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Following is a list of all melee weapons in the series.
Brass Knuckles are used to enhance the player's punch, they are placed on the "unamerd" slot, they can knock down pedestrians, but not major enemies.
The Baseball Bat is the most common melee weapon in the series and it has appeared in every game since GTA III, it can knock down pedestrians.
The Knife is a very useful accessory for hunting and defense, if has appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City onwards, except in Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, in some appearances such as in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and GTA V, it is notable for being used as a stealth weapon, as the player can use it to kill enemies without being spotted.
The Nightstick is a melee weapons commonly used by the Police against the player, however, it's even less effective than the Golf Club.
The Hammer is a construction tool found in many construction areas, it is strong, as it can knock down pedestrians and easily destroy vehicles. In GTA V, it's exclusive to players who own the special/collector edition of the game, however, any player can obtain this weapon in GTA Online by killing a player who owns it. It can be obtained by returning players in the enhanced version.
The Katana is a japanese sword used by the samurai and it's the oldest known weapon in the series, this weapon can be used to slice off heads of pedestrians and enemies with only one strike, being the most powerful melee weapon in the series. It has appeared in every game in the 3D Universe, except GTA III.
The Chainsaw is an accessory used to cut trees, however, since the 50s, it's commonly used by assassins and serial killers, unlike the Katana, it can't dismember pedestrians or enemies, yet, it's very effective and poweful.
The Machete is a much bigger blade than the Knife and therefore is much more effective, despite its name, in GTA Vice City it resembles more a Kukri than an actual Machete. It can't dismember enemies or pedestrians.
The Meat Cleaver, as it name says, is an accessory used by butchers to slice cattle and pig meat, it's very effective and powerful.
The Screwdriver is an accessory used to remove screws, it's small, light, cheap and effective, it's exclusive to GTA Vice City.
The Shovel is an accessory primarily used to dig, as its size suggests, it's very effective. It's exclusive to GTA San Andreas, however, it was supposed to appear in GTA V.
The Cane is used by people who can barely walk, in GTA San Andreas, it's in the Gifts slot, however, it can't be given to any girlfriend.
The Dildo is an accessory for women, it can be used as a melee weapon and can be given to CJ's girlfriends. Dildos can be seen in GTA IV, but none of them can be picked, in Chinatown Wars, the player can find Dildos hidden in Dumpsters, however, they can't be used.
The Vibrator, like the Dildo, is an accessory for women, it shares its animations with the Knife, if a pedestrian is killed with a Dildo, CJ will "rape" the victim by pressing the attack button. In GTA IV, it can be used as a thrown object, in GTA V, Amanda can be seen masturbating with a Vibrator. This weapon is unique for having three different models.
The Chisel is very similar to the Screwdriver and deals the same damage.
The Fire Axe is a tool used by firemen in order to break woods, ticks and even steel, it's very similar to the Meat Cleaver.
The Butterfly Knife is basically the same thing as the regular Knife and it deals the same damage.
The Gaff Hook is basically the same thing as the Cane and it deals the same damage.
The Sword is similar to the Katana, however, it can't dismember enemies or pedestrians, it is very effective and light, being ideal for an unarmed fight.
The Crowbar is used to unlock doors and break steel, it is very effective and fast, however, the Baseball Bat is more effective and it has a longer range.
The idea of the Broken Bottle was derived from some movies, where a character grabs a bottle, breaks it and use it as a knife. Unlike the Knife and the Dagger, it can't be used underwater.
Antique Cavalry Dagger
The Antique Cavalry Dagger is an old civil war Dagger with a handguard, it's more effective than the Knife and it can be used underwater.
The Hatchet is a tool used to cut trees, this weapon is very effective, the protagonist will usually hit the neck or the head of an NPC.
Beta melee weapons
- In GTA Chinatown Wars, the Tazer is erroneously used as a melee weapon.