An aluminum/titanium helmet with a cloth exterior that comes with pockets for additional steel armor pieces and an armor face mask. Sphere M12 is normally used as part of a combination that includes PSZ series Spetsnaz body armor. Quite popular in the Zone thanks to its respirator and built-in first generation night vision device, as well as providing the maximum head protection possible. Comes with electronics slots.

In-game description

The Sphere M12 helmet is a high quality helmet appearing in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. It is a separate usable item in the last game in the series.

Background[edit | edit source]

A high quality, aluminum/titanium combat helmet with cloth camouflage used by Duty and the military, the Sphere-12 is perhaps one of the best available helmets, with slightly higher gunfire protection and psionic protection than its brethren. It comes by default with camouflage (Woodland pattern for military stalkers and urban for Duty). It is normally used as part of a combination that includes PSZ series body armor. Comes with electronics slots.

It is usually worn with a gas mask by stalkers, although variants with a simple faceplate are also common among military stalkers.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Shadow of Chernobyl[edit | edit source]

It is an integral component of the Skat-9 military armoured suit and the Skat-9M military armoured suit.

Clear Sky[edit | edit source]

It is an integral component of the Skat-9 military armoured suit, Skat-9M military armoured suit and the PSZ-9d Duty armor.

Call of Pripyat[edit | edit source]

It can be acquired from Owl in the late-game, and the Military's outfitter, Lieutenant Kirillov, will provide the player one for free if they request an outfit when they meet him. Oddly, it becomes less common than the Tactical helmet afterwards, as Owl rarely has it in his inventory. But, after the achievement "A Wealthy Client" and "A Friend of Duty", Hawaiian may commonly have it in his inventory.

It comes with a 1st-gen nightvision installed, and can be upgraded to second and third generation NVGs, the only helmet which can - although it lacks the thermal imaging upgrade of the tactical helmet. Its anomaly protection options are limited compared to the other helmets, and even fully upgraded is obviously meant to be used only for combat.

Like in former games, NPCs wearing the Skat-9 military armoured suit or the PSZ-9d Duty armor will have an included Sphere M12.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Hover cursor over upgrade images for description. Only one upgrade per tool tier is available in any given row.

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Upgrades require
tools for basic work
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Upgrades require
tools for fine work
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Upgrades require
calibration tools
Active filters can resist even corrosive chemicals
Active filter (500 RU)
+10% radiation and chemical resistance
Application of a screening coating
Application of a screening coating (1000 RU)
+20% psi resistance
A filter with an additional purification coating and a system for removal of poisons
Reinforced respirator for extreme conditions (1500 RU)
+20% radiation and chemical resistance (Novikov only)
Respirator for total blocking of poisons
Impregnated breathing mask (1000 RU)
+20% chemical resistance
A mask used in contaminated air or critical air temperature conditions, which are too low or too high for breathing
Steam purification respiration mask (500 RU)
+2 stamina regeneration
SPB - VPZ.m.IV Psychological Security Wave Psy Protection System, mark four.
SPB - VPZ.m.IV combat system (1000 RU)
+20% psi protection
Installation of a more advanced night vision device for operations in complete darkness
3rd gen. night vision device (3500 RU)
3rd gen night vision
Installation of a more advanced night vision device for operations in complete darkness
2nd gen. night vision device (2500 RU)
2nd gen. night vision

Cut content[edit | edit source]

Upgrade cameo

Originally, the Sphere M12 helmet was supposed to have an additional tier 3 upgrade: a target acquisition system, like the one in the binoculars. It is not known why it was removed.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The gas mask worn with this helmet closely resembles the American XM40 prototype gas mask.
  • The name of this helmet may be in reference to the Sphere STSh-81 helmet, which was also a titanium/steel ballistic helmet that was meant to cover the wearers entire head.
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