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For the mission in Grand Theft Auto V, see Predator (mission)

The Predator (known as the Police Predator in the HD Universe) is a Police patrol boat used by the police force. It has appeared in every game since Grand Theft Auto III (except Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars).

Description

In all of its appearances, the Predator serves as the main way of naval transport for the Police in the 3D and HD Universes, appearing sometimes patrolling areas (HD Universe), and roaming in water areas when the player has a wanted level.

The Predator is a speedboat designed to serve local Police Departments, but its performance is typically slightly inferior to even the most basic of speedboats such as the Speeder. However, the Predator is an unique in that it has built-in .50 caliber machine guns on both sides of the hull, the boat shoots the same rounds as the helicopter Police Maverick.

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, however, the boats have the Little Willie rounds, thus giving the player the ability to destroy any other boat directly in front of them; however, the guns are also revealed to seize briefly after prolonged firing, implying it is reloading ammunition.

Being a Police Boat, the Predator will, with the exception of GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, appear if the player has a wanted level and is on water; however, despite being a Police Vehicle, the Predator does not have Vigilante Missions associated with it.

On the mobile versions of GTA III, the Predator features a bow rail, a small ladder on the back, and buoys attached to the sides.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, an officer will be on the roof of the boat and will shoot the player if they have, at least, a two star wanted level. The Predator has been seen driving around San Fierro Bay if the player has no wanted level or lock stars cheat activated. The Predator also has the ability to use the radio, despite being a Police Vehicle. It also has emergency lights, but no sirens. On the mobile version of GTA San Andreas, the boat lacks a button to fire its guns unlike other armed vehicles. The player must use the drive-by buttons to shoot.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Predator does not have the built-in machine guns, having been replaced by two Police Officers at the back who will shoot the player with Carbine Rifles; the Predators themselves only begin to appear from a three-stars wanted level onwards. They will be more aggressive if the wanted level is higher. One should note that if the player is swimming, the Predator will chase them and lets the gunmen to shoot at him/her. If the player then returns to land, they will likely leave the area, but the gunmen are still able to shoot. It can be very difficult to obtain and keep a Predator in GTA IV, because once it is boarded, others will spawn and fire on the player. Also, helicopters will appear as usual.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Coast Guard pilot the Police Predator and are armed with Micro-SMGs. They will act much like in GTA IV, but one can avoid them by diving underwater, difficulting their shoots and hiding at the same time. Unlike in GTA IV, these boat can spawn outside wanted levels and without being at the sea. A map of the Alamo Sea and Sandy Shores can be seen inside the Police Predator. This is also seen in the Dinghy

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Performance

3D Universe

As a police-issued boat, the Predator is generally fast and responsive, as well as having an average acceleration. Its resistance, however, is below average due to the thin armor and the poor capabilities for large combat. This is compensated by its machine guns, as the firepower and rate of fire makes these weapons a large threat, able to take out other boats easily. Other than the overheating or reloading mechanism, the machine guns seems to have no disadvantages.

3D Universe Overview


Watercraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 118 / 190 / 103 Petrol 2200 / 4850
Observed
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Predator is rather heavy compared to other speedboats such as the Jetmax or the Squalo, but is still a good choice thanks to its acceleration, top speed and handling. While the machine guns are absent on the HD Universe version, the Police Predator seems to be less sensitive to collisions and gunfire, given the general design and purpose.

GTA IV Overview


Watercraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 43 / 70 / 38 N/A 3000 / 6614
Website Statements
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Police Predator has impressive performance thanks to its powerful engines. The boat has mild steering which often "oversteers" (a bad radius issue with its props). The boat has reasonable acceleration and is not slowed down dramatically by waves or general current, however its stability while stationary in the water is often loose and therefore the boat has a tendency to move around unintentionally.

GTA V Overview


Watercraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 75 / 120 / 65 N/A 2500 / 5512 2
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Predator-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
Acceleration
Traction

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Variants

Ghost

Main article: Ghost

The Predator serves as the basis of another boat in GTA III, known as the Ghost. Appearing only in the mission Gone Fishing, the Ghost sports an entirely blue (PS2 version) or black (PC version) body and lacks the twin machine guns of the Predator.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Spawn in the water when having a wanted level of 2 stars and more, can only be acquired during police chases by killing its operators.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The only way to obtain one is by having a 3-stars wanted level in the water. When the boat is near, kill the Police Officers onboard and clear the wanted level.

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

3D Universe

  • Despite being a police vehicle, the player will not get a wanted level should they collide upon the Predator in another boat.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if the player ever climbs on board the Predator with the never wanted cheat, the policeman who drives the boat will jump off the boat and drown. This glitch also happens when the player climbs on board any boat with a pedestrian in it.
  • In all first launch 3D Universe games of GTA, if the player shoots another Predator that is controlled by a police officer with built-in machine guns, it won't give wanted level. They are usually fixed in later launches and spinoffs.

HD Universe

  • It gives the player a Carbine Rifle upon entry.
  • The unit number (69269) on the LSPD Police Predator is a reference to the 69 sex position.

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