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| name = Hunter
 
| name = Hunter
| front_image = Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg
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| front_image = Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg
| image_size = 350
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| image_size = 300
| caption = A Hunter in GTA Vice City
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| caption = A Hunter in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]].
| vehicle_type = Military attack helicopter
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| vehicle_type = Military Helicopter
| capacity = 1
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| body style =
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]](using cheatdevices)
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| capacity = 1 <small>(pilot)</small>
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]'' <small>(trainer)</small><br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]''
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|body_style = Attack helicopter
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|related = [[Annihilator]]<br>[[Buzzard]]
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|colors1 = Dark green
 
}}
 
}}
The '''Hunter''' is a military attack [[helicopter]] featured in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].
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<!--The Wiki is not meant to be a crystal ball, and is not meant to allow speculation. There is currently no strong evidence to suggest that the Hind-based helicopter in the GTA V heists update is named "Hunter", so as long there is no name confirmation, there is no need to add more speculation.-->
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The '''Hunter''' is a [[military]] attack [[helicopter]] featured in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]],'' ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]'', and can be spawned using a trainer in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]''.
   
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
The Hunter is based on the [[wp:AH-64 Apache|AH-64 Apache]]. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in VCS, it is technically a YAH-64 as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the United Stated Army until 1986. The version featured in GTA San Andreas has a similar design, however it omits the co-pilot's seat, uses an eight-bladed tail rotor and has a canopy that swings open vertically, as with the [[Hydra]] jet.
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=== 3D Universe ===
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The Hunter is based on the [[wp:Boeing AH-64 Apache|Boeing (formerly Hughes, then McDonnell Douglas) AH-64 Apache]], more percisely the [[wp:Boeing AH-64 Apache|AH-64A Apache]]. In [[GTA Vice City]] and [[GTA Vice City Stories]], the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in VCS, it is technically a YAH-64A as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the [[Military|United States Army]] until 1986. The version featured in [[GTA San Andreas]] has a similar design, however, it omits the co-pilot gunner seat (CPG), uses an eight-bladed tail rotor, and has a canopy that swings open horizontally to the right, like the [[Hydra]] jet fighter. In all its appearances the Hunter always comes with a dark green color.
   
A deadly aircraft, the Hunter is armed with a self-targeting chin-mounted gun and dual rocket launchers, which can launch two unguided rockets simultaneously. Like the [[Rhino]] and the [[Hydra]], both weapons have unlimited ammunition. In addition, it is highly resistant to damage, but is by no means indestructible. Despite being an army vehicle, it is never used by the military or hostile factions in any game outside scripted circumstances.
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A special [[Vigilante|Vigilante Mission]] is available with the Hunter, the "Brown Thunder" [[mission]]. Despite being a [[military]] vehicle, it does not appear being military-operated in normal gameplay, out of missions or scripted events.
   
The Hunter does not appear in any games outside the [[3D Universe|3D universe]], being replaced by the [[Annihilator]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], and the [[Buzzard]] in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].
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=== HD Universe ===
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The Hunter can only be seen in a trailer for ''[[The Simian]] ''during the showing for the [[Movies (GTA V)|movie]] ''[[Meltdown (film)|Meltdown]] ''and a [http://www.lifeinvader.com/post/nMRYeN7D5Uyk4zi4fdYLMg picture] for [[Warstock Cache & Carry]]'s [[Lifeinvader]] that details their equipment selection (located in the lower right). In the trailer for ''The Simian'' it's seen that the pilot is visible in the co-pilot gunner seat, like in previous renditions. The Hunter's front suspension is raised in order to fit the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin of the craft's fuselage when grounded, and is also equipped with 4 Hydra 70 rocket pods and is no longer equipped with 8 AMG-114 Hellfire missiles. The tail boom is briefly seen and has a build similar in appearance to that of the RAH-66 Comanche. The stabilizers have moved to the top of the tail fin and the rotor is removed and replaced with a Fenestron-style fan-in-fin. The canopy of the Hunter now resembles that of the RAH-66 Comanche as well. The nose of the Hunter features detailed cameras, mounted in similar fashion to that of the AH-64 Apache series and its [[3D Universe]] predecessor. The engines have been modified slightly too, with the exhaust vents on the rear of them horizontal instead of vertical as seen in the previous 3D models and its real-life counterpart. For this time, comes with a desert camouflage.
   
==Gallery==
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== Performance ==
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The Hunter is one of (if not) the fastest helicopters in the game. It has high handling, but has wide turning radius. Unlike many other helicopters, the Hunter cannot automatically stabilize at 45 degrees when keeping the control thumbstick forward, as doing so will result the Hunter getting upside down, loosing control and eventually crashing.
   
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The Hunter is easy to control and is a good choice to fly between structures in cities. However, the Hunter can easily get upside down when moving the helicopter at high speed. It is highly resistant to damage, but is by no means indestructible.
|<gallery width="auto" perrow="4" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="310" captionalign="left" spacing="medium" orientation="none" columns="6">
 
Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City.
 
Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas.
 
Hunter-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories, spawned using a trainer.
 
hunte.jpg|Hunter's rockets
 
Hunter-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories.
 
</gallery>
 
|}
 
   
== Notable appearances in missions ==
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== Weaponry ==
The Hunter's most notable use is in the [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] missions [[Over The Top]] and [[Last Stand]], when [[Victor Vance]] steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the [[Mendez Cartel]] (in Last Stand). It also appeared in [[Learning to Fly]], race event [[Heli Hell]] and two flown by NPC in [[Up, Up and Away!]] (part of casino heist mission) from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[All Hands On Deck]] from [[Grand Theft Auto Vice City|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] and [[From Zero to Hero]] from [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].
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The Hunter has two sets of weapons, which consist of a [[wp:M230 chain gun|Hughes M230 30mm chain gun]] mounted on the chin and dual [[wp:Hydra 70|Hydra 70]] rocket pods. This weaponry makes the Hunter a deadly vehicle. The chain gun is autonomous and automatically lock/fire at targets in a 45 degrees radius. The rocket pods will fire two rockets (one from both sides) at once. These are unguided, but the high rate of fire of the rockets and the good handling of the helicopter make the rockets easy to use and devastating. Like the [[Rhino]], the [[Sea Sparrow]] and the [[Hydra]], all weapons have unlimited ammunition.
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== Locations ==
   
Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of GTA Vice City Stories named Might of the Hunter.
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=== GTA Vice City ===
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* [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] - Inside the base after completing either [[Keep Your Friends Close]] or collecting all 100 [[Hidden Packages|hidden packages]], which will appear only after a certain percentage of the game is complete.
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* [[Ocean Beach]] - At the helipad next to [[Lance Vance]]'s house after finding all 100 hidden packages and completing [[Keep Your Friends Close]].
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=== GTA San Andreas ===
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* [[Easter Basin]], [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]] - On a helipad inside the [[Easter Basin Naval Station]] after completing [[Pilot School]] with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star [[Wanted Level in 3D Universe|wanted level]] upon entering the base and therefore will be engaged by two NPC [[Hydra]]s firing heat-seeking missiles, which makes obtaining it very difficult.
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* [[Verdant Meadows]], [[Bone County]] - At the airstrip after getting gold on all Pilot School tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and [[Leviathan]] are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan).
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* Used in [[Heli Hell]] - you can keep it if you take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in Verdant Meadows instead of completing the course.
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* Can be spawned by inputting the [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas|cheat]] during gameplay (see [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas]] page).
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=== GTA Liberty City Stories ===
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* The Hunter aircraft itself is not available in the regular game, but left over code from [[GTA Vice City]] is, and can only be spawned in with a third-party trainer.
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=== GTA Vice City Stories ===
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* [[Escobar International Airport]] - At the southern part of the airport near the [[Biplane]] after completing [[Last Stand]]. Starts the "[[Skywolf]]" side-mission automatically upon entrance.
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== Notable Appearances in Missions ==
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The Hunter's most notable use is in the [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] missions [[Over The Top]] and [[Last Stand]], when [[Victor Vance]] steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the [[Mendez Cartel]] (in Last Stand). It appears too in a previous mission, [[From Zero To Hero]]. It also appeared in [[Learning to Fly]], race event [[Heli Hell]] and two flown by NPC in [[Up, Up and Away!]] (part of casino heist mission) from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. In [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] it makes one single appearance in the mission [[All Hands On Deck]].
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Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of ''GTA Vice City Stories'' named "Might of the Hunter".
   
 
==Skywolf Mission==
 
==Skywolf Mission==
The Skywolf mission is a side mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] available after [[Last Stand]], it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at Escobar International, the mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponary and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are actual boats, cars and for the last part, another helicopter. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to [[100% Completion in GTA Vice City Stories|100% Completion]]
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{{Main|Skywolf}}
   
==Trivia==
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The Skywolf mission is a side mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] available after [[Last Stand]], it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at [[Escobar International Airport]]. The mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponry and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are [[Reefer|boats]], [[Barracks OL|cars]] and for the last part, another [[Sparrow|helicopter]]. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to [[100% Completion in GTA Vice City Stories|100% Completion]].
*Though it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from Vice City are present in the code of [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the Vice City model, but cannot be used for vigilante missions nor is named in-game.
 
* In [[GTA Vice City]], [[GTA San Andreas|San Andreas]] and [[Liberty City Stories]], the player is able to play the game's radio stations while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in [[GTA Vice City Stories]]. The default radio stations for the Hunter are [[V-Rock]] in [[GTA Vice City]], [[K-DST]] in [[GTA San Andreas]].
 
* The Hunter is the fastest helicopter in the [[Grand Theft Auto series|series]], but has the widest turning radius.
 
* In [[GTA Vice City]] the Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the [[M-60]].
 
* In GTA San Andreas, using gun to destroy any vehicles do not attract police attention, but killing people on foot using turret, or firing rockets, unless they hit ground, structure, directly criminals spawned by vigilante mission or explode in the air, do attract wanted level.
 
   
==Locations==
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== Notable Owners ==
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*[[Tommy Vercetti]]
* [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] - Inside the base after completing either [[Keep Your Friends Close]] or collecting all 100 hidden packages.
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*[[Jerry Martinez]]
* [[Ocean Beach]] - At the helipad next to [[Lance Vance]]'s house after completing both,  the 100 hidden packages collect and [[Keep Your Friends Close]].
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*[[Ricardo Diaz]]
   
;GTA San Andreas
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==Trivia==
* [[Easter Basin]], [[San Fierro]] - On a helipad inside the [[Easter Basin Naval Station]] after completing [[Flight School]] with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star wanted level upon entering the base and therefore will be assaulted by two NPC [[Hydra]]s firing heat-seeking missiles.
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===General ===
* [[Verdant Meadows]], [[Bone County]] - At the airstrip after getting gold on all [[Flying School|flying school]] tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and [[Leviathan]] are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan.)
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* In GTA Vice City, [[GTA San Andreas]], and GTA Liberty City Stories, the player is able to play the game's [http://gta.wikia.com/Radio_Stations radio stations] while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in [[GTA Vice City Stories]]. The default radio stations for the Hunter are [[V-Rock]] in GTA Vice City, [[K-DST]] in GTA San Andreas.
* Used in [[Heli Hell]] - instead of completing the course, take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in [[Verdant Meadows]].
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* The Hunter is one of the fastest helicopters in the 3D Universe and with the widest turning radius, on par with the [[Sparrow]], [[Sea Sparrow]] and [[VCN Maverick]]/[[News Chopper]].
* Can be spawned by inputting the [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas|cheat]] during gameplay.
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*The name "Brown Thunder" is a reference to the 1983 action film ''[[wp:Blue Thunder|Blue Thunder]]'', which centers on a heavily-armed law enforcement helicopter.
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* The Hunter's "Brown Thunder" Vigilante mission is the best way to earn money in GTA Vice City, and third best in GTA San Andreas (after the [[Inside Track]] betting trick and using the [[Rhino]] in Vigilante missions). The mission allows the player to take-out criminals in a specific time period, earning more time with each succsessful kill. Once at a high level (level 30 & beyond in GTA Vice City, level 150 & beyond in GTA San Andreas), the money earned can be massive, sometimes over 100K.
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* Jacking the Hunter from [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] without a [[cop outfit|police uniform]] is not easy. The easist way is to fly another helicopter (purchasing the [[Hyman Condo]] is the easiest) to the rear of the base (where the Hunter is parked), then slam down and land right next to it, hop out, and then jack it. This must be quick because eventually [[Military|guardsmen]] will spawn around the base with [[Carbine Rifle|M4]]'s, and will shoot the player down.
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* The in-game chain gun, despite it was intended to be the [[wikipedia:M230 chain gun|Hughes M230 30mm chain gun]], is seem to be very boxy and small for this helicopter in the 3D Universe, due to the low suspension of the main landing gears. However, the Beta Hunter from GTA V has a realistic model of the said weapon.
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===GTA Vice City===
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* In GTA Vice City, the front wheels are designed in the same orientation. Thus, the black side is on the left side of both wheels.
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* [[Tommy Vercetti]] flies the Hunter from the co-pilot gunner seat situated at the front of the cockpit. AH-64 Apache helicopters are actually piloted primarily from the rear of the cockpit.
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* Even though the cockpit has the correct two personnel layout, the Hunter in GTA Vice City only has the control stick in the gunner position. [[wikipedia:Boeing_AH-64_Apache|AH-64 Apache]] helicopters actually have control sticks in both the pilot and co-pilot gunner seats.
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* In GTA Vice City the Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the [[M-60]], instead of a 30mm chain gun.
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=== GTA San Andreas===
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* In GTA San Andreas, there is a visual glitch that might cause the inside of the cockpit to disappear. It often happens when viewing it from the right side.
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* If GTA San Andreas is modded to make the Hunter replace the [[Police Maverick]] when pursued by the [[police]], the AI-controlled hunter will almost always crash shortly after spawning.
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* In GTA San Andreas, using the turret to destroy any vehicles does not attract police attention, but killing people while grounded using the turret or rockets (unless they hit the ground, a structure, directly at criminals spawned by a Vigilante mission or explode in the air) does attract a [[wanted level]].
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* In GTA San Andreas, if the player fits a Hunter into a [[Pay n' Spray]] it will be sprayed and if you have a wanted level the stars will flash. (Note: it is extremely difficult to fit a Hunter into a Pay n' Spray so you'll have to squeeze as much as you can into the garage until the door closes).
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=== GTA Liberty City Stories===
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* Although it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from [[GTA Vice City]] are present in the code of [[GTA Liberty City Stories]]. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the GTA Vice City model but cannot be used for [[Vigilante]] missions, nor does is it have a in-game name.
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=== GTA Vice City Stories===
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* One must be careful when shooting the rockets from the Hunter in Vice City Stories because if the helicopter strafes too much, the rockets will hit the chopper immediately after firing, thus, destroying it in the process. Same is true for any Hunters in other games when firing too close to the ground as the splash damage will instantly kill the player.
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=== GTA V===
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* The Hunter makes a brief cameo in [[GTA V]] when watching the [[Movies (GTA V)|movie]] ''[[Meltdown (film)|Meltdown]]''. During an advert for the movie ''[[The Simian]]'', some Hunters will make a brief appearance at the start of the ad. For some reason, the only pilot seen is wearing an [[LSPD in HD Universe|LSPD]] flight helmet.
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* At the start of [[Jack Howitzer (TV series)|Jack Howitzer series]], [[Jack Howitzer|Jack]] is pursued by 2 Hunters. These Hunters are not the same as in The Simian, but are modeled like previous renditions.
   
;GTA Vice City Stories
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== Gallery ==
* [[Escobar International Airport]] - At the southern part of the airport near the [[Biplane]] after completing [[Last Stand]]. Starts the "[[Skywolf]]" side-mission automatically upon entrance.
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<gallery width="auto" perrow="3" style="font-size:90%; padding:0;" widths="170" spacing="small" orientation="none" columns="dynamic" position="center">
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Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City.
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gta-vc 2014-07-18 22-11-34-99.jpg|[[Tommy Vercetti]] attacks a [[Police Car|police car]] with Hunter.
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Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas.
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Hunter-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories, spawned using a trainer.
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Hunter-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories.
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Hunter-GTAV-back.jpg|A [[Beta vehicles|beta]] Hunter from ''[[The Simian]]'' trailer in [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]].
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HunterBeta-GTAV.jpg|The Beta Hunter as seen on the Warstock Cache & Carry ad
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</gallery>
   
== See also ==
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== See Also ==
* [[Sea Sparrow]], a similarly armed helicopter.
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* [[Buzzard]], [[The Ballad of Gay Tony|GTA TBoGT]], [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]], and [[GTA Online]] equivalent.
* [[Annihilator]], the [[GTA IV era]] equivalent
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* [[Annihilator]], a helicopter armed with regular miniguns in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] and [[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]]. Armed with explosive miniguns in [[The Lost and Damned|GTA TLaD]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony|GTA TBoGT]].
* [[Buzzard]]
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* [[Sea Sparrow]], a similarly armed amphibious helicopter.
   
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VEHICLE
Hunter
Hunter-GTASA-front
A Hunter in GTA San Andreas.
Vehicle type Military Helicopter
Body style Attack helicopter
Capacity 1 (pilot)
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories (trainer)
GTA Vice City Stories
Related vehicle(s) Annihilator
Buzzard


The Hunter is a military attack helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and can be spawned using a trainer in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

Description Edit

3D Universe Edit

The Hunter is based on the Boeing (formerly Hughes, then McDonnell Douglas) AH-64 Apache, more percisely the AH-64A Apache. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in VCS, it is technically a YAH-64A as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the United States Army until 1986. The version featured in GTA San Andreas has a similar design, however, it omits the co-pilot gunner seat (CPG), uses an eight-bladed tail rotor, and has a canopy that swings open horizontally to the right, like the Hydra jet fighter. In all its appearances the Hunter always comes with a dark green color.

A special Vigilante Mission is available with the Hunter, the "Brown Thunder" mission. Despite being a military vehicle, it does not appear being military-operated in normal gameplay, out of missions or scripted events.

HD Universe Edit

The Hunter can only be seen in a trailer for The Simian during the showing for the movie Meltdown and a picture for Warstock Cache & Carry's Lifeinvader that details their equipment selection (located in the lower right). In the trailer for The Simian it's seen that the pilot is visible in the co-pilot gunner seat, like in previous renditions. The Hunter's front suspension is raised in order to fit the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin of the craft's fuselage when grounded, and is also equipped with 4 Hydra 70 rocket pods and is no longer equipped with 8 AMG-114 Hellfire missiles. The tail boom is briefly seen and has a build similar in appearance to that of the RAH-66 Comanche. The stabilizers have moved to the top of the tail fin and the rotor is removed and replaced with a Fenestron-style fan-in-fin. The canopy of the Hunter now resembles that of the RAH-66 Comanche as well. The nose of the Hunter features detailed cameras, mounted in similar fashion to that of the AH-64 Apache series and its 3D Universe predecessor. The engines have been modified slightly too, with the exhaust vents on the rear of them horizontal instead of vertical as seen in the previous 3D models and its real-life counterpart. For this time, comes with a desert camouflage.

Performance Edit

The Hunter is one of (if not) the fastest helicopters in the game. It has high handling, but has wide turning radius. Unlike many other helicopters, the Hunter cannot automatically stabilize at 45 degrees when keeping the control thumbstick forward, as doing so will result the Hunter getting upside down, loosing control and eventually crashing.

The Hunter is easy to control and is a good choice to fly between structures in cities. However, the Hunter can easily get upside down when moving the helicopter at high speed. It is highly resistant to damage, but is by no means indestructible.

Weaponry Edit

The Hunter has two sets of weapons, which consist of a Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin and dual Hydra 70 rocket pods. This weaponry makes the Hunter a deadly vehicle. The chain gun is autonomous and automatically lock/fire at targets in a 45 degrees radius. The rocket pods will fire two rockets (one from both sides) at once. These are unguided, but the high rate of fire of the rockets and the good handling of the helicopter make the rockets easy to use and devastating. Like the Rhino, the Sea Sparrow and the Hydra, all weapons have unlimited ammunition.

Locations Edit

GTA Vice City Edit

GTA San Andreas Edit

  • Easter Basin, San Fierro - On a helipad inside the Easter Basin Naval Station after completing Pilot School with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star wanted level upon entering the base and therefore will be engaged by two NPC Hydras firing heat-seeking missiles, which makes obtaining it very difficult.
  • Verdant Meadows, Bone County - At the airstrip after getting gold on all Pilot School tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and Leviathan are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan).
  • Used in Heli Hell - you can keep it if you take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in Verdant Meadows instead of completing the course.
  • Can be spawned by inputting the cheat during gameplay (see Cheats in GTA San Andreas page).

GTA Liberty City Stories Edit

  • The Hunter aircraft itself is not available in the regular game, but left over code from GTA Vice City is, and can only be spawned in with a third-party trainer.

GTA Vice City Stories Edit

Notable Appearances in Missions Edit

The Hunter's most notable use is in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories missions Over The Top and Last Stand, when Victor Vance steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the Mendez Cartel (in Last Stand). It appears too in a previous mission, From Zero To Hero. It also appeared in Learning to Fly, race event Heli Hell and two flown by NPC in Up, Up and Away! (part of casino heist mission) from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City it makes one single appearance in the mission All Hands On Deck.

Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of GTA Vice City Stories named "Might of the Hunter".

Skywolf MissionEdit

Main article: Skywolf

The Skywolf mission is a side mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories available after Last Stand, it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at Escobar International Airport. The mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponry and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are boats, cars and for the last part, another helicopter. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to 100% Completion.

Notable Owners Edit

TriviaEdit

General Edit

  • In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, and GTA Liberty City Stories, the player is able to play the game's radio stations while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in GTA Vice City Stories. The default radio stations for the Hunter are V-Rock in GTA Vice City, K-DST in GTA San Andreas.
  • The Hunter is one of the fastest helicopters in the 3D Universe and with the widest turning radius, on par with the SparrowSea Sparrow and VCN Maverick/News Chopper.
  • The name "Brown Thunder" is a reference to the 1983 action film Blue Thunder, which centers on a heavily-armed law enforcement helicopter.
  • The Hunter's "Brown Thunder" Vigilante mission is the best way to earn money in GTA Vice City, and third best in GTA San Andreas (after the Inside Track betting trick and using the Rhino in Vigilante missions). The mission allows the player to take-out criminals in a specific time period, earning more time with each succsessful kill. Once at a high level (level 30 & beyond in GTA Vice City, level 150 & beyond in GTA San Andreas), the money earned can be massive, sometimes over 100K.
  • Jacking the Hunter from Fort Baxter Air Base without a police uniform is not easy. The easist way is to fly another helicopter (purchasing the Hyman Condo is the easiest) to the rear of the base (where the Hunter is parked), then slam down and land right next to it, hop out, and then jack it. This must be quick because eventually guardsmen will spawn around the base with M4's, and will shoot the player down.
  • The in-game chain gun, despite it was intended to be the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun, is seem to be very boxy and small for this helicopter in the 3D Universe, due to the low suspension of the main landing gears. However, the Beta Hunter from GTA V has a realistic model of the said weapon.

GTA Vice CityEdit

  • In GTA Vice City, the front wheels are designed in the same orientation. Thus, the black side is on the left side of both wheels.
  • Tommy Vercetti flies the Hunter from the co-pilot gunner seat situated at the front of the cockpit. AH-64 Apache helicopters are actually piloted primarily from the rear of the cockpit.
  • Even though the cockpit has the correct two personnel layout, the Hunter in GTA Vice City only has the control stick in the gunner position. AH-64 Apache helicopters actually have control sticks in both the pilot and co-pilot gunner seats.
  • In GTA Vice City the Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the M-60, instead of a 30mm chain gun.

GTA San AndreasEdit

  • In GTA San Andreas, there is a visual glitch that might cause the inside of the cockpit to disappear. It often happens when viewing it from the right side.
  • If GTA San Andreas is modded to make the Hunter replace the Police Maverick when pursued by the police, the AI-controlled hunter will almost always crash shortly after spawning.
  • In GTA San Andreas, using the turret to destroy any vehicles does not attract police attention, but killing people while grounded using the turret or rockets (unless they hit the ground, a structure, directly at criminals spawned by a Vigilante mission or explode in the air) does attract a wanted level.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if the player fits a Hunter into a Pay n' Spray it will be sprayed and if you have a wanted level the stars will flash. (Note: it is extremely difficult to fit a Hunter into a Pay n' Spray so you'll have to squeeze as much as you can into the garage until the door closes).

GTA Liberty City StoriesEdit

  • Although it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from GTA Vice City are present in the code of GTA Liberty City Stories. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the GTA Vice City model but cannot be used for Vigilante missions, nor does is it have a in-game name.

GTA Vice City StoriesEdit

  • One must be careful when shooting the rockets from the Hunter in Vice City Stories because if the helicopter strafes too much, the rockets will hit the chopper immediately after firing, thus, destroying it in the process. Same is true for any Hunters in other games when firing too close to the ground as the splash damage will instantly kill the player.

GTA VEdit

  • The Hunter makes a brief cameo in GTA V when watching the movie Meltdown. During an advert for the movie The Simian, some Hunters will make a brief appearance at the start of the ad. For some reason, the only pilot seen is wearing an LSPD flight helmet.
  • At the start of Jack Howitzer series, Jack is pursued by 2 Hunters. These Hunters are not the same as in The Simian, but are modeled like previous renditions.

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