CS2: 6 Best Weapons [200+ Hours Experience]

Learn about the best weapons in CS2, alongside their stats and significance.

Counter-Strike 2 features a large number of weapons, which are different for each side, that is, Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist. Players can choose more than 15 different weapons to fight their foes in Counter-Strike 2. However, among these weapons, there are some that stand out due to their high firepower and low recoil, and players may want to know what the best CS2 weapons are.

Key Takeaways
  • There are 35 weapons in Counter-Strike 2. 
  • CS2 Best Weapons are not just famous because of their in-game popularity, but they are also considered the best in terms of firepower.
  • While using the best weapons in CS2, players are guaranteed to get a massive advantage over their enemies, considering they are used properly.
  • The biggest disadvantage of the best weapons is that they are highly situation and range-dependent.
  • Players having AWP cannot partake in close-range duels, while players using Nova and Desert Eagle have very slim chances of winning long-range duels.

Best Weapons in CS2

The top 6 best weapons in Counter-Strike 2 are listed as under: 

RankWeaponTypeSideDamagePrice
1AK-47Assault RifleTerrorist36$2700
2M4A1-SAssault RifleCounter-Terrorist38$2900
3AWPSniper RifleBoth115$4750
4Galil ARAssault RifleTerrorist30$1800
5Desert EaglePistolBoth53$700
6USP-SPistolCounter-Terrorist35$200

1. AK-47

Best Assault Rifle
AK-47
AK-47 [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 36
Fire Rate 600
Recoil 30
Armor Penetration 77.50%
Mobility 215
  • Why I Chose It: Due to AK being the most famous in Counter-Strike 2.

Starting with AK-47, unarguably the best weapon in Counter-Strike 2. AK-47 is featured for the Terrorists’ side, but it is a weapon even the Counter-Terrorists seek. If found lying near a dead body, any player will pick it up without a second thought. With an AK-47 in your hands, it doesn’t matter what armor the enemy has; one clean shot to the head is all you need. 

  • One headshot kill
  • Deals high damage
  • high armor penetration
  • High recoil
  • Available for the Terrorist side only

2. M4A1-S

Best Silenced Rifle
M4A1-S
M4A1-S [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 38
Fire Rate 600
Recoil 25
Armor Penetration 70%
Mobility 225
  • Why I Chose It: Because of the silencer feature.

The second gun on the list is the M4A1-S. The reason to place M4A1-S on the second number instead of M4A1 is due to its popularity among the players as well as its silencer feature. The M4A1-S has the most popularity among the players after AK-47. It is the best assault rifle that the Counter-Terrorists can have to compete with the AKs on the Terrorist side. 

Apart from its close rivalry with the AK, the M4A1-S features a silencer that makes it hard for the enemies to track down the position of the players using the M4A1-S. The price for the M4A1-S is $2900, which is $200 more expensive than the AK-47, that is, $2700.

  • Features silencer
  • less recoil
  • Masks position
  • Expensive
  • Available for the Counter-Terrorist side only

3. AWP

The Most Damage Dealing Weapon
AWP
AWP [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 115
Fire Rate 41.24
Recoil 78
Armor Penetration 97.50%
Mobility (Scoped) 100
  • Why I Chose It: Due to AWP being the highest damage-dealing gun in Counter-Strike 2.

The next gun on the list is none other than the AWP. It is the most expensive sniper rifle available in CS2. With the AWP in hand, connecting one bullet to the enemy is all you need, as one bullet anywhere on the body is enough to kill your foes. 

If not for the expensive price, AWP could have been the first gun on the list of the best weapons. In addition to the one-bullet kill, the AWP has its own flaws. AWP drastically reduces the speed of the player using it. 

  • One shot kill
  • high armor penetration
  • Highest damage-dealing weapon
  • Very Expensive
  • Low mobility
  • very low fire rate

4. Galil AR

Best Budget Rilfe
Galil AR
Galil AR [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 30
Fire Rate 666.67
Recoil 21
Armor Penetration 77.50%
Mobility 215
  • Why I Chose It: The ability to abuse run and gun using Galil AR.

An assault rifle that you might not see listed in the list of the best weapons in Counter-Strike 2, but Galil AR can be deadly if used correctly. I myself prefer using the Galil AR when I cannot afford the AK-47, or I can’t land the one taps with my AK. Galil AR costs only $1800 and can be considered one of the best run-and-gun weapons after the P90. With Galil AR, you can enter the site while holding the W key.

  • Easy to control
  • Cheap as compared to other ARs
  • Players can abuse run and gun
  • low damage

5. Desert Eagle

Best Handgun
Desert Eagle
Desert Eagle [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 53
Fire Rate 266.67
Recoil 48.2
Armor Penetration 93.20%
Mobility 230
  • Why I Chose It: The highest damage-dealing pistol in Counter-Strike 2.

Desert Eagle is also commonly known as the Deagle among the Counter-Strike players. Deagle is the first pistol to take a spot in my list of Counter-Strike 2 best weapons. Deagle has the capability to kill enemies with an instant headshot, even if they are wearing a helmet. It can prove to be a very deadly gun for just $700.

However, you can find yourself at a big disadvantage in a long-range duel. I will advise you not to partake in a long-range duel with a Deagle unless you are precise and confident with your aim. Crouch shooting can increase the accuracy of the Deagle.

  • One headshot kill
  • High Mobility
  • Very high armor penetration
  • Deal High Damage
  • Expensive for a handgun
  • High recoil
  • Hard to land headshots

6. USP-S

Best Starter Pistol
USP-S
USP-S [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Damage 35
Fire Rate 352.94
Recoil 29
Armor Penetration 50.50%
Mobility 240
  • Why I Chose It: Due to being the only pistol with a silencer.

The sixth-best weapon and the second-best pistol, according to my listing of the best weapons, is the USP-S. USP-S can prove to be a very efficient weapon in the pistol rounds. Its silenced feature also gives the USP-S an edge over the other pistols as well. 

I personally prefer using a Kevlar vest and USP-S for the pistol round, as it costs only $200. However, the USP-S is a Counter-Terrorist side pistol and will not be available for the Terrorists.

  • High fire rate
  • Easy to control
  • High Mobility
  • Available for the Counter-Terrorist side only

Other Honourable Mentions

Here are some additional good Weapons in Counter-Strike 2 that I haven’t included. You may want to consider using them based on your preferences.

  • P250: Considered a strong pistol, it achieves distant headshots with two taps for quick and easy kills.
  • M4A4: A rifle that gives significant damage and spray control, and will shoot accurately.
  • Dual Berettas: Fires two large-mag Berettas at once but will lower accuracy.
  • MP9: A good and low-cost SMG that boosts the fire rate by 857 RPM and has a damage count of 26 per shot.
  • XM1014: The only auto-shotgun in the game, it holds tight corners and surprises enemies with a splash of shells.

What I Recommend

After grinding Counter-Strike 2 for more than 115 hours on Steam, I came up with the list of the above-mentioned weapons. However, my personal favorite weapon in CS2 is the AK-47. With this weapon, one can win duels of any range if the aim is precise enough. While on the Counter-Terrorist side, I prefer using the M4A1-S, as getting hands on the AK may not be an easy task.

With all of the information provided above, my guide on CS2 Best Weapons comes to an end. In this guide, I have discussed some of the best guns in CS2, along with some other details. After reading the guide, players can use the mentioned weapons up to their full potential to gain an advantage over their enemies.

While you are at it, make sure to check out the other guides on CS2 as well. Guides such as Best Inferno Smokes in CS2, Best Mouse Sensitivity, CS2 Best Grenade Spots in Dust 2, and many more have been covered. 

Also, make sure to check out the review on Counter-Strike 2 by one of our most trustworthy writers Asad Ahmed.


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