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CS:GO Weapon Skins

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for many is no longer just a competitive game. This is an international cyber sport discipline and hobby that players have invested a lot of time and energy in. 

That's why weapon skins hold a special place in the heart of many players. It's a way to express and improve yourself by choosing new styles of play with weapons that you may not have noticed before.

Some people also see the purchase and sale of the best CS:GO skins for the weapon of their choice as a good business. That’s why many players are interested in the question of what is the best weapon skins in CS:GO. And while there's no definitive answer, we have compiled a selection of the 20 most lethal, iconic, and simply interesting skins that will help you stand out among the other players, and sometimes make good money.

Rating number

Name (skin)

Weapon type

Skin Quality

Release

1

Asiimov

AWP

Covert

20 February 2014

2

Wild Lotus

AK-47

Covert

19 November 2019

3

Kill Confirmed

USP-S

Covert

17 September 2015

4

Atheris

AWP

Restricted

14 March 2019

5

Hyper Beast

M4A1-S

Covert

15 April 2015

6

See Ya Later

P250

Covert

14 September 2017

7

Nuclear Threat

Tec-9

Restricted

14 August 2013

8

Slaughter

Butterfly Knife

Covert

1 July 2014

9

Emerald Jörmungandr

Desert Eagle

Restricted

19 November 2019

10

Oni Taiji

AWP

Covert

24 May 2017

11

Bullet Queen

Glock-18

Covert

31 March 2020

12

The Emperor

M4A4

Covert

14 March 2019

13

The Empress

AK-47

Covert

14 September 2017

14

Printstream

M4A1-S

Covert

3 December 2020

15

Legion of Anubis

AK-47

Covert

7 August 2020

16

Chromatic Aberration

AWP

Covert

1 July 2022

17

Nightwish

AK-47

Covert

21 January 2022

18

Fever Dream

AWP

Classified

16 March 2017

19

Bloodsport

AK-47

Covert

16 March 2017

20

Flora Carnivora

Dual Berettas

Restricted

1 July 2022

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20. Dual Berettas | Flora Carnivora

Flora Carnivora

Let's start with the recently released Flora Carnivora skin for Dual Berettas. The presence of this skin in the game is entirely the work of the community, which immediately loved the beautiful design and witty reference to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Two berettas with three hungry plants on each are just waiting for you to use them. 

Price: $3.45

19. AK-47 | Bloodsport

Bloodsport

A legendary skin by the designer SLIMEface. Its signature features are the inscriptions with weapon specifications and the overall sporty look. Perhaps that's why it's so popular among pro players. This skin is often used by Ax1le, FalleN, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, and about 60% of the pro community. Not surprisingly, its price has been rising steadily for many years.

Price: $96.94

18. AWP | Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Well, it's time to describe the skins for one of the most popular weapons in one of the most popular color schemes. It's not clear why CS:GO players are so drawn to all the black and neon, but the fact remains that this AWP is truly beautiful. It is stylized as children's drawings, and the inscription on it reads "Wolves are at my door". It's perfect as a tool to drive the wolves back into the woods and the enemy team back to the spawn point. 

Price: $13.68

17. AK-47 | Nightwish

Nightwish

Again, neon on a dark background, but this time for the AK-47. Undoubtedly one of the best skins for this weapon, at least among those that came out relatively recently. Starry sky, psychedelic circles referring to shamanism, and the central figure of the monster on the receiver. Nextgenz, the author of the skin, claims that it is the spirit of a dead deer, although it is hard to tell straight away while looking at these sharp fangs. 

Price: $110.79

16. AWP | Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic Aberration

Another skin for AWP in dark colors. The inscriptions NO SCOPE and 360 give you a hint at what you need to do if you decide to play with this skin. The honorable owners of Chromatic aberration are NAF from Team Liquid and s1mple from NAVI. Quite a company to show who has the skill here.

Price: $61.41

15. AK-47 | Legion of Anubis

Legion of Anubis

Even a quick look at this skin is enough to understand why so many players want it. The extremely detailed drawing, which looks great on the AK-47, depicts the Egyptian gods Ra and Anubis. On the grip there is the figure of a pharaoh, and on the buttstock we have a stylish mummy. Such pro players as KRIMZ, apEX, karrigan will confirm that this is one of the best looking CS:GO weapon skins for AK-47. 

Price: $25.14

14. M4A1-S | Printstream

Printstream

One of the most expensive and popular barrels on this list. Ideal for those who prefer to stay classy. The uniform white color, black elements, and pearlescent stripes make this skin really one of the best for playing with the M4A1-S. The guys from NAVI and NiP agree with us.

Price: $402.34

13. AK-47 | The Empress

The Empress

This skin will be an ornament to any AK-47, especially if you are a female gamer, proud and deadly. Empress first saw the light of day as part of the "Spectre 2" collection, released as part of China, are you ready? event. The authors of the skin are three designers at once, namely OniLolz, Zaphk, and 2Minds. The design of the Empress is inspired by the tarot card of the same name, which according to one of the interpretations symbolizes the feminine progress of humankind.

Price: $102.04

12. M4A4 | The Emperor

The Emperor

Since we have the Empress on our list of the top CS:GO weapon skins, we should also have the Emperor. Apparently the authors of the previous skin, OniLolz, Zaphk, and 2Minds, also thought so and created this skin. Its design, as in the previous one, is inspired by the tarot card. This amazing weapon skin in CS:GO has beautiful drawings and the blue-gold color scheme desired by many players for years, and the active use of the skin by such pro gamers as KRIMZ, fnx, and s1mple only fuels the excitement.

Price: $174.35

11. Glock-18 | Bullet Queen

Bullet Queen

The Bullet Queen for Glock-18 completes our trio of "royal" skins. Even though she doesn't look as pompous as the previous two, the cheerful girl and her cartoonish bullets are firmly lodged in the hearts of many. That's why it flashes here and there in the hands of pro players in the championships and holds the top positions in the lists of the best CS:GO weapon skins for this gun.

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Price: $55.66

10. AWP | Oni Taiji

Oni Taiji

Let’s open our top ten skins for CS:GO with Oni Taiji by L'grand. The design in the style of traditional Japanese painting quickly gained popularity among the general public, and therefore the demand for this skin is consistently high. The case of the rifle is decorated with the scene of the duel between the samurai and Oni demon, supplemented with an abstract purple pattern on the sight and the upper part of the buttstock. They say a true samurai strikes one blow, which always turns out to be his opponent's last. The same can be applied to a good AWP player. 

Price: $553.85

9. Desert Eagle | Emerald Jörmungandr

Emerald Jörmungandr

A great skin for the Desert Eagle and the pro players Pimp, CeRq, xseveN will agree on that. The green circular pattern symbolizes Jörmungardr, the World Serpent from Scandinavian mythology, who must fight Thor during Ragnarök, the end of time. A worthy appearance for a weapon designed to kill the gods.

Price: $227.71

8. Butterfly Knife | Slaughter

Slaughter

When talking about knives, Slaughter for Butterfly Knife is the first thing that springs to mind for most players in the context of the top weapon skins in CS:GO. This skin was added to the game back in July 2014 at the same time as the start of Operation Breakout. The cost of Slaughter has not fallen below $1,000 for two years, and there are reasons for that. 

According to statistics, this knife is one of the most popular with pro players. One could say that to be killed by this blood-red beauty is a kind of honor.

Price: $1,779.25

7. Tec-9 | Nuclear Threat

Nuclear Threat

Early 2023 is not a good time to talk about the nuclear threat, but we'll make an exception for this skin. All the Nuclear Threat skins are in green and black, and their signature feature is a bright green radiation sign on the side. The most admired skin from this family among pro players is the one for the P250, but for the purposes of this top, we decided to keep the Tec-9 version. Firstly, it will add variety to the list, and secondly, this skin also looks great and is favored by the community as well.

Price: $489.94

6. P250 | See Ya Later

See Ya Later

This gun bites, and really hard. Made in a steampunk alligator style by artists ClegFX, wewantrox, and dannytrejo4.0, it was added to the game in 2017. Since then, its price has continued to dive deep, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most popular skins for the P250. We'd say "for a while, crocodile," but that's not the case. 

Price: $11.29

5. M4A1-S | Hyper Beast

Hyper Beast

When it comes to the Hyper Beast for the M4A1-S, the name completely matches the content. Everything about this skin is perfect, from the overall color scheme to the teeth on the magazine, and of course the tongue-shaped trigger. Every detail of the Hyper Beast exudes the primal rage of a dinosaur or something the Predator normally hunts. Other skins from this family are not bad either, but the version for M4A1-S is just over the top.

Price:$105.00

4. AWP | Atheris

Atheris

At first glance, you can’t tell why people and pro players are so fond of this skin. Perhaps it’s because of the relatively low price. But most likely due to its sleek design. The emerald viper and the scales texture on the sight look great on the AWP and emphasize its lethality in matches.

Price: $15.06

3. USP-S | Kill Confirmed

Kill Confirmed

Speaking of USP-S, the most coveted skin is Kill Confirmed. All jokes aside, about 70% of pro players have it in their collection. No wonder, this gun is really well-executed, which only attracts new connoisseurs over and over again.

Price: $153.79

2. AK-47 | Wild Lotus

Wild Lotus

One of the best looking CS:GO weapon skins with a lovely plant ornament on it. NAF from Team Liquid and several other pro players have it. However, at the moment, the price of this skin is skyrocketing. The most attractive offers are about $2,000 dollars, while the average price on the market can go way beyond $8,000.

Price: $7,400

1. AWP | Asiimov

Asiimov

The leader of this rating of the best weapon CS:GO skins was obvious from the beginning. The Asiimov family of skins is no longer just a coloring for a weapon, it's a legend. And the Asiimov for the AWP is its brightest representative. Under the banner of this skin, many headshots have been delivered in decisive fights, and given its popularity, this is only the beginning of this white-orange reaper's journey. Many people want to own this futuristic masterpiece, and that's why it is rightfully ranked first among the best weapon skins in CS:GO. 

Price: $129.88

Conclusion

So that was the top 20 best weapon skins for CS:GO in 2023. Perhaps you will be outraged that the list does not include some skins that you personally like, or, for example, some legendary weapons like Howl and Dragon Lore. Well, we can only say that we tried to make this list diverse, different from the others, but still listen to the audience and focus on current trends. 

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So what is the best CS:GO weapon skin? There can only be one answer: the one that you like the most. If the skin is on your favorite weapon, and it makes you feel like the king of the hill in any match, it's exactly what you need. And it doesn't matter how much it costs or how rare it is. This factor is the only true relevant measure of the skin's quality for each player. 

FAQ

The best weapon skin in CS:GO is the one that you personally like, as well as the one that suits the weapon you choose as the basis for your playing style. However, some skins for CS:GO really look better than others, and in special cases, they have a legendary status, such as the Asiimov skin line, which is used by many pro players.

Skin cost in CS:GO is a fluid concept that changes from time to time. As of the beginning of 2023, a Chromatic Aberration skin costs around $61. This is an estimated price and in order to see the actual one you need to check specialized resources.

The price of each skin in CS:GO tends to change and fluctuate depending on supply and demand. As of the beginning of 2023, Nightwish skin costs about $110 depending on the condition of the skin.

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