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Perhaps one of the most important aspects that make CSGO so famous as a game is the big market for the selling, buying, and trading of numerous amount of items and skins for making the weapons of players. These skins don’t make you stronger or better at the game, but you purely look cooler and fancier. Which, in turn, gives you some fuel to beat everyone in your matches.

Some of these items cost a lot of money, some have more affordable costs, but nevertheless, people would give everything to have the most classy and shiny cosmetics and show them in their games. So then, what are the best skins in all CSGO?

Top 10 CSGO Skins

We have listed for you our top 10 best weapon skins in CSGO, alongside key info about them: type of weapon, collection, price, and official description. Keep in mind that we calculated a price estimation given the numbers coming from the official Steam market and the major third party trading sites (csgostash, cs. money, to name a few).

There are three main types of skins in the game—weapons, knives, and gloves—but it would take too much time and space to cover the top 20 in each category. Therefore, we did a list comprising all three of them.

At the end of the list, there is a little bonus, a skin that didn’t fit in the top 10, but we still felt it should make it somehow in our review. Would you include it too in your personal ranking?

10 – USP-S: Cortex

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  • Weapon: USP-S
  • Collection: The Clutch Collection
  • Quality: Classified
  • Exterior quality option: Factory New, Field-Tested, Minimal Wear
  • Price: $4 – $16

“A fan favorite from Counter-Strike Source, the Silenced USP Pistol has a detachable silencer that gives shots less recoil while suppressing attention-getting noise. It has been custom painted with pink accents over silver and black base.”

The skin was introduced in 2018 and was created by artist Glasgow died. The body and side are brown and light-grey, while the main motif is the skull of a skeleton in half. The pink “cortex” (hence the name) of the brain decorates the silencer and forms a USP-S inscription.

9 – M4A4: Desolate Space

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  • Weapon: M4A4
  • Collection: The Gamma Collection
  • Quality: Classified
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred, Field-Tested
  • Price: $9 – $30

“More accurate but less damaging than its AK-47 counterpart, the M4A4 is the full-auto assault rifle of choice for CTs. It has been custom painted with a space theme.”

Introduced a long time ago, in 2016, but still very much popular today, this skin centers around the theme of space. It shows a skeleton in a spacesuit surrounded by the colors and darkness of the universe, as well as its mysteries: tentacles surround a nearby rocket ship.

8 – AWP: Hyper Beast

AWP: Hyper Beast

  • Weapon: AWP
  • Collection: Falchion Case
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred, Factory New, Field-Tested, Minimal Wear, Well-Worn
  • Price: $28 – $30

“High risk and high reward, the infamous AWP is recognizable by its signature report and one-shot, one-kill policy. It has been custom painted with a beastly creature in psychedelic colors.”

Despite being released in 2015, it is still one of the most popular skins for the AWP type of weapon. And for a good reason: the psychedelic colors that decorate the body of the rifle form a legendary, powerful creature that will follow all your missions in game.

7 – AK-47: Aquamarine Revenge

AK-47: Aquamarine Revenge

  • Weapon: AK-47
  • Collection: Falchion Case
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred, Factory New, Field-Tested
  • Price: $27 – $29

“Powerful and reliable, the AK-47 is one of the most popular assault rifles in the world. It is most deadly in short, controlled bursts of fire. It has been custom painted with the image of a pod of dolphins.”

The beautiful aqua colors are the basis for the spectacular design of red and orange dolphins swimming among the waves. The pictures of the main body gradually fade once they reach the other parts of the weapon.

6 – AK-47: The Empress

AK-47: The Empress

  • Weapon: AK-47
  • Collection: Spectrum 2
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred
  • Price: $37 – $40

“Powerful and reliable, the AK-47 is one of the most popular assault rifles in the world. It is most deadly in short, controlled bursts of fire. It has been custom painted using the Empress tarot card as inspiration.”

Whether you believe in tarot or not, this skin will leave you speechless. Yes, it’s another AK-47 cosmetic, but it is something else. The main body of the rifle has as protagonist The Empress, inspired by the tarot card. The blond queen with a regal crown on her head is surrounded by beautiful decorations which remember the sun and the elements associated with tarots. The main colors are yellow, gold, red, and various shades of blue.

5 – Sport Gloves: Vice

Sport Gloves- Vice

  • Weapon: Gloves
  • Collection: The Clutch Case
  • Quality: Extraordinary
  • Exterior quality option: Factory New
  • Price: $1000 – $1800

“Synthetic fabrics make these athletic gloves durable and eye-catching. These synthetic gloves are crafted from a striking mix of pink and blue technical fabrics.”

Now we reach the top 5 in our list. We do so by introducing these pair of gloves, released in 2018 and characterized by black, light blue, and pink textures on the upper side and gray inserts.

4 – Skeleton Knife: Stained

Skeleton Knife- Stained

  • Weapon: Skeleton Knife
  • Collection: The Shattered Web Case
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Minimal Wear, Field-Tested
  • Price: $800

“This skeletonized-tang knife has been taped at the handle for improved grip. The hole allows a finger to be threaded through for stability and safety. It has been given a forced patina using lemon and mustard dripped onto the surface.”

This beautiful knife was released last year, in 2019, and has quickly rose to fame, being now among the most expensive items on the CSGO market. While the handle is simply made of black strips, the blade is characterized by beautiful white and light-gray shades obtained thanks to acid.

3 – Butterfly Knife: Doppler Phase 1

Butterfly Knife- Doppler Phase 1

  • Weapon: BFK
  • Collection: Spectrum and Spectrum 2
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Factory New
  • Price: $800 – $1400

“This is a custom-designed balisong, commonly known as a butterfly knife. The defining characteristic of this weapon is the fan-like opening of a freely pivoting blade, allowing rapid deployment or concealment. As a result, butterfly knives are outlawed in many countries. It has been painted with black and silver metallic paints using a marbleizing medium, then candy coated.”

We are at the top three with an exceptional knife made of some cool, violet/purple/grey/blue shades and transitions. In particular, the blade has a nice smoke effect thanks to the metallic paints used and translucent lines, while the handle remains unpainted with a pair of red lines.

2 – Hydra Gloves: Rattler

Hydra Gloves- Rattler

  • Weapon: Gloves
  • Collection: The Clutch Case
  • Quality: Extraordinary
  • Exterior quality option: Field-Tested
  • Price: $60 – $120

“These fingerless gloves have been decorated with metal studs and the Operation Hydra logo. It was crafted from a mix of leather, snakeskin, and brass.”

Introduced in 2018, these elegant gloves are the perfect skin you need to feel strong as never before and go defeat all your opponents in the game. To the brown leather and snakeskin that make the basis of the gloves, you can also see brass studs and the logo from Operation Hydra.

1 – Karambit: Lore

Karambit: Lore

  • Weapon: Karambit
  • Collection: The Gamma Collection
  • Quality: Covert
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred, Factory New
  • Price: $1400 – $1800

“With its curved blade mimicking a tiger’s claw, the karambit was developed as part of the southeast Asian martial discipline of silat. The knife is typically used with a reverse grip, with the finger ring on the index finger. It has been custom painted with knotwork.”

We had to put the Karambit in our list, as it would be incomplete without it at the top. We all know how a good knife gives a sense of prestige to the player no other weapon can, and Karambit, especially the Lore one, certainly accomplishes such a task: the high price demonstrates it.

We put the Lore up top, instead of any other Karambit version, because it refers to another legendary weapon, the AWP Dragon Lore, one of the most expensive on the market. We see a dark green handle and a beautiful blade painted with metallic gold, which follows a medieval pattern, as well as Celtic ornaments and other colors such as light brown and orange. Truly a piece of art.

Bonus – Glock-18: Oxide Blaze

Glock-18: Oxide Blaze

  • Weapon: Glock-18
  • Collection: The Danger Zone Collection
  • Quality: Mil-Spec Grade
  • Exterior quality option: Battle-Scarred, Minimal Wear, Well-Worn, Field-Tested
  • Price: $1 – $5

“The Glock 18 is a serviceable first-round pistol that works best against unarmored opponents and is capable of firing three-round bursts. A custom paint job has been applied with a rust-colored base and white detailing.”

We included the skin because of its beautiful design, as well as the great popularity it experienced during the first period after its release in 2018. We don’t see it much often now, and the demand for it has been gradually declining, but the brown, unevenly painted body of the pistol that bursts into white flames will forever remain iconic.