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"Use to signal distress or drunken excitement. Warning: pointing directly at individuals may cause spontaneous combustion. Part of Heists."
―Social Club Description

The Flare Gun is a weapon featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update.

Design

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Flare Gun appears to be based on the Orion Brand Flare Gun, with some inspiration from the British Very Pistol from World War I. Its base colour is red and fires red flares, similar to common flare guns in real-life.

Performance

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Flare Gun has a single-shot capacity similar to that of the Grenade Launcher from Episodes from Liberty City. It can burn pedestrians and enemies, like the Molotov Cocktail, though only with direct hit or the target stepping on the burning flare. A well placed flare can cause vehicles to explode if the flare is shot near the tire, as the flare would ignite the tire.

The color of the flare is affected by different tints the player puts on the weapon. In the description below, the term capsule refers to the bright cyclical object which emits the smoke after the flare has been fired.

GTA Online Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage [?] Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Internal files
10 0.42 120 1 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 Single shell Break-Action N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
FlareGun-GTAO-RSCStats
Damage
20%
Fire Rate
10%
Accuracy
30%
Range
10%
Clip Size
10%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage [?] Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Internal files
10 N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Incendiary N/A Cannot be determined Single flare shell N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder
Damage
Fire Rate
Accuracy
Range
Clip Size

Customization

Grand Theft Auto Online

Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock)
Rounds (1) N/A $100 (The Humane Labs Raid)
Tints
Black (red smoke, light red capsule) N/A Default
Army (light brown smoke, white capsule) N/A $5000
Green (light green smoke, white capsule) N/A $7500
Orange (orange smoke and capsule) N/A
LSPD (dark blue smoke, white capsule) N/A $5750
Pink (pink smoke, bright pink capsule) N/A $7500
Gold (gold smoke, bright gold capsule) N/A $10000
Platinum (grey smoke, white capsule) N/A $12500

The various colors change the effectiveness of the flares, as some are brighter than others. For example, the army, green, LSPD and platinum tints have much darker smoke than the others at night, meaning that it is harder to see the smoke from the flare from a distance. The pink flare is arguably the brightest colour, followed by the orange, gold and default tints.

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HUD Icon

First Person View

Screenshots

Trivia

General

  • The Flare Gun also appeared in Manhunt 2, another Rockstar videogame. Contrary to this one, the Flare Gun in Manhunt 2 is extremely lethal, but its ammunition is very rare.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Trevor Philips mentions that he once killed a man by shooting his eyes with a flare gun shortly after meeting Michael for the first time. [citation/verification needed]
  • The Flare Gun's weapon icon and render was originally found in files for The San Andreas Flight School Update, suggesting the weapon was already finished.

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