- vest: Kelvar vest
$650. As in most first person shooters, armor is essential to Counter-Strike. Especially in Counter-Strike, you might say, since with fairly realistic weapons and damage, only a few hits on an unarmored target will bring him down.
Only buy the Kevlar-only option if you can't afford the Kevlar-helmet combination.
- vesthelm: Kevlar vest and helmet
$1000. As with normal Kevlar, but also including a helmet, which will stop one round (with a horrible clank sound and a severe distortion of view for a few moments) which would have otherwise hit the head; any unprotected headshot is fatal. Armor-piercing rounds, such as that from the AWM, will still land a kill on a helmeted head, but you can't beat an extra shot at life.
Don't leave home without it.
- flash: Flashbang grenade
$200; 2 maximum. When the flashbang grenade detonates in line of sight of a player -- any player, include your own team -- the player takes no damage but his view is completely whited out. The view slowly clears; the time it takes to clear depends on the distance the grenade detonated from the victim -- the closer it went off, the longer it takes.
Flashbangs are perfect to soften up the enemy just before a rush.
- hegren: High-explosive grenade
$300; 1 maximum. High-explosive grenades to significant damage, although not enough to kill an armored target outright.
Normal grenades are ideal for softening up an enemy, flushing out a camper, or finishing off a wounded, pinned-down enemy.
- sgren: Smoke grenade
$300; 1 maximum. Smoke grenades billow out smoke for a brief period of time. This can be used to provide cover where cover is not available. The billowing of smoke progresses around the grenade, so the cover it provides is not always total.
When cover isn't available, smoke grenades can help.
- defuser: Defuse kit (Counter-Terrorist)
$200. This device can help Counter-Terrorists defuse the bomb twice as fast on bomb/defuse maps. It is relatively cheap so it's a good idea to pick it up if you're a Counter-Terrorist. When a player who has purchased one is killed, the defuse kit falls to the ground (it appears as some belt pouches) and can be picked up by other Counter-Terrorists who do not already have it.
You'll appreciate it when you're pressed for time.
- nvgs: Night vision goggles
$1250. Night vision goggles allow the wearer to see in total darkness. Activating and deactivating the goggles makes a distinctive noise that can be heard by nearby enemies, so beware. In normal light, however, everything is washed out and it can be hard to see.
It's expensive, but quite valuable on the particularly dark maps.
- shield: Riot shield (Counter-Terrorists)
$2200. The riot shield prevents you from holding a primary weapon, but while having it equipped you can alternate between using it as a shield and poking your secondary pistol or grenades you are about to throw out to the side. The shield, while used to block incoming fire, deflects all rounds; while used, though you cannot return fire.
The riot shield can come in handy when you're mainly facing off against the enemy in one area and letting them waste their shots at a target while they get flanked, but its tremendous expense limits its usefulness.
- Bomb (Terrorist)
On bomb/defuse maps, one Terrorist starts with the bomb (which appears as a backpack on his model). That Terrorist must bring the bomb to a bomb site (there may be more than one on a given map), plant it, and ensure that it detonates properly. The bomb can be dropped (either deliberately or by its carrier getting killed) and picked up by another teammate; Counter-Terrorists cannot retrieve the bomb (although they can of course guard it).
When you spawn with the bomb, you should consider it your primary purpose in life to see that it goes off.