Types of Skins Available in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The history skins started when Valve released the first package of steams for players. Since that moment the demand and amount of types of skins have been growing exponentially, and now it is hard to find a player that doesn’t have at least one weapon or equipment skin.

As you play the game you usually get the skins after the match is finished or the map is being changed, so it is rather easy for you to get this or that skin. So let’s be fair – you are going to need to get rid of the spare skins – mostly you get identical skins in your inventory and you do not really need them. How can you do this? The best option would be to sell them on a skin market and it is better to choose the reputable ones – the service that you know is 100% free of fraud and won’t lower the price below the fair amount you could earn.

Here are the basic types of skins available in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


There are hundreds and thousands of skins available for the weaponry – more than you even can imagine. Those skins are both developed by the Valve designer team and regular users via the Steam Workshop – however, it has to be mentioned that not all of the designed skins are claimed to be official – usually Valve provides a deep examination of those and makes official only the best ones.

So, there are skins for pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles and knives. Surprisingly, mostly the knife skins are more rare and expensive than all other ones. Then there go sniper rifles skins.

You should know that skins do not really affect the damage or any other characteristic of the weapon or player – those are just needed to provide different look for the weapon – it is just a script making your weapon look a bit better.


Grenades, defusal and rescue kits and so forth – all of those have different skins, too. Just like with the weapons using these skins won’t affect positively or negatively your gaming characteristics, but it will allow you to vary the picture.

How to Get the CS:GO Skins?

It is rather easy – and there are several ways to do that:

  • buy the Valve case – the content of the case is usually randomized by the items, but you know almost for sure what class of item is going to drop
  • play frequently – at the end of the match or upon the map change you will get new cases and items
  • buy key to open the cases
  • watch event streams and take participation in thematic giveaways
  • trade with other players on the Steam forum
  • purchase or exchange skins in the skin markets

As you can see there are many ways for the gamer to acquire skins, although you should get really lucky to get the best skins.


Mostly, you do not have to purchase the most rare skins, in CS:GO most of the players choose the skins they like the most, not the ones that are stated to be the rarest or the most expensive ones.