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| name = Hunter
 
| name = Hunter
| front_image = Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg
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| front_image = Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg
| image_size = 350
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| caption = A Hunter in GTA Vice City
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| caption = A '''Hunter''' in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''.
| vehicle_type = Military attack helicopter
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| vehicle_type = Military Helicopter
| capacity = 1
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| body_style = Heavy attack helicopter
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]](using cheatdevices)
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| capacity = 1 <small>(pilot)</small>
}}
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'' <small>(cheat devices)</small><br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'' <small>(beta)</small>
The '''Hunter''' is a military attack [[helicopter]] featured in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].
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|related = [[Annihilator]]<br>[[Buzzard]]<br>[[Savage]]
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}}{{quote|The Hunter is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a top speed of 180mph. Known as the most lethal helicopter in military history, the Hunter is basically a flying tank that can sustain just as much damage as it gives out. Solve that nasty divorce or border dispute in style.|Unused description<ref>'''global.gxt2 text label:'''0xF1B44A45 = The Hunter is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a top speed of 180mph. Known as the most lethal helicopter in military history, the Hunter is basically a flying tank that can sustain just as much damage as it gives out. Solve that nasty divorce or border dispute in style.</ref>, Grand Theft Auto V}}
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The '''Hunter''' is a [[military]] attack [[Helicopters|helicopter]] featured in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]],'' ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''. Internally, it also appears in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'', though unused.
   
== Description ==
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== Design==
The Hunter is based on the [[wp:AH-64 Apache|AH-64 Apache]]. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in VCS, it is technically a YAH-64 as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the United Stated Army until 1986. The version featured in GTA San Andreas has a similar design, however it omits the co-pilot's seat, uses an eight-bladed tail rotor and has a canopy that swings open vertically, as with the [[Hydra]] jet.
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=== 3D Universe ===
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The Hunter is based on the [[wp:Boeing AH-64 Apache|Boeing AH-64 Apache]], more precisely the [[wp:Boeing AH-64 Apache|AH-64A Apache]]. In ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'' and ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]'', the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in ''VCS'', it's technically a YAH-64A, as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the [[Military|United States Army]] until 1986. The version featured in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'' has a similar design. However, it omits the co-pilot gunner seat (CPG), uses an eight-bladed tail rotor, and has a canopy that swings open horizontally to the right, like the [[Hydra]] jet fighter.
   
A deadly aircraft, the Hunter is armed with a self-targeting chin-mounted gun and dual rocket launchers, which can launch two unguided rockets simultaneously. Like the [[Rhino]] and the [[Hydra]], both weapons have unlimited ammunition. In addition, it is highly resistant to damage, but is by no means indestructible. Despite being an army vehicle, it is never used by the military or hostile factions in any game outside scripted circumstances.
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The Hunter is also present in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'', although it does not spawn anywhere and can be only obtained through third-party trainers and modifications.
   
The Hunter does not appear in any games outside the [[3D Universe|3D universe]], being replaced by the [[Annihilator]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], and the [[Buzzard]] in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].
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In all its appearances, the Hunter always comes with a dark green color and has a [[wp:M230 chain gun|Hughes M230 30mm chain gun]] mounted on the chin and dual [[wp:Hydra 70|Hydra 70]] rocket pods, as well as a set of unusable [[wp:AGM-114 Hellfire|AGM-114 Hellfire]] missile racks with 4 missiles each.
   
==Gallery==
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A special [[Vigilante|Vigilante Mission]] is available with the Hunter, the "Brown Thunder" [[mission]]. Despite being a [[military]] vehicle, it does not appear being military-operated in normal gameplay, out of missions or scripted events.
   
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===''Grand Theft Auto V''===
|<gallery width="auto" perrow="4" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="310" captionalign="left" spacing="medium" orientation="none" columns="6">
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An unnamed helicopter assumed to be the Hunter, bearing an extremely similar design, can be seen in a trailer for ''[[The Simian]]'' during the showing for the [[Movies (GTA V)|movie]] ''[[Meltdown (film)|Meltdown]]'' and a [http://www.lifeinvader.com/post/nMRYeN7D5Uyk4zi4fdYLMg picture] for [[Warstock Cache & Carry]]'s [[Lifeinvader]] that details their equipment selection (located in the lower right). The Hunter is depicted with a desert camouflage scheme, similar to most military-owned vehicles in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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This helicopter looks like it's modeled after the aforementioned Apache with various elements from the [[wp:RAH-66 Comanche|RAH-66 Comanche]]. On the front, the nose of the Hunter features detailed cameras mounted in similar fashion to that of the AH-64 Apache series and its [[3D Universe]] predecessor, while the canopy now resembles that of the RAH-66 Comanche. The Hunter's front suspension is raised in order to fit the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin of the craft's fuselage when grounded and is equipped with 4 Hydra 70 rocket pods, while lacking the 8 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. On the back, the tail boom is briefly seen and has a build similar in appearance to that of the Comanche. The stabilizers have moved to the top of the tail fin and the rotor is removed and replaced with a Fenestron-style fan-in-fin. As an additional note, the engines have been modified slightly too, with the exhaust vents on the rear of them horizontal instead of vertical, as seen in the previous 3D models and its real-life counterpart. In the same trailer, the pilot is seen piloting the helicopter in the co-pilot gunner seat, like in previous renditions.
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An alternate version of another vehicle, also assumed to be the Hunter, appears at the start of the [[Jack Howitzer (TV series)|Jack Howitzer series]]. [[Jack Howitzer|Jack]] is pursued by 2 of these in a scene from [[Loincloth]], one of his 80's action movies, therefore the Hunters used appear to be the previous 3D Universe renditions, as a sake of time sense.
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== Performance ==
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The Hunter is, in all of its appearances, the fastest helicopter in the game. It possesses a stellar handling and easy to control, as well as being a good choice to fly between structures in cities. However, it has a wide turning radius and cannot automatically stabilize at 45 degrees when keeping the control thumbstick forward, as doing so will result in the Hunter getting upside down, loosing control and eventually crashing. The vehicle can easily get upside down when moving the helicopter at high speed.
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It's highly resistant to damage in comparison to an average helicopter, due to its nature as a combat vehicle.
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=== Weaponry ===
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The Hunter has two sets of [[Vehicle Mounted Weapons|weapons]], which consist of a chain gun mounted on the chin, and dual rocket pods. This weaponry makes the Hunter a deadly vehicle. The chain gun is autonomous and automatically lock/fire at targets in a 45 degrees radius. The rocket pods will fire two rockets (one from both sides) at once. These are unguided, but the high rate of fire of the rockets and the good handling of the helicopter make the rockets easy to use and devastating. Like the [[Rhino]], the [[Sea Sparrow]] and the [[Hydra]], all weapons have unlimited ammunition. Only the set of missiles are unusable.
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==Notable Owners==
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*[[Tommy Vercetti]]
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*[[Jerry Martinez]]
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*[[Ricardo Diaz]]
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==Gallery==
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===3D Universe===
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<gallery position="center">
 
Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City.
 
Hunter-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City.
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Hunter-GTAVC-Attacking.jpg|[[Tommy Vercetti]] attacks a [[Police Car|police car]] with a Hunter.
 
Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas.
 
Hunter-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas.
 
Hunter-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories, spawned using a trainer.
 
Hunter-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories, spawned using a trainer.
hunte.jpg|Hunter's rockets
 
 
Hunter-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories.
 
Hunter-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
|}
 
   
== Notable appearances in missions ==
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===HD Universe===
The Hunter's most notable use is in the [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] missions [[Over The Top]] and [[Last Stand]], when [[Victor Vance]] steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the [[Mendez Cartel]] (in Last Stand). It also appeared in [[Learning to Fly]], race event [[Heli Hell]] and two flown by NPC in [[Up, Up and Away!]] (part of casino heist mission) from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[All Hands On Deck]] from [[Grand Theft Auto Vice City|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] and [[From Zero to Hero]] from [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].
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<gallery position="center">
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Hunter_GTAV_Jack_Howitzer.png|Screengrab of Loincloth as seen in the Jack Howitzer TV show. The Beta Hunter is attacking.
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Hunter_Beta_GTAVe_Simian_Trailer_Formation.png|4 Beta Hunters as seen in The Simian trailer.
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Hunter_Beta_GTAVe_Simian_Trailer_Interior_View_LSPD_Pilot.png|LSPD pilot.
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Hunter_Beta_GTAVe_Simian_Trailer_Rear.png|Rear view.
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Hunter_Beta_GTAVe_Simian_Trailer_Nose.png|Nose armament and mounted cameras.
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Hunter_Beta_GTAVe_Simian_Trailer_Tail_Rotor.png|Fenestron tail.
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HunterBeta-GTAV.jpg|The Beta Hunter as seen on the Warstock Cache & Carry ad.
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</gallery>
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== Locations ==
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=== GTA Vice City ===
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* [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] - Inside the base after completing either [[Keep Your Friends Close]] or collecting all 100 [[Hidden Packages|hidden packages]], which will appear only after a certain percentage of the game is complete. Jacking the Hunter from here without a [[Cop outfit|police uniform]] is not easy. The easist way is to fly another helicopter (purchasing the [[Hyman Condo]] is the easiest) to the rear of the base (where the Hunter is parked), then slam down and land right next to it, hop out, and then jack it. This must be quick because eventually [[Military|guardsmen]] will spawn around the base with [[Carbine Rifle|M4]]'s, and will shoot the player down.
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* [[Ocean Beach]] - At the helipad next to [[Lance Vance]]'s house after finding all 100 hidden packages and completing [[Keep Your Friends Close]].
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=== GTA San Andreas ===
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* [[Easter Basin]], [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]] - On a helipad inside the [[Easter Basin Naval Station]] after completing [[Pilot School]] with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star [[Wanted Level in 3D Universe|wanted level]] upon entering the base and therefore will be engaged by two NPC [[Hydra]]s firing heat-seeking missiles, which makes obtaining it very difficult.
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* [[Verdant Meadows]], [[Bone County]] - At the airstrip after getting gold on all Pilot School tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and [[Leviathan]] are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan).
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* Used in [[Heli Hell]] - the player can keep it if take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in Verdant Meadows instead of completing the course.
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* May be found with the [[Skimmer]] at SFPD's basement.
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* Can be spawned by inputting the [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas|cheat]] during gameplay.
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=== GTA Liberty City Stories ===
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* The Hunter aircraft itself is not available in the regular game, but left over code from [[GTA Vice City]] is, and can only be spawned in with a third-party trainer.
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=== GTA Vice City Stories ===
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* [[Escobar International Airport]] - At the southern part of the airport near the [[Biplane]] after completing [[Last Stand]]. Starts the "[[Skywolf]]" side-mission automatically upon entrance.
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== Notable Appearances in Missions ==
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*In [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] it makes a single appearance in the mission [[All Hands On Deck]], being used by a [[GIGN and DGSE|french secret service]] agent, though only uses the chain gun.
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*It also appeared in [[Learning to Fly]], a race event ([[Heli Hell]]) and two flown by NPC in [[Up, Up and Away!]] (part of the [[Breaking the Bank at Caligula's|casino heist mission]]) from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]].
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*The Hunter's most notable use is in the [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] missions [[Over The Top]] and [[Last Stand]], when [[Victor Vance]] steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the [[Mendez Cartel]] (in Last Stand). It also appears in a previous mission, [[From Zero To Hero]].
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Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of ''GTA Vice City Stories'' named "Might of the Hunter".
   
Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of GTA Vice City Stories named Might of the Hunter.
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===Skywolf Mission===
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{{Main|Skywolf}}
   
==Skywolf Mission==
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The '''Skywolf mission''' is a side mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] available after [[Last Stand]], it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at [[Escobar International Airport]]. The mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponry and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are [[Reefer|boats]], [[Barracks OL|cars]] and for the last part, another [[Sparrow|helicopter]]. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to [[100% Completion in GTA Vice City Stories|100% Completion]].
The Skywolf mission is a side mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] available after [[Last Stand]], it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at Escobar International, the mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponary and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are actual boats, cars and for the last part, another helicopter. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to [[100% Completion in GTA Vice City Stories|100% Completion]]
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*Though it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from Vice City are present in the code of [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the Vice City model, but cannot be used for vigilante missions nor is named in-game.
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===General ===
* In [[GTA Vice City]], [[GTA San Andreas|San Andreas]] and [[Liberty City Stories]], the player is able to play the game's radio stations while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in [[GTA Vice City Stories]]. The default radio stations for the Hunter are [[V-Rock]] in [[GTA Vice City]], [[K-DST]] in [[GTA San Andreas]].
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* The default radio stations for the Hunter are:
* The Hunter is the fastest helicopter in the [[Grand Theft Auto series|series]], but has the widest turning radius.
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**'''GTA Vice City''': [[V-Rock]]
* In [[GTA Vice City]] the Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the [[M-60]].
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**'''GTA San Andreas''': [[K-DST]]
* In GTA San Andreas, using gun to destroy any vehicles do not attract police attention, but killing people on foot using turret, or firing rockets, unless they hit ground, structure, directly criminals spawned by vigilante mission or explode in the air, do attract wanted level.
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**'''GTA Liberty City Stories''': [[Lips 106]]
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* In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories, the player is able to play the game's [[Radio Stations]] while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in [[GTA Vice City Stories]].
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* The Hunter is one of the fastest helicopters in the 3D Universe and with the widest turning radius, on par with the [[Sea Sparrow]] and [[VCN Maverick]]/[[News Chopper]].
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*The name "Brown Thunder" is a reference to the 1983 action film ''[[wp:Blue Thunder|Blue Thunder]]'', which centers on a heavily-armed law enforcement helicopter.
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* The Hunter's "Brown Thunder" Vigilante mission is the best way to earn money in GTA Vice City, and third best in GTA San Andreas (after the [[Inside Track]] betting trick and using the [[Rhino]] in Vigilante missions). The mission allows the player to take-out criminals in a specific time period, earning more time with each successful kill. Once at a high level (level 30 & beyond in GTA Vice City, level 150 & beyond in GTA San Andreas), the money earned can be massive, sometimes over 100K.
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* The in-game chain gun, despite it was intended to be the [[wikipedia:M230 chain gun|Hughes M230 30mm chain gun]], is seem to be very boxy and small for this helicopter in the 3D Universe, due to the low suspension of the main landing gears. However, the Beta Hunter from GTA V (the desert camo one) has a realistic model of the said weapon.
   
==Locations==
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===''Grand Theft Auto: Vice City''===
;GTA Vice City
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* The front wheels are designed in the same orientation. Thus, the black side is on the left side of both wheels and the wheel caps on the right.
* [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] - Inside the base after completing either [[Keep Your Friends Close]] or collecting all 100 hidden packages.
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* Even though the cockpit has the correct two personnel layout, the Hunter has the control stick in the gunner position. [[wikipedia:Boeing_AH-64_Apache|AH-64 Apache]] helicopters actually have control sticks in both the pilot and co-pilot gunner seats.
* [[Ocean Beach]] - At the helipad next to [[Lance Vance]]'s house after completing both,  the 100 hidden packages collect and [[Keep Your Friends Close]].
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**Also, [[Tommy Vercetti|Tommy]] flies the Hunter from the co-pilot/gunner seat, situated at the front of the cockpit. AH-64 Apache helicopters are actually piloted primarily from the rear of the cockpit.
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*There is no special animation for Tommy when he is flying the Hunter in the game — when inside, he never puts his hands on the stick (cyclic) or the throttle (collective) controls, but rather holds his hands out in front of him, fingers cupped, as if holding an invisible steering wheel. In fact, when turning the helicopter, Tommy actually rotates his hands as if turning the steering wheel of a car, rather than manipulating the stick as he should.
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* The Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the [[M-60]], instead of a 30mm chain gun.
   
;GTA San Andreas
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===''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''===
* [[Easter Basin]], [[San Fierro]] - On a helipad inside the [[Easter Basin Naval Station]] after completing [[Flight School]] with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star wanted level upon entering the base and therefore will be assaulted by two NPC [[Hydra]]s firing heat-seeking missiles.
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* There's a visual glitch that might cause the inside of the cockpit to disappear. It often happens when viewing it from the left or right side or the view looking behind the helicopter.
* [[Verdant Meadows]], [[Bone County]] - At the airstrip after getting gold on all [[Flying School|flying school]] tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and [[Leviathan]] are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan.)
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* Using the turret to destroy any vehicles does not attract police attention, but killing people while grounded using the turret or rockets (unless they hit the ground, a structure, directly at criminals spawned by a Vigilante mission or explode in the air) does attract a [[wanted level]].
* Used in [[Heli Hell]] - instead of completing the course, take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in [[Verdant Meadows]].
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* When entering a Hunter with a [[Camera]] equipped. The camera lens will show up when in first-person mode. This is useful, as the camera lens provide accuracy for targets.
* Can be spawned by inputting the [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas|cheat]] during gameplay.
 
   
;GTA Vice City Stories
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===''Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories''===
* [[Escobar International Airport]] - At the southern part of the airport near the [[Biplane]] after completing [[Last Stand]]. Starts the "[[Skywolf]]" side-mission automatically upon entrance.
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* Although it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from [[GTA Vice City]] are present in the code of [[GTA Liberty City Stories]]. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the GTA Vice City model but cannot be used for [[Vigilante]] missions, nor does is it have a in-game name.
   
== See also ==
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=== ''Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories''===
* [[Sea Sparrow]], a similarly armed helicopter.
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* One must be careful when shooting the rockets from the Hunter, because if the helicopter strafes too much, the rockets will hit the chopper immediately after firing, thus, destroying it in the process. Same is true for any Hunters in other games when firing too close to the ground as the splash damage will instantly kill the player.
* [[Annihilator]], the [[GTA IV era]] equivalent
 
* [[Buzzard]]
 
   
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=== ''Grand Theft Auto V''===
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* In ''The Simian'' trailer appearance, the pilot seen is wearing an [[LSPD in HD Universe|LSPD]] flight helmet.
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== See Also ==
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* [[Buzzard]], [[The Ballad of Gay Tony|GTA TBoGT]], [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]], and [[GTA Online]] equivalent.
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* [[Annihilator]], a helicopter armed with regular miniguns in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] and [[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]]. Armed with explosive miniguns in [[The Lost and Damned|GTA TLaD]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony|GTA TBoGT]].
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* [[Sea Sparrow]], a similarly armed amphibious helicopter.
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* [[Savage]], a "Hind" based attack helicopter added to GTA Online in the [[Heists Update]].
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"The Hunter is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a top speed of 180mph. Known as the most lethal helicopter in military history, the Hunter is basically a flying tank that can sustain just as much damage as it gives out. Solve that nasty divorce or border dispute in style."
―Unused description[1], Grand Theft Auto V

The Hunter is a military attack helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Internally, it also appears in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, though unused.

DesignEdit

3D Universe Edit

The Hunter is based on the Boeing AH-64 Apache, more precisely the AH-64A Apache. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A, though in VCS, it's technically a YAH-64A, as the helicopter did not formally enter service with the United States Army until 1986. The version featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a similar design. However, it omits the co-pilot gunner seat (CPG), uses an eight-bladed tail rotor, and has a canopy that swings open horizontally to the right, like the Hydra jet fighter.

The Hunter is also present in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, although it does not spawn anywhere and can be only obtained through third-party trainers and modifications.

In all its appearances, the Hunter always comes with a dark green color and has a Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin and dual Hydra 70 rocket pods, as well as a set of unusable AGM-114 Hellfire missile racks with 4 missiles each.

A special Vigilante Mission is available with the Hunter, the "Brown Thunder" mission. Despite being a military vehicle, it does not appear being military-operated in normal gameplay, out of missions or scripted events.

Grand Theft Auto VEdit

An unnamed helicopter assumed to be the Hunter, bearing an extremely similar design, can be seen in a trailer for The Simian during the showing for the movie Meltdown and a picture for Warstock Cache & Carry's Lifeinvader that details their equipment selection (located in the lower right). The Hunter is depicted with a desert camouflage scheme, similar to most military-owned vehicles in Grand Theft Auto V.

This helicopter looks like it's modeled after the aforementioned Apache with various elements from the RAH-66 Comanche. On the front, the nose of the Hunter features detailed cameras mounted in similar fashion to that of the AH-64 Apache series and its 3D Universe predecessor, while the canopy now resembles that of the RAH-66 Comanche. The Hunter's front suspension is raised in order to fit the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun mounted on the chin of the craft's fuselage when grounded and is equipped with 4 Hydra 70 rocket pods, while lacking the 8 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. On the back, the tail boom is briefly seen and has a build similar in appearance to that of the Comanche. The stabilizers have moved to the top of the tail fin and the rotor is removed and replaced with a Fenestron-style fan-in-fin. As an additional note, the engines have been modified slightly too, with the exhaust vents on the rear of them horizontal instead of vertical, as seen in the previous 3D models and its real-life counterpart. In the same trailer, the pilot is seen piloting the helicopter in the co-pilot gunner seat, like in previous renditions.

An alternate version of another vehicle, also assumed to be the Hunter, appears at the start of the Jack Howitzer series. Jack is pursued by 2 of these in a scene from Loincloth, one of his 80's action movies, therefore the Hunters used appear to be the previous 3D Universe renditions, as a sake of time sense.

Performance Edit

The Hunter is, in all of its appearances, the fastest helicopter in the game. It possesses a stellar handling and easy to control, as well as being a good choice to fly between structures in cities. However, it has a wide turning radius and cannot automatically stabilize at 45 degrees when keeping the control thumbstick forward, as doing so will result in the Hunter getting upside down, loosing control and eventually crashing. The vehicle can easily get upside down when moving the helicopter at high speed.

It's highly resistant to damage in comparison to an average helicopter, due to its nature as a combat vehicle.

Weaponry Edit

The Hunter has two sets of weapons, which consist of a chain gun mounted on the chin, and dual rocket pods. This weaponry makes the Hunter a deadly vehicle. The chain gun is autonomous and automatically lock/fire at targets in a 45 degrees radius. The rocket pods will fire two rockets (one from both sides) at once. These are unguided, but the high rate of fire of the rockets and the good handling of the helicopter make the rockets easy to use and devastating. Like the Rhino, the Sea Sparrow and the Hydra, all weapons have unlimited ammunition. Only the set of missiles are unusable.

Notable OwnersEdit

GalleryEdit

3D UniverseEdit

HD UniverseEdit

Locations Edit

GTA Vice City Edit

  • Fort Baxter Air Base - Inside the base after completing either Keep Your Friends Close or collecting all 100 hidden packages, which will appear only after a certain percentage of the game is complete. Jacking the Hunter from here without a police uniform is not easy. The easist way is to fly another helicopter (purchasing the Hyman Condo is the easiest) to the rear of the base (where the Hunter is parked), then slam down and land right next to it, hop out, and then jack it. This must be quick because eventually guardsmen will spawn around the base with M4's, and will shoot the player down.
  • Ocean Beach - At the helipad next to Lance Vance's house after finding all 100 hidden packages and completing Keep Your Friends Close.

GTA San Andreas Edit

  • Easter Basin, San Fierro - On a helipad inside the Easter Basin Naval Station after completing Pilot School with all golds. The player instantly gains a 5 star wanted level upon entering the base and therefore will be engaged by two NPC Hydras firing heat-seeking missiles, which makes obtaining it very difficult.
  • Verdant Meadows, Bone County - At the airstrip after getting gold on all Pilot School tests. (Note: When both the Hunter and Leviathan are unlocked at Verdant Meadows, only one of them can spawn at a time. Arrive from the west to spawn the Hunter and arrive from the east to spawn the Leviathan).
  • Used in Heli Hell - the player can keep it if take the Hunter to the aircraft hangar in Verdant Meadows instead of completing the course.
  • May be found with the Skimmer at SFPD's basement.
  • Can be spawned by inputting the cheat during gameplay.

GTA Liberty City Stories Edit

  • The Hunter aircraft itself is not available in the regular game, but left over code from GTA Vice City is, and can only be spawned in with a third-party trainer.

GTA Vice City Stories Edit

Notable Appearances in Missions Edit

Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of GTA Vice City Stories named "Might of the Hunter".

Skywolf MissionEdit

Main article: Skywolf

The Skywolf mission is a side mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories available after Last Stand, it is activated by simply entering the Hunter at Escobar International Airport. The mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponry and destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through some rings. The targets are boats, cars and for the last part, another helicopter. Completion of the mission gets the player a step closer to 100% Completion.

TriviaEdit

General Edit

  • The default radio stations for the Hunter are:
  • In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories, the player is able to play the game's Radio Stations while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in GTA Vice City Stories.
  • The Hunter is one of the fastest helicopters in the 3D Universe and with the widest turning radius, on par with the Sea Sparrow and VCN Maverick/News Chopper.
  • The name "Brown Thunder" is a reference to the 1983 action film Blue Thunder, which centers on a heavily-armed law enforcement helicopter.
  • The Hunter's "Brown Thunder" Vigilante mission is the best way to earn money in GTA Vice City, and third best in GTA San Andreas (after the Inside Track betting trick and using the Rhino in Vigilante missions). The mission allows the player to take-out criminals in a specific time period, earning more time with each successful kill. Once at a high level (level 30 & beyond in GTA Vice City, level 150 & beyond in GTA San Andreas), the money earned can be massive, sometimes over 100K.
  • The in-game chain gun, despite it was intended to be the Hughes M230 30mm chain gun, is seem to be very boxy and small for this helicopter in the 3D Universe, due to the low suspension of the main landing gears. However, the Beta Hunter from GTA V (the desert camo one) has a realistic model of the said weapon.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityEdit

  • The front wheels are designed in the same orientation. Thus, the black side is on the left side of both wheels and the wheel caps on the right.
  • Even though the cockpit has the correct two personnel layout, the Hunter has the control stick in the gunner position. AH-64 Apache helicopters actually have control sticks in both the pilot and co-pilot gunner seats.
    • Also, Tommy flies the Hunter from the co-pilot/gunner seat, situated at the front of the cockpit. AH-64 Apache helicopters are actually piloted primarily from the rear of the cockpit.
  • There is no special animation for Tommy when he is flying the Hunter in the game — when inside, he never puts his hands on the stick (cyclic) or the throttle (collective) controls, but rather holds his hands out in front of him, fingers cupped, as if holding an invisible steering wheel. In fact, when turning the helicopter, Tommy actually rotates his hands as if turning the steering wheel of a car, rather than manipulating the stick as he should.
  • The Hunter's machine gun has a firing sound like the M-60, instead of a 30mm chain gun.

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasEdit

  • There's a visual glitch that might cause the inside of the cockpit to disappear. It often happens when viewing it from the left or right side or the view looking behind the helicopter.
  • Using the turret to destroy any vehicles does not attract police attention, but killing people while grounded using the turret or rockets (unless they hit the ground, a structure, directly at criminals spawned by a Vigilante mission or explode in the air) does attract a wanted level.
  • When entering a Hunter with a Camera equipped. The camera lens will show up when in first-person mode. This is useful, as the camera lens provide accuracy for targets.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesEdit

  • Although it does not appear within the game, leftover Hunter files from GTA Vice City are present in the code of GTA Liberty City Stories. With the aid of third-party trainers, a fully functional Hunter can be spawned. It has the same design as the GTA Vice City model but cannot be used for Vigilante missions, nor does is it have a in-game name.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesEdit

  • One must be careful when shooting the rockets from the Hunter, because if the helicopter strafes too much, the rockets will hit the chopper immediately after firing, thus, destroying it in the process. Same is true for any Hunters in other games when firing too close to the ground as the splash damage will instantly kill the player.

Grand Theft Auto VEdit

  • In The Simian trailer appearance, the pilot seen is wearing an LSPD flight helmet.

See Also Edit

ReferencesEdit

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