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The Detonator is a device featured in the Grand Theft Auto series.


3D Universe

The Detonator can be used to remotely activate a bomb or grenade, allowing the player to set off the explosives at exactly the moment they desire. However, if the players walks too far away from the explosive lying on the ground it is very likely to just vanish, requiring the player to stay close to it after it has been thrown.

Like any item, the player can optionally change the detonator by another weapon and carrying it, and will be permanently added in the inventory unless the player uses it. They can even use the detonator later if they desire to place any other explosive.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In the mission Wear Flowers in Your Hair in GTA San Andreas, if Zero is killed while he is sitting on the bench playing with the RC Raider, he will drop a Detonator. This was intentional, as the game developers wanted it to look like he was holding a remote control for the RC Raider that he was flying.
  • If a Detonator is given to a pedestrian through mods and they try to attack another pedestrian or CJ with it, the game crashes.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a bug occurs that if the player places a Satchel Charge in any place with the infinite ammo cheat and they use the detonator, it will never disappear, unless if they change the weapon in the projectile slot (e.g. grenades or molotovs).
  • In GTA San Andreas, if CJ uses the Detonator inside any casino (without place charges), it will attract the guards' attention, but the player won't gain police attention unless they attack the guards.