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 an Israeli machine gun featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


The IMI 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, with enough sustained fire, the Negev becomes very accurate and easy to control. This tempts the user to pre-fire the weapon from around a corner 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



  • Be sure to adjust your shooting path at 15 rounds fired, for that is when the Negev has almost no recoil.
  • Spray through Smoke Grenades in tight corners.
  • 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.
    • Head-shots 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. It is NOT recommended that you burst, as the Negev becomes extremely inaccurate when burst-firing.
  • Moving or jumping while firing this weapon is NOT recommended, unless you have to rush.
    • If necessary, keep strafing while spraying bullets. Although accuracy is greatly decreased, the high rate of fire and large magazine size could score several headshots from close to mid range.
  • 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.
  • Crouching is a good idea to increase accuracy and decrease the harsh recoil.
  • Although the long reload time may seem like a deterrent, the large magazine size of the Negev makes up for the setback, so you may not have to reload often. However, if you do need to reload which may be frequent if encountering many enemies or you have been spraying and due to the Negev's voracious appetite for ammunition, be sure to do it in a safe area where enemies are unlikely to have visual contact of you. If possible, stay together with team members (but make sure they aren't reloading as well).
    • Work with your teammates. Although it is tempting to fight against many opponents by yourself, this weapon is not a substitute for teamwork.
  • Oddly, it is a viable tactic to run around while spraying this weapon. Due to its high magazine capacity and high rate of fire, it cancels out the accuracy punishment due to moving while firing.


  • Avoid head-on close contact with users at all times as the Negev can quickly tear through armor and possibly kill you. Also avoid staying in close quarters for too long if you notice a Negev user is around, as they may pre-fire or spray and pray right after he sees you.
  • If you are being chased, it is possible to throw a Molotov Cocktail or the incendiary Grenade to damage and/or halt their progress. If the enemy player is still alive and remains persistent, escape is an option or you can reload (if necessary) and ambush them by spraying your own bullets at him.
  • Long-ranged weaponry (such as the AWP) is an excellent choice to wield against users.
  • It is important to note that users will move slower thus allowing you to escape or surround him before the enemy can properly react.
  • Use one shot kill weapons such as the previously mentioned AWP, or, if you sneak up to them, a shotgun or knife.

Comparison to the M249



  • Higher rate of fire (800 RPM vs 750 RPM)
  • Larger magazine size (150 vs 100)
  • Higher damage (35 vs 32)
  • More reserve ammunition (300 vs 200)
  • Much cheaper ($2000 vs $5200)
  • Sustained fire allows the Negev to become more manageable.


  • Same kill award ($150)
  • Same penetration power (200)
  • Same reload time (5.7 sec)


  • Lower movement speed (150u vs 195u)
  • Lower accurate range (13m vs 22m)
  • Lower armor penetration (75% vs 80%)
  • Much worse burst accuracy


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 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 also appears in Counter-Strike Online as a Special Mission weapon.

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