Game(s) Game icon 730
Price $2000
Origin Israel flag Israel
Caliber 5.56 caliber
Magazine capacity 150 / 300
Firing mode(s) Automatic
Rate of fire 800 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorist
Reload time 5.7 seconds
Movement speed
(units per second)
Kill Award $150
Damage 35
Recoil Control 20 / 26 (76%)
Accurate Range 13 m
Armor Penetration 75%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-2-5

The Negev is a beast that can keep the enemy at bay with its pin-point supressive fire, provided you have the luxury of time to gain control over it.
―Official description

The Negev is a machine gun featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


The IMI Negev is an Israeli machine gun made by Israel Military Industries. The IMI Negev in CS:GO is the commando variant, which has a shortened barrel, and the standard issue bipod was replaced by foregrip to improve mobility.

The Negev is available for both Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists to purchase. It carries a 150-round magazine, has a higher fire rate than the M249, and only costs $2000 after April 12, 2017 (originally, it had the price tag of $5700), compared to the M249's $5200 price tag, but is initially a lot less precise. However, the recoil pattern is unique in that after sustained fire, it concentrates on a point above the crosshair, with very little movement afterwards. The intended strategy is using the weapon in a suppressive role, firing the weapon in long periods to suppress enemies. In practice many preferred to pre-fire the weapon to catch enemies by surprise and continue firing until they kill their target.

When held, the player's movement speed is 150 units per second, meaning they suffer 40% reduction in speed (the highest in the game, even more than the AWP and semi-automatic sniper rifles). 

This weapon was not available in Competitive Matchmaking after the March 24, 2017 update, but it was added back following the April 12, 2017 update.



Primary Attack

Unarmored Armored
Head 140 105
Chest & Arm 35 26
Stomach 43 32
Leg 26 26
Red signifies a fatal hit


  • Large magazine capacity
  • Deadly in close range
  • Very high rate of fire
  • Instant kill if a headshot is scored (at close range), regardless if a target has a helmet or not
  • Good for penetrating through walls
  • Great for eliminating clustered groups of enemies and discouraging enemy rushes
  • Highly controllable recoil during automatic fire
  • Overwhelmingly accurate after 10 shots
  • Great for holding corners
  • Very cheap


  • Highly inaccurate when burst fired.
  • Extremely inaccurate on its first 15 shots.
  • Very high intial spread
  • Extremely heavy
  • 6 second reload time


  • Negev is best used as a defensive tool to deter enemy rushes. Offensively, while prefiring to to "heat up" the weapon to low recoil before pushing may be effective to eliminate a few enemies, doing so isn't advantageous in the long run as the player reveals themselves due to the weapon's loud noise and the high moving inaccuracy makes it ineffective for multiple targets when moving.
  • After around 15 rounds are fired, the Negev's recoil decreases and concentrates on a point above the crosshair. Adjust the aim and use the decreased recoil to eliminate enemies.
  • Because of the large magazine capacity, spraying through Smoke Grenades in tight corners can be an effective form of suppression.
  • Learn map chokepoints to set up firing positions early and lay down suppressive fire to deter enemy rushes.
  • Spraying on concentrated groups of enemies may be tempting but be sure that you have the element of surprise and you have the upper hand. The heavy weight of the weapon may allow enemies to rush to your position before you have the chance to fire and eliminate enemy players.
    • Headshots will one-hit kill helmeted enemies at distances of up to 825 units, so it may be advisable to tap for the head while in this range. Bursting is not recommended, as the Negev becomes extremely inaccurate when burst-firing.
  • Moving or jumping while firing this weapon is not recommended due to the severe moving inaccuracy. It is better to retreat and set up a new firing position.
    • If the player has to move and shoot at the same time, hold down the walk key when shooting to keep the inaccuracy at a less extreme level.
  • Switch to a sidearm or the knife if you do need to run, as the Negev has the highest movement speed penalty of any primary weapons.
  • Maintain situational awareness and beware of snipers who can quickly kill the user from outside of effective firing range. The heavy weight of the Negev makes it difficult to run.
  • Negev has long reload time and a large magazine size that doesn't require many reloads, so be aware and select the optimal place and time for reloading.


Weapon Specialist
Negev Expert csgo Negev Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the Negev.


  • Oddly, if carrying a hostage, the player moves faster while wielding the Negev. This also applies for the M249.


  • In the early versions of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the view model of the Negev featured one of the players hands as simply holding the weapon like most of the other weapons. Later on, an attached handle was added in an update.
  • When the player runs out of reserve ammo, the draw animation will change, with the cocking motion removed. Oddly, when there is still loaded ammunition left, the ammo belt will be absent during the draw animation, but will reappear when the animation ends.
  • Prior to the April 12th, 2017 update, the Negev had the highest rate of fire of any weapon in the Counter-Strike series, being at over 1000 RPM. Before Global Offensive however, the P90 held this title at 900 RPM. The P90 once again holds the record since the Negev's RPM has been lowered down to 800 RPM.
    • The real-life Negev can actually adjust its rate of fire on the field, ranging from 850 to 1150 rounds per minute. 
  • Alongside with the Desert Eagle and the Galil series, this is one of the three weapons originated from Israel.
  • The Negev also appears in Counter-Strike Online as a Special Mission weapon.

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