25 BEST Weapon Skins in CS:GO – RANKED (2022)

Today, we’ve chosen 25 of the best weapon skins in CS:GO. You’ll surely get other people’s attention if you use them in your matches.

There are thousands of different CS:GO weapon skins on the market today. Some are dirt cheap that you can get for a couple of dollars, while other CS:GO skins are super expensive and can cost you an arm and a leg. Either way, they are all beautiful in their own right and appeal to different crowds.

Weapon skins can give your guns a drastically different look. They can range from using a different colorway, adding additional graphics or paint on the gun, and completely covering the gun with a unique skin. They don’t give you any competitive advantage, but they do make the game more colorful and fun.

Best Weapon Skins in CS:GO

Before starting off the list, we just wanted to clarify that we didn’t include any rare or super expensive skins since they are hard to get. We’ll also be trying to include as many different gun types as we can, but we’ll definitely be focusing more on the rifles since they are the most popular gun in the game.

We’ll also include the prices for each CS:GO weapon skin. However, the CS:GO economy can rapidly change, and the global pricing can also be different. The prices may vary, so make sure to only use them as a guide.

Finally, remember that CS:GO weapon skins don’t automatically give you aimbot. You’ll still have to train your aim or get a better mouse suited for CS:GO if you want to improve at the game.

1

M4A4 Dragon King

M4A4 Dragon King

Release Date: January 8, 2015
Collection: Chroma Collection

Let’s start things off with an M4A4 skin. The M4A4 Dragon King skin features a fully blue painted body with an image of a red dragon. It has a beautiful combination of blue, red, white, and black colors helping the dragon stand out on the battlefield.

It’s from The Chroma Collection that consists of 14 community-design weapon skins. It was released back on January 8, 2015. The current price for a Factory New M4A4 Dragon King skin starts at around $16.99. It also has a StatTrak variant available that starts at $44.28 with a Factory New condition.

2

AK-47 Nightwish

AK-47 Nightwish

Release Date: January 20, 2022
Collection: Dreams & Nightmares Collection

The AK-47 Nightwish skin is one of CS: GO’s most colorful AK-47 skins. It’s covered in various neon colors that stick out no matter where you are. Unfortunately, it’s not the best skin to use when you’re trying to camouflage yourself. It’s a pretty stunning (and blinding) skin, though, and looks amazing both near and far.

It’s one of the newer skins on the list, released just earlier this year. It’s part of the Dreams & Nightmares Collection. A Factory New Nightwish skin currently costs around $150, while the StatTrak FN variant can cost upwards of $400.

3

AWP Containment Breach

AWP Containment Breach

Release Date: November 18. 2019
Collection: Shattered Web Collection

We have our first AWP skin on the list for our next pick. The AWP Containment Breach has a simple theme, a radioactive one. The skin features many mutated rats trying to get out of a radioactive and probably deadly forest. It only uses neon green as its primary color but effectively gives life to the skin.

AWP Containment Breach was released as part of the Shattered Web Collection on November 18, 2019. AWPs are one of the strongest weapons in the game and are perfect to use in 1v1 maps. If you want to get a Factory New AWP Containment Breach skin, it’ll cost you somewhere around $180. You’ll have to shell out even more for the StatTrak variant, priced at around $400.

4

Dual Berettas Melondrama

Dual Berettas Melondrama

Release Date: January 20, 2022
Collection: Dreams & Nightmares Collection

We have another skin from the Dreams & Nightmares Collection. This time it’s for a pair of handguns. The Dual Berettas Melondrama skin features some creepy-looking watermelon faces that are twisted and scary. The skin truly is nightmare fuel. They still look frighteningly amazing, though.

It was released on January 20, 2022, along with a bunch of other scary and otherworldly skin designs for different guns. The Melondrama skin is one of the best Dual Berettas skins around, and it’s actually quite affordable. The Factory New condition costs around $10, while the StatTrak costs around $27. Not bad for guns that can strike fear into your opponents, quite literally.

5

AK-47 Aquamarine Revenge

AK-47 Aquamarine Revenge

Release Date: May 26, 2015
Collection: Falchion Collection

Next up, we have a beautiful AK-47 skin called the Aquamarine Revenge. It features a green and black finish with a custom-painted image of a pod of red, yellow, and blue dolphins swimming through the sea. Overall, the design looks amazing and is far from the standard look of the AK-47.

The AK-47 Aquamarine Revenge is part of The Falchion Collection, released on May 26, 2015, and was an exclusive drop to pass holders in Operation Bloodhound. You can get the skin in Factory New condition for around $65.95. The StatTrak version is around three times the price, currently sold for $189.75 Factory New.

6

M4A1-S Player Two

M4A1-S Player Two

Release Date: March 31, 2020
Collection: Prisma 2 Collection

Next up, we have the M4A1-S Player Two skin. This skin features bright colors and an animated version of the GIGN CT model saying some curse words. It also features Pop Dog and some graffiti. It has this complete anime/comic-book look that brings out a fun side of CS:GO.

The M4A1-S Player Two skin was released as part of the Prisma 2 Collection on March 31, 2020. It’s relatively affordable and available for more or less $75 at Factory New Condition. The StatTrak variants are more than double the price at $180. It definitely has this cute appeal to it because of the anime/comic book theme.

7

USP-S Cortex

USP-S Cortex

Release Date: February 15, 2018
Collection: Clutch Collection

Next up, we have another beautiful sidearm in the USP-S Cortex skin. It has a simple black and silver base with an image of a skull on the handle and its pink brains scattered all over the gun. It looks nice and super clean, especially the “USP” spelled out using the brains on the silencer.

The skin was released on February 15, 2018, as part of the Clutch Collection. It’s very affordable, coming in at $6 for the Factory New version. However, it receives a more than 3x price bump for the StatTrak version listed at around $21.

8

Shadow Daggers Lore

Shadow Daggers Lore

Release Date: September 22, 2021
Collection: Dreams & Nightmares or Operation Riptide Cases

Knife skins have always been one of the most expensive things in CS:GO. This is because they usually have beautiful designs and have a very high resale value because they are widely coveted by players. Even Valorant knife skins are differently priced than the other gun skins. The Shadow Daggers Lore features a pair of shiny golden daggers with an intertwined chain-like pattern for its edge.

The Shadow Daggers Lore skin was released on September 22, 2021, and isn’t a part of any skin collections. However, you can still get the skin from the Dreams & Nightmares or Operation Riptide cases. You can also buy a Factory New condition for around $230. The StatTrak variant is available for $275, which is a huge bargain considering the low mark-up in price.

9

MP9 Starlight Protector

MP9 Starlight Protector

Release Date: January 21, 2022
Collection: Dreams & Nightmares Collection

We have our 3rd skin from the Dreams & Nightmares Collection, this time from the “dreams” part of the skin line. The MP9 Starlight Protector is a majestic-looking skin that features a unicorn with rainbow-colored hair. The gun then has a white finish with silver, grey and black accents, and some golden stars shining all over.

The MP9 Starlight Protector was released on January 21, 2022. The Dreams & Nightmares Collection produced a ton of amazing skins, but this will be the last skin we feature from that Collection. The MP9 Starlight Protector Factory New skin starts at $37, while the StatTrak variant is listed at around $100.

10

AK-47 The Empress

AK-47 Empress

Release Date: September 14, 2017
Collection: Spectrum 2 Collection

We have yet another AK-47 skin. This time it’s called “The Empress,” and it truly lives up to its name. It has an insane-looking design that was heavily inspired by the Empress tarot card. It prominently features the Empress on the gun and has an excellent combination of blue-green, red, black, and gold colors.

The Empress AK-47 is part of The Spectrum 2 Collection that was released on September 14, 2017. Listings for a Factory New AK-47 The Empress skin are available for $95.63, and the StatTrak version starts at $293.78. It’ll surely catch the attention of anyone that sees you holding it in-game.

11

M4A4 The Emperor

M4A4 The Emperor

Release Date: March 13, 2019
Collection: Prisma Collection

Of course, we can’t have an Empress without an Emperor. The M4A4 Emperor is the counterpart of the AK-47 Empress skin. It’s also heavily inspired by the Emperor tarot card. It features an amazing combination of blue, black, white, and gold colors and focuses on the Emperor in the middle.

It was released as a part of The Prisma Collection on March 13, 2019. It’s similarly priced with the AK-47 The Empress skin. Available for $96.89 in Factory New condition, and the StatTrak of an M4A4 The Emperor is available for $424.19. The Emperor and The Empress make for a deadly combo, but you better get your wallet prepared as well. Make sure to also use a CS:GO crosshair that matches the beauty of your skins!

12

AWP Exoskeleton

AWP Exoskeleton

Release Date: December 3, 2020
Collection: Operation Broken Fang Collection

The AWP Exoskeleton is another single color-themed skin. It has this monochrome-like finish to it that’s simply just beautiful. Who said you needed bright colors to get the best CS:GO skins? It’s made up of a metal chassis with patterns of connected skulls engraved throughout its body.

It was released as a part of the Operation Broken Fang update on December 3, 2020. It’s a surprisingly cheap AWP skin coming in at only $3.81 for the Factory New condition and around $15 for the StatTrak one.

13

P250 See Ya Later

P250 See Ya Later

Release Date: September 14, 2017
Collection: Spectrum 2 Collection

We have another relatively cheap CS:GO weapon skin that you can buy. The P250 See Ya Later has a green and mechanical look with silver, gold, and black accents. The main theme is a mechanical crocodile with its mouth and teeth featured on the gun barrel.

The P250 See Ya Later skin is part of the Spectrum Collection that was released on September 14, 2017. Like we said before, it’s quite affordable, listed only at $7 for the Factory New condition. It also has a StatTrak variant listed at $32.

14

Glock-18 Bullet Queen

Glock-18 Bullet Queen

Release Date: March 31, 2020
Collection: Prisma 2 Collection

Next up, we have another handgun skin, this time for the T-side in  CS:GO. The Glock-18 Bullet Queen skin features a beautiful War Maiden with a slick pink jacket. The gun also features a yellow and black base, star accents, and bullets with faces throughout the body.

It’s a fairly new skin that was released on March 31, 2020, as part of the Prisma 2 Collection. It’s one of the more expensive pistol skins at around $36 for a Factory Condition one. The StatTrak variant is around 3x more expensive at $132.

15

AK-47 Leet Museo

AK-47 Leet Museo

Release Date: September 21, 2021
Collection: Operation Riptide Collection

The AK-47 Leet Museo skin has a hit-or-miss type of design. It can be beautiful and not at the same time, depending on the viewer. We all know that art is subjective, and no other CS:GO weapon skin best embodies that concept than the AK-47 Leet Museo. It features a cubism approach to Elite Crew Ts attacking on Dust II’s A-Long. The beloved chicken also makes an appearance on the skin.

It’s definitely one of the more unique best CS:GO skins out there. It’s a part of the Operation Riptide Collection and was released on September 21, 2021. The Factory New condition skin is listed at around $28, while the StatTrak variant should be available for around $90.

16

Falchion Knife Marble Fade

Falchion Knife Marble Fade

Release Date: March 15, 2017
Collection: Spectrum and Spectrum 2 Cases

CS:GO knives have always been super expensive. Some knives can easily go for thousands of dollars. The Falchion Knife Marble Fade isn’t one of them, but you’re still getting an amazing-looking knife. It’s one of the most colorful skins in the game and features metallic blue, red, and yellow colors all over.

The Falchion Knife Marble Fade can only be found in the Spectrum and Spectrum 2 cases. A Factory New condition knife can be bought for $234. However, the StatTrak Falchion Knife Marble Fade is available at a much better deal, only at $278.76.

17

Desert Eagle Fennec Fox

Desert Eagle Fennec Fox

Release Date: September 21, 2021
Collection: 2021 Mirage Collection

Our next skin features another creature as its design. The Desert Eagle Fennec Fox has a Fennec Fox painted on its body matched with green, yellow, gold, red, and orange colors. It honestly looks amazing and is a great skin to add to your collection.

It’s once again one of the newer skins on our list, only released in 2021 as part of the 2021 Mirage Collection. A Desert Eagle Fennec Fox skin with Factory New condition goes for $399. It also doesn’t have a StatTrak version, but it has a Souvenir version that commemorates the 2021 PGL Stockholm Championship that’s listed for $753.37.

18

UMP Primal Saber

UMP Primal Saber

Release Date: April 27, 2016
Collection: Chroma 3 Collection

We have our only UMP skin on our list with the UMP Primal Saber. As the name suggests, the skin features a custom-painted image of a sabertooth skull with its sharp fangs on display. It also has some bright neon blue accents that look like scratch marks throughout the gun. It has a simple yet striking design.

The UMP Primal Saber is one of the cheaper skins on our list. It’s available in Factory New condition for around $5.50 and has a StatTrak version listed at $16.80. It’s also one of the older skins on the list. It was released as a part of the Chroma 3 Collection on April 27, 2016.

19

P90 Trigon

P90 Trigon

Release Date: February 20, 2014
Collection: Operation Phoenix Collection

The P90 Trigon skin is our list’s oldest CS:GO weapon skin. It’s a little over 8 years old at this point but has passed the tests of time and remains a beautiful skin to this day. It features a simple black, orange, and gray design that can appeal to a large audience.

The skin doesn’t have any Factory New versions available, but that’s fine because the wear actually adds more details to the skin. The P90 Trigon costs around $6.30 in Minimal Wear condition and around $12 for the StatTrak variant. It was released on February 20, 2014, as part of Operation Phoenix.

20

M4A4 In Living Color

M4A4 Living in Color

Release Date: May 3, 2021
Collection: Snakebite Collection

We have yet another M4A4 skin. The M4A4 In Living Color has a custom-painted neon and bright colors design. It features a ton of different artworks and is dominated by a bright purple, yellow-green, white, pink, and blue design. It’s one of the most colorful skins in the game and definitely stands out among the rest.

The M4A4 In Living Color is part of The Snakebite Collection, released on May 3, 2021. Being a 2021 skin, it’s one of our newer good-looking choices. It’s available for $46.82 in Factory New condition, while the StatTrak version is available for $180.55.

21

M4A1-S Hyper Beast

M4A1-S Hyper Beast

Release Date: April 15, 2015
Collection: Chroma 2 Collection

We have another skin for the M4A1-S. This time it’s the M4A1-S Hyper Beast. The M4A1-S Hyper Beast skin features a creature painted in various bright psychedelic colors. It has a blue base and has the creature’s mouth and teeth spread upon the handle and the magazine of the gun. It’s an insane-looking skin for sure and is definitely one of the best weapon skins in CS:GO.

The M4A1-S Hyper Beast is part of The Chroma 2 Collection, released as part of the April 15, 2015 update. A Factory New Hyper Beast M4A1-S is currently listed for $99.05. The StatTrak variant of the same skin and condition is on sale for $335.

22

Glock-18 Water Elemental

Glock-18 Water Elemental

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Collection: Breakout Collection

The Glock-18 is the default pistol for the Terrorist team. It’s a free and reliable pistol that you can always pull out of your pocket. The Glock Water Elemental pistol is beautifully designed with a creature fully made out of water on top of its bright red base.

It’s part of The Breakout Collection that was released together with Operation Breakout on July 1, 2014. It should cost you around $8.52 for a Factory New Glock-18 Water Elemental skin. On the other hand, a StatTrak variant with a Factory New condition would be around $37.95.

23

AUG Akihabara Accept

AUG Akihabara Accept

Release Date: May 26, 2015
Collection: The Rising Sun Collection

The AUG is a scoped rifle that has been increasing in usage rate lately. The AUG Akihabara Accept is a skin that features an anime magazine cover that’s prominently white, pink, and blue in color. It’s definitely a unique skin and is a great buy if you really like anime.

It’s part of The Rising Sun Collection which consists of 16 skins inspired by a traditional Japanese theme. The Rising Sun Collection was released on May 26, 2015. A Factory New AUG Akihabara Accept will set you back at least $2300 if you’re looking to buy one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any StatTrak versions available.

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M4A4 Cyber Security

M4A4 Cyber Security

Release Date: December 3, 2020
Collection: Operation Broken Fang Collection

Our 2nd to the last choice is no other than the M4A4 Cyber Security skin. It has a simple blue, red, and gold design with black and red accents. It’s currently one of the most popular CS:GO weapon skins because of its good design and its affordable price.

The M4A4 Cyber Security skin was released on December 3, 2020 as part of the Operation Broken Fang update. It currently costs around $16 for a Factory New condition one, and a little over $38 for the StatTrak version.

25

AK-47 Frontside Misty

AK-47 Frontside Misty

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Collection: Shadow Collection

The AK-47 Frontside Misty is the last AK-47 rifle on our list. It features vibrant arctic colors that just flow effortlessly throughout the gun. The design has many curved shapes and offers a great combination of black, blue, and white colors.

It was released on September 18, 2015, as part of The Shadow Collection. Listings for a Factory New AK-47 Frontside Misty start at $47.09. It does have a StatTrak variant that goes for $125.37.

Conclusion

And those were all of our picks for 25 of the best weapon skins in CS:GO. Getting a skin for your guns is one of the most satisfying feelings. Even though they don’t give you any competitive advantage, the beauty of the skin alone gives you a mental “buff” and somehow makes you better at the game.

Remember, these picks are all solely based on our respective opinions and what we think the best CS:GO weapon skins are. You’re free to disagree with any of our picks above.

Feel free to comment your favorite skin that didn’t make the list down below.

Anwell Patdu
Anwell Patdu
Huge gaming nerd and tech enthusiast. Spends countless hours playing shooter games, MOBAs, RPGs, and exploration games.

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