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Ever since the Grand Theft Auto series introduced armed vehicles, these also introduced Vehicle mounted Weapons. These act similarly to most regular Weapons, except that are usually stronger, easier to use and posseses infinite ammunition. Although many of these lack a HUD, it doesn't apply to Grand Theft Auto 2 and Grand Theft Auto V, where vehicle weapons can be selected like any conventional weapons and even appears on-screen (receiving a name).

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

As vehicles are added over the course of various games, more weapons are available either for land, air or sea vehicles in order to cover various purposes where it needs.

Description

These weapons are available at the player only in a specified vehicle and can save a large amount of ammo during prolongued combat situations. In general, there are light firepower weapons suited for accuracy, close combat and small groups of enemies; and heavy firepower weapons, best suited for serious combat, numerous groups of enemies and vehicular destruction, where is usually important in the arsenal and, at the same time, 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 certain methods and achievements. The usual ones are collecting Pickups, completing side missions, among others. The Rhino can be seen and obtained at full Wanted Level in the 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 GTA: SA (the Hunter and the Hydra posseses a crosshair when selected to first-person view).

For the HD Universe, in 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. For the Heists Update in Grand Theft Auto Online, vehicle-mounted turrets were added as part of the Technical, the Insurgent and the Valkyrie. These are quite useful during Heists, since these can be controlled separately and possess infinite ammunition. While these doesn't offer much protection against enemies, these weapons becomes an excellent choice for team-oriented tactics.

List of Vehicles with Mounted Weapons

Mounted Weapons

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 knock or even kill people, but posseses 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). It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these have a slow rate of fire and will destroy the tank if used near walls.
Grand Theft Auto 2
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 knock or 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 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. It 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 shot unidirectionally and also in a fast Rate of Fire. The disadvantage is that it 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 knock or 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 knock or 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 shots unidirectionally, but can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems 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, these 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 weapon fall unidirectionally and explodes upon impact, destroying almost anything within its range.
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 knock or 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 shoots unidirectionally, but can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly. The Rustler's machine guns do not lock on however, but is still a good weapon.
Tank Cannon
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: High
  • Fire Rate: Low
  • Coverage: 360 degrees
Found only mounted in every Rhino. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 do 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 weapon fall unidirectionally and explodes upon impact, destroying almost anything within its range.
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 knock or 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several objectives in a few shots. However, these 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 knock or 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 shoots unidirectionally, but it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems powerful and can destroy a vehicle quickly. This weapon 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 knock or 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 shoots unidirectionally, but it can "detect" any pedestrian and shots in a limited angle, making it easy to kill them. It seems 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 knock or 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, the water cannon 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 them. It requires few shots to destroy vehicles. If the weapon is 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. Shooting at the ground or flying next to the rocket will destroy the Buzzard.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
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 knock or 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 the torpedo can easily destroy any well armored boat 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 knock or 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, Hydra)
  • 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 Expl. 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. It can fire a powerful explosive projectile that can easily destroy several enemies in a single shot. However, these 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 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. It 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 these are very 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 Technical. These ones must be operated by a gunner and can deal a great damage against players, NPCs and light armored vehicles. However, these doesn't offer much protection against oncoming fires and crashes.

Trivia

  • Along with these weapons, there are at least 5 unusable weapons:
    • The ICBM's missile on the back (London 1969).
    • The Hunter's Anti-tank missiles next to the operative rocket pods (Vice City-Vice City Stories)
    • 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 four miniguns, there are only one minigun and the four 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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