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This nylon sports parachute features a ram-air parafoil design for increased control over direction and speed.
Ammu-Nation description, Grand Theft Auto V.

The Parachute is an item that appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, it is manufactured by ProLaps.


The Parachute is designed for only one purpose in the games it appears in: to safely return the player to ground level after falling from a significant height.

Falling prior to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA games prior to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, death by falling occurs less frequently, resulting in the lack of need for parachutes. While considerable damage may occur as a result of falling in Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2, the top-down environment resulted in restricted height of buildings, lowering the possibility of such fatalities; with a full health, the player may fall roughly four times from a moderately high ramp before dying.

In most 3D Universe games including Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the player is allowed to access rooftops of multistory buildings and skyscrapers, but the player's resilience to damage by falling in both games is increased to a level where it is possible to unrealistically survive jumps off from a substantial height (i.e. a moderately tall skyscraper), although death may still be achieved by jumping off the rooftops of the tallest skyscrapers via extraordinary means (such as a third party teleporter). A lack of aircraft and ability to eject from moving vehicles or technical limitations in early GTA games are also factors for the late adoption of the parachute.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas introduced a more realistic range of damage incurred to the player when falling, where the severity of damage is amplified; jumps from moderate heights will deduct substantial amounts of the player's health, while jumps from extreme heights may result in certain death (unless the player's Health is full with the statistic at 100%, where falling from even the highest place will only result in approximately 95% of health loss). The parachute was introduced as a life-saving option, available in various high elevations throughout the State of San Andreas, including building rooftops, or after bailing out of any flying vehicles (an exception being the Andromada in the Stowaway mission) after obtaining a pilot's license by completing the Learning to Fly strand.

Utilizing the parachute is done by pressing the "fire" key, as with weapons. However, there are a few seconds of delay after leaping from an elevation before deployment is possible. Once the parachute is deployed, the player may control their descent by rotating left and right, and by pushing forward or pulling back on the main control to speed up and slow their rate of descent. Pulling back on the parachute also allows the player to land running, instead of falling prone, as occurs when not pulling back. Parachutes also introduce the concept of "freefalling" as the player is capable of entering a controlled diving position after jumping from a high altitude whenever he is wearing a parachute, rather than flailing whenever they fall from a height without one. The parachute can only be used once. After landing, the parachute is removed from the player's inventory.

While introduced in GTA San Andreas, GTA games released prior to The Ballad of Gay Tony have not resumed the adoption of the parachute and retain pre-GTA San Andreas fall damage, albeit being slightly more realistic.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Fully steerable. Get the drop on enemies from above, or make a quick stealth escape from buildings to the street below.
— Description from the TBoGT website

Parachutes are reintroduced in The Ballad of Gay Tony with a vastly improved design, flapping realistically with the wind when deployed. Parachutes are first used in the mission High Dive and then adopted for a number of missions in the game, and serves as an integral component for the game's interpretation of base jumps, which are available in single player mode as well as the multiplayer "Free Mode" (using the parachute in Team Deathmatch could allow for an entire team to paradrop into a combat zone). Base jumping in the game involves the player jumping off a number of skyscrapers in Liberty City onto moving trucks.

When parachuting, the player can use Cinematic Cameras to change the perspective and, in multiplayer modes, using a smoke trail whose color is determined by the player's ID color in the match.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Parachute reappears in Grand Theft Auto V. It first appeared in a screenshot released on August 22nd 2012, showing a person using a parachute near a mountain.

The player is now able to shoot single-handed weapons after the parachute has been deployed. The weapons are the same used in vehicles, being just Handguns and single-handed Submachine Guns. This has never been a feature in the GTA series, although the player was able to shoot similarly from the Jetpack in GTA San Andreas.

The player is also able to deploy the parachute while on a bike that is falling in the air. However, the bike cannot be carried with the parachute as the player will eject from the bike and let it fall once the parachute is deployed.

The player can buy different colored chutes as well as smoke trails. Smoke trails can be activated by holding A (Xbox)/Cross (PlayStation)/Keyboard White X.pngafter deploying the parachute.

Generally, when landing with the parachute, it is necessary to pull back the movement stick (or hold Left Bumper (LB) (Xbox)& Right Bumper (RB) (Xbox)/L1 (PlayStation)and R1 (PlayStation)/Keyboard White Shift.pngto land safely. Landing while pushing forward on the movement stick will cause the character to faceplant, and this may lead to injury or death, especially on surfaces where precise landing is vital (i.e. hills, skycrapers, moving vehicles and others).

Unlike previous renditions, Parachutes are rather vulnerable to gunfire, and the player may experience involuntary movement when the parachute is being hit, until it gets "ripped apart" and is automatically detached. Parachutes can also be set on fire by nearby explosions, and will eventually be destroyed as a result, sending the player falling towards the ground.

After the San Andreas Flight School Update, players are able to equip a reserve parachute. A number 2 is shown in the parachute icon to denote the second parachute, serving as a backup when the main one is lost or used.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Much like clothes, purchasing a parachute customization option will mark it as being owned, and allows the player to switch between any that have been bought for free.

Options GTA V GTA Online
Blue Chute Default [?] Default [?]
Red Chute $500 $19,250
Seaside Striped Chute $1,000 $18,750
Hornet Chute $1,250 $19,000
Patriot Chute $1,500 $12,500
Windowmaker Chute $1,750 $19,500
Rainbow Chute $2,000 $19,750
Black Chute $2,500 $20,000
Added in the Flight School update
Air Force Chute $2,750 $21,500
Desert Chute $2,750 $22,100
Shadow Chute $2,750 $23,900
High Altitude Chute $2,750 $23,800
Airborne Chute $2,750 $21,000
Sunrise Chute $2,750 $25,000
Smoke Trails
No Smoke Trail Default Default
Red Smoke Trail $200 $14,300
Orange Smoke Trail $400 $14,475
Yellow Smoke Trail $600 $14,650
Blue Smoke Trail $800 $14,825
Black Smoke Trail $1,000 $15,000
* Prices are applied to main parachutes. Reserve chutes are half of these prices.
Parachute Bags (Online only)
Options Price
Chute Bags
Combat Chute Bags
  • Black
  • Charcoal
  • Forest
  • Gray
  • Tan

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Strangers and Freaks

Grand Theft Auto Online


The Diamond Casino Heist

The Cayo Perico Heist


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Parachute's locations map

Los Santos

San Fierro

Las Venturas


Tierra Robada

Bone County

The Ballad of Gay Tony


  • Can be brought from Armando Torres for $100.
  • Can also be spawned via cheat code, by dialing on the phone 359-555-7272 (FLY-555-PARA).
  • Available to all online players in multiplayer.





Grand Theft Auto V


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  • The back of GTA San Andreas' yellow-and-red parachute features a Rockstar North logo, while a ProLaps logo is present on The Ballad of Gay Tony rendition.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The blue variant of the parachute in GTA San Andreas, as seen during a video demonstration at the Flying School.

  • A second blue rectangular parachute backpack design exists in GTA San Andreas, although the player has no direct access to it; the parachute itself is otherwise similar. The backpack can be seen in at least two occasions in the game, one during the Flying School's video demonstration of the "Parachute Onto Target" trial, and another during "A Home in the Hills" where the backpacks are carried by the Triads to base jump into Madd Dogg's Crib.
  • Like the Jetpack, the parachute is technically a weapon despite functioning as a vehicle.
  • The HUD icon depicts the unused variant of the parachute, which features strings attached at the bottom.
  • The parachute can sometimes be more lethal to the player than if they were without one. When the player enters the freefall mode, landing on the ground will instantly kill them, no matter what height they jumped from, so the player can die from even moderate heights that could be survived with normal health without a parachute.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • If the parachute is activated when jumping off of a low structure (approximately three stories), the parachute will open and save the player from being wasted from the fall but the parachute will remain for the player to use for another time.
  • It is possible to use two parachutes at once. This can be done by putting on the existing one then grabbing another. If the player lands properly, he can then wear the second one previously picked up after putting on the first. This is useful if the player ends up landing on a building with no safe way off.
  • The beta version of the parachute in The Ballad of Gay Tony was all yellow, not yellow, blue, and white as it is now.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In the screenshot above of Franklin Clinton parachuting off a mountain, the design of the parachute has the same design as the parachute in TBoGT. In the final game, it was completely redesigned to the current version.
  • Although the Blue Chute is considered the default option in Ammu-Nation, those obtained by other means always have the Rainbow Chute instead.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Ruiner 2000 is known to carry a parachute system on it, using a unique black parachute with the SecuroServ logo on it.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, since the parachute is controlled by script, there could be times when the parachute will not function correctly. These glitches are rare but can happen, such as when the game is processing too many animations, or if the player is using many cheats.

  • When deploying the parachute, CJ can become stuck in free fall mode. So once he hits the ground, he gets wasted instead of landing safely. Video.
  • Hitting the water without deploying the parachute can rarely make CJ stuck in skydiving animation in the water. The player can escape this glitch by spawning a vehicle and entering it. Video.
  • When CJ lands to the ground, the animation depicting CJ falling at great height will occur, and the parachute will 'sink' into the ground where he is standing.
  • In the original PS2 version of the game, while doing the Chiliad Challenge, the player can jump off the mountain and deploy the parachute. After a few seconds, the game will put CJ back on his bike, but the parachute will still be deployed and on CJ's back, and sticking upright, resulting in a rather humorous appearance. This glitch was fixed on the PC and mobile ports of the game. This glitch can still be seen in v1.00 (unpatched) DVD versions of the PC version.
  • The parachute model in the PC version is unable to display correct animations while the player is controlling it. In the PS2 and Xbox versions, CJ holds on to the parachute's hanging control handles as he is descending, and any directional input made by the player will make CJ pull or push these handles in order to control the parachute's canopy. However, in the PC version, the parachute's directional handles never move, and stay hanging completely still, even if CJ's hands appear to be grasping and moving them.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if CJ is still in the parachute opening animation and hits the ground, he will die. This will happen regardless of any health cheats that are used.
  • In the original PS2 version, if the player presses and holds the R3 button to look back while CJ lands on the ground with the parachute deployed, his head may appear bent backwards at an impossible angle. This can be fixed by entering a vehicle.
  • In GTA San Andreas, collision-proof vehicles are immune to melee attacks. However, the player can destroy collision-proof vehicle with fists when CJ has parachute on his back.
  • There is a rare glitch in the PS2 and PC version where you will fall fast even after the parachute has been deployed, resulting in death.
    • There is another glitch in the PS2 version where if you keep pressing Triangle while the parachute is deploying, CJ will be stuck in a parachute animation (will also get stuck in turning animations if you moved the stick while tapping Triangle) until he lands on the ground. If CJ lands in water, however, he will be stuck in the animation forever, requiring a save re-load.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • There was a glitch which could allow the player to ascend, remaining in the air for an indefinite amount of time. The most common technique was holding down one of the controller's triggers (in console) and repeteadly pressing the opposite trigger. If the method works properly, the camera will slowly move below the character and the altimeter starts to raise, indicating the character is ascending. However, the parachute will automatically be detached after a prolonged time.
    • This specific technique has been patched, but the glitch can still work using other techniques.

Grand Theft Auto V & Online

  • In GTA V, sometimes when purchasing a parachute at Ammu-Nation, the in-game camera will appear under the ceiling, and the owner of the store will walk away and not come back, making the Protagonist not playable (even though the player cannot see him). The player can fix this glitch by reloading the game or replaying a mission.
  • Since the 1.16 update for GTA Online, which allowed the player to change the livery of the parachute bag, when the parachute is ditched, after it has been deployed, the bag livery will change to that of the United States flag.

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