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This article is about the tugboat featured in Grand Theft Auto IV. For the airtug featured in Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas, see Tug.

The Tug is a tugboat featured in Grand Theft Auto IV.


The boat is very large, and as expected for a vehicle of its size, is very slow, even more so than a Reefer. The Tug Boat also possesses heavy control and very poor stopping power (due to the vehicle being a watercraft, coupled with its weight). The Tug Boat is by far the largest controllable vehicle in the game, and fourth largest in the entire series thus far, after the AT-400, Jet and the Cargo Plane boasting a huge and sturdy hull, and a three-story superstructure (including a funnel) with the bridge attached on the top (other portions of the superstructure are inaccessible). In The Lost and Damned, the Tug's front is extended a small bit. The Tug Boat has an obvious industrial use in GTA IV, and it is most likely used to move the large garbage boats dotted around the cities waters.


Whilst on the Tug Boat, the player cannot run, but the player may move faster if they aim with the pistol. Pressing the correct button to board the ship will also cause the player to automatically walk to the wheel of the boat. This vehicle can only properly contain one person in multiplayer (the driver), although others can still stand on the deck, however these players will lose some control of their characters. When the boat is moving, they will also begin to glide off slowly; if anyone stands at the front of the boat they will actually pass through the superstructure and see the water beneath. NOTE- It IS possible for passengers to safely ride the vehicle, but they will have to hang onto the side of the boat WITHOUT pressing X or Y, (Xbox 360 version)or X or Square, (PS3 Version)


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Main article: Olifantus

Olifantus is the name for a tugboat based on the Tug, appearing in Grand Theft Auto V. The design is unchanged from the Tug, with the exception of a different paintjob.


  • If the player is in the water and they want to board the ship, go in front of it and press "Enter Vehicle". Note that this will only work if the engine is turned off.
  • Sometimes when you start the boat, the radio will delay turning on for about 3 seconds.
  • If the player shuts off the boat's engine, then turns it back on, it sometimes will not make a sound. This also applies to some ground vehicles.
  • In the mission Buoys Ahoy, when the player is chasing Dimitri's men, multiple Tug Boats are seen throughout the mission, which the player can take, but this will result in failing the mission.
  • This boat is the only vehicle in GTA IV that does not catch fire after being hit by an RPG.
  • In GTA V, a wrecked version can be found on the seabed in Elysian Island.
  • In GTA V, docked Tugs can be found around Port of Los Santos; not rusted, they are white and green. One in a covered dock and they are not able to be driven or used, but you can access the decks.
  • In GTA V, the docked tug lacks the 3rd floor cab.


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