Not to be confused with Night Vision

Thermal-vision goggles are equipment used in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The thermal-vision goggles closely resemble the night vision goggles also used in the game, sharing the exact same model and HUD icon.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The goggles allow the player to see the heat signatures given off by people and vehicles. When used, the game world will appear in a variety of blue, purple, pink, and red hues, blue representing cold areas and red representing hot areas.

After equipping the goggles, it is possible to switch to another weapon and even drive vehicles while retaining the thermal vision goggles' effects. Like the night-vision goggles, the goggles uses the same goggles design and is best suited for use at night. However, moving around while "wearing" the goggles can be confusing and potentially hazardous due to cooler landscape areas and buildings "blending" together. They are first used in the mission "Black Project".

Grand Theft Auto V

Thermal vision is unobtainable during normal gameplay. It does however appear as a thermal scope attachment on a Heavy Sniper that Michael uses in the missions Predator and Derailed.

Grand Theft Auto Online

It can only be used in the Beast vs. Slasher Adversary missions. It operates much more like it did in San Andreas, being a piece of equipment instead of a weapon attachment. It has the advantage of being able to turn on or off accordingly without the delay of being equipped or unequipped. It has the disadvantage however of limiting the player's vision, being able to detect heat from other sources only several meters away.



Thermal Vision's locations map



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • These goggles can be only obtained once, because they never respawn. Whether this was intentional or a glitch is unknown.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • There is a visual glitch where flares are completely invisible when Thermal Vision is turned on.