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Article describes all hints and tips shows during loading map in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Hints and Tips are ordered by category[1]. No all hints & tips from this list is in game,all have been marked "(Unused)" tag.

  • Weapon / Equipment
    • A weapon's Accurate Range is the distance at which the weapon is guaranteed to hit a 30 cm dinner plate (from a standstill).
    • 'Flashbang' grenades temporarily blind anyone who sees them go off. Be careful because this includes your team and even yourself!
    • Don't forget to buy armor in Competitive Mode! Wearing armor will increase the amount of damage you can take and allow you to live longer.
    • Don't forget your defuse kit in Competitive Mode! Defuse kits significantly reduce the time it takes to defuse a planted bomb.
    • Defusing the bomb will always win the round regardless of how many enemies remain.
    • The AWP sniper rifle is very powerful and can usually kill with one shot. Take advantage of its powerful scope and engage from a distance.
    • The XM1014 shotgun is extremely powerful and very useful in close quarters. At long range however, you're lucky to hit the broad side of a barn.
    • The M4A4 carbine is a powerful and precise automatic rifle that excels at midrange combat, but can be mastered for both long range and CQB.
    • The AK-47 is as powerful as it is loud. It suffers from high recoil, but accurate marksmen prefer it for its lethal headshots.
    • The Desert Eagle .50C is truly a 'hand cannon'. Its powerful ammunition stops enemies in their tracks, but its magazine holds few bullets.
    • If you're behind an enemy, stab them in the back with your knife. It does a lot more damage and usually results in an instant kill.
    • Turning your view away from a Flashbang Grenade will lessen its blinding effects.
    • Use molotovs and incendiary grenades to cover the ground with fire and slow enemy rushes.
    • Smoke grenades are best used to hide your movement. Use them to pass open doorways or slip by a sniper.
    • When you are killed, you will drop your most expensive weapon and most recently selected grenade for your teammates (or enemies).
    • Hold [F] to visually inspect your weapon.
  • Money
    • In Classic modes, killing with different weapons will award different amounts of cash. SMGs for example, will award you more cash than normal.
    • In Classic modes, it's important to manage your money well. Buying the most expensive weapon you can afford is not always the best strategy.
  • Basic Gameplay
    • In Competitive mode, if your opponent hasn't purchased a helmet, shooting them in the head with most weapons is an instant kill - a 'headshot'
    • Jumping slows your movement and decreases your accuracy.
    • To be accurate with a sniper rifle, you must stand still when you fire your shot.
    • Harming hostages results in a severe cash penalty. Try to avoid injuring them.
    • The outer aiming reticule indicates the spread of your weapon. The wider it is, the more inaccurate your shot will be.
    • You are more accurate when you stand still. Crouching makes you the most accurate.
    • Enemies can hear your footsteps when you run. Walking will make your footsteps harder to hear and will improve your accuracy.
    • Firing an automatic weapon in short bursts will help you maintain control over your shots and will improve your accuracy.
    • Switching to your pistol is faster than reloading. In a firefight, this can give you the advantage.
    • If you're alive when the round ends in a Classic mode match, use those last few seconds to search for a better weapon!
  • Tips
    • Engaging in combat alone is very risky. Stick with your teammates and watch their back.
    • Ammo management is extremely important. If you run out of bullets in a firefight, you are in deep trouble.
    • You are vulnerable when you are reloading. Make sure you are in a safe spot or behind cover when you reload.
    • Powerful guns can penetrate many thin surfaces. If your enemy is hiding behind a wooden door or plaster wall, you can probably still hit them.
    • Your radar shows teammates, enemies and the bomb. Learning to use the radar and checking it regularly will give you an advantage.
    • The weapon you are holding affects your movement speed. Bulkier and heavier weapons cause you to run slower. Switch to your knife to move quickly.
    • Be quicker than your opponent in all aspects. One way to gain an advantage in Classic Mode is to buy your items quickly at round start.
    • Deep water will slow your movement and more importantly will make a lot of noise. Avoid wading through water if you can.
    • In Classic modes, players will drop their weapon when they die. If you see a weapon on the ground that is better than yours, you should pick it up.
    • When you're controlling a bot, money, kills, deaths and weapons that you earn are awarded to that bot instead of you.
  • Team
    • SEAL Team Six (ST6) was founded in 1980 under Lieutenant-Commander Richard Marcinko. It was dissolved in 1987 and is now known as DEVGRU.
    • The world-renowned British SAS was founded during WW2 by Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling as a commando force to operate behind enemy lines.
    • The elite French counter-terrorism unit, GIGN was designed to be a fast response force that could react quickly to any large-scale terrorist incident.
    • The elite German counter-terrorism force, GSG-9 was established in 1973 and has reportedly discharged their weapons only five times in over 1,500 missions.
    • The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 and is trained to rescue allies held by hostile force. Their motto is 'Servare Vitas' (To Save Lives).
    • Israel Defense Forces info goes here. (Unused)
    • The first Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was established by inspector Daryl Gates in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1968.
    • In addition to counter-terrorism, SWAT teams are called in for hostage extraction, perimeter security and riot control.
  • Quotes
    • 'He who strikes terror in others is himself continually in fear.' ~Claudius Claudianus
    • 'Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown that terror becomes the known.' ~Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    • 'Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.' ~Winston Churchill
  • Communication hints
    • Your radio allows you to give commands to your teammates such as 'Follow me', 'Hold this position', or 'Need backup'. To send a radio command, use the radio keys (default Z, X, and C) and select what you want to say. (Unused)
  • Radar hints
    • The green circle in the upper left corner is your radar. It shows the positions of all of your surviving friends relative to your current position and direction you are looking. If a blip is at twelve o'clock, that friend is somewhere in front of you. Likewise, a blip at six o'clock is a friend behind you. (Unused)
    • On your radar, a blip shaped like a 'T' represents a friend somewhere above you. An upside-down 'T' blip is a friend somewhere below you. (Unused)
    • If a friend is talking, his blip on the radar will flash an orange color. (Unused)
    • If you are a Counter-Terrorist, hostages will appear on your radar as flashing blue blips. (Unused)
  • Bomb scenario hints
  • Hostage scenario hints
    • Hostage rescue maps often have more than one hostage rescue point... (Unused)
    • 'Talking to' a hostage by pressing the Use key (default E) rewards you with a cash bonus on the spot! (Unused)
    • Rescuing a hostage rewards you with a healthy cash bonus! (Unused)
  • Other
    • Many objects in the world can be broken, including some windows, boards, and boxes. (Unused)

Behind the scenes

  • According to HintConfig.txt file, hints and tips was supposed to show depending on the game mode during loading screens, but this feature is disabled.


  1. Comments from csgo_english.

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