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"Tear gas grenade, particularly effective at incapacitating multiple assailants. Sustained exposure can be lethal."
GTA V description on the Rockstar Games Social Club.

The Tear Gas is a thrown weapon that is first seen in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PlayStation 2 version only), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Hawk & Little in the HD Universe.

The weapon exists in other versions of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, but cannot be obtained without the use of trainers or modifications.

Description

In real life, tear gas is generally considered to be a non-lethal weapon, but in the world of Grand Theft Auto, it is anything but. Granted, it does take prolonged exposure to the gas to kill, but in confined spaces, this can be arranged. However, seeing as the gas causes people to stop what they are doing while they cover their face and cough, the most practical use for this weapon is to slow enemies down while the player is trying to escape or switch to another weapon and shoot them easily.

Design

3D Universe

"Semi-legal, highly dangerous way of causing crowd unrest."
GTA Vice City Website.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Tear Gas is a generic grey canister with red markings, while in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it is of a grey with blue markings. According to the markings, the Tear Gas utilizes a CS gas, a compound commonly used for such equipment that causes its noxious nature.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Tear Gas makes a return in Grand Theft Auto V, this time taking the form of a M18 Smoke grenade, specifically the "Smoke Red" canister. The weapon is now fully interactive and can be used freely in all versions of the game. NOOSE officers that pursue the player in a wanted level of 4 or 5 will use these if the player is in an interior, throwing Tear Gas at the player in an attempt to make them leave their cover and/or kill them.

Performance

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, by deploying the Tear Gas too close to a person, one will lose health from the noxious gas, and the longer one stays there, the greater they lose health, thus dying.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Tear Gas can be used to attack pedestrians, while the player is unaffected and can freely walk around the gas, until the smoke subsides. Throwing a single can will last approximately 30 seconds, and by dropping more cans, the smoke will last longer and any pedestrians or cops who enter the smoke will be choke on the toxic gas until they die. However, using Tear Gas in a very populated area such as Ocean Beach or The Strip will give the player a high wanted level rather quickly and if Tear Gas cans are used in succession, it may possibly award the player a six star wanted level.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
75 (GTA Vice City)
100 (GTA Vice City)
30 / 98 (GTA Vice City)
1 (GTA Vice City)
N/A 1 (GTA Vice City)
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined Single unit N/A N/A

Grand Theft Auto V

The Tear Gas retains most of its properties, such damaging its user, but the area of effect of the weapon has been decreased. If any NPC is caught in the gas, they will fall to the ground and will asphyxiate until dying, rendering them unable to react. Enemies will also try to avoid the gas once it is released. Players caught in the area of effect will still be able to move, but will take damage until getting killed or when the gas disperses.

The Tear Gas deals little damage if the target is standing right over the grenade and very little damage if they are standing close to the smoke. Much like how the NOOSE agents uses it, the effectiveness of the Tear Gas canister increases if the player wants to remove the target's cover. It also works well as a way to block acess to certain areas.

GTA V Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
0 (Base damage)0.15 (direct)
0.075 (edge)
0 30 / 98 1 (25) N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A Smoke Red (Markings)
Tear Gas (Ammu-Nation Description)
N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined Single unit N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
TearGas-GTAV-RSCStats
Damage
10%
Fire Rate/Speed
20%
Accuracy
10%
Range
15%
Clip Size
10%

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In-game model

HUD icon

First Person View

Locations

The Tear Gas is not meant to be obtained in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PC, Xbox, and 10th Anniversary versions), Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. However, the weapon is fully functional and can be obtained only by using trainers or modifications. This weapon in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories or Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories will cause an extreme framerate drop if the player looks directly at the smoke caused by weapon.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

TearGas-LocationsMap-GTASA

Tear Gas' locations map.

Los Santos

San Fierro

Las Venturas

Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto V

  • LSPD officers and NOOSE agents will rarely try to walk through the Tear Gas if it is blocking their path to get to the player. Sometimes they will stand far from it.

Glitches

There is a glitch in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas involving the Tear Gas. After the Tear Gas is thrown into a crowd, the player can perform a stealth kill on anyone. Everyone affected by the gas will undergo the same animation and die at the same time. However there is a rare glitch that if the player performs this within the smoke cloud, they will also die as if someone did the stealth kill on them.

GTA San Andreas Glitch00:24

GTA San Andreas Glitch

The Tear Gas glitch in action.

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