Phoenix closeup
Phoenix Connexion
Team Terrorists
Origin Eastern Europe
Voiced By Fedorchuk Stanislav Game icon 730
Entity terror

For Co-op Strike map from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, see Phoenix Compound.

This is easy! We kill them and then we go home!
―Phoenix Connexion[src]

The Phoenix Connexion (sometimes called "Phoenix Connection"), also known as The Phoenix, is a Terrorist faction featured in the Counter-Strike series.

Official Description

Having established a reputation for killing anyone that gets in their way, the Phoenix Connexion is one of the most feared terrorist groups in Eastern Europe. Formed shortly after the breakup of the USSR.

Origin: Formed after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Phoenix Connexion reputedly will kill anyone who gets in their way. They are one of the most feared Terrorist groups in Eastern Europe.

Focus: Responsible for more than 100 murders, and believed to have been involved of the 1985 murder of U.S. Army Col. James Clancy in Berlin. Has carried out Terrorist acts in several countries including Spain, Yugoslavia, Romania, and the Czech Republic. Masters at sniping, and also adept with explosives and reconnaissance.

Strength: Not known, but their numbers are increasing. Latest estimates put their numbers as high as 2,500 across Eastern Europe. Possible connection to a radical Japanese Terrorist group, which would expand their reach to the Far East.[1]


In the early beta stages to Counter-Strike 1.6, the Phoenix Connexion had urban-colored pants/jeans and a dark blue shirt with Kevlar.

In Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, their shirt and pants have a tan camo and their iconic ski mask was slightly altered.

In Counter-Strike: Source, their overall appearance looks very similar to Counter-Strike 1.6 but with a few changes. Their shirt color is a light blue and their ski mask is identical to Condition Zero. (However, within the game files, there is an unused player model that bears strong similarities to Condition Zero. There is also an old model that was used in the Source beta and it can still be found in the game files.)

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, their new models contains a mix of their older appearances but they still retained their masks. Their hand model features bare arms (similar to the previous games) with leather gloves.

On Guardian and Co-op Strike missions, a variant of the standard Phoenix Connexion can be found, the Heavy Phoenix, using heavy equipment and protection.

A stylized phoenix can be seen in Phoenix Compound (identical to the logo of Operation Phoenix), which is likely their official logo. A different stylized phoenix can be seen on their belts.


The bots that use this model are:


  • Phoenix Connexion is the oldest terrorist faction in Counter-Strike, making its first appearence in Beta 1.0. When the mod was first released, they were named the Irish Republican Army, and their design reflected the common public image of balaclava-wearing members of Irish republican paramilitary groups in real life. Their name changed to Phoenix Connexion in later releases, most likely due to possible controversy.
  • Similar to their official description, the Phoenix Connexion are known for being ruthless towards other factions, such as the Arctic Avengers in Secret War.
  • In Deleted Scenes, the desert uniform of the Phoenix resembles the standard uniform of the Guerilla Warfare.
  • In Deleted Scenes, the members of this faction speak Russian. They also share the same quotes as the Arctic Avengers, such as hurt and dying sounds. This is likely due to only appearing as actual enemies in a level where they appear along with the Avengers.
  • The Phoenix Connexion was the second Terrorist model made playable in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta.
  • In Global Offensive, it is suggested that the Phoenix Connexion is a global Terrorist faction due to them facing multiple Counter-Terrorist agencies in-game:
    • SEAL Team 6 in Aztec, Lake and Nuke.
    • GIGN in Cache and Cobblestone.
    • GSG-9 in Baggage and Overpass.
    • FBI in Assault and Militia.
  • In the official Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trailer there is an unused Phoenix Connexion skin, with a red ski mask and dark tan shirt underneath a Kevlar vest.
  • They were featured in the main Global Offensive Trailer, arriving on Nuke to destroy the facility with the C4 while the GSG-9 attempted to stop them.
    • In the newly revamped Nuke, the Phoenix now indeed appear against SEAL Team 6.
  • Some of their quotes in Global Offensive are derived from the Heavy class in Team Fortress 2. Examples include "Run little girls!" and "I fear no man!"
    • The Heavy class is also of Soviet origin.
  • In custom maps of Global Offensive, if no kv file is set up, the default Terrorist player model is the first Phoenix Connexion model.
  • The default gloves used by the Phoenix Connexion in Global Offensive is identical to the default gloves of the Separatist, the Balkan, and the Professional.
  • In the Strategy Guide, there is a minor goof. It is stated that the Phoenix formed shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, meaning they would have formed in the early 1990's. However, it is mentioned that they assassinated a U.S. Military officer in 1985, six years before the U.S.S.R.'s collapse.
    • If this is canon, then a possible explanation is that the assassination was carried out by the men while they were still serving in the Red Army, and then later went on to form the Phoenix Connexion.[citation needed].
  • Currently, the SAS and Phoenix Connexion are the only factions to be included in a map in every operation.


  1. Ham, T., & Stratton, S. (2003). Counter Strike: Condition Zero (Prima's Official Strategy Guide), pp. 42. Roseville, CA: Prima Games. ISBN: 0-7615-4297-3