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Some weapons that were introduced in the last update (cosmetic) feature different kinds of weapon skins, all really neat, in my opinion.

Some of the qualities range from Field-Tested, Battle Scarred, Factory New, Minimal Wear, even to Well-Worn.

Question is, do these affect gameplay? I'm pretty "poor", so I don't really have money to just throw on keys, and I'd like to know whether or not it's just a cosmetic look, or gives a slight battlefield advantage?

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Everything in the latest patch "Arms Deal" is cosmetic. Including the qualities range. A bit of flavour text I suspect, or a way of determining rarity.

Q: Can I buy items that will affect gameplay and give me an advantage?
A: No. All of the items are purely cosmetic.

You could argue that having a bright pink gun might put you at a disadvantage unless you are playing in happy candy fun land (I know it doesn't exist (yet!)).

The Valve FAQ released for this patch is worth a read.

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    'til Valve adds Pyrovision to CS:GO, I guess we won't be seeing much happy candy fun land yet :D.
    – childe
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 17:29
  • And does the quality change anything? Like will your skin ever "Wear off"?
    – Fredy31
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 17:59
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Weapons skins are "Vanity" And for looks only. However you can chose between an M4A4 and M4A1 skin for example. Each have their slight advantages and disadvantages. But switching from a "minimal wear" version to a "well worn" version does nothing but change the way it looks when you are playing. It will look beat up, but function the same.

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  • Please try to avoid adding answers which just duplicate already posted answers without adding any new information.
    – shanodin
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 4:35

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