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Cranes are heavy machinery used for heavy lifting or construction work that appear in some Grand Theft Auto games.

Interactive cranes

Grand Theft Auto 1

In GTA 1 and its two expansion packs in Grand Theft Auto: London, cranes were positioned at the docks in the games. Cranes were used to transport vehicles onto a ship where the player was given varying amounts of money depending on the condition of the vehicle. They are meant to be a source of income other than the missions. They are also used in the missions of the game. The crane works by driving a vehicle under a designated area and exiting when the crane starts moving and giving money when the vehicle is on the ship.

Grand Theft Auto 2

In GTA 2, cranes are used similarly to the way they are in GTA 1. A vehicle is driven under the crane and lifted into a certain area where money is awarded to the player. Instead of putting vehicles on a ship for export, the crane in GTA 2 drops vehicles into a car crusher. The awards given to the player are also more rewarding than in GTA 1 since certain vehicles offer some other rewards such as weaponry.

Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

In GTA III & GTA: Liberty City Stories, the crane is operated by an NPC at the Crusher. Players need to park a vehicle in an area marked by old car tires. The NPC crane operator will then automatically pick up the car, and put it into the crusher. The crusher would then close, as soon as the crane puts the vehicle inside of the crusher. There is another crane nearby the Import Export Garage, where an NPC picks up vehicles that the player has to deliver: these are the emergency vehicles.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA: San Andreas, the player is able to operate various large construction cranes around San Andreas outside of missions. The player can adjust the height and position of the object that the crane is holding (either a wrecking ball or a large magnet) and use it to smash/pickup objects. Cranes in GTA San Andreas are manufactured by DUDE or Final Build Construction. The magnet is able to pick up any vehicle in the game, with the exception of aircraft and boats.

Known crane locations
  • Doherty, San Fierro : Wrecking ball crane, at the construction site behind CJ's garage.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In GTA: Chinatown Wars during the mission "Counterfeit Gangster", the player is required to use a crane to dump cars in the water.

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, an HVY rail crane can be operated during the mission Scouting the Port, where the player must move containers in the port. The crane is only usable during the mission.

Non-interactive cranes

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

There are also some cranes in GTA: Vice City and GTA: Vice City Stories that can be found in Viceport. These cannot be accessed.

Gallery

Glitches

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In the Easter Basin docks, if the player drives an export/import vehicle onto the red marker with the crane magnet still attached, it will cause a funny glitch. CJ will get out of vehicle as usual, when it's ready for exporting. But having the magnet on the car will cause the car to be hanging in the air, while CJ jumps and shouts as he gets out of the car. Even better, he will not be injured after his jump. (The car will still be successfully exported even after this glitch.)
  • There is also another glitch in the crane found in Las Venturas. If the player picks one of the boxes in the construction site, rise it and move it, it will be at some point stuck in the air, and the player won't be able to move the box anymore. If the player release the box, it will not fall and will stand indefinitely in the air.

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

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