Counter-Strike 2 skins are some of the most sought-after digital bling you can get in gaming. Some of them have achieved icon status across both esports and the shooter genre, even going as far as to be associated with important moments or all-time great players in CS history. Here’s everything you need to know about skins in CS2.
Earlier this year, there was confusion in the CS community on what would happen to their CSGO skins when CS2 was released. Thankfully, if you had skins in the older version of the game, they transfer over to CS2.
Counter-Strike 2 Skins Explained
Skins in Counter-Strike 2 are, first and foremost, purely cosmetic. This can be a difficult thing to explain to non-CS esports fans but in Counter-Strike 2, skins are just a cosmetic accessory. They offer no gameplay changes to the original appearance of each weapon. You still need to manage your economy in a competitive game, though, to be able to use the weapon which you might have purchased a skin for.
So, what do skins offer? Nothing from a competitive perspective, but an added fashion statement in your games.
There’s a variety of skin categories, from high-rarity knife skins to cheap pistol skins that are easy to access and cheaper on secondary markets like Valve’s Steam Marketplace. Even among the different skins for unique weapons, there exist weapon grades to further separate skins into tiers. Counter-Strike 2 weapon skins come in different quality grades and rarities. Each tier ascends in rarity and value from white for a common grade then blue, dark blue, purple, pink, red and then finally gold reserved for knife and glove skins.
Alongside skins, but still distinct, are weapon stickers which are distributed in rarity tiers. A sticker from the player’s inventory can be applied only once to any gun or gun skin owned but does not alter the grade or rarity of the skin itself.
How to get Counter-Strike 2 Skins?
Here are a few straightforward methods of obtaining Counter Strike 2 skins:
- Earn CS2 skins through random drops by playing any matchmaking game on official servers.
- Buy and open CS2 Cases
- Trade 10 skins of the same rarity for one of a higher rarity with a contract
- Trade with other players
- Buy skins directly from the Steam Market
Acquiring skins for yourself is a simple process, but not as easy as purchasing a specific skin item in-game. Instead, you have to open cases to get Counter Strike 2 skins with keys that you buy with real money. These containers come as predominantly weapon cases. Thus, there’s an aspect of luck involved when you are trying to earn skins.
Additionally, you can acquire Counter-Strike 2 skins for your weapons from Souvenir Packages commemorating events such as the greatest esports events of any given year. Lastly,
How much do Counter-Strike 2 skins cost?
In Counter-Strike 2, skins are the most expensive accessory you can have for your account. Some knife skins for example sell for tens of thousands of dollar and can lead to serious exclusivity.