Are you wondering which M4A4 skin will suit the best for your CS2 inventory? Here is a list of our best M4A4 skin picks in CS2.
The M4A4 is one of the used rifles for the CT side in Counter-Strike 2. While its counterpart, M4A1-S, offers precision, M4A4 is your best bet while spraying against multiple enemies. Previously, players needed to choose to equip a single rifle based on their play style. However, the new weapon loadout system in CS2 now allows you to equip both rifles simultaneously.
The M4A4 is based on the Mk-18 Mod 0 carbine rifle. While in CS2, it replaces the Maverick M4A1 Carbine. It has the upper hand with higher magazine capacity and fire rate compared to its silenced alternative, M4A1-S. Although the T-side counterpart Ak-47 does more damage, with less spreading recoil pattern, the M4A4 wins in accuracy margin.
CS2, the new title of the series, carries over all the weapon skins from its predecessor. However, some skins look different due to the updated lighting and rendering effect of source 2. So, finding a perfect wearable for your M4A4 in CS2 can often be confusing. Therefore, here we will list our best M4A4 skins in CS2 right now.
How Many M4A4 Skins are there in CS2?
As of 2023, a total of 39 M4A4 skins are available in the game. Among them, 1 Contraband, 13 Covert, 6 Classified, 7 Restricted, 6 Mil-Spec, and 6 Industrial Grade M4A4 skins are there.
Top 10 Best M4A4 Skins in CS2
Now, we’ll list our top 10 M4A4 skins that are available in CS2 right now, excluding Industrial and Consumer Grade. Note that the ranking is entirely based on our opinion and the visual appeal of the skins. Additionally, we also considered the popularity of the skins. Moreover, we prioritized how the skin looks over the price and wear. So, a better-looking, inexpensive skin can be placed in a higher rank than an expensive one.
However, the tier list is entirely subjective. The likeness and appeal of a skin may vary from person to person. So, this is a personalized recommendation to guide you in choosing your favorite M4A4 skin.
10. Spider Lily
Spider Lily provides a design featuring a dark tone and abstract art. It uses a softer color tone. The soft red streaks on a dark blue base simply soothe the eyes. The center part of the rifle has an image of red flowers against a dark blue background. The handle and the back part of the buttstock are grey. Surprisingly, a well-worn float works better for this cooler tone.
If you prefer a softer color tone for your skin, you can also take a look at the Tooth Fairy.
- Available in: Operation Riptide Collection Case
9. Buzz Kill
The Buzz Kill is an attractive-looking skin. The skin’s design does not feature any complex art form or drawings. The whole skin is adorned with various geometric patterns and lines. Still, using yellow and shades of green subtly makes it one of the eye-catching ones, almost reminding you of the Ak-47 Fuel Injector skin.
- Available in: Glove Collection Case
8. 龍王 (Dragon King)
If you’re into the fantasy world and admire mythical creatures, then you may also like the Dragon King M4. The main attraction of this skin is its astonishingly detailed artwork. The base color is purple, and part of the skin is accented with red. But among everything shines a mighty sea-dragon art painted in various shades of red. This is the kind of skin you get easily attracted to.
- Available in: Chroma Collection Case
The Asiimov collection is one of the most iconic skin lines in Counter-Strike’s history. The creator, Coridium, has included this skin for 5 different weapons. Although the AWP might be the most famous, other skins in this collection are equally appealing. The M4A4 Asiimov also features the same eminent color combination of white, black, and orange. Overall, the design exhibits a futuristic scheme and is a must-have item for Asiimov enjoyers.
- Available in: Winter Offensive Collection Case
6. Desolate Space
Desolate Space boasts an exceptionally well-crafted aesthetic. The theme it presents is of the vast and boundless space. A dead astronaut in a space suit can be seen surrounded by a cosmic landscape. The main color theme is violet and purple, where shades of blue accentuate the whole. The striking color combination to present an awestruck design art makes Desolate space outright memorable.
- Available in: Gamma Collection Case
Inspired by Poseidon, the Greek God of sea and storm, this skin depicts a mythological story. The base color is teal, resembling scenes from under the deep sea. We can see the image of Poseidon fighting against two sea monsters with all his might. Poseidon holds a golden trident and is painted in various shades of light teal. However, as appealing as the subaquatic art might be, this is one of the most expensive skins to find. Adding that to the rarity, Poseidon can be an incredible addition to your inventory.
- Available in: The Gods and Monsters Collection
Every skin in the Neo-Noir collection looks impressive, and the M4A4 is no exception. The creators of this skin donschi and Blazer chose a neo-noir comic art style, and it works perfectly. The main attraction of the design is a girl with a sword on the body part, with her fists reaching through the handle and the magazine. Using the color scheme of black and various shades of pink, purple, and blue does nothing but help the comic art style to flaunt more.
- Available in: Clutch Collection Case
3. The Emperor
The Emperor is all about elegancy. The Emperor tarot card inspires its design. Tarot is a Latin card game where The Emperor plays the role of the strategic mastermind. The Emperor can see through his enemy’s intentions and plans accordingly, representing the tactical side of CS2 matches. The prominent color of this skin is Blue. An image of a gray-haired emperor adorns the whole theme in his crown and with his golden scepter. The Latin number ‘IV’ is inscribed on the stock, representing the card number in the tarot deck. Overall, this skin provides a majestic and royal aura.
- Available in: Prisma Collection Case
Temukau is a skin for anime fans. It is a bright-looking skin. The painting is similar to the anime art style. The center part of the body has an image of a pink-haired anime girl throwing a smoke grenade. There are also numerous writings in Japanese and English. The whole body is painted with a blue and white-combination. Overall, the skin spreads a cartoonish design and might not suit everyone’s style.
- Available in: Revolution Collection Case
Talking about the rarest among the rare skins in CS2, meet Howl. Released in 2014 with the Huntsman Collection, Howl is one of the earliest M4A4 skins in the series. Based on some controversy and dispute over the artwork, Valve stopped generating new copies of Howl. Thus creating a new category, Contraband. Howl is the only Contraband skin in CS2.
Although all these incidents might make Howl one of the most discussed skins, it is not the only reason the skin is popular. The artwork and color pallet used are also intriguing enough for people to collect it. The whole skin boasts a color scheme of red and black, with the fiery head of a howling wolf being the centerpiece.
Starting at only 20$ to become one of the most expensive CS2 skins to date, Howl has made its own place. However, it is impossible to find a new Howl skin anymore. For those who already own this masterpiece, this has been an ornamental piece for their inventory.
- Available in: N/A
Hellfire can be the budget ‘Howl.’ It features a street art style. The main image is of an angry devil burning in fire, surrounded by white graffiti inscriptions. The overall color scheme is a combination of black, red, and brown. This color mixture can resemble a Howl from very far away. So, if you liked Howl but can not collect the rarest masterpiece, you might get interested in Hellfire.
Counter-Strike 2 has a huge selection of M4A4 skins. Naturally, it is impossible to include all of them in our top ten list. However, that shouldn’t stop you from choosing your own weapon skin despite its rarity, price, and look.
In any case, our top ten M4A4 skin list will set a general benchmark and give you a basic idea of what skin to go after, allowing you to choose something that suits your tastes.
Because Valve consistently adds new skins to the game, we will update our list as new skins are added.