In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you can shoot opponents in the head and cause a "headshot", resulting in extra damage being done to that player. There is also a knife, which you can use to melee-fight opponents.

Can knives headshot opponents? If I hit an enemy in the head with a knife, will it do more damage? Similarly, if I hit an enemy in the legs with a knife, will it do less damage?

  • In 1.6 headshots and leg stabs were both possible. Not sure about CS:GO though. =/ – Decency Sep 4 '13 at 3:46
  • cs:go knives are like the spy's knife in TF2. the lethal point is the back. – Neffer_23 Oct 26 '14 at 4:30

With regards to knives in CS:GO, you inflict the same damage to an opponent with a knife to the head as with a knife to a leg. The extra damage element is caused by knifing from the front/side or the back.

This weapon chart shows the knife damage of the primary and secondary attack, to each hit box area (although irrelevant) and also whether in front/side or behind your opponent. As you can see, the hit box area causes no difference in damage.

Interestingly, this chart shows that kevlar and helmet mitigate knife damage. It also indicates that it reduces the damage when hit in the legs. Kevlar doesn't reduce damage to the legs with any other weapon. This seems to indicate that knife damage is based solely on whether hit from the front/side or back.

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