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Identify your Gamma Doppler with our phases guide

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Gamma Doppler is a popular knife skin finish in Counter-Strike 2 with multiple variations. If you’re new, this CS2 Gamma Doppler phases guide can help you understand this unique finish.

It may seem like CS2 skin collectors are squandering their money carelessly. Still, many factors go behind each purchase, especially when it comes to rare knife skins like Gamma Doppler, which have more than one variant whose value is influenced by floats, pattern index, and, finally, phases.

What is a Gamma Doppler in CS2?

Gamma Doppler is a skin finish in CS2 for nine knives and the Glock. It’s popular for its aquatic color gradients, which are very complex in the Source 2 engine.

Like CS2 skin prices, Gamma Doppler knife skins are subject to similar market fluctuations but also have an additional factor that can influence their value. While all Gamma Doppler knife skins share a vibrant, swirling pattern of green, blue, and sometimes black, a keen-eye collector may have a preference for a specific finish due to the subtle color variations caused by a phase shift.

Some of these phases have rare and attractive appearances due to the positioning and blend of colors. This is called the pattern index, a number assigned to each individual skin dictating the precise arrangement and appearance of the colors and textures on that skin. For example, two Gamma Doppler phase 1 skins may look slightly different due to the pattern index. One skin could have more green while the other may have blue as the primary color. After the phase, the pattern index impacts how a skin is priced in the CS2 market.

All Gamma Doppler phases in CS2 explained

There are a total of five Gamma Doppler phases in CS2, each with a distinct appearance.

Phase 1

Phase 1 CS2 Gamma Doppler Phases

Phase 1 Gamma Doppler is a cool violet color that covers almost the entire blade, with a subtle lime-green and purple tint. It’s a perfect knife for entry-level skin collectors looking to add a pop of color to their CS2 inventory.

Generally, a phase 1 Gamma Doppler is 20% green and 80% violet with a light blue blend appearing here and there. However, the pattern index may result in a change of color placement. This means a Gamma Doppler phase 1 with all colors present may be more valuable than other phase 1 patterns.

Phase 2

CS2 Gamma Doppler Phases Phase 2

Phase 2 is the second most popular phase for Gamma Doppler after emerald because of its heavy neon green tint on the blade. In CSGO, the green hues were darker and more similar to emerald, but in CS2, the dominant color is sea green.

However, there is sufficient similarity to distinguish phase 2 from other Gamma Doppler finishes. For example, patterns #15, #19, and #23 are priced higher because emerald-like green is the dominant color. Such knives are occasionally referred to as fake emeralds.

Phase 3

CS2 Gamma Doppler Phases Phase 2

Phase 3 of the Gamma Doppler achieves a harmonious blend of blue and green, forming a distinct pattern. Similar to other skins, it also underwent a visual update in CS2, resulting in a cooler appearance compared to the previous darker version.

Of course, if you opt for pattern #85 or #65, you may get a knife that has green as the dominant color, but phase 3 is perfect for those who are not fans of violets in the Gamma Doppler finish.

Phase 4

CS2 Gamma Doppler Phases Phase 4

Phase 4 is quite similar to phase 3 but has cyan as a dominant color, which results in a teal shade for the overall blade when you inspect it under sunlight. This unique color sets it apart from Phase 3, which features a similar color scheme. Phase 4 has a unique touch by sandwiching a lighter green between cyan instead of the usual alternating color bands, creating a blade with a wintery theme.

It’s important to remember that this color pattern might vary for Gamma Doppler phase 4 knife skins with lower pattern indexes, such as #14, #11, or even #314.

Gamma Doppler emerald

CS2 Gamma Doppler Phases Emerald

As evident from the name, this phase of Gamma Doppler is as green as the real-life gemstone emerald. The entire blade is covered in an eye-catching green, which shifts into a darker shade when removed from the sunlight. Unlike other Gamma Doppler phases that feature multiple colors, the emerald variation is primarily monochromatic. For this reason, this phase is the most popular among CS2 skin collectors, who would pay a pretty penny to own one.

In 2024, a Gamma Doppler emerald skin can cost an arm and a leg. For example, a Factory New Karambit Gamma Doppler with a rare float can cost as much as $13,000 or more.

Gamma Doppler knife skins can be acquired by unlocking Gamma cases in CS2, but the odds of a rare skin dropping are painfully low. According to community gurus, there is a 0.26% chance of dropping a knife from a case. Even if luck is on your side and you manage to get a knife drop, there’s no way to increase the chances of obtaining a rarer Gamma Doppler with a low float.

An easy way to acquire a rare Gamma Doppler is by going to the marketplace and purchasing one. However, cool emerald or phase 2 knife skins can be as expensive as real-life assets, as these skins are more of a status symbol than just an in-game aesthetic item.

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