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CS:GO weapon exterior guide by GERMIA

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It has been a long time since Valve started making skins for CS:GO and still there are some not publicly known facts about skins. Not too many people know, that there is a way you can buy a good looking weapon skin a lot cheaper than you think, and that there are some fundamental things you have to know before you buy any weapon skin on the steam market.


Ill start with the „Exterior quality“, that is simply a level of wearing/abrasion of the skin.

The exterior quality hierarchy is the following, from best to worst:

1) Factory New (FN)

2) Minimal Wear (MW)

3) Field-Tested (FT)

4) Well-Worn (WW)

5) Battle-Scarred (BS)

It´s common, that Battle Scared quality costs the least amount of money and the Factory New quality costs the most money. Take a look on my tips and tricks I use by buying skins and save money with me 🙂


1) Battle Scared doesn´t always look horrible

The exterior quality looks different on every skin. Sometimes there is are only small nuances even between BS and FN quality (AK-47 Case Hardened – see the pictures) and sometimes the FN quality is flawless and the BS quality almost doesn´t resemble the skin (M4A4 – Radiation Hazard – see the pictures).

AK-47 Case Hardened – Factory New

AK-47 Case Hardened – Battle Scared

M4A4 – Radiation Hazard – Factory New

M4A4 – Radiation Hazard – Battle Scared

As you can see, there is only a darker tone on AK-47 skin, so if you don´t mind darker colors you can spare a lot of money by buying a „worse exterior“. On the other hand, there´s no reason for buying the M4A4 Radiation Hazard BS skin at all, because it´s not much better than your default grey M4A4.

2) Different look in one exterior quality 

There´s a little trick I use when I´m buiyng a weapon for me or for a giveaway on my streaming channel. If you inspect your weapon in game before buiyng it, you can notice, that one skin exterior quality is not the same by each weapon. I´ve noticed it when I was purchasing my AUG Chameleon skin, just look at the pictures. Both weapons are Field Tested quality.

AUG Chameleon – Field Tested – the whole chameleon is scratched, you cannot see the fly on the top of his tongue.

AUG Chameleon – Field Tested (my weapon skin) – There are no scratches on him at all, the only thing missing are some parts of his tongue.

Both weapons are Field Tested exterior quality and you can buy both for the same price. But if I present my skin to other people, the would say it looks like Minimal Wear or even Factory New. That is the trick I use. So inspect every weapon before you buy it, compare it with other weapons in the same quality and with other qualities and buy the one you like the most or the one you think is the most beautiful for the price. If you don´t know how to inspect weapons in game from the market, there is a screenshot for you:

How to inspect the skin in game

3) Save money on stickers

If you like decorating your skins with different stickers, there is an option, that can help you save a lot of money on them. For example:

I love the sticker „Work for ammo“ with this cute sad looking hippo and I know I would like to place it on my gun in future. So I can include this fact in my searching and by hovering my cursor on the picture of the gun in market, I can see, if there are any stickers placed on that gun. Be careful, the exact placement can you see only by inspecting the gun in game. I know this sticker costs about one euro, so  I can buy a slightly more expensive gun with that sticker already placed on it.

Keep in mind, that buying a weapon with sticker is always a good choice. The gun is worth more and you can sell it for more money later and if you dislike the sticker, you can scratch it off at any time.

How to see the stickers in the market

4) Look at the price graph and try to anticipate the price development

Sometimes you can anticipate the price deveolpment just by looking at the graph. Some hours of the day are better for buying weapons and some are better for selling weapons. 

What is really important is the price of the case, from which is the skin droping from. When the case is new, the price is very high and all the skins from that case are overpriced. If you wait some time for the case price to drop, then the prices of all skins from that case drop with it. If the case is very old and you cannot get it from the game anymore, all the prices rise proportionately. The mechanism of the market is clear and legible.

I hope some of my advices helped you by deciding what to buy and will save you some money in future 🙂 Next time i will do a CS:GO skins – pattern guide for you ;))

Published: 28.03.15 9:28 Pacific Standard Time

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