A Glitch, also known as a Bug, is an error in the game that produces an effect that was unintended by programmers. They often arise from mistakes or errors in the game's coding which go unnoticed during development and testing of the game. Glitches can be unintentional and may cause problems to the player, but some glitches may be used to the player's advantage.
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. This glitch does not work on the iOS port of the game, however.
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
Quite rarely 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. If you kill them, they will drop Molotov Cocktails. A video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcRWYD9UNrM
Accessible Joey's Garage Glitch
You can get into Joey's Garage and see the whole interior as seen in cutscenes, by driving 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 Save 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 in the new game 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 these missions.
Import/Export Crane glitch
If the player dies whilst a vehicle is being transferred to the boat from the crane, the crane may be frozen in the position it was when the player died, rendering it unusable. You will no longer be able to get 100% completion, since the Import/Export side missions are required for completion.
Vehicle Spawn Glitches
The 10th Anniversary iOS port of GTA III is notable for containing many car spawn glitches and other abnormalities. Occasionally, moving vehicles have the tendency to spawn floating in mid-air due to a spawn glitch. After a few seconds, they will quickly fall back to the ground and continue driving. Also, cars may sometimes spawn abnormally inside the Porter Tunnel, where they will appear stuck inside the walls of the tunnel or submerged inside the road.
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 his character model will be stuck inside 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 ship's 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.
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 is much more defined in the 10th Anniversary edition and can also be seen in GTA Vice City Stories.
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. This glitch seems to have been fixed in the PC version and in other subsequent ports.
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.
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 immediately when the mission ends.
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 Tommy's character model getting flung off, sending you through the wall. This glitch is quite rare, however, and is often the result of a fluke. There is no way to get out of this area other than suicide, though some buildings lead to 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.
In the 10th Anniversary edition, the models of the hands have been revamped and are much more detailed than they previously were. Ocassionally, possibly due to script errors during cutscenes, characters will appear with their hands missing, leaving them with stumps at the ends of their arms.
Autopilot Car Glitch
When you take someone's car, the car owner runs away but some cars take Tommy out and throws him down, be quick and enter on the other side of the door and you will see the car owner is driving the car and you are just sitting in.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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.
Strangely, your girlfriend is immune to any type of damage inflicted by radio-controlled bombs. She is, however, vulnerable to gunfire and all other types of damage.
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 any other 2-seated car, e.g. Premier from the passenger side, the driver will attempt to drive off. This glitch is only present on the PS2 version of the game.
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.
Go to any Ammu-Nation shooting range, and make sure you are dating Katie Zhan. Go to any weapon challenge, and enter the "suicide" cheat. When you respawn at the nearest hospital, you will not have any of your weapons. Then, pick up either Pistol, Micro Uzi, Shotgun or Assault Rifle and you will discover that it has infinite ammo but if you pick up any other weapon, you will not be able to switch to it.
Car Spawn Glitch
When 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, then both cars will start smoking and eventually explode. The cars can be freed by simply hitting them with your car. Cars may also spawn stuck half-in and half-out of the ground, usually at a 45 degree angle and with their rear end submerged in the road. This seems to occur 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. It is unknown what factor of the game causes these glitches, However it could happen due to the low framerate while playing the game
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 on in the game 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.
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.
If the player has left a train at Cranberry Station in Snail Trail, then another train will pass through it for the target to get on. The second train is useful to trail the other as it goes faster than the Sanchez; however, there is a little catch up required though this will not fail the mission.
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.
Airport Gate Glitch
You can open the front gate of the Easter Bay Airport before you have acquired a pilot's license. Go up to the left sliding gate, punch it, and turn away quickly, and it should slide open.
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 it's 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 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.
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.
Begin a multiplayer session. 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. This glitch is only possible on the PS2 version.
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.
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.
Flint County Highway Glitch
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 explode" 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.
Tear Gas Glitch
If the player throws a Tear Gas canister into a crowd and then performs a stealth kill on any NPC in the crowd, every NPC affected by the Tear Gas will undergo the same stealth kill animation and die at the same time.
Ghost Vehicle Glitch
If the player drive a combine harvester and hit the drivers door gently , the driver will be gone as if it was killed by the harvester & the vehicle will drive itself normally without anyone inside ,When you hijack the vehicle , CJ will get in the vehicle and still be able to drive it around normally
If, while sprinting, you take a picture with your camera by quickly pressing the right mouse button and right after, the left mouse button (almost at the same time), CJ should be running with the slow running animation, but with the sprinting speed, making him look like he's sliding on the ground. The higher the FPS, the easier it is to do. (Tested on PC)
Mobile Version Glitches
Mobile version have more glitches than other version. This includes:
- If you enter a train and leave the game, after you resume, the train may appear in Las Venturas, with only the locomotive itself on the tracks. If you haven't unlocked Las Venturas, you will receive four wanted stars. You can only get back to Los Santos or San Fierro by swimming (which will usually waste you in the process).
- The cars' headlights and taillights may encounter texture errors.
- Sometimes a car's damaged parts appear in mismatched colors.
- If you were to fail a mission and retry, the game may glitch and the mission cannot be completed.
Most glitches seem to be encountered more often after prolonged gameplay. All except the train glitch can be fixed by restarting the game.
- 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 Assault Rifle 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
- Dying and being admitted to a hospital causes the in-game time to advance 12 hours; however, the day does not advance. For example, if you go to the hospital at 7:00 on Saturday, when you are released, it is 17:00 on Saturday - but if you go to the hospital at 17:00 on Saturday, you are released at 7:00 Saturday when it should actually be 7:00 Sunday. This was tested on the PC version.
- In 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 at least one in-game day. 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 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 onto 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 of the 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, 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 train's interior camera, but Niko doesn't get up. The train then doesn't leave the station, and all controls do not work. The player must 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, and the player will be loaded back to single player. This only occurs on the PS3 version, and 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 large 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 cell phone, or, more conveniently, if the player calls someone else. Also, it will start if the player activates the 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.
- Sometimes, when Niko has a wanted level and is stopped by the police, while performing a hands up gesture, the key to perform resisting arrest doesn't work, making Niko fail to resist arrest and get Busted.
- When doing the extra missions for Roman, if you pull up with stuff (newspaper boxes, dumpsters, etc.) beside your car, the fare will walk into that stuff and you will be stuck. This has been tested on Xbox 360, and you will have to restart from the 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.
- Rarely, if you hit a mailbox with your car, the mailbox can spawn with its half underground.
- 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, and the other is to 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 hot dog stands, with the only difference being 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. Otherwise, cars and objects might block Niko, triggering this glitch.
- Causing many explosions at once (especially when it's raining) will cause the game to crash. Tested on PC version.
- 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 and leaving little cushion since the reaction is close to 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 the NPC's vehicle combusting internally.
- There is a glitch that causes peds to clone themselves many times, such as an event that a ped is lying on an electric pole making a call.
- On the Xbox 360 version, 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 its normal state.
- In 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 a car's top speed and acceleration. Pop all the tires of the 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 is a rare glitch that causes the ability to carjack or fire a weapon (even at the police) without earning a wanted level, without the use of cheats. This involves using a phone. However, this glitch may end when you die. (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 the day, hitting on/responding to being hit on). The glitch will be fixed if the player comes into contact in any way with the pedestrian.
- Sometimes, when you skip the travel in a taxi to a gun shop, your mini-map will disappear. Pausing then resuming the game will fix this. (Tested on the PC version)
- Whenever the player is in a vehicle, taking out your mobile phone and opening the camera will instantly stop the vehicle, no matter how fast it was initially going. This glitch is present in GTA IV as well as its episodes, but it was patched in the PC version of GTA IV.
- 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 obtain an invisible helicopter by performing the swing glitch on a helicopter; the helicopter itself will be invisible, and only Luis can be seen. Note that it is much easier to do this with the Buzzard (confirmed on the PS3 version).
- If you run your helicopter into the Rotterdam Tower above the second ledge on any side, the helicopter and your player will enter 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. Upon pressing the vehicle enter button, the player will be forced into the interior. This method can cause you to spawn in places not accessible under normal circumstances (note, however, that certain places, such as Mikhail Faustin's house, may not have an actual interior and you and your bike will glitch, and you may fall into blue hell; then 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. Using cheats, spawn a Turismo and continue until the Turismo is positioned between the inside of the hallway leading to his office and the waiting area. Also, keep trying to get into the car when you can see the car still, and you can glitch inside.
- On the PC version, there is a glitch where, upon starting a new game, Luis' Apartment's television will be broken, as if it 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 causes the tail lights of the cars that are found on TBoGT vehicles.img to not light up correctly. The most notable car with this glitch is the 2nd generation Schafter, which is the 1st car available to the player in 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 Sanchez 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
- When the mission Mrs Phillips becomes available and before accepting it, when playing as trevor, ,make sure that Ron is standing in trevors garden, take any vehicle and gently bump into ron, just enough to knock him over, ron will then proceed to walk into trevors trailer and then walk back out as well as multiple clones of ron withouy hats. everytime the camera is moved to take trevors trailer out of view a new ron will spawn whenever it is bought back into view, also if right is pushed on the d-pad, this is the only time trevor will actually make nice comments as opposed to the negative comments he usually makes to NPCs as proven here in this video on the PS3 version.
- 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.
- 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. Unfortunately, this glitch was patched in the 1.14 update.
- 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.
- Sometimes, if the player switches from any other player to Trevor, he may spawn inside his helicopter flying towards a skyscraper, causing him to crash and instantly kill himself. It is unknown if this was a spawn glitch or if it was intended.
- On rare occasions, Trevor can survive the crash and will exit the vehicle unharmed if you are switching back to him.
- There is a way to glitch into many interiors in the game as any character that are either locked after a certain part of the story or only accessible to a single Protagonist. Enterable locations include: Floyd's apartment, Franklin's house, Michael's mansion when he is not around, Lester's house, etc. To perform this glitch all you have to do is stand on the roof of the house or building you wish to enter and switch to another character and quickly switch back, and the player may spawn inside the house. This may take a few attempts, but the player must beware, as some interiors like the Vangelico store after The Jewel Heist or the Lifeinvader Building after Friend Request are not solid meaning that if the player glitches inside he will fall into Blue Hell for a few seconds and spawn somewhere nearby or rarely when you spawn you die instantly. The only interior not compatible with this glitch is Trevor's trailer and if you try to glitch in it will spawn you somewhere outside the trailer. (Tested on Xbox 360).
- Occasionally 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.
- Sometimes, if you had finished a friend activity, your friend will ask you to take him/her to their destination. Simply enter a car and drive to their destination. But, when almost reaching the destination marker, speed up so the vehicle will overshoot the destination. If this is done correctly, a duplicate car (the car the player is driving) will appear in the same position as the destination marker and your friend will enter it.
- If this is done correctly when hanging out with other protagonists, it is also one of the ways to obtain protagonist's special vehicles.
- In Michael's mansion, 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 NPCs walking around the grounds of Michael's mansion for no reason. This appears to only happen very early on in the game.
- 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.
- Strangely, the player can fire the Sawn-Off Shotgun while driving a bus. This is widely believed to be a glitch, since this is the only large vehicle where this is possible, however this may have been intended due to the vehicle's large windows.
- Crashing through destructible objects, like fences and signs, and parking your vehicle in the spot where the object was will sometimes cause it to respawn through the vehicle when out of the player's line of sight. Re-entering the vehicle 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. However this was patched in 1.10.
- If one of the players damages his vehicle, simply switching to another character and then switching back to the previous character will repair the vehicle. This glitch can be quite helpful if the player doesn't have enough money to visit a Los Santos Customs to repair it.
- 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. But there will be no traffic in the roads, except for scripted traffic as trucks or tractors. Be warned, however, if Trevor starts shooting then the wanted stars will appear. (UPDATE) When you kill the last elk after Cletus leaves, when a marker appears on the body indicating you to take a picture of it, if Trevor leaves, this time, there will be traffic. If you call 911 and wait for a police car to respond, you can steal the vehicle without getting any wanted level. If you accelerate the vehicle immediately after stealing it, the police officer in the co-driver seat will stay with you, unless you stop the vehicle for more than 5 seconds. He will then leave. Also, if some NPC commits a crime in the co-driver officer's view, he will use the police speaker and order them to pull over, or to stop the vehicle.
- While out of a mission, or hanging out with any of the main characters, there is an area in Mount Chiliad where the player can't get any wanted stars. This area is the Altruist Cult and its surroundings. The only way to get a wanted level is to force it by using cheats. If you call 911 and wait for a police car to respond, you can shoot the police officers directly, punch them, blow them up, even the car. But if you try to steal the police cruiser while an officer is inside, you will get a 2 star wanted level. This is likely not a glitch, but a way to avoid police to come to the cult so you can freely massacre its hostile and constantly spawning inhabitants. (Tested on PS3 while playing as Michael and as Trevor, as of 26/05/2014)
- If you hit Jimmy with a car when playing as Trevor, Trevor may speak with Michael's voice.
- Sometimes when Michael takes off his bicycle helmet in his house, it will turn into a motorcycle helmet. (Tested on Xbox 360)
- When playing The Bureau Raid, if Packie and Gustavo Mota are chosen as the gun crew (choosing the fire truck scenario) and you destroy the fire truck, killing them, you will gain a copy of one of the crew members (usually Packie).
- A rare bug during the setup phase of The Bureau Raid (after having chosen the fire truck approach) will cause the game register a Bus as a fire truck, then place a waypoint marker to Lester's safehouse instructing you to deliver the vehicle, despite it not being a fire truck. It is unknown if this bug occurs exclusively with the Bus, however, no matter what vehicle is delivered, the fire truck will still appear in the mission.
- Trying to hail an occupied cab might cause the protagonist's back to stick upright when walking and jogging (sprinting animation stays normal). It may also slightly glitch the player's arm positions, to the point where if the player aims his weapon, the weapon will be very clearly pointing in a different direction. This is a harmless but rather humorous glitch that looks extremely goofy on Trevor, since his jogging animation has him more hunched than Franklin and Michael.
- The Bus suffers from an unusual spawn glitch. If the player highjacks a bus and then exits it, and the player walks a few meters away from the bus (making sure the bus is out of the player's line of sight), if the player looks back at the bus, a conductor will suddenly spawn in the driver's seat, and will begin attempting to drive it away.
- Rarely, the player will be able to find a group of 3-5 train cars rolling down any train track in the state without any engine car powering them. The train cars will be moving at a steady rate and will gradually get slower and slower until they stop completely. This is most likely a spawn glitch, where the game fails to spawn a train engine along with the train cars. This glitch may also occur in GTA Online.
- If the train cars come to a complete stop, sometimes another moving train may come from behind on the same track. When this happens, the moving train can be observed going right through the train cars, as if they are not there.
- As of 1.13, the interactions menu has been added to story mode. If you choose an outfit that has a hat (such has the Highway Patrol outfit), you can enter the interaction menu and chose a different hat then choose no hat and the helmet will disappear. This applies to Michael's Scuba Suit where you can remove the snorkel or the hood (or both), the Security Suit, and the Highway Patrol outfit. Strangely enough, if you try to do this on the Stealth Suit, his hair will glitch through the mask (Applies to all characters). Franklin's Bugstar Exterminator outfit can have his hat removed. Trevor's Highway Patrol helmet can be removed, Security Suit helmet can be removed, and Dock Worker hat can be removed (The hat can also be placed onto any outfit you want through that menu.)
- After patch 1.07, there was a massive glitch involving the custom license plates of player's personal vehicles in story mode. The license plates on the personal vehicles of players would change so that they would read "ALAN 0", with no explanation at all. This glitch would get applied to the protagonists' personal vehicles (such as Michael's Obey Tailgater), and it would also rarely get applied to any vehicle inside one of the player's safehouse garages. This glitch seemed to be more prevalent among players who have a GTA Online account, and have used the Rockstar Social Club application to change their online vehicle's license plate. It is unknown what factor of the game caused this glitch, but it appears to have been patched at the 1.09 update, as it is not present in subsequent versions.
- Before 1.06, if the player switches too many times, the player is unable to access the internet and the HUD becomes missing. This glitch will affect the GTA Online. The player is also unable to save the game, switch into another character, etc. Yet, there's no fix at all. The only way to fix this is restart the game storyline.
- This glitch will still affect the next patches ahead if the player already does this.
- When killing somebody and quickly going in to Herr Kutz Barber, sitting on the chair to get a haircut, and getting a Wanted Level after sitting on the chair, a glitch will occur. The player won't be able to move, and you will notice that a pair of scissors is hanging in the air near the player's head. This will continue forever unless you switch to another character. (Tested on PS3, playing as Michael, as of September 2014).
- Since most update that including DLCs featuring new weapons, one or two protagonist(s) will lose their ammo, leaving only one remaining ammo round, although it has been fixed to stop losing ammo. Including:
- Beach Bum Pack/1.06: The protagonist will lose their pistols' ammo leaving one round remaining.
- Valentine's Day Massacre Special/1.10: The protagonist will lose their Light Machine Guns' ammo.
- The Business Update/1.11: The protagonist will lose their pistols' ammo again, as well as rifles.
- Independence Day Special/1.15: The protagonist will lose their sniper rifles' ammo.
- The Last Team Standing Update/1.17: The protagonist will lose both shotgun and sniper rifles' ammo.
Grand Theft Auto Online
- It is possible to fall under the ocean in Grand Theft Auto Online, and gain the ability to walk under water on the seafloor, albeit. Some method of this have been patched. still taking fall damage. This glitch has been noted to occur rarely when the server is extremely crowded, and this glitch was reported frequently in the early weeks of GTA Online's release, when there were many software bugs that needed to be worked out by game developers.
- The train's main cabin can be entered by standing on the hood and then eating or drinking any snack (this can be activated from the inventory menu). When your player is about to throw it away, pause the game, and you should spawn inside the cab. This may take a few attempts. The walls are not solid, but you can place sticky bombs in the cab, and blow the train up, stopping it.
- Similarly, if you stand on the nose of the train (the level just lower than the top of the main cabin and in front of its forward windows), face the cabin and tap towards the cabin as the train moves it will consistently glitch you into the cabin.
- When racing in a point to point race in Grand Theft Auto Online, the game may ocassionally register you being in first place each time you pass a point, even if you are in dead last.
- You can invite players into your job's lobby, even if they are already present.
- 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 ragdoll animations.
- If you are killed after landing successfully within the target area in a Parachute Jump, you may show up as DNF (Did Not Finish) on the scoreboard, even though you technically landed.
- 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 was 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 following the steps in the "Prologue" mission, do them in "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), floating in mid-air. 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. This has been patched.
- 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 tattoos 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 (confirmed on the PS3 version).
- Random pedestrians may occasionally spawn in your safehouse, using props that aren't there and bumping into walls and furniture. They cannot be killed, but if you approach them, they may become aggressive and beat you to death, as you are unable to fight in an apartment. This glitch has been patched.
- If the player invites another player to their apartment, another pedestrian will spawn; although, this time, the pedestrian will spawn inside of the other pedestrian.
- If a player destroys your personal vehicle, but cannot pay the insurance in full, you are forced to pay for it, minus whatever was taken from their bank. This can be exploited by removing all of your bank into your wallet, and simply destroying player vehicles, forcing them to pay the full charges. Fortunately, this has been patched in the 1.14 update.
- As of 4/21/14, the Content Creator was taken down due to a very serious glitch involving leaving the content creator mid-use, going to the story and reentering online play. This would freeze your bank and wallet, allowing free purchases of any item in game.
- Occasionally, after the player finishes using an ATM, he will become frozen in place, and will not be able to move out from in front of the ATM machine.
- Have a friend steal a random 4-door car from an NPC, and then have your player get into the backseat of the same car. If the NPC is aggressive, he will open the driver's door, drag the other player out, and then get in the driver's seat. After this, the NPC will begin driving the vehicle around the city, while your player is in the back seat.
- If you are in a police vehicle with the sirens on and you tap the horn rapidly, sometimes, it will desync and it will make no noise and only the lights will flash. Other players will be able to hear the sirens in your session still. In singleplayer, it also happens with the same method.
- There was once a glitch in which the player was able to sell as many cars as he wanted through Los Santos Customs; however, it has since been patched in subsequent versions.
- After dying, any Grenade Launcher ammunition that the player had will become lost. As of the 1.16 patch update, this glitch hasn't been patched.
- Since 1.15, when calling Pegasus for a land vehicle, it may spawn at the Vespucci Police Station. When you approach it, it will then move to Fort Zancudo. (If the player requests it in a 3 gang territory or in Elysian Island). This glitch has been patched.
- Sometimes, NPCs will continue screaming even after they have been killed, usually after a headshot or after having been burnt to death.
- Rarely, when a player has just gotten into one of their vehicles in a garage, they will instantly glitch out beside the car standing. This affects every car in the garage.
- During the Rooftop Rumble mission after all the Professionals are killed, the A Document Has Been Dropped Message will appear. The documents may not even spawn and the mission will be failed because they were "destroyed", even thought they didn't even spawn. The mission may also fail with the Out of Lives message, even if one or more players are still alive. As of the 1.16 patch update, this glitch hasn't been patched.
- Since the 1.16 update, regardless of the pattern of the parachute bag, it will always turn to that of the USA flag when on the floor. This seems to be patched.
- If the player drinks at least 5 bottles of beer (or until he gets drunk), and then loads up a job from his job list but then immediately backs out, the player will continue to show the effects of being drunk (shaky camera, clumsy player, etc.) and this may last the entire session. The only way to stop these effects is to die, or to quit and join a new server.
- If you have the 'Pure Black' window tint after Patch 1.17, the windows will be transparent in Los Santos Customs. (They will be opaque when you exit).
- Since 1.17, if the player failed to join a job sent by another player and back to the session, the marker will disappeared and the player will unable to enter their safe houses and garages.
Multiple Grand Theft Auto Games
Disappearing Vehicle Glitch
The Disappearing Vehicle glitch is prevalent in all of the 3D Universe games and occasionally in HD Universe 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.
If a large number of vehicles explode over the course of a few seconds, their burnt wrecks may disappear suddenly if they leave the player's line of sight. While this is considered a glitch, it is actually a game mechanic; the game engine de-spawns them so it doesn't have to process so many on-screen vehicles at once.
Car Spawn Glitch
In all of the 3-D Grand Theft Auto games, there is a specific glitch that occurs, in which 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. Possibly because of a modified game engine, this glitch is not present in Grand Theft Auto V.
In most of the 3D and HD era games, there is a certain glitch in the game which causes many of the same car model to spawn together driving on the road. This glitch seems to be more prevalent in games that are heavily modded or with many cheats, as this may unintentionally alter the vehicle's spawn rates. However, it is unknown what factor of the game causes this.