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"Crude yet highly effective incendiary weapon. No happy hour with this cocktail."
GTA V description on Rockstar Games Social Club.

The Molotov Cocktail is a weapon that has appeared in every game since Grand Theft Auto 2. It is the most basic explosive weapon throughout the series.


The Molotov Cocktail is an incendiary weapon that is used to set a small area on fire. It is based on the real-life "home-made" Molotov cocktail, which is prepared by inserting a rag into a partially filled liquor bottle, allowing the rag to "wick up" the flammable alcohol or other volatile liquid within. This causes the soaked rag to become flammable itself, allowing it to be lit on fire. Because the fumes from the flammable liquid (which are actually what catches fire, not the liquid itself) are contained within the bottle, full ignition does not occur until the glass container is ruptured, allowing the fumes to escape. This normally happens upon impact of the Molotov against a hard surface, after being thrown.

It can set a group of pedestrians on fire or light a car's engine on fire, destroying it. Victims on foot will catch fire and die if close enough to the flames. In GTA2 molotov doesn't set fire, but explodes. Use of the Molotov will normally result in at a 1-star to 3-star wanted level. It proves to be one of the most deadly weapons for the player when used at close range. It is one of only two weapons which can destroy a Rhino, the other being a Flamethrower. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories the Molotov is more effective and can destroy a vehicle rapidly fast after one cocktail being thrown at the vehicle (providing the vehicle is in the inner circle of the blast) and merely looks like a mini atomic bomb when exploding that deals enough damage to annihilate up to 10 people and 7 vehicles at close range (the latter occurs in a chain reaction). Also, in all 3D Universe games, one or two Molotovs is capable of taking down an airborne helicopter, making it suitable to fend off pursuing Police Mavericks above during a 3-star police chases on foot (except GTA III).

Molotov versus Ballas

An entire wave of enemies toasting in flames.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the player can use the touch screen to throw Molotov Cocktails at a distance in any direction. Huang Lee can go to gas stations marked in the radar to fill up bottles of gasoline to use as Molotov Cocktails. A minigame is associated to this with the player using the touch screen to aim the gas nozzle to the bottle and shoving a cloth into the bottle. In the PSP version, however, the molotovs can be thrown with the same button used for most weapons, and the molotov making minigame uses a button combination.

Molotov effectiveness

All enemies dead on a highway.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, when thrown at something like a wall, the Molotov will set alight anyone standing behind it, making it a very effective weapon against ememies behind cover without exposing the player to enemy fire. The Molotov is a very effective and advisable weapon to use in gang warfare since it has the power to take down a large number of enemies or even an entire wave in a single throw. They are not as hard to use as Grenades as their flames spread in all directions.


In-game model

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GTA Vice City


Molotov Cocktail's locations map

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories


Molotov Cocktails can be purchased at the back-alley gun shops for $500. They can also be purchased from Little Jacob for $350. Being hit by one on multiplayer is not a death sentence, because you can pause and will not take fire damage while the flames begin to extinguish. However, you can still be killed, stabbed, shot, or otherwise hurt. They can be used from cars, but it is difficult to do so as the Molotov would have to hit the target directly. A couple Molotovs will flame up a car also, while four will set it ablaze, and six will completely destroy it or render it inoperable.


  • Firefly Island - Can be found in the rest area near the Memory Lanes bowling alley.
  • Firefly Projects - Can be found on the west side of the projects off Cokanuk Ave.
  • BOABO - Can be found in an underground dock on the water's edge off Chicory St. This pickup is relatively difficult to obtain due to its location.


Charge Island

  • East Borough Bridge - Can be found on top of the steel superstructure before the Bohan off-ramp.


  • Northwood - Can be found in a loading dock near the water's edge off Ivy Drive North.
  • Westminster - Can be found on the catwalk overlooking the helipad on the water. This helipad is where Niko Bellic steals the helicopter during the mission Dust Off.


  • Acter - Can be found in a grassy area next to a tree behind some houses north of Moog St.

GTA Chinatown Wars


  • Can be found on the back deck of the Boathouse in Sandy Shores just a block northwest of the Ammu-Nation
  • Can be found under a bridge at the beach near Fort Zancudo.
  • On the roof of the Mile High Club construction site.
  • At the rear of the Chumash Plaza.
  • In the alley behind the Mirror Park barber shop.
  • After you exit Paleto Bay to the east, at the end of the "Zancudo Grain Growers" field right next to the bushes and the ladder of the small water tower, official located in the "Mount Chiliad" area.

GTA Online

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  • in 3D Universe, attempting to take down a helicopter with a Molotov, will make it simply catch fire and explode in mid-air, rather than spinning out of control.
  • In some games, blowing up any law enforcement vehicles occupied by two or more officers inside with a Molotov will result to an instant 3-star wanted level.
  • In GTA IV, Molotovs are made from Cherenkov Vodka bottles. In GTA V, they're made with Logger Beer bottles.
  • In GTA Liberty City Stories, when a Molotov's flames come into contact with a glass window (like the one in Capital Autos), the windows will shatter like they are hit by a vehicle or another weapon. Only happens on rare occasions.
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, the Molotov cocktail is possibly made of gas, rather than gasoline or alcohol, as it have more destructive effect.
  • In GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, the Molotov is quite powerful and effective when used against a group of enemies, rather than the other renditions.
  • In GTA V Online, when you pick up a Molotov it will temporarily be in your inventory as if you were not the proper level to buy it in Ammu-Nation


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