Power-ups in Grand Theft Auto 2 encompass a variety of pickups that primarily alter the player's behavior, grant them temporary or permanent benefits that can aid the player during missions, dire situations, or simply for fun.
Power-ups can be acquired via two methods, by either finding them in specific locations in the city, or by crushing cars. The former is usually less effective, as all power-ups, with the exception of the armor and health pickups, will not respawn after being acquired.
List of powerups
The number of power-ups in GTA 2 are significantly expanded from GTA 1, increasing from GTA 1's six to fifteen in GTA 2.
|Name||Pickup icon||HUD icon||Description|
|Permanent protection for the player against gunfire, fire, and even explosions. Each armor pickup contains 10 health points, the equivalent of the player's 10-point health. Armor does not protect the player from car explosions if the player is in the car, falls from great heights, or arrests by the police.|
|Temporary perk that doubles the amount of damage that the player's gunfire can inflict; has no effect on Rocket Launchers, Grenades, Molotov Cocktails, or vehicle bombs.|
|Momentarily increases frequency of firearms discharge.|
|Temporarily renders the player invisible to hostiles, including the police or gang members.|
|Temporarily renders the player immune to any damage for one minute, except electrical damage from the ElectroGun or ElectroFingers, plunges into water, car explosions if the player is in the car or falls from great heights. The asterisk at the end of the name denotes that the pickup has conditions, such as the aforementioned ineffectiveness from certain forms of damage.|
|Temporarily grants the player the ability to electrically shock nearby pedestrians while in direct contact. Sustained contact will eventually kill the player's target.|
|Exempts the player from penalties imposed if the player is arrested, such as a deduction of one score multiplier and the loss of weapons. Only one can be carried at a time.|
|Restores the player's health to a full five hearts.|
|Eliminates the player's wanted level.|
|Improves the player's standing with all three gangs of each district.|
|Grants the player a group of four bodyguards armed with Pistols or Dual Pistols, who will protect the player from hostiles or law enforcers. Players can only receive a maximum of four bodyguards as additional Instant Access pickups will only restore the bodyguards' health and resurrect those who were killed. This pickup is only available in multiplayer.|
|A "1 up". Adds an additional life to the player.|
|Adds an additional point multiplier to the player.|
|Triggers a Kill Frenzy rampage minigame.|
|Hidden packages in the form of GTA 2's logo that unlocks bonus levels in GTA 2. There are 50 in total.|