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Vehicle Weapons
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto series
Weapon type: Special Weapons
Damage: Depending of the weapon type
Ammunition capacity: Infinite
Available from: Found on armed vehicles
Unlocked After: Depending of the vehicle, some are in the beginning

Ever since the Grand Theft Auto series introduced armed vehicles, they also introduced Vehicle mounted Weapons. They act similarly to most regular Weapons, with the exception that they are usually stronger, easier to use, and posseses infinite ammunition. Although many of these lack a HUD, it is not applied to Grand Theft Auto 2 and Grand Theft Auto V, where it can be selected like conventional weapons and even appears on-screen (receiving a name).

Certain weapons that appear in most cases are Tank Cannons, Machine Guns and Mounted Rockets. The Water Cannon isn't considered a mounted weapon, but it's included because it still does a minimal damage and can sometimes attract the police. There are also weapons that are equipped by civilian vehicles, but the later ones are scripted only in missions (except GTA 2).

For the Heists Update in Grand Theft Auto Online, vehicle-mounted turrets were added as part of the Technical, the Insurgent and the Valkyrie. They are quite useful during Heists, since these can be controlled separately and will likely possess infinite ammunition.

Description

These weapons are available at the player only in a specified vehicle and can save a large amount of munitions in combat situations. There are light firepower weapons suited for accuracy, close combat and small number of enemies; and heavy firepower weapons, which is best suited for serious combat, large group of enemies and vehicular destruction, where is usually important in the arsenal and the dangerous ones.

These weapons will disable basic weapons for Drive-By Shooting, yet is not necesary in these cases. If the vehicle is destroyed, these weapons becomes unusable afterwards. On some vehicles, older GTA games requires extra commands for aiming (left or right), while recent GTA games can aim with the camera, as if the weapon is the camera. The Rhino tank is an example of this.

Certain mission will involve armed vehicles for a brief moment to make excellent demonstrations (The Rhino on Sir, Yes Sir!), and after being seen, these can be unlocked by some methods. The usual methods are collecting Pickups, doing side missions, and others. The Rhino can be seen in the maximum wanted level in GTA 3D era.

During the 3D Universe, aiming are a bit difficult due to the lack of crosshairs on them, especially in earlier games. All is left to the player' skills, except in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (the Hunter and the Hydra posseses a crosshair when selected to first-person view).

For the HD Universe, for Grand Theft Auto IV, there are no few changes. Instead, this feature was removed permanently, even despite there are two vehicles (only one intended as a combat vehicle), being left again to the player' skills. The same happens to EFLC, despite an exclusive vehicle is armed. For Grand Theft Auto V, crosshairs are implemented permanently for armed vehicles, being even improved with the aiming settings and updates.

2D Universe

Grand Theft Auto 1 and Grand Theft Auto London
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
It can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in Tanks, the Royal Pain (London 1969) and the Tiger Tank (London 1961). Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Grand Theft Auto 2
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Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
It can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Mounted Flamethrower
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
It can be found only on the Firetruck after completing Wang Cars side quest. This weapon can easily kill pedestrians and can burn vehicles in seconds, but only can be done in a specified range, which is average.
Vehicle Machine Gun
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
It can be mounted on a car at Smith and Heston's scattered around Anywhere City for $25,000. Can shoot unidirectionally and is weak, but has average range and Rate of fire.
Heavy Machine Gun
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: High
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found only the Armed Land Roamer. It can be shot unidirectionally and also in a fast Rate of Fire. The disadvantage is that is somewhat weak, but is compensated by the excellent range.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in Tanks. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto III
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Built-in Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Seen on the Predators, this weapon is moderately powerful and fast, though the disadvantage is that needs reloading, thus the boat becomes vulnerable.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Built-in Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Seen on the Predators, this weapon is moderately powerful and fast, though the disadvantage is that needs reloading, thus the boat becomes vulnerable.
Chain Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage: Frontal/Tracked
Found in the Sea Sparrow and the Hunter, this weapon only shoots unidirectionally, however it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems to be powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Founded only in the Hunter, it fires a rocket that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire.
Aircraft Bomb
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Straight fall
Found only in missions mounted on a RC Baron. This weapons fall unidirectionally and explodes like a rocket of Rocket Launcher.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks (1st variant) and SWAT Tanks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Built-in Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Seen on the Predators, this weapon is moderately powerful and fast, though the disadvantage is that needs reloading, thus the boat becomes vulnerable.
Chain Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage:
    • Frontal
    • Frontal/Tracked (Hunter)
Found in the Sea Sparrow, Hunter, Rustler and the RC Baron, this weapon only shoots unidirectionally, however it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems to be powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly. The Rustler's machine guns do not lock on however.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls. Due to the advanced camera settings, the cannon is able to a limited y-axis aiming.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found in the Hunter and the Hydra. it fires a rocket that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire.
Lock-on Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Frontal/Tracked
Alternative mode of the rockets found in the Hydra. It requires a target to be locked, then it fires a heat-seeking rocket that deals less damage than unguided rockets.
Aircraft Bomb
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Straight Fall
Only seen used by RC Barons during Air Raid. This weapons fall unidirectionally and explodes like a rocket of Rocket Launcher.
Grand Theft Auto Advance
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in the Tank. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several objectives in a few shots. However, they have a slow rate of fire.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Built-in Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Seen on the Predators, this weapon is moderately powerful and fast, though the disadvantage is that needs reloading, thus the boat becomes vulnerable.
Chain Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage: Frontal/Tracked
Found in the Hunter, this weapon only shoots unidirectionally, however it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems to be powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly. Cannot be used normally, as the Hunter is normally abscent.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found in the Hunter. it fires a rocket that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire. Cannot be used normally, as the Hunter is normally abscent.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Built-in Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Seen on the Predators, this weapon is moderately powerful and fast, though the disadvantage is that needs reloading, thus the boat becomes vulnerable.
Chain Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage:
    • Frontal
    • Frontal/Tracked (Hunter)
Found in the Hunter, the Sea Sparrow and the Little Willie, this weapon only shoots unidirectionally, however it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems to be powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found only in the Hunter, it fires a rocket that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire.

HD Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians, unless the player manages to throw them out of a bridge or a fall. On vehicles, can provoke them.
Mounted Minigun
  • Damage: Medium (Normal) - High (Expl. Ammo)
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found on Annihilators and the Buzzard. This weapon has a high rate of fire and it's moderately powerful. In GTA IV, the Annihilator has a low rate and is prone to reloading, and in EFLC, the Annihilator has explosive bullets and the Buzzard has faster minigun and doesn't overheat.
Explosive Cannon
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Only seen on the APC, this weapon acts like a faster Explosive Shotgun and can knock pedestrians and vehicles, like crashing. Requires few shots to destroy vehicles. If used near the rear area, the APC will be destroyed.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Found only in the Buzzard, it fires a rocket that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire. Be careful, as shooting at the ground or flying next to the rocket will destroy the Buzzard.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
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Water Cannon
  • Damage: Very Low
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people, but has a minimal damage and requires a long time to kill pedestrians.
Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Seen mounted on the Coast Guard Launch, this weapon can easily destroy weak boats and has a decent rate of fire.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Torpedo Launcher
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: Frontal
Only seen on the back of a Destroyer, this weapon fires in a straight direction and has a slow reload, but can easily destroy well armored boats with few shots.
Grand Theft Auto V
Weapon info Description Gallery
Water Cannon
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: N/A
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Can be found on Fire Trucks. It creates a large gush of water that can extinguish fire and can knock and even kill people. Unlike former games, using the water cannon can be deadly, and can kill NPCs as well as players in seconds. Using the water cannon may also cause drivers to get mad and chase the player.
Mounted Minigun
  • Damage:
    • Medium (Normal)
    • High (Expl. Rounds)
  • Range:
    • High
    • Medium (P-996 Lazer)
  • Fire Rate: Very High
  • Coverage:
    • Frontal
    • 180 degrees (Valkyrie' side turrets)
    • 360 degrees (Valkyrie's front gun)
Found in multiple vehicles, including the Buzzard, the Annihilator, the Valkyrie, the Savage and the P-996 Lazer. This weapon has average damage and can easily destroy vehicles. The Lazers' Miniguns posseses a shorter range, but compensates with explosives on it, being able to destroy vehicles very quickly and even without exact aiming. The same applies to the Savage's Minigun and Valkyrie's front gun, except that this doesn't affect range.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. Can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, they have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near it. Shooting near the rear of the Rhino will cause fuel leakage.
Mounted Rocket
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal/Tracked
Found on the Buzzard, the Savage, the P-996 Lazer and the Hydra, it fires a rocket that that acts like a Rocket Launcher, with a high damage and average Rate of Fire. All these vehicles possesses lock-on rockets, though it is possible to switch between lock-on and unguided missiles (notice that firing a heat-seeking missile without locking any target will fire a unguided rocket).
Aircraft Bomb
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Medium
  • Fire Rate: Medium (multiple bombs)
  • Coverage: Straight Fall
Found only in the Cuban 800 during Arms Trafficking Air (if focus on destroy competing arms runners). This weapon can be controlled when dropped in a slowly moving and can devastate a large group of vehicles. Cannot be used in normal gameplay. On level 5 of Arms Trafficking Air, a special "multiple aircraft bombs" is added only for this mission and cannot be controlled.
Mounted Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Medium
  • Coverage: Frontal
Only featured in the JB 700 during a mission, these weapons posseses a moderate rate of fire and shots like a "shotgun", but they are accurate and can kill a pedestrian or police with few shots. Cannot be found outside missions, even while driving the mentioned vehicle.
Heavy Machine Gun
  • Damage: Medium
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: High
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found on the armed Insurgent and the armed variant of the Rebel. An unusable one can be found on the Rhino. The usable ones must be operated by a gunner and can deal a great damage against players, NPCs and lighty armored vehicles.

Trivia

  • Along with these weapons, there are at least 4 unusable weapons:
    • The ICBM's missile on the back (London 1969).
    • The Launch's Rear MG on the rear end (San Andreas).
    • The Rhino's roof mounted MG and a Co-axial MG (GTA V).
  • AI-controlled Police Mavericks (GTA III Era) use an invisible Machine Gun that can even destroy a Rhino.
  • In an early development for the Annihilator, instead of having 4 miniguns, there are 1 minigun and the stub wings are loaded with some sort of fuel tanks.
  • In GTA V, the Buzzard and the P-996 Lazer can select guided and un-guided rockets after the patch 1.16.

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