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Three Ts defend a planted bomb against four CTs in this fast-paced game mode. Choose a loadout card at the beginning of each round and retake (or defend) the bomb site. The first to 8 rounds wins!
―Official Description

Retakes is a game mode added to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in Operation Broken Fang, as a part of the December 3, 2020 update. The game mode was kept after Operation Broken Fang ended on the May 3, 2021 update and moved from its own separate game mode into the War Games category.


In this mode there are only 3 players on the Terrorist team and 4 players on the Counter-Terrorist team. The first team to win 8 rounds wins the match. The round takes place with the bomb already planted at the start. Also at the beginning of the round, the players pick a loadout card which decides which weapons and equipment they have. Compared to the original maps, the Counter-Terrorist spawn at set random locations surrounding the bombsite. On the other hand, the Terrorist players are spawned on the bombsite and are temporarily blocked from moving out of the bombsite until the bomb has been planted by which then they are freely allowed to move to anywhere on the map.

The Counter Terrorist side radar shows which site has the bomb planted by a message underneath the radar along with an on-screen indicator for the first 5 seconds of the round starting. The players cannot spectate the enemy team when they die and friendly fire and money is both disabled. The bomb timer is 40 seconds.

During the 7 second freezetime, only the Terrorist team players can move within the temporary restricted area on the bombsite whereas the Counter-Terrorist players cannot move during the freeze time.

During the first two rounds of the match, all players loadout cards do not have kevlar and then subsequent rounds thereafter all players' loadout cards give them kevlar+helmet which have varying amounts between 60-80 armor points. For the first round, CTs only have one defuse kit, then in the second and third round they have 2 defuse kits. Then all subsequent rounds thereafter all CT's players have their own defuse kit. After the round has ended, any alive players weapons and equipment are not carried over to the next round.


Supported Maps[]

The following maps are available after the December 3, 2020 update:


At the start of the round, the player gets dealt cards which they can choose from. These cards are random and a certain card can only be given to a specific amount of people. In addition, the bonus card will be awarded to the player who received an MVP in the previous round. This card will yield the player an additional grenade on one of their selectable cards.

Counter Terrorist Cards[]

Name Kevlar + Helmet Primary Weapon Secondary Weapon Grenades Availablity Defuse Kits
Pistol Round 4v3 No USP-S/P2000 3 1
Flash Out Flashbang 1
Hide and Peek Smoke Grenade 1
Upgraded Pistol


Take Five No Five-SeveN/CZ75-Auto 2 2
Blind Fire P250 Flashbang 2
Only Takes One Desert Eagle/R8 Revolver 2
Sneaky Beaky


P250 Smoke Grenade 2
Light Buy


UMP in Smoke Yes UMP-45 USP-S/P2000 Smoke Grenade 2 3
Fun n' Gun MP9 HE Grenade 2
Sharpshooter SSG 08 Flashbang 2
Burst Bullpup FAMAS 2
Full Buy


Light 'em Up Yes M4A4/M4A1-S USP-S/P2000 Flashbang 2 4
Kobe M4A4/M4A1-S HE Grenade 2
1g M4A4/M4A1-S Incendiary Grenade 1
Disappearing Act M4A4/M4A1-S Smoke Grenade 1
Eyes on Target AUG 1
Behind Enemy Lines AK-47 1 (Enemy Card)
The AWPortunity AWP 1 (Bonus Card)

Terrorist Cards[]

Name Kevlar + Helmet Primary Weapon Secondary Weapon Grenades Availablity
Pistol Round 4 Bad Guys Left No Glock-18 3
Look Away Flashbang 1
When There’s Smoke... Smoke Grenade 1
Upgraded Pistol


Qué ota? No Desert Eagle/R8 Revolver 2
Blind Fire P250 Flashbang 2
Smoke Screen P250 Smoke Grenade 1
TEC. TEC. BOOM! Tec-9/CZ75-Auto HE Grenade 1
Light Buy


Back In a Flash Yes UMP-45 Glock-18 Flashbang 2
All In Galil AR 2
Boom Box MAC-10 Smoke Grenade &

HE Grenade

Set Them Free SSG 08 1
Full Buy


Smoke Show Yes AK-47 Glock-18 Smoke Grenade 2
Ol' Reliable AK-47 Flashbang 2
Hot Shot AK-47 Molotov 1
Eye Spy SG 553 HE Grenade 1
Finders Keepers M4A4/M4A1-S 1 (Enemy Card)
The AWPortunity AWP 1 (Bonus Card)


  • Retakes originated from an old popular community game mode.
  • Retakes' icon-file mistakenly contains all icons from CS:GO inside of it, leading to a big file-size.