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Not to be confused with the Nightshade, a vintage muscle car in Grand Theft Auto Online.
An armored SUV with sniper-proof glass, dual machine guns, and the option to attach an Anti-Aircraft Trailer. So, just an everyday Los Santos essential. Weapon customization available in the MOC or the Avenger.
Career Builder description.
There's a special moment in the life of every billionaire when you realize that everyone else is trying to kill you and steal from you. And when the time comes, you want a vehicle built exclusively to cater to that paranoid delusion. Enter the Nightshark, where you can sit in perfect comfort behind tinted, sniper-proof glass as the filthy hordes press against your armored hull, then pull the trigger on the dual machine guns and relax as the car does all the hard work for you. Who's crazy now?
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The HVY Nightshark is an armored four-door SUV featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Gunrunning update, released on August 8, 2017, during the Nightshark Week event.


The Nightshark was initially featured as a mission-only vehicle in the Mobile Operation mission Exit Strategy. However, as of the Nightshark Week event, it became available for purchase.


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There's a special moment in the life of every successful arms dealer when you realize that everyone else is out to kill you. And when the moment comes, you want a vehicle built exclusively to cater to that particular dilemma. Enter the HVY Nightshark, where you can unleash a hail of bullets in total comfort with its front-facing twin machine guns. Welcome to the new business class - now available exclusively from Warstock Cache & Carry.
— Rockstar Newswire description.

The SUV is largely based on the Dartz Kombat, with elements from the Dartz Black Shark, predominately in the front design.

The Nightshark is depicted as an armored SUV with a large and bulky design. The front end is predominated by a heavy-duty bumper with a steel bar on the center, numerous holes above and trapezoid shapes on the edges. The upper area houses a mesh grille on the center with square lamps located ahead of it, while the outer sides have black wide housings with circular lights and dual turning lights. The hood has a bulged profile around the center and has three vented sections on either side.

The sides of the vehicle have bulky arches, small armor panels running through the lower sides and small side steps at the bottom, along with side-exit exhaust tips within the rear quarters of the vehicle. The cabin area has wide frames and is fitted with soundproof windows in a similar manner to the Cognoscenti and the Revolter. The roof area has circular fog lamps on the edges and three marker lights on the center, while the sides have two small loops on the front area and two long horizontal bars on the rear area.

The rear end is mostly dominated by a thick armor panel in the middle, with the rectangular tail lights seen beside it. The lower area features a bulky bumper housing a license plate, a steel bar and a tow hitch able to tow an Anti-Aircraft Trailer. As expected from an off-road vehicle, the Nightshark features sump guards on both axles, which are seemingly behind the bumpers.

The interior of the vehicle is shared with the Insurgent and the Insurgent Pick-Up, using a digital dial set with various components usually seen on industrial trucks. The back section has a rather worn appearance.

The vehicle is prominently painted in a primary color, with the trapezium portions and holes of the front bumper, the steel bumper bars, the side armor panels and the side roof bars painted in a secondary color. The vehicle uses large industrial wheels with high-profile tires, sharing the same steel rim design with the ones from the Insurgent and its armed variant. These rims can also support a dedicated color (although only naturally-generated examples may have one).

The vehicle is equipped with four retractable machine guns, which are located in the outermost holes of the front bumper. When selected, the small hatches open and the machine guns are exposed.

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For an armored vehicle of this size, the Nightshark performs exceptionally well. It has great acceleration and good top speed, as well as great handling, able to sort most turns on the road, though one may experience slight understeer on sharp turns. The reinforced bumper also means it can push over other vehicles rather easily, without a drastic loss of speed. Its suspension is average for a car of its type, meaning it can keep its stability on bumpy terrain and uneven roads, but the ground clearance is seemingly low, often crashing into obstacles such as small barriers.

Like the Insurgent and its variants, the hood is completely sealed, meaning there is no way to reveal its engine (In fact, it lacks an engine model). The engine sound is similar to that of the Schafter V12, which sounds higher-revving and louder. When idle, the engine sound is the same one used on the Lynx.


Like the Insurgent, the Nightshark is resistant to explosions, able to take up to four rockets from a Rocket Launcher, being destroyed with a fifth one. It is also able to take up to 27 homing missiles when fully upgraded with a player inside, giving it high durability against vehicles with homing missiles and providing reaction time for the driver to escape.

Its only downside is that the windows are not bulletproof, meaning that players are vulnerable to gunfire. This can be partially remediated by installing window plates, as they cover most of the cabin and only leave a small opening, but still, players can be shot through there and the plates on the doors do not protect the occupants. The window plates also prevent the occupants from using any weapons at all (Less the front MGs).


Machine Gun: The driver has access to four front-facing machine guns, which perform the same as those of vehicles such as the Blazer Aqua and the Ruiner 2000. They have decent firepower against players and vehicles with none or light armor, but will struggle against heavily-armored vehicles.


Towing an Anti-Aircraft Trailer in collaboration with another player gives the vehicle increased potential, as the Nightshark lacks any sort of defensive capabilities against targets on either side and rear but is faster than most other vehicles that can tow it. The lack of armor often makes the trailer the first vehicle to lose during a combat.

  • The stock MG option usually gives general flexibility against targets, since the Nightshark cannot aim its weapons anywhere other than its front, exposing the large windshield against targets wielding machine guns.
  • The SAM option gives good capabilities at taking out long-range aircraft, compensating the lack of heavy firepower of the Nightshark. Land vehicles can be taken out with the SAM battery, but the low fire rate limits its effectiveness against armored targets.
  • The Flak Cannon option gives the vehicle a better way to defeat enemy heavy armor, again due to the Nightshark's lack of firepower and angle of attack, and the Flak's extremely high damage per shot, but that means exposing the trailer directly to the enemy threat, especially tanks and weaponized aircraft. One must be careful not to attack the Nightshark that is towing the trailer, as this will heavily damage the Nightshark and blow up the trailer.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 87 / 140 6 N/A AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
4400 / 9700 80
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A 6 F4 AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
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Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
10 (16)


0.24 100 750 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A ~ 250 RPM Cannot be determined 4 Machine Guns (unlimited ammo) N/A N/A
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The Nightshark is able to be customized in Los Santos Customs and other mod shops, although the liveries can only be accessed in the Vehicle Workshop inside a Mobile Operations Center or an Avenger.

Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Body Work Window Plates No Window Plate $700
Primary Window Plates $1,100
Secondary Window Plates $1,350
Black Window Plates $1,500
Door Plates Stock Door Plate $300
Primary Door Plates $900
Secondary Door Plates $1,500
Black Door Plates $1,700
Headlight Protectors No Headlight Protector $2,200
Primary Headlight Protectors $4,600
Secondary Headlight Protectors $7,400
Black Headlight Protectors $11,700
Rear Light Protectors No Rear Light Protector $2,200
Primary Light Protectors $4,600
Secondary Light Protectors $7,400
Black Light Protectors $11,700
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $260
Titanium Side Exhausts $750
Dual Exit Exhausts $1,800
Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000
Remote Bomb $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $200
Primary Horizontal Grille $750
Secondary Horizontal Grille $1,340
Black Horizontal Grille $1,650
Primary Vertical Grille $3,000
Secondary Vertical Grille $3,200
Black Vertical Grille $3,650
Primary Mesh Grille $4,100
Secondary Mesh Grille $4,550
Black Mesh Grille $5,000
Hoods Stock Hood $1,600
Steel Hood Plates $3,000
Primary Lvl 1 Armor Plates $5,000
Secondary Lvl 1 Armor Plates $8,000
Black Lvl 1 Armor Plates $9,600
Primary Lvl 2 Armor Plates $11,000
Secondary Lvl 2 Armor Plates $11,600
Black Lvl 2 Armor Plates $12,000
Primary Lvl 3 Armor Plates $12,400
Secondary Lvl 3 Armor Plates $12,400
Black Lvl 3 Armor Plates $12,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights -
Livery None $11,400
Basic Camo $18,240
Zancudo Camo $19,380
Sprayed Camo $20,520
3 Color Outline $21,660
90s Sandbox $22,800
Modern 5 Color $23,370
Arid Theater $23,939
Winter Camo $24,510
Urban Warrior $25,080
Nature Reserve* $25,650
Naval Battle* $26,220
Urban Geometric* $26,789
Coyote Geometric* $27,360
Large Geometric* $27,930
Naval Geometric* $28,500
Desert Fractal* $29,070
Urban Fractal* $29,639
Large Digital* $30,210
Medium Digital* $30,780
Small Digital* $31,350
Released as part of the After Hours update.E
Pink & Green Camo FREE
Sessanta Nove Multi-color FREE
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker
Full Coverage
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Suspension Stock Suspension $200
Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows** None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000
* Denotes items that can only be unlocked for purchase via research in the Bunker property.
** Window tints are unavailable if a "Window Plates" option is installed.
E Awarded to players who logged during the Dixon Residency Week (August 7th, 2018 - August 13th, 2018), as part of the Guest List.

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  • Can be bought from Warstock Cache & Carry for $1,245,000.
    • This vehicle could be acquired for free if the player was on the After Hours Guest List, between August 7 and August 13, 2018.


  • The default radio stations of the Nightshark are Radio Los Santos, West Coast Classics, and The Lab.
  • The Nightshark's high speed and great handling could be an allusion to its real-life inspiration's claimings as "the world's fastest armoured SUV".
  • "Nightshark" is an obvious parody of "Black Shark", the Dartz armored car the former takes its inspiration from.
  • The yellow marker lights on the roof work in conjuction with the high-beam lamps instead of when the engine is on, as one would expect from cars like the Patriot or the Contender.
    • In addition, breaking the driver-side roof lamp also breaks the middle and left marker lights, while breaking the passenger-side roof lamp will only break the right marker light.


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  • Previously, the Nightshark’s weaponry would retract and have a unique animation where the machine guns would be hidden via the bumper, but as of recent stopped working, making the machine guns fire despite being hidden, this video showcases what the animation was like before the bug occurred.
  • The rear sump guard appears to have strange cutouts, possibly caused by the fixes mentioned above.

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