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The Katana is a weapon featured in the 3D Universe, except in Grand Theft Auto III.


3D Universe

The Katana is a Japanese sword which appears as a melee weapon. In all its appearances, it is described much like a real Katana: A long sword with a slightly curved blade and a long grip for both hands.


3D Universe

The Katana is one of the most powerful melee type weapons; it is able to decapitate opponents with a single slice, and is not as heavy as the cumbersome Chainsaw.

The Katana in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has the third highest damage of all melee weapons, only surpassed by the aforementioned chainsaw and the Screwdriver, as well as good range over target (only falling below the Fist, which has more range).

3D Universe Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
30 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 2.1 / 6.9 (GTA Vice City) 1000 (GTA Vice City) N/A 100 (GTA Vice City)
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A 0.1 second

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

Prominent Appearances in Missions


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Katana's locations map, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • At the foot of standin that is located in Vice Point, and the building is eastward across the fairground.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

There is a glitch that will cause CJ to be able to be controlled without a head. To exploit this glitch, start a multiplayer game, making sure Player Two has a Katana. At any point during the session, use Player Two to behead Player One, terminating the multiplayer session. CJ will remain decapitated for the remainder of the single-player session, except for during cutscenes. To revert to normal, reload the game.

See also