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The Chainsaw is a melee weapon that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.


The Chainsaw is a portable mechanized saw commonly used as a tool for cutting down trees. Due to its intimidating noise and potential for mutilation, it is frequently employed as a weapon in pop culture, such as horror movies, violent games and some Grand Theft Auto games as well.


3D Universe

The Chainsaw remained largely the same throughout the 3D Universe, only differing in color and detailings. Depending of the game, the rendition in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is of an orange body with a dark grey blade. Later, it changed in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories with a yellow body instead and changed again in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories with a blue body and a light grey blade.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The rendition of the Chainsaw in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has a yellow body with a light grey blade, combining the appearances of the "stories" games. The blades are more pronounced than in other renditions.


3D Universe

Standing still while pressing the attack button will allow the player to swipe with the chainsaw; pressing the button while moving does not allow swiping, but allows the player full mobility. The chainsaw is the only melee weapon which slows the player to a walking pace; in GTA San Andreas, the player also cannot jump with the chainsaw equipped. As such, it is unsuitable for attacking fleeing targets. In GTA Vice City, drops of blood can be seen spattered at the screen when the player successfully attacks a target (although this was removed in the game's mobile release). Despite its immense damage, the Chainsaw cannot decapitate a person, unlike the Katana.

Like firing guns, revving the chainsaw in public will scare pedestrians in the vicinity, and if a police officer is nearby, the player will gain a one-star wanted level, regardless of whether the player harms anyone in the process.

The chainsaw can easily damage parts such as hoods, bumpers and even doors from vehicles. If it is used against a heavily damaged car (which emit black smoke), it will catch fire and explode after several hits. Likewise, the car will instantly explode if hit while burning.

3D Universe Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
35 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 1.7 / 5.6 (GTA Vice City) 1000 (GTA Vice City) N/A 100 (GTA Vice City)
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A 0.1 second

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Chainsaw remains identical to its 3D Universe counterpart. Being a slow and cumbersome weapon, the player might experience difficulties at using it when comes to armed targets.

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Chainsaw's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars



  • The Chainsaw also makes an appearance in Manhunt, another Rockstar title.
  • All renditions of the Chainsaw in the 3D Universe have some kind of brand name on their blades. However, they are illegible.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, tapping the attack button will make Tommy rev the chainsaw, and frighten nearby pedestrians. This can be done both while moving and standing. It can only be done while moving in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • The blood stains and the chainsaw found in the bathroom of the Apartment 3c are a reference to a murder scene in the movie Scarface.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • By pressing "Square" or "B" while aiming to someone, will make Carl Johnson raise the chainsaw in the air, causing people to flee.
  • Extended use of the chainsaw causes max Health, Muscle and Stamina to rise.
  • Like the baseball bat in GTA III, one can kill many pedestrians without penalty as long as there is no law enforcement in the vicinity. This can lead to large sums of money if planned correctly next to a save point or a Pay 'n' Spray.
  • It is possible to open locked car doors using the chainsaw, although it is difficult.
  • The only NPC to use a chainsaw is the mobster in the mission The Meat Business, making this the only time the player can fight someone who has one. However, a glitch may disable this.
  • There is a prop of a Chainsaw with a Dildo as a blade inside the enterable Sex Shop XXX store.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Pressing "Square" while targeting someone with the chainsaw will make Victor swing it; the animation resembles that of the Katana, and the chainsaw makes the same sound upon hitting an opponent.
  • In the PSP version, the player itself cannot use the chainsaw for quick-killing purposes as it have a much lower damage and can only be swung like any other melee weapons. This was later rectified in the PS2 version, where it performs like previous renditions.
  • In the PS2 version, the chainsaw sound's pitch is increased slightly.

HD Universe

A powersaw in GTA IV.

  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, a powersaw can be found by workers in construction sites, though they are not usable by the players.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars you can hijack cars in front of police by using the chainsaw on the car. When the passengers walk out, take the car without any worry of alerting the police. However, be careful of accidentally killing the escaping passengers.