|Alternate name(s)||Night Hawk .50C|
|Magazine capacity||7 / 35|
|Rate of fire|| 200|
|Weight (loaded)||1.8 kilograms|
|Projectile weight||19.4 grams|
|Muzzle velocity||1380 ft/s|
|Muzzle energy||1650 Joules|
|Used by|| Counter-Terrorist|
|Reload time||2.2 seconds|
| Movement speed|
(units per second)
|Kill Award|| $300 (Competitive)|
|Damage|| 47 |
|Recoil Control||3 / 26 (12%)|
|Accurate Range||25 m|
“As expensive as it is powerful, the Desert Eagle is an iconic pistol that is difficult to master but surprisingly accurate at long range.”
The Desert Eagle, commonly nicknamed "Deagle" or "Hand Cannon", is a powerful semi-automatic pistol for highly skilled players. It is available to both teams. It is loaded with 7 rounds of .50 Action Express which makes it able to inflict high amounts of damage.
The Desert Eagle is usually one of the most popular and widely used sidearms in the Counter-Strike games. Currently, in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it costs $700 as opposed to $650 for the previous versions.
Until Global Offensive, this pistol was the only one capable of killing an opponent with one headshot, regardless if he is equipped with a helmet or not.
The Desert Eagle is the only weapon in the pistol class with high penetration, making it possible to score double kills in one shot if opponents are lined up.
The movement speed of this weapon is 250 units per second, meaning users will not suffer any speed reduction. However, in Global Offensive, it has a movement speed of 230 units per second, which is a moderate speed reduction. As such, the Desert Eagle has the second slowest movement speed of all pistols, with a faster movement speed over the R8 Revolver.
|CS 1.6 and CS:CZ|
|Chest & Arm||53||39|
|Chest & Arm||53||40|
|Chest & Arm||62||58|
While wielded, the player's movement speed is 250 units per second, meaning they suffer no speed reduction. However, in CS:GO the player's movement speed is reduced to 230 units per second. The Desert Eagle is one of the many weapons able to shoot underwater.
- High damage pistol
- High penetration
- High accuracy at long range (compared to its counterparts) in CS:GO
- High DPS (damage per second) due to its instant kill from a headshot even if a helmet is worn by the target
- Small magazine size compared to other pistols
- The Desert Eagle has a loud firing sound, and players could easily avoid shots from it, because they can hear the sound from far away.
- Low rate of fire
- High spread and recoil
- The second heaviest pistol in Global Offensive (beaten by R8 Revolver)
- The most expensive pistol in Global Offensive
- Damage noticeably drops off at long range
- As the most expensive pistol next to the R8 Revolver at $700, it is not recommended for use during pistol rounds, where Armor is far more vital and early-game economic management is important.
- When using this weapon, always go for headshots. A headshot grants an instant kill, even if the target is wearing a helmet and he is at full health and at a medium range away.
- This weapon can also be used to kill an opponent with 2-3 body shots. If you miss the headshot but you hit the body, go finish them off with another shot or two to the body.
- At long range, crouch and fire single shots, and wait a moment in between shots to reset the accuracy.
- This weapon has a good effective range, especially in games prior to Source, so it may be an ideal sidearm for players equipped with shotguns or low-damage SMGs.
- This pistol is often used to "wall-bang" surfaces unlike most of the other handguns. Before Source, this is the only pistol that can penetrate through walls, whereas other pistols do not; so try to wall-bang in order to kill an enemy player that is hiding. This information is false in Global Offensive where only the shotguns and the HE cannot deal damage through walls.
- Its ability to score one shot kill makes it a good weapon for players equipped with Tactical shields, the shield user is more likely to survive enemies that have a primary weapon as he will only need to expose himself for only a brief period.
- Unless when at close proximity, avoid spraying bullets. The Desert Eagle has a low magazine size and lacks accuracy when firing several rounds consecutively except in Source.
- Be sure to reload often due to the small magazine size.
- In Global Offensive, the damage per bullet has increased. However, the spread has increased as well thus making the Desert Eagle less effective for spraying bullets at longer ranges and forces the user to shoot the gun at a slower rate than in previous games. It is far more recommended to fire the gun in single shots.
In the Tour of Duty, the Night Hawk .50C kill challenge appears in:
|Hard||Kill 4 enemies|
|Normal||Kill 3 enemies|
|Hard||Kill 2 enemies without dying|
The following bots will use the Night Hawk .50C as their sidearm:
The Night Hawk .50C can be used in the following missions:
- Recoil: In the area where the Delta Force Sniper leaves the player to utilize a sniper tower, there is a room between a set of stairs and a set of double doors blocked by crates. Along with a terrorist, some ammo, and a medkit, is the pistol and four magazines worth of ammo for it. No additional ammo for it is available throughout the level.
- Building Recon: On the table next to the window where the player can see the nuke.
- Thin Ice: Found next to a dead civilian.
- Downed Pilot: After the player is captured, the pistol is on a table outside the cell they wake up in.
- Rise Hard: The player starts the level with the weapon. The pistol is lost when the player is captured near the end of the level, but another one can be picked up in the back of the final area.
- Sandstorm: The player starts the level with the weapon.
The Night Hawk .50C can also be seen behind the weapons counter in Counter Terrorist Training.
- The drawing animation of the Desert Eagle in Global Offensive shows the barrel clipping through the player's hand.
- The Desert Eagle has a black finish in Deleted Scenes and a chrome silver finish in all the other games.
- Prior to the Arms Deal update in Global Offensive, the Desert Eagle had a dust-color shiny finish, which was later changed to a chrome silver to match the finish in previous games.
- The under slide rail for mounting attachments was introduced in Global Offensive, while the Desert Eagle in previous games had a clean operating slide.
- The Desert Eagle in Global Offensive has a slightly longer barrel than its older game counterparts.
- The Desert Eagle in Counter-Strike is based on the IMI/Magnum Research Desert Eagle Mark XIX chambered in .50AE. However, the version depicted in most of the Counter-Strike games has slits in the barrel (known as a "fluted barrel") which is only used in .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum models of the Mark XIX.
- The black Desert Eagle from Deleted Scenes lacks the fluted barrel in addition to the slits in the top of a standard Mark XIX barrel. In Global Offensive, this is not present along with other markings, confirming it as a .50.
- In Counter-Strike, an "Eagle Head" marking can be seen on the operating slide during the reload animation.
- Before the August 10th, 2012 beta update, the Desert Eagle in Global Offensive shared its draw and reloading animations with the Glock-18, P2000, P250, and Five-SeveN.
- Reloading animations currently in use for the Desert Eagle in Global Offensive are remade pistol animations from the Alpha stages of the game.
- The achievement "Desert Eagle expert" has the highest percentage of players earning it out of all the other weapon expert achievements, with around 16.5%.
- Due to the weapon's popularity and recognizability, it has several affectionate community-given nicknames.
- The most common nickname is "Deagle", a portmanteau of the two words in its name. This nickname extends in-game, as the files refer to the weapons as deagle.
- Another nickname stems from the Desert Eagle's performance, commonly referred to as "Juan Deag". It is a play on words for "One Deag," directly referencing the Desert Eagle's accurate long-range headshot capabilities.
- The Desert Eagle is occasionally referred to as the "Pocket AWP," potentially the inspiration for the Global Offensive sticker, "My other AWP is a Deagle."
- The Desert Eagle is one of the few weapons whose drawing animation does not involve "cocking" or "cycling" the gun (in this case, pulling the slide back and forth). Instead, the gun is already cocked before the gun is drawn and spun in the player's palm. The other weapons that share this trait are the Dual Berettas, Schmidt Machine Pistol, and XM1014.
- In Global Offensive, the Desert Eagle has a non-functional under-barrel rail. This is because it was originally ported from the Magnum Pistol featured in Left 4 Dead 2, which had a functional flashlight attached to the rail.
- In Counter-Strike Beta 4.0, the commander (a randomly chosen person in a team who got special radio commands) of the Terrorist team spawned with the Desert Eagle. This was removed in Beta 5.0.
- A viral video exists online depicting competitive Counter-Strike player Na'Vi Markeloff ace headshotting the entire enemy team in one Desert Eagle shot when passing through the mid doors in Dust 2. The video has been identified as a fake by multiple sources.
- IMI Desert Eagle at Wikipedia.