How Rust Skins Work and How to Obtain Them

Rust is a first-person shooter that utilizes skins. These in-game items can make your experience a lot more enjoyable, even though they don’t contribute anything to the underlying numbers that determine how much damage you deal or can absorb. This guide will tell you more about the topic if you love Rust skins as much as most players do.

How to Use Rust Skins

Using skins in Rust is quite easy. All you need to do is select one of the skins associated with an item that you’re about to craft, and after the item is crafted it will have the skin, you have chosen for it. Remember, however, that before you can use a particular skin, you need to own it.

If you want to change the skin of an item in Rust, it’s enough to drop the item into the repair bench and then select a different skin for it.

How to Get Skins in Rust

Rust Skins

Anyone who uses Rust skins should know how to get skins in Rust. There are multiple ways in which you can obtain them.

The Rust Item Store

This is the most obvious choice. If you want a skin, go to the Rust Item Store and buy it. This store can be found by entering Rust and selecting the appropriate tab on the left from the game menu. It should be the 4th from the top.

Here you will find all kinds of skins, and you can select the ones you want to have. Skin prices vary based on rarity, popularity, and other factors, but you can get decent stuff for just a few dollars.

To purchase a Rust skin from the Rust Item Store, open the store, select your skin from the list of available items, read about its description and the materials that can be obtained by breaking it down, select your preferred payment method and then confirm the purchase.

This process is quite simple and utilizes the exact steps you’ve encountered in the case of other games, such as CS:GO or Dota 2.

Rust Skins

The Steam Community Market

If you want to buy a skin from the Rust Item Store but can’t find it there, another option is to check the Steam Community Market. There you will find a lot of skins that you can choose from, and you should always use the search bar to speed up the process.

If you have trouble finding the exact name of the skin you intend to buy, type the approximate name on google and add “Rust steam market” at the end. You are very likely to find what you’re searching for.

Once you have found your desired item and are satisfied with the price, buy it. The process is intuitive and does not require any additional guidance.

Twitch Drops

One unorthodox way of getting Rust skins is via Twitch Drops. If you enjoy watching Rust streamers, you should know that Twitch offers, from time to time, Rust Twitch Drops events. During such events, you might get skins for free by simply watching drops-enabled streams.

One thing that you must do for this to work is to enable Twitch drops between your Twitch and Steam accounts. You can find more information about this by visiting the Twitch Drops page.


If you want to trade your Rust skins, sites like, dmarket, and will help you do that easily. On these websites, you can sell your skins or buy Rust skins from other players.

Skin Crates

Skin Crates are another way of getting skins in Rust. This is an RNG-based method, which is similar to gambling. The skin crates that you can purchase are of 4 types:

  • Low-Quality Bag
  • High-Quality Crate
  • High-Quality Bag
  • Weapon Barrel

The Low-Quality Bag contains common skins and costs 10 wood to craft. This is the cheapest of the 4 but also the least rewarding one.

The High-Quality Crate costs 5 cloth + 10 wood to craft. Unlike the Low-Quality Bag, it contains all sorts of quality items, such as sleeping bags. If you’re a bit lucky, you can make a profit by crafting crates of this type.

The High-Quality Bag is quite expensive but will give you excellent rewards. It contains a wide array of skins, and crafting one costs 70 cloth, 5 wood, and 1 metal. This means that you will have to utilize a lot of skins to get the required ingredients, but it will probably be worth it.

The Weapon Barrel is an expensive skin crate that contains skins for weapons and tools.

Keep in mind that skin crates can not only be crafted. They can also be bought from the Steam Market. If you don’t mind grinding for hours, you should opt for the first method and slowly gather materials for crafting your desired Rust skin crates. But if you have money to spend, the second option is also available.

How to Buy Skin Crates in Rust

If you want to buy skin crates in Rust, all you need to do is open your Steam account, go to Community, select the Market submenu, and then find Rust on the right-hand side of the page under “Browse by Game”. Click on it, and you will find countless pages of in-game Rust items for sale.

The best method here is to use the search bar on the right and type the word “crate” in it. Hit Enter, and you will see a lot of Rust skin crates that you can buy. Some cost more, others cost less. It’s up to you which ones you will buy. A high-quality crate costs around 3 times more than the low-quality stuff.

How to Craft Skin Crates in Rust

If you want to craft your skin crates instead of spending money on them, go to your Inventory page, which can be found in Rust’s main menu, and then select the Crafting option. After that, select the type of skin crate you want to create and ensure you have enough materials to craft it. You may need wood, metal, or cloth.

If you lack the necessary materials, consider the possibility of breaking down some of your skins. You will get a certain amount of materials based on the type of skin you decide to break down. The types of these materials depend upon the item that gets broken down.