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For the controllable aircraft, see Dodo. For the character in GTA 2, see Dodo (GTA 2).

The DeadDodo is an uncontrollable, full-winged NPC Dodo that flies high over the city in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.


The Dead Dodo is essentially an unobtainable version of the regular Dodo. It has a slightly darker skin texture in contrast to its controllable counterpart, along with flashing white and red strobe lights. Its main propeller is static and only produces a plane sound when near it.

The plane is practically unsolid, so if the player somehow manages to reach its set height, they will just phase right through it, although it's only solid to weapons and, like any vehicle, it can be set on fire.

In GTA: Vice City, it can be seen with a banner attached to the tail. The banner differs in the PS2 version and the Xbox and PC versions. In the PS2 version, the banner will have the generic newspaper with the SWAT team headline, while in the other two the Zombie Elvis Found! paper can be seen.

Shooting the plane down will result in a wanted level (Three stars in Grand Theft Auto III and two stars in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City), but will escalate into a higher wanted level upon explosion (Four stars in GTA III and three stars in GTA: VC).

Flight DAT Files

Model DAT Files
Deaddodo Flight2.DAT
Deaddodo (S.A.M.) Flight3.DAT
DeadDodo (A Drop in the Ocean) Flight4.DAT

Prominent Appearances in Missions

The vehicle was used in two Grand Theft Auto III missions.

  • A Drop In The Ocean - Where it must be followed to capture cargo that it is dropping.
  • S.A.M. - Where it is destroyed, so cargo can be collected.

Both planes only differs in the path they fly.

Technical Handling

  • Mass: 25500 (as with most unobtainable vehicles)
  • Top speed: 140.0 knots
  • Acceleration: 24.0 knots
  • Braking rate: 10.00 knots



  • The DeadDodo shares the same in-game name with the normal Dodo. However, most files calls it "DeadDodo", as a reference to its condition of being unable to be controlled.
  • Even with the use of the destroy all cars cheat, it does not affect the plane.
  • The DeadDodo was meant to appear as a controllable vehicle in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but it was cut during development. This is evidenced in the handling files and it is probably replaced by the Skimmer, probably a leftover from GTA III.
  • In GTA Vice City, when the plane is destroyed, the banner will just slowly descend towards the ground, going directly downwards.
  • The message on the banners in Vice City is 'Zombie Elvis Found!' and uses exactly the same picture as the GTA III newspapers.
  • The DeadDodo can be obtained by save editing in GTA III, and parking it in the Staunton Island Safehouse. Unlike in GTA Vice City, it can be controlled, and has a missing name, namely, "DeadDodo_missing".

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