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The ProLaps Parachute is designed for only one purpose in the three GTA games it appears in: to safely return the player to ground level after falling from a significant height. The parachute appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Ballad of Gay Tony, and Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA San Andreas introduced a more realistic range of damage incurred to the player when falling, where the severity of damage is amplified; jumps from moderate heights will deduct substantial amounts of the player's health, while jumps from extreme heights may result in certain death (unless the player's Health is full with the statistic at 100%, where falling from even the highest place will only result in approximately 95% of health loss). The parachute was introduced as a life-saving option, available in various high elevations throughout the State of San Andreas, including building rooftops, or after bailing out of any flying vehicles (an exception being the Andromeda in the Stowaway mission) after obtaining a pilot's license by completing the Learning to Fly strand.

Utilizing the parachute is done by pressing the "fire" key, as with weapons. However, there are a few seconds of delay after leaping from an elevation before deployment is possible. Once the parachute is deployed, the player may control their descent by rotating left and right, and by pushing forward or pulling back on the main control to speed up and slow their rate of descent. Pulling back on the parachute also allows the player to land running, instead of falling prone, as occurs when not pulling back. Parachutes also introduce the concept of "freefalling" as the player is capable of entering a controlled diving position after jumping from a high altitude whenever he is wearing a parachute, rather than flailing whenever they fall from a height without one. The parachute can only be used once. After landing, the parachute is removed from the player's inventory.

While introduced in GTA San Andreas, GTA games released prior to The Ballad of Gay Tony have not resumed the adoption of the parachute and retain pre-GTA San Andreas fall damage, albeit being slightly more realistic.

Falling prior to GTA San Andreas

In GTA games prior to GTA San Andreas, death by falling occurs less frequently, resulting in the lack of need for parachutes. While considerable damage may occur as a result of falling in Grand Theft Auto 1 and Grand Theft Auto 2, the top-down environment resulted in restricted height of buildings, lowering the possibility of such fatalities; with a full health, the player may fall roughly four times from a moderately high ramp before dying.

In most 3D Universe games including Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the player is allowed to access rooftops of multistory buildings and skyscrapers, but the player's resilience to damage by falling in both games is increased to a level where it is possible to unrealistically survive jumps off from a substantial height (i.e. a moderately tall skyscraper), although death may still be achieved by jumping off the rooftops of the tallest skyscrapers via extraordinary means (such as a third party teleporter or jetpack). A lack of aircraft and ability to eject from moving vehicles or technical limitations in early GTA games are also factors for the late adoption of the parachute.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

"Fully steerable. Get the drop on enemies from above, or make a quick stealth escape from buildings to the street below."
―Description from the TBoGT website

Parachutes are reintroduced in The Ballad of Gay Tony with a vastly improved design, flapping realistically with the wind when deployed. Parachutes are first used in the mission High Dive and then adopted for a number of missions in the game, and serves as an integral component for the game's interpretation of base jumps, which are available in single player mode as well as the multiplayer "Free Mode" (using the parachute in Team Deathmatch could allow for an entire team to paradrop into a combat zone). Base jumping in the game involves the player jumping off a number of skyscrapers in Liberty City onto moving trucks. After completing all of the jumps in single player, the parachute will appear in the player's safehouse.

The Parachute can also be spawned via cheat code, by dialing the number: 359-555-7272 (The Parachute can be found in the players inventory). The parachute in the game also featured a glitch which could be exploited to allow the player to ascend instead of descend, remaining in the air for an indefinite amount of time. This specific technique has been patched but the glitch can still work using other techniques.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Parachute reappears in Grand Theft Auto V. It first appeared in a screenshot released on August 22nd 2012, showing a person using a parachute near a mountain.

The player is now able to shoot single handed weapons after the parachute has been deployed. The weapons are the same used in vehicles, being just pistols and the Micro-SMG. This has never been a feature in the GTA series, although the player was able to shoot similarly from the Jetpack in GTA San Andreas.

The player is also able to deploy the parachute while on a bike that is falling in the air. However, the bike cannot be carried with the parachute as the player will eject from the bike and let it fall once the parachute is deployed.

The player can buy different colored chutes as well as smoke trails. To enable the smoke trail, press and hold XBox A if on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, and PS3 Cross if on PS3 or PS4.

Generally, when landing with the parachute in GTA V, it is necessary to pull back on the movement stick (Or hold R1 & L1 on PS3, RT or LT on XBOX) to land safely with no damage. Landing while pushing forward on the movement stick will cause the character to faceplant, and this may lead to injury or death.

After The San Andreas Flight School Update, new chute bags were added that represent the flags of certain countries. The list of countries on the chute bags are as follows:

Parachutes-GTAV-FlagLiveries

Five of the parachute bags from the San Andreas Flight School Update, seen in the trailer.

Customization (GTA V)

Chutes

  • Blue Chute - equipped by default
  • Red Chute - $500
  • Seaside Striped Chute - $1000
  • Hornet Chute - $1250
  • Patriot Chute - $1500
  • Windowmaker Chute - $1750
  • Rainbow Chute - $2000
  • Black Chute - $2500

Smoke Trails

  • No Smoke Trail - by default
  • Red Smoke Trail - $200
  • Orange Smoke Trail - $400
  • Yellow Smoke Trail - $600
  • Blue Smoke Trail - $800
  • Black Smoke Trail - $1000

Glitches

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, since the parachute is controlled by script, there could be times when the parachute will not function correctly. These glitches are rare but can happen, such as when the game is processing too many animations, or if the player is using many cheats.

  • When deploying the parachute, CJ can become stuck in free fall mode. So once he hits the ground, he gets wasted instead of landing safely. Video.
  • Hitting the water without deploying the parachute can rarely make CJ stuck in skydiving animation in the water. The player can escape this glitch by spawning a vehicle and entering it. Video.
  • When CJ lands to the ground, the animation depicting CJ falling at great height will occur, and the parachute will 'sink' into the ground where he is standing.
  • In the original PS2 version of the game, while doing the Chiliad Challenge, the player can jump off the mountain and deploy the parachute. After a few seconds, the game will put CJ back on his bike, but the parachute will still be deployed and on CJ's back, and sticking upright, resulting in a rather humorous appearance. This glitch was fixed on the PC and mobile ports of the game.
  • The parachute model in the PC version is unable to display correct animations while the player is controlling it. In the PS2 and Xbox versions, CJ holds on to the parachute's hanging control handles as he is descending, and any directional input made by the player will make CJ pull or push these handles in order to control the parachute's canopy. However, in the PC version, the parachute's directional handles never move, and stay hanging completely still, even if CJ's hands appear to be grasping and moving them.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if CJ is still in the parachute opening animation and hits the ground, he will die. This will happen regardless of any health cheats that are used.
  • In the original PS2 version, if the player presses and holds the R3 button to look back while CJ lands on the ground with the parachute deployed, his head may appear bent backwards at an impossible angle. This can be fixed by entering a vehicle.
  • In GTA San Andreas collision-proof vehicles are immune to melee attacks. However, the player can destroy collision-proof vehicle with fists when CJ has parachute on his back.

Grand Theft Auto V & Online

  • In GTA V, sometimes when purchasing a parachute at Ammu-Nation, the in-game camera will appear under the ceiling, and the owner of the store will walk away and not come back, making the Protagonist not playable (even though the player cannot see him). The player can fix this glitch by reloading the game or replaying a mission.
  • Since the 1.16 update for GTA Online, which allowed the player to change the livery of the parachute bag, when the parachute is ditched, after it has been deployed, the bag livery will change to that of the United States flag.

Locations

Parachute-LocationsMap-GTASA

Parachute's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Los Santos

San Fierro

Las Venturas

Whetstone

Tierra Robada

  • Atop the Tierra Robada-side tower of the Gant Bridge.

Bone County

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Mount Chiliad Cable Car - Upper boarding platform; parachute is resting against the rail between the the two docking slips. Also the location of a Leonora Johnson clue.
  • Pillbox Hill - Top of crane, eastern tip.
  • Sold at Ammunation for $100
  • Automatically equipped when entering any aircraft
  • Can be spawned with the cheat code button combination

Missions that involve the parachute

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Gallery

HUD Icons

Trivia

General

  • The back of GTA San Andreas' yellow-and-red parachute features a Rockstar North logo, while a ProLaps logo is present on The Ballad of Gay Tony rendition.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Blue para

The blue variant of the parachute in GTA San Andreas, as seen during a video demonstration at the Flying School.

  • A second blue rectangular parachute backpack design exists in GTA San Andreas, although the player has no direct access to it; the parachute itself is otherwise similar. The backpack can be seen in at least two occasions in the game, one during the Flying School's video demonstration of the "Parachute Onto Target" trial, and another during "A Home in the Hills" where the backpacks are carried by the Triads to base jump into Madd Dogg's Crib.
  • Like the Jetpack, the parachute is technically a weapon despite functioning as a vehicle.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • If the parachute is activated when jumping off of a low structure (approximately three stories), the parachute will open and save the player from being wasted from the fall but the parachute will remain for the player to use for another time.
  • It is possible to use 2 parachutes at once. This can be done by putting on the existing one then grabbing another. If the player lands properly, he can then wear the second one previously picked up after putting on the first. This is useful if the player ends up landing on a building with no safe way off.
  • The beta version of the parachute in The Ballad of Gay Tony was all yellow, not yellow, blue, and white as it is now.

Grand Theft Auto V & Online

  • In the screenshot above of Franklin Clinton parachuting off a mountain, the design of the parachute has the same design as the parachute in TBoGT. However, it is never seen in the actual game, as it was removed before the game was released.
  • Parachuting out of a helicopter high in the air and hitting it in any place will blow it up and kill the player in the process.
  • With the new San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online, the player is now able to purchase flag livery parachute bags.
  • It is very odd how parachutes can be bought at Ammu-Nation, since it sells weaponry and parachutes are not related to weapons in any way.

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