Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular shooter games of all time. Although the tactical FPS game was released in 2012, it still has a large following and can reach close to one million players at any given time.
Thanks to great gameplay and constant patches, the game still has a large player base and brings with them new content, skins and meta. These skins decorate the players’ weapons, adding extra color to the game and making the cosmetics very attractive. Many players use the demand and rare drop rates of skins to make a profit, and most cosmetics cost a fortune. Here are some of the most expensive skins available on the Steam community market.
1. Butterfly Knife | Fade — $1919
This expensive look came out in 2014 along with Operation Breakout. Cosmetics gives this already rare blade a brilliant paint job, coating it with vibrant purples, reds and yellows. As the name suggests, these colors fade into each other to give a spectrum of finer hues.
This is Steam’s most expensive Counter Strike weapon skin, and it retails on January 2 for an incredible $1919.38. The charts also show that the price of the gun has steadily increased from $300 to $1900 over the past two years.
2. StatTrak M9 Bayonet | Crimson Web — $1774
The M9 Bayonet should not be confused with the regular bayonet one at the end of this list; It features the famous Crimson Web skin. The cosmetics give the serrated blade a layer of bright red paint and black mesh marks.
Counter Strike blade skins cost a lot of money. That’s why a Steam user bought it in May for $1774.47. Still, that price is compared to what’s available on third-party websites, with some claiming the gun is over $15,000.
3. AWP | Medusa — $1698
The Medusa skin is one of the most detailed and stunning skins out there. It came with Operation Bloodhound in 2015.
As the name suggests, this weapon skin features the iconic Greek gorgon. Players with this costume will find Medusa’s green face on one side of the AWP’s stock and the back of her head on the other. The purple snakes that make up its hair are sent in branches along the body of the weapon.
A Steam user purchased the gun on August 4 for a ridiculous $1,698.73.
4. StatTrak Karambit | Marble Fade — $1678
Marble Fade is one of the most colorful skins in the game and looks stunning when it comes to the Karambit blade. This unique skin came with the Full Spectrum update in 2015. It covers the blade in an assortment of red, yellow, and blue colors that create a smoky pattern.
A user purchased the skin on November 7 for $1678.45. It may not fetch that high price on third-party websites, but it is consistently worth over a thousand dollars.
5. StatTrak Karambit | Crimson Web — $1517
Karambit has many skins on this list that clearly shows how valuable the knife is. It features the iconic Crimson Web skin that was released alongside the Case Hardened skin in the Arms Deal update.
This coating gives the blade a bright red dye as well as an interlocking web pattern that covers the entire weapon.
This popular cosmetic has high prices. It was sold on the Steam market on December 6 for $1517.38. Still, the gun sells for much more on third-party websites, with some users paying over $13,000.
6. StatTrak AK-47 | Case Hardened — $1300
Counter Strike’s most famous assault rifle also received the Case Hardened finish in 2013. This version of the coating is similar to the one in Karambit and has a layer of bright yellow, blue and purple paint. On the AK-47, these colors appear on the gun’s metallic frame, leaving the wooden parts untouched.
The gun sold for exactly $1300 on November 3. This isn’t the only time the gun has sold for over $1,000, but the high price is the exception rather than the rule. In most cases, the gun averages around $300 per purchase, which is still a lot.
7. StatTrak Karambit | Case Hardened — $1226
The karambit knife has a colorful coat of paint thanks to its Case Hardened coating. Striking cosmetics give the blade a layer of bright yellow, blue and purple paint, allowing the skin to remove its owner from the match. This brightly colored skin was released in 2013 with the Arms Deal update.
On September 30, this cosmetic sold for $1226.74. But that price is an outlier on Steam, as the weapon skin usually sells for $350. Still, the high price is not that uncommon when looking at third-party vendors.
8. StatTrak P90 | Emerald Dragon — $1017
This famous SMG got the Emerald Dragon with the release of Operation Bravo in 2013.
The P90 features a green and yellow Chinese dragon. Its elongated body glides all over the skin, folding in half on itself and forming loops. The dragon does this next to the gray sky in the background of the overlay.
Someone bought this gorgeous skin on July 10 for $1017.92. Despite this being the gun’s all-time high selling point, it still sold for over $900 on several occasions.
9. StatTrak AK-47 | Fire Serpent — $910
Counter Strike’s most famous assault rifle got this look in 2013 with the release of Operation Bravo. The metallic body of the weapon changes when the skin is equipped. Behind him is a green Aztec serpent with bright blue clouds.
Someone bought the skin on January 3 for $910.33. That’s an insane amount that only skin collectors and die-hard fans will be willing to pay. What’s incredible is that the gun has been sold for more than $7,000 on third-party websites where sellers can get the money in cash.
10. StatTrak Bayonet | Crimson Web — $603
Bayonet’s Crimson Web skin was launched in 2013 and has since become one of the most valuable blade skins. It gives the blade of this knife a layer of bright red paint and finishes it off with an elegant black mesh pattern.
According to the Steam marketplace, a Steam user purchased the gun on October 9 for $603.75. Some sources claim that the gun has been selling for over $8,000 on third-party websites, and it’s absolutely mind-blowing. Third-party sales aren’t as reliable as those available on Steam, though, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.