Guide to CSGO Float Value and Wear

Toby Marshall
23 August 2022
Guide to CSGO Float Value and Wear

Anyone who is a good CSGO player will know how important skins are in the game, including float and wear, and how vital the game economy is. Although effectively, a CSGO skin doesn’t have a physical purpose, as it is simply an aesthetic item, a good, attractive and well-designed weapon skin can make your avatar stand out from the rest and it can even start to add some personality to your gaming character.

So, if you have managed to find a skin that you are looking to buy, you will need to understand the different factors that will determine the value and price of the skin.

The most important factor is the condition of the CSGO skin – and this is decided by its float and wear level.

Wear Levels

As most people that are familiar with the game know, CSGO skins are available in five different wear levels:

  • Factory New
  • Minimal Wear
  • Field-Tested
  • Well-Worn
  • Battle-Scarred

The wear of the skin indicates exactly how worn it is. However, there are different variations within each of those wear levels. 

Ultimately, this is an article about CSGO Float – so let’s see exactly how this actually ties on with the skin’s wear level.

Well, firstly, the CSGO float will determine which of the categories (of the above five wear levels mentioned above) that the skin belongs to. Simply put, a float value is anywhere between 0 and 1. The lower the skin wear, the closer the value is to 0. The most worn skins will have a float value closer to 1. So, let’s look a little more closely at how it exactly works.

How CSGO Float Values Work

The CSGO skin float is the exact wear number of any given CSGO skin. Whenever you open any given case and remove the skin, it will have a random number anywhere between 0 and 1 assigned to it. The value of the number will then decide which wear level the skin belongs to. The float value chart CSGO works as follows:

  • 0 – 0.07 = Factory New Skin
  • 0.07 – 0.15 = Minimal Wear Skin
  • 0.15 – 0.38 = Field-Tested Skin
  • 0.38 – 0.45 = Well Worn Skin
  • 0.45 – 1 = Battle Scarred Skin

As such, not all skins within the same wear level are of the same exact quality and look exactly the same. Those towards the higher end of the group will be more scratched and worn, whilst those at the lower end of the groupage will look better. A field-tested skin with a float value of 0.16 will look better than one valued at 0.37, although they are at the same level.

So, if you are on the hunt for some new CSGO skins to buy, then this is something you need to bear in mind, especially if you are parting with a substantial amount of money. Look for the float value and not just the wear level.

What’s more, not every skin is available at every wear level. So, for example, you can only obtain an AWP | Fade skin with a float value between 0.00 and 0.07, meaning that it is only available to purchase in a Factory New wear level condition. On the other hand, a sling such as AWP | Asiimov is only available with a float range between 0.18 and 1.00, meaning that it is completely unavailable in Factory New condition – and the best you can get is Minimal Wear.

Understanding float value CSGO is vital if you are thinking of becoming a player in the trading community and getting involved in CSGO trading sites. This value helps traders to be able to differentiate skins that are classed within the same ear group. The better the skin condition is, the lower the float value and usually the higher its monetary value. However, although this is true in most cases, it isn’t always true. Some CSGO skins are actually rarer in a worse wear condition which makes them more valuable and more expensive.

You also need to be aware that it is impossible to manipulate the float value in any way, shape or form. Some people in the Counter-Strike community believe that if you use the gun, the float value on the skin will decrease… but the good news is that this is completely false. If this was the case, every player would be using a skin that only comes in Factory New position, keep using the gun it’s on… and eventually, one player would then get it down to minimal wear – they would then be able to sell it for a fortune as it would be the only Minimal Wear skin of that type, making it as rare as it’s possible to be!

Ultimately, using the skin on a gun and playing won’t damage your skin and it certainly won’t make it any more or less valuable.

How to See Float Value CSGO

It isn’t difficult to check the float value and rating of a CSGO skin. You simply need to head over to your inventory and click your mouse on the ‘View Item’ button. You will then see a description of the item and, underneath this, will be the item’s float value. You can also check the value on DMarket. If you are on the hunt for a top but cheap CSGO skin, then you will be able to see the float value displayed at the bottom left corner of all of the skins. You will also see a coloured bar underneath this, which will indicate what wear category the skin is in – and you can use this to determine whether or not the skin is worth the price that it is being sold at.

Understanding CSGO Skin Wear

The wear of a CSGO skin is simply how that skin looks on the exterior of the weapon. As we stated previously, the wear level of the skin is determined by the float value of the skin – and there are five possible wear level groups. The best option to go for, if you have the option, are Factory New skins, which are pretty much guaranteed to be in practically perfect condition. So, if you have plenty of money at your disposal and the skin is available at Factory New level, then you shouldn’t even entertain getting any other wear level.

However, if you are working to a budget, it wouldn’t hurt to look at some of the other available options. Choosing the best skin for your budget is important. So, make sure you check what each wear level is and whether it is good enough for what you are looking for:

Factory New (FN) CSGO Skin

As the name indicates, this is a skin that looks brand new and is the very best skin wear that is available in the CSGO game. The skin will look exactly as it would if it had been delivered straight from the factory floor – freshly made with no flaws, no scratches and no imperfections. The FN float value will range between 0.00 and 0.07.

Minimal Wear (MW) CSGO Skin

The Minimal Wear skin group is the one that is most commonly seen amongst CSGO players. The reason that the Minimal Wear skin range is so popular is because it looks like it is of a very high quality with very few visible imperfections, but it normally comes at a much more affordable price than a Factory New skin. It is like buying a car less than a year old – it still looks great but is much cheaper than if you were to drive it straight off the sales forecourt. The MW float value will range between 0.07 and 0.15.

Field-Tested (FT) CSGO Skin

Although this quality of CSGO skin isn’t popular with the more professional and serious CSGO players, they are a great choice for the more casual players of the game. A more casual player may choose to purchase a Field-Tested wear level of their preferred skin because it still looks good enough to play with, but you can get it for a much more reasonable price, especially if its float value is closer to Minimal Wear. The FT float value will range between 0.15 and 0.38.

Well-Worn (WW) CSGO Skin

The truth of the matter is that, as the name suggests, a Well-Worn skin doesn’t usually look that great. However, on the plus side, they can be bought pretty cheaply. A skin from this wear level is perfect for a player that isn’t yet ready to invest a lot of money into their game yet but still wants to get some skins into their Steam inventory. The WW float value will range between 0.38 and 0.45.

Battle-Scarred (BS) CSGO Skin

This is the lowest of all five levels and these are the worst-looking skins in the CSGO games. As such, you can usually get hold of these pretty cheaply. Having said that, some Battle-Scarred skins can end up being pretty valuable for skin collectors – particularly those that have a maximum float value, as close to 1 as possible. An excellent example of this is the famous Blackiimov. This has a float value of 0.99199 and actually sells for a whopping $1,000 – despite the fact that a standard Battle Scarred Asiimov costs just $40. This group is also the one with the widest float value range as it includes weapons graded between 0.45 to 1.

So, hopefully, you know enough about float value now to be able to help you when looking for your next CSGO skin purchase. Remember to check the value at the market – and, if possible, go for the Factory New skins where possible. Good luck and get trading!

Author Toby Marshall