A Glitch, also known as a Bug, is an error in the game that produces an effect that was unintended by programmers. Glitches can be unintentional and may cause problems to the player, but some glitches may be used to the player's advantage.
The following page lists all of the major glitches found in the Grand Theft Auto games (Major means most noticeable, or easy to exploit). Take note that if you are going to post a new glitch, it must be able to be repeated.
One of the most popular and common glitches is nicknamed "Blue Hell". It is featured in every game since GTA III. Once you enter it, you will fall for 5–10 seconds, and then return to the surface.
Grand Theft Auto
The Swimming Glitch
Find some water, preferably a small pond, but not the ocean and walk towards the water. Continue walking when you hit the water and you'll continue walking/swimming, but only for 5–6 seconds.
Grand Theft Auto III
Walking Above The Porter Tunnel
One method of reaching Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale before they're unlocked, without cheats, is by exploiting a glitch that allows you to walk above the Porter Tunnel. To do this one must drive a car to the concrete sea wall above the tunnel entrance on Portland Island. The player has to park the car right along the edge of the wall, in line with the tunnel. When the player exits the vehicle, they will fall through the sea and into Blue Hell, but will land on top of the tunnel. The player can then walk along the tunnel, then jump into Blue Hell at the Staunton Island or Shoreside Vale end, so that the player can get teleported above the surface.
Walking Above The Subway Tunnel
This glitch can be performed at the subway in Shoreside Vale at the airport. When the train arrives to the platform, take the very last door of the train. Enter the train and then get out again. You will automatically get teleported above the platform, standing above Blue Hell and you will see the tunnel. Then you can run on the tunnel (you have to jump over one of the first holders for the electricity cables in the ceiling, otherwise you will fall into the tunnel). This is a good method to reach the whole Shoreside Vale if you not have unlocked it yet (if you get busted or wasted, you will be transported to the hospital or police station on the nearest island that you have unlocked). If you want to get to Shoreside Vale, jump into Blue Hell. You will respawn on the ground of the island.
Rhino Spawn Glitch
Taxi Driver Glitch
The player can transport people in any car besides the Taxi or Cabbie by executing the following glitch. Enter a taxi cab, and press and hold the side mission button. Keep holding the button and exit the cab. Then enter the car to whichever one the player desires (except for other vehicles with side missions). Once in the new car, release the sub-mission button and the Taxi mission will start.
Easy Vigilante Glitch
Whenever you are on a Vigilante mission, get near the target car (on visual range seems to be enough) and pause the game, entering the menu screen. Immediately once you resume playing the criminal on the car will stop and proceed his/her "getaway" on foot, being much easier to kill. Also, he will most likely engage in shooting other pedestrians if you are not his nearest target. A very few times this might not work the first time, just try again and/or get just a bit closer.
"Killer Look" Glitch
While you are on foot, if there is anybody trapped under a car and you use the first person view (just look around a little bit), they will die instantly. The death will not be added to Claude's tally. This also happens if the ped is trapped under the car and the player starts a mission. This glitch does not seem to occur on the IOS verison of the game however.
Pedestrian Money Glitch
Sometimes if a pedestrian is killed, he/she may drop a large sum of cash, usually a total of at least $3,000. This may be a glitch in the programming from the money drop rate, as this glitch occurs to almost any pedestrian.
Inside the narrow tunnel that runs beneath St. Mark's (which links Portland Docks with the Harwood Train Yard), there are 4 peds that spawn, supposedly remnants of Darkel's gang, a deleted character. Drive a Bobcat into the tunnel and stop so you are in view of the gang. Get out of the Bobcat, jump on its hood, and walk up to its roof. The 4 peds will start walking around aimlessly. When you walk back down onto its hood, 4 more gang peds will spawn in the same spots. Each time you walk from the roof down to its hood, 4 more peds will spawn. However, the game will freeze after at least 40 peds have spawned. Sometimes if you kill them they might drop Molotov Cocktail
Accessible Joey's Garage Glitch
You can get into Joey's Garage and see the whole interior as seen in cutscenes, by drive a car into the left garage door. Run on the left corner between the door and the garage. After a few seconds, you will be inside the garage. This glitch doesn't seem to occur in the PC version of the game.
Car Spawn Glitch
Take a car, drive it anywhere. Save and load your game and you can see the car is still in there in the condition it was left in. In addition, recently made skidmarks will still be visible if you load the game quick enough.
If you start a new game on a memory card with Rumble completed, the Purple Nines will not spawn as they permanently disappear after that mission. This will make it impossible to complete Uzi Money and subsequent D-Ice missions, as killing randomly spawned Nines is the sole objective of the mission.
Porter Tunnel sunken vehicles glitch
If the player is driving thorugh the tunnel, particularly through the Portland and Shoreside sections of the tunnel, the player may spot cars, such as the TOYZ van behind the Shoreside Vale Safehouse, partially submerged into the tunnel. This only appears to occur in the the 10th anniversary edition. This may also occur if the player obtains a six star wanted level, they may see the same phenomenon but with Barracks OL trucks instead.
Flying Car glitch
Rarely, a vehicle will spawn hovering over the ground and return back to normal. This has only been observed on the 10th anniversary edition.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Find a motorbike and a clothing icon. Park the bike in the clothing icon, but make it so that when you get off, Tommy won't touch the icon. Get off the bike then get back on. If you did it right, Tommy should have gotten the clothes and gotten on the bike at the same time, and as a result, he will be in a standing position, yet stuck to the motorcycle. This is hard to do at first but practice makes perfect. This also works for cars, but it is much easier with motorcycles, or with the Caddy.
Cargo Ship Glitch
On the cargo ship in Viceport if you get to the top of the ships cargo you may see a small gap between the two sets of cargo. If you jump into the gap, you will appear outside of the ship between the cargo holds outside the ship and on the other side of the road.
Cherry Popper Save Bug
The Cherry Popper's save point can corrupt your saved file. To avoid the corruptions of the files, save elsewhere. However sometimes this doesn't happen but it's better not to risk.
Test Track & Trial by Dirt
The initial scores of both Trial By Dirt and Test Track will have the same time results once both scores are listed in stats. Once you play the missions again and beat each time, the scores will be individual as they should be.
Helicopter with Cinematic Camera
If you use the cinematic camera view while performing a drive-by in a helicopter, the sound the gun makes is not the sound of a sub machine gun. Rather, it is the sound of a pursuit Police Helicopter's machine gun.
Apartment 3C Glitch
In the Easter Egg room Apartment 3C, go to the bathtub with the blood on the wall. If you sprint and jump into the blood stain for a while, you will fall through the wall and enter the Interiors Universe.
The Ghost Tower refers to an air traffic control tower that was originally intended to be located within Fort Baxter. If you are heading towards the southern half of the Vice City Mainland from the Vice Beach side, you will notice an odd-colored building with a large antenna in the distance. However, after you enter the Mainland, the tower disappears. This tower was going to serve a runway at the base, but both were cut before the game was released. The texture can still be seen before entering the Mainland but as when the island is entered, the map fully loads and the tower disappears and can't be viewed up close. The tower is just a low density texture that was accidentally left in the game (most structures that are way off in the distance are low-density, but when you get close to them, their texture gets clearer and they become high-density). This glitch can also be seen in GTA Vice City Stories and is much more defined in the 10th Anniversary edition.
Floating Car Glitch
Get a car, and drive off of a jump. In mid-air, press the vehicle enter/exit button, and the car will suddenly freeze floating in the air, with Tommy standing on the roof. However, on rare occasions, the car may disappear immediately when the button is pressed, and Tommy will fall to the ground.
Jacked by Criminals
There are criminals walking around the city, other than Tommy, and they sometimes jack vehicles, even the player's. If you see one of them slowly walking towards your car, park in a position so that the ped will try to get in the car through the right front door. When it opens the door, drive away. The ped will get into the right front seat, leaving you in the driver's seat, but you will lose control of the vehicle. Instead, the car will drive itself as it would be an AI vehicle, slowly, stopping at red lights, etc. The criminal won't change seats if you exit/jump out of the car.
It is unconfirmed, but while you are still sitting in the car, you can try killing the ped by doing a drive-by on the right side. This is a rare glitch, and the criminal ped will only enter the car if the "enter vehicle" animation has reached a certain point, where driving away with the car won't just knock over the ped on the sidewalk in the process.
If you park your vehicle in the far right corner of the fenced area, right next to the parking lot entrance near Collar and Cuffs in Ocean Beach, it instantly disappears upon exiting. The glitch is present on the 10th Anniversary edition and on GTA Vice City Stories.
Dead Car Glitch
Find a random car that is traveling around the city. Before you enter the car, enter the exploding car cheat immediately enter the health cheat. You can drive with car that has exploded. Pop the wheels before hand for added effect that you are floating
Wheels on Aircraft
If you park a Sea Sparrow into a Pay 'n' Spray, it will emerge from the garage with wheels inside the pontoons. The only Spray Shop big enough to accommodate the Sea Sparrow is the Spray'n'go behind Sunshine Autos.
If one of the weapons in your inventory is used in a Rampage, you will lose it straight after.
Stuck in a Building
It is possible to become stuck in large buildings by ramming them with your motorcycle at high speeds. The game will play the animation for getting flung off, sending you through the wall. There is no way to get out of this area other then suicide, though some buildings lead to a Blue Hell.
Pole Position Glitch
Get a fast motorcycle, particularly a PCJ-600, and drive it towards the entrance of the club. Bail out of the motorcycle just before it enters the club. The motorcycle is supposed to be in the interior of the club. Get inside the club. As you walk out the door, all buildings (except the club itself) will disappear but they still seem to be solid. This is a pretty good way to find all Hidden Packages, because no buildings will block the view. Tested on iOS version.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Ghost Tug/Baggage/Tractor/Forklift Glitch
If CJ carjacks a Tractor, Tug, Baggage Handler or any other vehicle with 1 seat from the right side, he will slam the driver's head into the dashboard rather than hitting him. When he does that, the vehicle will move by itself because when stealing a car, e.g. Premier from the passenger side, the driver will drive off.
First Mission Glitch
In the first mission, when C.R.A.S.H. takes you for a ride in their police cruiser, enter the jetpack cheat when the car stops near the train. You will be wasted, and will respawn at the nearest hospital. If this is done correctly, you will be able to go inside every enterable structure at the very beginning of the game, even clothes stores and sometimes you can go inside Jizzy's Pleasure Domes when you unlock San Fierro. Some bridges may also be unlocked, although crossing them still gives the player a 4 star wanted level.
If you blow your girlfriend up with several radio-controlled bombs, she will not die and the date won't be failed.
Obtain a Monster and park ONE wheel onto a random car (sideways or front on, both work). Get out of the Monster, get in the car you park on, and you may find yourself spinning high in the air, crashing back down to earth. Also, the car can become stuck in ground.
Car Spawn GlitchWhen driving down any highway in the state, the player may randomly encounter NPC cars that spawn inside of each other, thus they will be stuck and will give off sparks along with their tire angle that changed to 45 degree, then both cars will start smoking and eventually explode. The cars can be freed by simply hitting them with your car. Another version of this glitch is that cars may also spawn half-in and half-out of the ground, usually at a 45 degree angle and with their rear end submerged in the road. This occurs most frequently on long bridges, such as the Gant or Garver bridge, for unknown reasons. They usually just go the same speed as the other cars, but some may kind of bump around and explode. These cars may be freed by hitting them.
Taxi Driver Mission Glitch
A glitch can occur when the player begins the Taxi Driver mission, but no fares are available. It happens when the player has crossed over the map boundaries (e.g. flying too far away from San Andreas). It is advised to complete the Taxi missions very early to avoid this glitch.
End of the Line Mission Glitch
After completing the mission End of the Line, all law enforcement vehicles will disappear from the player's garages (police cars, Rhinos, and even the SWAT Tank). This may be a glitch, but it is most likely to stop players from obtaining the SWAT Tank (as End of the Line is the only mission to obtain it and the vehicle was never meant to be available during normal gameplay). The player can, however, obtain the tank if he/she fails the mission, whether accidentally or on purpose. To do this, fail the mission and then drive it into a garage. However, the player will still be unable to complete the mission and retain the vehicle.
End of the Line Mission Glitch 2
During the mission End of the Line, the player will encounter an engine carriage of a Brown Streak. Unlike most trains that appear during missions, this one can be hijacked (with the penalty of losing Sweet, thus failing the mission). If this train is jacked, other trains will appear on the player's track, passing through the player's train.
No Traffic Glitch
Sometimes, if you are driving or flying really fast over San Andreas and you stop or land suddenly, no cars will spawn driving around, although stationary vehicles and pedestrians do spawn. This glitch can be fixed by simply activating a sub-mission or entering an interior. This glitch also sometimes occurs if you somehow die inside of an interior, usually by throwing a grenade at the wall or shooting an RPG. Then, when you spawn at the hospital, there will be no traffic.
On the southernmost block of Fort Carson, there is a Beagle that spawns in the driveway of a house, stuck between the house and a large palm tree. It is unstable, as even the slightest nudge or push can cause its left engine to catch on fire and explode. Entering it is not recommended, as it will also lead to imminent destruction. Sometimes it just explodes immediately, even if the player never touched it. This glitch is most likely a coding error. Maybe a different vehicle was meant to spawn there, but the Beagle was placed there by accident. It is possible to get it out by sprinting against its backside and nudging it out from between the house and the tree, or by using several cheats. It is suggested to simply change the coding to any vehicle the player would like to drive preferably a small vehicle like a bike
Airport Gate Glitch
You can open the front gate of the Easter Bay Airport before you have acquired a pilots license. Go up to the left sliding gate, punch it, and turn away quickly.
Ghost Bike Glitch
If you ram into a bike with a driver, and then quickly drive away, whilst looking back the ped disappears, and the bike will drive with no one on it. This happens if you are far enough away that the ped disappears whilst they are doing the 'get on' animation. The bike reads that the driver is getting on, and drives like normal. But the ped is gone. The bike will drive normal until its flipped over or jacked. The player will not punch anyone off if you try to steal it.
If you go into an interior while having a parachute on and you switch to it, the altitude meter will be all the way at the top, because you are in the hidden interiors universe. This is not really a glitch since all of the interiors are located in the sky.
Flying Train Glitch
In the mission Snail Trail, if the player follows one of the Freight trains that spawns in the opposite direction to the Brown Streak, the Freight will make a right turn off the tracks at Cranberry Station and fly across the map until reaching the tracks at Red County where the train will make another right back onto the tracks and continue on its journey like a normal train. Viewing this glitch to completion requires failing the mission.
This is caused by the path file within the game only being coded as far as Cranberry Station. When the train reaches the end of the path, it heads directly for the next set of coordinates, which are located in Red County, way across the map. Video: 
In Downtown Los Santos, there is a building with floors on the outside that you can stand on. On the floor in the middle of two other higher floors you can see very little of the interior of it in some places, while others, when you look at just the right angles, make CJ invisible, but only in that spot looking in that angle. If you have a jetpack on and do this, the flames will show. The building is straight across the highway from an Ammu-Nation.
Railroad Signal Glitch
If you get busted during the riots, and somebody kills the cop while he is arresting CJ, the BUSTED sign will not disappear.
Random Plane Crash Glitch
There is a common and sometimes irritating random factor of the game where airplanes crash to the ground or into buildings near CJ (with sometimes fatal or mission-failing consequences). Most people think that this is a glitch in the game when it actually is not. San Andreas implemented many new RPG elements in the game such as driving skill, endurance, muscle, fat, etc. One of these new stats is called "luck" which can be increased by collecting the horse shoes that are hidden around the state. The more luck the player has, the less likely planes will crash at random. Once you hit 100% luck the planes are no longer a threat. Most crashes occur if the player is roaming around an area with many tall structures around him (Buildings, trees, etc.). The airplane may crash into one of these structures, making an audible explosion sound. However, there are also some instances where the player is on relatively flat ground and an airplane may just crash straight into the ground near him, or into the vehicle the player is in. Other crashes occur after CJ exits an interior after being inside for a few minutes and an aircraft spawns too low. Random crashes occur all around the state, most notably around Downtown Los Santos and San Fierro, or also in heavily-forested areas like Whetstone. There are also frequent crashes atop Mount Chiliad. Videos of this can be seen here and here.
Madd Dogg's Safehouse basketball and gym glitch
It's been reported by some that saving at Madd Dogg's Mansion once it becomes a safehouse can cause a glitch rendering all the basketball games and gyms in the State inoperable. This doesn't appear to happen all the time (and may not be an issue with the PS2 version).
Walk Underwater Glitches
There are various glitches that allow CJ to stand on the sea floor and walk around as if he was on land. Go to Palomino Creek and, just north of it, there are two little circular roads that are exits from the Los Santos Freeway. Jump into the water northeast of these roads, and swim down to the bottom of the sea alongside the vertical rock ledge. Right at the corner of the ocean floor and the ledge, there is a large white rock with a flat top and a few weeds around it. Swim around on the top of the rock (this may take a little while) and soon enough, CJ will suddenly drop down standing on the rock and you may be able to walk around without a breath meter. You are able to spawn vehicles using cheat codes, and with this glitch you will be able to collect many oysters with ease. <Confirmed on PS2>
If CJ hits a fence with a motorbike, and he ejects from the bike and lands into the sea, he may land on the surface of the water as if it were solid ground. Then, after he does the "Getting Up" animation, he may suddenly drop down and appear on the sea floor.
Get any amphibious aircraft (Sea Sparrow, Skimmer, Leviathan), and fly out into relatively shallow water. (Don't go very far out to sea, because the sea floor that is past the game boundaries is unsolid.) Land in the water, and have the player in the passenger side get out and hijack the driver. The driver will fall out, and suddenly appear underwater on the ocean floor, and he will be able to walk around without a breath meter.
In 2-player mode, get into a boat and press L1 for the two players to "Kiss". During the Kissing cutscene, one of the players will be invisible. After the cutscene ends, one of the players will be at the bottom of the ocean. This glitch is only possible on the PS2 version.
Get a car enable the flying car cheat and go underwater the car suddenly will be walk underwater but the breath meter still appear so the player must use the infinite lung capacity cheat. (sometimes won't work)
Mountain Bike Glitch
Obtain a Mountain Bike and, while you are on it, hold down Square and tap X very quickly. If done correctly, CJ's body will shimmer and distort out of proportion. This glitch appears to be possible only on the PS2.
Police Vehicles Glitch
Sometimes, after a flight between cities, police vehicles from the starting point would still spawn on your destination. For instance, when flying from Los Santos to San Fierro, upon arriving in San Fierro, there would still be LSPD cruisers driving around.
3rd Person Train Glitch
Main Article: Freight
It is possible to drive a train in 3rd person on GTA San Andreas. Click the article to find out more.
Note: To activate this glitch you have to unlock all areas of San Andreas.
Take a random flight from a city to another city. When the plane cutscene is going on, enter the 'All cars go boom' cheat. You will be wasted, and when you respawn at a hospital you can see that the view is in cutscene mode and the health bar, money bar and map will disappear. Even saving is impossible to deactivate this glitch. To do it, hitch a flight from the airport to another location and let the whole plane cutscene end. You will see that the view has come back to normal. (It may be hard to a player who is not familiar with the area to go to the airport without the map).
Invincible Pedestrian Glitches
Carjack a vehicle with a passenger in it, keep the speed up so the passenger doesn't get out and run away. Drive down a beach and into the water, the car will stop and begin to sink, letting the passenger get out. However the passenger will be running against the door as the car sinks. If you get on the roof and push the passenger away from the door the passenger will "run" to the shore and begin to run down the beach. Since NPCs are meant to die when they go into water the passenger will have a black targeting reticule and will be "undead"; since the passenger is technically "dead" the passenger will be invulnerable to all forms of damage for a short time until they fall over dead.
Another way to exploit this glitch is to steal a car from a pedestrian, so that the ped will chase you. Drive his vehicle slowly into a Pay N' Spray garage, so that both you and the ped are inside at the same time. When the garage door opens back up after the car gets resprayed, the pedestrian will be invincible and will not die even if their target reticule becomes black. If you try to run over the ped with a vehicle, the ped will go through it and he will shimmer and distort out of proportion.
Shoot random objects near a garage (i.e. Doherty Garage), wait until a car hit to the garage vehicles or the wall, then push it before he/she go backwards except if the garage is still empty, then go away from the garage. The driver will disappear. This can work to garage that besides the street except Prickle Pine Safehouse & CJ's House.
If a police helicopter is chasing you, kissing your girlfriend or the other player in 2-players mode will cause the helicopter to go away.
- Ammunation Glitch
- Andromada Glitch
- Headless CJ Glitch
- Madd Dogg Gym Glitch
- Mountain Bike Glitch
- Tear Gas Glitch
- Territory Glitch
- Chiliad Challenge Glitch
- Las Venturas TransFender Glitch
- Blue Hell
- Parachute Glitch
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
No Bike Sound Glitch
Steal a bike from an NPC, and make sure its radio is on. Immediately after you steal it, press and hold the accelerate button, and there will be no sound coming from the bike, even though it is accelerating. You will only be able to hear the radio. Stop the bike to an idle, and the engine will be audible
Melting Vehicle Glitch
Steal a car near the Harwood Car Crusher, and then drive under the crane. Make sure the driver followed you there. If timed right, the driver will steal back his car just as the crane starts picking up the vehicle. The car will then start shuddering and distorting while it is being lifted up. It will then suddenly appear below the crane, stuck halfway submerged into the ground. Also, the car may appear back on the ground and drive away, but it will be unsolid.
This glitch makes the vehicle damage-proof.
Wear the avenging angel fatigues and take a vehicle (which you want to make damage-proof) and start the mission. Make sure that the Avenging Angel sits besides you on the front seat. Now take the car to the crusher and park it just aside the crusher in such a way that the driver's seat is on the side of the crusher blocking the door. Get out of the vehicle and again get back in. The player will kick the Avenging Angel out of the car and the crane will lift the vehicle to some height but will drop it as the player get inside the vehicle. Now your vehicle can go through vehicles and other objects. Now you may cancel the Avenging Angels Mission. Go and leave the vehicle in the Portland garage (Note: Do not get out of the vehicle before reaching the garage. Empty the garage before performing the glitch) and come out. Now the vehicle has become damage-proof. (Tested on PSP with Patriot and Hellenbach GT)
You can also watch this video if there is any confusion.
Enable Traffic At Francis International Airport
This is a pretty cool glitch which makes the airport not as lonely. Go to Wichita Gardens and begin the AWOL Angel mission. Kill your driver failing the mission. Go back to the airport and now cars will be driving into the actual airport tarmac and break the red bar gates. (Only tested on PSP)
Get Into Unfinished Porter Tunnel Glitch
On the small roof of the parking lot in front of the hospital, there is an unsolid area on the wall near the white main building. If the player manages to get there (a way can be found in here) and drive through the wall, the player will fall into Blue Hell and respawn in the unfinished section of Porter Tunnel (the same that were used in the mission Bringing The House Down). Notice that only the tunnel section of the mission can be explored, because there are only Blue Hell at the subway tunnel entrance. For a full description, see this video.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Squashed Bike Glitch
Drive a VCPD Wintergreen to the stadium and buy access to the Phil Collins Concert. Exit or watch the concert. When you come out, there is a 75% chance the bike will be squashed. You can still mount the bike but it will revert to normal if you manage to.
Turn off-and on Glitch
Have a 2-star wanted level or more, then fly a little low in an area where the cops are chasing you. The police will take you off the helicopter even though you're flying.
Invisible Biker Glitch
Sometimes if a battle with the Bikers is going on in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, shoot them with an AssaultRifle while they're driving fast, and it'll show the Angel doing the donuts with no driver.
Invisible Vic on Bike
Get a bike, turn the camera into the outside dashboard camera. Try to look left and right, Vic will be invisible while riding the bike. If you have a sub-machine gun, the sub-machine gun is invisible and if shot at the front, it looks like a free aim.
Car Glitches (tested on PSP)Sometimes cars appear where they are not supposed to. For example: at the bottom of a bridge, half in a building.
Building entry glitch
Sometimes when you charge against a building without windows or doors in a car, you will end up in the building, but since the building was never designed to be entered, it is empty inside.
No traffic glitch (encountered on PS2)
After the eastern island is unlocked, if you play for a while without saving, in particular completing numerous Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound drop-offs in a row, you may encounter a scenario where no traffic (or, at least, very little traffic spawns). This does not effect pedestrian spawning, or the spawning of parked vehicles. There are some benefits to this glitch: less traffic to collide with when driving an Impound vehicle, and even up to a 6-star Wanted Level very few police or military vehicles spawn.
Police Helicopter Glitch (tested on PS2)
Whilst on a three star wanted level or above, going indoors whilst a Police Maverick is on your pursuit will cause it to freeze in mid-air but with the propellers spinning. If the building has windows you can snipe at the helicopter, providing it is in view, and it will catch fire after enough hits but will never explode. Exiting the building will negate the damage inflicted to the helicopter, although it will still remain stationary in the sky and can now be destroyed.
Teleport Glitch (tested on PS2)Head to the eastern side of Escobar International, you will find a sand pile with a few cement pipes. Jump on the end of the pipe facing east, and it will teleport the player to the golf course on the first island.
Grand Theft Auto IV
- On the mission No. 1, go to the race start, but not on the yellow arrow that starts the race. Instead, do not pause but leave your game on for until at least one in-game day then, all other competition will be gone. Brucie is still with you, so go to the yellow arrow and start the race. You will notice that you are in 1st place the entire time. So all you have to do is to complete the race (this may work in the Xbox 360 version only).
- After a mission ends in which an enemy was shot or blown into water (such as the missions Tunnel of Death or Uncle Vlad), the body of that particular enemy will not be shown in the water, even if the cut-scene ended with the player only a few feet away from the sea.
- If the player falls into a gap (i.e. between two cars or between a car and a dumpster), Niko Bellic will suffer minimal damage even when falling from a height that will normally kill him.
- On the top of the GetaLife building, If Niko walks and falls to the E, he will take damage and move forward, causing him to fall. However, when he falls, he will fall slower than the speed he normally falls and stay in a "lying down" position and when he reaches the ground, he will take no damage.
- At the beginning of a date with any Girlfriends while in any vehicle, wait for her to get tired and fire a weapon to end the date. The vehicle the player is currently in will become fire (excluding the tires), bullet, explosion and damage-proof.
- Bringing up the camera option on the Phone while driving in a car or on a bike will instantly stop the car or bike no matter what the speed the vehicle was going, however this has been fixed in the PC Version.
- In the subway tunnels, it is possible to be forced through the wall and into Blue Hell. If the player is riding a motorbike and is trapped between the wall and a moving train, he can be forced through and off the bike. The player could also use a large vehicle (such as the Bus) and get shoved by two subways going in opposite directions to get forced into Blue Hell. All that occurs is falling for a brief few seconds before respawning on the ground above.
- Occasionally, when the player is using the Subway in GTA IV the player can encounter a glitch where they are stuck to their seat. This is caused by an unknown error where the player presses the button to leave the train, and the game cuts to the trains interior camera, but Niko doesn't get up. The train then doesn't leave the station, and all controls then do not work. The player then has to restart the game. This glitch has so far only been confirmed at Suffolk, Frankfort Ave and Easton (K/C).
- In the online multiplayer mode "Bomb Da Base II" players have reported a bug/glitch, that occurs at a certain point in the mission. The screen will go black and then start loading, the player will be loaded back to single player. This only occurred on the PS3 version. This bug was later fixed in a patch released by Rockstar.
- In Francis International Airport in Free Mode, if the player drives a truck up one of the ramps in the Airport it is possible to make the truck fall on its side and start spinning in circles, this is not only visible to the player, but also other players. This occurs on big vehicles with the capability of staying on their side, and can also occur in normal gameplay. (Except you will earn a 4-star wanted level for entering the runway.)
- If the player gets out of a vehicle parked on the entrance gates leading to Francis International Airport's cargo yard (with stop signs on them), the gates will go back down and cause the vehicle to disappear. This also occurs on other gates in the game.
- If a vehicle's engine doesn't start, it will start if someone calls the player on the cellphone, more conveniently, if the player calls someone else. Also it'll start if the player activates Health and Weapon cheat.
- On multiplayer mode, if a vehicle's engine doesn't start, it will restart by kicking the front of the vehicle.
- When doing the extra missions for Roman, if you pull up with stuff (news paper boxes, dumpsters etc.) beside your car, the fair will walk into that stuff and you will be stuck. This has been tested on Xbox 360, and you will have to restart from last save.
- Sometimes when driving by the gas station in Westdyke, there are two vehicles parked in the parking lot, one of which could be parked with its engine running, doors locked, and the hazard lights on, which cannot be turned off by the player.
- A player can lose a 5 or 6 star wanted level by entering Francis International Airport in any vehicle. The wanted level will revert to a 4 star.
- Sometimes the player may become stuck in a loop when trying to buy food at Burger Shot, Cluckin' Bell or any other restaurant or food vendor - he then just stands in front of the vendor doing nothing. There are two ways to get out of this loop, one is to reload the game, or just go into the pause menu for at least ten seconds and then he should momentarily continue. This is the same with any of the Hotdog stands, with the only difference, that the player walks in a circle all the time. If you are lucky and wait long enough, the animation might stop and the player gets the food at last. You can avoid this by walking to the exact front of the vendor and by making sure that Niko is standing still. Do not try to buy food from vendors when you are somewhat far away from the counter/stand. This way, cars and objects might block Niko, triggering this glitch.
- If you spawn a car using cheats while looking over the edge of an overpass, the car may float in the air. If you shoot it, it won't become damaged, but it will fall down. Alternatively, if you spawn one while standing just before the entrance of the Booth Tunnel, the car may become stuck in the top of the tunnel. Again the player may shoot it to get it down.
- Occasionally a 'rock car' spawns in the game (sometimes in multiplayer). This vehicle looks like any normal NPC while in motion until hit, however the vehicle does not move from its line of travel, creating tremendous forces against both vehicles, leaving little cushion since the reaction is close of driving the vehicle directly into a wall. The impact usually kills the NPC and creates high to extreme damage to the player's car. (Damage to engine, suspension, etc.) Damage may be lessened on the NPC's car, but not as much. Other possibilities besides vehicle damage is ejection of the player through windscreen and NPC's vehicle combusting internally.
- On Xbox 360, if you kick somebody using the X button while they are using a computer in TW@, their health will be completely drained or almost drained. This usually doesn't work if the NPC is sitting at a chair with no computer.
- Shop doors can be glitched by driving a car into them. It will cause them to vibrate and distort.
- Rarely, when a big-wheeled vehicle is sideways, it can be driven around. If turned sharply, it will go back into the normal state.
- In the Francis International Airport, it is possible to enter the airport building (the building before the runway) by jumping into pillars next to one of the entrances to the Airport. The building will have no interior, as it isn't supposed to be reached.
- There is a glitch to alter the cars' top speed and acceleration. Pop all the tires of a car. This will decrease the car's acceleration, but increase the top speed. This can make some super cars go faster than the Police Stinger with wheels.
- There's a rare glitch that occures when carjacking or shooting a weapon (even at police) without earning a wanted level without the use of cheats. This involves by using a phone. However this glitch may revert to normal when you died. (tested on PC version).
- If Niko is on top of a moving vehicle, and the vehicle drives down a slope, Niko will suddenly flinch and fall over. However, on very rare occasions, Niko can be catapulted a few feet into the air.
- Occasionally, when the player is driving a car in Bohan, all or most of the other cars that spawn in both parked and moving positions will be the same model as the car being driven.
- Sometimes when the player invites a prostitute into their car, if they drive and then jump out with the prostitute still inside, they will actually drive off with your car, if you catch up to them you will find that there is a man in the driver seat, and the prostitute cannot be seen, strangely.
- There is a rare chance that a pedestrian will spawn lying on the ground, and will converse with other peds (for example, talking about day, hitting on/responding to being hit on). The glitch will be fixed if the player comes in contact in any way with the pedestrian.
- Only possible in TBoGT:
- When in a car, boat, or on a motorcycle, and equipped with either an SMG or Micro-SMG, switch the drive-by weapon to the SMG. Activate the "Advanced Weapons" cheat, and your SMG will be replaced with an Assault SMG, which can't normally be used in drive-by mode. When firing the Assault SMG, Luis's body will become extremely deformed due to there not being a proper animation for firing this weapon from a vehicle. On the PC version, this is also possible without using cheats by scrolling down with the mouse wheel. If you try to scroll up, only the pistol and explosive slots will be available.
- In TBoGT, it is possible to have an invisible helicopter by slamming it on the glitched swing, the helicopter itself will be invisible, only Luis can be seen. Note that it is much easier to do it with the Buzzard (confirmed on PS3).
- If you run your helicopter into the Rotterdam Tower above the second ledge on any side, the helicopter and your player will go into Blue Hell for a few seconds, then spawn either above the Rotterdam Tower or above the Firefly Projects.
- Sometimes, after finishing the second mission for Sara, the package you picked up will be in your hand, along with your weapon. You can change weapons normally but you cannot shoot, and aiming is glitched. This can be fixed if the player dies or gets arrested.
- You can glitch your way into hidden interiors by activating a bike glitch such that the bike ends up halfway into the interior or inside the interior. When pressing vehicle enter button, the player will be forced into the interior. This method can cause you to spawn in places not accecible in normal circumstances (note however that certain places like Mikhail Faustin's house may not have an actual interior and you and your bike will glitch and you may fall into blue hell, of which you must swim your way to the nearest coast).
- It is possible to glitch into Goldberg's office area by going outside and to the side of the building to where you can still see inside. Use a cheat for the Turismo and use it until the Turismo is positioned between the inside of the hallway leading to his office and the waiting area. And keep trying to get into the car when you can see the car still, and you can glitch inside.
- On PC, there is a glitch where when starting a new game, Luis' Apartment's television will be broken, as if has been shot. This can be fixed by watching TV, as after that the TV will remain normal.
- Also on the PC version, a graphical error caused the tail lights of the cars that are found on TBoGT vehicles.img not lighting up correctly. The most notable car with this glitch is the 2nd generation Schafter which is the 1st car available to the player on TBoGT.
- This glitch is quite common and it requires the Sanchez cheat. To attempt it, go to the TW@ internet cafe in northern Algonquin and if in a vehicle, get out of your vehicle near the door. Then, use the Sanchrez cheat and it should be inside (however, it might take a few times for it to appear). Get on the motorcycle inside the Tw@ internet cafe and now the pedestrians and even the player will be invisible. (Tested on Xbox 360 and PS3). A video of it can be found here (Ctrl/Cmd=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6XqqxA7B5c)
- It is possible to throw a grenade and/or send a person underground (possibly into Blue Hell) in Alderney (Tested on PS3 - TLAD). A video of it can be found here (Ctrl/Cmd=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_8G8rQhCOs)
Grand Theft Auto V
- There is an uncommon glitch when the player buys an item (eg. food, cars or car parts) it will display a logo show the amount of money the player spends, the logo will stay on the screen and the player will continue to lose that exact amount of money until the player loads a file or re-starts the game.
- There is a rare glitch when you are having a conversation in any super-car with Jimmy while playing as Michael, in high speed crashes as Jimmy is talking, he will fly out of the car without being wasted. When he gets back up and into the car and says the next word, he will stutter that word many times before he stops talking completely. (This glitch mainly happens with the Pegassi Vacca and Infernus.)
- In Richman, Los Santos, there are several gates at the entrances of driveways of some homes which open automatically when the player gets close to them. If the player drives a vehicle up to one of these gates and rubs against it while the door is opening or closing, the player's vehicle may be thrown violently in the opposite direction, often flying through the air a few miles before crashing back down to the ground. This glitch is very similar to the swingset glitch in GTA IV.
- Occasionally, if the player switches characters many times over a short period of time in Single Player, a duplicate character may appear. The duplicate character will act like a normal pedestrian, and will move towards the nearest pedestrian pathway and walk as if he were a normal NPC. Switching characters again will revert this glitch.
- In many close quarter areas of the game (particularly rooftops), it is possible to get stuck in between two objects, forcing the player to suicide.
- Trevor can spawn inside his helicopter right outside of skycrapers when playing as different characters, causing him to crash and instantly kill himself.
- On rare occasions Trevor can survive the crash and will exit the vehicle unharmed if you are switching back to him.
- Occasionaly when loading quicksaves taken from when the character was driving, the vehicle will disappear, sending the player flying at the speed the vehicle was traveling.
- Car wheels can sometimes become stuck in static objects.
- In Michael's House, Michael's family members may be standing on furniture when you enter, and can actually clone themselves for unknown reasons. There will also sometimes be random NPC's walking to and from Michael's house for no reason.
- If you do not buy a suit for the first heist and instead automatically get one by switching your characters, the Ponsonbys store icon will permanently be on every character's HUD for the rest of the game.
- Rarely, if you are driving and you hit a newsstand (or possibly other objects) you may despawn, and respawn very high in the air miles away from land. Switching characters will fix this. However, you are placed so far out in the ocean that the camera takes about 30 seconds to pan back to land.
- You can fire the Sawn-Off Shotgun while driving a bus, though it may not be a glitch, due to its large windows.
- Helicopters can fly through low standing overpasses.
- Crashing through objects like fences and parking your vehicle in the spot where the object was, will cause it to respawn with the vehicle through it whilst out of site. Re-entering it will dislodge both the vehicle and the object.
- If the player bails out of an airplane in mid-air and deploys his parachute, the airplane will continue flying in a straight path until it begins losing power and it starts going into an uncontrolled vertical descent. If the airplane continues flying far enough away from the player, the plane may freeze in mid-air and stay stuck there until the player approaches it. This glitch seems to have been patched in 1.08, and it is not present in subsequent versions.
- Rarely if the player switches characters while driving at high speeds and switches back quickly the player will fall beneath the map and spawn back.
- There have been players reporting a glitch that happens during one of the Gauntlet modification mission for the the Union Depository Heist] (Subtle Approach). One would be required to drive the Gauntlet requested for the mission into Los Santos Customs and purchase the "Gold Heist Preparation" mod (which costs $11,000), and fail the mission with the message of "The Required Mods Cannot Be Purchased Due To Insufficient Funds", regardless of the amount of cash that character is holding. See the video for the details. If the player chooses to "Retry" the mission after failing it, the glitch would repeat itself; however, if the player chooses to "Quit" the mission, the character would be spawn in the garage of Los Santos Customs, with the vehicle disappeared, and the $11,000 removed. Occasionally, restarting the game might fix the glitch, and it is still unknown why this glitch happens. There also have been reports stating that the player could have avoided such a glitch by having at least twice the amount of minimum cash required (which means $22,000) before pulling the car into the garage each time.
- When the patch 1.06 was released, along with the free Beach Bum pack, there was a glitch in single player when you are given the SNS Pistol, the amount of stored ammo you had for pistols will revert to zero and the clip will leave you 6 rounds. The cause of this glitch is unknown, but it probably had something to do with the amount of the pistol rounds' coding.
- Pistols can randomly lose their ammo counter, giving the player permanent unlimited ammo.
- Lifting a dump truck with a Cargobob may cause it to spin uncontrollably in mid-air.
- There is a rare and difficult to execute glitch wherein the game will 'freeze' in the satellite view. This glitch occurs if the player has Franklin and Trevor meet up before Franklin is told about Trevor at the end of Dead Man Walking. If Franklin runs over Trevor without killing him, Trevor will stand up and attempt to kill Franklin. Attempting to switch to Trevor at this point causes the glitch and 'freezes' the game in satellite view. It is not known if Trevor running over Franklin would elicit similar circumstances, nor is it known if there is a fix for this glitch.
- When driving the Rhino Tank, if you stick the gun turret in the back of a Barracks, both vehicles may get flung with great force in opposite directions.
- Many players have reported a glitch that disables the mission Uncalculated Risk from appearing on the map. It is unknown what factor of the game causes this, but it is quite problematic, since the mission is required for 100% completion. The mission is supposed to appear for Franklin after all the parachute missions are completed, but if the player completes the last parachute mission with any other player besides Franklin, the mission may not appear on the map. So far there is no fix for this glitch.
- In the mission Fair Game, after you kill the male elk from the "mating pair" Cletus will leave you to do the next kill on your own. If Trevor leaves the area, it is possible to get into numerous places like Fort Zancudo, Bolingbroke Prison and the Humane Labs without receiving any wanted stars. Be warned, however, if Trevor starts shooting then the wanted stars will appear.
- Sometimes when Michael take off his bicycle helmet in his house, it wiil turn into a motorcycle helmet.(Tested on XBOX 360)
- When one of the characters has a Wanted Level and they fly over the ocean, sometimes Police Cars will be falling out of the sky strangely. Then the police will get out of the sinking cars and swim.
Grand Theft Auto Online
- It is possible to fall under the ocean into Grand Theft Auto Online, and gain the ability to walk under water, albeit still taking fall damage. The player won't have a breath meter, and will be able to walk around the seafloor freely without losing health. This glitch occurs when flying outside of the games map boundries (particularly when flying to far north). Your helicopter will instantly fail, falling out of the sky. When you hit the water, you will need to jump out, and since your are no longer on the map, you will just fall into a Blue Hell, eventually respawning on land. You will then be able to perform the glitch.
- When racing in a point to point race in Grand Theft Auto Online, the game may register you being in first place each time you pass a point, even if you are in dead last.
- It was once possible to sell a car as many times as you wanted through the use of exploits, though this has been patched.
- You can get into the large construction building's interior in online play by walking through a wall 3 stories from the top floor.
- There are also many areas that allow the player to walk on air in the same building.
- You can invite players into your job's lobby, even if they are already present.
- When two players are standing on top of the front of a train, one or both of them can slip through a glitch in the roof and land inside the front of the train. To get out, all the person has to do is jump and their character will climb out.
- NPC-driven cars can appear and disappear out of thin air randomly due to networking and/or streaming issues.
- NPC-driven cars can randomly start to drive recklessly and become glitched. This is due to network issues within the servers.
- If the player gets run over by the glitched vehicle, they will use the older physics engine instead of rag doll animations.
- If you are killed after landing in a Parachute Jump, you may show up as DNF (Did Not Finish) on the scoreboard.
- If you own a personal vehicle that Simeon wants, when you leave your garage with it, you will immediately gain a 2-star wanted level.
- The Carbine Rifle will randomly stop making noise, allowing you to essentially become 100% silent. When firing you will no longer show up on the radar and sprinting will not make any noise while it is equipped.
- It is possible to get to North Yankton in GTA Online. This video can show you this method. However, this glitch has been patched by Rockstar in Patch 1.08. However, it is still possible to reach North Yankton after Patch 1.08 by repeating the same steps, but instead of doing the "Prologue" mission, do "Bury the Hatchet". Then accept the friend invite to GTA Online when Michael has reached North Yankton. North Yankton should be in the bottom-right corner of the map (south of Elysian Island). Unfortunately, this method was also patched after the 1.10 patch.
- It is possible to buy the special vehicles that come with the Collector's Edition of GTA V. e.g. the Hotknife. The method of doing this glitch can be seen here.
- Strangely, you can only store 9 land vehicles in a 10 car garage.
- Since patch 1.07 car slot 1 in any 10 car garage can randomly lose insurance, however this was fixed in the 1.10 patch.
- Since patch 1.08, if you scroll past the cornrows hair style, you will have permanent cornrow tatoos on your head. These cannot be removed by any means. Strangely, they do not appear in mirrors and can go away after extended play. This was fixed in the 1.10 patch.
- Putting on a mask can make your character bald until you buy a new haircut. Has been patched along with many glitches in 1.10 patch, but a small chance of the glitch happening once again (occurred on the PS3 version)
- Since patch 1.08, the Rhino Tank will sometimes fly into the sky after running over another Rhino.
- If you go to Warstockcacheandcarry.com, and press home very quickly. Now go across to the search bar and press B A (Circle X for PS3) like the glitch above, and the search bar will pop up on the vehicle you chose. Replace the number at the end with 5. It will come up with the Cargobob. Press "buy it now" and it will purchase.
- Strangely, when you die in a plane (Commonly when you crash) it will sometimes fall through the floor and when you respawn, it won't be there. (Tested with P-996 Lazer, Mammatus and Velum).
- Sometimes, when you have a wanted level while you are in a Buzzard, and you bail out, voices can be heard saying "Mayday!, Mayday!".
- Pedestrians can randomly spawn in your house, using props that aren't there. They cannot e killed, but if you approach them they will stand up and beat you to death, as you are unable to fight in an apartment.
Multiple Grand Theft Auto Games
Disappearing Vehicle Glitch
The Disappearing Vehicle glitch is prevalent in all of the 3D era games and occasionaly in HD era games. If the player parks a car near any mission marker, and then walks into the marker to trigger the mission cutscene and starts the mission, there is a high chance that the vehicle he parked will have disappeared after the cutscene. This glitch occurs when the mission cutscene somehow interferes with the space taken up by the parked vehicle, so the game gets rid of the vehicle altogether. This glitch occurs occasionally in GTA III and GTA San Andreas, but it is very frequent in GTA Vice City, GTA Vice City Stories, and GTA Liberty City Stories, where the vehicles the player takes to mission markers almost always disappear after the cutscene. GTA IV has a system implemented into it, where, instead of "getting rid" of the vehicle, the game just moves it somewhere else, like across the street or a few yards away from where the player left it, so it does not interfere with the cutscene. Occasionally in GTA LCS, the player may park a car somewhere and do something else (a mission for example), and the car won't despawn like normal; it will take a very long time to disappear. This only seems to happen on Staunton Island and was tested in the PSP version. In GTA V, vehicles have been known to disappear from the player's garage after leaving them there, however the glitch seems to have been patched in subsequent versions. In GTA Online, the vehicle may disappear after entering and using and Ammunation store; This happens the most often with helicopters. Sometimes during the shootout between suspects and police, their vehicles will disappear instantly.
Car Spawn Glitch
In all of the 3-D Grand Theft Auto games, there is a specific glitch that occurs. It happens when the player is driving at a normal speed in any car on any road, and then he looks behind him by pressing the "Look Back" button. When the button is released, and the camera returns to look forward, there will be several cars driving on the road in front of him that weren't there before the player initially looked back, and also de-spawning cars which were actually coming towards the player before (e.g. in the other lane). This happens because the game is designed to spawn cars wherever the camera isn't looking. If the player looks back, the game will spawn cars in front of them.
Instant Phone Stop
In all the HD Era Grand Theft Auto games, bringing up the cell phone and taking out the camera will instantly stop your car, no matter how fast it had been going. This was only patched on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV.