CSGO Spray Patterns – How to learn and control spray patterns

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the hardest games to master. It’s tactical depth, required reflexes and the necessity to keep calm is unmatched. With so many weapons to choose from, it can be tempting to just buy a different weapon every round.

However, what you may not realize is that CSGO weapon spray patterns are one of the complexities of the game.

CSGO Spray Patterns

CSGO Spray Patterns

What is a spray pattern in CSGO?

A spray pattern is where your bullets will end up when you shoot your bullets out of your automatic weapon. The bullets do not simply go exactly where your crosshair is placed, as your gun will recoil. Your bullets will start to go upwards, downards, to the left and to the right. However, each gun has an individual spray pattern that is identical every time. This makes it easier to learn a few guns really well.

How to learn the spray pattern of a gun?

In order to see what the weapon’s spray pattern looks like, you can go to a private server and simply shoot your gun’s entire clip into a wall and various distances in front of you. This will show you exactly how you will have to compensate for your weapons recoil.

For a quicker idea of what CSGO weapon spray patterns look like, check out CSGOPedia for a full gallery of spray patterns.

What is spray control in CSGO?

Spray control is when you move your mouse in the opposite direction of the weapon’s recoil. For example, with the AK47, the first ten bullets will go up and to the right. In order to counteract this, you pull down and to the left at the same rate as the recoil. This will shoot all of your first 10 bullets into more or less the same spot. It is recommended that you learn at least the recoil of the first 10 bullets and practise those spray patterns for the guns you use most frequently.

Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski from Team Liquid breaks it all down nicely in the video below:

Are There Custom Maps I can Use to Help Learn Spray Control?

Why yes, there are many CSGO custom maps developed to assist in spray control. Here are a few of them.

Recoil Master-Spray Training – This map is by-far the most used map for spray control. This map allows you to trace the spray patterns of any gun in order to get that muscle memory down pat. Simply choose a gun, line yourself up in the center, aim down range and follow the dot which shows you exactly where and how to move your crosshair. Here are some of the features that it holds.

Key Features

  • Ghosthairs/spray patterns for all weapons.
  • AutoSpray – hold down the trigger and it will show you how to spray!
  • Reset button clears the bullet holes, reloads your weapon and resets the spray pattern.
  • Twenty different ranges to shoot from.
  • Weapon wall with all the available weapons in the game.
  • Various buttons to toggle settings, for example infinite ammo and no spread.
  • Bullet time, slow down the time with a press of a button! (Inspect weapon key)

Once you spend some time on this map learning how to control the CSGO weapons spray patterns, you are set to put your skills to the test. Try some deathmatch, retakes, Wingman and casual to test your new skills. Once your used to shooting at other players, hop into a competitive server and see how much you’ve improved!