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"Perfect for knocking out gold teeth, or as a gift to the trophy partner who has everything."
GTA V Description

The Knuckle Dusters (known as Brass Knuckles in the 3D Universe) is a type of melee weapon featured in every 3D Universe game since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and are featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, as part of the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 Update.

Design

3D Universe

"Sneaky wimps' way of punching. Highly illegal."
GTA Vice City website

Brass Knuckles are metal devices with holes punched through them, intended to be worn on the fingers while the fist is clenched.

All renditions uses the same model, which comes in a grey finish and by default, it replaces the "unarmed" slot, where the fist is usually placed.

Grand Theft Auto V

The weapon was added to Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 update as the Knuckle Dusters. They are available from Ammu-nation in a standard smooth brass finish and the enhanced version allows the player to select from a range of nine customised engraved and bejewelled options. Notable features includes:

  • Base Model: Basic version with engravings of roses on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Pimp: Four bejewelled squares at the front with four jewels each (Red-White-White-Red) and more jewels on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Rock: Silver variant with white jewels on the borders of the upper and lower sides, giving it a metallic design.
  • The King: Four squares with crowns on the front side and a set of black and white starts, a pair of "LS" letters paired together and two more crowns on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Hustler: Four Dollar signs ($) on the front side and a "leopard" skin on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Player: Four bejewelled spades on the front side with one white and two red jewels each one, with a playing cards themed skin and five engraved "A"s on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Lover: "LOVE" on the front side, bejewelled in white jewels and hearts skin on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Hater: "HATE" on the front side, bejewelled in red jewels and a skin of razor wire on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Ballas: Four spikes on the front side, marked with an engraved Ballas logo on the upper and lower sides.
  • The Vagos: Four squares with Los Santos Vagos logos on the front side and engraved guns and roses on the upper and lower sides.

Performance

3D Universe

Brass Knuckles are meant to increase the force of a punch, while minimizing the initial force needed to throw an arm, and when used properly, they create massive damage against an intended target and can kill with only 2 or 3 direct hits. In each game, the force of a single Brass Knuckle punch is enough to knock a person to the ground; in which another attack will immediately kill them, since the brass knuckles doubles the damage of the fist.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
16 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 2 (GTA Vice City) 1000 (GTA Vice City) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage [?] Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Internal files
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
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Damage
Fire Rate
Accuracy
Range

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In-game model

HUD icon

First Person View

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

BrassKnuckles-GTASA-MapLocation

Brass Knuckles' locations map in GTA SA

Los Santos

San Fierro

Bone County

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

3D Universe

  • In some missions when the player must enter somewhere unarmed, the knuckles won't be recognized as a weapon.
  • In GTA San Andreas, once the player has completed The Da Nang Thang and has dated Katie and Barbara, and they equip the Brass Knuckles, they cannot be discarded and will be equipped permanently (unless one of the girlfriends are killed).
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, the player will always lose them when saving the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The engravings of a gun and roses under the Knuckle Duster is a reference to the American rock band Guns N' Roses.

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