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{{Infobox vehicles
 
{{Infobox vehicles
 
| name = Annihilator
 
| name = Annihilator
| front_image = Annihilator GTA IV.png
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| front_image = Annihilator-GTAV-LSIA.jpg
 
| image_size = 300
 
| image_size = 300
| caption = The Annihilator in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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| caption = An Annihilator in [[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]].
 
| manufacturer = [[Western Company]]
 
| manufacturer = [[Western Company]]
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| price = $1,825,000 <small>([[Grand Theft Auto Online|Online]])</small><br><small>([[Elitás Travel|Elitastravel.com]])</small>
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| vehicle_class = Helicopters
 
| vehicle_type = Law Enforcement vehicle
 
| vehicle_type = Law Enforcement vehicle
| body_style = Attack helicopter
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| body_style = Armed utility helicopter
| capacity = 4 (pilot and three passengers)
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| capacity = 4 <small> (Pilot and three passengers, GTA IV)</small><br>6 <small> (Pilot and five passengers, GTA Online) </small>
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]<br>[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''
}}
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|related = [[Buzzard]]<br>[[Hunter]]}}
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{{quote|This classic four-bladed, twin-engine combat chopper has not only seen active duty in the Middle East, it's starred in 3 movies about the Middle East since it returned! The Annihilator is renowned for its stealth capabilities... as much as a huge black helicopter with 4 machine guns can ever be considered stealthy.|[[ElitasTravel.com]] description.}}
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The [[Western Company]] '''Annihilator''' is an armed utility [[Helicopter|helicopter]] that appeared [[Grand Theft Auto IV|''Grand Theft Auto IV'']] (and its [[Episodes from Liberty City|episodes]]) and [[Grand Theft Auto Online|''Grand Theft Auto Online'']]''.''
   
The [[Western Company]] '''Annihilator''' is an armed attack [[helicopter]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] based on the [[wp:UH-60 Black Hawk|MH-60L Black Hawk]]. The Annihilator's design and real-life counterpart are comparable to those of the [[Raindance]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. It fills the attack helicopter role previously taken by the 3D era [[Hunter]]. The Annihilator is upgraded in [[The Lost and Damned]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]], it moves faster and fires explosive rounds instead of the regular ones in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]].
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The Annihilator's design and real-life counterpart is comparable to that of the [[Raindance]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. It fills the attack helicopter role previously taken by the [[3D Universe]] [[Hunter]]. The Annihilator is upgraded in [[The Lost and Damned]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]], where it moves more quickly and fires explosive rounds instead of the regular ones seen in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]].
   
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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=== Design ===
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In all its appearances, the Annihilator is based on the [[wp:Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk|Sikorsky MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator]]. It features a black body with a yellow stripe along with decals (that change between GTA IV and GTA V). The helicopter also comes with a set of miniguns mounted on both sides that can be fired by the pilot.
 
=== GTA IV ===
 
=== GTA IV ===
[[Image:Annihilator-GTA4-front.jpg|left|thumb|300px|A [[NOOSE]]-Controlled Annihilator scouting for the [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted]] player in GTA IV.]]
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Operated by the [[NOOSE|LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority]], or NOOSE, the Annihilator the only armed Law Enforcement Vehicle in ''GTA IV''. It is occasionally seen patrolling the skies above Liberty City in single player mode, often over the [[East Borough Bridge]] and [[Hickey Bridge]]. Its livery is modeled after the US Custom And Border Protection's Office Of CBP Air and Marine Colors.
Operated by the [[NOOSE|LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority]], or NOOSE, the Annihilator is one of the two armed Law Enforcement Vehicles (The other being the [[Fire Truck]] which is a "law enforcement" vehicle used for riot control) in ''GTA IV''. It is occasionally seen patrolling the skies above Liberty City in single player mode, often over the [[East Borough Bridge]] and [[Hickey Bridge]]. Its livery is modeled after the US Custom And Border Protection's Office Of CBP Air and Marine Colors.
 
   
The helicopter moves faster than any other vehicle in GTA IV, but is more difficult to slow down as a result. An effective way to slow down is to stop accelerating, pull back, and accelerate once again with the L-Stick still held back, as opposed to simply reversing.
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[[Image:Annihilator-GTA4-front.jpg|left|thumb|300px|A [[NOOSE]]-controlled Annihilator scouting for the [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted]] player in GTA IV.]]The helicopter moves quicker than any other vehicle in GTA IV, but is more difficult to slow down as a result. An effective way to slow down is to stop accelerating, pull back, and accelerate once again with the L-Stick still held back, as opposed to simply reversing.
   
[[File:Minigun-GTA4.jpg|thumb|206px|The miniguns on the annihilator. ]]The Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted [[Minigun]]s, which are difficult to aim and require reloading after prolonged fire, but which are hugely devastating to people and vehicles alike, and are supplied with infinite ammunition, although they overheat after 100 rounds are fired, so player would have to wait for two seconds before they can resume firing. Also, many people use the rotors as weapons as they will kill people who get caught in them and make the vehicles fly, along with chopping off parts of other helicopters, such as the tail. Normally, AI-Controlled Annihilators never use their miniguns, instead relying on two NOOSE Tactical Response Unit Officers seated on the two rounds to fire on the player with M4A1s.
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The Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted [[Minigun|miniguns]], which are difficult to aim and require reloading after prolonged fire, but are very devastating to people and vehicles alike, and are supplied with an infinite amount of ammunition, although they overheat after 100 rounds are fired, so the player would have to wait for two seconds or so before they can resume firing. Players can also use the spinning rotors as weapons as they will slice people who get caught in them and make the vehicles fly, along with chopping off parts of other helicopters, such as the tail. AI-Controlled Annihilators never use their miniguns, instead relying on two NOOSE Tactical Response Unit Officers seated on the two rounds to fire on the player with M4A1s.
   
A passenger in an Annihilator (or any other helicopter) can shoot a rifle whether they are in the large passenger bay in the center of the chopper, or in the co-pilot's seat, however this is very difficult, as the helicopter's speed and lack of steadiness will not aid in the accuracy of the weapon. Also, when a pistol or submachine gun is fired from a helicopter (particularly the Annihilator), it will usually not have the range to hit the target.
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[[File:Minigun-GTA4.jpg|thumb|206px|The miniguns on the Annihilator. ]]A passenger in an Annihilator (or any other helicopter) can fire a rifle whether they are in the large passenger bay in the center of the chopper, or in the co-pilot's seat. However, this is very difficult, as the helicopter's speed and lack of steadiness will not aid in the accuracy of the weapon. Also, when a pistol or submachine gun is fired from the Annihilator's, it will usually not have the range to hit the target.
   
The only weapons that can truly duke it out with the Annihilator are [[Rocket Launcher]]s, assault rifles, or other Annihilators. The RPG can destroy the Annihilator, or blast its tail off, forcing it to spin out of control. Annihilators facing their counterparts can do the same, or they can shoot off the rotor, also causing a crash. Rifle users have the range and stopping power to potentially kill pilots and/or passengers. Patient Snipers may also be able to pluck a pilot out of the sky with a headshot.
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The only weapons that can truly duke it out with the Annihilator are [[Rocket Launcher|RPGs]], [[Assault Rifle|assault rifles]], or other Annihilators. The RPG can completely destroy the Annihilator, or blast its tail off, forcing it to spin out of control. Annihilators facing other Annihilator's can do the same, or they can shoot off the rotor, also causing a crash. Rifle users have the range and stopping power to potentially kill pilots and/or passengers. Patient snipers may also be able to pluck a pilot out of the sky with a headshot.
   
Entering the Annihilator in Multiplayer automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.
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Entering the Annihilator in [[Multiplayer in GTA IV|multiplayer]] automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.
   
 
===Episodes from Liberty City===
 
===Episodes from Liberty City===
 
====The Lost and Damned ====
 
====The Lost and Damned ====
In [[The Lost and Damned]], the Annihilator was given explosive shells, and the top speed is increased, albeit not very noticeably. The MiniGun rounds will destroy cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even other helicopters and enemy players with only a few shots. However the rounds fired from the Annihilator can not be seen in TLAD making accurate shots harder, but the explosive rounds makes up for the inaccurancy. When the explosive rounds, speed, and damage resistance are all put together, this equates to an extremely deadly vehicle, especially when facing an experienced pilot.
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In [[The Lost and Damned]], the Annihilator is given explosive shells, and the top speed is increased, albeit not very noticeably. The minigun rounds will destroy cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even other helicopters and enemies with only a few shots. However the rounds fired from the Annihilator cannot be visible in TLAD, making accurate shots harder, but the explosive rounds make up for the inaccurancy. When the explosive rounds, speed, and damage resistance are all put together, this equates to an extremely deadly vehicle, especially when facing an experienced pilot.
   
The Annihilator is very difficult to acquire in single player in TLAD, possibly because [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] lacks flight qualifications for any type of aircraft (conversely, [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] knows how to fly helicopters from his time in the military and [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] has recently received a pilot's license). It cannot be seen parked on any of the helipads in the city. As a result, it can only be acquired with [[Cheats in GTA IV|cheats]], or by sniping an Annihilator pilot flying low enough that the helicopter won't explode upon crashing. The Annihilator remains available in TLAD's [[Deathmatch]] and Team Deathmatch.
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The Annihilator is very difficult to acquire in single player in TLAD, possibly because [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] lacks flight qualifications for any type of aircraft (conversely, [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] knows how to fly helicopters from his time in the military and [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] has recently received a pilot's license). It cannot be seen parked on any of the helipads in the city. As a result, it can only be acquired with [[Cheats in GTA IV|cheats]], or by sniping an Annihilator pilot flying low enough so that the helicopter won't explode upon crashing. The Annihilator remains available in TLAD's [[Deathmatch]] and Team Deathmatch.
   
 
==== The Ballad Of Gay Tony ====
 
==== The Ballad Of Gay Tony ====
In [[The Ballad Of Gay Tony]], the helicopter remains the same as TLAD's revision, but this time it is easier to obtain in SinglePlayer, occasionally spawning on the [[MeTV]] building or the [[LCPD in GTA IV Era#Police stations|LCPD station]] in [[Lower Easton]]. NOOSE may now employ the helicopter's miniguns in full effect to assault the player during the missions "[[High Dive]]", "[[Not So Fast]]", and "[[For the Man Who Has Everything]]". However, during normal gameplay, they will not use the miniguns.
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In [[The Ballad Of Gay Tony]], the helicopter remains the same as TLAD's version, but this time it is easier to obtain during gameplay, occasionally spawning on the [[MeTV Building|MeTV building]] or the [[LCPD in GTA IV Era#Police stations|LCPD station]] in [[Lower Easton]]. NOOSE may now employ the helicopter's miniguns in full effect to assault the player during the missions [[High Dive]], [[Not So Fast]], and [[For the Man Who Has Everything]]. However, during normal gameplay, they will not use the miniguns.
   
The Annihilator is also removed from Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch, just as Annihilators were removed from TLAD's Free Mode. The annihilator is still fairly balanced when compared to [[Buzzard]]. The Buzzard is equipped with unlimited Machine Gun ammunitions along with unlimited missiles, and is a lot more agile. However, the Annihilator is faster and can hold four people while the Buzzard only holds two, and additionally the Annihilator has more armor and it's explosive ammo makes up for its lack of missiles.
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The Annihilator is also removed from Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch, just as Annihilators were removed from TLAD's freemode. The Annihilator is still fairly balanced when compared to [[Buzzard]]. The Buzzard is equipped with twin miniguns along with missiles, and is a lot more agile. However, the Annihilator is faster and can hold four people while the Buzzard only holds two, and additionally the Annihilator has more armor and its explosive ammo makes up for its lack of missiles.
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=== Grand Theft Auto Online ===
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Visually, the Annihilator remains mostly the same as its GTA IV predecessor. It has gained some visual updates, like a red light that illuminates the passenger bay and a more detailed metal fuselage texture. There is also, like most helicopters, a nightvision camera that allows a co-pilot to look through.
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On the other hand, in terms of performance, it now differs a lot from its predecessor; the miniguns fire at a much faster rate and, thanks to now having a crosshair (like other armed aircraft in GTA V), it becomes much easier to aim and hit targets with them, but its still relatively ineffective at longer ranges. They are, like in IV, normal minigun rounds, instead of the explosive ones featured in the episodes, yet that doesn't make them any less deadly against enemies, whether on foot or in vehicles. Another advantage is the fact that it can now carry 2 more players, therefore being able to easily transport a team of 6 around the map. On the other hand, the Annihilator is now much slower, and feels even heavier to handle, being comparable to the [[Cargobob]]. This makes it hard to compete against the Buzzard, but still makes the Annihilator remain as a useful and great transport for crews.
   
 
==Locations==
 
==Locations==
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===GTA IV Singleplayer===
* One on a helipad at the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Algonquin]]. It is watched over by [[LCPD in GTA IV Era|LCPD]] Officers armed with [[M16|M4A1s]], but stealing it will only attract the usual [[Wanted Level|one star]] for vehicle theft, which can easily be evaded with the chopper.
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* One on a helipad at the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Algonquin]]. It is watched over by [[Liberty City Police Department (HD Universe)|LCPD officers]] armed with [[M16|M4A1s]], but stealing it will only attract the usual [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|one star]] for vehicle theft, which can easily be evaded with the chopper.
* One on the helipad atop the [[Lower Easton Police Station]] in Algonquin.
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* One on the helipad atop the [[Lower Easton Police Station]] in [[Lower Easton]], Algonquin.
* One in [[Purgatory]] near the [[Golden Pier]]. Taking this will attract no Wanted Rating, since no one is guarding it. It can also be found in Multiplayer.
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* One in [[Purgatory]] near the [[Golden Pier]]. Taking this will attract no Wanted Rating, since no one is guarding it. It can also be found in multiplayer.
* One in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]] in Singleplayer. Taking this will attract a 4 star wanted level, as the Annihilator is in the FIA runway area.
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* One in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]] in singleplayer. Taking this will attract a 4 star wanted level, as the Annihilator is in the FIA runway area, it is also worth mentioning that GTA IV is scripted so you can't escape a [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted level]] of 3+ stars while flying a helicopter.
* An Annihilator spawns on top of the [[MeTV]] building in Algonquin in place of a [[Maverick]] after the player shoots all 200 [[Pigeons|pigeons]].
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* An Annihilator spawns on top of the [[MeTV Building|MeTV building]] in [[Star Junction]], Algonquin in place of a [[Maverick]] after the player shoots all 200 [[Pigeons|pigeons]].
* Spawn by dialing [[Cheats in GTA IV|359-555-0100]] using the [[phone]]. This disables the Walk Free and One Man Army [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievements]].
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* Spawn by dialing [[Cheats in GTA IV|359-555-0100]] using the [[phone]]. This disables the Walk Free and One Man Army [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievements]], doesn't disable trophies in the PlayStation 3 version.
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* One can be seen flying over the [[Hickey Bridge]].
   
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===GTA IV Multiplayer===
* At the [[Higgins Helitours|Helitours]] heliport in Multiplayer in GTA IV only.
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* At the [[Higgins Helitours|Helitours heliport]].
* In Francis International Airport during Multiplayer, three in GTA IV and one in TBoGT.
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* One on top of the [[Tudor Fire Station]] in [[Tudor]], [[Alderney]].
* One on top of the Fire Station in Southwest [[Alderney]] in Multiplayer.
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* On top of the police station on the west side of the parking building in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]].
* On top of the police station on the West Side of the Parking Building at the Francis International Airport in Multiplayer.
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* On top of a building in [[The Exchange]].
* On top of a building in [[The Exchange]] in TBOGT multiplayer. The building is easy to spot from the air because it has a helipad on top.
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* On top of a building in [[Castle Gardens]].
* On top of a building in [[Castle Gardens]] in TBOGT Multiplayer. The building is easy to spot from the air because it has a helipad on top.
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* Can be seen flying around [[Charge Island]].
* Can be seen patrolling around [[Charge Island]].
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* Can be found at the heliport in the [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|airport]] in IV and TBoGT.
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* On top of the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Northwood]]. (IV only)
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* On top of the [[MeTV Building|Liberty City Rampage building]]. (IV only)
   
==Prominent mission appearances==
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===GTA Online===
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*Can be bought for [[Money|$]]1,825,000 from [[ElitasTravel.com]] after reaching Rank 37.
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*Can be found on numerous helipads at Rank 37 and above.
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==Prominent Mission Appearances==
 
;Grand Theft Auto IV
 
;Grand Theft Auto IV
 
* [[The Snow Storm]]
 
* [[The Snow Storm]]
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* [[For the Man Who Has Everything]]
 
* [[For the Man Who Has Everything]]
   
==Trivia==
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;Grand Theft Auto Online
{{double image|right|Annihilator-GTA4-beta-front.jpg|250|gta4annihilatorhelicopter.jpg|250|Early pre-release render of the Annihilator in GTA IV, with an all-black body.|Pre-release GTA IV screenshot of a similarly colored Annihilator airborne.|}}
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* [[On Maneuvers]]
   
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== Trivia ==
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=== General ===
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*The Annihilator's minigun barrels don't actually rotate, as opposed to in real life.
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* However in the enhanced version of GTA V they do rotate when fired.
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* Although the Annihilator has four M134 7.62 NATO miniguns, each has an unrealistically low rate of fire (ROF) of 200 rounds per minute (RPM). The ROF of all four guns is 800 RPM (13 rounds per second), comparable that of an SMG; in real life, each of these should fire at least 4000 RPM, with the helicopter's total ROF being 16000 RPM (266 rds/second) to 24000 RPM (400 rds/second) with all miniguns firing. However, when heard from a third-person view, it sounds as if the miniguns are firing much faster than during normal circumstances. The rate of fire has been increased in GTA Online.
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=== GTA IV ===
 
*When entering or landing the Annihilator in crowded areas, pedestrians will flee the area to give the Annihilator ample space to land. Vehicles, however, will not flee the area. They will instead try to drive around.
 
*When entering or landing the Annihilator in crowded areas, pedestrians will flee the area to give the Annihilator ample space to land. Vehicles, however, will not flee the area. They will instead try to drive around.
 
*During development, the Annihilator was painted black overall, with a NOOSE emblem. The final version includes a yellow stripe along the fuselage.
 
*During development, the Annihilator was painted black overall, with a NOOSE emblem. The final version includes a yellow stripe along the fuselage.
 
* The Annihilator is the only helicopter in the original [[GTA IV]] that is not a variant of the [[Maverick]].
 
* The Annihilator is the only helicopter in the original [[GTA IV]] that is not a variant of the [[Maverick]].
 
* The helicopter, like all other helicopters in the game, can lose its main rotor or tail broom, causing it to either hurtle towards the ground or spin continuously.
 
* The helicopter, like all other helicopters in the game, can lose its main rotor or tail broom, causing it to either hurtle towards the ground or spin continuously.
* Although the Annihilator has four M134 7.62 NATO miniguns, each has an unrealistically low rate of fire (ROF) of 200 rounds per minute (RPM). The ROF of all four guns is 800 RPM (13 rounds per second), comparable that of an SMG; in real life, each of these should fire at least 4000 RPM, with the helicopter's total ROF being 16000 RPM (266 rds/second) to 24000 RPM (400 rds/second) with all miniguns firing. However, when heard from a third-person view, it sounds as if the miniguns are firing much faster than during normal circumstances.
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*Along with the [[APC]] and [[Buzzard]], the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV and its episodes to have mounted weapons (along with the [[Fire Truck]], which has a mounted water cannon not specifically intended as a weapon). It is also, along with the two former mentioned vehicles, the only military-based vehicles appearing in GTA IV.
*Along with the [[APC]] and [[Buzzard]], the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV and its episodes to have mounted weapons (along with the [[Fire Truck]], which has a mounted water cannon not specifically intended as a weapon).
 
*The Annihilator is the only Law Enforcement Vehicle in single player, aside from the [[Prison Bus]], with a radio.
 
 
*If the tail is broken or shot off, it is possible to keep the helicopter airborne. The player must keep holding the throttle down to keep the helicopter from descending, and use the left thumbstick to keep the helicopter from flipping upside down. As with other helicopters which have lost their tail, it is possible to move slowly in a general direction by nudging the joystick forward when the helicopter is facing the right way.
 
*If the tail is broken or shot off, it is possible to keep the helicopter airborne. The player must keep holding the throttle down to keep the helicopter from descending, and use the left thumbstick to keep the helicopter from flipping upside down. As with other helicopters which have lost their tail, it is possible to move slowly in a general direction by nudging the joystick forward when the helicopter is facing the right way.
*Just as the main rotor blades can be broken by keeping them in a confined space the tail rotor blades can to be broken, this gives the same effect as the whole tail being broken off, just spinning around in circles.
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*If the player attempts to climb onto the helicopter's back wings, the player will immediately fall off and take a little damage. Same applies when climbing on the top of mounted miniguns though it is rarer to fall off.
*If the player attempts to climb onto the helicopter's back wings, the player will immediately fall off and take a little damage. Same applies when climbing on the top of mounted miniguns though it is rare to fall off.
 
 
*If you do break off the tail, you can use the health cheat to make it reappear ; strangely, sparks will fly out of the tail as if it were not there, but is still functional.
 
*If you do break off the tail, you can use the health cheat to make it reappear ; strangely, sparks will fly out of the tail as if it were not there, but is still functional.
*The Annihilator exists as a [[modification]] for [[GTA San Andreas]], its default replacment is the [[Hunter|Hunte]][[Hunter|r]].
 
 
*Although the Annihilator does not come equipped with a Police Computer, it can still be used for Vigilante Missions. Simply activate the side mission in a different police vehicle, then leave it and enter the Annihilator. The mission will continue as normal. However, the helicopter must descend to street level when approaching the criminals to actually continue with the mission.
 
*Although the Annihilator does not come equipped with a Police Computer, it can still be used for Vigilante Missions. Simply activate the side mission in a different police vehicle, then leave it and enter the Annihilator. The mission will continue as normal. However, the helicopter must descend to street level when approaching the criminals to actually continue with the mission.
 
*The Annihilator has a bullet-proof windshield and door windows, however, when [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] steals one, he will break it with his arm.
 
*The Annihilator has a bullet-proof windshield and door windows, however, when [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] steals one, he will break it with his arm.
 
*Although the Annihilator has been updated on the PC version of GTA IV, the Annihilator has arguably faster miniguns and also has very high amount of damage output. The miniguns seen on the PC Annihilator do not exist on the console versions, therefore for making it harder to kill other players or inflict damage. Although the [[Buzzard]]'s miniguns shoot at the same speed, they do not have the same amount of damage output when compared to the Annihilator on the PC version.
 
*Although the Annihilator has been updated on the PC version of GTA IV, the Annihilator has arguably faster miniguns and also has very high amount of damage output. The miniguns seen on the PC Annihilator do not exist on the console versions, therefore for making it harder to kill other players or inflict damage. Although the [[Buzzard]]'s miniguns shoot at the same speed, they do not have the same amount of damage output when compared to the Annihilator on the PC version.
 
*If you are fortunate enough to find an Annihilator that has crashed and landed, (blown up or not) running into the helicopter will give you an instant 1 star wanted level because it is considered a vehicle of the [[LCPD]].
 
*If you are fortunate enough to find an Annihilator that has crashed and landed, (blown up or not) running into the helicopter will give you an instant 1 star wanted level because it is considered a vehicle of the [[LCPD]].
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*The Annihilator in the final mission ([[A Revenger's Tragedy]] or [[Out of Commission]]) of GTA IV has unique properties: it has one back door closed and the helicopter has a unique warning sound.
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*Because there can be two NPC operated Annihilators on the map at once, they will constantly crash into each other and buildings. Sometimes, if very lucky, the Annihilators will crash and kill themselves without the player doing anything.
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*The Annihilator is the only helicopter to have its tail rotor on the right side. Considering the rotor spinning, the Annihilator in GTA IV has the issue that the main rotor spins at the same direction where the tail rotor is pushing.
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=== GTA V & Online ===
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*In GTA Online, the vehicle is practically a Liberty City version, only missing L.C. mark and the numbers on the doors. This can be noted at the sides, where turns asimetric when compared.
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*In GTA V, the only way to obtain the helicopter is by using save editors and trainers.
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*The final part of the Elitas Travel description of the helicopter could be a reference to the [[wp:UH-60 Blackhawk|UH-60 Blackhawks]] used during the mission that killed [[wp:Osama Bin Laden|Osama Bin Laden]] in 2011, which were alledgely modified with stealth capabilities.
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* As of patch 1.17, the machine gun's aim is reset to a larger dot. This can be changed in the settings menu, though.
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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HomelandSecurityBlackhawk.jpg|The Annihilator is based on the UH-60 Blackhawk.
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Annihilator-GTA4-beta-front.jpg|Early pre-release render of the Annihilator in GTA IV, with an all-black body and a different weapon configuration.
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gta4annihilatorhelicopter.jpg|Pre-release GTA IV screenshot of a similarly colored Annihilator airborne.
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A1.jpg|Annihilator firing.
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A3.png|A group of Annihilators firing during [[For the Man Who Has Everything]].
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GTA V Annihilator.png|The Annihilator on the [[Rockstar Games Social Club]].
Screenshot_2013-05-30-13-35-45-1.png[[File:Annihilator_Gta_V.jpg|thumb|Annihilator seen on Gta V official gameplay.]]
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Annihilator_GTAVe_Interior.jpg|[[Vehicle Features#Working Dashboards|Interior]] [[first person view]] in the [[Grand Theft Auto V#Next-Gen & PC Versions|enhanced version of GTA V]].
 
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
* [[Buzzard]], another attack helicopter in The Ballad of Gay Tony and [[Grand Theft Auto V]]
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* [[Buzzard]], another attack helicopter in The Ballad of Gay Tony and [[Grand Theft Auto V]].
* [[Police Maverick]].
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* [[Police Maverick]], another law enforcement helicopter.
 
* [[Hunter]], an attack helicopter from GTA Vice City to GTA Vice City Stories.
 
* [[Hunter]], an attack helicopter from GTA Vice City to GTA Vice City Stories.
   
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Latest revision as of 08:19, December 18, 2014

VEHICLE
Annihilator
Annihilator-GTAV-LSIA
An Annihilator in GTA Online.
Vehicle class
(GTA V)
Helicopters
Vehicle type Law Enforcement vehicle
Body style Armed utility helicopter
Capacity 4 (Pilot and three passengers, GTA IV)
6 (Pilot and five passengers, GTA Online)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Western Company
Price $1,825,000 (Online)
(Elitastravel.com)
Related vehicle(s) Buzzard
Hunter


"This classic four-bladed, twin-engine combat chopper has not only seen active duty in the Middle East, it's starred in 3 movies about the Middle East since it returned! The Annihilator is renowned for its stealth capabilities... as much as a huge black helicopter with 4 machine guns can ever be considered stealthy."
ElitasTravel.com description.

The Western Company Annihilator is an armed utility helicopter that appeared Grand Theft Auto IV (and its episodes) and Grand Theft Auto Online.

The Annihilator's design and real-life counterpart is comparable to that of the Raindance in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It fills the attack helicopter role previously taken by the 3D Universe Hunter. The Annihilator is upgraded in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, where it moves more quickly and fires explosive rounds instead of the regular ones seen in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Description Edit

Design Edit

In all its appearances, the Annihilator is based on the Sikorsky MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator. It features a black body with a yellow stripe along with decals (that change between GTA IV and GTA V). The helicopter also comes with a set of miniguns mounted on both sides that can be fired by the pilot.

GTA IV Edit

Operated by the LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority, or NOOSE, the Annihilator the only armed Law Enforcement Vehicle in GTA IV. It is occasionally seen patrolling the skies above Liberty City in single player mode, often over the East Borough Bridge and Hickey Bridge. Its livery is modeled after the US Custom And Border Protection's Office Of CBP Air and Marine Colors.

Annihilator-GTA4-front

A NOOSE-controlled Annihilator scouting for the wanted player in GTA IV.

The helicopter moves quicker than any other vehicle in GTA IV, but is more difficult to slow down as a result. An effective way to slow down is to stop accelerating, pull back, and accelerate once again with the L-Stick still held back, as opposed to simply reversing.

The Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted miniguns, which are difficult to aim and require reloading after prolonged fire, but are very devastating to people and vehicles alike, and are supplied with an infinite amount of ammunition, although they overheat after 100 rounds are fired, so the player would have to wait for two seconds or so before they can resume firing. Players can also use the spinning rotors as weapons as they will slice people who get caught in them and make the vehicles fly, along with chopping off parts of other helicopters, such as the tail. AI-Controlled Annihilators never use their miniguns, instead relying on two NOOSE Tactical Response Unit Officers seated on the two rounds to fire on the player with M4A1s.

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The miniguns on the Annihilator.

A passenger in an Annihilator (or any other helicopter) can fire a rifle whether they are in the large passenger bay in the center of the chopper, or in the co-pilot's seat. However, this is very difficult, as the helicopter's speed and lack of steadiness will not aid in the accuracy of the weapon. Also, when a pistol or submachine gun is fired from the Annihilator's, it will usually not have the range to hit the target.

The only weapons that can truly duke it out with the Annihilator are RPGs, assault rifles, or other Annihilators. The RPG can completely destroy the Annihilator, or blast its tail off, forcing it to spin out of control. Annihilators facing other Annihilator's can do the same, or they can shoot off the rotor, also causing a crash. Rifle users have the range and stopping power to potentially kill pilots and/or passengers. Patient snipers may also be able to pluck a pilot out of the sky with a headshot.

Entering the Annihilator in multiplayer automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.

Episodes from Liberty CityEdit

The Lost and Damned Edit

In The Lost and Damned, the Annihilator is given explosive shells, and the top speed is increased, albeit not very noticeably. The minigun rounds will destroy cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even other helicopters and enemies with only a few shots. However the rounds fired from the Annihilator cannot be visible in TLAD, making accurate shots harder, but the explosive rounds make up for the inaccurancy. When the explosive rounds, speed, and damage resistance are all put together, this equates to an extremely deadly vehicle, especially when facing an experienced pilot.

The Annihilator is very difficult to acquire in single player in TLAD, possibly because Johnny lacks flight qualifications for any type of aircraft (conversely, Niko knows how to fly helicopters from his time in the military and Luis has recently received a pilot's license). It cannot be seen parked on any of the helipads in the city. As a result, it can only be acquired with cheats, or by sniping an Annihilator pilot flying low enough so that the helicopter won't explode upon crashing. The Annihilator remains available in TLAD's Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.

The Ballad Of Gay Tony Edit

In The Ballad Of Gay Tony, the helicopter remains the same as TLAD's version, but this time it is easier to obtain during gameplay, occasionally spawning on the MeTV building or the LCPD station in Lower Easton. NOOSE may now employ the helicopter's miniguns in full effect to assault the player during the missions High Dive, Not So Fast, and For the Man Who Has Everything. However, during normal gameplay, they will not use the miniguns.

The Annihilator is also removed from Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch, just as Annihilators were removed from TLAD's freemode. The Annihilator is still fairly balanced when compared to Buzzard. The Buzzard is equipped with twin miniguns along with missiles, and is a lot more agile. However, the Annihilator is faster and can hold four people while the Buzzard only holds two, and additionally the Annihilator has more armor and its explosive ammo makes up for its lack of missiles.

Grand Theft Auto Online Edit

Visually, the Annihilator remains mostly the same as its GTA IV predecessor. It has gained some visual updates, like a red light that illuminates the passenger bay and a more detailed metal fuselage texture. There is also, like most helicopters, a nightvision camera that allows a co-pilot to look through.

On the other hand, in terms of performance, it now differs a lot from its predecessor; the miniguns fire at a much faster rate and, thanks to now having a crosshair (like other armed aircraft in GTA V), it becomes much easier to aim and hit targets with them, but its still relatively ineffective at longer ranges. They are, like in IV, normal minigun rounds, instead of the explosive ones featured in the episodes, yet that doesn't make them any less deadly against enemies, whether on foot or in vehicles. Another advantage is the fact that it can now carry 2 more players, therefore being able to easily transport a team of 6 around the map. On the other hand, the Annihilator is now much slower, and feels even heavier to handle, being comparable to the Cargobob. This makes it hard to compete against the Buzzard, but still makes the Annihilator remain as a useful and great transport for crews.

LocationsEdit

GTA IV SingleplayerEdit

GTA IV MultiplayerEdit

GTA OnlineEdit

  • Can be bought for $1,825,000 from ElitasTravel.com after reaching Rank 37.
  • Can be found on numerous helipads at Rank 37 and above.

Prominent Mission AppearancesEdit

Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia Edit

General Edit

  • The Annihilator's minigun barrels don't actually rotate, as opposed to in real life.
  • However in the enhanced version of GTA V they do rotate when fired.
  • Although the Annihilator has four M134 7.62 NATO miniguns, each has an unrealistically low rate of fire (ROF) of 200 rounds per minute (RPM). The ROF of all four guns is 800 RPM (13 rounds per second), comparable that of an SMG; in real life, each of these should fire at least 4000 RPM, with the helicopter's total ROF being 16000 RPM (266 rds/second) to 24000 RPM (400 rds/second) with all miniguns firing. However, when heard from a third-person view, it sounds as if the miniguns are firing much faster than during normal circumstances. The rate of fire has been increased in GTA Online.

GTA IV Edit

  • When entering or landing the Annihilator in crowded areas, pedestrians will flee the area to give the Annihilator ample space to land. Vehicles, however, will not flee the area. They will instead try to drive around.
  • During development, the Annihilator was painted black overall, with a NOOSE emblem. The final version includes a yellow stripe along the fuselage.
  • The Annihilator is the only helicopter in the original GTA IV that is not a variant of the Maverick.
  • The helicopter, like all other helicopters in the game, can lose its main rotor or tail broom, causing it to either hurtle towards the ground or spin continuously.
  • Along with the APC and Buzzard, the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV and its episodes to have mounted weapons (along with the Fire Truck, which has a mounted water cannon not specifically intended as a weapon). It is also, along with the two former mentioned vehicles, the only military-based vehicles appearing in GTA IV.
  • If the tail is broken or shot off, it is possible to keep the helicopter airborne. The player must keep holding the throttle down to keep the helicopter from descending, and use the left thumbstick to keep the helicopter from flipping upside down. As with other helicopters which have lost their tail, it is possible to move slowly in a general direction by nudging the joystick forward when the helicopter is facing the right way.
  • If the player attempts to climb onto the helicopter's back wings, the player will immediately fall off and take a little damage. Same applies when climbing on the top of mounted miniguns though it is rarer to fall off.
  • If you do break off the tail, you can use the health cheat to make it reappear ; strangely, sparks will fly out of the tail as if it were not there, but is still functional.
  • Although the Annihilator does not come equipped with a Police Computer, it can still be used for Vigilante Missions. Simply activate the side mission in a different police vehicle, then leave it and enter the Annihilator. The mission will continue as normal. However, the helicopter must descend to street level when approaching the criminals to actually continue with the mission.
  • The Annihilator has a bullet-proof windshield and door windows, however, when Niko steals one, he will break it with his arm.
  • Although the Annihilator has been updated on the PC version of GTA IV, the Annihilator has arguably faster miniguns and also has very high amount of damage output. The miniguns seen on the PC Annihilator do not exist on the console versions, therefore for making it harder to kill other players or inflict damage. Although the Buzzard's miniguns shoot at the same speed, they do not have the same amount of damage output when compared to the Annihilator on the PC version.
  • If you are fortunate enough to find an Annihilator that has crashed and landed, (blown up or not) running into the helicopter will give you an instant 1 star wanted level because it is considered a vehicle of the LCPD.
  • The Annihilator in the final mission (A Revenger's Tragedy or Out of Commission) of GTA IV has unique properties: it has one back door closed and the helicopter has a unique warning sound.
  • Because there can be two NPC operated Annihilators on the map at once, they will constantly crash into each other and buildings. Sometimes, if very lucky, the Annihilators will crash and kill themselves without the player doing anything.
  • The Annihilator is the only helicopter to have its tail rotor on the right side. Considering the rotor spinning, the Annihilator in GTA IV has the issue that the main rotor spins at the same direction where the tail rotor is pushing.

GTA V & Online Edit

  • In GTA Online, the vehicle is practically a Liberty City version, only missing L.C. mark and the numbers on the doors. This can be noted at the sides, where turns asimetric when compared.
  • In GTA V, the only way to obtain the helicopter is by using save editors and trainers.
  • The final part of the Elitas Travel description of the helicopter could be a reference to the UH-60 Blackhawks used during the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, which were alledgely modified with stealth capabilities.
  • As of patch 1.17, the machine gun's aim is reset to a larger dot. This can be changed in the settings menu, though.

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