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The Most Expensive Skins In Rust

Rust is a unique and popular survival game in which players tend to spend 1,000, 5,000, or even 10,000 hours playing over the span of years. The gameplay loop is already both chaotic and addicting, and the introduction of a skin market only provided more reasons to return.

An in-game weapon or item skin is simple. It does not improve gameplay or offer a substantial boost to recoil reduction, for example, but it does offer variety. In a game like Rust, where the community lives and breathes raids and farming, a little variety is a fantastic thing.

That being said, some of these skins are a little out of most people's price range. A few go for well over $1,000, with many reaching hundreds of dollars months, if not years, after their release. It may be unfathomable to imagine someone spending over $1,000 on an in-game skin, like a facemask, and yet folks do precisely that all of the time. The Rust skin market is apparently very lucrative.

With that, here are the most expensive skins in Rust.

Grandmother's Gift Barricade

Who doesn't love the holidays? If you spend your holiday break playing Rust, as many do, chances are you want to spruce up your 2x2 with a little holiday cheer. Well, Grandmother's Gift Barricade covers all the bases, with its festive design, bulletproof material, and... overwhelming cost. 

If your loved ones put cash in your stocking, then this barricade skin, which usually sells for around $70, could be yours.

Designed for the Christmas Contest of 2016 by Krovv, Grandmother's Gift Barricade won first place and was highlighted by developer Facepunch for the holidays. These days, the only way to nab this sandbag barricade skin is via the Steam Market, where players request lower prices and are subsequently ignored due to the rarity of this particular piece. If you pull the trigger, never sell. You never know how high the price will rise on a barricade skin. You could end up profiting pretty substantially.

Zipper Face

When you think of creepy games, do you think of Rust? Chances are you don't. You likely imagine games like Resident Evil or Phasmophobia or even Among Us, but likely not the action-survival world of Facepunch's hit game. But the community wants to change the perception of the game through the use of slightly terrifying in-game skins, like the Zipper Face, which genuinely unnerves players.

It's not often you see someone wearing a balaclava in-game, unfortunately. When you stumble across another player, chances are high they are donning a road sign helmet or metal facemask, which makes the Zipper Face all the more terrifying, as it is rare and quite creepy.

Zipper Face, which was created by OverPovered, was a contest entry for the Rust Nightmare Fuel Skin Competition near the Halloween holiday in 2015. By its popularity, it's pretty clear Zipper Face won the contest, providing OverPovered with recognition within the Rust modding scene and player community. To live out your nightmarish fantasies with Zipper Face, you'll pay between $150 and $165.

Plate Carrier - Black

Is Rust the type of game where tactical gameplay makes sense? No, absolutely not. But does it matter? No. Rust is a ton of fun, especially when you run with a tight-knit clan or chaotic zerg. When you clan up, chances are someone might want to coordinate outfits. What better way to do that than have everyone in matching tactical vests?

The Black Plate Carrier is reminiscent of military or law enforcement body armor, which helps provide a tactical look to any Rust player, especially when paired with the right metal facemask. You will most often see the Black Plate Carrier paired with the Big Grin or Punishment Mask, making the entire ensemble extremely expensive and rare. 

If you see a clan dressed up in all Black Plate Carriers with AK47s in hand, you are likely in for a bad time. If you want to don the Black Plate Carrier yourself, expect to pay between $160 and $180.

Alien Red

The AK47 is one of the most accessible top-tier weapons in Rust. It is a high-end, craftable firearm, and though it takes some time to adapt to its overwhelming recoil, it is a force to be reckoned with once you do. It's also a status symbol, more so once you equip an expensive or rare skin on it. 

The Alien Red is precisely that — alien. The colors are somewhat dulled on this AK47 skin, allowing for nighttime raids without fear of standing out in the shadows. Don't let that fact get you down on it, though: Alien Red is attractive and worth using in the field on your AK. The alien-like symbols, especially along the barrel, add to the out-of-this-world aesthetic. 

With a price tag ranging from $170 to $180 at any given time, this one will set you back for the privilege of running one of Rust's top AK skins.

Freshly Dug Grave

To respawn in the world of Rust, you need to place a sleeping bag. Most bags are boring, brown in color, and stuffed into a bush somewhere before making a play. But if you want to sleep in style, held in the cold caress of a corpse, the Freshly Dug Grave sleeping bag skin by XTab is precisely what you need.

XTab is well-known in the Rust skin community, as many, many of his past skins were accepted by Facepunch and officially sold each week to the community. In the case of Freshly Dug Grave, XTab designed the sleeping bag skin for Halloween 2015, making it a limited-edition, rare, and often expensive in-game skin.

If you want to sleep in a grave, you will pay between $180 and $190 for the privilege. That may seem like a lot, but you'll at least find yourself in quite the exclusive club once you make the purchase.

Tempered Mask

Players love the shimmering colors of tempered skins in Rust. A few of the top skins on the market — the most expensive fare — include tempered items. The Tempered Mask remains within the top ten Rust skins, with its purple and gold alternating colors that definitely stand out in the game's bleak world. This skin is one typically worn by the hardcore PvPers who don't care about camouflage.

Designed by Milho Frito, another well-known name within the Rust skin community, the Tempered Mask is one of 27 unique Tempered skins created by Mr. Frito in the past. In total, the Portugal native currently has over 85 items accepted and sold in Rust

To don the Tempered Mask, prepare to fork over anywhere from $210 to $240. A few players cross their fingers and request prices as low as $190, but those never come to fruition. Folks love the tempered glare.

Creepy Clown Bandana

While perhaps the most eye-catching bandana skin to grace Rust, the Creepy Clown Bandana is embroiled in controversy. After its acceptance, in which its creator pocketed some of the proceeds from each sale (Facepunch routinely pays out $1,000,000 in total to its skin creator community), it came to light that, unfortunately, it was plagiarized. Since the accusation, the creator deleted his account and removed the listing on the Steam Workshop. Despite this, you can still purchase the skin through the Market, though none of the money goes to the "creator" who swiped the design.

If you want to dress up as a creepy clown to terrorize fresh spawns at the beach, expect to pay between $210 and $240. You could get lucky, though, and find a custom server with the Creepy Clown Bandana as a stock item. That could at least let you try it on, even if you don't get to keep it.

Fire Jacket

When you were growing up, did you ever want to become a firefighter? It seems possible many children enjoyed the same dream after seeing a bright red truck with flashing lights. Most likely grew up and entered into other careers, though perhaps some felt the call of the fire truck all their lives. Fortunately, those folks can live out their dream in Rust with the Fire Jacket

As one of the only jacket skins to grace the front page of the Rust Market, the Fire Jacket, designed by QRD, is simple yet extremely high quality. It looks like a genuine firefighter's jacket. 

Get ready to fight fires, or start them at your neighbor's base, with the Fire Jacket for the quite hefty asking price of $250 to $280. Like all of the other high-end skins in Rust, players routinely ask for a more reasonable price. For a jacket skin, it's understandable someone wouldn't want to fork over $300. Sadly, there are few deals to be found on this one.

Horror Bag

Who would've thought a sleeping bag would be so immensely popular in the Rust skin community? Every player needs to have one, though, so you might as well invest in something that is both cool-looking and, potentially, a collector's item.

The Horror Bag is yet another Halloween 2015 sleeping bag skin, this time with jack-o-lanterns and bats adorning an orange sleeping bag. It's festive, it's fun, and it is expensive. For this Halloween-themed sleeping bag, designed by MDemon, prepare your wallet for shock. You'll need to pay between $350 and $370. There aren't many in the wild, which is certainly driving demand for the eye-popping price tag you see before you. It's highly doubtful the price will drop anytime soon — at least not significantly.

Whether you're building a Halloween-themed base or simply want to mix up your sleeping bag situation, you could do far worse than the Horror Bag and all its glory. Just remember, prices change on the marketplace, so keep an eye out for fluctuations.

Glory AK47

Unlike other AK47 skins, like Alien Red, the Glory AK47 features intricately-detailed markings, including suns adorning the magazine well, front sight, and rear of the upper receiver. The assault rifle still features its iconic shovel handle stock and tape grips but they're now a subdued red that pairs extremely well with the gold and silver engravings.

The Glory AK47 comes from MDE, another popular skin creator with over 69 accepted skins available on the Market. At the time of this writing, however, this one is currently his most popular and most expensive.

To wield the Glory AK47 in-game, prepare to empty between $400 and $430 from your wallet. This is a rare one, indeed. There are a few for sale on the marketplace, but those go quickly, despite the exorbitant price tag for each skin. If you genuinely want a Glory AK47, watch the market listing like a hawk. The moment the price drops to a somewhat reasonable number, nab it for yourself.

Tempered MP5

Milho Frito is back with yet another Tempered Rust skin. This time around, the popular skin creator focused on the military-grade MP5 — one of the best submachine guns in the game. The Tempered MP5 copies the style and color scheme of the Tempered Mask, with alternating purple and gold colors from top to bottom along the receiver, mag well, handguard, and forward sight.

If your goal is to remain basked in shadows, sneaking up on opponents and scoping out bases, then the Tempered MP5 is likely not your go-to skin. It is, however, a collector's item that will help you stand out in the world of Rust if that's your aim.

To get one of your own, you'll pay between $400 and $430. If your goal is to stand out on your server, the Tempered MP5, even for the ridiculous price, is a surefire way to either make yourself a prime target for a raid or to ensure a YouTube-worthy play against fully-geared roamers. 

Demonic Pistol

The Demonic Pistol is the first and only pistol skin featured on the front page of the marketplace, and gets its name from the numerous foreboding black skulls adorning the starter pistol. If the skulls weren't edgy enough, then turn your attention to the grip, where a series of small bones appear wrapped in metal plates.

Designed by LittleRanger and accepted in October of 2017, the Demonic Pistol remains a fan-favorite, as it easily holds its position within the top five on the Rust Market. The next closest skin beneath it is generally around $40 to $50 lower in price, which is a large margin to make up.

For an astounding price ranging between $450 and $470, the Demonic Pistol could quickly become your most expensive sidearm in Rust. Thankfully, you should have no fear of carrying it while farming, as you can always craft another pistol back at base and apply this overly expensive skin.

Big Grin

The Metal Facemask is arguably one of the most popular Rust items to reskin and sell on the marketplace. The possibilities for unique designs are only limited by the imagination, which is why you'll see clowns, scrapyard demons, and the Big Grin selling so very well on the Market.

Despite not holding the top spot, the Big Grin Metal Facemask is in high demand within the Rust community. Clans don it when going out on raids, pairing the metal face armor with the Black Plate Carrier and an AK47.  The skin was made by a user who goes by Jean-Luc Picard, and it's safe to assume he made quite a hefty sum on its sale. Facepunch accepted Big Grin in 2016, sold it on the game's official weekly marketplace, and the rest is history.

Currently, Big Grin sells for between $680 and $700, depending on the week. You would be hard-pressed to find one, though, as Big Grin is one of the rarest facemask skins in the game.

Alien Relic SMG

Anyone who plays Rust will know the iconic Alien Relic SMG, which remains one of the rarest and most popular submachine gun skins in the whole game. It is perhaps one of the rarest of all skins. It is so rare, in fact, that you could play the game for thousands of hours and never see one in the wild. Those who buy this particular skin generally do so as a collector's item to be kept in their Steam Inventory for bragging rights.

The Alien Relic SMG comes from Rcham, a popular Rust YouTuber, and user Dino Blunt Yuh, both of whom earned their fame with this unique submachine gun skin.

Are you ready for the price tag? Currently, the Alien Relic SMG sells for anywhere between $1,100 and $1,200. Even more astounding is the fact that over 280 players want to buy one for more than $700. That's a lot of people willing to drop an entire month's mortgage payment on a single in-game weapon skin.

Punishment Mask

The most expensive, most popular, and rarest of all in-game skins available in Rust is very likely The Punishment Mask. Officially named the 4 Deuces Skull Mask by creator StabbyMcStabface, the skin was renamed to the Punishment Mask, despite its influence stemming from U.S. Navy Seals, not Marvel's The Punisher.

The Punishment Mask currently sells for between $1,500 and $1,600 on any given day. More astounding is the number of players typically lining up to buy the mask for over $1,000. Unfortunately for them, only a handful are ever available at any given time, and they all sell for more than $1,500. Even its creator would be shocked by the current price. On his workshop store page, he once wrote about how common it was to see the facemask sell for up to $300 dollars, which was high in his opinion. If only he knew how much the price would jump later on.