When looking for the best CSGO weapon skins, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Are you looking for CSGO best looking weapon skins or the most expensive skins? So we thought… Why not show you both? In this article, we’ll quickly go through the most expensive skins, as well as the ones that give you the best bang for your buck for CSGO’s most popular weapons.
What are the Most Expensive and Rarest Skins?
Among the best CSGO skins, the expensive ones really stand out. They might not be the best looking, but they’re certainly the most desirable for one reason or another. Let’s look through them quickly, shall we?
AWP | Dragon Lore
If you know anything about CS:GO skins, you’ve probably heard about the D-Lore. One of the most expensive skins in CS:GO out of the gate, a souvenir version with the signature of Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham of it once sold for a whopping $61,000. A normal Dragon Lore will set you back around $1500.
Bayonet | Crimson Web
Knives are already the most expensive items in CS:GO and the Crimson Web is perhaps the most desirable pattern in the game. Combine that with the iconic look of the Bayonet (and in fact, the very similar M9 Bayonet) and while its more worn variants don’t really cost too much, StatTrak™ Factory New M9s can reach prices of 4 thousand dollars and above.
AK-47 | Case Hardened Blue Gem aka Scar (Pattern 661)
Case Hardened skins are one of those interesting examples where you can lose a lot of money on a skin if you’re not careful. A normal Case Hardened Factory New sells for around a hundred bucks. One with the rare Blue Scar pattern? That can cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.
M4A4 | Howl
The Howl is a wonderful story of turning lemons into lemonade. When Valve received a DMCA takedown notice for the Howl skin in 2014, rather than completely remove the skin from the game and thus get in trouble with people who own it, Valve decided to stop adding new Howls to the game, and replace the artwork on existing skins with one designed by their artists.
Adding to the mystique of the gun, Valve categorized it as Contraband. Howls are currently consistently expensive, usually starting at around $2000 and going up as high as $4000 if you have a Factory New StatTrak Version lying around.
Sports Gloves | Pandora’s Box
Opening this Pandora’s Box may not release any horrors on the world, but it may hurt your wallet, a lot. With no Factory New versions on the market, it’s quite hard to gauge the price of a clean set of these gloves.
However, what’s certain is that with Minimal Wear variants going for around $4000, should a set of Factory News pop-up, they might even beat our number 2 in price. So far, however, we’ll estimate them at upwards of five thousand dollars and leave it at that.
The Best Value CSGO Skins
When looking for the best CSGO skins for each weapon you have to consider the law of diminishing returns. At some point, your investment won’t bring you the prettiest skins. So instead, we decided to focus on some of our favourite bang-for-your-buck skins. Let’s start!
AK-47 | Redline (Field-Tested)
Speaking of diminishing results, the difference between the Field-Tested and Minimal Wear versions of the skins isn’t worth the $30 extra you’d pay for him. Getting a low float Field-Tested is absolute bang-for-buck, giving you one of the cleanest red skins on the market for a relatively low fifteen bucks.
This skin works well in a loadout with M4A1-S & USP | Cyrex, M4A4 | Bullet Rain, Glock-18 | Candy Apple, and of course, the AWP | Redline from the same series.
USP-S | Neo-Noir
The Neo-Noir series of finishes is an absolute beauty. Inspired by the aesthetics of film noir, these black, purple and white skins. Somewhere between art-deco and cyberpunk. Given its beautiful artwork, it’s a wonder that this skin for the starter pistol isn’t more expensive than around $20 for its Field-Tested variant.
This skin is perfect for a loadout featuring the AWP & M4A4 | Neo-Noir or the M4A1-S | Decimator, Glock-18 | Moonlight and the AK-47 | Neon Rider.
M4A4 | Desolate Space
Ground control to Major Tom… This skin captures an astronaut’s worst nightmare. Beautiful, yet haunting this skin has an amazing colour palette that can work with any blue, green, or purple skin collection. If you’re a fan of sci-fi horror vibes, this is definitely a skin you should check out at around $15 for a nice-looking Field-Tested variant.
Great skins to go with the Desolate Space are the AK-47 | Aquamarine Revenge, USP-S | Guardian, Glock-18 | Off World, and AWP | Corticera or Atheris.
AWP | Asiimov
Made legendary by the flicks and tricks from Kenny “KennyS” Schrub’s “Magic Stick” early on in the Frenchman’s career, the Asiimov is perhaps the first skin that has shown how big of an impact esports have on a skin’s price and popularity. At the height of its powers, the Asiimov was regarded as highly as the Dragon Lore, and while it may not be as popular as it was back then, it has now become one of the best bang for your buck skins in CS:GO.
It’s a bit pricier than most of these at $50 for a good-lookin’ Well-Worn version, but given its reputation and popularity, as well as its clean sci-fi theme and fit into white loadouts, it’s definitely worth the price.
Skins that go great with this are: the AK-47 and M4A4 | Asiimov, M4A1-S Mecha Industries, the USP-S | Road Rash, and the Glock-18 | Grinder.
Best CSGO Skins for Investing
Predicting good investments is a little bit harder right now than it would usually be. With stable prices for the best CGSO skins each weapon has to offer and the fact that he current situation in the world has caused the Rio Major to be postponed, leaving us without the classic “wait for the last day of the Major and invest in stickers” routine we’d usually suggest. Right now, your best bet are skins which were in high supply during Operation Shattered Web and might be in high demand in the future, this includes the AK-47 | Baroque Purple, Glock-18 | Synth Leaf and such, however, these have already increased in price and your big-time profits might’ve come and gone.
However, once Valve release another Operation, be sure to invest in some skins from it towards the end. That’s usually a good way to invest your money, and once you’re done with doing so, you can sell them off on Skinwallet for real money!
What are the Best CSGO Weapon Skins?
Answering the question we’ve posed in our article is tricky. For some, the best skin might just be the one that’s their favourite colour. For others, it might be the most expensive one, and for others, it might just be the cheapest one. In this article, we’ve tried to show off some of our favourites in the mid-range, iconic finishes that aren’t going away anytime soon. Have any other suggestions for the best skins? Why don’t you tweet them at us?