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The Chainsaw is a weapon appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Description

The Chainsaw is a portable mechanized saw commonly used as a tool for cutting down trees. Due to its intimidating noise and potential for mutilation, it is frequently employed as a weapon in pop culture, such as horror movies, violent games and some Grand Theft Auto games as well.

Design

3D Universe

The Chainsaw remained largely the same throughout the 3D Universe, only differing in color and detailings. Depending of the game, the rendition in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is of an orange body with a dark grey blade. Later, it changed in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories with a yellow body instead and changed again in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories with a blue body and a light grey blade.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The rendition of the Chainsaw in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has a yellow body with a light grey blade, combining the appearances of the "stories" games. The blades are more pronounced than in other renditions.

Performance

3D Universe

Standing still while pressing the attack button will allow the player to swipe with the chainsaw; pressing the button while moving does not allow swiping, but allows the player full mobility. The chainsaw is the only melee weapon which slows the player to a walking pace; in GTA San Andreas, the player also cannot jump with the chainsaw equipped. As such, it is unsuitable for attacking fleeing targets. In GTA Vice City, drops of blood can be seen spattered at the screen when the player successfully attacks a target (although this was removed in the game's mobile release).

Like firing guns, revving the chainsaw in public will scare pedestrians in the vicinity, and if a police officer is nearby, the player will gain a one-star wanted level, regardless of whether the player harms anyone in the process.

The chainsaw can easily damage parts such as hoods, bumpers and even doors from vehicles. If it is used against a heavily damaged car (which emit black smoke), it willl catch fire and explode after several hits. Likewise, the car will instantly explode if hit while burning.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
35 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 1.7 (GTA Vice City) 1000 (GTA Vice City) N/A 100 (GTA Vice City)
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A 0.1 seconds

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Chainsaw remains identical to its 3D Universe counterpart. Being a slow and cumbersome weapon, the player might experience difficulties at using it when comes to armed targets.

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Chainsaw-LocationsMap-GTASA

Chainsaw's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Commonly found in construction sites.

Trivia

General

  • The Chainsaw also makes an appearance in Manhunt, another Rockstar title.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, tapping the attack button will make Tommy rev the chainsaw, and frighten nearby pedestrians. This can be done both while moving and standing. It can only be done while moving in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • The blood stains and the chainsaw found in the bathroom of the Apartment 3c are a reference to a murder scene in the movie Scarface.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • By pressing "PS3 Square" or "XBox B" while aiming to someone, will make Carl Johnson raise the chainsaw in the air, causing people to flee.
  • Extended use of the chainsaw causes max Health, Muscle and Stamina to rise.
  • Like the baseball bat in GTA III, one can kill many pedestrians without penalty as long as there is no law enforcement in the vicinity. This can lead to large sums of money if planned correctly next to a save point or a Pay 'n' Spray.
  • It is possible to open locked car doors using the chainsaw, although it is difficult.
  • The only NPC to use a chainsaw is the mobster in the mission The Meat Business, making this the only time the player can fight someone who has one. However, a glitch may disable this.
  • There is a prop of a Chainsaw with a Dildo as a blade inside the enterable Sex Shop XXX store.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Pressing "PS3 Square" while holding the chainsaw will make Vic swing it; the animation resembles that of the Katana, and the chainsaw makes the same sound upon striking an opponent.
  • The player itself cannot hold the chainsaw for quick-killing purposes as it can only be swung.
  • In the PS2 version of GTA Vice City Stories, the chainsaw sound's pitch is increased slightly.

HD Universe

Powersaw-GTAIV

A powersaw in GTA IV.

  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, a powersaw can be found by workers in construction sites, though they are not usable by the players.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars you can hijack cars in front of police by using the chainsaw on the car. When the passengers walk out, take the car without any worry of alerting the police. However, be careful of accidentally killing the escaping passengers.

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