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Case Hardened in CS: GO: What You Need to Know

While you have an endless list of the best multi-player shooting games to play, one of the most iconic is Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO). If you are an avid video game player, then it is easy to understand how the game works. For newbies, on the other hand, it is overwhelming. You need to understand a lot of things, and one of the most important that you need to know is the concept of case hardened. To know more about what it is and why it is important, keep on reading and learn from the insights we’ll share in this short article. 

Meaning of Case Hardened 

At its most basic, case hardened is a weapons skin. They are considered the most unusual of the skins that you can obtain when playing CS: GO. You will find an entire catalog of these skins, indicating how complicated they are.


To make it easier to understand the meaning of case hardened, let’s have a visual scenario. Imagine you have a hot tub filled with chemicals. Put your weapon in the tub. Take it off the tub. As a result, the weapon is now covered with chemicals, which will also harden it. There is now a protective coating, which shields against potential damages, including scratches. In a nutshell, it hardens the weapon. 


To understand case hardened skins, you also need to know the meaning of float value. It ranges from 0.00 to 1.00. The higher the number is, the more worn out the skin is, which also means that it is more affordable. A higher float value corresponds to more visible scratches and other damages. 

Colors and Patterns 

Whether you have a knife, FiveSeven, or AK47 case hardened, the appearance will differ. They have various colors and patterns. There are four colors available – blue, purple, gold, and silver. The patterns, on the other hand, are variable. They are unlike any other skin you will find playing CS: GO, which is also what drives its trading value. 

The rarest of the case hardened patterns will have a large percentage of blue. The standard is to have 5 to 10% of blue. The rarest patterns will have up to 50% blue, which will also be the most expensive. The value can go more than 350% of the market price. The bluer the pattern is, the higher is the skin’s value. Avid gamers and collectors are willing to spend a lot to have these rare items in their arsenal. 

Gold is the second rarest pattern in case hardened skins. It is almost impossible to have an AK47 or knife that is completely gold. While gold is an expensive color, a lot of players are not keen to have it since it does not look as good as blue. 

Silver and purple are more common patterns. They are not as sought-after compared to blue and gold. They have regular prices, so they are not as appealing as their rarer counterparts. 

Aside from their colors, it is also important that you know the different patterns that you will find in case-hardened weapons. A good example of a case hardened pattern is a full blue magazine, which has mirrored patterns on both sides. The blue color, however, is only a small percentage and visible only upon close inspection. Meanwhile, the galaxy pattern is one of the most interesting, which looks like oil spilled on the gun. It has purple blotches on the top and side. More so, there is also a blaze pattern, which is like a constellation. 

While there are different types of case-hardened skins possible in CS: GO, one of the most popular is the one for AK47. It was first released in August 2013 as a part of The Arms Deal Collection. The patterns in AK47 are designed in a cookie cutter fashion, which means that the color palette is pre-made. This means that it is highly possible that there are duplicates. The rifle’s metal parts are hardened and coated with different colors and patterns. The buttstock and handguard, on the other hand, are made of wood. The handle, meanwhile, has a solid brown paint. 

On the other hand, when it comes to case hardened knives, there are five main categories – full gold, little blue, half blue, blue-edged, and completely blue. The patterns on the game side are the ones that dictate which among these categories the knife will belong to. To date, the most expensive case hardened knife sold is the Karambit | Case Hardened, which is said to have been retailed at $120,000. 


As noted above, hardened cases are skins in CS: GO. As the name implies, it creates a harder surface while also altering the physical appearance of the weapon where the skin is used. It is available in different colors and patterns. Blue and gold are the rarest, which is also why they have the highest market value. 

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