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All the danger, none of the risk: this little devil is fully weaponized, and what's more, when you inevitably drive over the proximity mine you just laid the only thing that'll be reduced to ashes is your pride. If you want the indescribable pleasure of seeing your enemies flee in hysterical panic from a whiny toy car, this is the only game in town.

Please note: The RC Bandito must be stored in an Arena Workshop. It can also be modified there at the RC Bandito Workshop.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The RC Bandito is an RC car that was cut from Grand Theft Auto V during development, later returning as a special vehicle in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Arena War update.


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The RC Bandito was originally intended to be featured in Grand Theft Auto V, but was scrapped during development. [2]

There are various leftover files that reveals its existence, including a police scanner that denotes the vehicle by its name [3], as well as a handling model flag, RC[4]. This model flag causes any pedestrian model to become invisible after entering a vehicle with that flag enabled.[2] It also used an RC motor sound, which belongs to its specific model name, rcbandito. [5]

In addition, this vehicle used a custom third-person camera named FOLLOW_RC_CAMERA. This camera is placed at a lower angle and longer distance than the standard vehicle camera.[2]

The RC Bandito would have presumably been used in a cut RC Challenge Random Event.[2]

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The RC Bandito was officially introduced exclusively to the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Arena War update on December 11, 2018. It can be used in various Arena War Adversary Modes and was later made available to purchase as part of the RC Bandito Week event.


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The vehicle is depicted as a 1:6 scale off-road RC car chassis with an interchangeable lid. It features common elements from many off-road vehicles, such as large wheels with off-road tires, shock absorbers and sump guards. The vehicle features various color combinations, where the primary one is applied to the entirety of the lid and the secondary one on the bull bars. The miniature driver doll/s the vehicle has in the cabin are also paintable, with the helmets and the suits as colorable parts.

The vehicle is available with the following lids:

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The RC Bandito has average performance as expected from an RC car. It handles pretty well on-road and off-road, but struggles to navigate around small obstacles such as curbs, road bumps and small debris in general, unless approached head-on. Like the drones from the Terrorbyte, the RC Bandito has a very quiet motor sound, making it harder to be detected by enemies, although its size makes it easily spotted visually.


Despite the small design, the RC Bandito can take up to three missiles to blow it up. However, prolonged use of the vehicle after being hit by two missiles will eventually kill the motor, destroying the vehicle. The vehicle also has a little bit of resistance to gunfire, taking many bullets to destroy it.


The vehicle can be installed with "Jump" mods. The Jump modifications come in three levels of effectiveness and can be activated using the horn button. When activated, the vehicle will be launched into the air, in a similar way to the Ruiner 2000 and Scramjet. This also allows it to navigate around obstacles better, and to evade enemies better when attempting to escape through tall structures (walls, boxes, small buildings, etc.)

The vehicle comes with the Jump Upgrade 20% installed by default.

  • The RC Bandito can be used as a remote explosive. By installing a remote bomb, it can have two Sticky Bombs on its sides, behaving like the Car Bomb available for normal-sized vehicles, as well as the self-destruct feature of the Terrorbyte's drones.
  • The vehicle has the option for installing Proximity Mines. Unlike Weaponized Vehicles added in the Gunrunning update, the RC Bandito, in contrast with all Arena Cars in the Arena War update, has only two different Proximity Mine choices: Kinetic and EMP;
    • The Kinetic option (orange flashing light) creates a small impulse spreading several meters around the area, sending players and vehicles into the air. The impulse deals little damage to both players and vehicles.
    • The EMP option (light blue flashing light) disables the vehicle's electronics when passing over it. The accelerator, brakes and steering, as well as the radio and other features are disabled for around 5 seconds before reactivating. It also deals a small amount of damage to players. The player will be notified by whom their vehicle was disabled by in a small notification above the radar.

Note that total capacity of Proximity Mines are limited to three, so players may require to respawn the vehicle if they want to resupply ammunition.

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N/A N/A N/A Electric motor (In-game model) N/A Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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The RC Bandito can only be modified at the Arena Workshop, at the RC Bandito Workshop. This also serves as its saved location.

Category Modification Cost Image
Explosives None $50,000
Remote Bomb $275,000
Lids Stock Lid $17,750
Offroad $20,000
Offroad & Spoiler $20,350
Offroad & Nets $20,750
Offroad Combined $21,150
Trophy Truck $21,550
Trophy Truck & Spoiler $22,000
Trophy Truck & Nets $22,450
Trophy Truck Combined $22,900
Gang Burrito $23,400
Gang Burrito & Spoiler $23,900
Gang Burrito & Bullbar $24,400
Gang Burrito Combined $24,950
Big Brat $25,550
Big Brat & Cage $26,150
Big Brat & Bullbar $26,750
Big Brat Combined $27,350
Midnight Pumping $28,000
Midnight Pumping & Cage $28,650
Midnight Pumping & Flames $29,300
Midnight Pumping Combined $30,000
Proximity Mine No Proximity Mine $50,000
Kinetic $135,000
EMP $150,000
Livery None $11,400
Dark Hunter $18,240
Paint Ball $19,380
Artic Warfare $20,520
Digital Dribble $21,660
Super Sci-fi $22,800
Urban Arrows $23,370
Pumpkin Monster $23,939
Fire Breather $24,510
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Vertical Jump None $20,000
Jump Upgrade 20% $65,000
Jump Upgrade 60% $112,000
Jump Upgrade 100% $210,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

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  • The RC Bandito can be used as an alternative to take out players in the Arena War Series modes, which are:
  • It may also be selected randomly after spinning the wheel after dying in any Arena War mode, but can only be used once.


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  • Can be purchased from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $1,590,000. It will be stored in a separate RC workshop in the Arena Workshop.
    • Once purchased, the vehicle is available to request via the Interaction Menu and has a 1 minute cooldown timer once it is used (either destroyed by an enemy or self-destroyed by the player if rigged with an explosive).



  • The "Midnight Pumping" lids are derived from the Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin. Its name is a reference to a form of sexual intercourse.
  • The "Big Brat" lids are mainly based on the orignal Bigfoot monster truck.
  • The "Gang Burrito" lids heavily resemble that of the Tamiya Lunch Box. Furthermore, the "Sausage Box" livery for the previously released Youga Classic also references this real-life counterpart.
  • Even though the explosives can be shot on the vehicle, they do not explode, unlike Sticky Bombs.

See Also


  1. Blips-GTAO-RCBandito.png Seen as the player's blip on the radar, only visible to themselves.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 GTAForums: A compilation post on the RC Bandito and RC Challenges
  3. Audio: Unused police scanner entry, MODEL_RC_BANDITO_01
  4. Handling Files: Handling file documentation on the last-generation version of the game.
    ;	8th digit	1: RC							2: DOUBLE_RWHEELS	4: MF_NO_WHEEL_BREAK	8: IS_HATCHBACK
  5. Audio Configuration: The unused RC motor audio is tied to this model name in audio\audio_rel.rpf\config\game.dat151.rel