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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.

Overview

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

Thermal vision can now be bought and used in Free Mode using the Thermal Scope on the Heavy Sniper Mk II (which can be toggled on and off with the weapon accessory key), as well as part of the Quad Lens Combat Helmets included with the Smuggler's Run update (which is toggled via the interaction menu, similarly to the Night Vision Goggles). It can also be used in the Beast vs. Slasher and Dawn Raid Adversary missions. It has the advantage of being able to turn on or off accordingly without the delay of being equipped or unequipped in the Adversary Mode and the Thermal Scope, as well as having a longer render distance than even the Advanced Scope; unfortunately, it has the disadvantage of limiting the player's vision, with the player being mostly unable to determine whether there is an object in between the sniper and the target.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Thermal Vision's locations map

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be purchased from a clothing store for $???.
  • May be applied to the Heavy Sniper Mk II via the Thermal Scope for $???.

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Trivia

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.
  • When viewing an NPC or other player through an object with the Thermal Vision, the entire character will not be visible, with the model instead being represented as an orange square.

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