CS2: BEST Weapon Skins [2024]

Here are the best skins for each weapon in CS2 that you should try in 2024 if you've not before.

There are a lot of concerns before buying a skin in CS2. You have to think about whether it will be worth buying or not. The only way to figure that out is by looking at the popularly listed weapon skin at the CS2 Skin Marketplace. You will have a much better idea about whether buying a CS2 skin is a good investment or not. It is up to you whether you like, the best most popular CS2 weapon skins for yourself. 

NOTE: Since the prices of CS Weapon Skins keep on changing on a day-to-day basis, I won’t be mentioning them in the article due to the risk of misinforming.

Key Takeaways
  • There are 37 total weapons in CS2, and I have mentioned the best skin for each.
  • Assault Rifles are the most popular guns that players tend to buy a skin for,
  • The Factory New condition of skin makes sure that the gun is in mint condition when you buy it.
  • There is an additional StatTrak version of the weapon, which tends to keep track of your kills.
  • You can easily buy skin off of the market and resell it for a higher price in the future.

Here are all the CS2 Best Weapon Skins: 

WeaponTypeBest Skin
AK-47Assualt RifleThe Empress
AUGAssualt RifleBengal Tiger
FAMASAssualt RifleCommemoration
Galil-ARAssualt RifleChromatic Aberration
M4A1-SAssualt RifleAtomic Alloy
M4A4Assualt RifleRoyal Paladin
SG 553Assualt RifleColony IV
CZ75-AutoPistolCircaetus
Desert EaglePistolEmerald Jörmungandr
Dual BerettasPistolMelondrama
Fice-SevenPistolAngry Mob
Glock-18PistolSnack Attack
P2000PistolImperial
P250PistolMehndi
R8 RevolverPistolCrazy 8
Tec-9PistolDecimator
USP-SPistolCortex
MAC-10Sub Machine GunStalker
MP5-SDSub Machine GunKitbash
MP7Sub Machine GunAbyssal Apparition
MP9Sub Machine GunHydra
P90Sub Machine GunEmerald Dragon
PP-BizonSub Machine GunHigh Roller
UMP-45Sub Machine GunCrime Scene
AWPSniper RifleHyper Beast
G3SG1Sniper RifleChronos
Scar-20Sniper RifleBloodsport
SSG 08Sniper RifleBloodshot
MAG-7Heavy ShotgunsCinquedea
NovaHeavy ShotgunsAntique
Sawed-OffHeavy ShotgunsApocalypto
XM1014Heavy ShotgunsIncinegator
M249Heavy Machine GunDowntown
NegevHeavy Machine GunDrop Me
Nomad KnifeKnifeCrimson Web
Paracord KnifeKnifeBlue Steel
Butterfly KnifeKnifeLore

Assault Rifle Skins 

Players of CS2 usually opt to buy assault rifle skins. That is simply a No-brainer since there are a lot of skins in CS2 that are popular among gamers around the world. There are massive amounts of debates on Reddit and others about the best CS2 assault rifle skins. 

AK-47 | The Empress

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AK-47 [Screenshot by eXputer]
Well, the most luxurious-looking skin you can find for an assault rifle is probably The Empress. The skin has a unique design that makes your gun resemble old mythological cards

The Empress skin is among the CS2 Best Weapon Skins which makes it a highly demanding item. It can be originally found inside the Spectrum 2 Case and is part of the Spectrum 2 collection.

AUG | Bengal Tiger 

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AUG [Screenshot by eXputer]
The best run-for-its-money weapon skins in CS2 is the Bengal Tiger. It is one of the most decent and exemplary beauties in the game. The skin is an elegant tiger stripe-inspired art that has an amazing contrast between orange and black. It is basically Bengal tiger stripes and gives sort of an aesthetic wilderness vibe to the AUG.

FAMAS | Commemoration

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Famas [Screenshot by eXputer]
You can just see how visually the Commemoration Skin is the best-looking weapon skin for the FAMAS weapon in CS2. There is no need to describe the beauty of the skin as it is just stunning to look at. Its impeccable details in gold are the winner.

Galil AR | Chromatic Aberration

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Galil AR [Screenshot by eXputer]
Chromatic Aberration, a weapon skin for the Galil Assault rifle, is among the most popular skins in the game. When you first look upon you see a sort of work of art in a singular weapon skin. It is incredibly vibrant and has multiple patterns combined to look such a way. Most of the weapon is covered by colored zebra patterns. The pattern consists of a mixture of the colors pink and purple. 

M4A1-S | Atomic Alloy

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M4A1-S [Screenshot by eXputer]
The M4A1-S is a much-loved weapon in the CS2 and thus players tend to buy its best skins on the market. The best weapon skin in CS2 for the M4A1-S is the Atomic Alloy. It is one of the older releases and is definitely one of a kind. The skin sort of looks like a dynamic metal alloy with Orange as the more prominent color. In the main frame of the gun, there is a sort of hexagonal pattern.

M4A4 | Royal Paladin

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M4A4 [Screenshot by eXputer]
Now onto the more expensive entree, this skin is a treat to the eye. Given that it is a popular but opulent weapon skin in CS2, the Royal Paladin basically speaks for itself through its moniker. It is a bronze-based weapon skin engraved with beautiful floral patterns.

SG 553 | Colony IV

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SG 553 [Image Credits: eXputer]
The Colony IV skin for the SG 553 gives off the creepiest of vibes but is actually loved by most of the CS players. The weapon skin is popular in CS2 mostly for its unique design and color combination of orange and yellow. It is spooky to look at, especially the main attraction of the gun. It is a sort of zombie-apocalyptic Red Ant body.

Pistol Skins

In CS2, there are various weapons that can help you get those important kills. Sometimes, you have to rely on your secondary weapon to do the job. Many players recognize that fact and try to buy the best possible pistol skins in CS2. There have been hundreds of collections that include various famous weapon skins, including the pistol ones. You have the option to get many skins for each pistol, but it is necessary for you to know the best ones. 

CZ75-Auto | Circaetus

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C275-Auto [Screenshot by eXputer]
Its immaculate design makes the pistol skin the best option to go for if you are looking for visual aesthetics in CS2. The weapon skin looks like a sort of metal alloy mixture consisting of bronze and black colors. It has a sort of demonic essence to it as well because of the drawing on it. The painting shows a Bird Of Prey that has venomous skin trapped in its claws.

Desert Eagle | Emerald Jörmungandr

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Desert Eagle [Screenshot by eXputer]
The most used handgun in CS2 is the Desert Eagle. Its popularity among players has driven most players to buy multiple weapon skins for it. The Emerald Jormungandr is a very popular weapon skin among players in CS2 and thus can be hard to find. It is astonishingly beautiful to look at. The skin is inspired by the Serpent God Jormungandr and has a similar serpent-like design covering the entire gun.

Dual Berettas | Melondrama 

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Dual Berettas [Screenshot by eXputer]
Onto the less expensive skins, I have the Melondrama which is a rather funny-looking skin. It has been used by streamers like Shroud often. There are graffiti-like watermelons drawn onto the weapon’s skin. The watermelons are a little horrific due to the eyes and the sharp teeth but that is the fun part of the weapon. Most of the gun is colored in a blue palette with multiple graffiti designs. 

Five-SeveN | Angry Mob

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Five Seven [Screenshot by eXputer]
A lot of the pistol skins are funky and cool. That is also the Case for the Angry Mob which is pretty cool on its own. The insane graffiti concept for the weapon skin is magnificent. The whole weapon skin looks like graffiti street art. There are four colorful creatures drawn onto the pistol on each side. Each vibrant character is cute and funny for a lethal pistol.

Glock-18 | Snack Attack

cs2 Glock 18 skins
Glock 18 [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Glock-18 was the most common pistol used in CSGO, and now CS2, especially for the Terrorist side. It is the starting weapon for every round and you may as well buy a prominent skin that looks good every round. The best pistol skin for the Glock-18 is the Snack Attack. It presents a sort of delusion that it is a sort of casing containing fake rubber snacks.

P2000 | Imperial

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P2000 [Image Credits: eXputer]
Most of the CS2 players don’t usually opt for the P2000, but many streamers have been running some fancy skins for the pistol. The Imperial skin is best known for its fancy-looking design for pistol skin in CS2. There are definitely some impactful details on the skin that make it so pretty. 

The whole weapon’s skin is colored blood red, which contrasts well with the additional gold details. The name of the skin and weapon is mentioned with gold on the skin, along with various gold designs.

P250 | Mehndi

cs2 p250 skins
P250 [Image Credits: eXputer]
There is a P250 skin dedicated to the Indian culture named Mehndi. The Mehndi design on the P250 is extremely beautiful and consists of a sort of brown and beige mixture of colors. The Top part of the pistol is painted with the color Orange. This array of colors best complements the pistol weapon skin and cannot be overlooked when buying.

R8 Revolver | Crazy 8

cs2 r8 revolver skins
R8 Revolver [Image Credits: eXputer]
Now onto the more goth-looking weapon skin, I have the Crazy 8 skin for the R8 Revolver. Even you can tell how magnificently MADMACK designed the weapon skin. The weapon’s skin is primarily black in color. The frontal barrel part is painted with a flame resembling a mixture of purple and lavender.

Tec-9 | Decimator 

cs2 tec 9 skins
Tec-9 [Image Credits: eXputer]
The Decimator is a pretty vibrant skin for the Tec-9 and is definitely one of if not the best pistol weapon skins in CS. Basically, the weapon skin is primarily a black background, and upon is a smooth funky design. There are multiple Prisms combined together with the color palette of Blue, Pink, and Purple. 

USP-S | Cortex

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USP-S [Image Credits: eXputer]
Many of the popular pistol weapon skins are worth their money when you buy them in CS2. Buying the Cortex would make a good investment if you want to start with the smaller prices. The Cortex is visually stunning and extremely cool to look at due to the pattern. The primary color of the weapon is brown and has a geometrical design pattern across the pistol. The most prominent part of the weapon is the pink sluggish waves. 

SMG Skins

The SMGs in CS2 are pretty underused, although the professionals of the game are pretty great with them. Most of the Twitch Streamers like Shroud use SMGs to conquer close-ranged battles. They always wear the sharpest of skins that look extremely fancy. Even you yourself can buy them but in order to do that you would have to know the best skin for each SMG skin.

MAC-10 | Stalker

cs2 mac 10 skins
MAC 10 [Screenshot by eXputer]
When you talk about the MAC-10 you would expect it to be the fast-paced gun it is. To complement that aspect of the weapon you must equip and buy the Stalker. The primary color for the weapon is a bright yellow which has an interesting design of tiger stripes. The bottom half of the weapon has a bright blue color painted accompanied by similar stripes and spots. There are random cheetah spots drawn onto the weapon.

MP5-SD | Kitbash

cs2 mp5 skins
MP5 [Screenshot by eXputer]
For the classic MP5-SD, you should have something equipped that manages to be up to standard. The Kitbash does just that. With a design that pays an ode to previous skins of the skin and has a small feature from each of the models. The primary colors for the weapon skin are blue and black. There is a yellow essence painted on the barrel and stock. There is various duct tape wrapped around the weapon.

MP7 | Abyssal Apparition

cs2 mp7 skins
MP7 [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Abyssal Apparition is a very unique depiction of monster art. Upon looking at you get the idea of a monster mostly likely the Kraken. It is most likely sucking in the souls of the unworthy which is a little spooky if you look into it a bit. The primary colors for the design are mainly orange and black with a hint of white. There is also a Chromatic Aberration effect in the design.

MP9 | Hydra

cs2 mp9 skins
MP9 [Image Credits: eXputer]
The award for the best-evil-looking weapon skin should definitely go to Hydra in CS2 and it is for the MP9. The primary color for the weapon is green and many other shades of it. With the help of the various green shades, there is a sort of triangular pattern drawn onto the weapon. The main attraction of the weapon skin is the black snakes covering the slide of the SMG. The four snakes are a sort of ode to Operation Hydra. 

P90 | Emerald Dragon

cs2 p90 skins
P90 [Image Credits: eXputer]
The base color of the Emerald Dragon skin is matte black and therefore the name says the main design of the skin which is the dragon. Upon first look, you will see that it is a majestic Japanese Dragon that kind of looks like Shenron from Dragon Ball Z don’t you think?

PP-Bizon | High Roller

cs2 pp bizon skins
PP Bizon [Image Credits: eXputer]
Finally, for the extremely cool skin for the PP-Bizon, I have the High Roller. The skin is literally a work of art and has a dark red base color. It is essentially a Poker-inspired or based weapon skin and is extremely popular and in demand because of how stunning it is in CS2. A Royal Straight of cards has been drawn upon the weapon skin. In the background are the symbols for the various types of cards. 

UMP- 45 | Crime Scene

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UMP-45 [Image Credits: eXputer]
Introducing the CS2 UMP-45 Crime Scene skin – a standout with a hexagonal cage pattern in police siren colors, featuring crime tape spelling “CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS” on the slide. Initially from the Control Collection, its value surged when players discovered it, making it a potentially lucrative investment due to limited supply and increased demand.

Sniper Rifle Skins

The most important aspect of the game is late-game sniping. Many players tend to use the sniper endgame in order to gain the upper hand. The pro snipers tend to buy various sniper skins so that even the opponent knows and feels the boast when they get killed. Sniper skins are rather expensive when compared to the rest of the weapon skins in CS2.

AWP | Hyper Beast 

cs2 awp skins
AWP [Screenshot by eXputer]
The AWP’s Hyper Beast skin stands out with a dark blue base and a vibrant, dangerous, and multicolored monstrous animal illustration. Over the last five years, Hyper Beast has been the most popular AWP skin in CSGO, and its popularity is expected to continue in CS2. Originally introduced in the Falchion Case on January 14, 2015, Hyper Beast gained widespread popularity along with other skins from the case.

G3SG1 | Chronos

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G3SG1 [Screenshot by eXputer]
Well, the Chronos skin is pretty “Time Oriented” if you see how it looks. Yes, that joke didn’t work like “Clockwork”. Anyways, the skin is basically a smooth design of clock mechanisms all over the gun. Moreover, the design is specially painted on the Stock, Grip, Muzzle, and some parts of the scope. Chronos is an extremely beautiful weapon skin to have, especially because of its unique design and incredible color palette of purple and hints of yellow.

SCAR-20 | Bloodsport

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Scar 20 [Image Credits: eXputer]
The best CS2 weapon skin for the SCAR-20 would be the Bloodsport, which is a very aesthetic-looking skin. At first sight, you would see how futuristic the design is. The whole skin is based on three primary colors: red, white, and gray. There are various inscriptions on the weapon itself, such as the NINJA and VOLTAIC. Many symbols, like the kitten one, are also there.

SSG 08 | Bloodshot

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SSG 08 [Image Credits: eXputer]
For the SSG 08, the Bloodshot is the best weapon skin to equip because of its amazing style design. It has an almost creepy look to it, which has the base colors of gray and green, along with some hinted orange patches. The main aspect of the weapon is the one-eyed monster with its teeth and tongue out. It has an incredible color scheme to it, along with the red flames in the muzzle and top part of the weapon.

Heavy Shotgun Skins

In closed-range combats, there is nothing that can beat the heavy shotguns in the game. They are incredibly fun to lay with and even more so when you have incredible skin-equipped. The developers and game designers of CS2 have been kind enough to release some cool skins for the shotguns. You will get to know the best skin for each individual shotgun.

MAG-7 | Cinquedea

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MAG 7 [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Cinquedea came straight from the Medival era and it shows as you look at the skin with its incredibly old entails. Even the wooden panel has been designed to give an old look. The main frame and base of the gun have a sort of red, blue, and white enamel design. The enamel plates are also an ode to the 1800s. There is a gold and red pattern at the handle and lower rim of the gun.

Nova | Antique

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Nova [Image Credits: eXputer]
In CS2, Nova is a pretty unique and old-fashioned gun when it comes to its schematics. It is a Classic shotgun, and that is why having the Antique skin for it is the best way to do it. Antique skin is a popular weapon skin in CS2 due to its simplicity. It has a wooden texture drawn on the stock and hand support of the weapon which is how shotguns looked in the old days. To fancy it up a bit, there is a gold pattern drawn on the center of the weapon. 

Sawed-Off | Apocalypto

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Sawed-Off [Image Credits: eXputer]
Most people usually do not go for the Sawed-Off Shotgun, but when it’s time for some not-so-serious action, you pull it out. The best weapon skin for the Sawed-Off in CS2 is the Apocalyptic. The skin is very complex skin with a color palette of purple and teal, which look beautiful together. There is a sort of hand that is teal in color, reaching for a planetary bomb in space. But the rest of the skin is just the space filled with stars and rockets.

XM1014 | Incinegator

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XM1014 [Image Credits: eXputer]
Now, for the XM1014, there is a skin that best describes its aggressive playstyle and gives justice to it. That CS2 weapon skin is, of course, the Incinegator, which is a great skin to have equipped when you are running the XM1014. It has an Alligator drawn onto the weapon with dark green skin and sharp teeth. It is sort of breathing fire like a dragon, and the fire extends to the end of the barrel.

Heavy Machine Gun Skins

In Counter-Strike 2, most beginners tend to start with Heavy Machine guns because of their high fire rate. However, experienced and professional players usually steer clear of them. In the community, you would sort of find it a little kiddy if you play with them. It is because they are a bit OP and require little to no skill to master. 

M249 | Downtown

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M249 [Screenshot by eXputer]
The M24k Downtown skin in CS2 draws inspiration from Downtown LA’s vibrant streets and graffiti art scene. Featuring primary base colors of blue with light purple outlines, the skin captures the essence of street art in the city.

Originally released through the Recoil Case, known for popular skins, the Downtown Skin offers a chance to easily obtain it in Factory New condition. It’s a notable part of the Recoil Collection.

Negev | Drop Me

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Negav [Image Credits: eXputer]
The top-tier skin for the Negev in CS2 is the Drop Me skin. Despite the Negev being an underused weapon due to its low damage, the visually stunning Drop Me skin has sparked interest. With a rusty brown base, it features symbols like a STOP sign logo with “DR” in black ink on the handgrip and a washed-off green-painted snake in the center.

Retrieved from the Recoil Case, known for popular skins, Drop Me is part of the Recoil Collection, sharing the spotlight with skins like Incinegator for the XM1014.

Knife Skins

In CS2, there are plenty of knives that are extremely rare and can be fun to play around with. The disrespect that a melee kill gives is profound in the game. There have been many skins put out into the game that are amazing to look at. Apart from the weapons, Knife Skins in CS2 are by far the most popular skins to get in the game. Let’s look at the Best CS2 Knife Skins you should aim to get!

Nomad Knife | Crimson Web

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Nomad Knife [Image Credits: eXputer]
The Crimson Web skin for the Nomad Knife is one of the most sought-after skin in CS2. There have been speculations that the skin might jump to a much higher price due to scarcity. Well, apart from the great investment opportunity, the skin has its own flare. It is, without a doubt, the best-looking knife skin for the Nomad knife in CS2. Looks wise, you can see why it is called the Crimson Web. The crimson-red color gives the weapon a distinct look, along with the cool cobweb designs on the skin. 

Paracord Knife | Blue Steel 

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Paracord Knife [Image Credits: eXputer]
The Paracord Knife Blue Steel skin is essentially a hand blade with different hues of color, including green, purple, and blue. The hues are painted onto the steel-based alloy blade that is not that shiny in perspective and has a grubby look to it. 

Butterfly Knife | Lore

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Butterfly Knife [Screenshot by eXputer]
Now, for the famous Butterfly Knife in CS2, I have the Lore skin, which is majestic to look at, especially for such a famous weapon. The design is definitely taken directly from the AWP Dragon Lore skin. The skin is a gold-painted knife with a sort of Norse mythological type of vibe to it. That is because the skin looks like it was taken from the early days. The edge is engraved with Norse symbols and has stones embedded onto the handle as well.

Now you know the best weapon skins for each gun in CS2. The list is primarily made from the popularity and visual aesthetics of each individual skin. So It will help you decide which skin to buy and invest in.

While you’re at it make sure to check out our guide on how to get better at CS2 to help you get the schematics of the game if you’re new at it. Comment down below your thoughts on your favorite CS2 weapon skin.

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