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A Melee Weapon is a type of weapon featured in every Grand Theft Auto game after Grand Theft Auto III.

Melee Weapons serve as a traditional way to attack enemies in close combats, generally where no firearms are involved. They are usually better against a single enemy or multiple unarmed enemies. Because of their properties such as being easily carried, they take longer to attract police attention.

Most melee weapons are basically tools intended for non-combat purposes. However, as the series revolves around criminals and weapons, it is certain that these characters will use them as a mechanism of defense, based on the effects they would cause over a victim (killing them if necessary).

List of weapons

Fist

Image Name Description First Appearance
Fist-GTAV
Fist The Fist is the unarmed state of the character as is the primary way of combat against single targets. Grand Theft Auto
BrassKnuckles-GTAV
Brass Knuckles The Brass Knuckles are a step-up over the fist, as it increases damage and retains the speed and range of the same. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Blades

Bladed weapons are generally weaker, but faster and deadly over targets, usually causing severe blood loss. They are characterized by their sharp appearance, denoting its deadly aspect.

Image Name Description First Appearance
Knife-GTAV
Knife The Knife is a very useful accessory for hunting and defense. It is notable for being used as a stealth weapon in some games, as the player can use it to kill enemies without being spotted. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
AntiqueCavalryDagger-GTAV
Antique Cavalry Dagger The Antique Cavalry Dagger is an old civil war Dagger that is more powerful than the Knife and can be also used underwater. Grand Theft Auto V ("I'm Not a Hipster" Update)
Bottle-GTAV
Bottle The Bottle is an improvised weapon that works in a similar way to the Knife, except that it cannot be used underwater. Grand Theft Auto V (Beach Bum Update)
Switchblade-GTAV
Switchblade The Switchblade is a folding knife that deals deadly damage against enemies, but cannot be used underwater Grand Theft Auto Online (Executives and Other Criminals)
Screwdriver-GTAVC
Screwdriver The Screwdriver is a small weapon that causes great damage over targets and is light and fast. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Chisel-GTALCS
Chisel The Chisel is a small weapon that behaves similarly to the Screwdriver, being a deadly weapon. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
ButterflyKnife-GTAVCS
Butterfly Knife The Butterfly Knife is a small sharp weapon that behaves similarly to Screwdriver, being also deadly against enemies. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Machete-GTAV
Machete The Machete is a large blade that works similarly to the Knife, but has a slightly better range. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
MeatCleaver-GTAVC
Meat Cleaver The Meat Cleaver is a square-shaped blade that works similarly to the Knife. It appears to be an intermediate between the Knife and the Machete. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
FireAxe-GTALCS
Fire Axe The Fire Axe is a small axe that deals good damage and is light and fast. It behaves similarly to the Meat Cleaver. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Hatchet-GTAV
Hatchet The Hatchet is a lightweight axe that causes good damage over enemies. One can also hit their heads or necks. Grand Theft Auto V
BattleAxe-GTAV
Battle Axe The Battle Axe is an axe that works similarly to the Hatchet, able to execute enemies by hitting their heads or neck. Grand Theft Auto Online (Bikers)
StoneHatchet-GTAO-RSC
Stone Hatchet The Stone Hatchet is a rustic variation of the Hatchet that works identical to the standard version, but triggers a rampage mode thatmakes its wielder almost immune to damage and can be further lenghtened by killing more targets. Grand Theft Auto Online (After Hours)
Katana-GTAVC
Katana The Katana is a weapon that can be used to slice off heads of pedestrians and enemies with only one strike, being the most powerful melee weapon in the series. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Sword-GTACW-Android
Sword The Sword is a weapon that works similarly to the Katana, being a powerful blade bladed weapon against enemies. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Chainsaw-GTAVCS
Chainsaw The Chainsaw is a powerful weapon that, while it is cumbersome to use, it is very effective against multiple targets and can break vehicle parts easily. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Clubs

Club weapons are usually slow to use and are not as deadly as bladed weapons, but they can deal great damage when hitting targets and offer longer reach.

Image Name Description First Appearance
BaseballBat-GTAV
Baseball Bat The Baseball Bat is the most common melee weapon in the series and can knock down pedestrians easily. Grand Theft Auto III
GolfClub-GTAV
Golf Club The Golf Club is a lightweight club that swings faster and deals good damage. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
HockeyStick-GTALCS
Hockey Stick The Hockey Stick is a lightweight club that works similarly to the Golf Club, dealing the same damage. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
PoolCue-GTAV
Pool Cue The Pool Cue is a weapon that works similarly to the Baseball Bat, dealing good damage against enemies. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Shovel-GTASA
Shovel The Shovel is a melee weapon that deals lower damage than most clubs, but appears to be faster to knock down enemies. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
GaffHook-GTAVCS
Gaff Hook The Gaff Hook is a weapon that behaves similarly to most clubs and deals the same damage as the Cane. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Hammer-GTAV
Hammer The Hammer is a small weapon that behaves like a club. It deals good damage over the Fist, but is weaker than most two-handed clubs. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Crowbar-GTAV
Crowbar The Crowbar is a small weapon that behaves similarly to the Hammer, able to hit enemies to knock them down. Grand Theft Auto V
Nightstick-GTAV
Nightstick The Nightstick is a weapon issued for law enforcement usage and behaves like most single-handed clubs, being somewhat weak but can be swung faster. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Flashlight-GTAO
Flashlight The Flashlight is a tool that can illuminate dark areas. It also serves as a melee weapon, which behaves like most single-handed clubs. Grand Theft Auto Online (Halloween Surprise)

Gifts

Although classed as their own group and primarily purposed for girlfriends, gifts also doubles as melee weapons, behaving similarly to their corresponding counterparts.

Image Name Description First Appearance
Cane-GTASA
Cane The Cane is a large object that behaves like most two-handed clubs. Despite being in the gifts slot, it cannot be given to girlsfriends. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Flowers-GTASA
Flowers The Flowers are a bunch of flowers that, despite their rather fragile nature, they are pretty effective as a melee weapon. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
DildoShortWhite-GTASA

DildoLongPurple-GTASA
Dildo The Dildo is a sex toy for girlfriends that also serves as a small melee weapon. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
VibratorShort-GTASA

VibratorLong-GTASA
Vibrator The Vibrator, like the Dildo, is a sex toy for girlfriends that also serves as a small melee weapon. It behaves like the Knife.
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