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"Beware psychopaths and over-enthusiastic barbequers with this weapon. Fine for use in South East Asia, but on the streets of Vice City, it's nothing but a menace."
―GTA Vice City Website.

The Flamethrower is a weapon that has appeared in every Grand Theft Auto game from Grand Theft Auto 1 to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, as well as reappearing in the stand-alone HD Universe game, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


"When bullets, shells, and explosives won't get the job done, burn it down!... Satan's own scalding hot shit-stick. Caliente!"
— Description in GTA CW.

It is a mechanical device designed to project a long controllable stream of fire. It is classified as a Heavy Weapon in the later editions. In all of its appearances, the Flamethrower can be easily identified by its large fuel tank, a large barrel and a small rod which contains the small flame.


2D Universe

The Flamethrower in Grand Theft Auto 1 appears to have a traditional appearance, having a shotgun-like design with the flame and the fuel tank on it. In the Grand Theft Auto London expansions, the weapon is much more traditional, with a single barrel that contains the fuel tank on the back and feeds the weapon via a hose that ends next to the flame.

In Grand Theft Auto 2, the Flamethrower assumes a retro-futuristic appearance, having a much lower profile than in its previous appearances. With the fuel tank mounted horizontally and next to the weapon's barrel, the weapon again takes a shotgun-like appearance. There is also a vehicle version of this weapon, the Vehicle Flamethrower.

3D Universe

The Grand Theft Auto III rendition of the flamethrower is loosely based on the US Army M2 Flamethrower, albeit lacking a backpack fuel tank and adopting a rifle-like design.

The renditions after GTA III are not based on any known flamethrower design, so it is assumed that they are homemade Flamethrowers, based on their fuel tanks and triggers. However, its heatshield and part of the barrel appears to have been based on the barrels and heatshields from M2 Browning machine guns.

HD Universe

The Flamethrower in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars regains its shotgun-like appearance as in the 2D Universe. Based on the Hud icons, the fuel tank is now mounted on a side.


The flamethrower can do damage over a large area. Any vehicles or pedestrians will be instantly set on fire within range. Most pedestrians usually die when lit on fire and only the healthiest car will survive the fire. Fire can be put out by the fire hose on a Firetruck or, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with a Fire Extinguisher. Special vehicles that are fireproofed will be immune from damage from the flamethrower. It is one of the two only weapons that can destroy a Rhino, the other being the Molotov Cocktail.

The flames from the flamethrower will only damage vehicles and pedestrians. In GTA San Andreas only, the flames can be created on the ground and can spread, making the fire extremely hard to put out if one is started with the flamethrower, even if only one little flame was made to start out with. The flames on the ground will not affect pedestrians but can affect vehicles and the player. If a pedestrian catches on fire, the pedestrian will usually run wildly until his or her death.

If you activate the flamethrower in front of a mirror, the fire will not show up on it.


Flamethrowers are mainly used in Rampages and Kill Frenzies in Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. In GTA 2, a Fire Truck is equipped with the flamethrower in the mission Fire Truck Fun!. In GTA San Andreas, the flamethrower is prominently used in the mission Are You Going to San Fierro? where Carl Johnson uses a flamethrower to destroy The Truth's crops in Leafy Hollow. In GTA Liberty City Stories, it is used in the mission Friggin' the Riggin', in where Toni Cipriani uses a flamethrower collected from Phil Cassidy's Fully Cocked Gun Shop to destroy fake ballot papers, Forelli Family members and vans and two printing machines. In GTA Vice City Stories, it is used in the mission Light My Pyre by Armando Mendez, who uses a flamethrower to confront Victor Vance, who ends up killing Armando in the end.


In-game model

HUD icons


Grand Theft Auto III

  • Harwood, Portland Island - On roof of the Head Radio building. It will be on a block-like object. This object is too high for the character to jump on, so you must plan accordingly in order to get there. A Hidden Package will be nearby. There is a video here
  • Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale - Underneath the west end of the Shoreside Lift Bridge (near the spray-painted wall).
  • Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale - Available to buy in the unnumbered garage at the Pike Creek LCPD Compound after completion of A Drop In The Ocean for $25,000.
  • Hideouts - Available after extinguishing total 20 fires on each island in the Firefighter vehicle mission. It should be noted the Flamethrower can be obtained very early in the game, provided the player get to Staunton Island by jumping the girder and steel beam on the broken Callahan Bridge (both left and right side). Since Shoreside Vale is not locked at this point the in game, the player can easily drive to it using either the Subway or the Porter Tunnel. He can then complete the 20 firefighting missions there, come back, do the same at Staunton before going back to Portland. This will make the Flame Thrower appear even if the player haven't completed any missions in Portland.
  • Can be picked up from the Colombian Cartel gang members during The Exchange.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto Advance


Flamethrower's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


  • In the mobile version of Liberty City Stories, the HUD icon of the Flamethrower is a modified version of the one in GTA III.
  • In GTA V, the flamethrower is seen carried by the player in Righteous Slaughter 7, but is absent from the actual game.


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