The 10 Best-Looking AK-47 Skins in CS2

You know what'll make those one-tap clips better? An insane AK-47 skin.

Anwell Patdu
Anwell Patdu - CS2 & Valorant Expert
9 Min Read

I’ve had my fair share of AK-47 skins throughout the thousands of hours I’ve poured into climbing the ranks. I know how to separate the bad skins from the great ones and have bought a handful of them and equipped them in my games. 

I also know how hard it is to choose the right one to flex in your games. So, I’ve decided to make things easier by selecting my top 10 AK-47 skins in CS2.


The Empress

A photo of The CS2 AK-47 The Empress
Inspecting The Empress

Date released: September 14, 2017
Price range: $18.00 – $300.00
Case: Spectrum 2 Case

The top spot on our list belongs to the AK-47 The Empress skin. It’s a majestic skin with blue green, red, and gold as the primary colors. It’s inspired by the tarot card of the same name and features the glorious Empress right in the middle of the gun.

Various patterns, symbols, and icons surround the skin, all related to the tarot card. It’s one of the most popular skins for the AK-47, but I’d still say that it’s well-priced. It also has a StatTrak™ variant that costs a bit more than double the base skin.



A photo of Nightwish
Inspecting Nightwish

Date released: January 20, 2022
Price range: $4.50 – $195.00
Case: Dreams & Nightmares Case

Nightwish is the perfect AK-47 skin if you’re looking for a burst of color. It features a nightmare-ish creature with glowing violet glowing eyes and very sharp teeth. It features a very psychedelic design with neon colors, primarily teal, violet, red, and orange.

You can find the word “Nightwish” written on the buttstock of the weapon, a small yet fun little detail. It’s one of the more recent skins on our list, which is why it’s very popular among the community. There’s also a StatTrak™ variant that costs more than double the base skin.


Ice Coaled

A photo of Ice Coaled
Inspecting Ice Coaled

Date released: July 1, 2022
Price range: $3.00 – $50.00
Case: Recoil Case

Next up, we have another fan-favorite skin with a colorful and vibrant design. The AK-47 Ice Coaled features a smooth, clean-looking pattern with shades of blue and green. The rest of the weapon looks sleek in solid black paint, with hints of teal near the magazine and various icons scattered around.

Ice Coaled is definitely one of the more vibrant Ak skins around. If you weren’t looking close enough, you might mistake it for one of those Vandal skins from Valorant. It has an overall solid look and features a StatTrak™ variant as well.


Head Shot

A photo of the CS2 AK-47 Head Shot skin
Inspecting Head Shot

Date released: February 10, 2023
Price range: $7.00 – $210.00
Case: Revolution Case

The Head Shot is a sizzling hot skin, only released in the early months of 2023. It is highly popular for its colorful graffiti design, with the words “HEAD SHOT GUN” heavily emphasized in a traditional street art font.

Purple, pink, green, and orange neon colors dominate the weapon. The colors further shine in CS2 with the amazing new lighting effects, highlighting the skin’s strong suits.


Gold Arabesque

A photo of Gold Arabesque
Inspecting Gold Arabesque

Date released: September 22, 2021
Price range: $1500.00 – $7200.00
Case: Stockholm 2021 Dust II Souvenir Package, Rio 2022 Dust II Souvenir Package, Antwerp 2022 Dust II Souvenir Package

The Gold Arabesque is a skin worthy of its name both in looks and in price. I think it goes without saying that this AK-47 is covered in solid gold paint. It’s one of the most elegant-looking rifles in the game and is deservingly reserved for royalty in the making.

Bringing out the Gold Arabesque AK-47 skin is genuinely a flex in its own right. It looks sleek, stylish, and exquisite; plus, who doesn’t like gold?


Phantom Disruptor

A photo of Phantom Disruptor
Inspecting Phantom Disruptor

Date released: March 31, 2020
Price range: $2.50 – $31.00
Case: Prisma 2 Case

The Phantom Disruptor is another beautiful AK-47 skin that features a mysterious creature on its body. It’s a lot less colorful than the Nightwish, but it still presents a surreal vibe with a paler color theme. The mist form creature wraps around the weapon with multiple eyes, tounges, and sharp teeth all over.

It primarily has shades of blue, yellow, pink, and orange with an overall matte finish. It’s one of the cheaper AK-47 CS2 skins, making it perfect for players on a budget. Even its StatTrak™ counterpart is cheap, just a little over $30.


Case Hardened

A photo of the CS2 AK-47 Case Hardened
Inspecting Case Hardened

Date released: August 13, 2013
Price range: $145.00 – $712.00
Case: CS:GO Weapon Case

The Case Hardened series is a long line of glimmering skins, all with the same blue-flame and gold finish. They are primary contenders for some of the most expensive CS2 skins, especially if you obtain rare patterns.
CS2 further solidified the highly coveted AK-47 Case Hardened skin as one of the premier choices in the game. I mean, just inspect it in direct sunlight and tell me with a straight face that it doesn’t look majestic.


Legion of Anubis

A photo of Legion of Anubis
Inspecting Legion of Anubis

Date released: August 6, 2020
Price range: $4.00 – $57.00
Case: Fracture Case

Legion of Anubis has the AK-47 looking like a completely new gun. It has a custom-painted image of Anubis, the God of Death, and Ra, the God of the Sun. The skin embodies the balance between life and death, which is why Anubis and Ra are featured.

Legion of Anubis is primarily dominated by dark shades of yellow, gold, blue, and black. It also contains various Egyptian symbols and hieroglyphs to match the theme. It’s incredibly detailed and is a truly amazing sight to behold. These combine for a top-tier CS2 skin.


Wild Lotus

A photo of Wild Lotus
Inspecting Wild Lotus

Date released: November 18, 2019
Price range: $2500.00 – $9500.00
Case: N/A

Next, we have the most expensive CS2 skin on our list, the Wild Lotus. The Wild Lotus is a rare skin that you can’t find in any case and was only available as a drop during Operation Shattered Web and is a part of the St. Marc Collection.

It features a beautiful lotus growing throughout the weapon, with various vines, leaves, and flowers blooming as well. The entire gun is covered in a leaf-green hue with underlying leaf patterns and beige accents. There’s no StatTrak™ variant available for the skin.



A photo of the CS2 AK-47 X-Ray
Inspecting X-Ray

Date released: December 3, 2020
Price range: $220.00 – $1375.00
Case: N/A

Closing the list out is a see-through orange skin, allowing the all-inclusive display of the inner mechanics of the AK-47. It’s such a great design because of the uniqueness that it brings to your skin game.  This makes it an instant hit among a majority of players.

The added rarity of its absence from CS2 cases makes it a more coveted item among collectors. Its appealing visuals, further emphasized by immense lighting, highlight the true value of the skin.


The AK-47 Empress takes home the throne of the best CS2 AK-47 skin in my eyes. It’s just a classic skin that looks great, featuring a fantastic blend of colors with an elegant in-game look. The other AK-47 skins are still worth taking a look at, though, as they all have beauty within them.

Comment your favorite AK-47 skin below.

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By Anwell Patdu CS2 & Valorant Expert
Hey, awesome game enthusiasts! I'm Anwell, diving into the gaming world from the days of the Game Boy Advance SP with Pokémon FireRed, evolving into a pro strategist in the intense showdowns of Valorant and CS2. It's a thrill ride I never want to get off! But hey, I'm not all about the competitive scene. Sometimes I'm kickin' back with the latest indie farming sims, where my farm designs—though not award-winners—bring a quirky kind of peace. As for the tech side, yeah, I've put together a PC or two, and it's a blast. But let’s park that for now; we're all about the gaming vibes here! All this joystick joy turned me into a wordsmith in the gaming universe, with a sea of articles to my credit. And the journey, with you all by my side, just keeps leveling up. So, stay tuned, stay connected, and let’s keep this game-night rolling! Ready for more action and less talk? Onward to our next virtual adventure!
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