A smoke grenade is a type of grenade available in the Counter-Strike series. When thrown, it create a medium-sized smoke screen.
When held, the player's movement speed is 250 units per second in Counter-Strike, meaning they suffer no speed reduction. However, in Counter-Strike: Source and Global Offensive the player's movement speed is 245 units per second.
- Can effectively hide your team if thrown correctly, especially from snipers.
- Can make a good distraction if not used for covering purposes
- Can extinguish the fire from the Incendiary grenade and the Molotov cocktail.
- Causes no damage to the other team other than loss of vision for a short time (In Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, if a smoke grenade is thrown directly at an enemy or a teammate, it does 1 damage and can kill them)
- If thrown at a group of enemies incorrectly, it can end up making them more or less invisible to you and your team
- Can attract attention and will become a major focus point for players. Due to this, players will often fire at the smoke and prevent enemies from seeking cover.
- Use it to distract snipers. They will try to find out if the enemy is inside or outside of the cloud. Use this moment at your advantage.
- Throw it at tight corridors, this will force a few enemies to blindly spray in it.
- Often times, the smoke grenade is useful in allowing players to throw grenades through the smoke without being involved in a great risk of being easily spotted. However, the smoke blocks the effects of a flashbang so be sure to throw the stun grenade far into the smoke. If you are able to time correctly when the flashbang has flown and takes effect, you can safely follow it without having to look away.
- Most players will instinctively spray into or follow smoke clouds, so on winding maps these can be used to throw enemies off your track
- A Smoke Grenade can be used to extinguish the fire from the Incendiary grenade and the Molotov cocktail to allow players to quickly stop the flames instead of waiting. Thus in Global Offensive, its recommened to purchase this while playing Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue maps, because enemy players are more likely to use fire to cover important areas.
- Use this grenade for cover when entering/exiting or guarding entryways to important areas, such as a bombsite. This will make it much harder for enemy snipers to eliminate you and other opposing team members may be cautious as they attempt to enter.
- The cloud formed by the smoke can allow players to throw flashbangs, HE grenades, and even a decoy grenade without being easily detected.
- If friendly fire is enabled, players will be careful to avoid killing team members so they may be hesitant in firing their weapons in the smoke.
- When a smoke grenade has been deployed, players will have difficulty in determining the amount of players within the smoke. Due to this, it is advised to stay away from smoke grenades or throw a grenade to prevent enemies from seeking cover or for ambushing.
- It is possible to fool enemies to mistake a flying smoke grenade as a flashbang. If this happens, you can take advantage of this and eliminate targets.
- Throw an HE grenade or spray within the cloud, if an enemy is hiding in it, this will damage him or kill him.
- Retreat and camp on areas distant from the cloud.
- If a smoke cloud is formed in a tight area, evacuate immediately while being careful.
- In the GoldSrc games, the Smoke grenade was widely considered to be useless as players could still see through the smoke (unless they were far away).
- However, throughout the development of Counter-Strike, the smoke grenade was notably improved by making its smoke more dense and adding much faster smoke dispersion.
- In Counter-Strike: Source, if a Terrorist is planting the bomb within a cloud of smoke, a bright flash emits from the bomb at the instant when the bomb was beginning to be planted. This can give away positions or alert a nearby lurking "ninja defusing" Counter-Terrorist to a plant even before the sound of the plant is heard.
- In Counter-Strike: Source, there was an update on August 30, 2010 which made smoke grenades bloom faster, have more opaque, and fixed one-way smoke.
- If you kill somebody with a smoke grenade in Counter-Strike Source, the kill icon is the same the suicide symbol.
- In Deleted Scenes, the smoke grenades are used for weakening purposes, or create concealment against enemy vehicles. When the smoke spreads near an enemy, he will cough and cannot attack. This tactic can be done to any enemies, especially snipers and M72 LAW launchers. Furthermore, M2 gunners can be temporary distracted for a short period using a smoke grenade. The distract effect also applies to friendly NPCs.
- The game file name for this item is "smokegrenade".
- The hotkey for this weapon is b85 or o5 (by default).
- In Counter-Strike 1.0, the smoke grenade spreads slower and takes several seconds to create a cloud of smoke, similar to the early versions of Counter-Strike: Source''.
- Bots cannot attack in a cloud of smoke and will not detect enemies within the smoke, giving an advantage to human players.
- However, should a bot bump into an enemy player within the smoke, that bot will quickly react and shoot down the opposing team member. Furthermore, as the smoke thins out, they can become able to fire back at enemies.
- This is the only existing grenade in the Counter-Strike series to use gas and is harmless to players (unless it is thrown at someone in Counter-Strike Source).
- Although, there was a cut gas grenade that had nearly the same properties but the gas could inflict damage.
- If the smoke grenade is thrown into the water, it will create bubbles instead.
- In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, if an enemy or teammate is within the smoke, aiming your gun at the other player within the smoke will not display the name nor their location of that player on the radar.
- In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player can kill by throwing grenade.
- Smoke grenade at Wikipedia