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The RC Raider is a remote controlled helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Liberty City Stories

The RC Raider is essentially a dark green miniature remote-controlled helicopter with a small main rotor and rounded cabin. Like its counterpart, the RC Goblin, the RC Raider seems to be an original concept from Rockstar Games, as the helicopter does not take any inspiration from a real-life helicopter.

The RC Raider also exists in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, but it is never used in any of their missions and thus can only be obtained through a third-party hacking device or modification to spawn the helicopter.

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Liberty City Stories

Performance wise, the RC Raider is faster than the RC Goblin due to its ability to pitch steeper, but possesses far more sensitive controls that leaves the RC Raider prone to flying upside down. Much like the RC Goblin, the spinning blades of the RC Raider can be used to execute heli-kills on pedestrians. The blades also have a change in color from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Its handling is comparable to the VCN Maverick from GTA Vice City.

3D Universe Overview

Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 47 / 75 / 40 Petrol N/A 100 / 220
N/A N/A Single RC gasoline/methanol engine, 2-bladed rotor Middle Cannot be observed

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas



  • RC Raider is a play on the word "arse raider", a slang term for homosexual or a sexual offender.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • If the player kills Zero during the mission Wear Flowers in Your Hair, he will drop a detonator (which was presumably repurposed to be a remote controller). However, if the player picks up the detonator and use it, nothing will happen and it will disappear.

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