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The Balaclava is a black three-holed ski mask that can be worn in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V.

GTA San Andreas - Vice City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a gray balaclava is worn by Carl Johnson during the Burglary Missions, but cannot be found outside of these missions. It can be obtained via a glitch that occurs when the player starts a Burglary Mission, enter a barber shop, selects a haircut and waits for the time limit to be over; After this, his balaclava will remain on his head for the rest of the game session. However, the Balaclava will disappear if the player gets busted or wasted, or if he changes clothes.

There is a similar mask worn with the Hood Outfit in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories which can be unlocked by owning a highroller robbery empire building.


In GTA IV, balaclavas can be seen worn by Niko, Packie, Derrick and Michael in the mission Three Leaf Clover, and becomes available in Niko's wardrobe afterward. Although it is a mask, it is categorized as a hat, however, unlike a hat, the Balaclava will not disappear when Niko enters a car or when a motorcycle helmet is used. Even so, once Niko dies and comes out from the hospital, he won't be wearing it anymore. If Niko loses his wanted level with the balaclava on, he will automatically take it off and throw it on the ground. It is also available for the player skin in the multiplayer mode in The Lost and Damned in different colors.


The balaclava also appears in GTA V. Early in the Prologue mission, Michael wears one initially until he is unmasked by a bank security guard. Later, in The Paleto Score mission, Michael, Trevor and the gunman wear them during the bank heist, but take them off when putting on the armored suits. They are also worn by the crew if the loud approach is chosen for The Bureau Raid. Upon completion of the game, the balaclava can be worn as part of the "Stealth" outfit available to Trevor and Franklin.

In GTA Online, a balaclava fashioned out of a stocking were given to players who logged in on December 24. With the release of the Heists Update, a bevvy of new balaclavas were added to the game, in a number of styles.



  • If Niko sustains constant injury from gunfire, the Balaclava will turn white. This is a glitch.

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