Many Counter Strike: Global Offensive players are still not aware that two cosmetic items with the same name might be similar, but often they aren’t identical. This is thanks to a mechanic referred to in-game as float value.
Understanding float values is essential if you want to trade CSGO skins for real money, or if you are planning some trade ups. Either way, here’s everything you need to know about CS:GO float.
What Is A Float Value?
All skins in the game are available in different wear levels, with some rare skins only available in the higher wear levels. These five levels include:
- Factory New
- Minimal Wear
The wear level of your skin represents how used up it is. The lower skin wear levels will generally have your gun covered in scratches, chipped paint, and various other damages. Although most skins are obviously more valuable in the higher float values, some rare examples might include skins that simply look better with a little wear on them. When you sell CSGO skins, always be sure to check prices for each individual float level on every skin.
The wear levels are not the only stat that’s tied to your skin’s condition. Besides one of the wear levels, your skin will also have a float value, represented by a number that ranges from 0 to 1. The float value corresponds to a skin of a different wear level:
- 0 – 0.07 – Factory New
- 0.07 – 0.15 – Minimal Wear
- 0.15 – 0.38 – Field-Tested
- 0.38 – 0.45 – Well-Worn
- 0.45 – 1 – Battle-Scarred
The lower the float value of your skin, the higher is it’s value. However, some float values in lower levels offer appealing visuals, and many players and collectors are willing to pay a large sum to have their favorite skins available in the best float value.
All this means that if you own two skins with the same wear levels, their CSGO float value might be different, and in turn there might be a significant difference in their looks. Thanks to this, even if you open two identical CSGO skins in your cases, you might still have two different items, with two different values.
What Are Some Rare Floats?
The game contains a large number of different rare skins. Some of them, like the legendary AWP Dragon Lore can be easily worth thousands of dollars. However, besides the skin wear level, many players are on a constant hunt for the rarest float values of their favorite skin. Thanks to this feature some skins become even more rare. Some of the rarest, most expensinve floats include:
- Karambit Vanilla 0.00000 float value – Easily one of the rarest skins currently available in the game, simply because there exists only one and further copier are unobtainable. This super rare float value knife was given to a player, who contacted the Steam Support regarding their stolen Karambit Vanilla. No one really knows how much the skin is worth, as it’s owner not selling it in the nearest future.
- M249 Gator Mesh 0.00000000089966 – It might look surprising, that this common skin is so expensive, yet here it is. This particular float value Gator Mesh is actually one of the lowest float value skins currently available in the game, which makes it an extremely rare and valuable collector’s item. This float value version is one of the best weapon skins CSGO has to offer.
- Ak-47 Case Hardened Blue Gem Scar Pattern – This exceptionally rare variant of the signature terrorist gun looks like it has a golden scar going through it’s ammo clip. Although the Case Hardened skin is already one of the more expensive AK-47 skins you can get, this particular pattern available only in select few float values is worth even mroe on the Steam market.
Can I Predict What Float Value Skin I Will Get?
There is currently no method to check what will be the float value of the skin that you open from a weapon case. The process is completely random, and you will always open one of the skins offered within the weapon case with a different value. It is possible, but not very likely to open two skins with the same float value, although to do this you would need to open many different cases.
It is possible, however, to calculate the possible float value of the skins you get from trade up contracts. The game uses a mathematical formula, which you can calculate by yourself, or simply use a trade up calculator to do all the complicated math for you.
To Sum Up
Here is everything you need to know about CS:GO float values. Check out the rest of our blog, where you can learn about other useful CS:GO features. Also, if you want to buy CSGO skins for the best prices possible, be sure to check out some of the offers available at OPmarket!