Everything You Need to Know about CS:GO Float and Wear Rating
Every CS:GO player knows that skins are indispensable to the game. Even though some think that skins do not have a purpose, a well-designed skin can make you stand out from the crowd and add more personality to your character. So, if you have found a skin that you want to buy, you need to know the factors that determine the price of a CS:GO skin. The biggest factor is the skin’s condition, and this is determined by wear level and float.
As we all know, CS:GO skins come in five different wear variations: Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field-Tested, Well-Worn, and Battle-Scarred. A skin’s wear tells us how worn it is, but there are even more variations within each wear level. But isn’t this article about the CS:GO float? What does the wear level have to do with the float?
What Is Float in CS:GO?
Well, a CS:GO float determines which category (of the five mentioned above) the skin actually belongs in. To simplify this, CS:GO float value ranges from 0 and 1, where 0 is the least wear. If you are interested in how all this works in practice, stay tuned and check out our in-depth tutorial on CS:GO float and its connection to skin wear.
How Does CS:GO Float Work?
CS:GO skin float is a precise wear number of the skin. As soon as you open the case and get the skin out, a random number between 0 and 1 is assigned to it. The value of that number determines which wear group that skin belongs in. Here are the CS:GO float ranges:
- Factory New - 0 – 0.07
- Minimal Wear - 0.07 – 0.15
- Field-Tested - 0.15 – 0.37
- Well-Worn - 0.37 – 0.44
- Battle-Scarred - 0.44 – 1
Therefore not all skins within the same group look the same. Some are more scratched, while some of them look better compared to the rest of the skins in their group. So if you are looking to buy some new skins, keep that in mind, especially if you are buying the best Operation Riptide update skins!
Moreover, not every CS:GO skin float ranges from 0 to 1. For example, AWP | Fade has a float value ranging from 0.00 to 0.07, so this skin comes only in a Factory New condition. In comparison, the AWP | Asiimov float value ranges from 0.18 to 1.00, which means the best skin you can get is in Minimal Wear condition.
CSGO float value is also very important in the trading community. This is because it can help us differentiate skins from the same group. The better condition the skin is in, the higher it is worth, usually, but this is not necessarily the case. Some skins are rarer in a worse condition which makes them more expensive.
Be aware that you can’t manipulate float values in any way. There is a popular myth among the CS:GO community that the float value decreases when you use the gun. Don’t worry, it is absolutely untrue. If it were, everyone would be using skins that only come in Factory New condition, and eventually, someone would get it down to Minimal Wear and make a fortune. Moving your CS:GO mouse around won’t harm your skins or make them more valuable.
How To Check the CS:GO Float
You can check the skin’s float rating by going to your inventory and clicking on the ‘View Item’ button. Below the item description you will find the float value. It is also possible to check it on DMarket. If you are looking to buy the best cheap CS:GO skins, the float value is featured in the bottom left corner of every skin. There is also a colored bar below it to help you determine which category the skin belongs in and whether it is really worth the asking price.
What Is CS:GO Skin Wear
CS:GO wear is nothing other than the exterior look of a weapon. As we already mentioned, it is determined by skin float value, and there are only five wear groups. Factory New skins are the best option as these are guaranteed to almost always be in perfect condition. So, if money is not an object for you, just go for it and don’t even bother looking at other wear levels. But if you are on a budget, it would be smart to consider some other options.
Choosing the right one is crucial, so make sure to check them down below and find the one that is good enough for you.
Factory New (0.00-0.07)
As the name suggests, Factory New is the best possible skin wear currently available in the game. The weapon’s exterior design looks like the weapon itself has been freshly made, and it is straight out of the factory. The FN wear value ranges from 0 to 0.07.
Minimal Wear (0.07-0.15)
This wear group is the one that you most often see players use in the game. The Minimal Wear condition of the skin is the most popular due to its affordable prices with minimal impact on exterior quality. The MW wear rating ranges from 0.07 to 0.15.
Even though skins from this wear group are not preferred among hardcore players, this is a golden mean. Casual players may opt for Field-Tested variations of their favorite skins as they still look decent enough to play with, especially those with lower float values closer to MW. The FT float value ranges from 0.15 to 0.37.
Honestly, Well-Worn skins aren’t that good looking, but they are cheap. Skins from this wear group are perfect for players who do not want to invest too much money into the game, but they would still like to have some skins in their inventory. The WW float value ranges from 0.37 to 0.44.
The worst looking skins by far are from the Battle-Scarred group. They are usually cheap, but some of them can be valuable to skin collectors, especially the ones with max float value. The most famous is the Blackiimov with a float value of 0.99199, and it sells for more than $1,000 even though the regular BS Asiimov costs around $40. BS also has the widest wear rating range, ranging from 0.44 all the way up to 1.
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