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Overview


The Krieg 552, more commonly referred to as the SG 552, is a rifle featured in all of the Counter-Strike games except Global Offensive, exclusive to the Terrorists. The counterpart for the Counter-Terrorists is the AUG. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it was replaced by the SG 553.

Overview

The Krieg 552 is a well-rounded assault rifle available exclusively to the Terrorists, and the most expensive assault rifle for Terrorists at $3500.

The Krieg 552 is accurate and and has a good (unscoped) rate of fire, with moderate damage. It deals less damage than the CV-47 and is unable to instantly kill a helmeted player with one headshot. It is, however, lighter, more accurate, and easier to control.

It is also equipped with a low power scope best suited for medium range engagement. The player can utilize this scope by pressing the secondary fire key. Toggling the scope will magnify the user's field of view 1.5x, but significantly lowers their rate of fire and movement speed while aiming. Pressing the secondary fire key again will return to normal view.

Because the CV-47 is $900 cheaper and is considerably more damaging, the Krieg 552 is not frequently used. However, despite its flaws, the Krieg is not wholly ignored, having some adamant fans who favor its good accuracy and rounded stats over the temperamental CV-47.

Curiously, the Krieg 552 is the second choice of primary weapon for Terrorist bots who specialize in using scoped assault rifles, although their loadout choices otherwise seem in line with general expectations. This seems to suggest this quirk is either a conscious decision or an individual oversight by the programmer(s) of the AI.

This weapon is not available on Assassination maps.

Properties

Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 128 89
Chest & Arm 32 22
Stomach 40 27
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Counter-Strike: Source
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 131 92
Chest & Arm 32 23
Stomach 41 28
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.


Movement speed in hammer units per second
Counter-Strike:Source Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
Running 235 235
Walking 122 122
Crouch walking 71 70
Running while scoped 200 235
Walking while scoped 104 122
Crouched walking while scoped 68 79

Tactics

  • Use this weapon at full auto and aim for the chest when at close range to score a headshot.
    • If possible, aim directly for the head by either spraying at close ranges or use the scope to increase accuracy for long ranges.
      • Some users may prefer to spray bullets with this rifle than with the CV-47, as the Krieg 552 has less recoil and is more accurate.
    • Burst fire 5 rounds at medium range is recommended for landing hits on opponents due to its predictable spread.
    • At long range, use the scope. When zoomed, the gun has a lower rate of fire but you can be more accurate so use this to your advantage. Due to this nature, shooting at short bursts or individual shots can mimic auto-sniper legally, though the scope reaches a shorter range and deals less damage per shot.
      • Notably, when the zoom-in function is used, the visual shake is very high. For this reason, some players tend to not use the scope at all.
      • Do not spray bullets when you are using the scope. The visual shake associated with the Krieg 552 can disorientate users and lead to a severe decline in accuracy; in a firefight, making recoil uncontrollable and spelling your doom.
      • Players should be aware in how to use the scope. In certain maps, it may not be wise to use the scope at all. Like the AUG, the player's view will be slightly shrunk while zoomed in with the scope.
  • In comparison to the AUG, the Krieg 552 inflicts slightly more damage and has a shorter reload time, but also has higher recoil. Fortunately, this can be overcome when firing in bursts.
  • Like its CT counterpart, the Krieg 552 features a low-magnification scope, making it a particularly good choice for defending areas.

Appearances

The Krieg 552 appears in the following missions:

  • Secret War: Shortly after escaping the fuel dump explosion, the player will enter an area where the roof collapsed, and, dropping down to advance, will find the rifle next to a dead Arctic Avenger. Another Krieg 552 can be found lying next to another dead Avenger immediately after using the elevator, but picking it up will have no effect if the player already has the rifle.
  • Downed Pilot: Next to the generator the player must activate to lower a minecart to proceed. The rifle is lost when the player is captured.
  • Pipe Dream: On a crate in a garage where a stack of explosive barrels must be blown up to advance.

Achievements

Weapon
Krieg 552 Expert.png Krieg 552 Expert
Kill 500 enemy players with the Krieg 552.

Trivia

  • "Krieg" means "war" in German.
  • Before the AUG was introduced in the beta version of Counter-Strike, the Krieg 552 was available for purchase by both teams.
  • The SIG SG552 in the German version of Left 4 Dead 2 is a near-direct port of the Counter-Strike: Source version. The scope still functions as normal, but the cartridge capacity is extended 50 rounds instead of 30. The Last Stand Update released on September 24th 2020 officially re-implemented the Krieg alongside the rest of the previously hidden / region-exclusive CS:S weapons with a fixed viewmodel and now may naturally spawn as a "tier 2" weapon alongside the other assault rifles.
  • In Condition Zero and Deleted Scenes, the animation of this weapon uses the Counter-Strike Beta reload animation.
  • The Krieg 552's translucent plastic magazine will always appears to be full, no matter how many rounds are actually in the magazine. This may have been implemented to reduce memory, similar to the UMP-45, ES C90, Krieg 550 Commando, AUG, and M249.
  • In the GoldSrc, the SG 552 uses a foldable buttstock. In Source, it is replaced with a fixed buttstock.
  • In Source, the SG 552's reloading sounds are not properly synced to the reloading animations.

Behind the scenes

  • The SG 552 was planned before the initial Counter-Strike Beta release. Although not appearing in Beta 1.0, it was mentioned as an upcoming weapon in the CSWeapons.txt document located in the game files on top of having HUD and kill icons.
    • Its secondary fire was to fold and unfold its stock, this suggests that the Beta SG 552 was a scopeless variant with a foldable stock. This concept was quickly abandoned as the SG 552 was finally released in Beta 2.0 with a zoom using a mounted scope as a secondary fire.
  • The SG 552's scope was changed in the playermodel in Beta 3.0, however its worldmodel retained the old scope until Condition Zero. The HUD icon still retains the original scope.
  • The SG552 was cut from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, replaced by the SG 553. Files for the cut weapon can be found in Alpha & Beta game files.
    • Although the HUD and kill icons depict the weapon with its trademark scope, the 3D Rendered purchase icons show the SG552 scopeless, similar to it's Beta 1.0 depiction. Whether or not this would impact gameplay is unknown.
    • The weapon's entity remains in-game, however as its script is missing, spawning it will cause the game to freeze and crash.

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