The masks used by SSC and TWO have an armoured shell that protects the entire face and partially wraps around the side and top of the head, which is attached to a hinge, allowing the mask to be lifted away from the face for ease of communication. The masks usually have some sort of design painted or carved on, and occasionally have other features, such as holes or protrusions. The design of the mask worn by the character is often a reflection of their personality traits, in Salem's case, his camouflage mask with flames could represent his military background and fiery personality.Rios's and Salem's masks are the first that are seen, and they wear them after completing the mission in Somalia. During training and the Somalia mission, the two can be seen wearing masks similar to paintball masks and paired with a helmet for Rios, and a backwards baseball cap for Salem.
There are 12 masks available for each character: their signature masks, plus 11 alternative masks. Each of the alternative masks must be purchased for $10,000 each, totalling $110,000 to buy all masks (for each mask bought, a counterpart for the other character is unlocked). Purchasing all available masks will unlock the "Man of Many Masks" achievement.
These are the 12 masks available to Rios. "Grim Reminder" is his default mask.
These are the 12 masks available to Salem. "Custom Ink" is his default mask.
Philip Clyde has a mask similar to those of Rios and Salem. However, his has a smile carved into it, and a V cutout for his mohawk.
Like Rios and Salem, Clyde is not seen wearing a full mask until his appearances after the first mission in Somalia. However, unlike them, he doesn't wear any sort of mask during his first appearance, in Somalia.
In the second game, Rios's and Salem's signature masks return, but they now share all mask designs, although they have different mask shapes. However, none of the masks need to be purchased, and amongst the designs is Clyde's mask.
There was a mask creator on the website for The 40th Day that allowed players to upload and use custom masks. However, no new website was created for The Devil's Cartel, meaning that the mask creator is no longer available.
There is a large selection of pre-made masks in The Devil's Cartel (much more than in previous ones), including some that cannot be seen until they are unlocked via in-game progress. Most of them are new ones, with only a few returning from the previous two games. All masks must be unlocked and purchased with in-game currency.
Demo bonus masksEdit
Upon playing and finishing the demo, you will unlock two unique masks if you play the full game. These masks are edited versions of Alpha's and Bravo's masks, named "White Alpha" and "Dark Bravo", respectively.
In The Devil's Cartel, the player has the ability to create free custom masks when not in a session. The custom masks are based on Alpha's mask shape. 3D shapes cannot be added.
There are four masks available for the Overkill Edition of the game. They are two "Day of the Dead" masks, the "Overkill" mask and the "Polymer" mask. Each mask has a corresponding set of tactical gear, except for the "Day of the Dead" masks, which share a single set.