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"The Nova's rock-bottom price tag makes it a great ambush weapon for a cash-strapped team."
―Official description



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12 gauge caliber

Magazine capacity

8 + 32

Firing mode(s)


Rate of fire

68 RPM

Used by


Movement speed (units per second)


The Benelli Nova is a pump-action shotgun that appears in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It has replaced the M3 from early Counter-Strike games.


The Nova is manufactured by Benelli. It fires 12 gauge ammunition as with other shotguns in the game and it can be purchased by both the Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists. It has a slow rate of fire like the M3, but does slightly more damage. Furthermore, the pump of the Nova is slightly faster than the M3 thus enabling users to have a better chance in combat. The Nova is the replacement for the M3 Shotgun from previous titles and, as with all the other shotguns, the Nova has a 3× kill award multiplier in Classic Competitive whilst in Classic Casual, it's $450 per kill.



  • Cheap, compared to the most of the other shotguns
  • Powerful at close-range (1 shot to the head and 2 shots to the torso)
  • $900 kill reward in classic competitive
  • The Nova has the lowest spread compared to the other shotguns


  • Slow Pump-action
  • Does not inflict high damage at far away targets
  • Useless in certain areas (like the bridge area in Dust or the hallway in Office when fighting against numerous enemies)
  • The Nova inflicts the lowest damage and has less pellets in the spread when compared to the Sawed-Off
  • Cannot penetrate surfaces


  • Because of the Nova's low spread, users can easily strafe while firing at enemies.
    • Moreover, this shotgun is slightly more suitable for medium-ranged combat. Try to aim at the head or chest and be sure to crouch.
  • Be warned, however, that the Nova inflicts the lowest damage for a shotgun so be sure to attack with two shots at unaware enemies.
  • Players with high lag will often purchase this shotgun, due to the low pellet spread.


  • Avoid close proximity with enemy users!
  • More powerful shotguns should easily give you an edge in fighting off Nova users.
  • Kevlar + Helmet massively reduces damage, giving you time to return fire.
  • Rifles and submachine guns is normally sufficient to counter users.
  • Keep strafing; enemies with this shotgun will usually have a hard time in aiming at fast moving targets as the shotgun has a low rate of fire.


Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit

Weapon SpecialistEdit

Nova Expert csgo Nova Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the Nova.



  • The Nova shares its reloading and draw animations with the Sawed-Off, and shares the same pump sound as the Sawed-Off and MAG-7.
    • The pumping sounds of the Nova are re-used from Left 4 Dead 2 Pump Shotgun.
  • It is somewhat odd that the Benelli Nova can also be purchased by the Terrorists in Global Offensive as the shotgun is mainly used by hunters and in law-enforcement.
  • On the left side of the weapon, there is an engravement that says 'BENETTI'. This could either be a mistype for Benelli (the manufacturer of the Nova) or due to copyright infrigements. The engravement could clearly be seen by inspecting (press the 'F' key) the Nova.
  • The Nova has the same price as the UMP-45 and the Sawed-Off.

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