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"Aluminum baseball bat with leather grip. Lightweight yet powerful for all you big hitters out there."
Grand Theft Auto V description on Social Club.

The Baseball Bat is a common melee weapon present in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto III.

Description

The Baseball Bat is one of the first melee weapons featured in the series. It is, by far, the easiest weapon to obtain, with one always at the safehouse in the games taking place in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and a common sight throughout the other games. The baseball bat is also commonly seen in the hands of gangsters, mobsters, and sometimes civilians.

Design

Through the series, the Baseball Bat concept remained the same, with little cosmetic changes that differs in each game or universe.

3D Universe

The Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition of the Baseball Bat is of a wooden material with a number 7 and black markings. From Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, however, the Baseball Bat is depicted in an aluminium material with no markings on it, with a black handle.

In the first mission in GTA San Andreas, the bat that Big Smoke is holding appears to be wooden, instead of the aluminium one available in-game. Also, in the mission Running Dog, Big Smoke is again seen using a wooden bat to knock out a Vagos gang member. It clearly produces a wooden sound when Big Smoke drops the bat. It implies that the wooden bat was supposed to be reused for said game, but ended up using the aluminium one for some reason.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Baseball Bat in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City remained similar to the rendition post-San Andreas, having an aluminium appearance and no markings.

In an early version of GTA IV, a wooden baseball bat appeared in the hands of various gangsters in a Weazel News report, clearly having a brown appearance rather than the grey one depicted in the current bat, suggesting those were wooden.

The bat is first seen in the mission Bull in a China Shop, where Vlad gives Niko one of these for the task, but he refuses to use it.

Aside from the standard aluminium bat, a bloody version also exists as a prop based on the same bat found in EFLC, as well as a wooden one in TLAD.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

For Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the baseball bat is a wooden one, like the GTA III rendition.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Baseball Bat is of aluminium again, but now has various markings on it, including "G.E.S.", "XL" and the Ballas "B" logo, as well as the "Western States Baseball League" logo on it.

In an artwork for GTA V, Franklin is seen with Chop, holding a wooden baseball bat. Trevor is also seen holding a wooden bat in his character trailer and an artwork.

Performance

3D Universe

In the 3D Universe, theBaseball Bat can easily kill pedestrians, police men, and mobsters in two hits, the first hit flooring them, the second finishing them while still on the ground.

Being a club-based melee weapon, the Baseball Bat generally has longer range than most melee weapons, tied with the Machete and the Katana.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
21 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 2.0 / 6.6 (GTA Vice City) 1000 (GTA Vice City) N/A 100 (GTA Vice City)
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A 0.1 seconds

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the Baseball Bat is a cumbersome but effective melee weapon. While not as lethal or fast as the Knife, it can reach their targets easily, giving them no chance to hit the wielder during a melee combat, as it kills in about three or four hits. If timed properly, when a player swings the baseball bat (the swing that is performed when no one is targeted) at a person holding a gun, there is a chance of disarming the person with the gun. Players should be cautious if they were to do this, since they must be in front of the person holding the gun. The chance of knocking a gun out of a person's hands is bigger with Handguns and Submachine Guns. The Baseball Bat can also be used for a one-hit kill counter-attack, by dodging an attack with the Bat equipped, and pressing the attack button. The characters will attack their enemies either with the bat's thick barrel or with the end of the bat (also called top or cap), usually knocking them down instantly. Also, hitting the head of an NPC with any of the attack buttons (without counter-attacks) will knock them down instantly or even killing them, similar to the Fist.

In The Lost and Damned, the bat is used to hit other racers in Bike Races (singleplayer or multiplayer). Depending of the force of the hit, a weak swing can push their rival bikers away from the player, causing them to lose control of their bikes for a few seconds. With a strong swing, they can knock other bikers off their bikes (except Terry or Clay), or, in multiplayer modes, dealing good damage over them (requiring almost the same hits as when in foot).

Using the Baseball Bat against vehicles will cause to deform them easily or break any exposed part (such as open doors and windows). With enough hits, the car can be set aflame, especially helicopters, as they are more sensitive to deformation than land vehicles.

GTA IV Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
1 N/A 1.6 / 5.2 N/A N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
1-3/8 (Primary attack)

2-4/8 (Secondary attack)
8/8 (Counter-attack 1 & 2)

N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Unlike the Nightstick, the Baseball Bat knocks people to the floor, which leaves some time to kill them while in the ground. It is largely similar to the 3D Universe iterations, being a cumbersome melee weapon with high damage.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Baseball Bat remains largely similar to the Grand Theft Auto IV iteration, being also able to kill enemies with a hit on their heads.

The weapon is statistically one of the strongest melee weapons, tied with the Golf Club and the Pool Cue.

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
20
0 1.6 / 5.2 0 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
BaseballBat-GTAV-RSCStats
Damage
20%
Fire Rate/Speed
10%
Accuracy
0%
Range
0%
Clip Size
0%

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icons

Artworks

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

BaseballBat-LocationsMap-GTASA

Baseball Bat's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

General

Broker

Dukes

  • Meadows Park - Can be found on the east side of the RON gas station on Cleves Ave, atop an oil storage tank. Ascend the stairs on the tank to reach the Bat.

Bohan

  • Little Bay - Can be found behind the apartment complex located on the southeastern corner of the intersection of Bronco St and Coxsack Ave.
  • South Bohan - Can be found atop the construction project off Rocket St, on the south corner of the roof of the unfinished structure.
  • Boulevard - Can be found leaning against the batting cage on the baseball field in the northeast corner of Welham Parkway.
  • Can be found on the Bohan Line subway bridge that parallels the Northwood Heights Bridge.

Algonquin

  • Colony Island - Can be found behind the Colony Island Lighthouse on the north side of the island.
  • Lancaster - Can be found in an alley off of Union Drive East, in front of an unused garage door.
  • Algonquin Bridge - Can be found on the northern pedestrian walkway, resting against the eastern suspension tower.

Alderney

  • Berchem - Can be found in a large alley south of Aspdin Dr, resting in the alcove of a building.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Commonly found on a Baseball Fields.

Grand Theft Auto V

The baseball bat is unable to be purchased, therefore forcing the player to find ones that spawn around the map in order to obtain it.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The baseball bat is, again, unable to be purchased and only appears in Contact Missions. However, if they are picked up, the player can retain them.

Bugs/Glitches

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the player knocks a pedestrian to the ground but does not kill the ped, if locking on to the ped and moving to a correct position, Niko will perform a little spin.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • If the player enters GTA Online and then goes back to Story Mode, the bat will disappear from the weapon wheel of all three protagonists. The same happens with Molotov Cocktails and the Golf Club.

Trivia

  • Originally in GTA III, it was possible to sprint with a baseball bat. Also, the bat was originally red and yellow, with a red grip.

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