game. 

On the other hand, free-to-play games do not require one to pay to win in the game. 

In such games, there are some optional items that one can purchase with real money. 

But, those items do not generally have a large impact on one's gameplay. 

Now, let us check out the pay-to-win features of the game as well as the features that prevent the game from being pay-to-win. 

Then, we can directly address the question of whether Free Fire is pay-to-win or not. 

Following are most of the pay-to-win features available in Free Fire: 

1. Powerful Gun Skins 

Gun skins increase various stats of a particular gun while decreasing one or two other stats. 

Gun skins are indeed available for free in the game but the stronger ones are mostly paid. 

During certain events, players can get certain strong gun skins for free. 

However, there are a lot of powerful gun skins in Free Fire that are almost impossible to get for free-to-play players. 

For example, the powerful Evo gun skins in Free Fire can only be obtained by the players who pay for it with real money. 

Otherwise, players can rarely obtain such gun skins in the game. 

2. Powerful Characters 

Characters are one of the most important aspects of the game. 

Numerous good characters can be obtained for free or through events. 

However, powerful characters such as Alok or Chrono cannot be obtained for free. 

Their abilities also seem to be more powerful than that of the other characters. 

3. Pets

In Free Fire, some pets can be obtained for free or through events.

But, certain pets can be obtained with diamonds only. 

In the game, diamonds have to be bought with real money. 

Although pets don't give a huge advantage to the player, a pet gets quite handy during a match. 

4. Special paid spins

At times, players are required to use diamonds to get the grand prize in many spin events. 

And, diamonds can be purchased in the game with real money.

The grand prizes in such events often prove to be quite powerful, as well. 

Thereby, free-to-play players would not be able to obtain such powerful items in the game.

Now that we know the pay-to-win features of the game, let us now check out the features of Free Fire that prevent it from being pay-to-win. 

Following are the free-to-play friendly features of Free Fire: 

1. In-game events 

Free Fire frequently brings new in-game events for the players. 

In most of these events, one can obtain powerful gun skins, good characters, and much more for free or by completing a few in-game missions! 

This feature allows the players to get good items in the game for free.

At times, some paid items are also available in these events for free. 

2. Matchmaking and Matches in Free Fire

Now, this is an important feature that helps Free Fire to stand out as a free-to-play game. 

In the game, the ultimate target is to win every match you play or perform well in every match you play. 

No matter how many amazing gun skins you have or how many beautiful costumes you have, you will not be able to win the match without good skills. 

A player has to practice to be a good player in every match. 

It has nothing to do with the number of gun skins you have.

Even if you have a powerful gun skin, you may not be able to use it properly. 

So, in the match, it does not give you an advantage. 

In case, one has a good gun skin and can use the gun properly in the game, one can still be defeated. 

In general, a match in Free Fire revolves around how good your skills are. 

If you do not have any particular gun skin or character costume, you can still do well in the game. 

Now that we know both the features that make Free Fire pay-to-win and the features that make it free-to-play friendly, let us come back to our main question. 

Is Free Fire really pay to win? 

The paid items of the game might give an advantage to the player at certain times. 

However, they are of no use if the player does not have good skills. 

Even if one has good skills and a good gun skin, one cannot defeat another player just because of it. 

It would depend on a lot of other factors. 

Moreover, free-to-play players can also get numerous powerful gun skins from numerous events in Free Fire for free! 

Hence, we can conclude that even though there are a few pay-to-win features in Free Fire, the free-to-play friendly features cut off such features' effects. 

In the end, the paid items do not offer a huge advantage to a player over the players who do not spend real money on the game. 

At certain times, the game does get pay-to-win to a little extent. 

But, most of the time, Free Fire is more or less free-to-play friendly and not pay-to-win. 

Now, let us check out a related question that is quite common among the players.

Can you make good progress in Free Fire as a free-to-play player? 

Yes, one can make good progress in Free Fire as a free-to-play player. 

One is less likely to get affected by the players with paid items, as long as one is quite skilled at playing the game. 


In this article, I've answered a common question of whether Free Fire is pay-to-win. 

I've also answered a related question that is quite common among the Free Fire players. 

Now, I'd like to hear from you: 

Do you think Free Fire is a pay-to-win game? Why or why not? 

Or, you might have a question.

Either way, feel free to let me know by dropping down a comment below!

I've also written an article about the amount of internet data used by Free Fire. You can read it here.


Raj Oberoi

Raj Oberoi

Raj Oberoi is a gaming enthusiast who plays a wide variety of games. When not playing games, he loves to share his views and opinions about different games.

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