Will CS:GO skins & inventory carry over to Counter-Strike 2?

Will CS:GO skins & inventory carry over to Counter-Strike 2?
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


1st Aug 2023 09:49

Finding out whether your CS:GO skins and inventory carry over to Counter-Strike 2 is essential if you've got a sizable collection, as you could be at risk of losing a lot of money if they are lost.

As CS:GO's skin marketplace is entirely player-driven, allowing anyone to buy any skin providing that they meet the right price, it would be quite troubling if you weren't able to carry these skins over to the new game.

Considering that the most expensive CS:GO skin ever sold exceeds into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it would be quite a disaster if these items were bound to a game that will in theory cease to exist.

Thankfully we've got all of the answers you'll need below, so make sure to continue reading to find out if CS:GO skins will carry over to Counter-Strike 2.

Will CS:GO skins carry over to Counter-Strike 2?

Image showing that CS:GO skins carry over to Counter-Strike 2
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Thankfully, all of your CS:GO skins will carry over to Counter-Strike 2, so you won't have to worry at all if you've got a sizable inventory.

That means your Dragon Lore AWP with four Katowice 2014 iBUYPOWER stickers will still be there when you make the jump, so you won't have wasted the thousands of dollars needed to acquire it in the first place.

Furthermore, it is not just limited to gun skins either, as all of your knives, stickers, coins, agent skins, and patches will be ported over once the migration has been made.

Will skins look different in Counter-Strike 2?

Image of the AWP Dragon Lore skin in CS:GO
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It won't just be a case of getting your skins too, as all of the graphical and lighting improvements from the move to Source 2 will also apply to the skins. There will be an extra shine to all your knives, added beauty to your gun skins, and a lovely glow to any holographic stickers you might have.

The only thing that might be missing is an updated model for the M4A4 Howl skin, as that has been long abandoned by Valve due to a copyright lawsuit. It will still likely stay in your inventory, but don't expect it to look any nicer than it already does.

  • Looking to pick up one of the knives before CS2 comes out? Check out our CS:GO knife commands list to test them all out for free

So, that wraps up everything you need to know if you were wondering whether your skins and inventory will transfer to Counter-Strike 2 when it releases or in the Limited Test.

You'll also want to check out our Counter-Strike homepage for all of the latest news and guides surrounding the top FPS game.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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