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Weapon deagle
Desert Eagle
Alternate name(s) Night Hawk .50C
Hand Cannon
Price $650
$700 Csgo
Origin Israel flag Israel
Caliber .50 caliber
Magazine capacity 7 / 35
Firing mode(s) Semi-automatic
Rate of fire 267 RPM
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)
230 Csgo
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 47 Cs t Cscz t
50 Css t
73 Csgo
Recoil Control 3 / 26 (12%)
Accurate Range 35 m
Armor Penetration 93.2%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-1-4
B-1-5 Csgo
Entity weapon_deagle

As expensive as it is powerful, the Desert Eagle is an iconic pistol that is difficult to master but surprisingly accurate at long range.
―Official description

The Desert Eagle, or Night Hawk .50C, as it was previously known, is one of the pistols featured in the Counter-Strike series.


The Desert Eagle is a powerful semi-automatic pistol 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.

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 slowest movement speed of all pistols.


CS 1.6 and CS:CZ
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 212 156
Chest & Arm 53 39
Stomach 66 49
Leg 39 39
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 214 162
Chest & Arm 53 40
Stomach 66 50
Leg 40 40
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 249 232
Chest & Arm 62 58
Stomach 77 72
Leg 46 46
Red signifies a fatal hit.

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
  • Can do instant kill on the head even with helmet
  • High accuracy at long range in CS:GO


  • Small magazine size
  • Low rate of fire
  • High spread and recoil
  • Expensive in CS:GO ($50 more expensive than the previous titles)
  • The heaviest pistol in Global Offensive



  • As the most expensive pistol, it is not recommended for use during pistol rounds if a defuse kit or Kevlar have to be purchased. However, the powerful shots can be deadly to enemies who opted for weapons over Kevlar, and the one hit headshot can be advantageous for players with high accuracy.
  • At long range, crouch and fire 1 shot at a time. Retreat if enemy players are using sniper rifles or assault rifles.
    • If possible, try to engage snipers at close range as the Desert Eagle has high recoil which is a strong deterrent at longer ranges.
  • This pistol may be a good choice for users with very good aim, as a headshot grants an instant kill, even if the target is wearing a helmet.
  • This weapon has a good effective range, especially in games before Source, so it may be an ideal sidearm for players equipped with shotguns or low-damage SMGs.
  • The Desert Eagle is a good backup for snipers due to its high damage. Use the sniper rifle for long range engagements and switch to this weapon if an enemy gets too close.
  • If the enemy is not aware of you, go for headshots.
  • This pistol is often used to "wall-bang" surfaces unlike most of the other handguns. 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 CS:GO where only the shotguns and the HE can not 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 has primary weapon as he will only need to expose himself for only a brief-period.
  • Try not to miss; shooting your ammunition too quickly (which is especially easy with the Desert Eagle's small magazine) will force you to waste time reloading, possibly in the middle of a firefight.
  • Unless at close proximity, avoid spraying bullets. The Desert Eagle has a low magazine size and lacks accuracy when firing several rounds consecutively except in CSS.
    • Be sure to reload often due to the small magazine size.
  • In CS:GO, 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 recommended to equip yourself with Kevlar and a Helmet. Combined with the Desert Eagle's moderate recoil and being continuously hit by bullets, you may miss your targets.
  • Purchase this pistol and kevlar if you lose the pistol round. Since the winning team will most likely buy primary weapons like rifles, you will hardly survive. The one-hit-kill capability of the Desert Eagle makes it easier to get the opposition's weapons and retain the competitive edge.


  • Fully automatic weapons can be used to kill its user at close range.
  • Rifles can be used to kill its user at long range.
  • The Desert Eagle's low magazine size means that the user is forced to reload regularly.
  • Strike the user with two or more teammates but don't bunch up. Users with the Desert Eagle can easily kill targets in enclosed areas provided with the right circumstances, also the Desert Eagle is capable of scoring two collateral kills in early games.
  • At close to mid range:
    • The P250, Five-SeveN, and Tec-9 can easily outperform a Desert Eagle user since these guns both have moderate damage and rate of fire. Remember to aim for the head because there is a good chance that the opponents are trying to do the same.
    • Submachine guns and shotguns are excellent to counter users. Using pump shotguns or low-damage SMGs might be a risky choice.
  • Avoid enemies with this pistol if your health is less than 50 HP. Enemies can easily kill you with a single hit to the chest or stomach. If you have to deal with its user, try to take him out at long range, or use automatic weapons and don't forget to keep moving, if you managed to empty his Desert Eagle and survive, you will have a good opportunity to finish him.


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Kill 200 enemies with the Night Hawk .50c

Weapon Specialist
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Kill 200 enemies with the Desert Eagle


Condition ZeroEdit

In Tour of Duty, the following bots will use the Desert Eagle as their sidearm:



Deleted ScenesEdit

The Desert Eagle is one of the most commonly available pistol in some missions, second to the USP. In fact, the high damage of this pistol is useful for most situations.The Deagle appeared in the following missions:

  • Recoil: Found behind a door that is next to some stairs, not far away from the sniper tower. This is often hard to find unless the player wants to search all rooms in the same mission.
  • Building Recon: Found on the table next to a window where the Terrorist leader can be seen.
  • Thin Ice: Found nearby a dead civilian.
  • Downed Pilot: After being captured and then the player kills the guards. This weapon can be found on a table next to the second Terrorist.
  • Rise Hard: Available at the start.
  • Sandstorm: Available at the start.


Main article: Desert Eagle/Gallery


  • The Desert Eagle has rarely changed throughout the Counter-Strike games.
    • The biggest difference between games is the weapon's finishes: a black finish used only in Deleted Scenes and a chrome silver finish used 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.
    • Slight variances in the weapon's sounds.
    • 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.
  • Despite its appearance in multiple video games and movies, the Desert Eagle is a highly impractical gun in real life due to its size, weight, noise, recoil and expensive prices. Due to this, this weapon is very uncommon in real life.
  • The "Eagle Head" marking on the operating slide only appears in early Counter-Strike games until Counter-Strike 1.6.
  • 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. Also, this is the only weapon in its class has very high penetration, it can score double kills in one shot if opponents are lined up.
  • 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 Desert Eagle in Global Offensive are remade pistol animations from the Alpha stages of the game.
    • The hotkey for this weapon is b-1-4 (by default).
  • 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 weapons 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."
  • Despite the fact the Desert Eagle's cartridge (.50 Action Express) travels at a relatively slow speed (398 - 470 meters/second), it has a penetration level of 2/3 as compared to the faster 5.7×28mm penetration level of 1/3. (Travels at 716-850 meters/second).

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