Cranes are heavy machinery used for heavy lifting or construction work that appear in some Grand Theft Auto games.

Interactive cranes

Grand Theft Auto

In Grand Theft Auto and its two expansion packs in Grand Theft Auto: London, cranes were positioned at the docks in the games. Cranes were used to transport vehicles onto a ship where the player was given varying amounts of money depending on the condition of the vehicle. They are meant to be a source of income other than the missions. They are also used in the missions of the game. The crane works by driving a vehicle under a designated area and exiting when the crane starts moving and giving money when the vehicle is on the ship. The amount earned is also affected by the player's multiplier.

Grand Theft Auto 2

In Grand Theft Auto 2, cranes are used similarly to the way they are in GTA. A vehicle is driven under the crane and lifted into a certain area where money is awarded to the player. Instead of putting vehicles on a ship for export, the crane in GTA 2 drops vehicles into a car crusher. The awards given to the player are also more rewarding than in GTA since certain vehicles offer some other rewards such as weaponry. Depending on the kind of car taken to the crane, the player will get a power up, such as invisibility, double damage, or a cop bribe.

Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the crane is operated by an NPC at the Crusher. Players need to park a vehicle in an area marked by old car tires. The NPC crane operator will then automatically pick up the car, and put it into the crusher. The crusher would then close, as soon as the crane puts the vehicle inside of the crusher. There is another crane nearby the Import Export Garage, where an NPC picks up vehicles that the player has to deliver: these are the emergency vehicles.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the player is able to operate various large construction cranes around San Andreas outside of missions. The player can adjust the height and position of the object that the crane is holding (either a wrecking ball or a large magnet) and use it to smash/pickup objects. Cranes in GTA San Andreas are manufactured by DUDE or Final Build Construction. The magnet is able to pick up any vehicle in the game, with the exception of aircraft and boats.

Cranes can be found at the following locations:

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars during the mission "Counterfeit Gangster", the player is required to use a crane to dump cars in the water. Also, the player uses a crane to get Melanie's van during Parking Pickle, a exclusive mission for PSP only.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, an HVY rail crane can be operated during the mission Scouting the Port, where the player must move containers in the port. The crane is only usable during the mission.

Non-interactive cranes

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

There are also some cranes in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories that can be found in Viceport. These cannot be accessed.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes

A crane is situated on the closed-off section of Frankfort Avenue, between Hematite Street and Iron Street. The mission "Bang Bang" in The Ballad of Gay Tony requires the player to destroy the crane with Sticky Bombs.

Grand Theft Auto V

Various construction cranes can be found at construction sites around the map, such as the Mile High Club.



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In the Easter Basin docks, sometimes the magnet will be too low. If the player drives an export/import vehicle onto the red marker while the crane is too low, it will cause a funny glitch. CJ will get out of vehicle as usual, when it's ready for exporting. But having the magnet on the car will cause the car to be hanging in the air, while CJ jumps and shouts as he gets out of the car. Even better, he will not be injured after his jump. (The car will still be successfully exported even after this glitch.)
  • There is also another glitch in the crane found in Las Venturas. If the player lifts one of the crates found at the construction site, then rotates the crane, at some point the crate will freeze in the air and the magnet won't move anymore. The player can release the crane and continue operating the magnet, however the crate will remain stuck in the air.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

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