GTA San Andreas
The Helmet first appears in San Andreas. The helmet is purely a visual feature and can be purchased from ProLaps. CJ can purchase four kinds of helmets;
- Boxing Helmet- $80
- Full Face Helmet- $150
- MotoX Helmet- $100
- Helmut- $100
GTA IV and The Ballad of Gay Tony
The Helmet has a much more major role in IV. The helmet is equipped upon mounting a motorcycle. The Helmet is no longer purchasable. Niko will not equip a helmet if they start driving immediately. Once the player gets off a motorcycle, the protagonist will discard the helmet, unless the player goes to mount the bike as Niko removes it, and it will simply vanish. Some NPCs also have unique helmets, while others wear no helmet at all. All of Niko's helmets have visors.
Helmets Niko can equip:
- All black
- Blue fading to white and gold
- White with red and blue stars
- White with red and blue stripes
Helmets are purely cosmetic and offer no protection against crashes and the impact of bullets.
Despite the biker theme in The Lost and Damned, the player doesn't wear a helmet on any bikes.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, Luis also wears helmets, and all lack visors, unlike Niko's in IV.
Helmets Luis can equip:
- White, red and blue
- Grey and blue
- Purple and black
|Armando Torres, Gay Tony, Henrique Bardas, Johnny Klebitz, Timur, other Lost MC members||None|
|Pink with no visor|
|Jet black with a white disc on the temple and a clear visor|
|Light blue with two white stripes at the bottom|
|Cherise Glover||Green with a white strip at the bottom|
Green with two white stripes along the temples
|Eddie Low||Black with a dark green stripe|
Cream coffee with white stripe in the middle
|Ivan Bytchkov||Green with blue and white stripes and stars|
|Kate McReary||White with swirls of light green on the sides|
Old biker helmet resembling a military one
|Manny Escuela||Black with orange and yellow stripes|
|Mel||White with a blue stripe at the bottom|
|Packie McReary||Irish Green|
|Phil Bell||Black with gold stripes|
Black with a white stripe and a tinted visor
Green and black
Pale with two stripes, black and white
Pink with white stripes
White with pink spiral stripes
GTA V and GTA Online
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In GTA V, the helmets are equipped like in GTA IV. Trevor wears a unique black open face helmet, while Michael and Franklin wear the same helmets, which have different styles.
These helmets offer a limited degree of protection against impacts and crashes, reducing the likelihood of an instantaneous death but the player can still die from high speeds.
They will not provide any additional protection from firearms.
In GTA Online the player can purchase helmets at clothing stores and Vespucci Movie Masks.
There are various types that are available, ranging from simple biker helmets to military-grade combat helmets that offer unique benefits as well as increased protection against firearms. These will make you resistant to headshots and prevent you from instantly dying when within close range.
Unlike in GTA V however, these will not protect you against impacts and crashes.
Motorcycle helmets, biker helmets as well as flight suit helmets will provide slight resistance, allowing you to survive up to two shots before death. The first will be resisted while the second shot is lethal.
Combat Helmets, Bullet Proof Helmets, Riot Helmets as well as Air-Racing helmets will provide increased protection against firearms; allowing you to survive up to 3 shots to the head in close-quarters. The first two shots will be resisted while the third shot will be lethal.
Combat Helmets can be purchased in the form of a Quad-Lens variant and a Dual-Lens variant, which adds a toggleable visor that can be flipped up and down to augment the player's vision. These can be turned on through the interaction menu.
The Quad-Lens variation will grant the player Thermal Vision, which will highlight heat signatures of NPCs, Players and sources of explosives, jet exhausts or fire. They can also spot players through thin surfaces if the target is standing against it. Unlike in real life, thermal imaging is not affected by light sources or the sun.
The Dual-Lens variation will grant the player Night Vision, which will illuminate the environment with a green hue and improve visibility in low-light environments. Night Vision, however, is affected by light sources and as such, can be blinding and detrimental during the day, which limits it's utility and effectiveness.
Riot Helmets and Air-Racing Helmets only offer protection, lacking any augmentations to player vision. (However they may be combined with masks that have such capabilities).
In The Diamond Casino Heist update for Grand Theft Auto Online, a unique "helmet" variation was added known as "Scope Night Vision" which occupies the helmet slot. These do NOT offer any protection against firearms but will grant a night vision visor that can be flipped up and down.
Helmets Michael, Franklin and the GTA Online protagonist can equip:
|Helmet Design||Featured In||Online Price|
|Red w/two white stripes||
|Black w/skull on top, bottom jaw below visor||V, Online|
|Black w/flame decal||V, Online|
|Blue w/black stars||V, Online|
|White w/red detail||V, Online|
|Black w/poker decals||V, Online|
|Black w/silver shatter effect||V, Online|
|Western MC Yellow||Online|
|Western MC Red||Online|
|Western MC Blue||Online|
|Western MC Green||Online|
|Western MC Lilac||Online|
|Steel Horse Orange||Online|
|Matte Black Off-Road||Online|
|Glossy Black Off-Road||Online|