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Price $1200
Origin Italy flag Italy
Caliber 12 gauge caliber
Magazine capacity 8 / 32
Firing mode(s) Pump-action
Rate of fire 68 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorist
Counterpart XM1014
Movement speed
(units per second)
220 / 250 (88%)
Kill Award $900 (Competitive)
$450 (Casual)
Damage 26 (1 pellet)
243 (1 shot)
Recoil Control 1 / 26 (4%)
Accurate Range 4.6 m
Armor Penetration 50%
Penetration Power 0
Hotkey B-2-1
Entity weapon_nova

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

For the Nova's predecessor, see M3.

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


This Italian shotgun fires 8 rounds of 12 gauge ammunition, as with other shotguns in the game. 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 of getting a kill while 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.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 96 53
Chest & Arm 26 13
Stomach 32 16
Leg 19 19
Each shot contains 9 pellets.
Red signifies a fatal hit.


  • Cheap, compared to the most of the other shotguns
  • Deadly at close range against unarmored enemies
  • $900 kill reward in classic competitive
  • The Nova has the lowest pellet spread compared to the other shotguns


  • Low rate of fire
  • Not very useful at long ranges
  • Ineffective against armored players
  • Cannot penetrate surfaces
  • Slightly lower rate of fire compared to the Sawed-Off and MAG-7 (68 RPM vs. 71 RPM)



  • Because of the Nova's low spread, users can easily strafe while firing at an enemies head or torso. Also, if all pellets hit a target (even with full armor), it can inflict heavy damage on a target.
    • This makes the Nova ideal for maps with lots of enclosed areas or tight choke-points.
    • The Nova is excellent to use while on the move if the tactic is to search and destroy in small maps.
    • It may be necessary to lead the shot if the target is on the move as well.
    • Moreover, this shotgun is slightly more suitable for medium-ranged combat. Try to aim at the head for maximum damage.
    • Be warned, however, the Nova inflicts the lowest damage for a shotgun, so be sure to take two shots when firing at unaware enemies.
  • When playing in a competitive match, the Nova acts as an effective anti-eco investment. Enemies who lost the pistol round are unlikely to buy armor and will be easily dispatched.


  • Avoid close proximity with enemy users!
  • More powerful shotguns should give an edge to the player in fighting off Nova users.
  • Kevlar + Helmet massively reduces damage (around 50%), giving the player time to return fire.
  • Rifles and submachine guns are 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.


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


Main article: Nova/Gallery


  • The Nova shares its reloading animations with the Sawed-Off and shares the same pump sound from the Sawed-Off and the MAG-7.
    • The pumping sounds of the Nova are reused 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 law-enforcers.
  • On the left side of the weapon, there is a print that says 'BENETTI'. This could either be a mistype for Benelli (the manufacturer of the Nova) or intentionally done to prevent copyright infringements. The print can clearly be seen by inspecting (pressing "F" in game) the Nova.
  • Although the Nova in-game has an 8-round magazine capacity, the in-game model depicts it with the standard 4-round tube magazine.
  • The Nova has the same price as the UMP-45 and the Sawed-Off.

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