I was wondering what the difference (in looks) was between 'factory new' and 'minimal wear' in Counter Strike: GO.


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A random exterior quality is chosen when a weapon skin is dropped, uncrated or received from a Trade Up Contract. The exterior quality simulates randomized wear and tear on the skin, and is determined when the skin drops. A weapon's exterior quality will not degrade over time and can never be changed.

The exterior quality hierarchy is the following, from best to worst:

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

Source: http://counterstrike.wikia.com/wiki/Skins

Overall you can say that Factory New looks best and the skin quality will get worse from quality to quality.


Factory new is a fully clean gun while the minimal wear has a few scratches but not really anything significant. If the prices vary too much, I would recommend getting the minimal wear as it is cheaper and still looks as good.

  • Thats not 100% correct, a factory new weapon can still have a few scratches and sometimes they can look worse than minimal wear
    – Nitro.de
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:35

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