CS:GO Weekly Drop system explained

Anyone who has played CS:GO has probably experienced more than a handful of times when they've been given an item at the end of a match — be it a case, graffiti, or weapon skin. Today, we will explain to you how the CS:GO weekly drop system exactly works. This article will answer questions such as:

  • When does the CS:GO weekly drop reset happen?
  • How to claim your weekly drops?
  • What’s the current pool of items you can get as your weekly drop?

How does the weekly drop system work in CS:GO?

Once a week after leveling up your Profile Rank, you get rewarded with a random item — either a weapon skin from the current pool (we elaborated on this here) or graffiti. You always get your drops after you finish a match, regardless of the game mode. To level up your Profile Rank, you'll need to collect 5,000XP.

The drop reset happens mid-week; Tuesday for NA players and Wednesday for EU players. To make your life easier, we have prepared a timer that counts down the time until the next weekly drop reset:


TIMER 


This timer works for all CS:GO servers

Such a timer can be helpful to you in many situations. If a drop reset is going to happen in 20 minutes, and you're just a few XP short of the next level, why not wait until the next game to pick up your weekly item right away? To make sure you know precisely when the weekly drop reset in CS:GO happens, make a note of this article and refer back to it whenever you need the information.

What items can you actually get for leveling up in CS:GO?

As we mentioned above, the only items you can get for leveling up Profile Rank are weapon skins and graffiti sprays

Skins

The skins we can get in the weekly drop depend on their pool set by Valve. The active pool of CS:GO skin collections includes:

  • The 2018 Inferno Collection
  • The 2018 Nuke Collection
  • The Dust 2 Collection
  • The Train Collection
  • The Safehouse Collection
  • The Lake Collection
  • The Italy Collection
  • The Bank Collection

These are the only collections from which you can receive skins as your weekly drop. 

As for skins from other collections like Cobblestone, Cache, or Overpass, buying them on the marketplace or opening a souvenir case is the only way to get them. That said, there is no chance to drop famous and super-expensive skins like AWP | Dragon Lore or M4A1-S | Icarus Fell for your weekly drop. The most expensive CS:GO weapon skin you can get as a weekly drop is worth about $215, and it’s an SG 553 | Intergale (Factory New) from the 2018 Inferno Collection.

Graffiti Sprays

You'd rather not drop graffiti. They are the least valuable of all items you can get and serve as a sort of “filler” in the CS:GO drop system. The worth of the vast majority of them does not even exceed a dollar. Currently, the most valuable graffiti is Recoil AWP, worth about $10.

How do you drop cases in CS:GO?

Cases fall out randomly at the end of the match and cannot be a reward for reaching a higher Profile Rank level. You are limited to drop three cases per week. What cases you get depends on whether you are a Prime or non-Prime player

Prime case drops

The current Prime case drop pool includes:

Non-Prime case drops

The current non-Prime case drop pool includes:

To clarify — You can get a drop from the non-Prime case drop pool as a Prime player, but it hardly ever happens.

Other drops and discontinued cases

There are 3 cases that you cannot drop or get at all other than by buying from another person; these are eSports 2014 Summer Case ($4.09), eSports 2013 Winter Case, and eSports 2013 case. Besides, all other cases are considered rare drops — there is really minimal chance to drop them. Rare case drops include some cases from relatively new operations like Operation Broken Fang Case and Shattered Web Case.

Conclusion

Cleverly using the weekly drop system is an effective way to get CS:GO skins for free. If you're interested in it, we recommend checking out our article, where we outlined several effective ways to boost your inventory without spending a dime.