Without a doubt, AK-47 is the staple gun for the CSGO franchise as the most renowned Terrorist weapon. It’s the go-to assault rifle after eco round for every player, it’s always there on promotional materials… we could count endless reasons why it’s ｔｈｅ gun.
When it comes to statistics, it holds 30 bullets in the cartridge and has a spare ammo capacity of 90. It takes 2.5s to reload it. It retains its accuracy in the range of 31 meters. The player has a significantly lower speed while holding it. If handled properly, it is a weapon for all ranges and a utility of the pros.
It’s no wonder that such a remarkable weapon has quite a bit of interesting skins dedicated to it. They come in different styles, and the rarer one usually costs anything between $30 and $100 on the market. However, there are certain skins that top these prices greatly for different reasons. Today we’ll look closer at AK-47 | Fire Serpent, which is not only one of the first skins for AK-47, but also one of the first Covert skins.
Where Can You Get AK-47 Fire Serpent?
Fire Serpent AK-47 comes from the first weapon case ever releases Operation Bravo case. These cases were disabled and don’t drop anymore, so the only way to get one is to buy it on Steam Market or an external market. As for now, you have to pay around $15 for one case. It’s a Covert skin, one of two, so chances to drop it are unbelievably low. A Factory new skin is worth the equivalent of 385 keys, so you could estimately say you need this many cases opened to get a fair chance of getting one. No wonder its pricing is so high, but we’ll discuss this in a minute.
If you rather trust your skills in numbers than your luck, you can try to reach AK-47 Fire Serpent by trade-up contracts. It might sound abstract, as those are usually used for the secondary economy of cheap and useless skins. However, if you manage to trade-up or buy items of a lower tier and end up with enough restricted skins, your chances of getting this specific skin are 1 in 2, as there’s only one other Covert skin in this collection. What float will it have depends on the quality of your previously amassed and/or traded-up skins.
AK-47 Fire Serpent skin wear
When it comes to skin quality and price, the changes might be drastic even at a difference of several float decimal points. Below we list all possible wear values for Fire Serpent with price ranges as currently estimated through Steam Analyst.
Battle-Scarred – float between 0.76 and 0.45. Steam prices range from $202 for a regular version to $724 for StatTrak.
Well-Worn – float between 0.45 and 0.38. Steam prices range from $306 for a regular version to $780 for StatTrak.
Field-Tested – float between 0.38 and 0.15. Steam prices range from $330 for a regular version to $1,043 for StatTrak.
Minimal Wear – float between 0.15 and 0.07. Steam prices range from $506 for a regular version to $1,828 for StatTrak.
Factory New – float between 0.07 and 0.06. Prices range from $1094 for a regular version on steam to over $2500 for StatTrak on third-party markets.
You can also check out this video of a progressing float rise on AK-47 | Fire Serpent.
Where to buy it, where to sell it
Wanting one Fire Serpent for yourself, you might at some point decide that it’s useless to push your luck and you’d like to just buy one, here’s what you should look out for. Generally, with expensive skins like this, especially when aiming at Minimal Wears and Factory News, you might just skip the Steam Market. It’s not even about the price. It’s just that the volume of marketed items is practically non-existent. With such rare and expensive skins the whole deal is in the third-party markets. Because the frame for AK-47 Fire Serpent Factory New skins is so small, there aren’t many of those around, and those with the float near to the bordering 0.06 might triple the price in some cases because of the near-perfect float hunters. As you see in the video above, the visual difference between 0.07 and 0.10 is minuscule, but the prices will be drastically different, so this might be your sweet spot.
If you had this incredible luck of looting an AK-47 | Fire Serpent case from the Bravo collection or getting it in exchange different items, you might understandably want to sell it. Surely you can just pull up a sale offer on Steam Market and wait for a desperate user to click it from you, but even if it happens, you end up with hundreds or thousands of dollars locked up in your Steam account. Third-party markets offer a better chance to get a direct offer. However, in case of such external services, you need to be careful with both who you’re trading with and what is his exact offer. There might be different reasons someone wants to decrease the value or try to find some unlikely way of paying for it.
Supposedly you needed cash quickly and had no time to get oriented in the world of third-party marketplaces. Skinwallet is dedicated do those who want to sell their skins instantly and without hassle. It’s enough to log in with Steam, as only Steam-approved and protected users can use our service. After that, it’s enough to configure your account with Steam Trade Url and payment methods. After that, just preview your equipment and see how much cash can you exactly get for your tradeable skin.
Why is Fire Serpent so popular?
The opinions about its design are incredibly divided. Some people like that it doesn’t cover the whole weapon and find the Mayan monster a nice gimmick. Others think it’s bland and that the decal looks really diluted from the first-person perspective, and will prefer skins like Case Hardened AK-47 or The Empress over it. Nevertheless, it’s still in the canon of CSGO skins. It’s one of the first-ever Covert skins to be released and bears an incredible sentimental value.
It’s hard to speak of a long legacy in terms of such an objectively fresh monetization model in games as marketable skins. Even so, AK-47 | Fire Serpent is still one of the landmarks of CSGO and remains a good example of a rare collectible item functioning on specific terms on the skin market.