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Creator(s) Jo Bieg (original author)
Valve Corporation (CSS, CSGO)
Hidden Path Entertainment (CSGO)
Game(s) Cs t Css t Csgo
Scenario Bomb defusal
Map Group Active Duty
Terrorists Balkan
Counter-Terrorists SAS
First appearance BETA 4.0
Last appearance Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

For the Deleted Scenes exclusive equipment, see nuclear weapon.

Nuke (de_nuke) is a bomb defusal map featured in Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Official descriptionEdit


Counter-Terrorists: Prevent Terrorists from bombing the nuclear reactor. The reactor can be targeted from above and below. Team members must defuse any bombs that threaten targeted areas.

Terrorists: The Terrorist carrying the C4 must destroy the nuclear missile.

Other Notes: There are 2 bomb targets in the mission.

Counter-Strike: SourceEdit

Counter-Terrorists: A silent alarm has been tripped by the guard shack at the MAC Nuclear Power Plant. We will enter from the back side of the plant and secure the area.

Terrorists: Our target is a recently decommissioned nuclear power plant that still contains spent fuel rods. Security is at an all time low since the plant's closure and the fuel rods are scheduled for removal next week. Plant the C4 in the fuel rod room, or the room directly above it to destroy the cooling pools and melt down the reactor.

Other Notes: There are 2 bomb targets in the mission.

Development HistoryEdit

Counter-Strike 1.6Edit

de_nuke consisted of an abandoned facility responsible for guarding a nuclear missile and had its security breached by the Terrorists who had intentions in destroying the area. Meanwhile, the Counter-Terrorists were ordered to protect the building at all costs by either eliminating the enemy or defuse the bomb.

Generally, the map reused the sky and the desert textures from the Half-Life level "Surface Tension". Elsewhere, the integrity of the facility contained textures from multiple maps originating from Half-Life.

Counter-Strike: SourceEdit

The desert textures were replaced with concrete and the sky no longer contained the canyons that it once had. Furthermore, the side yard/outside has been enlarged into a more wide-open spaced setting and the Black Mesa storage containers were replaced by the "Starline" logo. The environment of de_nuke was changed to more of an industrial area and is located within civilization. The building itself has been changed to nuclear power plant rather than a nuclear missile storage. Lighting has also increased as well.

The vent is now also larger, compared to the original version. As such, players no longer need to crouch within the vent.

Instead of having a basement, it is now called the "backway". This area is much smaller and lacks automated doors. The pathway also is much shorter when compared to CS 1.6, thus allowing the CTs to rush to Bombsite B in many different ways.

If the C4 detonates, an alarm will go off.

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit

The Valve Developers changed the map once again, although these differences are somewhat minor compared to previous versions. This time, the crates at Bombsite A and the nuclear missile in Bombsite B have been replaced with nuclear containment barrels. A somewhat significant change in the structure of the map is that the entrance to the lower area of the facility from the outside has been moved slightly away from the CT Spawn Zone and the basement has been removed. Instead of having two pathways, one of the lesser used pathways near bombsite B has been converted into a storage room.

The official factions for this map are the SAS and the Balkans.


Main article: Nuke/Guide

If you are playing with bots, the Terrorist bots will often choose to plant the C4 in bombsite A. If you are a Counter-Terrorist, get to the hanger and position yourself to guard the area. If you are a Terrorist, watch out for ambushes around the area, especially at the hanger and the corridors around it.

Since the bombsites are located within enclosed buildings, tactics regarding footsteps might help you approach the site a bit easier without being spotted by enemies. Weapons like Shotguns, Sub-machine guns, Assault rifles and machine guns are recommended when inside while outside, sniper rifles and assault rifles are recommended.

If playing as a Terrorist, accessing the ventilation shaft on top of the main T entrance and climbing on top of it will allow you to throw grenades through the skylights in CS:GO. If thrown accurately, be sure to warn your teammates about flashbangs, as they explode in the very center of bombsite A.


Counter-Strike: SourceEdit


Nuke Map Veteran css Nuke Map Veteran
Win 100 rounds on the DE_Nuke map.

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit

Global ExpertiseEdit

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Win 100 rounds on Nuke.


Main article: Nuke/Gallery


  • The truck near the Terrorist Spawn Zone in Counter-Strike: Source has "DE_NUKE" displayed on their license plates.
    • Also, the background cars that appear in the CS:GO version of Nuke have DE_NUKE on their license plates.
  • Before Counter-Strike 1.6, the crate at the basement near bombsite B can be destroyed with weapons. In Counter-Strike 1.6, that crate was made unbreakable.
  • In Counter-Strike, the environment of Nuke contained both an industrial site and a desert while in Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the desert textures is replaced with concrete, similar to the Dust maps.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, there are three fire extinguishers that can be shot and they will emit gas. These can be used for concealment purposes, similar to the Smoke Grenade.
    • If the C4 successfully detonates in either bombsite, an alarm will sound.
  • Near the Terrorist Spawn Zone in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Counter-Strike: Source,  there is a toll booth. Upon closer inspection, there is a corpse of a security officer who may have been killed by the Terrorists to allow them to access the facility.
    • In Global Offensive, the guard's head model is based on one of the citizens in Half-Life 2 and his facial model is "male 07".
    • Meanwhile, behind the Spawn Zones for both teams, cars can be seen passing through the area.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the objects found in the bombsites are composed of storage containers for hazardous radioactive material, thus replacing the crates and the missile.
    • In CS:GO, the storage containers located at both bombsites would not actually fit through the bay doors in the hanger they occupy.
  • This map was featured in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trailer.
    • According to the trailer, Nuke is set in Harz, Germany at around 5:25 (GMT+1) in the afternoon.
      • The location is confirmed in game as the name of the nuclear power plant is "Harz Kernkraftwerk" (Harz Nuclear Power Plant) and the company managing it is "Harz Energiewerk süd GmbH" (South Harz Power Plant LLC).
    • According to the trailer, the Phoenix Connexion are the terrorists and the GSG-9 are the counter-terrorists on this map. While in-game, they're the Balkans and the SAS.

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