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- "Tag vehicles or objects for remote detonation."
- ―Description from the TBoGT website.
- "A plastic explosive charge fitted with a remote detonator. Can be thrown and then detonated or attached to a vehicle then detonated."
- ―GTA V description on the Rockstar Games Social Club.
They are thrown, and stick to any vehicle or surface they hit. However, unlike Satchel Charges in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, they cannot stick to people in Story Mode. They can then be detonated by pressing Left on the D-pad or shooting them. Sticky Bombs are seen in the Weazel News Trailer, which is used by the Terrorism Expert. When thrown, the bombs emit a steady beep and a yellow light flashes. When activated the beep rises in pitch and speed, and the light turns red, then after less than a second, they detonate. The blast radius is similar to that of a grenade.
The design of the bomb is different in the two games it appears in. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, it is an explosive with a remote-controlled time bomb taped onto it. In GTA V, it is comprised of two explosive sticks with a remote-controlled time bomb taped onto it. There is a small red light attached to the device to help mark it when placed.
If the player is in a vehicle of any kind and they try to hold the sticky bomb until it detonates, it will not explode even after 90 seconds has gone by. It will start to beep slowly, and after about 60 seconds the beeping will get faster, but it will still not explode. If you throw it out after holding it for a long time, the timer will reset as it is thrown out, so holding the bomb will not affect the time it takes to detonate.
The player can place up to 10 Sticky Bombs (2 in multiplayer), and throwing out the 11th (3rd in multiplayer) will cause the first one to disappear. In GTA V, the limit for placed bombs has been amplified to 20 (5 in GTA Online). When the limit is reached, a message appears on the screen indicating it, and, like in TBoGT, the first one disappears when the 21st (6th in Online) is placed.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
- They are given to the player in the missions Bang Bang and Going Deep.
- Available for purchase at Armando's gun van for $800 after the completion of Bang Bang.
- Found in Luis' safehouse after completing 40 Drug Wars and Bang Bang.
Grand Theft Auto V
- Given to the player in Friends Reunited.
- Can be found underwater beneath the train bridge in Banning.
- Can be bought from Ammu-Nation for $400.
- Can be found at the crash site of the Merryweather cargo plane after the mission Minor Turbulence, located almost directly North of Stab City in the Alamo Sea.
- Can be found on second floor of the unfinished building located on the corner of Vespucci Boulevard and Prosperity Street in Vespucci Canals
- Can be bought from Ammu-Nation for $600, after reaching Rank 19.
- Sticky Bombs can be used as a cheaper replacement for the car bomb in GTA Online. Just open a car door (preferably to the side other players don't use to enter the vehicle) and stick the bomb to the inside of the door, so when the door closes, the bomb is inside the vehicle. This prevents other players from seeing the bomb. This also works in TBoGT, but due to the 90 second timer it is not as effective.
- If the player chooses the Fire Crew option for The Bureau Raid, Michael will have to plant incendiary bombs that reuse the TBoGT sticky bomb model, but with a more rectangular shape.
- As of the 1.15 Update, sticky bombs can now be stuck to other players and NPC's.
- However, sticky bombs will no longer stick to passive players.
- Sticky Bombs are effectively the HD Universe counterpart of the Satchel Charges from GTA San Andreas, however they cannot be detonated in a vehicle in GTA San Andreas.
- Many players prefer this weapons in drive-bys, due to the fact that they deal a large amount of damage, can stick to any vehicle, and can be detonated at any time (which allows them to be used somewhat like landmines). However, the player must be careful to ensure that their own car doesn't get caught in the blast radius, if using them against a vehicle in close proximity. Another factor to take in mind is how fragile they are, as shooting them will cause them to explode. If they are placed onto a vertical surface and rammed by a car, they will detonate.
- Players must also be careful when in close proximity of a placed bomb, as they have a 90 second fuse. Thus, if an armed bomb is left undetonated for 90 seconds, it will automatically detonate. In GTA V, the player will not have to worry about this as the bomb has a unlimited timer.